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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 313 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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Clemmons, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I was simply blown away at Mel's! A 60s style diner is the setting evoking the charm of our youth. It begs you to order burgers and fries and milk shakes (I had burger and fries). The food rates second to the singing performances of the waiters, they were all great! They were much better than some of the Branson... More

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Nevada, Missouri
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The food was absolutely wonderful. We had a group of 20 that went in and we were all seated close to one another even though the restaurant was extremely busy. The parking was a little hard to find somewhere to park as the diner was full. The music was great even though it was on the loud side but I... More

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Monroe, Louisiana
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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

After an afternoon of shopping at the Victorian Village, my wife and I just had to go see Mel's. I had a strawberry sundae and my wife had a vanilla malt. Both were very large and very satisfying and just what I would have expected from Mel's. Three different waiters sang during our visit. One of the most memorable presentations... More

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Only went there to get some ice cream. Got the one with ice cream, brownies, cookies and chocolate. It was awesome. Did notice some meals other patrons were getting and the portions were huge. Waiters actually walk around and sing. It was very pleasant. Would recommend. Also, stop by the Christmas shop while you are there.

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Oceanside, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I was expecting to see 50's style attire on the waiters and waitresses as well as 50's songs. We waited to be seated for quite awhile (only one couple was there)the 3 guys working at the counter could have called somebody to assist us. Food was really good. Singers were good too. Waited again for awhile to pay the bill... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Fun place to have lunch or dinner. All the waiters sing while u are eating. One right after the other and they can really song! They walk around the restaurant while singing as well as sit and sing and talk to u personally. Very friendly, good food and very nice people with good entertainment. Should eat at least one meal... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Waiters and waitresses perform for you as they take orders and sing. Many will include your suggested songs. Never know what you will hear but always performed well. Prices reasonable. Expect good tipping.

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Went twice while in town and loved everything about the place! Chili was a hit with my husband and grandson ate a lot of it. Good chicken strips and we loved the Sweet Sensations salad! Came back the next day for lunch and the four of us shared a Footlong and the Hawaiian burger---both were really tasty. THEN we split... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Mel's has fast food that everyone seems to like, and the waiters & waitresses sing while you eat. Really don't know which is better. The food or the entertainment. Make it a point to stop by here to enjoy them both.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

My whole family loved when the waiters would sing!The atmosphere is very friendly.The food isn't anything special but I did have a great time while I was there

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