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“1 Fun Place”

Mel's Hard Luck Diner
Ranked #20 of 376 Restaurants in Branson
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $19
Cuisines: American, Diner
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Buffet, Takeout
Description: Home of Branson's original singing servers. A 50s themed diner offering music from the decades of the 50s and 60s and on up to today. A variety of singing styles, pop, rock, showtunes, opera, gospel, country, etc. Food offerings include burgers, sandwiches, great salads, blue plate specials and save room for some of the best and biggest desserts to be found.
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“1 Fun Place”
Reviewed May 21, 2011

My husband and I both had burgers and fries. They were excellent. Waiters all took turns singing. It was a different fun restaurant. It was very entertaining and waiters took good care of tables also. Wanted to try their shakes and dessert but never made it back. Great place for kids also.

  • Visited May 2011
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Nebraska
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“LOVED IT!!!”
Reviewed May 16, 2011

Read the reviews and heard folks talking around town so we decided to try it out. Oh my - so glad we went. The food was good and the staff was wonderful. The wait staff take turns singing while taking orders and taking very good care of their customers. The atmosphere and singing was so fun. Our waiter was Jason Yeagar who had been on American Idol a couple seasons ago. He is certainly a nice kid with a great voice and the other waiters/waitresses sounded great too. I will definitely recommend this place to my friends.

  • Visited May 2011
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Bella Vista, Arkansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wonderful, Fun Restaurant”
Reviewed May 14, 2011

If you are looking for a fun place to eat in Branson, stop here. We liked it so much we went two days in a row (just for dessert the 2nd day). It is causal, the food is excellent, and the staff is amazing. The staff sing while they work so your server may have a 3 minute song now and then while you are there. Is actually makes it a lot of fun. The food is causual, great burgers and sandwiches. The shakes, malts and ice cream desserts are also terrific and the prices are reasonable, especially considering they are on the strip If you have kids they will LOVE this restaurant!

  • Visited May 2011
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great singing staff.”
Reviewed April 22, 2011

We had shakes and malts along with the dinner special. So much food but prepared quickly. Atmosphere is great.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Friendly and talented staff make it worth a visit”
Reviewed April 18, 2011

Incredibly talented staff sing songs every 10 minutes or so and make it a great time for the whole family. Two of the past American Idol contestants came over and answered our many questions about their Idol experience and were completely charming. My Mom ended up buying everyone's CD's from the gift shop. Food is basic diner fare - except for dessert - the bannana split fed 4 adults, plus a baby and was incredible!!! I completely recommend for the entertainment, ambiance and dessert!!

  • Visited April 2011
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