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American, Diner
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
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Universal City Area
0.2 km from Universal Studios Hollywood
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Reviewed 26 September 2023 via mobile

While at Universal Hollywood we stopped here for lunch and it was rather good. Cheese burger, fries and milk shakes, yum. Giving this place a 4* only because I watched the food expeditor leave our burgers sit at the pass while he visited.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 2 May 2023

We ate at the original one in Santa Monica but I can not find it on this website. Go there! It is mid-century modern and so quaint! Loved our waitress.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 18 October 2022 via mobile

Sound this gem accidentally and it was an absolute delight. Great food, great ambiance, great service! Our serves was Gerardo - he has one of those genuine smiles that shows he enjoys his work.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 20 May 2022 via mobile

Great food, good service, clean and I would definitely recommend. A good selection of food in the menu, we’ve only had breakfast there but will always revisit when back in LA.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 6 March 2022 via mobile

What a fun atmosphere! The food is typical diner food so just ok. I did love the coffee milkshake. Janet, our server was so much fun. We loved the experience. It was a bit too chilly to eat outdoors, but there is outdoor dining available.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 5 March 2020

Visited here with my partner as part of a tour. They serve the best milk shakes. The food and service are excellent

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 23 February 2020 via mobile

Great place off the Hollywood Boulevard. We had the pancakes which was not on the menu. Really good!!

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 26 January 2020 via mobile

Went here while in Los Angels food was good lots of choices including old times milkshakes. Would definitely recommend

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 16 December 2019 via mobile

We went as a family to Mel's diner , well well well it was awesome not just the food though the waitress we had was hilarious ,great at her job , and got our food out pronto , I would highly recommend this place .

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 14 December 2019

The place has a nice set up and the guy that welcome us was very nice and funny. Upon sitting down our waitress came over sounding dry as Popeyes biscuits. She didn’t introduce herself, ask question like a tourist attraction normally do and when she...got our order for our drinks she didn’t even go make them. She went and stood by the manager and started having a conversation. We waited and when she came back didn’t even have the drinks with her. For me to find her name out I had to look at her name tag(Regina).The food was good and atmosphere was quiet, but I felt as if I was in the movie Grease. Other than the dry waitress it was good.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 12 December 2019 via mobile

We loved Mels diner. We were served by Lilly who was so very helpful and interesting, good luck for the future Lilly, our food was delicious even though we had small portions, it was perfect for us. Would recommend this diner without a doubt .

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 1 October 2019

I have been fortunate to visit New York 4 times and this is my first time in LA! I am only here for 4 hours before going back to airport. I decided to have breakfast at Mels (never heard of the diner let alone read...reviews) and what an amazing experience. The food was fantastic true American and exactly what I wanted! My waiter was Tom who was brilliant and attentive and made me feel really at home! I would recommend this to anyone visiting LA and looking for an American diner experience! The attention to detail is fantastic with juke boxes on most tables!! I was blown away by the experience and trust me I RARELY write reviews let alone positive ones! The price is bang on and appropriate to the place!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 12 September 2019 via mobile

I had the three burger sliders and it was just amazing. A must try for burger lovers. Love the ambience and cool photos. This place is a true hidden gem! Do yourself a favor and eat here! You won’t regret.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 7 August 2019

I often visit old time diners, at which I have great meals many times. I came to Mel's in part because I have a friend named "Mel." However, I think even he would be disappointed by the food quality here.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 2 August 2019

We ate here while visiting Universal Studios Hollywood on 29th July. The service was decent, although the employee taking our order seemed uninterested and confused at times. The restaurant could be improved with some indoor seating, as all seats were taken, but the long queuing...system taking up most the space was empty. However, the food was our main issue. There was limited choice on the menu, and when our food arrived, we were disappointed and did not enjoy it.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Mel's Diner is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5