Mel's Drive-In

801 Mission St (at 4th St.), San Francisco, CA 94103, United States
Hours:
Open until 2:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 6:00 AM–2:00 AM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 6:00 AM–3:00 AM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
No
7.4/10

Based on 478 votes

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  • breakfast food
  • milkshakes
  • burgers
  • jukebox
  • good for a late night
  • pancakes
  • eggs
  • good service
  • french fries
  • steak
  • sliders
  • sandwiches
  • espresso
  • good for a quick meal
  • authentic
  • OJ
  • family-friendly
  • hot chocolate
  • turkey
  • great value
  • Steven W.

    Like something out of an American film. The food tasted good and came quickly... A good late night time eating spot!

    Steven Waller · 2 weeks ago
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  • Ellen M.

    Really good fluffy pancakes and all around great diner food. Little bit on the pricey side for what it is though.

    Ellen McGrody · February 22
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  • Abeer A.

    Was a good breakfast in this restaurant.

    Abeer Abdulrahman · January 6
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  • Luis G R.

    Awesome food and service! A must to visit for breakfast in SFO!

    Luis G Ramírez V · December 31, 2014
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  • David S.

    Love the biscuits and gravy here. OJ tends to be kind of watery, though.

    David S. · December 16, 2014
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  • Amélie B.

    Classic old-fashioned diner... not that good but it's ok.

    Amélie Beerens · December 7, 2014
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  • Hamdi B.

    Typical American breakfast. Delicious orange juice

    Hamdi Ben Lagha · November 29, 2014
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  • Luis E.

    Todo un clásico, buena comida y servicio.

    Luis Ep · November 20, 2014
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  • Bennett W.

    Good food and good service plus friendly staff members

    Bennett Wong · November 20, 2014
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  • Tim M.

    We've had a very nice breakfast here. Love the granola and they offer a good selection of omelettes.

    Tim Messerschmidt · November 17, 2014
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  • Fede G.

    Big and fat delicious burguers. Fabolous.

    Fede García · November 6, 2014
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  • Pipo S.

    You should taste the deserts, my favorite is the cheese cake. Of course, the Melt Classic Hamburger is my salt option.

    Pipo Santos · November 3, 2014
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  • Gustavo G.

    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.

    Gustavo Garcia · November 1, 2014
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  • Tristan T.

    Very cool retro restaurant! Food was good too, you get a lot of choices and the staff is really cool!

    Tristan Tran · October 27, 2014
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  • Stephanie L.

    Mediocre food, recently shutdown by the health dept for roaches.

    Stephanie Lay · October 22, 2014
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  • D.j. S.

    The steak huevos rancheros is fantastic. Great coffee too!

    D.j. Schleich · October 17, 2014
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  • Elena K.

    Хорошие завтраки, музыкальные автоматы, ретро-атмосфера, ретро-музыка.

    Elena Kucherenko · September 22, 2014
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  • May N.

    place is aite, an overpriced dennys

    May Nguyen · September 5, 2014
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  • Pascal H.

    Very authentic American diner. Noisy, but fast.

    Pascal Hartig · August 31, 2014
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  • Paula C.

    Very good food little expensive

    Paula Calhoun Reibert · August 23, 2014
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  • Geoff J.

    Great place if you're craving breakfast at anytime during the day

    Geoff Johnson · August 17, 2014
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  • Patrick D.

    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.

    Patrick Dashiell · August 17, 2014
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  • jOn@s

    Steak and eggs, beautifull

    jOn@s · August 13, 2014
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  • Jeremy M.

    Pancakes are awesome.

    Jeremy McGee · August 9, 2014
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  • Ged C.

    Breakfasts are best with French toast

    Ged Carroll · August 7, 2014
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  • Mikhail A.

    Типичная американская еда всех видов

    Mikhail Antonenko · August 6, 2014
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  • RaFFaeLe A.

    service is slow...be prepared to wait.

    RaFFaeLe AnToNio · June 8, 2014
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  • Chanda D.

    Waiters have I Pads your order hit the kitchen before they leave the table.

    Chanda Dunmars · May 17, 2014
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  • James M.

    Get the lumber jack breakfast - pancakes, egg, potatoes and ham, just make sure you bring enough room for it!!

    James Metzger · April 17, 2014
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  • Jason B.

    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.

    Jason Black · April 4, 2014
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  • Terence S.

    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.

    Terence Steward II · March 29, 2014
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  • Facundo D.

    It's fast and has a variety of salads that you can also try besides their excellent burgers.

    Facundo D · March 21, 2014
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  • Jamz Y.

    Try the Shortribs - #yum #lasangpotroast

    Jamz Yaneza · February 28, 2014
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  • Charles G.

    Kinda slow service. I think George Lucas would be grumpy...

    Charles G · February 20, 2014
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  • Brian E.

    Sit at the counter for an authentic diner experience.

    Brian Emord · February 16, 2014
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  • Bridget P.

    Great fried chicken and waffles.

    Bridget P · February 6, 2014
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  • 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. http://sf.travelivery.com

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  • Chuck W.

    The chicken noodle soup is some of the best ever!!

    Chuck Warner · December 5, 2013
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  • Rene J.

    Great place!!!

    Rene Joergensen · November 20, 2013
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  • Alejandro F.

    Good place to dive before or after a flick. :-)

    Alejandro Franceschi · November 17, 2013
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  • Joe S.

    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.

    Joe Sheehan · November 13, 2013
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  • Lori D.

    Yuppie Joes Scramble. Yum!

    Lori Doerfler · November 9, 2013
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  • Mircea P.

    espresso shake is a must try!

    Mircea Preotu · October 26, 2013
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  • Metehan O.

    Please order the 3 amigos ;-)) 3 little hamburgers special to Mel's

    Metehan Ozen · October 6, 2013
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  • Soeren J.

    Really fast service and good food to.

    Soeren Jensen · September 28, 2013
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  • Cengiz K.

    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.

    Cengiz Kaya · September 24, 2013
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  • Jerry R.

    Good food, very busy, moves people in and out very quickly

    Jerry Richart · September 23, 2013
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  • Carlos G.

    O breakfast e muito bem servido, escolha a música que gosta na sua mesa e com 25cents ela toca em todo o salão.

    Carlos Gomes · September 7, 2013
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  • Jake B.

    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.

    Jake Boxer · September 3, 2013
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  • Doug B.

    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!

    Doug Baer · August 31, 2013
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