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Mel's Hard Luck Diner

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American, Dessert, Ice Cream, Diner
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2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
+1 417-332-0150
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11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Buffet, Late Night, Takeout
Description: Home of Branson's original singing servers. A 50s themed diner offering...
Home of Branson's original singing servers. A 50s themed diner offering music from the decades of the 50s and 60s and on up to today. A variety of singing styles, pop, rock, showtunes, opera, gospel, country, etc. Food offerings include burgers, sandwiches, great salads, blue plate specials and save room for some of the best and biggest desserts to be found.
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    Very good
  • 142
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  • 44
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  • 19
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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The Food was good. Service was great and the entertainment was good. The atmosphere was a fun 50's diner. Also don't forget to order a shake.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
grego321
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 NEW

The Food was good. Service was great and the entertainment was good. The atmosphere was a fun 50's diner. Also don't forget to order a shake.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 NEW

We went to Mel's for dinner last night and the food, which was typical diner fare, was really good. I have a hard time understanding folks complaining about the food, this isn't the Ritz and they don't purport to be. The service was fast and friendly, the atmosphere was Branson to the hilt, and the singing servers who took turns... More 

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Victoria, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed most of the singing, but my chicken tenders were grossly over cooked, my son wouldn't eat the corn dogs because they tasted bad. Fun place, but don't expect quality food.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW via mobile

My granddaughter loves this place because if the music so go every time we r in branson. I do not know if just the day or the cook, but the food was average at best and our particular guy waiter was more interested in singing than serving his customers. Because of the singing I will of course try it again,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

We went here b/c it was highly rated here on TripAdvisor. The place was busy and our waiter seemed very rushed, not even wanting to make small talk with us. The waitstaff sings every other song - some were better than others, of course, but they all seemed to enjoy their job. Given the other options in Branson, we probably... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW via mobile

Good food, great family atmosphere, and the biggest and best banana split we have ever eaten! GO! You won't be disappointed!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Excellent food, service and entertainment! We loved Karen, our waitress, she was personable and helpful. The food was very good and reasonably priced. After a long day of shopping it was nice to sit back and be entertained by music from many different eras!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW via mobile

It took about 10 minutes for someone to take our drink order. It was cool listening to your waiters/waitresses sing. The kids were entertained. The food was great and nice proportioned. Our waitress was too clingy with little kids, always rubbing their head or arms, which they didn't like. (I think she was just over-friendly if there is such a... More 

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Paragould, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

I loved this diner!! The atmosphere was excellent. The service was outstanding and the food was awesome! It was the best place we ate at while in Branson and I loved the singing servers! I totally recommend the mozzarella sticks as an appetizer!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

This place is loads of fun as well as being sang to while you eat. All the singers are as good as the food... And there shakes are a must have. But you might want to share

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Additional Information about Mel's Hard Luck Diner

Address: 2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
Phone Number: +1 417-332-0150
Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Branson
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 9 - 19
Cuisine: American, Dessert, Ice Cream, Diner

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Branson
  • Phone Number: +1 417-332-0150

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 19
  • Cuisine: American, Dessert, Ice Cream, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget

Description

Home of Branson's original singing servers. A 50s themed diner offering music from the decades of the 50s and 60s and on up to today. A variety of singing styles, pop, rock, showtunes, opera, gospel, country, etc. Food offerings include burgers, sandwiches, great salads, blue plate specials and save room for some of the best and biggest desserts to be found.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm

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