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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
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Saint Charles, Missouri
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was looking for a fun place to take the kids (2 and 9) for lunch. The menu had a lot of options and the prices were surprisingly reasonable. They also had a full soda fountains with ice cream for one or giant concoctions to share. The kids were fascinated when the wait staff doubled as the singing entertainment. Our... More 

Thank JennieEKG
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Mel's is a great place to grab lunch. The food was good; entertainment was great and the prices are reasonable.

Thank baltcpc
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The singing waiters/waitresses made this a standout stop for us, although they didn't come towards the back of the restaurant where we sat while they sang. Food was plentiful and good, seating a bit cramped, and we had to wait until all members of our party had arrived before they'd seat us. Saw people taking pictures of the desserts folks... More 

Thank Mary B
Kansas City, Missouri
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Always stop at Mel's Hard Luck Diner to hear Kelly sing and this time my husband e-mailed her ahead of time to see what days she was working when we were there so we would be sure to hear her sing! And she signed her CD for us and our friends along w/sining for friend's B'day and my husband &... More 

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

Hi Betty, not sure what happened, but your remarks are all very good and yet your rating was the very worse, perhaps you can go back in and change it? thanks, Mel More 

Houston, Texas
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43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely love this place....one of a kind! Don't miss your chance to go! The rootbeer malt is amazing! Everything we ordered was delicious and the singers/servers/atmosphere were wonderful!!

Thank emily b
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lunch at Mel's Hard Luck Diner has been on my list all season, I finally made it there this trip. It was great!!! The food was very tasty and the portions were plenty. As you wait and eat, the servers sing and entertain the guests. Everyone is uber talented. Each server has CD's available for purchase in the gift shop... More 

Thank BCUSA10
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Mel's is one of those places you really need to visit when in Branson. We were there for 5 days and ate there 3 times. The Reubens and Patty Melts are top notch and the shakes and deserts looked great (we only had the sandwiches). The staff sings while you dine and they are very talented.

Thank WallyandRonni D
Apple Valley, Minnesota
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Always enjoy going to this little restaurant! Great food and friendly, talented, singing servers! We went there 3 times this last week!

Thank Briankelly77
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had the best chicken salad I have ever had at Mel's Hard Luck Dinner. And the waiters and waitresses double as the entertainment -- and they are excellent! Good food, free entertainment ... who could ask for anything more?!?!

Thank Donnita F
San Diego, CA USA
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

All the food here seems to come in one size -- extra large! With 6 adults, we ordered meals and shared. We also ordered shakes or root beer floats and we were all stuffed when we finished. Saw couples at other tables taking lots of their food home because they each ordered a meal and couldn't eat it all. Besides... More 

Thank CACruzer

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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
Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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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