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Mel’s Drive-In (quick-service) at Universal Studios Florida

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Mel's Drive-In at Universal Studios Florida
Mel’s Drive-In at Universal Studios Florida

What is Mel’s Drive-In?

Located in the Hollywood section of Universal Studios Florida, Mel’s Drive-In is a retro burger joint pulled from the iconic 1973 film American Graffiti. With vintage cars parked out front and a jukebox at every table, the ambiance of this quick-service restaurant makes it a popular destination among regular guests and first-time visitors alike.

Along with the classic vibes, Mel’s serves a wide variety of diner fare that never goes out of style, including burgers, onion rings, and milkshakes. Guests can choose from indoor seating in retro vinyl booths or outdoor seating under the glow of the neon lights. Reasonably priced and with a wide range of options, Mel’s Drive-In is a tried-and-true quick-service staple, with something for everyone to enjoy.

 

Where is Mel’s Drive-In located?

In Hollywood, which is in Universal Studios Florida.

 

Mel’s Drive-In – hours and reservations

Mel’s is typically open during park hours, but this is, of course, subject to change.

 

Mel’s Drive-In – theming

Mel's Drive-in at Universal Studios Florida
Car in front of Mel’s Drive-in at Universal Studios Florida

Mel’s Drive-In is best known for its retro aesthetic. The vintage cars parked out front make for a great photo-op, and the inside of the location is just as visually appealing. Classic oldies tunes play throughout the location, fully immersing you in the ambiance.

From the records framed on the walls to the checkerboard floors, Mel’s will transport you back to the ’50s from the moment you step through the door. (Check out the photo gallery below for a closer look.)

 

Mel’s Drive-In – fun fact

Mel’s Die-In at Halloween Horror Nights

During Halloween Horror Nights, Mel’s – or, at least, its sign – gets a loving transformation into a season-appropriate dining establishment. It’s a small touch but a fun one, nonetheless.

 

Platters & combos

Bacon Cheeseburger Combo – $17.49
Served with fries and a regular shake

Bacon Cheeseburger Platter – $13.99
Served with fries

Cheeseburger Combo – $15.99
Served with fries and a regular shake

Cheeseburger Platter – $12.49
Served with fries

Chicken Fingers Combo – $14.99
Served with fries and a regular shake

Chicken Fingers Platter – $10.99
Served with fries

Grilled Chicken Sandwich Combo – $14.99
Served with fries and a regular shake

Grilled Chicken Sandwich Platter – $11.49
Served with fries

Chick’n & Avocado Sandwich Platter – $12.49
Plant-based Gardein Chick’n and Follow Your Heart American cheese. Served with a side of fries

Beyond Burger Platter – $12.49
Plant-based burger served with a side of fries

Salad

Grilled Chicken Salad – $11.49
Grilled chicken breast served on a bed of fresh greens with choice of dressing

Sides

Onion Rings – $4.99

Chili Cheese Fries – $5.99

Beverages

Single-serve Coca-Cola Freestyle Cup – $4.19
Enjoy more than 100 drink choices with the Coca-Cola Freestyle single-serve cup

H20+ Premium Water – $5.00
Spicy tuna, avocado, spices

Minute Maid Juice – $2.89
Apple, orange

Powerade – $5.00
Fruit Punch, Mountain Berry Blast

Milk – $3.29

Hot Drinks – $3.29
Coffee, Decaf, Hot Cocoa, Hot Tea

Desserts

Milkshakes
Chocolate, Vanilla, Twist
Regular – $3.99
Large – $5.99

Shake Toppings – $0.99
Rainbow Sprinkles, Oreo Crumbs, or Strawberry

Old-Fashioned Root Beer Float
Regular – $4.49
Large – $5.49

Apple Pie – $4.49
a la mode

Beer

Bottle Beer – $8.49
Bud Light, Miller Light

 

Mel’s Drive-In – photo gallery

 

Mel’s Drive-In – real guest reviews

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Mel’s Drive-In
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 18 reviews
by Anthony Dent on Mel’s Drive-In
Mels Drive-In Universal / Orlando
Date Of Last Visit: November 8, 10, 12, 2014

We went to the diner on numerous occasions whilst visiting the Universal Park in Orlando on a recent family holiday -- we all thought the food and service was second to none and would not hesitate to recommend Mel's to anyone visiting there in fact whilst there we did recommend it to a number of people we met looking for "a good place to eat"

by Jacqui H. on Mel’s Drive-In
Fantastic
Date Of Last Visit: 02/22/2014

The burgers/fries/ambiance were fantastic! Absolutely nothing bad to say about this place!

by Arlene J on Mel’s Drive-In
Mel's
Date Of Last Visit: 03/08/2014

I love this place to eat, really. It has such a good menu!



The only disappointment about this was that I went on March 8,2014 and it was super crowded. It was like a madhouse. I went during some lunch hour and the lines were longggg! Universal Team Members should've been around to control people just standing anywhere they wanted, some people were just weaving in and out of the lines pushing and stuff...



Other than that, I really enjoyed the food served! And the little jukebox's make it so 50's-like!

by Kelly-Louise on Mel’s Drive-In
Marvellous Mel's Drive In
Date Of Last Visit: June 2012

This is definitely my fave quick service at Uni Studios, eat here every time we visit. The whole theme of restaurant is great, it's especially nice at quiet times when you can enjoy the music, and who doesn't love a bit of cheese!. Food is always good, cheap and easy. The old cars are great in front but don't sit on them, they get REALLY hot!

by Alysha Rankin on Mel’s Drive-In
Chilli Cheese Fries 'n' Root Beer Floats
Date Of Last Visit: 06/13

At first the vintage cars were what drew us to Mel's, but after seeing the menu we were straight inside mainly due to the Root Beer Float's!. Living the in the UK means that Root Beer is often very hard to come by so getting a chance to grab some at Mel's is perfect for having a few minutes rest in the park.



We had the Chilli Cheese Fries and Root Beer Floats as a little happy snack in the afternoon. The food is a reasonable price considering you are in a theme park and the theme of the restaurant is great. The air-con is a life saver incase the parks are getting a little too hot! and you can also refill your drinks.



Whilst at Mel's we saw a few burgers, they all looked of a good proportion served with fries. The staff were all very welcoming and were able to help us with our order! Also Mel's looks fantastic at night, so make sure you get a picture!!

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