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Original Mel's

1349 N Main St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-4602
+1 925-935-6457
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good52%
  • Average19%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“burger” (6 reviews)
“comfort food” (4 reviews)
06:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Diner
1349 N Main St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-4602
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked by Mel's and saw a diner,a rarity in most places.This is the original Mels,one of the chain's locations.It is basic diner food,but for the hungry needing a big breakfast,and not having plans for lunch,this is the spot to load up! Fast and courteous...More

Thank ted d
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Diner food at high prices. Trading on name here. Typical diner breakfast and hamburgers, sandwiches, etc.

Thank Ron L
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Want to go retro, back to '50s and '60s, try Mel's. It's in the heart of Walnut Creek's North Main Street shopping. It's small has a 8-10 stool counter a small patio area on the street and booths. The reason I go there is to...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Seven family members from the Oakland and Dublin areas met in the middle at The Original Mel's in Walnut Creek. Two Dublin locals (transplants from PA), one visiting from Utah, and four visiting from PA. Luckily, we found the corner table which could accommodate the...More

Thank Michael F
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Food was well prepared diner food. Not organic or a different take on a diner that you might expect in Bay area. Staff was nice and relatively fast. Ambiance was perfect diner style. We went Saturday at lunch. They stay open really late on weekends...More

Thank ksigpaul
Reviewed 21 February 2017

I've been going to Mel's off and on for decade's. It is just what you would expect. Big breakfast, hamburger's, and lots of American cooking on the menu. The neon sign adds to the atmosphere.

Thank sam101645
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Usually go to Mel's on Friday evenings after social dancing. A group of friends go along. Always made to feel welcome by the staff, exceptional service from Jessie on all occasions. Fun atmosphere, good music, interesting memorabilia on the walls sparking conversations with those among...More

Thank MysterySusan
Reviewed 12 October 2016

been here many times, but this time the service was aweful. no one took our order for about 15 minutes, food came out semi warm, must have been a bad day

2  Thank jswalnutcreek
Reviewed 12 September 2016

This 50 style restaurant is fun and presents good comfort food as expected. The portions are huge and always tasty whether breakfast (YUM) , lunch or dinner. Nothing fancy just really good 50's diner food. Try it, you'll like it.

Thank SenorBill
Reviewed 19 August 2016

After a long day in the city we came back to the East Bay and picked Mel's for dinner. All of us had a good meal and the service was great. Got many refills of my drink without asking.

Thank Marilyn S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 03:00
06:00 - 03:00
06:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1349 N Main St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-4602
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Walnut Creek
  • Phone Number: +1 925-935-6457
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