Mel's Drive-In-Van Ness Ave

★★★★★
  • 1050 Van Ness Ave

    San Francisco, CA 94109

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  • 415-292-6358

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I was out in SF the other week for a conference and I ate breakfast here because it was walking distance from the hotel. The place is a retro diner so when you step in, it's like going back in time to the 50s/60s. I was seated at a table

3
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I was out in SF the other week for a conference and I ate breakfast here because it was walking distance from the hotel. The place is a retro diner so when you step in, it's like going back in time to the 50s/60s. I was seated at a table

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Everytime I'm in the city, I have to hit up Mel's. Comfort food central. Everything they have is unbelievably delicious, but I particularly like to order the Spinach Salad. It will blow your mind.

5
★★★★★

Everytime I'm in the city, I have to hit up Mel's. Comfort food central. Everything they have is unbelievably delicious, but I particularly like to order the Spinach Salad. It will blow your mind.

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I was early at the AMC Theater so I thought I'd grab a hamburger. A bit pricy, but the burger was perfect to order. A side of mayo, and bottles of ketchup and mustard in old-style bottles. The Big Bopper was singing Chantilly Lace as I

3
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I was early at the AMC Theater so I thought I'd grab a hamburger. A bit pricy, but the burger was perfect to order. A side of mayo, and bottles of ketchup and mustard in old-style bottles. The Big Bopper was singing Chantilly Lace as I

Pros: Cook fast and delicious.

Cons: Service was attentive, but average. No parking on Van Ness!

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With not only great burgers, but a large variety of other foods, this is one of the best burger places around.

3
★★★★★

With not only great burgers, but a large variety of other foods, this is one of the best burger places around.

Pros: Large Menu, Great Food

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Head on over to the nearest Mel's. I don't know if I'd actually eat here during the daylight, but it sure is tasty after a late night out. I love getting the chili cheese fries and chicken strips. Maybe a sundae too, if I feel up to

3
★★★★★

Head on over to the nearest Mel's. I don't know if I'd actually eat here during the daylight, but it sure is tasty after a late night out. I love getting the chili cheese fries and chicken strips. Maybe a sundae too, if I feel up to

Pros: Open late!

Cons: Would I go out of my way to eat here???

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This is my favorite Mel's to eat. I've been fortunate not to have too much trouble with service here and they have gotten my order right every time and so far have cooked my food.. can't say the same about other Mel's I have eaten at in

3
★★★★★

This is my favorite Mel's to eat. I've been fortunate not to have too much trouble with service here and they have gotten my order right every time and so far have cooked my food.. can't say the same about other Mel's I have eaten at in

Pros: food, parking nearby

Cons: service

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Very poor service: server brought the wrong food and when that was corrected, it was prepared incorrectly. Seemed like he didn't even listen to the order. Food Quality mediocre at best and very greasy.

3
★★★★★

Very poor service: server brought the wrong food and when that was corrected, it was prepared incorrectly. Seemed like he didn't even listen to the order. Food Quality mediocre at best and very greasy.

Pros: open late

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the mel's on Lombard is the ONLY mel's in SF that merits any praise or begins to be worth the high prices... the other two (VanNess & Richmond distro Geary) are HORRIFIC for both service & food... there are much better diners, with more

3
★★★★★

the mel's on Lombard is the ONLY mel's in SF that merits any praise or begins to be worth the high prices... the other two (VanNess & Richmond distro Geary) are HORRIFIC for both service & food... there are much better diners, with more

Pros: lombard, food, service

Cons: food, service, prices

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Mediocre food and service. Good location and slides by on reputation and convenience.

3
★★★★★

Mediocre food and service. Good location and slides by on reputation and convenience.

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it was like a trip back. service was great, food just right :)

3
★★★★★

it was like a trip back. service was great, food just right :)

Pros: good service, nice atmosphere, fun

Cons: a little pricey

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After the bars close at 2, this is a great place to eat your way to hangover prevention.

3
★★★★★

After the bars close at 2, this is a great place to eat your way to hangover prevention.

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The food is always fresh, prepared to your taste, and on time. The espresso milk shakes are to die for, and clam chowder on Fridays is always just the right way to end your week. They are open all night, not all of them though. Great food

3
★★★★★

The food is always fresh, prepared to your taste, and on time. The espresso milk shakes are to die for, and clam chowder on Fridays is always just the right way to end your week. They are open all night, not all of them though. Great food

Pros: always open

Cons: bad place for a diet

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I'm a native and remembered when "Mel's" was actually good.
Nowadays the food is oversalted and bland.
Save your money, even "Wendy's" is better!

3
★★★★★

I'm a native and remembered when "Mel's" was actually good.
Nowadays the food is oversalted and bland.
Save your money, even "Wendy's" is better!

Pros: parking, fancy 50s decor

Cons: oversalted, bland

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Good food, but over the years the portions have become very stingy while the pricing has gone Hollywood!

3
★★★★★

Good food, but over the years the portions have become very stingy while the pricing has gone Hollywood!

Pros: food

Cons: cleanliness, serving size, length of wait

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Take quarters for all your old jukebox favorites. The food is great, service fantastic, some of the best malts in a diner. Breakfast served all day long.

3
★★★★★

Take quarters for all your old jukebox favorites. The food is great, service fantastic, some of the best malts in a diner. Breakfast served all day long.

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How could something so basic, so easy, so simple be SOOOO BADDD!??!

Hadn't been there in years til I stumbled out of some girls apt near the Van Ness location a couple Sundays ago. We partied HARD the night before -- head ringing,

3
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How could something so basic, so easy, so simple be SOOOO BADDD!??!

Hadn't been there in years til I stumbled out of some girls apt near the Van Ness location a couple Sundays ago. We partied HARD the night before -- head ringing,

 

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