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Mel's Drive-In - Lombard

$$ - $$$
Marina District
American, Diner
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2165 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123-2712
+1 415-921-2867
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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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of options available for breakfast. All our six choices were very good. I had the Elvis Scramble which was very good. Learnt that a hash brown here is more like a potato rosti....tasty though. Root juices were exceptional. Just loved the American Diner decor. Slightly more expensive than I'd pay in Oz but overall well worth the visit.

Thank Arcticcircle
Chandler, Arizona
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

right across from the motel we stayed in, cow hollow inn, great food, we ate breakfast, i'd eat there again. a little on pricey side but portions are great! they have a kids menu for 10 and under!

Thank momm3y
New York City, New York
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45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Each time I visit San Francisco, I stop in at Mel's. The service is fast and friendly, and the food is excellent. I usually order an omelet or grilled cheese with bacon, both of which are very tasty. The milk shakes bring you back in time, as does the decor. Others who have dined with me here love the food... More 

Thank GREG C
Houston, Texas
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91 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's a diner so don't over expect... For me the food was just average however our waitress was a super nice lady and who made our experience really pleasant. Well I need to confess that their chocolate cake was super good.

Thank Backtowork
Melbourne, Australia
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59 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stumbled across Mel's by default, only to be very pleasantly surprised! At Mel's you'll find an authentic American experience, with fantastic food and drinks, quick service and relatively cheap prices. You really feel like you've been transported back to the 50's!

Thank 227Sam
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The meals are servicable and will meet your needs when hungry....The service is medium ....far from outstanding but I have did much worse....The omelette is good and I have had a burger and fries which were good...The one thing I diskike is the frozen butter pad with the toast..They need a soft spread....

Thank 6161
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016

Went here for breakfast, as it was across the street from our hotel ( Cow Hollow) Breakfast was hot and fresh. Coffee was good, service was timely. Sourdough bread/toast was delicious. Great location, portion was good as well.

Thank Marlena B
Anaheim, California
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41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

We had french toast and it was very good and a great portion. It was a great place if you enjoy the 50's atmosphere, the waitresses were very good. They had photos of Guy Fiere on the walls and jukeboxes at the tables. We really enjoyed breakfast that morning

Thank Sandy M
houston texas
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63 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

Good breakfast of pancakes and eggs and bacon for both of us around $10-$15 per person. They have good coffee too.

Thank geoknowitall
Osprey, Florida, United States
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016 via mobile

I just had breakfast at Mels. I had the Chicken and Waffles. A large waffle with 4 pieces of fried chicken. Absolutely fabulous. My friends had fruit plate which was not small by any means and a basic breakfast with eggs and toast. Everything was great. A must.

Thank grouperslayer

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $12
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Parking Available
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
6:00 am - 12:00 am
6:00 am - 12:00 am
6:00 am - 12:00 am
6:00 am - 12:00 am
6:00 am - 12:00 am
6:00 am - 3:00 am
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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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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