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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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Diane
12 ratings4 reviews
2 days ago
SERVICE WAS GREAT!
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11 ratings5 reviews
April 5, 2021
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lindaTOP REVIEWER
59 ratings32 reviews
March 31, 2021
Always great good good food good service
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davidTOP REVIEWER
68 ratings20 reviews
March 30, 2021
Mels continues to do an awesome job. Great safety protocols in place. Outstanding food & service. Thanks again Mels.
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AlexanderTOP REVIEWER
9 ratings7 reviews
March 30, 2021
Simple to use, knowledgeable employees and delicous food
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14 ratings8 reviews
March 27, 2021
great service, great selection !
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Calen
2 ratings1 reviews
March 27, 2021
Great American diner food. Can’t go wrong here
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Donna
7 ratings2 reviews
March 27, 2021
Excellent food, excellent service!
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About This Deal

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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  • ALL Mels S.F. locations are open for outdoor dining and take-out.

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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