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Mel's Drive-In - Lombard

2165 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123-2712
+1 415-921-2867
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good43%
  • Average18%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“apple pie” (8 reviews)
“burgers” (33 reviews)
“onion rings” (6 reviews)
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American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
2165 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123-2712
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Know this diner from LA, always brings back pleasant memories of times gone by. Coincidentally it was opposite our hotel, friendly quick service, " manager "was a little aloof, our server was a Latino and gave good quick service, she was definitely here before the...More

Thank pddkerumo
Reviewed 1 week ago

After eating here, I've been to 3 of the 4 Mel's in SF (the 4th on Van Ness is permanently closed) and my conclusion is: this is the best Mel's in SF. The decor and theme for all 3 are pretty much the same and...More

Thank chanyu1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's always a lot of fun to go down memory lane especially because this was a time when the car hops became popular. It was getting very busy and we knew there would be a lot of tourists interested in this very historical Drive-In Diner....More

Thank GrammyJ43
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

3 families with young picky kids meet for dinner - this place is a perfect solution: free parking (!), big long table, big portions with wide selection, kitch decor and cheap food. Kids burgers come in a car shaped serving which make them love it....More

Thank Sharon V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a week in SF for our winter family vacation. We stayed at The St. Regis Hotel (concierge recommended Mel's) and Mel's was walking distance. This was a fun, perfect diner breakfast for our family of 5 (kids ages 7.10 and 12). A bit...More

Thank E C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mel's is good food and good fun all mixed together. The place is sparkling clean. The breakfasts are creative and generous. The wait staff is friendly and quick with the coffee refills. And the music has that great fifties vibe. Just the way to start...More

Thank MissMem
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped in for breakfast. Pretty busy, but they were able to sit the 4 of us and a highchair pretty easily albeit crowded. Service was attentive, though slow when it came to the drinks. Food was normal diner breakfast. Good bacon, eggs, pancakes etc. They...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our adorable hotel down the street did not serve breakfast so we went to Mel's Diner and had a delicious breakfast. It was a huge plate of food for each of us, and we could barely eat it all. We also thoroughly enjoyed a Cafe...More

Thank Cindy B
Reviewed 6 February 2018

What a charming little place. The staff is super friendly. It was nice to have parking in San Francisco ... it's limited ... but never so busy that you couldn't just pull right in. The food was excellent!! We shared everything with 2 people and...More

Thank JustBren
Reviewed 25 January 2018 via mobile

Stopped for a quick lunch - BEST apple pie I have ever had! My partner opted for a grilled ham and cheese - he loved it ! Staff were friendly, food was amazing, pricing was reasonable and the diner itself was traditional and awesome!

Thank Sophie M
Marina District
Beautiful homes, beautiful people, and a beautiful
backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge welcome visitors to
the Marina. Originally the location for the
Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 (whose
remnants can be seen at the Palace of Fine Arts), much
of the land was filled and flattened to accommodate a
world’s fair. That ample space has given way to a
jogger’s paradise at the northern edge of the city.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$12
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
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 - 12:00 AM
6:00 AM - 3:00 AM
6:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2165 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123-2712
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Marina District
  • Neighbourhood: Marina District
  • Phone Number: +1 415-921-2867
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