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Mel's Hard Luck Diner

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American, Diner, Soups
As featured in 3 Days in Branson and 1 other guide
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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: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
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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  • 191
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  • 60
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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
You want fun!!!

Love live music and like that they will sing songs that you request and it is awesome to be like yep that was my server

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
shera198008
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Wichita, Kansas
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Wichita, Kansas
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Love live music and like that they will sing songs that you request and it is awesome to be like yep that was my server

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Thank shera198008
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We go to Branson several times a year and always enjoy eating at Mel's Diner. It is a diner, so expect hamburgers, shakes and great desserts. Portions are big. But the main attraction is the singing wait staff. These singers are professional and manage to serve tables and put on a great show! We enjoy the personal attention they give... More 

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Thank Gayle M
Midlothian, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My parents wanted to take us here cuz they love it so much, good diner food and entertainent, I even got up and sang with the waiter cuz I knew the song. great Gospel songs.......had a great reuben on salad........good food and FUN just go!!!

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Thank jeannette y
Booneville, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Was an amazing meal and enjoyed the entertainment. Made our experience such a joy the kids loved the atmosphere. Wonderful place to spend some time.

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Thank Wanda P
Terre Haute, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Do you want live entertainment with your meals? The waiters and waitresses are the singers. They push their CD's to help supplement their pay. The singers we heard were phenomenal. The food is good. The portions were large. I had the tons of chili hamburger and the wife had the Reuben sandwich. It is worth the stop if in Branson.

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Thank OrlandoMouse
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I LOVE this diner. The waiters and waitresses all sing!!! As they take your orders and deliver your food, the help take turns singing for you. They have great voices and are waiting to be "discovered." Anytime we go to Branson, my family knows I HAVE to eat at least one meal at the Hard Luck Diner. Great shopping mall... More 

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Thank Vicki C
West Plains, Missouri
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were told to go to this place because the kids would enjoy it. We all like good 'ol fashion burgers as well so we gave it a shot. The speakers were so loud!!! The singing wasn't great, and don't get me started about the food. It just wasn't great at all. None of us felt well after eating there,... More 

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Thank DraftFarm
Branson, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

outstanding casual restaurant. All the waiter's/waitresses sign while you eat, and all have wonderful voices. A bit hard to find, but really worth the effort to locate.

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Thank Perry S
Weldon Spring, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The entertainers are delightful, but the food is just so-so. It is overpriced and the quality left much to be desired. Everything was bathed in grease and cold. We won' be returning which is a shame because the entertainment was very good.

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Thank MaryCay1
Indianola, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We never miss eating at Mel's. The fun atmosphere and friendly nature of the wait staff make it a delightful time! The food is great and the prices are fair. Listening to the songs of the singing wait staff just frosts the cake!

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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, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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