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Branson, Missouri (MO) Area Restaurants & Dining Guide
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Average Rating
4 Stars
4 stars based on 35 reviews

Mel's Hard Luck Diner

2800 W 76 Country Blvd in Branson, MO 65616
Phone: (417) 332-0150
Business Hours:
Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Closed Easter Sunday
Casual Dining
Dining Options:
Carry Out, Dine In
Dress Code:
Entrée Price Ranges:
$1-5, $11-15, $6-10
Main Cuisine:
Country Cooking, Hamburgers
Meals Served:
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Payment Methods:
Cash, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Not Accepted

Branson's original home of the singing servers, the 50's style Mel's Hard Luck Diner in Branson, Missouri serves up an extra helping of live entertainment along with their delicious diner-style dishes. The servers, hosts, cooks, and cashiers at Mel's Hard Luck Diner are accomplished singers, song writers, and musicians who perform in many of the Branson evening shows and two have even appeared on American Idol! Guests of Mel's Hard Luck Diner will enjoy huge helpings of classic and today's hits including country, pop, blues, gospel, and rock 'n roll in a fun, soda-shop setting. Mel's Hard Luck Diner in Branson offers a full-service menu complete with breakfast, lunch, and dinner selections such as country fried steak, pot roast, shrimp, and a good selection of soups, salads and sandwiches including Chicken Salad, Club Sandwich, Broccoli and Cheese Soup as well as fantastic desserts such as Root Beer Float, Banana Split, shakes, malts, and sundaes.

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Customer Reviews (35)
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jeff r. moran
"excellant food and 2 very good waiters/singers"
Rating of 5 stars
Reviewed on June 20, 2016
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
Anita willemarck
Rating of 4.5 stars
Reviewed on April 8, 2016
Best part of trip to Branson. Wonderful entertainment.
ruth iwasyk
"when in Branson"
Rating of 5 stars
Reviewed on January 18, 2015
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.
Last visited in May of 2015
Sharon Hogen
"Great place to eat and enjoy listening to your server."
Rating of 5 stars
Reviewed on September 19, 2014
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.
Last visited in June of 2014
George Oliver
"Always go to Mel's"
Rating of 5 stars
Reviewed on July 7, 2014
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.
Last visited in April of 2014
"Loved it!"
Rating of 5 stars
Reviewed on July 5, 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.
Last visited in July of 2014
Kathy L
"Fun play to eat!"
Rating of 4 stars
Reviewed on December 17, 2013
We eat at Mel's quite often. The food is great and the singers are so entertaining!
Last visited in December of 2013
"My third visit"
Rating of 4 stars
Reviewed on December 3, 2013
Each server who sang was wonderful and Jason Sager's CD has a permanent place in my car player!
Last visited in November of 2013
"good entertainment and food"
Rating of 5 stars
Reviewed on August 7, 2013
john sager is the best singer at this place, food very good, but john make it better
Last visited in August of 2013
"Wonderful Atmosphere"
Rating of 5 stars
Reviewed on July 22, 2013
We had a great time. They are all wonderful singers. The food was excellent. We could not have been more pleased. We will return.
Last visited in July of 2013
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