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Mel's Hard Luck Diner

) #16 of 259 Restaurants in Branson €€ - €€€ American, , Vegetarian Friendly
2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
+1 417-332-0150
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good27%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“burger” (308 reviews)
“banana split” (67 reviews)
“fries” (169 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 20:30All hours
American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Food was blah. Looked like the burger was preformed frozen. Had a singer forget the words to a song. Only plus was veteran discount.

Thank Timothy M
Reviewed 2 days ago

While it can be a little hard to find, the search is well worth it. This gem is filled with good people who can sing their hearts out. Some have been there for twenty years, most if not all of them have recorded their gifts...More

Thank Don F
Reviewed 2 days ago

Diner, but food is good, and the waitstaff, are upcoming artists, with some of them, haveing cds, you can buy, from them. Great waitstaff, and atmosphere.

Thank britewally
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The food was good diner fare and felt like a traditional 'Route 66' style diner. We enjoyed the casual atmosphere. The singing servers were very talented and had a very diverse collection of songs.

Thank Scoutdude
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The restaurant is 50s themed. They have a variety of food. We had the red beans & rice with sausage and a cinnamon raisin bread toast with chunky peanut butter, bananas, & caramel. It was delicious. They servers sing songs and still continue to serve....More

Thank Gabriel L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Fun place for ice cream, a burger and fries when your waitress picks up the mic and begins singing while you are served. The service is extremely fast with friendly smiles and great entertainment. Loved the Hawaiian burger!

Thank Donna M
Reviewed 3 days ago

Dinner here with friends. Roaming singers of all genres of music, Friday when we visited we got Elvis and gospel. Food was unfortunately just pretty average. Chicken fried Steak was a Pre made Patty with instant mash potatoes and a veggie. Someone in our group...More

Thank Roberta K
Reviewed 3 days ago

Mel's is the most unique restaurant we have been to. The servings are pretty large and the food is good but the atmosphere is filled with a lot of history and the servers are also very talented. We enjoyed all the birthday celebrations and how...More

Thank TravelingMoma44
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Good food and fast service. Plus it's free entertainment. However it is awkward how they try to sell you CDs of themselves in their gift shop. Otherwise it's pretty good. However I was disappointed that the mashed potatoes were instant potatoes.

Thank Cara W
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We have been coming to Branson for almost 9 years, and last year was the first time.e we stumbled upon this diner. This year we went back and it was just as great as last year! The food is great. Normal diner fair. I have...More

Thank dalejr8prncss
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
What ages do you have to be to order off kids menu?
29 May 2017|
Response from WIlliamMone | Property representative |
Hello, the age limit is 12.
Lynn W
what time is it less busy and what is the typical wait time?
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
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
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
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
  • 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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