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The Original Mels

232 Main St, Placerville, CA 95667-5586
+1 530-626-8072
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good45%
  • Average18%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Diner
232 Main St, Placerville, CA 95667-5586
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Most of the restaurants close pretty early on Main st, so we ended up at this diner because we got hungry in the middle of the night. Service is prompt and friendly. Beverages arrive in these huge cups so there wasn't a need for refills....More

Thank Julie T
Reviewed 1 week ago

I usually dont like going to same dining establishment twice but this was the exception for breakfast since we did go there twice. Chick Fried Steak is awesome. Friendly staff and enjoyable experience.

Thank Jeff L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great food, big portions and fair pricing, good service, save room for the milkshakes, and make sure it is the original

Thank mike m
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

I decided on trying something different; a rueben sandwich. Corn beef or pastrami, I chose pastrami and was disappointed. Didn't like fried toast. For over $10 lacked enough meat for me and an underwhelming amount of sour kraut. Wife's Angus burger very much up to...More

Thank TedL1049
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Really nice place old school American diner good surroundings nice food good service. Juke box Brilliant!!!!!

Thank Heather O
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Nice convenient place right off the 50 "freeway" on the way to Tahoe. Good solid food but nothing special. I had the breakfast burrito and my wife had eggs, bacon with biscuits and gravy. The gravy was sweet as Americans expect and demand and the...More

Thank cruisnfox
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

After years of searching, finally found my way back breakfast stop from Tahoe, surprised it took me so long as I'm a long time fan of the Mel's in San Francisco. What takes the Placerville location a cut above is the fast and very friendly...More

Thank john_northbay
Reviewed 10 November 2016

Very good food for the money. Very good service. Cute place. service is always good. If you are hungry this is the place to go-good portions.

Thank judie-judie
Reviewed 10 October 2016

We live in town so coming here is frequent. We typically split the chicken club with side salad and small fries. Afterwards we share single scoop hot fudge Sunday. $20 including tip and life is good! Of course we drink water.

Thank Thomas F
Reviewed 28 August 2016

Great place to stop in and get that old school food. Good burgers, soup of the day, and regular special. Cool 60's vibe.

Thank willie1956
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 232 Main St, Placerville, CA 95667-5586
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Placerville
  • Phone Number: +1 530-626-8072
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