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“Good food and good music”

Mel's Hard Luck Diner
Ranked #19 of 388 Restaurants in Branson
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $19
Cuisines: American, Diner
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, 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.
Reviewed May 20, 2013 via mobile

It's great eating classic diner food while your server staff takes breaks to sing for the restaurant. Very talented and a nice selection of popular country, pop and Christian music.

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Reviewed May 18, 2013

You'll love your visit to this unique diner where the wait staff are all singers trying to break into the Branson music scene. The food is great! Whether it's a salad, sandwich, or full entrée, you can't go wrong. LOVE the root beer shakes!

Thank Georgia M
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

What a fun experience and treat to hear the "Singing Servers". Kelly Bryant waited on us and we thought she had a terrific voice. We did purchase several of her CDs. Food was good, hot and promptly served.

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Reviewed May 14, 2013

The waiters can really sing...and I mean they sing beautifully. But the food? Mediocre at best. Our friend ordered a bowl of chili, It was barely lukewarm. She asked for it to be reheated. The server stuck it in a microwave and forgot all about us and brought it back (after we reminded her) and it was even colder. My philly steak sandwich tasted like it was made from lunch meat. If you go here, just get something to drink and enjoy the music!!

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kritertracks, Owner at Mel's Hard Luck Diner, responded to this reviewResponded May 16, 2013

I so wish you had asked for the manager, assistant manager, or owner before leaving. One of us is always there. As you can see by the vast majority of other reviews, our food usually gets good to great ratings. Your experience is not common and I so wish you had given management a chance not only to correct the food experience but to work with the employee who obviously did not handle things appropriately. I strongly believe in these ratings sites but I personally never do a harsh rating until I first give management an opportunity to make amends. There are too many jobs relying on our customers' experiences and we do not get up in the morning wanting to do anything but give our customers great food, and lots of entertainment. I am the owner of the diner and would hope that you can some day give us another opportuntiy to please you. Mel

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Reviewed May 12, 2013

You have to go here, the food is great, and the singing waiters and waitress are awesome, you don't want to miss this one!

Thank kathystours
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