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Mel's Drive-In - Lombard

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Neighborhood:
Marina District
American, Coffee Shop, Hamburgers, 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 - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 6:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 6:00 am - 3:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 123
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    Very good
  • 61
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best kale and quinoa salad!

We enjoyed a delicious meal at Mel's diner just 2 blocks from our hotel. It had typical diner fare but also healthy choice alternatives. We decided to try the kale and quinoa salad and were pleasantly surprised at the amount and quality. It was very good! We enjoyed listening to the oldies... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
esmirelda
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Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed a delicious meal at Mel's diner just 2 blocks from our hotel. It had typical diner fare but also healthy choice alternatives. We decided to try the kale and quinoa salad and were pleasantly surprised at the amount and quality. It was very good! We enjoyed listening to the oldies while we enjoyed our dinner. A nice place.

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Mansfield, UK
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Visited one evening on the way back to our Lombard Street hotel. We only had desserts, but they were great, tasty and reasonably priced. Our server was friendly and the whole atmosphere was what I as a Brit, expected an old fashioned American diner to be like. Really enjoyed our visit and would definitely recommend it.

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Perth
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42 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We went here for breakfast as it looked so fun in there and the diner sure was something to see. Tried to play some music on the dukebox but it never played my song. Ordered the muesli (boring choice) and the other half bought an egg breakfast. Both meals were boring and 'bleh' and we left feeling unsatisfied. The orange... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

However, the restaurant needs a re fresh. I took family and the burgers were not as amazing as they used to be. The shakes were good. Service was great. The booths and overall facility seems to be not as well maintained as it used to be.

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Lake Country, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

way over rated,expensive for what we got and the food was bland,we paid like 60 bucks for a breakfast and the tip was included for crappy servive

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I was told that American Graffitti was filmed here. Great food, good for a late night stop or early breakfast. Friendly server.

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Nova Scotia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We ate there March 19th because it was close to our hotel (The Coventry Motor Inn). We waited over an hour for our food and my daughter didn't get what she ordered so the waitress hastily removed it without an apology We observed staff wiping the crumbs from tables and bench seats with their hand vs. using cleaner and a... More 

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Rethymnon, Greece
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Great place. We stayed across the road and had breakfast here most mornings and a couple of evening meals. Very clean. Lovely staff. Very varied menu they even had gluten free pancakes to die for with Maple syrup! Constant coffee refills with no extra charge as is normal in USA diners. Definitely worth a visit!

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Cambria, California
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104 reviews 104 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

every time I go by this place is packed of people, (always a good sign )We decide to go during the week, less crowds. We are seated right away, clean and fast service. Menus has wonderful selection and I'm particularly excited about the fresh juice and smoothie options! I ordered a Protein smoothie and my husband full breakfast. Unfortunately, his... More 

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Perth, Australia
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Went here a couple of times the week we were in San Francisco. Food was great (and huge!), service excellent. Loved playing the music on the personal jukeboxes at each table :)

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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, Coffee Shop, Hamburgers, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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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