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Mel's Drive-In

Mel's Drive-In

Diner and American Restaurant$$$$
Tenderloin, San Francisco
  • TheRealArno
    "Chocalate milk shake is a classic, very tasty!"(17 Tips)
    Wilson F.
    "individual table mini jukeboxes."(3 Tips)
    Gross J.
    "Great breakfast spot"(8 Tips)
    Ag M.
    "Get the burger that is stuffed with bacon... Then tbe Oreo malt."(3 Tips)
79 Tips and reviews
  • milkshakes
  • breakfast food
  • good for a late night
  • burgers
  • malts
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  • Wilson F.
    Wilson Favre-DelerueApril 19, 2016
    Classic American diner fare, most of it on the artery clogging side but all of it tasty. Big fan of the 50s retro decor and the individual table mini jukeboxes.
  • Donald
    DonaldFebruary 1, 2012
    Classic feel, classic decor and classic American food. What makes it even better is that it has a great family environment. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Natalia B.
    Natalia BakerOctober 11, 2014
    Great paleo option, with a huge menu so you an customise any dish
  • Lilomultipas
    LilomultipasFebruary 10, 2015
    Very good food, 💛 the Avocado salad, French toast, good music, nice staff, clean and cozy. Very recommended!!
  • Joshua P.
    Joshua ParishFebruary 24, 2013
    Pastrami was on point, among the best I've ever had. Brisket leaves something to be desired. Corned beef also exellent.
  • Alejandro F.
    Alejandro FranceschiApril 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Decent, clean place to munch before or after cinema. It's open late, which I love, but on weekends it can get loud & sketchy once the bars close at 2 have been warned.
  • Deepak S.
    Deepak ShrivastavaOctober 15, 2013
    Fast food chain that gives you exactly what you expect - great shakes and perfect for a cheat meal pre-movie next door.
  • Alan H.
    Alan HFebruary 27, 2013
    The turkey and goat cheese sliders are by far the best. You must try one!
  • Henry P.
    Henry PerkinsAugust 13, 2012
    Sit in front of your own juke box, order a shake and whatever else you want. Bring quarters.
  • Samaher
    SamaherAugust 12, 2014
    Convenient for late night cravings! great milkshakes
  • Teri P.
    Teri PennOctober 19, 2011
    The espresso milkshake is awesome.... Might as well get it if you were headed to Starbucks for your 800 cal venti hot milkshake. This is 100 times better
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MontiApril 28, 2016
    Ordered hash with eggs over easy, and whole wheat toast. Got hash with eggs sunny side up and medium, and whole wheat bread with half of it toasted... Server overwhelmed with 3 tables. Never again!!
  • Judith C.
    Judith ColemanAugust 10, 2014
    Mel's country eggs cooked over medium with 1/2 bacon is just to die for...
  • Jason K.
    Jason KonenSeptember 17, 2014
    Decent breakfast. Their side order of bacon is a pretty generous portion of thick cut bacon.
  • Stephen T.
    Stephen TaggDecember 19, 2015
    Good for a late breakfast before a tram tourist trip to the Pacific
  • Myrinda D.
    Myrinda DixonSeptember 15, 2012
    The goat cheese and turkey sliders! Great prices, friendly service!
  • Karen O.
    Karen O'NeillJanuary 20, 2013
    Food was adequate, server was great. Milk shakes always good. Ended our meal scurrying out of our booth to avoid the cockroach that crawled out. Ugh...not a happy ending to breakfast, won't be back.
  • Ag M.
    Ag MichelleSeptember 18, 2011
    Get the burger that is stuffed with bacon... Then tbe Oreo malt. I'm such a fatty!
  • John A.
    John AndersonSeptember 2, 2013
    foods a bit on the expensive side, but this is San Fran. Everything tasted great though so it was worth the price.
  • Song Z.
    Song ZhengJuly 21, 2013
    I'm sooooo high right now, and Mel's diner sounds sooo deviously good!
  • Alex P.
    Alex PlutzerJanuary 7, 2015
    A classic place to get some drunk food. Great service
  • TheRealArno
    TheRealArnoAugust 27, 2013
    Chocalate milk shake is a classic, very tasty!
  • Kian L.
    Kian LaviMay 16
    Always good to get some cheese fries and a shake after a long night at Mezzanine
  • Darrin C.
    Darrin CJanuary 7, 2014
    Go when they aren't crowded for best results.
  • Francesca V.
    Francesca VillanuevaOctober 20, 2012
    Happy comfort food : cheeseburger and a chocolate milkshake! YUM!
  • Dallas B.
    Dallas BrysonJune 29, 2011
    Short ribs were fatty, potatoes from a box and covered w/ an awful gravy. Also, they microwave the carrot cake, which is as bad of an idea as it sounds like (unless you like liquid icing)...
  • Gabby
    GabbySeptember 16, 2010
    Their waffles are to die for!! Delicious experience here :)
  • David A.
    David A.August 14, 2010
    Get the spring chicken! It is really crispy, delicious, slightly sweet, so crunchy....MmmMmmmm...just get it, it's fried chicken.
  • Javier E.
    Javier EscobarOctober 5, 2013
    Not the most affordable, but the food deserve every penny!
  • Paul S.
    Paul SweeneySeptember 21, 2015
    Great staff, as you would expect
  • Areej A.
    Areej AshourAugust 16, 2015
    Milkshakes, apple pie and coffee yum yum yum
  • Andrey K.
    Andrey KlenDecember 22, 2014
    Service is slow but waffles are promising.
  • Cristian V.
    Cristian VrabieJune 23, 2012
    Go in on a hot summer day and play Jingle Bells on the juke box :D
  • Jerry T.
    Jerry TianJune 1, 2012
    A very decent place to get your food if u arrive here very late at night.
  • Amy L.
    Amy LiNovember 18, 2012
    I was so disappointed with my food and service. Do not order the Grill Ahi tuna salads. The tuna was not fresh at all, the middle was brown :S I would never eat here again.
  • Dallas B.
    Dallas BrysonJune 29, 2011
    To their credit, when the waiter saw that I hardly touched the short ribs and I said I hadn't liked it he took it off my bill w/o a question. Service was good over all.
  • Ivan H.
    Ivan HernandezNovember 30, 2013
    The tuna melt is insanely good!
  • Cat T.
    Cat TFebruary 13, 2013
    Love the turkey melt.
  • Jem E.
    Jem EatsallthetimeJuly 23, 2015
    They have grass fed beef!
  • Mackenzie P.
    Mackenzie PriceJuly 15, 2010
    Awesome place! A great meal, could not finish all of it.
  • Cheapeats I.
    Cheapeats IncSeptember 24, 2011
    Flashback from American Graffiti. Classic 50's diner.
  • Antonio T.
    Antonio TeixeiraFebruary 13, 2013
    Great orange juice!
  • Abraham W.
    Abraham WilliamsNovember 16, 2011
    Get there early and play frisbee
  • Michael O.
    Michael O'DonnellJuly 14, 2011
    Orange sherbet after midnight movie will satisfiy your munchies
  • Andreas H.
    Andreas HolzapfelMay 14, 2015
    Good place to have breakfast
  • Jobert A.
    Jobert AtienzaMarch 21, 2010
    Milkshakes are always good, sometimes you need a spoon, though.
  • squeasel
    squeaselOctober 8, 2014
    Crap food, but open semi late. Milkshakes decent.
  • Kevin V.
    Kevin Van NessJuly 7, 2011
    Nasty gravy on the mashed potatos, dry and old-looking vegetables, a dinner roll you can barely discern as such. Save yourself the trouble and go to Lori's instead.
  • Gross J.
    Gross JeffMay 2, 2013
    Great breakfast spot
  • Misho S.
    Misho SitnikovSeptember 3, 2013
    Elvis's scramble is not bad
  • Derek K.
    Derek KleinJune 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Steak & eggs!
  • Michael S.
    Michael SniderJuly 9, 2016
    Avacado burger.
  • Kate W.
    Kate WillsonAugust 4, 2010
    The b&w shake is amazing!
  • Adrian A.
    Adrian A.October 12, 2010
    the milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard.
  • Vitaly B.
    Vitaly BaumAugust 3, 2011
    Nice vanilla milkshake
  • K E.
    K EApril 1
    The service is not as good as I tought!
  • 💕Linds💕
    💕Linds💕December 31, 2014
    They can't ring up different checks. Slow service. The customer is not always right here.
  • Peter S.
    Peter SalasSeptember 29, 2012
    Do not get the coffee milkshake! It's really light and tastes like a bad vanilla.
  • atom
    atomJanuary 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the corned beef hash and eggs. Om nom nom!
  • Elie K.
    Elie KhouryOctober 25, 2011
    The food is BAD, even by diner standards...
  • Jesper B.
    Jesper BryngelssonOctober 28, 2012
    Go elsewere.
  • Rauno R.
    Rauno RüngasDecember 4, 2011
    Breakfast was a let down.
  • Jobert A.
    Jobert AtienzaOctober 13, 2010
    Wow. Service is TERRIBLE now. Used to go here all the time, now we avoid it. For '50s diners, go to Lori's.
  • Graham S.
    Graham St GrahamMarch 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Yikes. Service is not good tonight. I've barely seen my server.
  • Emily M.
    Emily MorganApril 19, 2014
    Customer service is horrible. Food is not the greatest and is very pricey.
  • Dylan K.
    Dylan KelleyOctober 2, 2011
  • Sean C.
    Sean CMarch 9, 2010
    Strawberry milkshake oah my gahd.
  • Vincent P.
    Vincent PardueApril 21, 2013
    The manager gave me dirty looks for having a service dog. Screw you, dude.
  • Berenice N.
    Berenice Neels LunaNovember 26, 2014
    Una cafetería muy tradicional la malteada de fresa esta increíble!!!
  • Karen A.
    Karen AguiñagaMay 2, 2015
    La comida está rica y el servicio excelente!!
  • Sophie W.
    Sophie WanderlustFebruary 22, 2016
    De bons Burgers & shakes dans un décor retro, j'adore!
  • nanches
    nanchesDecember 26, 2013
    Hablan español y francés aparte del inglés, todos muy amables y la comida deliciosa.
  • Luis M.
    Luis MorenoOctober 25, 2014
    Excelente la atención y la comida con buen sabor - Excellent care and food with good taste
  • Sophie W.
    Sophie WanderlustFebruary 22, 2016
    De bons Burgers & shakes dans un décor retro, j'adore,
  • Elodie J.
    Elodie JaegerSeptember 17, 2015
    Bonne ambiance de dinner americain avec juke box à chaque table. :)
  • Jorge N.
    Jorge NievesSeptember 28, 2014
    La avocado burguer es excelente!!!
  • Adry S.
    Adry SotoSeptember 11, 2014
    Las malteadas son un pedazo de cieloooo...
  • James G.
    James GalvãoSeptember 6, 2013
    Típico café da manhã americano
  • Jamil B.
    Jamil BouhassouneAugust 20, 2014
    Brunch en famille
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