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The Melting Pot - Irvine
The Melting Pot - Irvine

The Melting Pot - Irvine Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.meltingpot.com/irvine/welcome
  • Phone: (949) 955-3242
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fondue, American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Melting Pot is the perfect destination for any special occasion. Whether you are celebrating a graduation, anniversary, birthday, or holiday party, a fondue dining experience is unique way to create memories with your party. Our event coordinators can help create customized menus, menu print-outs, wine pairings, and bar packages. The Melting Pot has private booths for two guests up to banquet rooms for groups of 14, 35, and 44 guests or full dining room buyouts.
  • Private Party Contact: Ginger, ginger@ocfondue.com (949) 955-3242

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jamboree
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Self parking is available in the structure below as you enter the Jamboree Promenade. Over night parking is not permitted without prior consent by the property management.
A word from The Melting Pot - Irvine
The Melting Pot is the premier fondue restaurant. Enjoy four courses of fondue, fine wine, and fun with your friends, family and colleagues. Savory cheese fondues, entrees cooked tableside that include filet mignon, lobster, and ahi just to name a few, and decadent chocolate fondue for dessert all melt into a unique dining experience. The Melting Pot has several creative martinis and a selection of over 300 fine wines to enhance your dining experience. Intimate booths for two or private rooms for 10+ are available nightly. The Melting Pot is the perfect destination for any special occasion. Whether you are celebrating a graduation, anniversary, birthday, or holiday party, a fondue dining experience is unique way to create memories with your party. Reservations recommended.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Went for anniversary dinner. They had us all the way in the back where it was really private. Server Jess was nice and explained menu well. It's expensive, so it's not somewhere to eat all the time; but great for special occasions. The cheese and chocolate fondue was amazing. The entry wasn't that great if you are a vegetarian. The salad was okay and not worth it to get a la carte. Overall great experience."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We had a great time at the Melting Pot. The Alpine cheese fondue course was very good, but I wish I had tried one of the cheddar flavors. The Orchard salad was excellent. The main courses were good, but I wouldn't order shrimp again. I just like my shrimp prepared differently. The dark chocolate fondue was good, but a little lumpy. Overall, we had a really nice time and very good dinner."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Perfect for a special occasion. The 4 course dinner had just the right amount of food."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My Boyfriend and I frequent this location during special occasions. I.e. Valentines, anniversaries, birthdays. Always a pleasant experience. Best service and of course amazing meal. This place is an experience not just another romantic dinner."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Waiter seemed rushed, bored........been there for awhile.......just not "into it" anymore at all......... Didn't take time with us....didn't seem to care about making the night "special"........ Busser that brought water seemed more Upbeat than our server..."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Spend the few extra dollars and get all the extras (rose petals, candles, roses, strawberries, picture & frame) ....your date will melt ;)"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Melting Pot is fun and tasty, but our visit was marred by several things. First the restauarant was brutally hot. You are seated around a boiling pot for most of the meal and the booths are snug. Our party was two adults and two skinny teens and we were all sweating. Even after a request to up the AC it remained uncomfortably warm. We were seated at 6 and did not get finished until 8:45. We ordered the four course which we expected to take time, but there were 15 - 20 minute gaps from the time we finished a course before the next course arrived. Why? Maybe because the four course meal is too much food and too expensive? The food was good - but portions need to be smaller by half and the price shoudl come down accordingly."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Lil pricey, but really different and fun! Menu can be confusing, so ask!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Again, we thoroughly enjoyed our experience at The Melting Pot in Irvine. The food was delightful, service there when you want it, atmosphere just right -- alive but not loud enough to overwhelm conversation. Sergio is the best! I'm so sorry I'm moving away."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Food is as expected at any Fondue place. It used to be better here but has got worse because of poor service. The servers are not trained to be customer friendly. For a $300 dinner, you wouldn't expect the server to feel the restaurant is doing the customer a favor. No smiles, rude straight answers - no fun!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Such a fun experience that gives you plenty of time to visit with family & friends while enjoying delicious food & drinks!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I took a party of 7 to the melting pot for a birthday celebration and had a fantastic time. The food was great, the waiter was great and the birthday was a success. The only thing I suggest is that you layer your clothing as it gets hot during the main course when your cooking and the air conditioning wasn't down low enough to make up for that. It is a bit pricey but such a great time."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I had a great time celebrating my birthday here with family. Server Matt was very courteous, efficient, and even stopped to listen to my dad (who can't shut up about his past) on several occasions. After being asked to move tables due to the cooktop being only one temperature, the manager (Rosie) offered to buy our chocolate fondue course, which was a very pleasant surprise to our dining experience. The food is great, because it is customizable to each person, but make sure you and your party can agree on the type of cheese, cooking flavor, and chocolate. Just a warning: it's gonna be hard to decide! Everything is delicious, so whatever you decide, you will not be disappointed. It's also a romantic night out for couples."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I thought it was a great idea to go to celebrate my Anniversary with my wife. Although it is expensive, it is sure worth every penny."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "My husband and I brought our friends, who were in town visiting, here to celebrate their high school graduation. Everything was wonderful. The food was great and the service was fantastic. Also, everything was very clean. This was our second time eating here and both times were pleasurable experiences. Everyone is friendly and the food is amazing."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Brenda our server was fantastic! The food was delicious. It was nice to be able to enjoy a meal without being rushed. We were a party of five and everyone enjoyed themselves."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food was delicious. The sauces are tasty and fun to try. They offered to bring out more bread, veggies and strawberries. We took them up on the strawberries for the dark chocolate fondue (heavenly)."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Service is amazing and people are great! We are regulars at this restaurant and continue to appreciate what Melting Pot offers."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Took my teen daughter here for her birthday and had a great time. If you have 3 people, just get the 4 course meal and that way there is plenty of food and everyone gets their own entree. They had lots of cool-looking cocktails and specials, but I didnt order any. Next time!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "this has always been a great restaurant. i brought my sis here for mothers day. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We have been here a few times now for special occasions, intimate date nights, and a group outing. Loved it every time! The service is always excellent and the food amazing! "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The wife and I took our two sons (6 and 2) for a special treat. It was a little hectic with the young one, but a great time overall. Love The Melting Pot!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Nothing better then sharing a cooking pot to make for a romantic evening. The food is wonderful. The service is great and overall this is a wonderful place for a romantic evening."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This was my first time. I took my mom for her birthday. Awesome experience! Food was delicious, service as excellent, had a great time!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Service is what really makes evenings stand out - food is food, and yes the Melting Pot has great food, but on this particular night, it was Jane and Matt that made all the difference in the world! Ask for them by name and look forward to a great evening."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Food was good.We were by tables with kids it was noisy.Temperature unbearable,very hot we were literally sweating.Mentioned it to our server he notified someone it didn't help.There for 3 LONG hours.Server was uncomfortably too close when speaking to us,no personal space every time he came by he would set his hand on my boyfriends shoulder/neck/arm made us very uncomfortable. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Would not recommend this restaurant for parties of 6 or more. Service was horrible and gratuity is already included. Food was ok. Nice that they have kids portions. It was a weeknight and not very busy and the service was slow. Restaurant is Expensive and not worth the time or money. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "There were seven of us in our party, including three children seven and under. Our server was very cordial and attentive and the food was excellent. Even the kids ate all of theirs, a rare event. Everyone had a great time! We received exellent service and our server was "kid friendly" with a good sense of humor."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "It was an amazing experience. I have a gluten intolerance and our waitress was so accommodating and knowledgeable about my options. The atmosphere was perfect for my family of 6. We were able to have nice conversations. The Mother Day 4 course meal had delicious, fresh choices for every member of my family. Nice, special occasion restaurant."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Good food, great cheese fondue, good service. It was nice for a special occasion. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The service was excellent, food 100% delicious, fresh and presentation was beautiful"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "It was our first time here and always wanted to try it. We decided to go on our anniversary and we were seated in this cool quiet little booth that made the night so special. Both the hostess and the server were super nice and helpful. The food was great and we decided to do entree and desert for one and it was plenty. We be going again hopefully soon. One tip make sure you have a lot of time the spare bc you will be here for a while "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "This was a very unique eating experience. Nothing like I have had before. Our group of 6 had a great time and we would definitely come back agaim."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend here for a nice Friday night out and had an amazing experience. Ali was our waiter and he really went out of his way to try and make the best experience for us. He was easy to talk to and very knowledgeable about the menu. The food was SO good, noise level was not an issue at all, and even though there were a lot of people, it didn't seem too busy in the least. We had a great time and will definitely be back, most likely requesting Ali as our waiter again"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "This is our second time being here and the food is great! The manager remembered us and everything! But, this time they forgot to get us our utensils before the food!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We love the Melting Pot in general for special occasions and this one works just fine. We would much rather go to this one or the one in La Jolla then the one in San Diego for example as some are just not run to any standard but most are pretty reliable and good and such has been the case for us at this location. We had especially good service this time from our waitress. General advice to people at the Melting Pot, eat more seafood! The seafood is far better in the pot then meat!! Also do the court bouillon not oil. UGH that would completely change your experience and raise a few stars! Take it from a couple going to the pot for over 20 years lol"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Endless fondue is the best deal at MP! $38pp for Easter brunch and to have the quality of endless MP fondue was an amazing deal. We will probably continue to celebrate many holidays here in addition to random happy hours and special occasion dinners. The bottomless mimosas had our neighboring tables a little louder than we are used to during our visits, but we got over it. Our server was attentive & incredibly accommodating - didn't over impose. We had a good time interacting with him. I can't believe they got rid of the cheesecake though! Pineapples and blondies? I love fruit, but that cheesecake was essential. I could see a glare from where I was sitting, but I just sat closer inside the booth to avoid it - too bad for bad pictures."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We eat here about once or twice a year for special occasions, or when family is visiting. We really enjoy this restaurant and the food. We would go more frequently if we could."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Our daughter is a huge fan and this was our first time. I thought it was overall a fun experience but would not say that the food is particularly noteworthy. I had a sour patch martini which was fun. We did not have the chocolate dessert because we were full from our shared appetizer, salad and individual entree. The biggest negative was the seating. Two of us seared in a small booth with a corner-type arrangement containing the hot plate in the corner of the table left virtually no extra room available on top of the table. We had to reach across the table ro put the skewers into the fondue pot and had to be very cautious about knocking some thing off the table or into the fondue. We would go again but not as a regular place to dine."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We really loved the ability to have so many choices and the fact you were able to cook your own food. The service was great and our waiter was great at explaining everything and was very knowledgeable."
    Dined on 4/4/2014