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Mel and Faye's Diner

$$ - $$$
American, Diner
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31 N State Highway 49-88, Jackson, CA 95642
+1 209-223-0853
4:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 4:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sacramento, California
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

Stopped in for a late breakfast. First time in. First thing you see is a wide open kitchen. Great to see a cafe willing to show the inner workings. That speaks volumes. Clean and professional. Super nice waitresses. Fast and frequent coffee. The food was pretty average but there is certainly nothing wrong with that. My only complaint is the... More 

Thank mountainmanrick50
South Pasadena, California
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

This is a friendly, large diner. The portions are large. The booths are large. The parking lot is large. The place is the local hangout sports bar. Everyone seemed to know each other. They open early and that's a big deal for us. Jackson is pretty laid back so stores open around 11 AM. There are banquet facilities for large... More 

Thank Toni I
San Jose, California
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

This is a very busy "diner," but it serves good food. Not great food, but definitely good. This is not a "fast food" burger and is somewhat pricey. The service inside the diner was excellent. I liked the sweet potato fries, much better than the regular fries which were just average, not as good as In n Out Burger. My... More 

Thank CalGreyNomad
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

The atmosphere is rustic meets diner. The service is excellent. Food cooked when ordered so expect a wait. It is not fast food. The choices are various and the prices very reasonable. Alcohol, beer and wine available including some local offerings. The food itself is average. Not really bad, but not really good and nothing special.

Thank David Y
Reading, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

I love this place !! whenever we are in or pass through Jackson we eat here. It's a 50's diner with the padded booths and great American food. They always have lots of staff working and they are all happy and smiling --- they are obviously well paid and well treated by the owners ---- food and drink are good... More 

Thank PhilCottrell
Salinas, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Looking for a place to eat on our way back from Black Chasm Cavern. Stumbled upon this diner at the junction of 88 and 49. Food was great and affordable. Waitress was friendly and informative. Would go back again when in the area!!

Thank Lori M
Davis, California
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

This diner has a lot going for it. The staff were very nice, professional and courteous. Especially Cassie, who was our waitress. The food was good and plentiful. The diner was very clean and the booths and tables look new. There is one thing that I would change. A diner from the 50's should have music from the 50's! Other... More 

Thank Lyle G
Los Gatos, California
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151 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016 via mobile

Great lunch spot. I just love places with a nice salad bar. Senior menu was great. Had salad bar and burger for $6.90 Fun decor, friendly people and very fast service.

Thank Losgatosca
Napa, California
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54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

Satisfying western food, but probably not the healthiest for you. Dinner atmosphere friendly and with oh so helpful waitresses

Thank linda123405
Jackson, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Mel's is a great place for those days when you just don't want to cook. Breakfast,lunch, or dinner. And everything tastes better with a shake!

Thank Julia M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
4:00 am - 10:00 pm
4:00 am - 10:00 pm
4:00 am - 10:00 pm
4:00 am - 10:00 pm
4:00 am - 10:00 pm
4:00 am - 11:00 pm
4:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 31 N State Highway 49-88, Jackson, CA 95642
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Jackson
  • Phone Number: +1 209-223-0853

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?