Mel's Drive-in

3355 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94118 Directions
Today 6:00 AM - 1:00 AM Open All Hours
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About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Diner, Burgers, American, Traditional, Cafe
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Website
  • Price
  • Hours
    Sun-Thu 6:00 AM - 1:00 AM
    Fri-Sat 6:00 AM - 3:00 AM
  • Cuisine
    Diner, Burgers, American, Traditional, Cafe
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
  • Alcohol
  • Parking
  • Free Parking
  • Delivery
  • Takeout
  • Reservations
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Gluten Free Options
  • Good For Kids
  • Good For Groups
  • Kids Menu
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Report | a year ago
Great Classic Diner Food! Friendly staff!
Report | a year ago
I have also been to the one at Van Ness and Geary which is not as children friendly.
Report | 2 years ago
always a great standby for quick good food.
Report | 2 years ago
Pleasant waitstaff

From Our Editors

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.

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