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Mel's Hard Luck Diner

2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
417-332-0150
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Ranked #30 of 304 restaurants in Branson
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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
Restaurant details
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
Dallas, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I highly recommend Mel's Hard Luck Diner. While you are eating the servers sing to you. We went twice while in Branson and the servers were very friendly, attentive and good singers. I recommend the chicken salad croissant or the southwest chicken salad.

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New Port Richey, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Have never been disappointed in my visits to Mel's whenever we are in Branson. The staff who act as both servers & entertainers have always been most kind, attentive & pleasant to my mentally & physically challenged sister. On occasion, our server has even honored one of my sister's requests for a favorite song. The food has always been good... More

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Cuba, Missouri
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

We've eaten at Mel's several times now on our visits to Branson, and we've never been disappointed. On our latest trip, I tried the chicken salad. It was great - fresh, delicious, generous portions. The servers are entertaining-very talented, and efficient. I am glad that Mel's is one of many places in Branson where the employees are not ashamed or... More

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Crowley, Texas, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Nice nostalgic diner with booths, tables, or fountain area. Good diner food (we had burgers, chicken strips, pot roast, club sandwich, and grilled cheese) and very large portion ice cream desserts. Everyone enjoyed our first trip that we had to make another before we left town the next day. Servers are quite talented and sing country, gospel, and many have... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We came here for our little ones 7th birthday.Our waitress sang disney themed songs so she loved that.there was a variety of singers so it was very entertaining and fun for kids too.the food was very good and of course the dessert was the best.we will definitely return here.

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Austin, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Loved the '50's style diner decor. Food was good and generous portions so keep that in mind when ordering. The servers who sang did a wonderful job.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

It's definitely a unique place and worth visiting once. The food was just ok, and a little on the high side. The kids couldn't finish their chicken tenders because neither thought they were that good (and they eat chicken tenders just about everywhere). We were pretty full at the end so we didn't get to try any of their desserts,... More

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Frisco, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This was our third time back in a little over two years and it was just as fun and quirky as we remembered it. We decided to do a 'dessert' lunch with entertainment. Our waiter Justin did a great job. Justin if you read this, remember the couple who joked about the 'decaf is on the right', Go have some... More

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Spring
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

It was our first night in town when we ate here. The shakes are awesome. Burgers were okay. Entertainment was great.

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Bunker Hill, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Kids loved the atmosphere. Must admit it was a little hard to escape the restaurant without spending extra money as you have to exit through the gift shop. But great experience and can't wait to go back.

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