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Mel's Hard Luck Diner

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American, Diner, Soups
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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Wilson, North Carolina
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Neat little place - Food was good - Wait staff sing often and are very good - Very friendly staff! I enjoyed a corn chowder that included shreds of chicken. Also, had a cheeseburger and fries, Burger was delicious and large enough to share with my spouse. Wish I would have had something from the ice cream fountain, but was... More 

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Thank beachfan1938
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We waited 5 minutes to get seated for supper. That wasn't too bad, but my main complaint was the food wasn't very good. My husband, 2.75 year old son, and I each ordered something different. It was all not good food. My son wouldn't even touch his after one bite and he is usually a great eater. My chicken salad... More 

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Thank Crystal E
Wappapello, Missouri
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Good Food, Good Price, Friendly and Talented Servers Great Singers, has A 50's flare Decoration. Any time I Go To Branson I Always Make Sure to have Lunch here At Least once. I really really love Going here!!!!

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Thank Teresa M
Newton, Kansas
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The food at Mel's is very good. The waiters and waitresses take a rotational turn singing. They have their own style and the four we heard while dining were very good.

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Thank Ladonna S
Oklahoma City
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This restaurant was an unplanned adventure. The food was good, much more than tater tots! But the real treat was the servers. They sing while they deliver food to your table. Each of them have auditioned to be eligible to sing. They all had fabulous voices. They also have all recorded music and you can request the one you'd like... More 

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Thank Denise W
Tucumcari, New Mexico
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We didn't have much time before our show started so we stopped in for a burger. The wait was about 10 minutes and we were seated and the entertainment began. Our waitress was the best! She had a great voice as the wait staff also entertains with great vocals!

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Thank Russell F
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54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We would go back to Mel's Hard Luck. The food was delicious. We stayed in Branson for a few days. Go again.

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Thank hopr10
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28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Hubby and I stopped in for an early lunch today. Glad we went early (11:15) as it filled up quickly. Our waitress/singer Karen was fantastic at both service and singing! Such a friendly fun place! My burger and fries were excellent as was my husband's patty melt. Picked up a couple of things in their gift shop, too. So glad... More 

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Thank Cindy B
San Antonio, Texas
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stopped in here on our first night in Branson (family of 8) Had the beans and rice - wasn't too favorable- wouldn't recommend it but everyone in our party that had cheeseburgers loved those. Thought it was cool that it was a "singing waitress/waiter" place- didn't know that. Everyone had great voices, so provided entertainment while we ate.

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Thank AngelaEdens
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went in for ice cream. Got seated quick. A C could not keep up with temperature outside and number of patrons. Good signing and staff. Nice atmosphere.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $19
Cuisine
American, Diner, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?