Mel's Drive-In

Mel's Drive-In

"Made famous by "American Graffiti," this '50s-inspired diner is the quintessential Hollywood combination of faux reality and nostalgia."

1650 Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA
(323) 465-3111 serving: Hollywood, Central LA
open:Sun-Thu 6:30am-3am Fri-Sat 24 hrs

Sidewalk Score: 5 out of 10
Location, Location, Location:


Breakfast, Cheap Eats, $, Diners, Open 7 Days, Open 24 Hours, Lunch Spot, Mastercard Accepted, Late Night Dining, Bars & Clubs, Visa Accepted, Restaurants, Hamburgers, Family-Friendly Dining,

The Low Down


Know Before You Go: Checks are paid up front instead of directly to the server.

Parking: There are limited street spots, but parking is available in the large adjacent lot; it costs $2.50 for one hour, even with restaurant validation.

Rants, Raves & Reviews

This '50s-inspired diner is the quintessential Hollywood combination of faux reality and nostalgia.
by Contributor at Citysearch

In Short
Made famous by "American Graffiti," the original Mel's in San Francisco and was demolished shortly after filming. This local franchise's decor holds enough retro chic for even a die-hard Gen-Xer, with blow-up movie…
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Don't even bother unless you have lots of time and money
By GaryMel at Citysearch

Well, it looks like I'm not the only one who would have enjoyed it more if it was truly like "Mel's Diner"... Spent the day at Santa Monica and de... Read More

By joannlachance at Citysearch

June 15th at 2am attempted to dine here. Party of 4, they sat us on the far left side of the restaurant in back near the kitchen. This section was... Read More

Great Experience! Great Food!
By chloeluvsushi at Citysearch

I love this place! It was actually my first visit to Hollywood, and Mel's seemed to be a good choice. (There were a lot of people in there). :... Read More

don't go there
By notonchris at Citysearch

got a few, we caught them under glasses, feel a little icky now!!!! Read More

By SCHILLIK at Citysearch

I was just in the Mel's in Ontario, CA, and it is just as bad as the one in Los Angeles. Apparently, they are franchises, so there is no corporate... Read More