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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
Closed now
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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
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days 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.

Thank Iqbal K
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 

Thank Kirk A
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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.

Thank RobRoy09
Worthing, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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

Southport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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 

Thank Karen M
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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 

Thank Kelly H
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!!

Thank S W
Champigny-sur-Marne, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
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 

Thank stefouf1976
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was ok, good atmosphere and the service was alright. Pretty much standard fare as far as bacon and eggs, cute place with the jukeboxes etc, I do think there are better options for breakfast on the close by Chestnut St, but we had to try Mel's as it was directly across from our hotel. Would go again for sure,... More 

Thank lynner164
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017 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.

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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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