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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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Selinda
2 ratings2 reviews
12 hours ago
We took advantage of a warm sunny day and chose to eat at one of the outdoor distanced tables instead of in the car. As usual, the food was great...fresh, hot and yummy. The generous pour of wine was very nice. All safety precautions seemed to be in place, and we felt confident eating there. Definitely recommended.
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eric
7 ratings2 reviews
3 days ago
Mel’s takes you back in time to your best drive-in memories, with balloons, jukeboxes and friendly and prompt service. Decent comfort food, great breakfasts and desserts. Orange freezes and hot fudge sundaes are my vices.
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BasilTOP REVIEWER
12 ratings9 reviews
November 16, 2020
Good food
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KlaytonTOP REVIEWERHELPFUL REVIEWER
130 ratings63 reviews
November 5, 2020
It's truly the satire. We love nostalgia! I grew up American Graffiti. We have had great burgers in San Francisco. Here is some.Tic-tocs, Whiz, Jets, Beeps, A&W, and a special shout out to Crown Burgers. I gave Mel three stars for the good times? I'm sorry but I can't give that out for the food..
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JASONTOP REVIEWER
50 ratings41 reviews
November 2, 2020
Great breakfast. I love this place. I will definitely return
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Monica
3 ratings2 reviews
November 1, 2020
Visiting from San Diego Ca, great food, music & service!
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Randall
4 ratings2 reviews
October 25, 2020
Great food and service at this fine establishment! They now have outdoor seating!
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Nicole
5 ratings3 reviews
October 19, 2020
Yummy, crispy fries and BLT with great tasting bacon! Nice staff!
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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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