Mel's Drive In
801 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 227-4477
Mel's Drive-in- San Francisco
Mel's Drive-In - Mission Street
Mel's Drive-In - Mission St.
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Burgers, American, Hot Dogs, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
Two words sum up my Mel's Drive In experience; comfort food. Whether you're craving a burger and fries, or a meal fit to be served for Sunday dinner, it's likely that Mel's has it on the menu. On a recent stay in San Francisco, I wanted a good option for take-out that I could bring up to my nearby hotel room and enjoy at my leisure. The attendant at the hotel front desk said Mel's was a short walk away and mentioned that it was something of an institution in San Francisco. I ordered a patty melt with fries to go from a friendly guy at the counter, and waited less than 10 minutes for my to-go meal, which was packaged with extra condiments, napkins and utensils. I'd intended to get back to Mel's for a sit-down meal but never had the chance. You can bet I'll be stopping in on my next visit to San Francisco to sample more of what Mel's has to offer.
11/20/2006Provided by Citysearch -
This restaurant is very disappointing. Avoid it if you can. I'm not sure if the entire chain is like this now, or just this location near the San Francisco Centre. It obviously is aimed at the tourist and convention trade, so maybe the poor quality is a result of trying to keep the tables open to fit in more customers. The food arrives very, very quickly. So quickly that it would seem the dishes are pre-made, not cooked to order. The open-faced hot turkey sandwich had gravy that tasted like grocery-store condensed cream of chicken soup. And rather stale soup, at that. The meat also tasted old, and the bread was slightly stale. The potatoes were not very warm. My dining mate had a french dip that was also not very good, and tasted warmed-over. I had a good experience dining at the Mel's location in Civic Center a few years ago, so maybe that one is better, or maybe the chain's quality has slipped. But I would not pay to dine at this location again. It's too bad, because there's a need for a basic American-style restaurant in the area.
11/03/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Disappointing American diner. Surprisingly expensive but below average burgers; salad sharks (1/2 tomato, 1/3 cucumber, 1/2 avocado, 4 olives, in a bowl filled with lettuce; for more than $7); greasy sticky menus; snappy (stressed) waitresses (must be the management); loud music (oldies though); fast seated; fast service; good coffee; strange system: paying on way out, people waiting are blocking people from leaving. Convenient if time an issue.