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Mel's Drive-In - Lombard

2165 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA 94123-2712
415 921 2867; 415 921 3039
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Ranked #458 of 4,922 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $12
Cuisines: American, Coffee Shop, Diner, Hamburgers
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
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  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Service slow, food cold & very overpriced. Waitress got my sons food order wrong, tutted and rolled her eyes at me and threw it back on the counter. When I asked how long the replacement would be, she relied ' I gave you food, you didn't want it'!! Terribly rude. We certainly will not be returning.

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Castricum, The Netherlands
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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We have had breakfast a several times here, last year and als these days during our stay in San Francisco. The food is very good and the ambiance is awesome!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The atmosphere, food & service is really great - I would highly recommend eating here!! - The sunset burger and strawberry milkshake are amazing!!!

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East Liverpool, Ohio
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

first place we ate in san francisco because it was late and with in walking distance from our hotel. the place is styled after an old 50's dinner,with the juke box, chrome & neon through out. it was clean, service was good. now the food I liked mine open face roast beef sandwich, but my wife got a pot pie... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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259 reviews 259 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We were disappointed. After one breakfast here on our first day of five in SF, we never returned. Average food. Very slow service. Acted like they were doing us a favor. Nothing special.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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39 reviews 39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Was staying down the street and saw Mel's and I knew I had to give it a try. Our breakfasts were big and delicious. Service was a little slow, everyone was interested in the World Cup. My wife and I split the biscuits & gravy and my son had the pancakes. All was very good and lots to eat.

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Krum, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We got here early in the morning just as they were opening. The breakfast was delicious and quickly served. The best thing was our waitress, Alexsis, she was awesome. She gave us lots of good information about the city and was super sweet, friendly and attentive.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

I was very excited to go to this restaurant, and the interior is great! Really looks like a diner! But the prices were too high, 8 dollars for the most dissapointing hamburger. The milkshakes were good, so I would go there just for the diner-look, music and a millshake!

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London, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This is a fantastic place for a 50s enthusiast and great fun for those of us who are not. Staff were great and the décor amazing. Food was ordinary but pleasant, certainly plenty of it. I would definitely return or try another Mels.

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Elmhurst, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We went to this restaurant for Breakfast the first day we stayed in SF. It was recommended by our friends. But we were quite disappointed. Nothing stands out. The choices are even fewer than my hometown breakfast places. They don't even have crepe or pancake with fruit. However it is more expensive. Later we went to Home Plates, it is... More

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