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Mel's Drive-In

Diner and Breakfast Spot · SoMa
801 Mission St (at 4th St.), San Francisco, CA 94103, United States
Open until 2:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 6:00 AM–2:00 AM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 6:00 AM–3:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Beer, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 779 votes

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  • What you need to know
    "60s and 70s jukebox music!"(6 Tips)
    InterContinental San Francisco
    "Root Beer Milkshakes and Orange Freezes are a must order"(21 Tips)
    Tim M.
    "Love the granola and they offer a good selection of omelettes."(7 Tips)
    Celia C.
    "Wonderful turkey burger and loved the cherry in my sprite"(11 Tips)
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  • breakfast food
  • milkshakes
  • burgers
  • good for a late night
  • pancakes
  • coffee
  • jukebox
  • good service
  • good for a quick meal
  • orange juice
  • eggs
  • casual
  • french fries
  • French toast
  • authentic
  • American food
  • family-friendly
  • good for groups
  • sandwiches
  • malts
  • Joelle R.

    basic diner stuff, bit pricey for what it is, but really friendly staff and open late!

    Joelle Reeder · 1 week ago
  • Linda R.

    Good shakes.

    Linda Ruiz · 1 week ago
  • Tracy M.

    They can improvise and adjust the menu items to your liking. Want an extra chicken breast on the side? Not an issue here.

    Tracy Morgan · December 23, 2015
  • elisa

    Late night grilled cheese with lettuce tomatoes onion and mayo!

    elisa · October 13, 2015
  • Zhue E.

    The Elvis is pretty good!

    Zhue Estrada · September 13, 2015
  • kev/null

    Surprisingly decent coffee.

    kev/null · August 13, 2015
  • Dana M.

    Food comes fast

    Dana Maldonado-Le Grande · August 13, 2015
  • Subhasish D.

    Milkshake, omelette, sliders

    Subhasish Das · July 10, 2015
  • Gonçalo M.

    Huevos Rancheros, you will not regret. Staff are nice and the WiFi is cool.

    Gonçalo Morais · July 7, 2015
  • Tahseena S.

    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".

    Tahseena SK · July 5, 2015
  • Ruben A.

    The Belgian waffle was aight.

    Ruben Avila · July 5, 2015
  • Tim P.

    They have a quinoa salad that's good. Only in San Francisco would a diner have this and a great chili fries.

    Tim Pursell · July 1, 2015
  • Enrique U.

    Mel's roast beef open sandwich

    Enrique Ugalde · June 29, 2015
  • Peter B.

    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.

    Peter Bourgon · June 21, 2015
  • Chris R.

    The San Francisco hotdog is great.

    Chris Ross · June 21, 2015
  • Yousef A.

    Best home made style restaurant in SF. Try the home made milkshake so good 👌🏼

    Yousef Algiaan · June 15, 2015
  • Isaiah T.

    Bad service one night, came again. Same experience. Rude staff and horrible service. Would not recommend.

    Isaiah Turner · June 11, 2015
  • drew t.

    Good for a quick milkshake on the go.

    drew tarvin · May 25, 2015
  • Jole P.

    Solid for big groups- good service!

    Jole P · May 21, 2015
  • Daron Y.

    One of my favorite breakfast places in the area.

    Daron Yondem · May 2, 2015
  • Roberto A.

    You have to try the Fresh and juice burger WOW!! The staff excellent

    Roberto Altamirano · May 2, 2015
  • Antoine M.

    Old memories

    Antoine Mahan · April 2, 2015
  • 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 · March 14, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • iAbeer

    Was a good breakfast in this restaurant.

    iAbeer · January 6, 2015
  • Luis G R.

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

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

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

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

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

    Amélie Beerens · December 7, 2014
  • Hamdi B.

    Typical American breakfast. Delicious orange juice

    Hamdi Ben Lagha · November 29, 2014
  • Bennett W.

    Good food and good service plus friendly staff members

    Bennett Wong · November 20, 2014
  • 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
  • Fede G.

    Big and fat delicious burguers. Fabolous.

    Fede García · November 6, 2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Stephanie L.

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

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

    The steak huevos rancheros is fantastic. Great coffee too!

    D.j. Schleich · October 17, 2014
  • May N.

    place is aite, an overpriced dennys

    May Nguyen · September 5, 2014
  • Pascal H.

    Very authentic American diner. Noisy, but fast.

    Pascal Hartig · August 31, 2014
  • Paula C.

    Very good food little expensive

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

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

    Geoff Johnson · August 17, 2014
  • 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
  • jOn@s

    Steak and eggs, beautifull

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

    Pancakes are awesome.

    Jeremy McGee · August 9, 2014
  • Ged C.

    Breakfasts are best with French toast

    Ged Carroll · August 7, 2014
  • RaFFaeLe A.

    service is prepared to wait.

    RaFFaeLe AnToNio · June 8, 2014
  • Chanda D.

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

    Chanda Dunmars · May 17, 2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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