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Mels' The Original

€€ - €€€American,
345 N Arlington Ave, Sands Regency, Reno, NV 89501-1132
+1 775-337-6357
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good34%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible6%
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“burger” (20 reviews)
“egg special” (3 reviews)
“fries” (15 reviews)
Open Now
00:00 - 23:59All hours
American, Diner
€€ - €€€
345 N Arlington Ave, Sands Regency, Reno, NV 89501-1132
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1 - 10 of 298 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great Root Beer floats, cool to see all the pictures from the American Graffiti movie took me back to my teen years

Thank jcricreg
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Enjoyed Megs at the Sands. Food was good and was well priced.We loved the decor. Service was very good.

Thank Sharon G
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

Food was good. However, had the wrong type of bread. It was San Fran burger. Should been sourdough, however, look white to me. Service was nothing special.

Thank Victor221
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

If you're eating here expect to pay a little more for food since you are paying for the atmosphere. Not a bad place to catch breakfast. Price wise it was double what you would pay for at the top deck restaurant

Thank Hoben01
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Friendly service. You still get a milk shake in the tin cup, with whippped cream and a cherry on top. We had the turkey dinner, which was wonderful.

Thank loisjohnsons
Reviewed 20 September 2017

It was great to find Mel's. To see the "American Graffiti " decor was great.You see I'm from the area of Modesto CA and American Graffiti was based on that area. Anyway the food was diner food to be expected. My husband did slip and...More

Thank sism74
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Thought this would be a treat for us and our grandkids. It was fun to visit. The food was better than OK and the price was reasonable.

Thank CivilGeek
Reviewed 19 August 2017

During my recent stay at the Sands I ate at Mel's twice. Both times it took a long time to be seated and on my second meal the food took a long time to be served. The breakfast I had the eggs were over cooked....More

Thank Ronald M
Reviewed 15 August 2017

The food is diner food at it's best, the wait staff were all fun and friendly. Fun place to go for any meal of the day.

Thank Deana L
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

We had dinner here one night and it was good old fashion food, atmosphere and service. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Not too expensive but a good selection of food.

Thank LMG1952
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 345 N Arlington Ave, Sands Regency, Reno, NV 89501-1132 (Formerly Original Mel's of Reno)
  • Location: United States  >  Nevada (NV)  >  Reno
  • Phone Number: +1 775-337-6357
  • E-mail
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