Mel's Drive-in

2165 Lombard St., San Francisco, CA 94123 Directions
Today 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM Open All Hours
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About this business

  • Cuisine
    American, Diner, Burgers, Traditional, Coffee
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Website
    melsdrive-in.com
  • Price
    $$$$$
  • Hours
    Sun-Sat 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
  • Cuisine
    American, Diner, Burgers, Traditional, Coffee
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Lot
  • Free Parking
    Yes
  • Delivery
    No
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    No
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Gluten Free Options
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
  • Good For Groups
    Yes
  • Kids Menu
    Yes
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Tips

250
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Report | 6 months ago
Sit at Sammy's station!! He is the bomb!!! Great service wonderful personality!! AAAA+++++++*
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Report | 6 months ago
great late night dining. this staff goes beyond the call of duty to take care of its customers. thanks! ~s
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Report | 7 months ago
Nice dinner. Huge sandwiches!!
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Report | a year ago
The Portobello Burger is Great!. I also really like the meatloaf, chicken pot pie, sliders and mushroom burger.
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Report | a year ago
The food was just so-so and the price was too high.
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Report | a year ago
Do not get the ftench fries
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Report | a year ago
We enjoyed the San Francisco location with lots of evening activity. And a nearby parking garage.
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Report | a year ago
A little over priced for what they served.
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Report | a year ago
Come hungry!
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Report | a year ago
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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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