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“Mel's Drive In”
Review of Mel's Drive-In

Mel's Drive-In
Ranked #40 of 9,944 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Diner
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Good for: Large groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Hollywood
Raleigh, NC
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163 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Mel's Drive In”
Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

When in Hollywood it is worth stopping by Mel' s Drive In for a burger, shake or even a salad. The place takes a bad rap at times because of the service and paying to park. First the service was good and our server Mario was attentive and took care of us. We had no problems with the service. As for parking, it is L.A. and anywhere you go you will pay for parking (it took me a few trips to understand this).

The food was good as we had a club sandwich and southwest chicken salad. Both were tasted good and were filling. I recommend the banana split for dessert and my wife had the apple pie with ice cream. The slice of pie was huge and sweet. My split was gone within seconds and was prepared perfectly.

The restaurant is filled with history and pictures from famous visitors. For quarter you can play music fro different eras. Stop by and have some fun.

Visited July 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Food Better Than Service”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

We really liked that Mel's offered grass-fed beef (you need to ask for it as they have other burgers) and that they had fresh juice choices. It was fun to have diner options and healthier ones on the same menu. We liked what we ate but the service was kind of indifferent. Not bad just kind of unfocused.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank KarliSP
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Adelaide, Australia
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57 reviews
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“Old style property with contemporary fare”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

Mel's is straight out of the movies - literally - and a joy to visit. We have been on several occasions of late and been pleasantly surprised to have been met by the same waitress - there must be something good about a burger joint that engenders career staff!

Notwithstanding it's age (over 40 now), Mel's menu has not stood still. There are heart-smart offerings as well as dishes that are not the traditionally huge servings of grease and glug. The new sliders are great and certainly a gourmet burger offering. Likewise the salads and similar are contemporary healthy dishes.

For a burger joint Mel's is excellent - for a piece of movie history Mel's is excellent - for location and price Mel's is excellent.

Well worth a visit when touristing in Hollywood.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank AJD57
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california
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83 reviews
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“pretty grumpy servers and busboys”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

There was one busboy in particular that seemed bent on making as much noise throwing dishes into his bus tub as possible, but ONLY when close to customers trying to eat. His name said Justin or Joshua or something unusual for a latino. Our server also never smiled once. The food wasn't horrible BUT for just about the same price (maybe a little more) go a little further to the Griddle. Great food, HUGE portions and a lively atmosphere. Also, they should've come up with a better realized concept for a restaurant that is in a historic building like the Max Factor Building!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank brewsterstravels
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Northridge, Ca
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“Extremely Poor Service”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

I have to say I was not really impressed my husband and I recently had dinner her after and the service was atrocious slow then dirt and not very friendly. I guess they don't care if you tip them well or not yes we tip based on service so if you want more than a standard tip you should provide more then mediocre service. That said the shakes are amazing the gravy fries were good and the burger was good. Hoping the one closer to my house has better service because it's decent food

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Darin_and_Christi
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