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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” (313 reviews)
“banana split” (70 reviews)
“fries” (170 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 20:30All hours
American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We have dined at Mel's before while in Branson and decided to stop in again; and am I glad we did! The food was delicious; the entertainment delightful; and the waiter was one of the best we have ever had. Thanks John for making our...More

Thank FlameDawg
Reviewed yesterday

This is our favorite place to eat. Every time we have been in Branson, we eat at this restaurant several times during our visit. The food is great. The waiters and waitresses are all waiting for their break in the music world and then entertain...More

Thank Peggy C
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is an excellent place to eat. The food is very good. The singer servers are a special treat and the shakes and malts are some of the best we have ever had.

Thank Bob M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nothing fancy about a good quality diner! Their claim to fame here is the fact that the servers will take turns signing to the patrons as they continue to work. I did find it very impressive they continued to sing even as they handed out...More

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

OMG! Mel's, WOW! AMAZING PLACE!!! I would give them 10 stars if I could!!! Love the live music, the food is WONDERFUL!!! It's an all around AMAZING!!!

Thank MAM-1972
Reviewed 3 days ago

We enjoyed our experience here. The food was GREAT. Incredibly friendly staff and very fun environment.

Thank Sam M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Don't waste your time or money here unless you want to spend it with all the other clueless tourists.More

Thank Matt E
kritertracks, Owner at Mel's Hard Luck Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

This is Mel, owner of the diner. What in the world do you mean "its a trap"? I receive a summary every day of all the reviews on here and other sites and yours is surrounded by 4s and 5s, all giving details about why...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

My wife and I and another couple had an early dinner at Mel's on a Friday in July. At 5pm, the place was very quiet, and we were seated immediately. We had a wonderful, singing waitress named Kimberly, and our order was taken promptly, and...More

Thank Tim D
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had lunch here after riding the Ducks... ordered a burger/malt combo. Our waitress, Dana, was a wonderful server and singer! Burgers and malts were delicious. We will definitely return next time we visit Branson.

Thank Val-Ann W
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We went here from a recommendation from a friend. When we walked in the place is run down and had an awful smell. As we sat there we realized the ac was not working the greatest either. Food was average nothing exciting. The staff do...More

Thank Leah F
kritertracks, Owner at Mel's Hard Luck Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi, this is Mel, owner of the diner. Yes, we had a major problem with one of the five air conditioning units that cool the diner. Unfortunately it was the one handling the first dining room. The part for it is supposed to be in...More

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Questions & Answers
28 May 2017|
Response from WIlliamMone | Property representative |
Hello, the age limit is 12.
Lynn W
31 March 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
31 July 2015|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$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
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
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
  • E-mail
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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