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Mel's Hard Luck Diner

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As featured in 3 Days in Branson and 1 other guide
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2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
+1 417-332-0150
11:00 - 20:30
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We hit this spot every time we come to town, this time twice! Good food and great singers serving the food and entertaining us frequently throughout our meal!

Thank Dan F
Clay Center, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Such a cool place to take your family! Food was good. I had the chicken fried steak which was very tender and tasted amazing. There are a lot of amazing voices that echo within the restaurant.

Thank lace_0183
Hermitage, Arkansas, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Food was okay but service was great! We all 7 shared a banana split and we could not eat it all--it was HUGE! The servers also sing and they were good.

Thank Angela S
Little Rock, Arkansas
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food and fun! We love the singing servers. They are very talented. A favorite stop of our when we are in Branson.

Thank rwest26
Branson, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We are never disappointed when we visit Mel's Hard Luck Diner. The food is absolutely delicious! The wait staff is friendly (Jeff is fun and his wife Kelly is as sweet as can be and can sing like an angel). It's a 50s diner with all the old fashion goodies like hand dipped milk shakes and patty melts. You can... More 

Thank Jujulynne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife, two young daughters, and I went for lunch. Food was excellent. Great chicken fried steak. Red beans and rice was fantastic! The staff sang a good variety of songs while they worked. Kelly was our waitress and she was easily one of the friendliest and attentive waitresses we have ever had; talented too! We had the ultimate ice... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I ate there with my family on Spring break. The food was good, but not exceptional. My BLT toast could have been toasted some more. The service was good and we enjoyed the singing waitstaff as well.

Thank Tyson S
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you want singing waiters and waitresses this is definitely the place to go. The food is delicious. There is something for everyone to eat. You may have to wait in line but the food is worth the wait .

Thank Karra S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Diner like and servers were excellent (they sing and continue to work at the same time!) Would suggest the staff wear a uniform or something a little nicer than shorts and random t-shirts.

Thank Shawna C
Branson, Missouri
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

very good chicken sandwich. The cherry malt was excellent and more than enough. The atmosphere is perfect very 50s and the servers are excellent singers very big variety of songs.

Thank americangirl20052

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$19
American, Diner, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Branson
  • Phone Number: +1 417-332-0150
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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