Mel's Diner

119 Wears Valley Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 Directions
+18654292184
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About this business

  • Cuisine
    Diner, American, Salad, Mexican, Barbecue
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Website
    melsdinerpf.com
  • Price
    $$$$$
  • Cuisine
    Diner, American, Salad, Mexican, Barbecue
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Parking
    Lot
  • Delivery
    Yes
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Gluten Free Options
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
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Report | a year ago
Just loved the whole experience. We live in Lincoln & enjoyed the ride up the hill & were very pleased when we got there. Will definitely be back.
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Report | 2 years ago
Enjoyed our visit!
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Report | 2 years ago
True to its name
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Report | 2 years ago
Fantastic. Great food and atmosphere.
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Report | 2 years ago
Dinner for 12 the night before my father-in-law's memorial service. We did not have a reservation, but the staff could not have been more accommodating. Our waitress Jessica was wonderful. We appreciate her great service.
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Report | 2 years ago
Mel's made it with the red and green bell peppers instead of the straw onions. Straw onions were good though. Philly cheese steak was good but could have had a little more meat. Otherwise delicious. Fish burger was interesting and good. Appetizers awesome. Malts even better.
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Report | 2 years ago
keep up the good work
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Report | 2 years ago
The own we is often there and is very personable
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Report | 2 years ago
AWESOME wait staff!
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Report | 2 years ago
We like Mel's a bunch just for normal breakfast and lunch dining.
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From Our Editors

Though the walls at Original Mel's Diner are decked out in 1950s memorabilia, the eatery dates back to the 1940s, making its throwback aesthetic something of a natural development and not purely a put-on. The diner also owns another indelible link to the Eisenhower era: in 1973, George Lucas featured the restaurant in American Graffiti, his iconic paean to all things swell. The restaurant’s screen time didn’t end there; it would later serve as the setting for the sitcom Alice, as well as the famous breakfast laser shootout in Return of the Jedi.

True to its roots, the eatery's massive menu carries the torch for classic eats. Its bounteous American staples include steaks, third-pound burgers, sandwiches, all-day breakfast. While rocking out to '50s and '60s music from table jukeboxes, diners can sink teeth into Hawaiian burgers with teriyaki-glazed pineapple or cheesesteak hoagies, piled high with grilled sirloin steak, jalapeno, and pepperoncini. Fries come topped with gravy, garlic, cheese, or chili. An ice cream parlor-style dessert menu boasts ice cream sundaes, hand-dipped milkshakes and malts hearken back to the days when soda jerks still roamed the earth. A banquet room fit for celebrating birthdays, team gatherings, and more seats up to 50 people.

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Many people described the Burger as Good.
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Many people described the Breakfast as Normal. Others thought:
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Many people described the Atmosphere as Great. Others thought:
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Many people described the Price as Like.
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Many people described the Service as Great.
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Many people described the Food as Good. Others thought:
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