2165 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9412337.799583 -122.437022
M-Th 6-1am, F-Sa 24 hours
Neighborhoods: Cow Hollow, North
Not worth the wait, nor the $ – I know it's California and prices are naturally going to be higher, but $30 for breakfast at a 50's nostalgia diner for two people is just absurd. I wouldn't even be so mad if the portions were decent, but I left Mel's feeling robbed, deaf, and still very hungry. Not to mention the staff was extremely off-putting, mumbling our orders and a bit condescending. Here's a break-down of what we had: French toast (two slices for $6) with bacon (2 slices for $4.99) iced tea (weak and watery, $2.50), Turkey Melt ($7.99 and nothing to write home about) with fries (SEPARATE, and about $3) and a coke ($2.79). All in all, plus a scant tip, we paid $30 just to turn around and pay $10 for a decent and filling breakfast at a cafe two hours later. AVOID THIS PLACE, unless of course you have a trust-fund.
Made famous by "American Graffiti," this '50s-style diner offers a classic American menu and nostalgic decor. – In Short
Modeled after the original Mel's featured in "American Graffiti," this vintage '50s coffee shop is decorated with old-time movie stills and tabletop jukeboxes that pulse with yesteryear's greatest hits. The menu offers classic diner eats from standard burger options to all-day breakfasts, featuring the Hangover Five Alarm Three-Egg Omelette with cheddar and chili, and the Elvis Scramble with chorizo, peppers and Monterey Jack.
Awesome place!! – One of the few places on Lombard that's open 24hrs and tastes good. They have their own parking lot and the customers are an interesting lot late at night. Their milkshakes are awesome and their chicken strips are perfectly cooked and not greasy. Their burger sizes border on the absurd; nobody should be allowed to eat this much burger unless they're over 7 feet tall. Their counter is large and seats many, and their booths are comfy if not a bit cramped. Pictures of Lucas and American Graffitti adorn the walls. I try to make it here whenever I visit.
Classic – The food is great, and it's just outside the Presidio (Lombard Gate)
Where's the waitresses on roller skates? – The burger was great and it was wonderful to find a diner open late after dancing. It was crowded and understandably so. San Francisco is a city that goes to sleep far too early. We need more places like Mel's.
Overpriced Diner Food – Mel's is anything but cheap for the type of food you are buying. Since when is diner food so expensive? It's nothing you can't make yourself, and the ambiance is loud and jarring! Furthermore, it is so busy, the waitstaff doesn't seem to clean properly. If you like filling breakfast food, go to Homeplate or something. Don't waste your time at mel's.
Not Original – Not the "Original Mel's". I have been to the Orignal Mel's Restaurants in Walnut Creek, Reno and in Placerville, now THOSE places are worth rating! This Mel's food is ok, nothing to brag about. You have to pay for fries to go with your burger! I'd rather go to Nations. The only good thing is this place is open late.
fast&cheap – not to bad of a place,the staff is very helpfull and the servings are large, you feel like you spent your money wisely.
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