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Mel's Hard Luck Diner

2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
417-332-0150
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Ranked #27 of 311 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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English first
Wright City, Missouri
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Had the Mel's pretzel burger *awesomeness*! My son had the philly and he thought it was really great.. Entertainment *singers* where all really good. :) will be back definitely..

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

The place was crowded, yet we were seated quickly. The food was very good and all of the servers were great singers. A nice place to enjoy local talent.

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Madison, Alabama
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We had a good time at Mel's. Ondria, our singing server, took care of our dining needs as well as serenading the customers with her fellow servers. She was a wonderful server with a wonderful voice! Truly an entertaining dining experience. And the food was good, too. Everything we had was delicious. Enjoyed looking around at the memorabilia they had... More

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Peoria Il
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93 reviews 93 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

In a city of musicians, is it really surprising that every waiter and waitress can sing? Not at all, but few places give them the chance to sing for you in between taking your order and refilling your coffee. The only thing missing was a live band; oops I forgot for a moment that this is not a musical attraction,... More

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Ottawa, Kansas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

The singing servers are amazing talent and the food is equal to the musical experience. My aunt wants to go every year for the corn chowder.

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Clinton, Iowa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Great lunch menu, generous helpings, and free entertainment! We have a second home in Branson and Mel's Diner is a "must do" stop when we have guests visit. We also love that they sing a lot of Christian songs.

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Indiana
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

I loved the fact that every server came around to the tables and sung to everyone. John Segar was my server. I bought a double CD on his songs. He sang a lot of Elvis songs and songs from the 50's and 60's. The Root Beer Float I had was so big that I had to eat some of the... More

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Had lunch with our camping group of 12!! Got us all in at the same table and went up hill from that Had a great burg except made the mistake of ordering a soda!! It was "HUMONGOUS" ...(had to share with 3 others!! HA..) The wait staff are aspiring singers and are all exceptionally talented..Singing and waiting tables..what determination!! A... More

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Bolivar, Tennessee
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

We ate our dinner meal here one night. The singing waiters are awesome!! We passed on desserts this time, but the last time we were there we ate an awesome banana split- too big for one person- you must share it!!!

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Arnold, Missouri
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

The working waiters take turns singing songs as you dine on good food. I highly recommend the chocolate banana shake, yummy!!! I thought the prices were a little high for what food they offered, but it is a tourist place after all.

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Additional Information about Mel's Hard Luck Diner

Address: 2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
Phone Number: 417-332-0150
Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Branson
Average Prices: USD 0 - 8
Cuisine: American

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