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Mel's Drive-In - Lombard

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Marina District
American, Diner
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2165 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123-2712
+1 415-921-2867
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6:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 6:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 6:00 am - 3:00 am
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Colorado
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61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stayed at Cow Hollow Inn. Went to Mel's for for breakfast. Food was good but overpriced. We were charged $4.00 each for small orange juice. Came back from touring that day and were exhausted. We wanted food without a San Francisco flair. I ordered fried chicken which was good. Husbands sandwich also was not bad. But when check came... More 

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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

While staying across the street at the Cow Hollow Inn, Mel's was the obvious choice for dinner. It is a classic American Diner complete with Juke Box selectors located everywhere! The staff were really friendly and helpful and the food (we both had burgers with fries) was fantastic!! So much so, that at 3am the next morning, unable to sleep... More 

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Thank Westwick
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This restaurant has historical significance. It's a San Francisco Classic. From the outside, it looks like a shiny Classic old motor home. Inside they kept it in the classic format. Food is great. The best-tasting burgers you can every eat. The meat is GMO and chemical free. A must visit and recommend.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed at the Cow Hollow Inn across the street and on our last evening in the city, we decided to visit Mel's to grab some ice cream. We looked at the menu ahead of time and thought a Coke Float sounded perfect. We went inside the restaurant and asked the employee at the counter for a Coke Float. He rang... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I absolutley love this place.The 3 times we have been to Sna Fran, we have to stop in here and this time our hotel was just over the road so even better. Great diner food and drink with a great atomsphere. This is the best 50's style diner I have visited hands down.

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great choice of food - huge portions - sensible price - great if going to the cinema just along the road 2 x Brits in their 50's

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Southport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Old style as you would expect. The blue plate special of corned beef and veg and the meatloaf with veg were both incredibly delicious. A few lumps in gravy and potatoes but that's the character! Had to return for breakfast/brunch- the "meat-lovers" and the steak and eggs were fantastic and such good value for money $18 & $12.95. Coffee was... More 

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Warrnambool
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We pulled in for a dinner at Mel's as my brother had recommended it, and it appeared to have plenty of character. With neon signage and original retro fit, we couldn't help but feel we'd stepped into the set of 'Happy Days', 'American Graffiti' or 'Grease'. We were seated quickly which for a Saturday night and with a party of... More 

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Erwin, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had breakfast here early on a Sunday morning, the food was out very quickly, the servers were courteous and prompt. It is a bit pricey but would probably go back again. Had the Denver omelet, it was fresh, piping hot and plenty enough to eat!!

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Champigny-sur-Marne, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stay in the greenwich inn who are just 1 min by foot from the restaurant. We had 2 diner in it. If you are not far from it, you need to go there !!! The style of the restaurant is fun to see. But the burger are amazing and I know a lot about good burger. Its an old... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $12
Cuisine
American, Diner
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
6:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
6:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
6:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
6:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
6:00 am - 3:00 am
Saturday
6:00 am - 3:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2165 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123-2712
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Marina District
  • Neighborhood: Marina District
  • Phone Number: +1 415-921-2867

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Neighborhood Profile
Marina District
Beautiful homes, beautiful people, and a beautiful backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge welcome visitors to the Marina. Originally the location for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 (whose remnants can be seen at the Palace of Fine Arts), much of the land was filled and flattened to accommodate a world’s fair. That ample space has given way to a jogger’s paradise at the northern edge of the city. With the picturesque bay setting as its backdrop, it’s no surprise that the area has hosted numerous movie productions. Daytime activities focus on café culture and boutique shopping, while the evenings turn this neighborhood into a party-going hotspot.
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