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Original Mel's

American, Diner
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171 Nut Tree Pkwy, Vacaville, CA 95687-3252
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

For a non-US tourist this is a treat; an authentic burger joint with excellent burgers. Great food and good coffee.

Thank xMirjamx
Vacaville, CA
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30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

We typically enjoy their breakfasts - they have nice eclectic California fusion breakfast options that are always tasty and served with a smile. Their kid options for lunch/dinner are served in a fun car-box that kids love. It's a wonderful casual restaurant.

Thank ScientificLeader
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46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

The diner atmosphere is pretty cool, including jukeboxes at the tables. The food was decent, though not extraordinary.

Thank 71T
Guadalajara, Mexico
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

Great place after a long day at the outlet, food is exactly what you can expect from a place like this.

Thank David P
Plano, Texas
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

used to go there quite a lot for their morning specials, but got a horrible case of food poisoning the last time. worst I've ever had. I was down for a solid week. Therefor, I can never go there again.

Thank manszdman
Ellensburg, Washington
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101 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

Lucky find for us today - our eateries are often chosen because of parking available for the motor home. Google the place while you wait for your order and read about the history and the connection to American Graffiti movie.50's theme throughout- sharp and friendly server. $32 is a little spendy for lunch but this is California I guess, and... More 

Thank Sue A
Ukiah, California
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016 via mobile

Folks for a truly amazing experience stop by this place here. The service is A plus, the food is just as good, and the atmosphere is great. Loved watching the manager so hands on with everything. The service was quick and the food was incredible..... Our new favorite place to stop and eat.

Thank Ramostherealtor
Vacaville, California
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016

We always enjoy Mel's for a quick dinner or lunch. The décor is centered around the 59's - 70's high school. They have old fashioned table top jukeboxes where you can certainly find some favorites from high school. They even serve the milkshakes in a tall glass along with the remainder in a tall tin cup. Also, we love their... More 

Thank vacajeanie
Northern California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

We had a late night dinner snack while staying in a nearby hotel, and then had breakfast there the next day before leaving town. Totally 50s-60s-70s theme, which was cool, but the really impressive part was the cheerfulness of the wait staff. Food was excellent and portions large (had to take remainders in a box, both times). Nifty extra was... More 

Thank calitexican
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
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177 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2016

The food was fantastic, not the type we normally get to enjoy. Service was superb. Coffee was actually quite good, not something I expect in most American cafes. Music and ambieance was nice.

Thank Dorvin S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 171 Nut Tree Pkwy, Vacaville, CA 95687-3252
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Vacaville
  • Phone Number: 707-451-4811

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