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Mel's Drive-In - Lombard

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Marina District
American, Cafe, Diner
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2165 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA 94123-2712
415 921 2867; 415 921 3039
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6:00 am - 3:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 6:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 6:00 am - 3:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 160
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  • 237
    Very good
  • 92
    Average
  • 25
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  • 22
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Some great hearty food

I had a couple of sliders (rib tip). Ive nerve had a burger like it, beautifully cooked, juiciest meat. Thickest shakes- of which you get a tall glass, then the rest of the mixing pot. About average prices for San Fran. Pleasant staff, classic decor, great eats

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
SymunT
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Healdsburg, CA
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76 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We just stopped in for pie and coffee while waiting for an appointment . Pie was made on site and was a generous slice.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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68 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice place, the best coffe in the USA, similar to Brazilian coffee! You eat and can choose a song .

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Thank AliceCristine
Leeds, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had a couple of sliders (rib tip). Ive nerve had a burger like it, beautifully cooked, juiciest meat. Thickest shakes- of which you get a tall glass, then the rest of the mixing pot. About average prices for San Fran. Pleasant staff, classic decor, great eats

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Thank SymunT
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We just came for dessert, I had a black and white milkshake. It tasted good and wasn't too sweet, wish it was thicker though. Service was good with no complaints.

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Thank Cuong L
Saskatchewan
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79 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ate here because it was attractive as we walked down the street from our motel looking for breakfast. Good traditional breakfast, lots of classic choices, the staff was great. But very pricey.

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Brisbane, Australia
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Saw Mel's from the bus window and it was full so got off and went in. Asked for advice and ordered one of the Sunday specials - chilaquiles - corn chips with a spicy green chile sauce, refried beans and two fried eggs. It was delicious.

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Thank sbf67
London, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First visit to Mel's for about 4 years but it's hardly changed and just as good as ever. Very good home style food served by friendly and efficient staff. The pumpkin pie in particular was superb. And all very good value too. Only downside was the cold blast that blew through the place whenever anyone arrived or departed.

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Thank BobSlee
Hollywood, Florida
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Back in the old days, I could find a great little diner in New York that served up fresh made corn beef hash-those days are gone. I visited Mel's Diner on Lombard again while staying in Downtown San Francisco and this time I read that they had fresh made corn beef hash. I asked my waitress and she said it... More 

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Thank rermiami
London
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72 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We tried to eat at another local place which was full, so we fell back to Mel's. The menu is as large as the portion sizes. The food is not outstanding but they serve a decent breakfast and the prices are not outrageous as other reviewers seem to suggest. Service was pretty sharp and friendly. Won't blow you away but... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First time in my life had a steak for breakfast. They have healthier options of course, but couldn't resist 😊 really enjoyed it too!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2165 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA 94123-2712
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Marina District
  • Neighborhood: Marina District
  • Phone Number: 415 921 2867; 415 921 3039

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 12
  • Cuisine: American, Cafe, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
6:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
6:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
6:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
6:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
6:00 am - 3:00 am
Saturday
6:00 am - 3:00 am

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Marina District

Neighborhood Profile
Marina District
Beautiful homes, beautiful people, and a beautiful backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge welcome visitors to the Marina. Originally the location for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 (whose remnants can be seen at the Palace of Fine Arts), much of the land was filled and flattened to accommodate a world’s fair. That ample space has given way to a jogger’s paradise at the northern edge of the city. With the picturesque bay setting as its backdrop, it’s no surprise that the area has hosted numerous movie productions. Daytime activities focus on café culture and boutique shopping, while the evenings turn this neighborhood into a party-going hotspot.
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