Sunday - Thursday:
11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday:
11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Closed Easter Sunday
Carry Out, Dine In
Entrée Price Ranges:
$1-5, $11-15, $6-10
Country Cooking & American, Hamburgers, Ice Cream, Yogurt, & Custard, Soups & Sandwiches
Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Cash, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Mel's Hard Luck Diner, in Branson's Grand Village Shops, has been singin' with your supper for more than 20 years! This is what you call exceptional customer service with a smile...and a song! Not servers who've learned to sing, these are professional artists who just happen to share their talent on a more intimate stage than you'll find in any music theater. These sensational vocalists range from newcomers to long-time pros, and from Branson-born crooners to successful American Idol contestants. With a menu that's jam-packed with eats, treats, and sweets, Mel's harkens back to that treasured 50's diner era with familiar diner dishes, along with some updated and healthier selections. Appetizers include what you'd expect, like Onion Rings and Mozzarella Cheese Sticks, prepared beyond expectations, and more unusual items like Fried Green Beans and Sweet Potato Bites. Mel's takes advantage of music industry monikers to create cleverly named menu items, like Jimmy Cracked Corn Chicken Chowder, Blue Suede Salad, All Wrapped Up, Sixteen Tons Chili Burger, Honky Tonk Hot Dog, and Hit the Road Jack Grilled Cheese. You can choose an Orange Blossom Blue Plate Special for dinner, and wrap up your meal with something from the B-B-Bad to the Bone Bakery, like the Classic Cobbler, or a treat from the Surfin' Safari Soda Fountain, like a Rootie Tootie Rockin' Float. There's also a great menu for the kids! The food is fantastic, no doubt about it, but a visit to Mel's is really all about the complete entertainment experience - nothing's quite so much fun as hearing your favorite songs performed by phenomenal vocalists at no additional cost - your "show" comes with your meal! Regular dining is gonna feel like a drag after you've experienced the magical, musical dining experience found only at Branson's Grand Village Shops in Mel's Hard Luck Diner!
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"Not what we expected"
After all the hype, we could not wait to eat here. What a waste!
When we were finally seated, we were put at the back room where no one else was seated. When a server noticed us, he put CDs on our table and told us he would right back. Tick tick clock
We were seated for over 15 minutes before he returned. He pitched us his wives CDs and how he had a wonderful family, all whom was muisically talented. FINALLY, ordered drinks and appetizer! Then nothing! I mean nothing. No drinks or even a quick hello!
We were delivered our drinks plus appetizer at same time.
Our server never came back for order or refills. We had to stop other server to get our ticket to leave.
All ads for this place advertised singing servers but this was not happening while we were there. More like selling CDs.
The service was horrible. We can not comment except on appetizer so food review isn't applicable for us.
Do not waste time or mone here!
Reviewed on December 30, 2017
jeff r. moran
"excellant food and 2 very good waiters/singers"
john and I were in the diner last week and also 2 weeks before that as we drive 5 1/2 hours to branson to visit friends and we always go to the diner to eat and hear travis and jimmy sing, the are the B E S T !!!! the food is always great and those 2 guys make the atmosphere so good as their singing and taking care of us at our table is always at the very top. they are the best jeff and john from quincy illinois
Reviewed on June 20, 2016
Best part of trip to Branson. Wonderful entertainment.
Reviewed on April 8, 2016
"when in Branson"
I make it to Branson yearly and hit mel's every time. Found it by accident the 1st time, they are ever friendly and the entertainment is great. One time not only let our dog come in due to heat but treated her like a human with water, treat and lots of love. food is great. Can't wait to go back in may.
Reviewed on January 18, 2015
Last visited in May of 2015
"Great place to eat and enjoy listening to your server."
Mel's Hard Luck Diner is great place! The menu has a wide variety of entrees and food is great. Really fun listening to the servers and watching them enter act with customers. One might be inclined to call it a (lunch) dinner show.
Reviewed on September 19, 2014
Last visited in June of 2014
"Always go to Mel's"
Every visit to Branson (6 to 10 times a year), Mel's is required stop regardless if we are there for a weekend or for a week or more. The food is excellent, the service is fantastic and the music is the best in town.
Reviewed on July 7, 2014
Last visited in April of 2014
This was our first time visiting Mel's and what made us decide to go here were the reviews on this website and that it was near the Christmas store. We had such a good time with the singing servers and the food was excellent! The portion size is large and you get a lot of bang for your buck. For example, you can get a burger combo for $13.99 that includes a burger, fries, and shake that you will be hard pressed to finish! Our server Sonya was wonderful! You get a meal and a show all in one. We will definitely be back.
Reviewed on July 5, 2014
Last visited in July of 2014
"Fun play to eat!"
We eat at Mel's quite often. The food is great and the singers are so entertaining!
Reviewed on December 17, 2013
Last visited in December of 2013
"My third visit"
Each server who sang was wonderful and Jason Sager's CD has a permanent place in my car player!
Reviewed on December 3, 2013
Last visited in November of 2013
"good entertainment and food"
john sager is the best singer at this place, food very good, but john make it better
Reviewed on August 7, 2013
Last visited in August of 2013
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