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The Original Mels

American, Diner
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232 Main St, Placerville, CA 95667-5586
5306268072
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Georgetown, California
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66 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Food is really good. Atmosphere fun and like you've stepped back into 1950, which is what they are famous for. Customer service.... not so great. I've visited several times, so it's not unusual to have a waitress who is more focused on chatting with friends or co-workers than making sure your dining experience is a good one. Never had a... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Always a great Mels Original burger. The help is always nice. The food is always good. The location is good. Any time we drive through Placerville we stop here. WE absolutely recommend it.

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Thank Robin B
Placerville, California
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

this will be ok. I'd rather do Golden Arches. Faux 50s decor, loud. Do like down home waitresses but avoid steak and eggs special unless you have very strong teeth.

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Thank Tom W
Shingle Springs
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

Excellent customer service. The ladies were smiling an happy with old fashion styles and singing and dancing to the music playing on the juke boxes. The food was delicious and the other customers looked ecstatic. What a wonderful place....

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Thank Kristy L
El Dorado, California, United States
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

This is the classic Mel's 50 reasturant. Good music and good food. The burgers are great and the Mel's special fries are even better. Love the real milk shakes and malts. Staff is always friendly and service is excellent.

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Thank George C
Placerville, California
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73 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

A very broad home style breakfast menu and a lunch menu that offers every kind of burger imaginable. The decor is nostalgic...

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Thank prodocjazz
Brighton, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

We ate at Mels late afternoon on Monday 9/28 after having a disastrous attempt to eat elsewhere in Placerville - we should have gone to Mel's in the first place!! Happy helpful staff and great traditional menu all well cooked and served. The beef & cheese hot sandwich is excellent as arer the cheesy fries. What else is there to... More 

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Thank Philip R
Albuquerque, New Mexico
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

50's place with yummy food. We are looking forward to having a real milk shake since we were to full to have one at dinner.

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Thank Sandra L
El Dorado Hills, California
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87 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The service here is always great, the food is over served and plenty. Not a complaint I can think of.

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Los Angeles, California
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We stopped in here for some dessert. This was your typical 1950's diner. Very cute. Service was good and the apple pie a la mode was just what we were looking for.

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Thank Chris R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American, Diner
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 232 Main St, Placerville, CA 95667-5586
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Placerville
  • Phone Number: 5306268072

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?