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Mel's Drive-In

Diner and Breakfast Spot$$$$
SoMa, San Francisco
  • Taminator
    "60s and 70s jukebox music!"(6 Tips)
    InterContinental San Francisco
    "Root Beer Milkshakes and Orange Freezes are a must order"(21 Tips)
    España S.
    "American diner chain, they have three other locations in SF."(3 Tips)
    Bennett W W.
    "Good food and good service plus friendly staff members"(10 Tips)
187 Tips and reviews
  • breakfast food
  • milkshakes
  • burgers
  • good for a late night
  • pancakes
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  • Renee T.
    Renee Teefive2 weeks ago
    Omlettes, tuna, toast, sandwiches are all delicious
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongOctober 21
    The twisty (curly) fries are delicious. Service is very good, wait staff were prompt and the facility is clean.
  • Asa B.
    Asa BaumSeptember 28
    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.
    The turkey dinner is delicious! Enjoy Thanksgiving any day of the year.
  • Hana M.
    Veggie Sandwich kind of poor. Really quick staff.
  • Mark C.
    Mark ChellisMarch 19
    Fried chicken- Yumm!
  • Camila I.
    A time travel!
  • Joelle R.
    Joelle ReederJanuary 30
    basic diner stuff, bit pricey for what it is, but really friendly staff and open late!
  • Linda R.
    Linda RuizJanuary 28
    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.
  • D.J. S.
    D.J. SchleichOctober 17, 2014
    The steak huevos rancheros is fantastic. Great coffee too!
  • 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
  • Geoff J.
    Geoff JohnsonAugust 17, 2014
    Great place if you're craving breakfast at anytime during the day
  • 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
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