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The Original Mels

American, Diner
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232 Main St, Placerville, CA 95667-5586
+1 530-626-8072
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Healdsburg, California
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174 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

After years of searching, finally found my way back breakfast stop from Tahoe, surprised it took me so long as I'm a long time fan of the Mel's in San Francisco. What takes the Placerville location a cut above is the fast and very friendly service, and excellent food.

Thank john_northbay
Placerville, California
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Very good food for the money. Very good service. Cute place. service is always good. If you are hungry this is the place to go-good portions.

Thank judie-judie
Georgetown, California
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74 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Food is really good. Atmosphere fun and like you've stepped back into 1950, which is what they are famous for. Customer service.... not so great. I've visited several times, so it's not unusual to have a waitress who is more focused on chatting with friends or co-workers than making sure your dining experience is a good one. Never had a... More 

Thank SpiritLilly
Reno, Nevada
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

Always a great Mels Original burger. The help is always nice. The food is always good. The location is good. Any time we drive through Placerville we stop here. WE absolutely recommend it.

Thank Robin B
Placerville, California
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

this will be ok. I'd rather do Golden Arches. Faux 50s decor, loud. Do like down home waitresses but avoid steak and eggs special unless you have very strong teeth.

Thank Tom W
Shingle Springs
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016

Excellent customer service. The ladies were smiling an happy with old fashion styles and singing and dancing to the music playing on the juke boxes. The food was delicious and the other customers looked ecstatic. What a wonderful place....

Thank Kristy L
El Dorado, California, United States
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2015

This is the classic Mel's 50 reasturant. Good music and good food. The burgers are great and the Mel's special fries are even better. Love the real milk shakes and malts. Staff is always friendly and service is excellent.

Thank George C
Placerville, California
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75 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

A very broad home style breakfast menu and a lunch menu that offers every kind of burger imaginable. The decor is nostalgic...

Thank prodocjazz
Brighton, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2015

We ate at Mels late afternoon on Monday 9/28 after having a disastrous attempt to eat elsewhere in Placerville - we should have gone to Mel's in the first place!! Happy helpful staff and great traditional menu all well cooked and served. The beef & cheese hot sandwich is excellent as arer the cheesy fries. What else is there to... More 

Thank Philip R
Albuquerque, New Mexico
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

50's place with yummy food. We are looking forward to having a real milk shake since we were to full to have one at dinner.

Thank Sandra L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 232 Main St, Placerville, CA 95667-5586
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Placerville
  • Phone Number: +1 530-626-8072

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