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Mel's Diner

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American, Diner
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2956 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503-3246
+1 337-235-6219
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Los Angeles, California
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1,946 reviews
671 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 584 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2015

Mel's is a long term establishment & by my food deserves its fine reputation. Cooking is down home Southern, with a Louisiana twist throw in to boot. Nice ambiance and not overdone. This is a Diner and looks like one, except that the food is great. Have eaten there several times, breakfast & linch. Very pleased both times. Enjoy Mel's... More 

Thank David B L
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2015

Great food, fast, friendly service, sugar-free waffle syrup, fast refills, yummy sausage, grear biscuits & gravy, million-dollar tasting grits like Mamma made!

1 Thank Goff M
Lafayette, Louisiana
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2015

It was very good and very reasonable and the stuff wonderful really nothing I don't like about this place the one Johnston st I have being going to that place for the last 20 years and like every thing about it

Thank Gonzo E
Abbeville, Louisiana
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53 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2015

Mel's has long been a fixture in Lafayette, so we thought we would try it. It was crowded by tables out in the aisles making it difficult to get around. We all ordered the special, Eggs Benedict, and we asked for the accompanying potatoes to be well-grilled. What came was a total disappointment. A small piece of ham, not Canadian... More 

Thank James R
Gulfport, Mississippi
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152 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2015 via mobile

We have to stop by for morning breakfast every time we're in town. The courteous staff and awesome food make this a must visit.

1 Thank JayEss61
Carencro, Louisiana
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2014

We have tried several meals at Mel's. the breakfasts are good and the biscuits are huge and tasty and the pancakes are good too. The bacon cheeseburger is one of Lafayettes finest burgers. I have eaten several and they are very consistent. I have had the white beans and rice with ham and well, the rice was gooey but it... More 

2 Thank Lee M
Lafayette, Louisiana
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2014

This is a true "BLUE PLATE" type restaurant. Food is fair, however; biscuits are great. Service good.

1 Thank rhebasue
Lafayette, Louisiana
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70 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2014 via mobile

I went to lunch with a friend. We were seated immediately in the quaint diner. We both ordered burgers, and I tried the onion rings which were fabulous. Our burgers were great, and our service was fantastic. But most remarkable was my fresh strawberry milkshake. Mel's knows how to do milkshakes! My friend had a chocolate malt and was thrilled.... More 

1 Thank Crystal J
Meridian, Mississippi
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2014

When visiting in Lafayette, we always go here. The service is exceptional, friendly, and timely! Eggs cooked ( soft scrambled) just as we like them! Coffe hot and the waitresses never let your cup go empty! The biscuits are good, but too big for my taste! Orange marmalade is availed which I cannot say for any other breakfast place!

1 Thank kacki41
Anchorage, Alaska
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14 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2014

Hard to ruin breakfast but they did. Slow and uninterested service, no butter for toast and lame eggs. Boring and dirty and old. I did not like this place.

1 Thank Liz W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2956 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503-3246
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  Lafayette Parish  >  Lafayette
  • Phone Number: +1 337-235-6219

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