Right next to the Grand Palace Theater of Branson is a small '50s-style diner guaranteed to take you back to yesteryear. The staff is made up of ... More
Hard Luck Diner
Right next to the Grand Palace Theater of Branson is a small '50s-style diner guaranteed to take you back to yesteryear. The staff is made up of aspiring actors, singers, musicians and songwriters, and it is not uncommon for one or a group of them to break into song and dance as they cavort around the tables. The menu is themed as well, featuring selections such as Cheese Release Me, a grilled cheese sandwich with all the trimmings for $5.29. Try the Love Me Tender Fried Steak for $8.59. A complete soda fountain lines the back wall with more than 15 flavors of soda and over 25 flavors of ice cream.
The hamburgers were huge and they were real hamburger! Plenty of good food in a really nice shopping area.
The waiters' sang great.
I bought the CD of one of the singers Matt Kester in the gift shop. It is a wonderful gospel CD.
The waitresses/waiters are superb!
The Hard Luck Diner is the best place in Branson for entertainment and good for food! I could stay at the diner all day and evening. Great soda fountain!
These people serve, entertain, are friendly, and are caring.
I have so many CD's of their music which I play all the time-gospel, country, crooner, rock N roll, etc.
Cooks and bus people also sing.
This is tops for me! Best place in Branson!
MY HUSBAND & I JUST RETURNED FROM BRANSON AND I MUST SAY THE HARD LUCK DINER WAS ONE OF OUR HIGHLIGHTS. THE FOOD IS GREAT, THE SERVICE IS GREAT AND THE SINGERS ARE ABSOLUTLEY AWSOME!!! WE HEARD GORDY, MATT, JIMMY, AND LOTS OF OTHERS SING TO US LIKE PROFESSIONAL SINGERS. WE HAD VISITED BRANSON BEFORE SO WE KNEW WE WOULD HAVE A GOOD TIME BUT LET ME TELL YOU IF YOU HAVE NOT VISITED THIS DINER, YOU ARE MISSING OUT!!
WE WILL DEFINITELY GO BACK TO THE HARD LUCK ON OUR NEXT TRIP TO BRANSON. LOVE ALL YOU GUYS AND GALS AT THE HARD LUCK DINER!!
Found a jewel by just luck and now we always go there
By A Yahoo Contributor, 8/16/07
Found it on a bus tour and was so impressed with all the kids esp the little girl who sang Amazing Grace. I thought I heard the song all my life but now I have really heard how it should be sung. You make our vacation along with Pierce Arrow everytime we come to Branson.
We went to the Hard Luck Diner at peak dinner time which was a mistake. Not that the food was bad (quite good, actually) or the service, albeit a bit slow (but it was peak time as mentioned), but I was looking forward to the singing and serenading of my kids by the waitstaff. It just so happened that they were too busy to have anything other than two singers karaoke to one song each. One was half way through as we got there. So there was only one other singer in the hour and a half that we were there. So I would suggest try at off hour times to get the full effect.
Anyway, the decor was cool and the food was quite good. Good burgers and shakes. (No alcohol, Mom and Dad's)
This place is great, has the 50s ambiance with the waiters and waitress's singing while you eat. The place is clean and the food is great. French Fries are awesome and the whole place is just one you should put in your itienerary.
When my kids ask to go back to a place to eat you know that it was a hit! Food was great, served quickly and was at a resonable price. One of the greatest times we had. Will definately go back on return visits. Don't forget to help out the waiters and waitress by buying their CD's.
We had a really great time at the diner. Our waitress had a cd on the table and took request. She sang several songs for us, and sat next to our 9yo son and sang "to" him. I had the Ruben and I would highly recommend it. Hubby had the chicken fried steak and it was very good also. They had a very good kids menu also. They have an old fashioned soda fountain so be sure and save room for dessert. My kids want to go back just because they thought that it was really cool that the waitress could sing to the whole place while she refilled my diet coke!!
We ate at the Hard Luck Diner in May 2007. It was a very enjoyable experience. Three of the workers sang songs while we were there. And all had good singing voices. There was one table with two small kids and one of the waitress sang a children song to them. That was a very nice touch. The service was good and our food arrived quickly.
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