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Mel's Drive-In - Geary

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American, Diner
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3355 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118-3323
+1 415-387-2255
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06:00 - 01:00
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Fri - Sat 06:00 - 03:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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311 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a diner so don't expect too much. The atmosphere is based upon Mels from American Graffiti. The food is good with all day breakfast. We had a few omellettes and grilled cheese with braised short rib. Fries were regulars or sweet potato or curly. All were good. Try the milk shakes. It is old school and brings back... More 

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Thank J0hnPM10
San Francisco, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Their onion rings, and their orange freeze, are incomparable! Also, the burgers are delicious and cooked-to-order, Breakfast there will fill you up.

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Thank empresssharyl
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111 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We get our Mel's fix every visit to San Francisco. The food is consistent and tasty. I love that it's lost nothing of its era and you can so play music on the juke boxes. Best milkshakes too.

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Thank Rebecca H
San Mateo, California
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127 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

A free parking lot in San Francisco is a major plus, & relieves the struggle of going out to eat. Vary good basic old fashioned American food such as burgers and shakes, roasted chicken, etc. I noticed that the menu also has some fashionable salads such as kale, but I didn't try it. Not a lot of gluten free options.... More 

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Thank LH L
Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

We went to Mel's Drive-In as it was voted one of the best places to eat on Trip Advisor. We were served by a guy who wasn't particularly interested in us after we said all we wanted was a salad, chips, a smoothie and a coffee. The food was very good to fill a small gap before continuing on our... More 

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San Francisco
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286 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 302 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We are Mel's regulars...six times a year qualifies us...Fun decor, menu with a lot of choices. I love the Yuppie Scramble (comes with fruit and toast) and suggest you skip the Popeye drink. Good waiters.

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Thank Page L
Hudson, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

We visited on a busy Friday evening. Anna had the entire restaurant to herself. She was fast,friendly and efficient. Great experience

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Cajamarca, Peru
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28 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

I was seeing a bit of San Francisco before I had to fly out and thought I'd grab lunch here since it seemed popular. I loved the burger and the service though a refill was never offered. I liked the people that worked there, only minor complaint is that it seemed a bit overpriced for the type of food. I... More 

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San Francisco
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

No disrespect to Henry Wiinkler (who is alive and doing well, thank you) but if The Fonz were alive today he'd be turning over in his grave! My wife and I visited this estimable venue yesterday and came away quite disoriented. We were tickled by the '50s kitsch but taken about by the Mid-21st Century prices. I liked my corned... More 

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Masachapa, Managua, Nicaragua
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80 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

I hadn't been to Mel's since my high schools days but as I was in the neighborhhood and hungry, my wife and I ventured in. The 50's decor, booths with a mini-juke box, waiters and waitresses dressed with their hats of a time gone by. Classic nostalgia! Very extensive menu from which to choose from. My choice would've been to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 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, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
06:00 - 01:00
Monday
06:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 01:00
Thursday
06:00 - 01:00
Friday
06:00 - 03:00
Saturday
06:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3355 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118-3323
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco
  • Phone Number: +1 415-387-2255

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?