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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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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Often very crowded, but worth the wait! I've been many times and never disappointed! You get a delicious meal in a 50's themed restaurant, with amazing singing waiters !!! SO much FUN !!! It's a MUST try !!!!!

Thank NanaDeDe
Lampe, Missouri
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Oh MY Gosh what a great place to eat. We always take our family and friends there when they come to visit us. Atmosphere to the max. The waiters and waitresses are the singers and interact with the customers in a very relaxed sort of way. We especially like to go on someones birthday and the singer would sing just... More 

Thank Tabllerockin
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have eaten lunch here many times.There is a little wait that is why i gave it 4 stars.The food rating is 5 stars. The entertainment is good while you eat.

Thank Marcus-Latasha W
Wood River, United States
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We got there when it opened and there was already a long line of people waiting to get in. This was my third time eating here and each time, the food has been good. It's about $10 for an average burger/sandwich plate but what you're really paying for is the atmosphere. It's set as an older diner where the servers... More 

Thank Abe E
Branson, Missouri, United States
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best all around good, atmosphere is so relaxing, and the entertainment is top notch. The servers all sing as they serve you and they just have fun with you as you dine

Thank Dee E
Jacksonville, Illinois
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Go for the singing, that is a unique experience and the atmosphere is fun. The menu is typical diner fare and we found the food to be just average.

Thank rwebb804
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our second visit to Mel's. Stood in line for 45 minutes this time. Food was mediocre at best. Entertainment was not anything spectacular. We ordered dessert to go--two pieces of cheesecake. It wasn't as good as the frozen one we bought at Walmart.

Thank Pamela T
Edmond, OK
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197 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate there between Christmas and New Year's. It was during the week about 2 pm and they were only moderately busy. It's a diner with typical diner food but a large menu selection. We all had various forms of fried type food. They do have singers who perform about every 5 or 10 minutes and sing one song. They... More 

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

This is Mel, owner of the diner. Glad you stopped by. Not sure why your rating had to be so low as you can see, of the more than 2000 reviews, most give much higher marks on the food and the entertainment. Most of our singers are professional and many have been in or are still in other shows. Although... More 

Branson, Missouri
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As owners of Branson Vacation Rentals we get asked all the time what restaurants we recommend and Mel's is always number one for a fun experience! Great diner food, from burgers to meatloaf - absolutely have a shake!!! The best thing is the entertainment; the wait staff sings some of the best music in Branson! Very talented - a few... More 

Thank BransonVacationCabin
Saginaw, Texas, United States
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

food was good, little pricey for burgers but good taste, the entertainment was great performed by the wait staff, expect a line on weekends.

Thank James P

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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
Brunch, Lunch, 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
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, 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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