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Mel's Drive-In - Van Ness

$$ - $$$
American, Diner
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1050 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109-6934
+1 415-292-6358
Today
06:00 - 04:00
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Thu - Fri 06:00 - 04:00
Sat - Wed 06:00 - 00:00
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Villeneuve-les-Avignon, France
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97 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Close to the Opal Hotel, a great place back in the fifties to enjoy vintage America and rock'n roll music. The food is good and the staff vey competent and nice. I 'll be back!

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Thank Cecile1611
Arnhem, The Netherlands
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374 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here on my first night in San Francisco. Loooooved the curly fries, mjum!! Decor is nice too and friendly staff!!

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Thank Talitha M
Chania Prefecture, Greece
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Right next door to our hotel, The Opal, with it's own private access to Mels. We had very good food, especially the salads, husband had a goodsteak cooked how he likes it. Ate there twice so it must be good. Liked the decor, stylish diner

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Thank Ann c
Charlotte, North Carolina
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The location is cool. The decor, fantastic. The milk shakes, really good. The food, it's merely edible. I ordered the southern fried chicken, it wasn't good, it was edible. With the southern fried chicken, you get a roll with butter, slaw, fried and the chicken. The chicken was over cooked & all you can taste is the seasoning. The slaw... More 

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Thank tkdpold
Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

the perfect breakfast spot! when we were in town a few years ago we went every morning and are so excited to come back in a few weeks!

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Thank Kelly H
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Wasn't super impressed. Convenient to the hotel where I was staying. Had breakfast there. Over priced for avocado toast with egg that barely had any avocado. Juice was pretty good. Wouldn't go back

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Thank Amy H
Aitkin, Minnesota
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

This historic landmark still puts out great food. It was attached to The Opal Hotel with a direct entrance from the lobby of the hotel. Atmosphere was 60"s and food was great!

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Thank Tom B
Paris, France
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

I had breakfast there. The food was abundant and reasonably good. I liked the pancakes. The dinners atmosphere is nice too.

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Japan
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72 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

My sister and I stopped by for a late, light lunch..we shared a Reuben and a shake. They kindly split the shake for us.. The sandwich was simple..meat very lean..which is a plus..I don't like fat on it..and of course sauerkraut. Waitress was okay although it seemed odd that it was hard to get her attention at 3 p.m. when... More 

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Thank readytogoJapan
BYRON
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Mel's Drive-Ins have been around for a long time. This one isn't actually a drive in style but the food is still great and there is a great menu. A number of menu items will bring back fond memories for a lot of people.

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Thank CAROLYN T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20
Cuisine
American, Diner
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
06:00 - 00:00
Monday
06:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 00:00
Thursday
06:00 - 04:00
Friday
06:00 - 04:00
Saturday
06:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1050 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109-6934
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco
  • Phone Number: +1 415-292-6358

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?