All-American Diner Food at Mel's Drive-In (Half Off). Two Options Available.

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  • $12 for $24 worth of classic diner fare for a table of two people or more
  • $25 for $50 worth of classic diner fare for a table of four people or more

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Mel's Drive-In

In 1947, owners Mel Weiss and Harold Dobbs assembled a staff of 14 carhops to serve passing motorists at the first Mel's Drive-In. For the next two decades, customers partial to automobile dining flocked to the chain’s 11 California locations, eager to wash down grass-fed half-pound burgers with thick milk shakes. As fast-food outlets outpaced the drive-in's once-speedy service, its popularity declined, and it was eventually scheduled for demolition. The building got a temporary reprieve, however, when filmmaker George Lucas decided to use the drive-in's original location on Lombard Street as the colorful backdrop for his film American Graffiti. As bulldozers destroyed the last remnants of the historic drive-in, American Graffiti opened in theaters.

A decade later, though, Mel's son Steven reopened Mel's Drive-In in an attempt to carry on his father's dream. Steven restored the drive-in's multiple locations to mirror their original motif by stocking each with midcentury must-haves such as illuminated marquees, jukeboxes, and Elvis-themed WiFi passwords. The drive-in’s menu, meanwhile, balances period-appropriate fare, such as hot dogs and burgers, with healthy options, such as the Haven’s Famous vegetarian sandwich, two slices of nine-grain bread topped with avocado, sprouts, and tomatoes.

Reviews

the ambiance was old happy days decor, I loved it and will comeback again and again.

Marco P., Yelp, 5/15/13

I did like the old school diner setting and the server was polite and attentive. Not a bad place to drop in on after the show or club.

Michael C., Yelp, 9/18/11

Tips from Groupon Customers

  • “Be nice to the good folks that work so very hard to always make Mel's a great dining experience!”

  • “Good old fashion American food. ”

  • “very nice, quick, smaily love them”


  1. A

    West Hollywood

    8585 West Sunset Boulevard

    West Hollywood, California 90069

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  2. B

    Hollywood

    1660 N Highland Ave

    Los Angeles, California 90028

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  3. C

    Sherman Oaks

    14846 Ventura Blvd

    Los Angeles, California 91423

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In a Nutshell

Historic drive-in diner seen in George Lucas's American Graffiti serves up fare such as homemade pies & grass-fed half-pound burgers

The Fine Print

Expires Jan 8th, 2014. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Valid for dine-in or take-out only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.