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About this business

  • Cuisine
    American, Burgers, Diner, Traditional, Cafe
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Website
    melsdrive-in.com
  • Price
    $$$$$
  • Hours
    Sun-Thu 6:00 AM - 1:00 AM
    Fri-Sat 6:00 AM - 4:00 AM
  • Cuisine
    American, Burgers, Diner, Traditional, Cafe
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Parking
    Valet
  • Free Parking
    Yes
  • Delivery
    No
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • 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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Anthony
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Report | 6 months ago
Good service and tasty food!
Stanley H.
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Report | a year ago
The Hollywood/Highland store is right by what was the Kodak Theater (now Dolby) and Mann's Chinese theater. The sidewalk there is full of actors. Wolverine looked authentic. Jack Sparrow looked pretty good, but not so sure about Don King… Very fun!
Steven J.
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Report | a year ago
Be nice to the good folks that work so very hard to always make Mel's a great dining experience!
John W.
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Report | a year ago
will be back
elisa m.
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Report | a year ago
really friendly nice waiter!!
Nancy R.
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Report | a year ago
love it here. Keep up the good work.
Lynn F.
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Report | a year ago
Good Food - resonably priced, relaxed atmosphere.
Linda A.
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Report | a year ago
Service was fast and very attentive
Lorna O.
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Report | 2 years ago
Keep up the good work.
john g.
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Report | 2 years ago
keep up the good work
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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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