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Mel's Hard Luck Diner

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2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
417-332-0150
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Today
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Buffet, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 536
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  • 296
    Very good
  • 114
    Average
  • 37
    Poor
  • 15
    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
Most recent review
Good old fashion food and service

Last night was Mel's first day open since their remodel. Excellent visual setting. The service was excellent and friendly. Not fake. The singers were top notch. Very entertaining. The food was excellent and plentiful. One of the best chicken fried steaks I have had. Covered the plate. Real... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
KnobNosterCr
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Buffet
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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998 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

Last night was Mel's first day open since their remodel. Excellent visual setting. The service was excellent and friendly. Not fake. The singers were top notch. Very entertaining. The food was excellent and plentiful. One of the best chicken fried steaks I have had. Covered the plate. Real mashed potatoes. Super white gravy. Corn was corn. Also came with toast.... More 

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Willard, Missouri, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We love to stop in here for lunch when we are in Branson. It is so fun to hear the staff sing. They are amazing. But the food is delicious. Haven't had a bad meal. The star of the meal is dessert. And more importantly the SUNDAES. They are enormous. We usually get one and share it. Looking forward to... More 

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branson
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The surprise was a young rising opera waitress by the name of Alana. I thought I was hearing things. What a voice and in a most unusual place! The Rubin sandwich was the best I tasted in a long long time!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

The food is very good and the singing servers are a don't miss! It is a show all in itself! The singers/ waitresses are better than in some of the shows!

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Kansas City, Kansas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Loved the atmosphere of this place. Old diner style place with singing servers. Everyone was so friendly and sang great! We will be going back again this summer.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The food here is pretty good, and while you are eating the waiters/waitresses entertain you with their Karaoke singing, which all of them are amazing! Good place for families or just couples.

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Malden, Missouri
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50 reviews 50 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The waiters sing and actually are pretty good!! There is lots of nostalgic decorations! Plus the food was awesome and you get a lot of it!! We had an awesome time!!

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Fort Lupton, Colorado, Usa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The waiters sing and actually are pretty good there is lots 0f nostalgia and is decorated to period .. Everyone was nice there was 11 in our party .the only reason i am not giving it a higher rating is the food is average at best ... it wasnt terrible just wasnt very tasty ..

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LINCOLN
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Yes, the wait staff not only did a great job of serving they also took turns singing to the crowd. Plus the food was awesome and a lot of it. We had a great visit, and the diner is right across from an awesome Christmas store.

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Had to queue with two small children in the cold but once seated the service was second to none. The portions are generous. The live singers were okay but there was only two good singers

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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: 417-332-0150

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 8
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm

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