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Mel's Drive-In - Geary

$$ - $$$
American, Diner
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3355 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118-3323
+1 415-387-2255
06:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Thu 06:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 06:00 - 03:00
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Mesa, Arizona
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66 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place for families and they actually have parking! Most of the places in downtown San Francisco require parking to be found, but this was really nice! Great shakes, great burgers and excellent fries. I highly recommend the braised rib grilled cheese sandwich! For us (2 adults and 2 children) it was 55 plus tax. Enjoy!

Thank rhine1784
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We go here often for lunch, and we always like it as we know what we are getting. There is parking and that is a big plus for San Francisco. Today was an exception. We were seated immediately, but service was slow. We waited quite a long time for a waitress to come to our table and when she finally... More 

Thank Nancy S
Oakland, California
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165 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place brings back old time nostaglia in both the food and atmosphere. I enjoyed a lunch special of a half Caesar salad, a half meatloaf sandwich, and ice tea all for $10. The photos on the walls bring back memories from the 1950's and 1960's. Unfortunately, the juke boxes at the tables don't seem to work anymore.

Thank MauriceTheTourGuide
Hoboken, New Jersey
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346 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved the decor and the service was great. A real time warp on Geary Street with a great large counter as well as booths and tables. Can have great breakfast as well as lunch. Enjoyed pancakes which were homemade for sure. Lunch time, great specials which include a full plate lunch or half portions of sandwiches with soup or salad.... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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327 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

This is a diner so don't expect too much. The atmosphere is based upon Mels from American Graffiti. The food is good with all day breakfast. We had a few omellettes and grilled cheese with braised short rib. Fries were regulars or sweet potato or curly. All were good. Try the milk shakes. It is old school and brings back... More 

1 Thank J0hnPM10
San Francisco, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Their onion rings, and their orange freeze, are incomparable! Also, the burgers are delicious and cooked-to-order, Breakfast there will fill you up.

Thank empresssharyl
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111 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

We get our Mel's fix every visit to San Francisco. The food is consistent and tasty. I love that it's lost nothing of its era and you can so play music on the juke boxes. Best milkshakes too.

Thank Rebecca H
San Mateo, California
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138 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

A free parking lot in San Francisco is a major plus, & relieves the struggle of going out to eat. Vary good basic old fashioned American food such as burgers and shakes, roasted chicken, etc. I noticed that the menu also has some fashionable salads such as kale, but I didn't try it. Not a lot of gluten free options.... More 

Thank LH L
Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

We went to Mel's Drive-In as it was voted one of the best places to eat on Trip Advisor. We were served by a guy who wasn't particularly interested in us after we said all we wanted was a salad, chips, a smoothie and a coffee. The food was very good to fill a small gap before continuing on our... More 

1 Thank Suzie A
San Francisco
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286 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 302 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

We are Mel's regulars...six times a year qualifies us...Fun decor, menu with a lot of choices. I love the Yuppie Scramble (comes with fruit and toast) and suggest you skip the Popeye drink. Good waiters.

Thank Page L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
06:00 - 01:00
06:00 - 01:00
06:00 - 01:00
06:00 - 01:00
06:00 - 01:00
06:00 - 03:00
06:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3355 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118-3323
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco
  • Phone Number: +1 415-387-2255

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