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Mel's Hard Luck Diner

2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
+1 417-332-0150
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good27%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Good food. Fun atmosphere with singing waitstaff. Interactive with guests. No reservations needed. Gift shop on premise.

Thank Mark H. M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Wonderful food & generous portions. Great singers & very friendly, down home feeling. Worth your time to stop here.

Thank S-N1208
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Their ice cream sundaes are to die for. Where else do you have personal, special music performed for you while you eat. Pretty amazing! Good food too! Double friendly servers.

Thank countryjln
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Our family stopped in during our mid-August vacation in Branson. The decor in the diner is first class, and the fact that most servers also rotate in singing during their shifts (plugging their own CDs, of course) is a trademark for Mel's. The food is...More

Thank Kenneth R
Reviewed 4 days ago

Pub type food with singing waiters and waitresses. Food was good atmosphere adorable. Some of the singers were really good. Not a restaurant for a fancy night out, but a fun casual meal. There may be a wait when you go. The line was out...More

Thank Susan T
Reviewed 4 days ago

I have been here several times but first time for my friends. The meal is always good and really enjoy the waiters singing while we eat. I will have to visit sometime just for the ice cream treats as I am always so full after...More

Thank 110kimbo
Reviewed 4 days ago

Great little diner with fun entertainment from the singing waiters. Decent prices and good food. Can be a wait at times when busy .

Thank danser7201
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Always soooo much fun, lunch and singing waiters. Food is always good and the shakes are very good. The restaurant has a gift shop so you can browse before or after you eat. We visit this diner every time we come out to Branson and...More

Thank Lucy S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The decor and the entertainment truly brings you back to a better time. The food was very good. The place makes one want to extend their lunch break.

Thank kennweezie
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Cute little place. Legit diner with huge burgers. Servers sing and serenade you. Group gathered and sang Happy Birthday with a very unique spin. Must visit when in town

Thank Kevin S
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Response from WIlliamMone | Property representative |
Hello, the age limit is 12.
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March 31, 2017|
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Response from kritertracks | Property representative |
Because we are in a very popular tourist town and cannot always predict the crowd flow, we are giving this information based on the averages, subject to change if a several large family groups or bus groups should arrive at... More
July 31, 2015|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$9 - $19
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
Local cuisine, Large groups, Kids, Families with children, 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
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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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