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Mel's Drive-In

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1650 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028-6121
+1 323-465-2111
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07:00 - 03:00
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Sun - Thu 07:00 - 03:00
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good feed- good size servings, good variety and value. Very close to the centre of the strip - family friendly. Desserts also on offer.

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Thank Mick K
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely wasn't busy on a Tuesday lunchtime, but food was good and we had a helpful waitress. It's an interesting restaurant in a great location just off of Hollywood Blvd. Bathrooms were clean which is a bonus!

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Thank yerning4us
Fullerton, California
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75 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For a quick old time meal try Mel's. Juke Boxes on the tables, and a menu from the past, mixed with the present, it is a fun quirky dining experience. shakes, Burgers, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, you get the idea. Lots of memorabilia to look at also.

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Thank Jim B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food in a traditional diner. Service is great, especially Piper. Would definitely recommend to anyone in the area

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Thank Chris G
Sydney
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134 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've never left Mel's feeling less than uncomfortably full! The meals are a good size, well prepared and well priced. The staff are efficient and friendly. The bar area is also worth a visit, though somehow after sampling a variety of their cocktails I don't remember too many details!

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Thank An0nym0usC0ntribut0r
Seattle, WA
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118 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mel's serves up diner comfort food within a stone's throw of Hollywood Boulevard. The servers are all actors and actresses perfecting their surly stand-up routines. The portions are substantial and the selection is pretty daunting. Be sure and try the fries with gravy if you haven't had the pleasure.

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Thank timelvis
Lincoln, Canterbury, New Zealand
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110 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So very fun! I always passed this up, living in LA, and now I will always go back. Really fun setting, typical diner food, few vegetarian, but good and strong cocktail drinks. You can control the juke box from your own private table. Highly recommend for a fun lunch/late night

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Thank Rebecca J
Canberra, Australia
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had dinner here during our recent family holiday in Hollywood and found it to be a fun atmosphere, with a good selection of American diner food. The meals are large and tasty and I recommend the ribs in particular. The meals were a little pricey but considering you are in the middle of the Hollywood Boulevard tourist area the... More 

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Launcestom
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25 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was so incredible to visit Mel's Drive-In. This was our first ever diner experience and it was incredible. The food was good however the service could have been better but maybe that's part of the experience.

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Cedar Park, Texas
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206 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I stopped in for a quick drink and to rest from walking around Hollywood for a while. Our server was pretty attentive, and the drinks were solid, I just didn't feel like the cost justified the product. I hear the food is great, but if I do come back, I won't have a cocktail.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20
Cuisine
American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 03:00
Monday
07:00 - 03:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 03:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 03:00
Thursday
07:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1650 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028-6121
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Hollywood
  • Neighbourhood: Hollywood
  • Phone Number: +1 323-465-2111

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