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Mel's Drive-In - Van Ness

) #268 of 4,379 Restaurants in San Francisco ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American, Diner
1050 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109-6934
+1 415-292-6357
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  • Excellent24%
  • Very good43%
  • Average18%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Diner
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1050 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109-6934
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Reviews (368)
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The wife and I truly enjoyed the food. I had the lumberjack breakfast and she enjoyed the Ruben sandwich. Excellent service and decent prices.

Thank Gene N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My daughter and I grabbed breakfast here on a recent trip to San Francisco. Delicious food and a damn good cup of coffee. The desserts looked amazing and my daughter wanted to go back for an ice cream sundae, but we didn't have time. The...More

Thank Janice L
Reviewed 23 April 2017

The food here is a little expensive but tasty. Service was slow, especially at the end - not really the staff's fault; there seemed to be only one waiter on the floor and he was over-stretched.

Thank Rónán K
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

Lovely food, great service, reasonable price and a duke box! If you want a true diner experience then this is the place for you.

Thank James D
Reviewed 8 March 2017

It was with great pleasure I saw a Shepard's Pie blue plate special of for 14.95. Well it was nothing like I expected, maybe it was a California twist on an old world classic. That being said it was excellent. I would buy it again....More

Thank Randy S
Reviewed 5 March 2017

We stayed in the adjoining hotel over the Christmas holiday this year. Your average little diner. It was nice being 24 hours (got a midnight snack one night!)

Thank Sara R
Reviewed 27 February 2017

The restaurant was busy. The theme is old American. Service was fast. We found it a bit overpriced for the basic burghers that we had.

Thank Rajni B
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Close to the Opal Hotel, a great place back in the fifties to enjoy vintage America and rock'n roll music. The food is good and the staff vey competent and nice. I 'll be back!

Thank Cecile1611
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Went here on my first night in San Francisco. Loooooved the curly fries, mjum!! Decor is nice too and friendly staff!!

Thank Talitha M
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Right next door to our hotel, The Opal, with it's own private access to Mels. We had very good food, especially the salads, husband had a goodsteak cooked how he likes it. Ate there twice so it must be good. Liked the decor, stylish diner

Thank Ann c
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Do you have parking? I am bringing a handicapped person
3 December 2016|
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Response from Hockey-pb | Reviewed this property |
Like others have said- drop them off or. Stop on side street with flashers on and then help them out into restaurant. Then side street parking close by but no parking lot for this restaurant!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 20
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
06:00 - 00:00
06:00 - 00:00
06:00 - 00:00
06:00 - 00:00
06:00 - 04:00
06:00 - 04:00
06:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1050 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109-6934
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco
  • Phone Number: +1 415-292-6357
  • E-mail
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