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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Takeout

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  • 21
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Classic Diner, hope the won't raze it for condos

Quintessential diner food and ambiance. Tasty burgers, great shakes, especially enjoyable with kids.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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San Francisco
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

You're really paying for the atmosphere. The food was mediocre at best. Very noisy. Between the juke box playing non-stop and other diners chatting, it was difficult carrying on a conversation.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Quintessential diner food and ambiance. Tasty burgers, great shakes, especially enjoyable with kids.

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Carshalton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We were staying at Cow Hollow motor inn, opposite this diner. We needed to eat late after going to the Giants game and it was the only restaurant that opened late enough (until 1am). We ate there twice as it offered good value American diner food and had a nice 50s atmosphere with juke boxes at the tables.

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Western Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Great atmosphere, so much choice for breakfast and the food was great, big portions. Good coffee and always kept topped up.

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Horsham, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We love diners! In this case, while the food was as expected, we were very surprised at how slow the service was. Had to ask for coffee refills.

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North Tonawanda, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

It hit the spot. Convenient off street parking and the service was very good. Nothing crazy on the menu, but definitely something for everyone. Grass fed cheeseburger was yummy!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Our first day in San Francisco we stopped here for lunch. We both had beef stroganoff. It was served in a huge bowl, there was enough for 2 people. The meat was tender and very tasty. We were both extremely full. The inside of the diner is decorated with a 1950s theme. The waitstaff wears paper hats with white shirts... More 

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Gosport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Pretty good food in a busy and vibrant atmosphere. We were served efficiently, sat in a bay with a decorative juke box, and the food was well cooked and tasty. Certainly worth a visit if you like 50's or 60's memorabilia and decent food.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

My husband and I had dinner at Mel's Drive-In during our visit to San Fransisco. I had a very nice chicken pot pie and a Budweiser. For dessert I had the cherry pie a la mode, it was also very nice. My husband had a burger with sweet potato fries and a pineapple milkshake and was very satisfied with his... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Not being from North America I always find it fun to go to these style of diner's. Plenty of options although with children it seems to depend on what mood they are in or how tired they are. The meal I had was salmon, veggies and some rice. The apple pie for dessert was particularly tasty. Good and friendly service,... More 

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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: Large groups, Families with children, 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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  • 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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