Mel's Drive-in

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

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The hamburger is an edible American icon, much like coleslaw made with shredded Norman Rockwell paintings. Bread, bite, and chew with this Groupon.

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

This Groupon is valid at the Geary Boulevard, Lombard Street, Fourth and Mission, and Van Ness Avenue locations. All locations are open until midnight, and Van Ness is open until 3 a.m.

The menu of appetizers and entrees and breakfast and drinks still offers Mel's favorites, such as the Melburger ($7.25), a juicy third-pound burger atop a sesame bun that pairs with crisp american fries ($2) as naturally as cowboy boots with a prom dress, and Mel's sliders, such as the goat cheese and turkey slider ($3.75 each) and short rib slider ($4.50 each). Blenders churn McGoo's ice cream into the diner's signature ultra-thick shakes and malts ($5.25+). On a plate of all-American meatloaf ($11.75), homemade gravy tackles lumpy mashed potatoes while a buttered roll referees. With late-night hours, diners can indulge cravings in the wee hours with a plate of Mel's thick-slice french toast ($8.25) or dip forks into a house-made, double-crust apple pie ($5.25).

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

6886 Ratings

Food is ok, but the price is pretty high
Oscar L. · 3 days ago
The food was excellent. The waiting service was poor.
Jocelyn C. · 3 days ago
Pretty pricey.
Pamela L. · 4 days ago
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  1. 1

    Geary Boulevard

    3355 Geary Blvd.

    San Francisco, CA 94118

    +14153872255

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  2. 2

    San Francisco

    801 Mission Street

    San Francisco, California 94103

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  3. 3

    San Francisco

    2165 Lombard Street

    San Francisco, California 94123

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