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Mel's Hard Luck Diner

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$$ - $$$
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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

3 stars for the food. The chili bowl with muffin was good. The wrap was average. Atmosphere was a 4. Singers were fun.

Thank Larry J
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our group of friends visit this establishment every time we are in Branson, never have we been disappointed. The singing wait staff are friendly and efficient. The food has always been very good. Good shopping near by.

Thank bruce w
Wichita, Kansas
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Food was ok atmosphere was ok waiter did not interact much with us. Reuben was good wife's burger was good but the fun aspect wasn't there it was busy but was busy before and everyone was so upbeat

Thank jeffrey p
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent food, service & performances by staff. All very talented. Loved the food & the songs performed by staff. Great music from 60's etc.

Thank ThomasJCleary
Crowley, Texas
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44 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Mel's Diner is a 50's themed restaurant with good food and fun. The waiters and waitresses sing well, and they are unobtrusive as they walk around the diner. They did a special song for my birthday which ended in good harmony. It was entertaining and fun!

Thank Donna O
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had a great time here!. Line looked long at first but it moves pretty quickly. Generous portions of food and the wait staff and there voices are amazing. Layne was our server and she was the sweetest!

Thank Terri S
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Best place to eat and visit in Branson!!!! Servers are awesome. My food was perfect!' Try the onion rings!!! They are the best!! No matter what you order you will be satisfied and full!!!

Thank Stephen C
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The regular sundaes are large and the banana split will serve a family of four. If you are eating come back later for dessert

Thank Florey D
Saint Louis, Missouri
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187 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We enjoyed our lunch very much. I had a grilled chicken sandwich and my husband enjoyed the chili. Both were very good. We also split a shake, which was nothing special. We enjoyed the singing servers. Some are very talented! The only complaint I have about this place is that as you enter you go into a long hallway that... More 

Thank Lin L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went here for lunch and they were packed. Although a bit pricey, our food was delicious! My daughter and I shared the chili cheese burger that huge and so good! Hubby had the patti melt, while our 14 year old had the big burger. Big serving, great service with the waitstaff taking turns singing. We had more fun here... More 

Thank Deborah D

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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, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Brunch, Lunch
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, Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget
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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