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Mel's Hard Luck Diner

2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
+1 417-332-0150
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We met friends for shopping and stopped in for a quick lunch! The service, food and entertainment were awesome! This is always a great place to have lunch, dinner or ice cream! Thanks

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 542patrickg
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Well, I have been eating at Mel’s for the past “bunch” of years and an interesting thing happened this year. The Menu changed, the portions have been downsized, and the talent has suffered a bit. I have always given Mel’s a 5 in all categories,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank JimCRhodes
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Arrived almost noon and there was a wait but well worth it. Burgers are huge & great. Shakes & sodas to die for! To top it all off, waiters & waitresses sing. So it’s great fun food & entertainment all at once. Sandwiches are so...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank MarriettaJ
Reviewed 2 days ago

The servers sing to you!! The food is decent, but really you are there for the experience. Our children thought this place was amazing and felt like they met a star when our server started singing. The staff is very friendly, the decor is fun...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jtbonewitz
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Mel’s Hard Luck diner is a fun place to catch a meal. Portions are huge. Would definitely go back for another meal.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank tony f
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very fun and casual atmosphere! Fast service and great food, generous portions. The wait staff are excellent and keep you entertained!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank emsoovee
Reviewed 4 days ago

Old time Diner. The waiters and waitresses sing during your meals. Food is good and too plentiful. The desserts are LARGE.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank James R
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This place gets somewhat lost in Branson's music saturated atmosphere. But it is a must see and go especially if you like diner food and good music. The food is totally old time diner fare so do go if you are looking for 5 star...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Tonya1962
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a Diner. Old 50's style diner with typical diner food. It is however good diner food. It is tasty with large portions sure not to disappoint. The service was fast and friendly and as an added bonus the wait staff takes turns at...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank ILive2ravel
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

So it’s a 50s style dinner and the waits staff takes turns singing karaoke style while walking around the restaurant. Music is typical Branson (songs by dead people). If you prefer lunch without what could be an uncomfortable table side show this is not a...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Clint W
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Questions & Answers
23 July 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from WIlliamMone | Property representative |
We have gluten free buns, we have plenty of salads, we always try to work around any allergy the best we can.
29 May 2017|
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Response from WIlliamMone | Property representative |
Hello, the age limit is 12.
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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, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
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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