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Mel's Drive-In - Van Ness

1050 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109-6934
+1 415-292-6357
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good46%
  • Average17%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“burgers” (20 reviews)
“pot pie” (4 reviews)
“cheeseburger” (5 reviews)
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American, Diner, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1050 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109-6934
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We came here on our first night in SF, we were exhausted and popped in as it was close to where we were staying. Service was quick and friendly. Between us we had a grilled cheese and ham sandwich and a short stack. It was...More

Thank Theresa J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All I gotta say is $8.23 for a mediocre shake in a 12oz to go cup. Should have gone to Burger. King a few blocks away.

Thank Garrick W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stumbled across Mel's Drive-in when we were in need of a rest during a long walk. It was superb! The wait staff were excellent as were the gluten free options on the menu. If only we had discovered it sooner! The decor was 50/60s...More

Thank Firsttimetripper
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The service was scant, the food was horrible and I had to find a key on a stick to use the bathroom. The only positive is that it was open.

Thank cghall74
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a place if you want a breakfast then this is the place to go brilliant menu excellent service and very very clean

Thank Richardlloyd508
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I ordered the home made turkey dinner. What a disaster it was a precooked frozen re-heated factory home made. A spoon full of paste stuffing, tasteless re-heated mixed veggies. The only part I enjoyed was the mashed potatoes. Boston Market, where are you? Nice place...More

Reviewed 11 September 2017

We stumbled upon Mels while walking and seeing a diner as you see on the television shows like Happy Days, we had to go in and so happy that we did. The menu is quite extensive but being in this atmosphere with the juke box,...More

Thank Brianmac55
Reviewed 6 September 2017

We had been to this branch of Mel's Diner on a previous visit to San Francisco three years ago and enjoyed their hamburgers and fries, so looked forward to our return visit. What a disappointment! We went early on a Tuesday evening when the diner...More

Thank 190Daniel
Reviewed 4 September 2017

This place was great and the food was outstanding!!! Good enough to go back for breakfast the 2nd time and take my son and my niece.

Thank Dianerose01
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Friendly service. Rosie was our waitress for each breakfast. She had a beautiful smile. Food was good and fairly priced. .

Thank dayslong
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3 December 2016|
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Response from Hockey-pb | Reviewed this property |
Like others have said- drop them off or. Stop on side street with flashers on and then help them out into restaurant. Then side street parking close by but no parking lot for this restaurant!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
6:00 AM - 4:00 AM
6:00 AM - 4:00 AM
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1050 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109-6934
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco
  • Phone Number: +1 415-292-6357
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