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Mel's Hard Luck Diner

) #15 of 261 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%
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“burger” (308 reviews)
“banana split” (67 reviews)
“fries” (169 reviews)
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American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
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11 - 20 of 2,747 reviews

Reviewed 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 1 week 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
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to this place expecting a good meal and got so much more. The food was amazing and the servers were great, highly recommend

Thank Brad P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our waiter was great and very attentive, thanks Jimmy. The food was average. The singers mostly sang around the corner in the other room. Probably will not be back.

Thank rx4me
Reviewed 1 week ago

Plenty of food, great live entertainment, servers, bussers, and staff entertain you endlesssly while you are there, non stop. Milkshakes to fill 2 people, large burgers, sandwiches, salads combinations to try and finish and crispy fries served with lots of meals. We had a slight...More

Thank Janet H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped in for lunch and had tons of leftovers. The portions are huge and the waitress was very sweet. Overall an entertaining experience.

Thank Lizzie P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took my 2 year old because once she saw pictures in the banana split, she just had to have it. It was HUGE and delicious! The food was really good too. The service was amazing. The guy sang "you are so beautiful" to my...More

Thank Ash1127
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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?
1 April 2017|
Answer Show all 5 answers
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
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
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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