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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: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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.
Columbia, Missouri
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73 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed April 19, 2014

My wife and I chose this restaurant for lunch during a recent visit to Branson because of the reviews. Our first clue that great diner food was not the only product served was the hostess who seated us while singing via a hand held cordless "mike" to all present. Yes, that is right. We learned that all the staff have to audition before they can be hired at the Hard Luck. Some of the staff are between shows, some are completing careers, and some are on their way up. Each wait staff person takes their turn behind the microphone and they will even do requests if you want. This was quite a pleasant surprise and made the great food we were served that much better. Most staff have CD's for sale (this greatly improves their income according to our server who was not only a great singer, but also a great server), and you won't be disappointed in the selections you make.
The food at the Hard Luck is indeed diner food, but believe me, it is great diner food!! The burgers are huge and can easily be split making a very satisfying meal for two. We will make Mel's Hard Luck Diner a mandatroy stop during each visit we make to Branson. This is an extremely fun place, with exceptional diner food.

  • Visited March 2014
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Page, Arizona
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59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great time”
Reviewed April 18, 2014 via mobile

You cannot go wrong here at Mels; great singer's,great food & excellent atmosphere. Justin you are the best. Gift shop attached has some very unique items. Love this place, can't wait to return.

Thank ShellyAz1414
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Dallas, Texas
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Siging Servers”
Reviewed April 17, 2014

I highly recommend Mel's Hard Luck Diner. While you are eating the servers sing to you. We went twice while in Branson and the servers were very friendly, attentive and good singers. I recommend the chicken salad croissant or the southwest chicken salad.

Visited April 2014
Thank Samantha D
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New Port Richey, Florida
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43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Fun place to eat”
Reviewed April 16, 2014

Have never been disappointed in my visits to Mel's whenever we are in Branson. The staff who act as both servers & entertainers have always been most kind, attentive & pleasant to my mentally & physically challenged sister. On occasion, our server has even honored one of my sister's requests for a favorite song. The food has always been good quality diner food with very generous serving portions. Wish we had such a diner here in New Port Richey, FL!

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Barbara C
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Cuba, Missouri
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fun place - Great food!”
Reviewed April 12, 2014

We've eaten at Mel's several times now on our visits to Branson, and we've never been disappointed. On our latest trip, I tried the chicken salad. It was great - fresh, delicious, generous portions. The servers are entertaining-very talented, and efficient. I am glad that Mel's is one of many places in Branson where the employees are not ashamed or afraid to speak of their faith in Jesus Christ. Go Mel's!

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Debbie C
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