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Mel's Hard Luck Diner

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$$ - $$$
As featured in 3 Days in Branson and 1 other guide
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2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
+1 417-332-0150
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11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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187 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We enjoyed our lunch very much. I had a grilled chicken sandwich and my husband enjoyed the chili. Both were very good. We also split a shake, which was nothing special. We enjoyed the singing servers. Some are very talented! The only complaint I have about this place is that as you enter you go into a long hallway that... More 

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Thank Lin L
Eureka
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318 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We went here for lunch and they were packed. Although a bit pricey, our food was delicious! My daughter and I shared the chili cheese burger that huge and so good! Hubby had the patti melt, while our 14 year old had the big burger. Big serving, great service with the waitstaff taking turns singing. We had more fun here... More 

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Thank Deborah D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have to say, in my 26 years of living on this earth, this is the worst food I've ever eaten. My father came once before and had the Hawaii Burger, spent that night hurling it across the bathroom floor. This time, we all had the Fish and fries. I imagine the chef must have grabbed some expired frozen fish... More 

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kritertracks, Owner at Mel's Hard Luck Diner, responded to this review

This is Mel, owner of the diner. Please don't fall for this obvious fraudulent review. Here are the usual reviews we see: "We went here for lunch and they were packed. Although a bit pricey, our food was delicious! My daughter and I shared the chili cheese burger that huge and so good! Hubby had the patti melt, while our... More 

Davenport, Iowa
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Wait staff that sings while they serve you and you will enjoy the food. They make old-time shakes here, yum.

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Thank theotherjohn
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The servers were excellent singers. Three different singers performed while we dined here. They were top-notch performers. The food was average. Service was great!

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Thank Debbie D
Bloomington, Illinois
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Each server is an accomplished singer, with CD's you can purchase and have signed. A great atmosphere for a casual meal.

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Thank James B
Springfield, Illinois, United States
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

What a fun place to eat. Singing waiters, old fashioned ice cream sodas, and great burgers. Who could ask for more. Wait staff are friendly and service is fast.

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Thank Rosemary D
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Very talented singers wait your table. Our glasses were always full as were our stomachs when we left. Loved our children's reactions to being sung to. Plan on sharing the banana split--its huge and will not assist in any weight loss!!!!

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Thank Laura K
s.tilllman valley
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50 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is a great retro diner. Loved the decor. Staff will sing and they are good. Everyone that is working seem to enjoy their job. Super service. Good food and big helpings. Highly recommend.

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Thank kat234-12
Choudrant, Louisiana
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We go to Branson twice a year and always make it to Mel's for the malts snd banana splits! Be prepared to share! Also, the wait staff all sing so it is very good entertainment! Have had runner up on America's Got Talent! You will enjoy everything..

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$9 - $19
Cuisine
American, Diner, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Branson
  • Phone Number: +1 417-332-0150
Description
Home of Branson's original singing servers. A 50s themed diner offering music from the decades of the 50s and 60s and on up to today. A variety of singing styles, pop, rock, showtunes, opera, gospel, country, etc. Food offerings include burgers, sandwiches, great salads, blue plate specials and save room for some of the best and biggest desserts to be found.

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