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The Original Mels

232 Main St, Placerville, CA 95667-5586
+1 530-626-8072
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good41%
  • Average19%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fries” (11 reviews)
“finger food” (5 reviews)
“burger” (18 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Diner
232 Main St, Placerville, CA 95667-5586
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Reviewed 13 November 2018

After visiting my doctor, my husband and I decided to have breakfast at The Original Mels. We ordered Steak and Eggs for breakfast and surprisingly, the steak was so tasty and tender. Oh, we certainly had a great breakfast that day.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Amy S
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

Great burgers, shakes and salads and open late. Staff is very friendly and the food is consistent and good! Great breakfast too!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank meredith b
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

It wasn’t bad, but also wasn’t that good. Mel’s is a chain restaurant, nothing special. If I were spending a day in Placerville again I think there are many better places to eat. But it was Okay.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Morris N
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

I ordered the pastrami sandwich on the lunch special. I was shocked by the amount of meat. There was one slice, really only one or two ounces at most. My wife was equally underwhelmed by her BLT. The fries were good, as was the service....More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank paulbie
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Stopped in for late lunch, 2:00, while bringing our 6 yr old granddaughter to Lolo & Grammy's for a visit. Serving staff always friendly, efficient and happy to bring crayons and colouring paper, kid drinks with lid and straw in lightweight cups. Child meals served...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank DiRider
Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

We turned up on route from SF to Tahoe with 7 of us In total. It was good, not great but good. All day breakfasts were excellent and a event cup of coffee

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank DarrenL22
Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

They have various versions of Eggs Benedict - mine was the sausage version which was scrumptious. First time I’ve seen that option and it was a novelty and really good!

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Chiefly1
Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Have been stopping here normal on the way upto Tahoe but this time we stopped so the way back Jessica was helpful and the sandwiches were as described

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank 617collinm
Reviewed 21 February 2018

As a big fan of malts, nobody makes them better: Large, rich, tastey, like they were made decades ago. Outstanding hamburgers, onion rings fries and such. Likewise, this place has friendly, efficient, pleasant servers. A must stop,

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Peter A
Reviewed 23 January 2018

Food is just OK-nothing spectacular. I prefer other restaurants to Mel's. Breakfast is better than most other items. My husband had the turkey with dressing and he didn't like it at all.

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank 401sherriw
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
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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