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Mel's Drive-in- Los Angeles

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All-American Diner Food at Mel's Drive-In (43% Off). Two Options Available.

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Historic drive-in diner seen in George Lucas’s American Graffiti Serving Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner - Late Night

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Ben
62 ratings55 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
21 hours ago
Great buzz at the Lincoln location late on a Saturday night! Food was excellent! Server Amy was so energetic and seemed to have a sense of what everyone needed.
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Wilma
14 ratings7 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
2 days ago
Our food was great. The burners were juicy, the fries were crispy, and the shake was awesome. Can’t wait to go back!
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howee
54 ratings44 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
4 days ago
Been coming here for years good comfort food relaxing environment great service all the time
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Maria
29 ratings7 reviews
Rating of 3 out of 5 stars
June 26, 2022
Service ok. Cocktails ok.
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kathy
18 ratings9 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
June 25, 2022
So much fun, great service and full of Hollywood history.
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Mark
34 ratings17 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
June 24, 2022
Great food, fun place with great staff
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Kari
7 ratings2 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
June 22, 2022
Always good.
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Fran
2 ratings2 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
June 21, 2022
Great food and service!!
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About This Deal

Choose Between Two Options

  • $11.25 for $20 worth of food and drink for parties of two or three
  • $22.50 for $40 worth of food and drink for parties of four or more
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Fine Print

Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Valid for dine-in and carryout. Limit 12 per person. May be repurchased every 365 days. Limit 1 per visit. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid with other offers or promotions. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts. Learn about Strike-Through Pricing and Savings

About Mel's Drive-In

In 1947, owners Mel Weiss and Harold Dobbs assembled a staff of 14 carhops to serve passing motorists at the first Mel's Drive-In. For the next two decades, customers partial to automobile dining flocked to the chain’s 11 California locations, eager to wash down grass-fed half-pound burgers with thick milk shakes. As fast-food outlets outpaced the drive-in's once-speedy service, its popularity declined, and it was eventually scheduled for demolition. The building got a temporary reprieve, however, when filmmaker George Lucas decided to use the drive-in's original location on Lombard Street as the colorful backdrop for his film American Graffiti. As bulldozers destroyed the last remnants of the historic drive-in, American Graffiti opened in theaters.

A decade later, though, Mel's son Steven reopened Mel's Drive-In in an attempt to carry on his father's dream. Steven restored the drive-in's multiple locations to mirror their original motif by stocking each with midcentury must-haves such as illuminated marquees, jukeboxes, and Elvis-themed WiFi passwords. The drive-in’s menu, meanwhile, balances period-appropriate fare, such as hot dogs and burgers, with healthy options, such as the Haven’s Famous vegetarian sandwich, two slices of nine-grain bread topped with avocado, sprouts, and tomatoes.

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