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Mel's Diner

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American, Diner
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2956 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503-3246
+1 337-235-6219
00:00 - 23:59
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Moved to Lafayette a couple months ago and I've been looking for a breakfast place that is tasty and has a comfortable environment. After trying lots of places I think I found it. I ordered the two eggs with bacon, toast and hash browns with coffee. Cooked just I like them. Loved the coffee! Busy with Saturday brunch time crowd.... More 

Thank JLGlenn
Opelousas, Louisiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

We walked in after attending a festival just a bit down the street. Getting waited on was a task. Getting served was worse. I felt embarrassed, so sorry f2f or the little ladies working here. My waitress was having a bad day, but I could see why. The 3 waitress were waiters, servers, busboys, and ran the checkout counter. Cooks... More 

Thank keithlajack
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Fast friendly service. The $2.99 breakfast special (you have to ask for it) has 2 pancakes, 2 bacon strips, and 1 egg.

Thank Bargain Bill
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

We were in the mood for home style cooking. Mel's did the trick. I had meatloaf with rice and gravy with squash and a side salad. My husband had red beans and rice. Both were delicious. The waitstaff is attentive, and the prices are very reasonable.

Thank LyndaBWaxahachie
Victoria, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

We deiced on this place when we were driving around looking for something to eat. It's an old diner and very typical of what you would expect. Great service and food was delivered very quickly. Meatloaf was amazing and my husband had pork chops and said they were also very good - although he preferred my leftover meatloaf!

Thank TinaLouise_13
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

My wife and I really enjoyed eating breakfast here. Our waitress was nice and our food was good. We both had the two eggs breakfast and the food was delicious.

Thank Westberry88
Lafayette, Louisiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

Good food, good pricing, quick and made to order. Went to this location and the one on College Dr 3 times this week. All were very good. I got THe DIner, which is two eggs, toast, grits for like $3.99. Today I got a waffle and grits with large OJ. All days were good, the coffee is good and the... More 

Thank Gary C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

The staff was the friendliest, upbeat folks that I can remember encountering anywhere in a VERY long time!! We asked for peach cobbler for dessert. Our waitress checked and said there was no peaxh cobbler left... The kitchen guy said that he would cook more tomorrow... He saw we were disappointed and went to the kitchen and made a fresh... More 

Thank Michele L
Kaplan, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

You definitely have an old style diner atmosphere when visiting Mel's. Food is pretty good, it is after all a diner, and not fine dining. Great place to stop late at night or when you just want something comforting.

Thank poprouge
Lafayette, Louisiana
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

I love Mel's because they are open all of the time and the food is good and cheap. During my last visit, which was with a friend, I ventured away from the awesome breakfast menu and actually ate from the dinner menu. I had fried catfish with french fries and gumbo as an appetizer. My companion had Crawfish Fettuccine with... More 

Thank kimbamarie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2956 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503-3246
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  Lafayette Parish  >  Lafayette
  • Phone Number: +1 337-235-6219

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