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Mel's Drive-In - Lombard

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Neighborhood:
Marina District
American, Coffee Shop, Diner, Hamburgers
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2165 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA 94123-2712
415 921 2867; 415 921 3039
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Today
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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Takeout
Delivery
Late Night
Dessert

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  • 117
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    Very good
  • 54
    Average
  • 19
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  • 10
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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
Most recent review
Decent food

We ate at Mel's twice during our recent stay in San Francisco. Ate here for breakfast the first day, the food was hot, delivered quickly, and the price was reasonable. Also ate a late-night dinner at 10 PM, which also was fast and filling. This is not gourmet faire, but the milkshakes were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
Parcel_Family
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Kelso, Washington
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Kelso, Washington
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We ate at Mel's twice during our recent stay in San Francisco. Ate here for breakfast the first day, the food was hot, delivered quickly, and the price was reasonable. Also ate a late-night dinner at 10 PM, which also was fast and filling. This is not gourmet faire, but the milkshakes were really good and the food satisfying. Don't... More 

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Lakewood, Colorado
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73 reviews 73 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The service was horrible! There was one server for the whole restaurant and the manager stood around looking while she ran her butt off. No one helped her and even though she tried, we didn't get our coffee until we got the breakfast. The food was what you would expect from a low cost dive. It was greasy and not... More 

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sunrise, FL
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This place was great that we ate here two times in our 5 day trip. It's a perfect place for breakfast as it has many options and food is quickly served. They also had a free parking lot which was great and not packed.

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Paramus, New Jersey
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131 reviews 131 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Mel's Drive In is similiar to a New Jersey diner or Scottsdale''s Five. & Diner.serving home style meatloaf, chicken pot pie, grilled cheese & short rib sandwiches, fish & chips etc. Very good salads. Sandwiches, burgers, & breakfast anytime,

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Hudson, Florida
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85 reviews 85 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

went to Mel's everyday in our stay in san francisco because we stayed across the street and we love the milkshakes at Mel's !!!

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Quebec City, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We went there for burgers after a really long day and it was nice. The onion rings were SO good. For simple fast-food in a retro atmosphere, it's a good place to go.

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Port Macquarie, Australia
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183 reviews 183 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Our waitress was amazing, so nice and friendly. The food is OK. That is all. Mel's is a little pricy for what you get and the flavour is OK. Loved the set up of the old style diner and the juke boxes in your booths. The diner is really clean also. Good experience due to the waitress but we won't... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Saw Mel's several times in passing, going back and forth to the convention center. Service was very good and burger, chili Fry's and milkshake were wonderful. For area price was fair. Will go back!

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Total blast from the past, loved the memorabilia, the fact we were at legendary iconic piece of Americana plus the cuisine left a lot of other places for dead. Awesome service, one happy time for sure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

One of my favorite places to sit, eat, chat and listen to good old so songs, and of course choosing them from a Jukebox attached to every table, big meals, great service, and the atmosphere in there, you just can't get enough!

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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, Diner, Hamburgers

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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