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Mel's Diner

Diner, American
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1603 Airport Rd, Hot Springs, AR 71913-7951
+1 501-767-0595
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Miami, Florida
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120 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have eaten breakfast and lunch here and thoroughly enjoy the great meal, terrific service and very affordable price. Msinly serves regulars who seem to have been coming for years and is off the beaten track on Airport Rd, but is worth a visit for a hearty breakfast.

Thank JoaquinCartagena
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85 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

This place has a set group of persons who attend to their Hot Springs gossip, mumbo jumbo in the know daily. The serving staff could care less about you if you are not known to them. Tourist trap this is not! Their grits are great. The coffee gets cold and You just have to rough it. You ain't in the... More 

Thank Arkansas Traveler Ruth
St.Paul, Minnesota
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 February 2016

There is a cricket, yes a cricket in the kitchen. The cricket is Cricket Graves the owner and chef who only serves her patrons for daily breakfast and lunch Monday thru Friday. What to eat? Just shut the door behind you, look to your left and you'll see written on the wall the menu of the day or maybe the... More 

Thank pinkmartini33
Austin, TX
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2015

Our lunch was delicious with smothered steak for hubby and liver & onions for me. We each had mashed potatoes and veggies. The cornmeal pancake was an unexpected surprise. The price was reasonable. The wait staff was attentive. Our food was served very quickly.

Thank Brubaby
Hot Springs, Arkansas
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2014

We have eaten at Mel's several times for lunch. The brisket cheeseburger is great! Very tender smoked brisket, bar-b-que sauce piled on a cheeseburger--- messy and good. They also have a daily special that has always been good. The menu has many options, plate lunch, sandwiches and burgers. The place is a little ways out of town and not near... More 

1 Thank mpar0
Little Rock, Arkansas
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63 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2013

Cash or Check only Good burger made from fresh beef. It reminds you of Mel's Diner the TV show. It all happens at a slow pace but the food was good. They are open from 6am to 2pm, so it is just breakfast and lunch.

1 Thank M3kerry
Arkadelphia AR
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54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2013

They serve burgers and fries which are very tasty, but you must try the plate lunch specials. Great food at great prices!

Thank dawnah
benton, arkansas
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2012

have eaten there several times over the years but in my opinion it has a little to much grease for me.

Thank joel m
Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States
1 review
Reviewed 30 September 2011

The food is good the atmosphere is a unique 60"s era with wonderful southern hospitality. A nice little place to eat breakfast or lunch....

Thank Daniel H
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2011

Food was very good. Very quaint. Could have done without the bug on the outside of my coffee cup but otherwise it was nice

Thank KenSuSu

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Diner, American
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
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Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1603 Airport Rd, Hot Springs, AR 71913-7951
  • Location: United States  >  Arkansas (AR)  >  Hot Springs
  • Phone Number: +1 501-767-0595

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