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Mel's Hard Luck Diner

2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
+1 417-332-0150
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good27%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Best burgers & shakes plus the entertainment! The singers are really great plus they double as the waiters and staff!

Thank mosherm74
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Nothing but great things to say about our visit to Mel's Diner. There was a short line but the wait staff moved it along quickly and we were seated within 15 minutes during peak dinner hours on a Saturday. The ambiance is very old fashioned...More

Thank Crisp24
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

These waiters can really sing. Enjoy top notch vocal talent while enjoying basic diner food. The portions were large and the prices were very reasonable. Ask for Travis. The chicken fried steak, pot roast and chicken salad all pass with thumbs up from my crew.

Thank E_Leigh_12
Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband and I went to Mel's on a Sunday before noon. He had never been there and I was wanting him to see the place. We were served quickly and enjoyed hearing all the servers sing as we ate out lunch. Fun place to...More

Thank Kathy T
Reviewed 5 days ago

Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy Mel's. It's usually busy so you may have a 15 minute wait. The food is good and the singer's are wonderful! We go every time we are in branson!

Thank Sue K
Reviewed 6 days ago

You'll have fun and laughs with waiters and waitresses as well as other diners in this '50's diner. It may get crowded but you'll be able to see and hear all the LIVE entertainment. Food is great, too!

Thank Willie-DG
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thought it would be cool to go to a place where the waiters sing and this turned out to be really nice the food was good the wait staff and the hostess are very nice and attentive. The waiters and waitresses do sing as they...More

Thank Brian C
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have tried to eat at Mel's Hard Luck Diner for the last three; but, it was always so crowded we couldn't get in. Last September we finally ate there. It is casually diner, food was good. Service excellent and the servers entertained us with...More

Thank 204barbarak
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great time at Mel’s Tonight. Kevin out singing waiter sang to all of us! We each had ice cream sundae’s which were delicious!!

Thank Betebe
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The restaurant reminds you of of days gone by. Out of the 50”s Old time diner. Food was hit or miss but worth it because of the singing. We both agreed the Shakes & fries were good. Both Burgers were dry & overcooked. Our server...More

Thank Melissa B
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Response from WIlliamMone | Property representative |
Hello, the age limit is 12.
Lynn W
31 March 2017|
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Response from kritertracks | Property representative |
Because we are in a very popular tourist town and cannot always predict the crowd flow, we are giving this information based on the averages, subject to change if a several large family groups or bus groups should arrive at... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$19
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Branson
  • Phone Number: +1 417-332-0150
  • E-mail
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.
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