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Mel's Hard Luck Diner

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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8 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Everything was great! Food quality and portions were excellent. We were shocked at how talented and caring the singing servers were. It was so entertaining. One our favorite Branson vacation activities! We'll definitely visit again.

Thank trbishop
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

very good condition and very good food and drinks and I will be coming back to this restaurant in the near future so I thank you very much and that is all I have to say about this place

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited Mel's the last 2 times we have visited Branson. Nice little Diner. Good food and nice to hear some good music while you eat. Everyone very nice and lots of cool stuff in the gift shop. See you again on our next trip to Branson.

Thank Kay B
Des Moines, Iowa
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73 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

All the waitstaff take turns singing while still doing their job. They are really talented!! Beautiful voices to enjoy with your setting and meal like in the 50's. Be ready for an ice cream treat whether malt,shake,sundae, or atop another dessert! Buy one of their CDs before you go to continue your experience.

Thank Naomi H
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was our 2nd time to eat at this restaurant. The taste and amount of food continues to be outstanding. The atmosphere is definitely family oriented and down to earth. The staff is motivated to perform to a high level with hopes of greater opportunities to perform in the Branson area. If we are fortunate enough to return to Branson... More 

Thank Kim S
Topeka, Kansas
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

the waitstaff is so talented. Their voices are great. Our mean was great too. Loved the chocolate shake. My broccoli cheese soup was wonderful and my husband loved their chili. We will return on our next trip.

Thank 2015hotairballoon60
Escalon, California, United States
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159 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I had the BLT. The bacon was really salty but had good flavor. The waiters took turns singing which made the experience.

Thank Karen C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Fabulous club sandwich and delicious iced tea. Husband ENJOYED his Hawaiian burger! All the waiters and waitresses took turns singing, and they were really great singers! Loved the Gospel music and other styles of music! We will return for sure!!!!

Thank Lisa M
Saint Louis, Missouri
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75 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Servers not only bring delicious food, but they also perform numbers from their albums - both are done extremely well and friendly. So much so that the next time you eat out, you will feel like something is missing. All performances, dinners and service was superb. They also honor a military discount, even when I didn't ask. They saw the... More 

Thank Joe L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our favorite place in Branson to eat. The service is great. The Diner is very clean. The waitstaff is the friendly and very helpful.

Thank Mary H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$9 - $19
American, Diner, Soups
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
Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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
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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