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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

...this was great! Food was good; atmosphere cute. But the singing wait staff made it! That about says it for me...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We really enjoyed our meal at the Hard Luck Diner. The service was top notch, and the food was really good. My husband and I both had the chicken salad croissant special and it was excellent, and plentiful. The entertainment was great while we were there too. It's a unique place to visit as your server sings to everyone and... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have been to Branson several times but never tried the hard luck diner so when we had time free. There was a line waiting to get in but it moved fast. The food was excellent and reasonable priced. Portions were huge. The fellow behind us ordered a banana split, I don't think I have ever seen that much ice... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food, very busy, prices comparable for what you get! Milk shakes are great , service is quick and friendly!Loved hearing the voices of the servers!

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Thank Pam Y
Madera, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food was good and the entertainment was excellent. Singing waiters and waitress were very talented and very cordial to everyone. A must do in Branson!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

this place was hilarious with the great food and singing staff and a great rootbeer floatis fantastic

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Riverton, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Our first time here. GREAT atmosphere, GREAT servers and GREAT food. The servers sing to you through out your stay. Most of them are or have been professional singers. In the gift shop you can buy your servers DVD, which they will sign for you, or any other servers DVD. Portions are large especially the giant banana split. All in... More 

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Thank James C
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wonderful place to eat. The entertainment is great. We have been there every time we go to Branson and we love the food, the atmosphere, and the entertainment is GREAT.

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Thank Pamelaf54
Shelbyville, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A must when visiting Branson.. Had many of delicious meals there and totally love the singing waiters and waitresses. Many times that's our evening's entertainment or also afternoon treat.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very entertaining. Great talent in this diner. Also, the food was pretty good. Had a great time. We had chile, burgers, chicken salad and ice cream.

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