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Mel's Drive-In

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1000 Universal Studios Plz, Orlando, FL 32819-7601
+1 407-363-8000
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125 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You get the atmosphere of eating in a 50's style diner. Food is average, but it is in the park so you cannot expect too much. Overall just OK.

Thank RonVermont
Hull, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was very excited to go to Mel's drive in. For the feel of the place as well as for the food. Disappointed on both counts. Service was great, food not so much. My husband his burger was ok, but don't get the chicken finger!

Thank Nancy N
Sydney, Australia
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138 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Stopped here to grab a quick bite to eat for lunch, and it was like a movie, and stepping back in time. The burgers were great and the shakes were awesome. As it was a hot day the diner aircon was cold and a great place to sit down and eat.

Thank mattrickie
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We ate in here and it wasn´t very expensive for inside a park. Outside you have to see the old American Cars having just come from Cuba where they still have these on the roads it was great to see them but looking like new. Inside it´s a nice atmosphere and the burgers where good. (not eating burgers though for... More 

Thank JoJo79518
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Brings you back to the 50's! Enjoyed hearing the music of the era and the ambiance of the entire place. I had a milkshake and the apple pie which were both better than expected from a theme park restaurant.

Thank Emilosi
Belleville, Ontario, Canada
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152 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I know this wasn't a blip. Many other reviews describe dirty tables that they had to clean themselves. So no different with our experience, we had to wipe off a table ourselves. Some of the ketchup and "sticky stuff" didn't come off. If the restaurant can't afford staff to wipe tables, maybe a Lysol wipe dispenser??? Figure it out Mel... More 

Thank Michael S
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70 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is such a blast from the past to eat at. They have all of the classics there. Awesome burgers and the milkshakes are to die for. They even have these guys singing outside sometimes the oldies.

Thank warmjen
San Antonio, Texas
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278 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was like I was in American Graffiti. Lots of cars and a great soda shop. The detail is just so amazing.

Thank Davin D
Woodbridge, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So happy to find a Mel's Diner in Universal Studios! Not the full Mel's menu, but good fast food (burger, hot dogs, fries) and cold drinks with terrific staff!

Thank chilvr
Fenton, Michigan
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75 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The outside design, the vintage cars parked outside and the old style tables made the atmosphere feel like the 50's. They offer a burger meal that comes with a shake. Except to pay park prices for any food option at Universal.

Thank Jimmie4370

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast food, Diner
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1000 Universal Studios Plz, Orlando, FL 32819-7601
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Orlando>  > Florida Center
  • Neighbourhood: Florida Center
  • Phone Number: +1 407-363-8000

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