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Mel's Hard Luck Diner

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2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
+1 417-332-0150
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11:00 - 20:30
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 20:30
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A must place to go, in Branson! Great Food with awesome waiter/singers! If possible, go on week days, the lines are shorter, or none at all. You will not be disappointed with the Food or the Singers/Wait Staff. I've been going to Branson, for years, & this is a must. They also have a neat little gift shop! Enjoy.

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Independence, Missouri
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have a group that meets yearly and the Hard Luck Diner is our favorite place to meet. The tallented wait staff entertain you through out the dining experience. Great talent and personalities and such good food. And

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been here twice and it's more of a "come for the food stay for the waitresses." it is pretty good diner food, and I enjoyed my malt (always nice when they give you the leftover malt on the side!) I got the Elvis banana and peanut butter sandwich with honey on raisin bread. It was served with Carmel... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped at Mel's for a bite of dinner on our vacation last week. We were pleasantly surprised with super friendly wait staff and delicious burgers. I say "pleasantly surprised" because we were just expecting your average diner, but our server, Jeff, was so friendly it seemed like we had known him for years! Apparently, this restaurant is famous for... More 

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Pearland, Texas
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a fun, family restaurant. The food was good. I had the chicken salad and it was yummy. The waiters all have great voices.

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Thank SuperScottieMom
Thornton, Colorado
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Small diner with basic menu. The waitstaff take turns performing songs from their CDs. Reasonable prices and not crowded.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here for lunch . Malts were out of this world ! My husband and I had to split one and it was plenty for us ! Onion rings were the best ! Our sandwiches were great ! We loved the singers as they song their songs while we had lunch !

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was very good and the atmosphere was great. What really makes the evening are the singing waiters and waitresses. Great service!

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Branson, Missouri
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Mel's Hard Luck Diner is a favorite place to eat when we visit Branson. The food is delicious and the singers are super. It is such a treat to be served by singing waiters and waitresses. They are very talented as well as friendly. Great atmosphere for digestion!!!

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went to this diner because we heard it was unusual. That it was. The food was average - burger, salad, etc.. But what was unusual was the singing wait staff. That was worth it. It had a 50's atmosphere about it which made it sort of fun. The ice cream had sweet shop flavor . If you go there... More 

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 9 - US$ 19
Cuisine
American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 20:30
Monday
11:00 - 20:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 20:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 20:30
Thursday
11:00 - 20:30
Friday
11:00 - 20:30
Saturday
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
Description
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?