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Mel's Hard Luck Diner

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As featured in 3 Days in Branson and 1 other guide
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2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
+1 417-332-0150
11:00 - 20:30
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 20:30
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Chicago, Illinois
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224 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is an old 50s type diner. However, the waiter and waitresses take turns singing. It is definitely a new twist. The food was good, portion sizes were excellent. All of the staff were very attentive and willing to please the patrons.

Thank T P
Tupelo, Mississippi
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Meals are very good. Menu variety is good. Singing wait staff are entertaining. It's a busy noisy place. But, if you go in knowing that, you'll have a great time.

Thank davemitchell59
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

My husband and I stopped in here after a show and was only a little hungry so we ordered the burgers. We ate every bite! They were delicious!! The singing waiters was not appreciated, as it was very LOUD and they kept coming by our table while we were trying to eat. They should turn the mic down so that... More 

Thank mommydoll
Tupelo, Mississippi
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The food is your basic diner food .. Don't get me wrong it's good and we ordered a Banana Split for dessert that was Huge !! But the servers them selves can sing and I mean really sing. We heard some of the most beautiful voices while we were there .. a great experience ..

Thank Hoss21578
Houston, Texas
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The BIG attraction is the singing waiters and waitresses! Great entertainment while you eat. The old time atmosphere adds to the fun. The meals are just okay, but the desserts are great.

Thank Janet and LeRoy S
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is an Awesome place to eat, when we found out about this place, we stop every time we come which is every year. Good food and great singers.

Thank Bigo1980Belleville
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We took out of town friends to the restaurant and we enjoyed the device and the food. The restaurant provides a platform for some local entertainers who really sing well. Our particular server/entertainer was also funny and a good conversationalist.

Thank Pddenny
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48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This had to be one of the BEST tribute shows ever. Gordy didn't try to fill George Strait's boots, but did an amazing job paying tribute to this country legend. Debbie & Gordy have so much talent. I wasn't crazy about the meal served by the diner, it would have been better if I could have ordered from the regular... More 

Thank Yvette W
Branson, Missouri
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We Love this place! I have to say they have the best chocolate milkshakes ever!! I have to have one every time I'm near that place. Also great burger and fries and open face roast beef sandwiches! The servers sing and they are so good. As good as some of the show performers for sure. At first it might seem... More 

Thank janet2u
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in the gift shop, super amazing!!! I found so many awesome things! Also the singer's were amazing!!! Very nice place!

Thank Lisa A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 9 - US$ 19
American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
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
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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