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“Mon-Thurs was very good! The weekend staff was horrible!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Mel's Diner

Mel's Diner
4th Street, Reno, NV
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Ranked #256 of 732 Restaurants in Reno
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Mon-Thurs was very good! The weekend staff was horrible!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013 via mobile

I arrived in Reno Sunday night and stayed til Sat! I ate at Mel's every morning with my young daughter. Mon Thursday Thurs our service was very nice and the food was good... Not great but good. Sat was my birthday and as routine we ate there. It was the same unfriendly and snotty staff as the day before but figured they might be skittle nicer for someone's birthday. My daughter wanted the steak and she likes it med like the rest of our family but I guess our know it all waitress decided that she was too young for it like that and by the time we received it I swear it would bounce higher then a flipping basketball! I was so upset with the attitude and service that my final day was spent elsewhere. Still debating if the mid-week staff can make up for their rude and unfriendly co-workers that literally left a bad taste in my mouth!!!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Ocean Park, Washington
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121 reviews 121 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 55 cities Reviews in 55 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Where were you in '62”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Mel's provides the opportunity to return to the Happy Days of speedy malt shop dining. The chain provided location and inspiration to Lucas's "American Graffitti" and probably has not changed much other than now offering hash browns as a alternative to their signature Mel's potatoes. Huevos Rancheros is a popular mix of eggs, beans, and potatoes with tender, sweet red pepper strips. Their fried chicken has a bit more salt than most. Staff service time could not be faster, even if they put the roller skates back on.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Dallas, Texas
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37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Nostalgic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Mel's won't rank in the Top 100, but it's still a "don't miss" breakfast attraction in Reno. We stay at the Sands Regency for our annual cribbage tournament and Mel's is tucked into a ground floor corner of the hotel. LOVE the 50's American Graffiti decor along with some nostalgic signed baseball photos (Mays, Arron, et al). Typical "diner" food, generous portions and the weekday steak-n-eggs special @ $5.99 is great value (unless you've been to a five-star restaurant with a sinfull fillet the night before.) Come, relax, enjoy the 50's music and chow down - we always do. PS - a chocolate malt with double malt will compliment any burger on the lunch menu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Redwood City, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Yummy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Great service, food and speed. I loved our waitress she was very helpful and friendly. Food was great- good value and was served fast and hot.

Visited December 2012
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Reno, Nevada
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8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“nostalgia of the 50's”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Good food, competitive prices, wish coffee was Farmer Bros, but ok.
Attentive waitress. The steak special for $6.49 isn't worth it-it's a strip
steak. Go to Western Village in Sparks for the steaks of your life. Wife
liked the French toast-said it was better than what I made at home. lol.
Go to the front desk of Sands Regency and gaze at the beach pics behind
the ck in counter. Bring back the memories...

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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