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After spending the last 25 years entombed beneath a dull drop ceiling and the beigest of beige drywall, Santa Monica’s vintage 1959 Penguin coffee shop is being restored to its Googie glory now Mel's Drive in!

The original Penguin featured high ceilings, huge windows, and sparkling terrazzo floors—all of which plans to include in the new Mel’s, which will also feature a juice and smoothie bar, craft beers on tap, grassfed beef, and grassfed beef! 

We are now open and cant wait to serve all of you!


Mels Drive-in
Santa Monica (Now Open!)
1670 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Phone: 310-392-0139
Hours Of Operation
  • Always Open!