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Mel's Drive-In - Van Ness

1050 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109-6934
+1 415-292-6357
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good45%
  • Average18%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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“burgers” (21 reviews)
“pot pie” (4 reviews)
“french toast” (3 reviews)
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American, Diner, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1050 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109-6934
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have eaten at the Mel's drive in diner in Hollywood and thought the one in Hollywood was better. This was is in a bad part of town plus the service was not very good. Very few customers in the place on a Thursday afternoon but...More

Thank navyjim58
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

My friends and I came here for breakfast because it was within walking distance from our hotel. After our meal and an $80 bill for breakfast for 4, I’d wish we’d gone to Denny’s. Food was average, service attentive but what you’re really paying for...More

Thank Caroline L
Reviewed 2 January 2018

Very crowded, noisy, Food is OK. There were mistakes made on our order but were quickly corrected by staff. We were there for lunch on a weekend, had to wait a bit for a table. This restaurant is within walking distance from the San Francisco...More

Thank texasgal1260
Reviewed 30 December 2017

The 1/3 pound burger was ok, but nothing special. And at around 10 bucks, not as good as similarly priced ones at Red Robin, and not as good as those at fast food chains like Carl's Jr. & Burger King. Comes dressed with the basics...More

Thank RPF49
Reviewed 25 December 2017

Got right in just after the lunch rush!! Good service and I had a meatloaf sandwich I really was one of the teenagers that hung out at the REAL Mel's in the day!! Others in our group had the Mel burger and a shake! Parking...More

Thank foodieRenoNv
Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

Great dining food. Great all around service. Food was very good and was made very quickly. Waiter continued to check on our table.

Thank Xavier L
Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

A great place to just hag out with great American food an Wi-Fi. Friendly and just wholesome food. Come by and go back to American Graffiti and just have fun. Everything tried was great

Thank Harford3
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Although we stayed at the hotel next door to Mels we didn't try it for the first few days of our stay due to poor reviews. When we did try it we were impressed. The breakfasts were excellent and very reasonably priced. The staff were...More

Thank Kev G
Reviewed 4 November 2017

Nothing but classic American food from the era of the 60's. Loved it. Went back a second time. Would go again

Thank Critta41
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Great find on Van Ness Avenue and within easy walking distance from our hotel. The staff were great very attentive without being over friendly. The food was fantastic corned beef hash was one of the best I've had. good value for money. The decor was...More

Thank Sally H
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2 December 2016|
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Response from Hockey-pb | Reviewed this property |
Like others have said- drop them off or. Stop on side street with flashers on and then help them out into restaurant. Then side street parking close by but no parking lot for this restaurant!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
6:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
6:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
6:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
6:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
6:00 a.m. - 4:00 a.m.
6:00 a.m. - 4:00 a.m.
6:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1050 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109-6934
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco
  • Phone Number: +1 415-292-6357
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