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Mel's Drive-In - Van Ness

1050 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109-6934
+1 415-292-6357
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good45%
  • Average18%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“burger” (28 reviews)
“pot pie” (4 reviews)
“sliders” (5 reviews)
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American, Diner, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1050 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109-6934
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My son and I were in San Francisco to take care of his passport and when we were done it was lunch time. We were in Van Ness so we stopped at Mel's for lunch. We had half salad and half sandwich combo. The food...More

Thank carriedo
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Usually get a hamburger and a chocolate malt when we go to Mel's on Geary but the special was red beans and rice with sausage. It was SO good!!!! Honestly hit the spot. Yes, I did get my chocolate, with extra malt, malt and this...More

Thank Angela3950
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The portions are huge (we saw other orders passing our table) so we opted for a shared portion of sweet potatoe fries (delicious) and fresh fruit/veg juices. Impressed with the attention for gluten free and vegetarian options pointed out on the menu.

Thank Dawn B
Reviewed 8 May 2017 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 3 May 2017

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 4 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 9 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 6 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 28 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
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
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
USD 20
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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