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Mel's Hard Luck Diner

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2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
+1 417-332-0150
11:00 - 20:30
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 20:30
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Pearland, Texas
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a fun, family restaurant. The food was good. I had the chicken salad and it was yummy. The waiters all have great voices.

Thank SuperScottieMom
Thornton, Colorado
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Small diner with basic menu. The waitstaff take turns performing songs from their CDs. Reasonable prices and not crowded.

Thank QueenMumx7
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here for lunch . Malts were out of this world ! My husband and I had to split one and it was plenty for us ! Onion rings were the best ! Our sandwiches were great ! We loved the singers as they song their songs while we had lunch !

Thank Grichter62
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was very good and the atmosphere was great. What really makes the evening are the singing waiters and waitresses. Great service!

Thank RSKneller
Branson, Missouri
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Mel's Hard Luck Diner is a favorite place to eat when we visit Branson. The food is delicious and the singers are super. It is such a treat to be served by singing waiters and waitresses. They are very talented as well as friendly. Great atmosphere for digestion!!!

Thank Carolyn O
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to this diner because we heard it was unusual. That it was. The food was average - burger, salad, etc.. But what was unusual was the singing wait staff. That was worth it. It had a 50's atmosphere about it which made it sort of fun. The ice cream had sweet shop flavor . If you go there... More 

Thank wohermann
Duanesburg, New York
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94 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Don't go here for the food, but the singing waiters are amazing! It's poor diner quality of food, but the atmosphere is fun and entertaining.

Thank L W
College Station, Texas, Usa
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

While on vacation my husband and I try to find unique places to eat, somewhere we could not do in our area. This was one of those places, very unique in that the waitresses and waiters sing. We so enjoyed sitting and listening to all the different singers as we enjoyed our food. The food was good much like any... More 

Thank Christine R
Houston, Texas
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5 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Cute place with unique concept. Waiters sign and continuing working at the same time. Most entertaining for the youngsters. They had good burgers but the chicken fingers were awful. Worse the waiter confirmed that this was not unusual. ?? Not a place I would go to again.

Thank dragonhabc
Kissimmee, Florida
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped for lunch. People very nice. Prices higher than the quality of food. Singing waitress's 0k. Won't go back. Wont recommend.

Thank Rdegraff

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$19
American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?