Hard Luck Diner

2800 West Highway 76
Branson, MO 65616

A visit to Branson is not complete without at least one meal from Mel's Hard Luck Diner, home of Branson's original singing servers. The diner’s servers, hosts, cooks, and cashiers are also professional singers, song writers, and musicians. They offer you a great dining experience seasoned with a song!

Watch the cooks swiftly prepare breakfast, lunch, or dinner before your eyes! Choose one of your all-American favorites from the full service menu, which ranges from shrimp to country fried steak to pot roast. Top it off with one of Mel's famous Root Beer Malts and the biggest banana split in Branson!


Hard Luck Diner

Written by kpalmore

This is my families favorite place to eat in Branson. The entertainment is Awesome and the food is just good old American burger shoppe food and we love it. don't be in a hurry when you go there because you will not want to leave. The singers are great and if you have kids that like music they will not want to leave either. Take your camera in you will want to take pics because the singer will come right up to your table and pose with you! They are great with children!!!

Written by risnson

I took a church youth group our first time
THe food was great and reasonable , good portions ,
The entertainment was awesome but our favorite and there were 30 of us was Matt Kester , He sang great , and good music , up beat christian , but he had a great personality was very good with the teens . Thanks
we will be back in March 08

awesomeness at the diner

Written by marilynmarie

the mel's hard luck diner is the best place in the world and scott is awesome!!! great singers and great food!!!

REVIEW: Hard Luck Diner

Written by L8R G8R

Love their club sandwhich! Nice place to visit with kids. My 2 1/2 year old blew kisses to all of the waiters singing. It was alot of fun. She thinks they only sing for her. ;)

Written by ThunderHockeyFan

Another regular stop for us while in Branson. This trip we ate there twice. Both times I had the chicken strips. DH had the chili burger and the spaghetti. All three were excellent. We will be back in May!

I would go back to the Hard Luck Diner

Written by oldgram1

Fun place to have lunch! One had burger and fries, one chicken strips, one had a salad and another a club sandwich. Food was good and was a little slow coming out but there was a big group of people there.

The waiters and waitresses really worked hard and were on the move constantly. We were all amazed at how talented all the singers were. It was the best part of the experience.


Good food, fun atmosphere!

Written by KCCutie

My husband and I decided to try this place after reading such good reviews on the boards. I got a regular cheeseburger and my husband got a chili burger. Both were very good. We also shared a chocolate shake, which I have to say tasted like bananas, which was really a disappointment because I really don't like banana flavored anything.

Our waitress forgot about us after she brought us our drinks and we were about to walk out because we had a show to get to. Eventually she came back and apologized for forgetting us and the food came pretty quickly after that.

Our waitress didn't sing while we were there, but several of the others did and they were very good. I was impressed, I really expected just kind of amateur-sounding people, but they were all very good. All in all it was a fun experience and I would go back.