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All-American Diner Food at Mel's Drive-In (37% Off). Two Options Available.

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Historic drive-in diner seen in George Lucas’s American Graffiti Serving Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner - Late Night

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Randall
4 ratings2 reviews
2 days ago
Great food and service at this fine establishment! They now have outdoor seating!
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Nicole
5 ratings3 reviews
4 days ago
Yummy, crispy fries and BLT with great tasting bacon! Nice staff!
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Edna
1 ratings1 reviews
5 days ago
Wonderful server. good BLT, fun place
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Quy
2 ratings1 reviews
5 days ago
This is the best restaurant deal in SF. The good is great. They have the best selection of burgers in the town.
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David
7 ratings3 reviews
October 16, 2020
Food is okay, nothing to write home about. Way over priced.
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Sad
4 ratings4 reviews
October 14, 2020
Pricey but shakes are to die for
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bridgetteTOP REVIEWER
6 ratings5 reviews
October 10, 2020
Sammy was our waiter and was very attentive with great customer service. The burgers for or family of 7 were juicy and the toppings were fresh. Fries were good. The atmosphere is fun and 50s with cool jukeboxes on the tables.
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TabithaTOP REVIEWER
8 ratings5 reviews1 photos
October 8, 2020
Excellent food! Loved the atmosphere!
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About This Deal

Good for Delivery or Takeout
Use this deal next time you place an order for delivery or takeout from this restaurant.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $12.50 for $20 worth of food and drink for parties of two or three
  • $25 for $40 worth of food and drink for parties of four or more
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Need To Know

Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Valid for dine-in and carryout. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift(s). May be repurchased every 30 days. Limit 1 per visit. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.

About 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.

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