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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%
Travelers talk about
“burger” (313 reviews)
“banana split” (70 reviews)
“fries” (170 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 8:30 pmAll hours
American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
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Reviewed August 16, 2016

We visit here every time we come to Branson. The singers are great and are excellent wait staff. Affordable if you have a family .

Thank 331dandy
Reviewed August 15, 2016

I agree with the other reviewers, it's a family spot, good place for kids, average food, a little pricey for what you get, but the staff is friendly and entertaining. My food was not hot when brought out, therefore it got cold before I was...More

Thank Connie S
kritertracks, Owner at Mel's Hard Luck Diner, responded to this reviewResponded August 17, 2016

Well, I have to point out that you DO NOT AGREE with the vast majority of reviewers who give us much better ratings than you did. Hi, I am Mel, owner of Mel's Hard Luck Diner, Kringles Christmas Store, Reflections Art Gallery, and T Charlestons...More

Reviewed August 14, 2016

We are in our 50's and my wife read an article about the diner. Stopped in for dinner. Overall its an average diner. A little pricey. You are in a resort community, what did you expect. Fast service, good malts and average food. The real...More

Thank rabbott5
Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

We decided to try this as we were right there shopping and needed a break. Soooo glad we did. Food was very good, service was great but the best part was the waiters would sing during your meal and had CDs for sale of their...More

Thank stephjump
Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

Fun atmosphere dun decor. Singing staff was a lot of fun. Watched them sing, check on their orders and deliver drinks all at once. Food was good, nice portions.

Thank Karen S
Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

The food was ok but they stuck us on the side of the restaurant where no one was singing. Singing was ok. The atmosphere was nice and the milkshakes were great!

Thank Shelly T
Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

This is the kind of place where you grab a burger or BLT and fries for around $10. The food is nothing to write home about....just your standard diner food. but the servers do sing and some of them are quite good. Justin was a...More

Thank busielady1
Reviewed August 12, 2016

This place was awesome! A restaurant with really good food and the staff sings, something you wouldn't find in your home town! We all enjoyed our meals, I had the chicken sandwich with bacon and requested bbq sauce. This really made the sandwich! We had...More

Thank Jak2605
Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

Singing servers while toting an arm full of full plates of food is just one fun aspect coupled with amazing shakes and yummy onion rings. Can't go wrong at Mel's

Thank Keith B
Reviewed August 12, 2016

The food was good, fries were great, shakes and malts were amazing!!! :) But what REALLY makes this place is the atmosphere!! ;) The waiters and waitresses sing to you and sing as you eat... and let me tell you, they are talented!! ;) A...More

Thank Aubrey W
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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
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
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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