Mel's Drive-in

American
1050 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109 1050 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco Directions
Today 6:00 AM - 4:00 AM Open All Hours
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80% of 289 customers recommended

About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Diner, American, Burgers, Traditional, Salad
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    $15-$30
  • Hours
    Sun-Wed
    6:00 AM - 1:00 AM
    Thu
    6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
    Fri-Sat
    6:00 AM - 4:00 AM
  • Cuisine
    Diner, American, Burgers, Traditional, Salad
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Street
  • 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

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52 Tips
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Report | 2 years ago
Sit at Sammy's station!! He is the bomb!!! Great service wonderful personality!! AAAA+++++++*
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Report | 2 years ago
We always enjoy visiting Mel's on Geary for a fun, throw-back diner dinner. We think Mel's does a much better job than a traditional "greasy spoon" (it is always clean and the food is way better quality), but there are plenty of fried foods on the menu if that's what you are looking for. It is definitely a local's place to go and good for young, old, families and friends... the Geary location feels very neighborhood. You can't go wrong with a place without pretension and good cherry pie!
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Report | 2 years ago
Do not get the ftench fries
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Report | 2 years ago
great customer service!!!!
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Report | 3 years ago
good for kids and quick meal
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Report | 3 years ago
For the price you charge, you should give more food. Expensive dishes.
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Report | 3 years ago
Server and Hostess were very welcoming.
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Report | 3 years ago
VERY FRIENDLY STAFF. SERVICES ARE QUICK. CASHIERS ARE COURTEOUS WITH GOOD MEMORY.(REMEMBERING THE TAKE ORDERS, WITHOUT CALLING OUT NAME OR NUMBER) KEEP UP THE GOOD JOB! ^.^
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Report | 3 years ago
Looking forward to my next visit
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Report | 3 years ago
A little slow sometimes. But still an OK place if you are not in a hurry.
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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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