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Mel's Hard Luck Diner

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” (307 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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Reviewed 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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
Reviewed 4 days ago

Our server, as well as others, sang to the diners while she worked. They do not stop and get on a stage. This is an opportunity to get some new cds before they become famous. The meal was good also.

Thank Leslie B
Reviewed 5 days ago

We had great food and great service at Mel's. Our waiter, Jimmy, was great! He sang while we were there and had a great voice! Will definitely return on our next Branson trip.

Thank Karen B
Reviewed 5 days ago

Took the family there for evening meal and was treated to a neat nostalgic atmosphere with entertainment from the waiting staff. Food was average, but the shakes were very good. Kids enjoyed the live music while we ate.

Thank 74Curt
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This diner has waitresses and waiters sing for you while you eat. A nice concept. Singers were decent and so was the food. Very friendly wait staff and fast service.

Thank Wife2golfer
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The food was great!! The service was incredible!! We are going back before our vacation is over! Thank you so much for a wonderful family meal.

Thank Newlywedbride
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Mel's Hard Luck Diner is a music themed 50s style diner. Throughout our meal the servers actually sing to everyone. At first we thought this might be quite distracting but we ended up thoroughly enjoying this aspect of our dinner. They had great voices and...More

Thank LBru888
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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|
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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
USD 9 - USD 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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, 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
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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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