Mel's Drive-In

801 Mission St (at 4th St.), San Francisco, CA 94103, United States
Hours:
Open until 3:00 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
7.5/10

Based on 513 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
  • waffles
  • hot chocolate
  • turkey
  • Andy W.

    Count the number of seconds it takes to get seated - usually under 20 seconds.

    Andy Wibbels · January 30, 2010
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  • Charles E.

    Pancakes, eggs and a Coke with a smile. Bring quarters for the jukebox!

    Charles Edge · January 24, 2012
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  • Tony W.

    Like all Mel's make sure you get a seat near a juke control. A quarter a song and full of classics

    Tony Williams · February 2, 2010
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  • M. Serdar K.

    'Speed' has a new definition by now! This place is FAST!

    M. Serdar Kuzuloglu · October 13, 2011
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  • Mark M.

    The WiFi password is their phone number.

    Mark McLaughlin · August 28, 2010
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  • Dan

    a little pricey but great breakfast.

    Dan · May 5, 2010
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  • Ernest P.

    They have awesome sweet potato fries!

    Ernest Prabhakar · June 7, 2011
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  • Anthony N.

    Just a great place for breakfast. You can get a meal and custom make the eggs and bread to make it your own. My fave combo: corned beef has with sunny side up eggs and sourdough. A generous portion!

    Anthony Nachor · May 17, 2011
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  • Jennifer B.

    Have a Cherry Coke!

    Jennifer B · December 31, 2010
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  • Andres A.

    try the Tortola scramble, yum!

    Andres Acosta · May 5, 2010
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  • Sabrina S.

    I LOVE MELS! Great food!

    Sabrina Soto · April 2, 2011
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  • Nichole A.

    Share with your friends- the portions are HUGE

    Nichole Albright · March 10, 2011
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  • j b.

    The waitstaff here are a well oiled machine...they get you seats immediately, shout your progress to the other staff and haven't messed up my order yet (!)

    j blu · January 16, 2011
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  • Jesuki

    after REQUESTING an ice water, the waitress proceeded to flip the "conserve water" sign. I don't care! I'm gonna drink it you punk!

    Jesuki · January 6, 2011
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  • Beatriz S.

    Milk shakes... Delicious

    Beatriz Salvador Esteban · December 21, 2010
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  • Cornelius J.

    Great burgers and sweet potato fries.

    Cornelius Jones · July 20, 2013
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  • João A.

    Good lunch, not so good breakfast. Pinecrest have way better hashbrowns.

    João Almeida · December 22, 2012
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  • Doug W.

    Cinnamon French Toast is remarkable!

    Doug Watkins · August 30, 2012
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  • Jean-Luc D.

    I used to like this place, but it's now one of the worst breakfast in SF. Two eggs, bacon & juice for $15. Eggs are undercooked, potatoes are raw, blackened & covered w/ overcooked onions, ect. Avoid!

    Jean-Luc David · July 1, 2012
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  • Justin P.

    Short rip sliders or meal is good stuff.

    Justin Pierce · April 15, 2012
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  • peter h.

    Try the Elvis

    peter hayes · November 29, 2011
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  • Catherine V.

    Hot chocolate is great!

    Catherine Valdes · November 21, 2010
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  • Kimo W.

    Love the Elvis Scrambler.

    Kimo Watanabe · September 21, 2010
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  • Donna P.

    Very fast!

    Donna Prior · March 11, 2010
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  • Hamdi B.

    Typical American breakfast. Delicious orange juice

    Hamdi Ben Lagha · November 29, 2014
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  • Ged C.

    Breakfasts are best with French toast

    Ged Carroll · August 7, 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Metehan O.

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

    Metehan Ozen · October 6, 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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  • Alejandro F.

    What is a stop at Mel's without some good ol' fashioned Apple Pie (á la mode), of course?!

    Alejandro Franceschi · August 28, 2013
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  • Walter N.

    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.

    Walter Nirenberg · August 16, 2013
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  • Eric T.

    Get the fresh squeezed OJ to start

    Eric Thomas · July 11, 2013
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  • Billy T.

    Home fries here are addictive.

    Billy Tobon · June 14, 2013
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  • Bryan D.

    They're busy, but a good breakfast stop before conferences or work.

    Bryan Duke · June 13, 2013
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  • Benjamin A.

    I know my peanut butter milkshakes and Mel's makes a great one (even though it's not on the menu)!

    Benjamin Angel · May 24, 2013
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  • Antonio U.

    A perfect place for eating, also very cheap and beautiful.

    Antonio Uribe · May 21, 2013
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  • Amy

    Service is very quick and servers are all very nice. Maybe a touch too quick!! That's OK, It's a diner.

    Amy · October 9, 2012
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  • Vince W.

    The turkey slider is small and singular. If they ask you if you want 2, say yes.

    Vince Wilcox · October 6, 2012
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  • John B.

    A favorite place when we are ever at a conference. #DDOsafehouse

    John Bergquist · September 13, 2012
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  • Celia C.

    Wonderful turkey burger and loved the cherry in my sprite

    Celia Cristaldo Cantero · August 30, 2012
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  • Parag M.

    Amazing Tortilla scramble.. Love IT!

    Parag Mehta · August 30, 2012
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  • Cat T.

    Turkey melt...

    Cat T · August 9, 2012
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  • Mitzychan

    Try the Espresso Milk Shake - #so_good

    Mitzychan · May 17, 2012
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  • Mitzychan

    Try the Homemade Turkey Dinner - #american #old-fashioned

    Mitzychan · May 17, 2012
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  • Mark B.

    Stevens favourite omelette is fantastic !

    Mark Bairstow · February 7, 2012
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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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  • Eliamar M.

    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 :)

    Eliamar Martinez · August 14, 2013
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