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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
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great place to eat and great entertainment! Lots of fun for the family! Have been there many times and can't wait for the next visit!

Thank Anna W
Deer Creek, Illinois
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Fun place to go. The servers take turns singing. Very clean, fun place - reminiscent of the 50's and 60's.

Thank Fishingsquirel
Oxford, New York
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had lunch here with friends. Waiters and waitresses sing for you of their recordings. Had peanut butter banana sandwich. Delicious.. Food was great with good entertainment.

Thank harmondi
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a must for our trips to Branson! We were there twice in 3 days! Food is great, old fashioned diner food. The menu is fun to read with food items named after old music. I recommend it to everyone I know traveling to Branson!

Thank QueenBElDo
Loveland, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This 50's Diner has typical food but is pricey which is explained by the waiters/waitresses who are also singers during your meal. I had a BLT. There was lots of bacon and served with crushed up potato chips (bottom of the bag????). My partner had a club sandwich but did not have the three pieces of bread, it was like... More 

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

This is Mel, owner of the diner. I have to disagree with you, those who read this, PLEASE, DO GO FOR THE FOOD, as well as the entertainment. The food is usually very good to great, but we are human and sometimes we make mistakes. When that happens, I encourage you to let us know, right then and there, after... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had GREAT FOOD and unexpected FABULOUS entertainment. The waiters and waitresses were phenomenal singers!

Thank dmp1950
Overland Park, Kansas
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great variety of food. Wait staff sings periodically thru out the restaurant. Reasonable prices. Made is feel like teenagers again. Will return often.

Thank BillieLerner
Shawnee, Oklahoma
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Good food. Little bit of everything you would expect from a diner (chili, burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, etc) The staff are all talented singers and take turns singing songs and do a good of job of interacting with the customers. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Daniel Y
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I usually make time to eat at the diner when I am in town because I love to hear the waiters sing. The food is ok; but not the draw to the restaurant. It is definitely the music. The food is a bit pricey for the taste.

Thank Cindy G
Fort Smith, Arkansas
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very reasonably priced and the food is good too. My family always enjoys the singing and the desserts are great too!!

Thank kidrickthecavem... .

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $19
American, Diner, Soups
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
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, 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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