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Mel's Hard Luck Diner

2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
417-332-0150
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Ranked #32 of 316 restaurants in Branson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $8
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Buffet, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Buffet, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
wichita falls, texas
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64 reviews 64 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

We have been coming here for years and there are no better shakes you can get! The food is reasonable and everyone can find something. The only downside is it seems the music is getting too loud to enjoy a conversation. That said, you really miss out if you do not try Mel's.

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Diana, TX
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

First off, it is very loud! Hard to carry on a conversation without yelling. Our waitress was more interested in "acting" like a singer/actress than focusing on service. Had to get her attention for even the basic needs. Food was ok. Certainly not the main draw. My chicken fried steak came with Texas toast. Made with garlic butter. Not a... More

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Indiana
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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This restaurant is at the Grand Village area. We ate here in 2003 & couldn't wait to go back now in 2014. The food is great. Banana splits are awesome. The servers sing to you while serving you and they sell their cds. It's a fun place to eat & have a good time.

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Ada, Oklahoma
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

My family travels to Branson at least 2-3 times a year and every time we have to eat at Mel's Diner. Doesn't matter what time of year it's almost like tradition, lol. Mom says it's not Branson unless we go to Mel's. All of the waiters and waitresses sing. They sing the entire time and also serve you. They are... More

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Overland Park, Kansas
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51 reviews 51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Don't be fooled, a bunch of karaoke star's in matching t-shirts.....they seem to have fun but there is no talent involved....the food is waaay overpriced and the dessert is disappointing. Save your money and go to Sonic.

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Ava, Missouri
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

It was convenient to the hotel we were staying in, so we went over there for dinner. The waitstaff sang the whole time we were there. The cheesesteak was delicious, and the enormous icecream fed 8 of us... no kidding!!!

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Kissimmee, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I really enjoyed my experience here! It's not often you go to a restaurant where the wait staff sing to you!!!! We will be back next year and we'll bring some newbies!!

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STL
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The atmosphere here is very cool. It's a 50's style diner where the servers sing during your meal. They have a cool gimmick but I thought the food was only so so. The burger can only come one way and that is well done. I'm guessing these are frozen patties and not freshly ground beef. The food wasn't bad, just... More

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USA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I really enjoyed my experience here. Typical Americana diner that included wonderful burgers and milkshakes. The waitstaff was wonderful with our large group. I love that the waitstaff sang. Overall, I really enjoyed Mel's Hard Luck Diner and would recommend it to anyone who happens to be in Branson.

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Decatur, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Interesting 50's soda shop decor with waiters and waitresses that not only serve your table, but they sing to the crowd.The servers were great and attentive.The food was great. Definitely recommend it. Will be bringing my family again in the future.

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