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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/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Buffet, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 560
    Excellent
  • 309
    Very good
  • 117
    Average
  • 38
    Poor
  • 16
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A great family experience.

We had a great time listening to the singers and the food was real good as well. Good portions at a real good value. The desserts here are also huge and I'm not sure if we could conquer them.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
DaytonOhioGiy
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Buffet
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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English first
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

We had a great time listening to the singers and the food was real good as well. Good portions at a real good value. The desserts here are also huge and I'm not sure if we could conquer them.

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North Canton, Ohio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The staff sings to you & they have fabulous voices. Food, mostly sandwiches & shakes is great. Go early as it gets packed.

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Good food. Friendly service. Good entertainment. Pricey, but worth the experience. Variety of food is appealing. Singing waiters enhance the experience and encourage retail sales.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

If you want a nostalgic diner meal of a burger, fries and an ice cream soda complete with a talented musician who will be your singing waiter, don't miss Mel's Hard Luck Diner when in Branson. Some of those musicians have been on "The Voice" and "Americsn Idol." Good food and really good music!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Our waitress was super friendly. She was very patient b/c we had a table of 14 and we didn't have any problems with the service or the food!!

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Dryden, Virginia, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Someone at our hotel recommended and we loved it.....food was good, reasonable and very quick service.... We had two small children and and they loved the singing waiters ...they were all very good ....desserts were huge and very good. Will definitely go back. BLT was great

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Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

This a fun place to go and the food was very good. The servers also sing while you're eating, which is definitely a plus. They all had beautiful voices and one server, Bernie a lady with a beautiful voice sang gospel music. We stayed longer just to hear her sing. The food was very good and plenty of it. They... More 

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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140 reviews 140 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We had lunch here and the food was good. The chicken salad sandwich and corn chowder were very tasty as was my husband's hamburger. The servers take turns walking around singing into a microphone which can make it very difficult to carry on a conversation. After you eat, the server will bring you his/her CD to see if you'd like... More 

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Attica, Indiana, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We were in Branson with another couple. Had lunch at Mel's. Fun place, good diner food! Service was fast and efficient!! Would recommend a visit to Mel's Hard Luck Diner while in Branson.

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Kansas City
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This was such a fun place. They were really busy when we walked in but they were able to seat us quickly. Our waitress was so much fun along with the rest of the staff. I loved that they all got up and sang! It made it seem like there was no wait on our food! We will be back... More 

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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: Families with children, Local cuisine, 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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