Mel's Drive-in

Restaurant
801 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103 801 Mission St., San Francisco Directions
Today 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM Open All Hours
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83% of 784 customers recommended

About this Business

  • Cuisine
    American
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    $15-$30
  • Hours
    Sun-Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
  • Cuisine
    American
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Delivery
    No
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
  • Kids Menu
    Yes
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Tips

250
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Report | 10 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 | 11 months ago
Nice dinner. Huge sandwiches!!
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Report | a year ago
Good food, good service, good prices
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Report | a year ago
Good experience, service was great, and food to match.
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Report | 2 years ago
Service was good. Food was good. Nice selections for various prices. Love the all-day breakfast.
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Report | 2 years ago
A little over priced for what they served.
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Report | 2 years ago
Breakfast is great.
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Report | 2 years ago
Avoid the Mission Street location if you're a local and don't want to deal with tourists.
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Report | 2 years ago
They have been around since I was knee high and still offer quality service and a variety of tasty dishes. The shakes are the best ever!
Verified
Report | 2 years ago
yummy
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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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