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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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“burger” (313 reviews)
“banana split” (70 reviews)
“fries” (170 reviews)
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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 6 days ago

My wife and I and another couple had an early dinner at Mel's on a Friday in July. At 5pm, the place was very quiet, and we were seated immediately. We had a wonderful, singing waitress named Kimberly, and our order was taken promptly, and...More

Thank Tim D
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had lunch here after riding the Ducks... ordered a burger/malt combo. Our waitress, Dana, was a wonderful server and singer! Burgers and malts were delicious. We will definitely return next time we visit Branson.

Thank Val-Ann W
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went here from a recommendation from a friend. When we walked in the place is run down and had an awful smell. As we sat there we realized the ac was not working the greatest either. Food was average nothing exciting. The staff do...More

Thank Leah F
kritertracks, Owner at Mel's Hard Luck Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi, this is Mel, owner of the diner. Yes, we had a major problem with one of the five air conditioning units that cool the diner. Unfortunately it was the one handling the first dining room. The part for it is supposed to be in...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tonight we tried Mel's and all ordered the cheese burger that came with a milk shake. I ordered the Mushroom Swiss, all enjoyed the meal and entertainment. Air conditioning was not working that well and after spending the day in the heat we wanted air...More

Thank TravelingNana714
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped for a quick lunch. Nothing special here . The outside look promising but didn’t follow throu.They offer a few burgers, sandwiches and salads. Prices are $, so guess that's why you shouldn't expect much.

Thank Chefnfly
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good burgers of a good size. Chili fries were great. Service was about average. Singing waiter thing was alright but not my cup of tea. We were wanting to get the banana sundae but the meal filled us up.

Thank chrsbrchtt
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great diner style food. It is pretty cool having the servers sing as the work hard! Fun place for the family.

Thank g0lfnut72
Reviewed 1 week ago

A large place with room for families; portions are large (there is no double burger on the menu but a single is much like a double!) and filling. Live singers serenade you while you eat and it's great fun for all ages.

Thank juliedonald
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sort of an old 50's style diner. Very basic menu w average food. Each server sings at some point as they walk through the restaurant. Some are good. Some are great. Some are hard to tolerate. Each seems to try selling CDs of the songs...More

Thank Robert L
Reviewed 1 week ago

At the lunch break from our training at the Clarion Hotel, some people suggested that I eat next door at Mel's Diner (everybody else paid for the $30 coaching luncheon). I DID NOT WANT hamburgers but I went anyway--and I'm glad that I did! I...More

Thank BucketListRebel
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May 28, 2017|
Response from WIlliamMone | Property representative |
Hello, the age limit is 12.
Lynn W
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
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
Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Kids
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
  • E-mail
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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