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All-American Diner Food at Mel's Drive-In (41% 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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Roger
5 ratings4 reviews
5 days ago
It was great to done in the covered tent out in the parking lot. Food was so good!
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veronicaTOP REVIEWERHELPFUL REVIEWER
11 ratings9 reviews
February 19, 2021
Service was so slow. Coffee needs improvement too.
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Janie
2 ratings2 reviews
February 17, 2021
Great!;;;;;;;;
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AndreaTOP REVIEWERHELPFUL REVIEWER
171 ratings151 reviews2 photos
February 16, 2021
their terrific car hop service
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james
3 ratings1 reviews
February 7, 2021
Was a great night ! And thr staff was amazing and fun!
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JohnTOP REVIEWER
40 ratings20 reviews
February 6, 2021
Sammy was a great waiter and car service now comes on paper plates
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NaomiTOP REVIEWER
12 ratings6 reviews
February 6, 2021
Great food, great service, great place for casual dining.
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LeanneTOP REVIEWER
14 ratings14 reviews
January 25, 2021
We thoroughly enjoyed our Mels burger special with fries and a drink for $9.99! Ordered the chicken tenders which was cooked to perfection. Crispy, juicy chicken breast tenders with fries. Excellent service!! The server was awesome, and delivered our bag of food and drink to our car which was parked in their lot. Glad we came back!! Best take out food we’ve had in months!
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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
  • $23.57 for $40 worth of food and drink for parties of four or more
  • See the menu here.

  • 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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