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“Just had milkshakes but LOVED the place!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mel's Hard Luck Diner

Mel's Hard Luck Diner
Ranked #17 of 370 Restaurants in Branson
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $19
Cuisines: American, Diner, Soups
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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222 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Just had milkshakes but LOVED the place!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

The friends we were with know ALL the good places, so we stopped here for milkshakes. We sat at the counter and loved watching the young man make delicious ice cream desserts. We ordered a chocolate/pineapple shake that was fabulous and our friends had the root beer malt, great too and really different. Really enjoyed the singing waiters, FUN FUN!!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Plainville, Kansas
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62 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“DELISH!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2013

First of all, how neat to have the wait staff sing. It was so neat and our waitress was great. She had some fun embarrassing our younger kids and we all had a blast. Did I mention the food was awesome? It WAS! My husband got some peanut butter-banana concoction and he LOVED it. I got the bacon cheeseburger and was enough for two people. We also saw people that got dessert (we didn't have room in our tummies for that!) and the Sunday's were big enough for 5 people!!!!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Trish S
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Fredonia, New York
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99 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Great entertainment, good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

The wait staff take turns singing and it's ongoing. Great talent. We had hamburgers and they were excellent as well. Very busy restaurant.

Visited September 2013
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Mooresville, Indiana
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Free show with your meal!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

Great tasting food and the best part was the singing servers. While waiting on customers they wander through the restaurant singing songs from all different styles...Gospel, country, oldies!! If you only have the ice cream be careful what you order the sizes are huge for just 1 scoop!!!

Visited September 2013
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Houston, Texas
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72 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Food just ok but music is tops”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

You won't go to Mel's for the food but for the singing. Don't get me wrong, the food is ok...diner style and does taste good. Milkshakes are out of this world, as are the desserts. However the real value here is the wait staff and kitchen help who entertain while you dine. We have been to Mel's 3 times over the past 6 years and never heard a singer who was not top notch. All of them are excellent and we usually purchase at least one CD before leaving. Today (9/15/13) we were there for lunch and within about 45 minutes, heard 6 performances (our waiter, another waiter and a trio of waiters). All were outstanding. Don't mess Mel's while in Branson.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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