Mel's Drive-in

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Historic drive-in diner seen in George Lucas's American Graffiti serves up fare such as homemade pies & grass-fed half-pound burgers

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Promotional value expires Jan 30, 2014. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Valid for dine-in or take-out only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $12 for $24 worth of classic diner fare for a table of two people or more
  • $25 for $50 worth of classic diner fare for a table of four people or more

See the menu of appetizers and entrees and breakfast and drinks.

Mel's Drive-In

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.

Customer Reviews

6603 Ratings

Excellent shakes and malts. Good burgers! Would definitely go again!
Sheree M. · 13 hours ago
Cute place good foo
Francisco A. · 3 days ago
Good service. Good food. 24 hour breakfast.
Marie R. · 6 days ago
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  1. 1

    Geary Boulevard

    3355 Geary Blvd.

    San Francisco, CA 94118


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  2. 2

    Van Ness Avenue

    1050 Van Ness Ave

    San Francisco, CA 94109


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  3. 3

    4th & Mission

    801 Mission St.

    San Francisco, CA 94103


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