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The Original Mels

American, Diner
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232 Main St, Placerville, CA 95667-5586
+1 530-626-8072
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Worksop, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Really nice place old school American diner good surroundings nice food good service. Juke box Brilliant!!!!!

Thank Heather O
Ripon, California
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241 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Nice convenient place right off the 50 "freeway" on the way to Tahoe. Good solid food but nothing special. I had the breakfast burrito and my wife had eggs, bacon with biscuits and gravy. The gravy was sweet as Americans expect and demand and the potatoes were bland and a little dry.

Thank cruisnfox
Healdsburg, California
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181 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

After years of searching, finally found my way back breakfast stop from Tahoe, surprised it took me so long as I'm a long time fan of the Mel's in San Francisco. What takes the Placerville location a cut above is the fast and very friendly service, and excellent food.

Thank john_northbay
Placerville, California
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

Very good food for the money. Very good service. Cute place. service is always good. If you are hungry this is the place to go-good portions.

Thank judie-judie
Placerville, California
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 10 October 2016

We live in town so coming here is frequent. We typically split the chicken club with side salad and small fries. Afterwards we share single scoop hot fudge Sunday. $20 including tip and life is good! Of course we drink water.

Thank Thomas F
Clinton, Montana
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

Great place to stop in and get that old school food. Good burgers, soup of the day, and regular special. Cool 60's vibe.

Thank willie1956
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

If you love the 50's then this is the place to bring back some of those days. The banana splits are huge. You can actually get an old fashioned Malt. Prices good too.

Thank JAN M
Riverside, California
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2016

Had lunch here mid week, no waiting. Total diner atmosphere, and food portions are GINORMOUS. We ordered fried Zucchini and no joke, they were nothing less than 10 inches long and there were 6-8 pieces. It was a meal in itself. Burgers were delicious. Chicken salad was huge. Prices were average for a unique restaurant. Family friendly. They even served... More 

Thank TravelinTrixie2012
Georgetown, California
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81 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Food is really good. Atmosphere fun and like you've stepped back into 1950, which is what they are famous for. Customer service.... not so great. I've visited several times, so it's not unusual to have a waitress who is more focused on chatting with friends or co-workers than making sure your dining experience is a good one. Never had a... More 

Thank SpiritLilly
Placerville, California
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65 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2016

Food is fine and service if fine. Not a bad place to grab a diners lunch or dinner if that is what you are looking for.

Thank someyawhoo

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 232 Main St, Placerville, CA 95667-5586
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Placerville
  • Phone Number: +1 530-626-8072

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?