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Mel's Drive-In

Diner and Breakfast Spot$$$$
SoMa, San Francisco
  • jansen c.
    "Good breakfast, love their vintage decors and jukebox"(7 Tips)
    España S.
    "American diner chain, they have three other locations in SF."(4 Tips)
    Cris P.
    "One of the best shakes you'll ever put in your mouth."(22 Tips)
    Tim M.
    "Love the granola and they offer a good selection of omelettes."(8 Tips)
192 Tips and reviews
  • breakfast food
  • milkshakes
  • burgers
  • good for a late night
  • jukebox
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  • specktro z.
    Expensive and regular taste, not the best place to breakfast...
  • Herb Jackson Jr.
    Herb Jackson Jr.March 17
    Been here 5+ times
    Loved the pancakes
  • Vladyslav Z.
    It's a feeling of old-style drive-in. With chrome, music-box and attitude. Rather cheap for SoMa
  • Dan C.
    Dan CastellanoFebruary 12
    Been here 5+ times
    A true American diner, slightly lacking in quality for the higher price than Denny's across the street
  • Volkan Y.
    Volkan YildizDecember 27, 2016
    Typical American style breakfast.
  • Joseph M.
    Joseph ManlapazDecember 16, 2016
    Malt shakes are the best!!!
  • jansen c.
    jansen cDecember 3, 2016
    Good breakfast, love their vintage decors and jukebox
  • Renee T.
    Renee TeefiveNovember 13, 2016
    Omlettes, tuna, toast, sandwiches are all delicious
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongOctober 21, 2016
    The twisty (curly) fries are delicious. Service is very good, wait staff were prompt and the facility is clean.
  • Asa B.
    Asa BaumSeptember 28, 2016
    This is the epitome of an American diner. I imagine this place has been the same forever, which is great. It's still well kept, clean & serves great food. We had buttermilk pancakes & french toast.
  • Christian B.
    Christian BaldiaJuly 31, 2016
    The turkey dinner is delicious! Enjoy Thanksgiving any day of the year.
  • Hana M.
    Hana MullerovaMay 25, 2016
    Veggie Sandwich kind of poor. Really quick staff.
  • Mark C.
    Mark ChellisMarch 19, 2016
    Fried chicken- Yumm!
  • Camila I.
    Camila IwazakiMarch 13, 2016
    A time travel!
  • Joelle R.
    Joelle ReederJanuary 30, 2016
    basic diner stuff, bit pricey for what it is, but really friendly staff and open late!
  • Linlu M.
    Linlu Meow RuizJanuary 28, 2016
    Good shakes.
  • Tracy M.
    Tracy MorganDecember 23, 2015
    They can improvise and adjust the menu items to your liking. Want an extra chicken breast on the side? Not an issue here.
  • elisa
    elisaOctober 13, 2015
    Late night grilled cheese with lettuce tomatoes onion and mayo!
  • Zhue E.
    Zhue EstradaSeptember 13, 2015
    The Elvis is pretty good!
  • kev/null
    kev/nullAugust 13, 2015
    Surprisingly decent coffee.
  • Dana M.
    Food comes fast
  • Subhasish D.
    Subhasish DasJuly 10, 2015
    Milkshake, omelette, sliders
  • Gonçalo M.
    Gonçalo MoraisJuly 7, 2015
    Huevos Rancheros, you will not regret. Staff are nice and the WiFi is cool.
  • Tahseena S.
    Tahseena SKJuly 5, 2015
    A friend suggested that I should go there for breakfast. I did and got to play with the jukebox on my table. It played the song I picked for a quarter. I felt like I was in the set of "Happy Days".
  • Ruben A.
    Ruben AvilaJuly 5, 2015
    The Belgian waffle was aight.
  • Tim P.
    Tim PursellJuly 1, 2015
    They have a quinoa salad that's good. Only in San Francisco would a diner have this and a great chili fries.
  • Enrique U.
    Enrique UgaldeJune 29, 2015
    Mel's roast beef open sandwich
  • Peter B.
    Peter BourgonJune 21, 2015
    Mostly as good as Dottie's, but ten times faster. And coffee that isn't trying to murder you. A++ would eat eggs here again.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RossJune 21, 2015
    The San Francisco hotdog is great.
  • Yousef A.
    Yousef AlgiaanJune 15, 2015
    Best home made style restaurant in SF. Try the home made milkshake so good 👌🏼
  • Isaiah T.
    Isaiah TurnerJune 11, 2015
    Bad service one night, came again. Same experience. Rude staff and horrible service. Would not recommend.
  • drew t.
    drew tarvinMay 25, 2015
    Good for a quick milkshake on the go.
  • Jole P.
    Jole PMay 21, 2015
    Solid for big groups- good service!
  • Daron Y.
    Daron YondemMay 2, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite breakfast places in the area.
  • Roberto A.
    Roberto AMay 2, 2015
    You have to try the Fresh and juice burger WOW!! The staff excellent
  • Antoine M.
    Antoine MahanApril 2, 2015
    Old memories
  • Steven W.
    Steven WallerMarch 14, 2015
    Like something out of an American film. The food tasted good and came quickly... A good late night time eating spot!
  • Ellen M.
    Ellen McGrodyFebruary 22, 2015
    Really good fluffy pancakes and all around great diner food. Little bit on the pricey side for what it is though.
  • iAbeer
    iAbeerJanuary 6, 2015
    Was a good breakfast in this restaurant.
  • Luis G R.
    Luis G Ramírez VDecember 31, 2014
    Awesome food and service! A must to visit for breakfast in SFO!
  • David S.
    David S.December 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the biscuits and gravy here. OJ tends to be kind of watery, though.
  • Amélie B.
    Amélie BeerensDecember 7, 2014
    Classic old-fashioned diner... not that good but it's ok.
  • Hamdi B.
    Hamdi Ben LaghaNovember 29, 2014
    Typical American breakfast. Delicious orange juice
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongNovember 20, 2014
    Good food and good service plus friendly staff members
  • Tim M.
    Tim MesserschmidtNovember 17, 2014
    We've had a very nice breakfast here. Love the granola and they offer a good selection of omelettes.
  • Fede G.
    Fede GarcíaNovember 6, 2014
    Big and fat delicious burguers. Fabolous.
  • Pipo S.
    Pipo SantosNovember 3, 2014
    You should taste the deserts, my favorite is the cheese cake. Of course, the Melt Classic Hamburger is my salt option.
  • Gustavo G.
    Gustavo GarciaNovember 1, 2014
    Nothing! Nothing is good! Absence of taste, I didn't get what I ordered, meat was dry like the dessert; check took forever... Help yourself, cross the street and go to Denny's instead of this dinner.
  • Tristan T.
    Tristan TranOctober 27, 2014
    Very cool retro restaurant! Food was good too, you get a lot of choices and the staff is really cool!
  • Stephanie L.
    Stephanie LayOctober 22, 2014
    Mediocre food, recently shutdown by the health dept for roaches.
  • May N.
    May NguyenSeptember 5, 2014
    place is aite, an overpriced dennys
  • Pascal H.
    Pascal HartigAugust 31, 2014
    Very authentic American diner. Noisy, but fast.
  • Paula C.
    Paula Calhoun ReibertAugust 23, 2014
    Very good food little expensive
  • Patrick D.
    Patrick DashiellAugust 17, 2014
    Good food. Quick service. However, I ordered a beverage with my meal, waitress never realized I hadn't received it until I was almost finished with my food. Disappointed.
  • jOn@s
    jOn@sAugust 13, 2014
    Steak and eggs, beautifull
  • Jeremy M.
    Jeremy McGeeAugust 9, 2014
    Pancakes are awesome.
  • Ged C.
    Ged CarrollAugust 7, 2014
    Breakfasts are best with French toast
  • RaFFaeLe A.
    RaFFaeLe AnToNioJune 8, 2014
    service is prepared to wait.
  • Chanda D.
    Chanda DunmarsMay 17, 2014
    Waiters have I Pads your order hit the kitchen before they leave the table.
  • James M.
    James MetzgerApril 17, 2014
    Get the lumber jack breakfast - pancakes, egg, potatoes and ham, just make sure you bring enough room for it!!
  • Jason B.
    Jason BlackApril 4, 2014
    If you need it, ask your server for the BIG cup of coffee. You will be glad you did. And, watch out, it's hot.
  • Terence S.
    Terence Steward IIMarch 29, 2014
    Don't believe the bad reviews about the food. The cinnamon french toast was golden and soft, biscuits n gravy were great (skimpy on the sausage though), and bacon was crisp to perfection.
  • Facundo D.
    Facundo DMarch 21, 2014
    It's fast and has a variety of salads that you can also try besides their excellent burgers.
  • Jamz Y.
    Jamz YanezaFebruary 28, 2014
    Try the Shortribs - #yum #lasangpotroast
  • Brian E.
    Brian EmordFebruary 16, 2014
    Sit at the counter for an authentic diner experience.
  • Bridget P.
    Bridget PFebruary 6, 2014
    Great fried chicken and waffles.
  • Travelivery -.
    Good food that comes out fast. Only thing we find odd is that instead of walking you to the table, they point to where you should go.
  • Chuck W.
    Chuck WarnerDecember 5, 2013
    The chicken noodle soup is some of the best ever!!
  • Rene J.
    Rene JoergensenNovember 20, 2013
    Great place!!!
  • Alejandro F.
    Alejandro FranceschiNovember 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Good place to dive before or after a flick. :-)
  • Joe S.
    Joe SheehanNovember 13, 2013
    Great casual dining. It's pretty raucous. The wait staff likes to communicate by shouting to each other. Typical burger joint. Good food. Reasonable prices. I want disappointed.
  • Lori D.
    Lori DoerflerNovember 9, 2013
    Yuppie Joes Scramble. Yum!
  • Mircea P.
    Mircea PreotuOctober 26, 2013
    espresso shake is a must try!
  • Metehan O.
    Metehan OzenOctober 6, 2013
    Please order the 3 amigos ;-)) 3 little hamburgers special to Mel's
  • Soeren J.
    Soeren JensenSeptember 28, 2013
    Really fast service and good food to.
  • Cengiz K.
    Cengiz KayaSeptember 24, 2013
    Very crowded and the Service is fast. Bir there are some problems such as noise and hygiene. Large size juice was very small. The omlette was tasty but french toast was under average.
  • Jerry R.
    Jerry RichartSeptember 23, 2013
    Good food, very busy, moves people in and out very quickly
  • Jake B.
    Jake BoxerSeptember 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I love Mel's a lot, but I just need to say this: the mozzarella sticks are awful. If you're drunk and they're looking good, just get something else.
  • Doug B.
    Doug BaerAugust 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    SF tradition whenever I'm at Moscone. It opens at 6am on weekdays and is just a block from the conference center. The food is ALWAYS better than whatever is served there. Hangover omelet FTW!
  • Alejandro F.
    Alejandro FranceschiAugust 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    What is a stop at Mel's without some good ol' fashioned Apple Pie (á la mode), of course?!
  • Walter N.
    Walter NirenbergAugust 16, 2013
    Was a great throwback dive. The food and atmosphere were great. Get a shake while your there, they have more flavors the what the menu states.
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HogueJuly 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Be sure to order your eggs one notch more well done than you usually would, since they tend to come out under-cooked.
  • Cris P.
    Cris PearsonJuly 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Vanilla Malt Shake. One of the best shakes you'll ever put in your mouth.
  • Cornelius J.
    Cornelius JonesJuly 20, 2013
    Great burgers and sweet potato fries.
  • Bill E.
    Bill Elliott Jr.July 18, 2013
    Chsrming place. But don't let the website fool you, I just tried ordering a famous bloody mary... they told me they don't do bloody marys.
  • Eric T.
    Eric ThomasJuly 11, 2013
    Get the fresh squeezed OJ to start
  • Rusty D.
    Rusty DoerrJuly 7, 2013
    Fast service and good food
  • Tabitha S.
    Tabitha SchneiderJuly 3, 2013
    Breakfast all day!!
  • Taminator
    TaminatorJune 27, 2013
    Great 6oz steak with 3 eggs, potatoes and 2 slices of toast for $8.95, the very carbonated fountain coke has the crisp ice cubes, and 60s and 70s jukebox music!
  • David B.
    David BresslerJune 19, 2013
    If you get take out be careful. Cheap diner gives one packet of ketchup.
  • Billy T.
    Billy TobonJune 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Home fries here are addictive.
  • Bryan D.
    Bryan DukeJune 13, 2013
    They're busy, but a good breakfast stop before conferences or work.
  • Benjamin A.
    Benjamin AngelMay 24, 2013
    I know my peanut butter milkshakes and Mel's makes a great one (even though it's not on the menu)!
  • Antonio U.
    Antonio UribeMay 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    A perfect place for eating, also very cheap and beautiful.
  • Joe R.
    Joe RouletteMay 21, 2013
    Skip the Blue Plate, and get a burger. Trust me.
  • Jesse
    JesseApril 24, 2013
    They'll take your order on an iPad :D
  • Mychael R.
    Mychael RApril 18, 2013
    Gimmicky place to eat... but if you are looking for something "fast" and "Good"... this is not the place.... one person in my group never got their meal... (SAD)
  • Chris C.
    Chris CummingsApril 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great breakfast place with super-fast (but still courteous) staff.
  • Franny W.
    Franny WintersApril 13, 2013
    Very good food!
  • Dhruv G.
    Dhruv GApril 9, 2013
    The turkey hash omelette is superb!
  • Leilani R.
    Servicio muy rápido
  • mega210
    mega210June 20, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Рекомендуется всем, кто угорел по здоровому образу жизни и не приемлет вида пожирающих жаренное мясо людей.
  • Eduardo G.
    Eduardo GJanuary 12, 2016
    Para echar cheve! Muy sesentero el trip
  • Ricard C.
    Ricard ChecaAugust 26, 2015
    Advocado burguer, boníssima.
  • Meritxell A.
    Meritxell ArmadaAugust 17, 2015
    Abre hasta tarde. El batido de Oreo está impresionante.
  • Luis E.
    Luis EpNovember 20, 2014
    Todo un clásico, buena comida y servicio.
  • Elena K.
    Elena KucherenkoSeptember 22, 2014
    Хорошие завтраки, музыкальные автоматы, ретро-атмосфера, ретро-музыка.
  • Carlos G.
    Carlos GomesSeptember 7, 2013
    O breakfast e muito bem servido, escolha a música que gosta na sua mesa e com 25cents ela toca em todo o salão.
  • Eliamar M.
    Eliamar MartinezAugust 14, 2013
    Excelente lugar y muy típico, te sientes de película! Buen servicio y comida muy deliciosa comí hotdog sabroso y bien servido y sí, las malteadas son de-li-cio-sas!!! No se lo pierdan :)
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