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Mel's Hard Luck 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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Buffet, 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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  • 47
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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
Lunch

Had lunch here our 1st visit. Nice clean and good good. The servers sing as they work. Very enjoyable lunch.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Had lunch here our 1st visit. Nice clean and good good. The servers sing as they work. Very enjoyable lunch.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Good food. Fun place...had their famous Rueben Sandwich...yummm!!! Loved the singing servers...surprisingly talented!! Cute things in the gift shop and located in a awesome strip mall with quaint lil' shops...u won't be disappointed!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Best burgers in town, went back again this trip and took my son and grandsons and they loved it. Having the staff singing is a great experience. If you go to Branson you have to eat here.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We read the reviews on here and decided to give it a shot! What a fun way to spend lunch with singing waiters/waitresses. We had Reuben and Steak Sandwiches which were both awesome! It is also in a plaza with some great shops! Check it out!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

One of best family friendly spots to visit with excellent food , good service and great singers , the waitstaff was happy to see folks come in , and my family will visit the establishment again .

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Gladstone, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

The team of activities at west gate name johny, cory, shirly and tommy told us about the great place to eat at the mel's hard luck diner. They help us out when we need anything.

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Union, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

We visit Branson often and have eaten at Mel's Hard Luck Diner several times. The quality of service and the food have always been consistently good. What we enjoy is the live music. My daughter usually has a request for her waiter/waitress, and they have always have complied. It is a fun place to visit while visiting Branson, Missouri

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

The food was only ok. The service was great and the wait staff sings every so often. The main reason I would go back is to order the banana split. It is massive, the two of us couldn't make a dent in the dish. We will definitely be back to tackle it again.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Hostress put us back away from activity, threw menus to us and never came back We moved up front with the activity (nice singers) and had to hail down a waitress. When we order a Patty Melt we asked for it medium and she said that all their food was pre-cooked so couldn't do it. we left - never to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We have eaten there twice now, and the food is great (huge servings!), and the waiters/singers are so talented! Will come back next time too!

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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, 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, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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