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Mel's Hard Luck Diner

2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
+1 417-332-0150
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good27%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“burger” (376 reviews)
“banana split” (79 reviews)
“fries” (199 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 10:00 pm Hours
American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
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Reviewed yesterday

It is always fun to return to Mel’s for the tasty meals and wonderful service and entertainment. Always affordable and fast.

Thank Patricia H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Appreciated the great talent of the singing waitresses and waiters. The king type food we had was terrific. A little higher priced as its Branson

Thank bc_pa
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We loved both the food and the entertainment at Mel's Hard Luck Diner! First visit, didn't know what to expect. My husband and I were pleasantly surprised! The burgers were some of the best we've ever eaten and the servers are truly talented singers! This...More

Thank LisaCollins
Reviewed 4 days ago

Every time we come to Branson we visit this place several times. Love the singers and the special salads and the raspberry salad dressing. Have been having this every since. One of my favorite singers passed last year and really miss John. So much talent...More

Thank Cosmopolitan605166
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I love coming to this diner! The talent has always been good. We have never ordered anything we didn’t like. We took our grandkids last year and they had a great time. This time we shared a burger and fries so we could have room...More

Thank Dianne H
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Very entertaining time for a meal. Your wait person is also a singer here. And they are talented singers-not karioki. Food is good but the real draw is the environment and the entertainment. CDs available as well.

Thank Mike J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were seated at a table and watched servers with a mic take turns singing while pacing back and forth through the dining area. Avoiding an awkward eye connection with the performer while trying to eat was uncomfortable. The food was obviously from a precooked...More

Thank terhook
kritertracks, Owner at Mel's Hard Luck Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

This is Mel, owner of the diner. The daily report I receive of reviews from TripAdvisor, Yelp, Facebook etc, was indeed "strange" today. There were all fives except for one four and this one. This person has done 3 reviews, only 1 restaurant. They are...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was right next to our hotel so we thought we’d give it a try. Food was good kinda of on the pricey side almost $50 for a family of 3.

Thank Martha B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here for lunch. The waitresses and waiters take turns singing as they serve food. They are all quite talented. The shakes and malts are amazing. The food portions were large and delicious too. Very family friendly and while it was a little hard...More

Thank reviewer428
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really good food and excellent shakes as well highly recommended, service was good, Highly recommended

Thank Escape587848
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Questions & Answers
24 July 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from WIlliamMone | Property representative |
We have gluten free buns, we have plenty of salads, we always try to work around any allergy the best we can.
29 May 2017|
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Response from WIlliamMone | Property representative |
Hello, the age limit is 12.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 9 - USD 19
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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