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Mel's Drive-In - Van Ness

$$ - $$$
American, Diner
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1050 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109-6934
+1 415-292-6358
06:00 - 00:00
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Thu - Fri 06:00 - 04:00
Sat - Wed 06:00 - 00:00
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Gagetown, Canada
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94 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was with great pleasure I saw a Shepard's Pie blue plate special of for 14.95. Well it was nothing like I expected, maybe it was a California twist on an old world classic. That being said it was excellent. I would buy it again. The same cannot be said for the fish and chips. Fries were good however the... More 

Thank Randy S
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed in the adjoining hotel over the Christmas holiday this year. Your average little diner. It was nice being 24 hours (got a midnight snack one night!)

Thank Sara R
Perth, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restaurant was busy. The theme is old American. Service was fast. We found it a bit overpriced for the basic burghers that we had.

Thank Rajni B
Villeneuve-les-Avignon, France
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97 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Close to the Opal Hotel, a great place back in the fifties to enjoy vintage America and rock'n roll music. The food is good and the staff vey competent and nice. I 'll be back!

Thank Cecile1611
Arnhem, The Netherlands
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375 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Went here on my first night in San Francisco. Loooooved the curly fries, mjum!! Decor is nice too and friendly staff!!

Thank Talitha M
Chania Prefecture, Greece
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Right next door to our hotel, The Opal, with it's own private access to Mels. We had very good food, especially the salads, husband had a goodsteak cooked how he likes it. Ate there twice so it must be good. Liked the decor, stylish diner

Thank Ann c
Charlotte, North Carolina
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

The location is cool. The decor, fantastic. The milk shakes, really good. The food, it's merely edible. I ordered the southern fried chicken, it wasn't good, it was edible. With the southern fried chicken, you get a roll with butter, slaw, fried and the chicken. The chicken was over cooked & all you can taste is the seasoning. The slaw... More 

Thank tkdpold
Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

the perfect breakfast spot! when we were in town a few years ago we went every morning and are so excited to come back in a few weeks!

Thank Kelly H
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38 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Wasn't super impressed. Convenient to the hotel where I was staying. Had breakfast there. Over priced for avocado toast with egg that barely had any avocado. Juice was pretty good. Wouldn't go back

Thank Amy H
Aitkin, Minnesota
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

This historic landmark still puts out great food. It was attached to The Opal Hotel with a direct entrance from the lobby of the hotel. Atmosphere was 60"s and food was great!

Thank Tom B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
06:00 - 00:00
06:00 - 00:00
06:00 - 00:00
06:00 - 00:00
06:00 - 04:00
06:00 - 04:00
06:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1050 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109-6934
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco
  • Phone Number: +1 415-292-6358

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?