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“Two strikes - they're out”
Review of Mel's Diner

Mel's Diner
Ranked #187 of 372 Restaurants in Waterloo
Price range: $3 - $19
Cuisines: Diner, Canadian
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night
Waterloo, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Two strikes - they're out”
Reviewed August 23, 2014

This was the 2nd visit, almost exactly 1 year after the 1st one, with the same friend.
Last year, Mel's had just re-opened after a fire, so we cut them some slack. The service then was terrible, half of what we wanted to order was not available, what we did order was not cooked very well, and badly presented. And, tea came with water from the (not very hot) hot water tap.
Maybe after a year they've settled down, we thought. Alas, no. Except, after one year, the place had noticeably not aged well, and one of the benches in our booth had a very large tear. Should have got higher quality!
Montreal smoked meat sandwiches should not arrive with the bread soggy, and the meat sticking out of the bread dried up and curly. The bread should have more than a very slight coating of mustard, or, mustard should be provided without being asked for. And a dill pickle should be a bit more than roughly on fifth of a very small pickle. And, fish and chips should not be overdone on the outside and underdone on the inside, with the chips obviously out of a frozen bag and under-fried. And one should not have to ask for tartar sauce, and for the price, there should be more than about 1/8th of a small lemon, which was mostly rind.
Not going back!

  • Visited August 2014
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English first
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“Awesome food! Great Price!”
Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

Mel's is an awesome 50s styled place. You get a lot of good food for a very good price for the amount of food your getting. There breakfasts are really good and yes it can get busy but it's totally worth the wait!

P.s. Don't pay attention to that one guys 1 star review. From what I've seen from his other reviews he seems a little stuck up and hard to please. Mel's is a great place to go for brunch with friends!

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Horrendous experience”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

Understaffed, noisy, rude waiters, cold and expensive food. I would never ever recommend anyone to go to this place.

  • Visited July 2013
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