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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
  • "This is our go-to place for fun dining ... our "young adult" kids love it and the staff always takes good care of us ... two thumbs up!"
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "We hadn't been to Melting Pot for a few years and decided to stop in for wine/cheese. It was a nice cozy table...perfect for conversation. It allows unrushed time to enjoy each other's company and delicious cheese and wine. We will return."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "It's really a great experience with dinner. A little costly, but great for a group. Their cheese and chocolate fondue is truly a favorite!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Melting Pot is a great place to celebrate a special occasion with your friends and family. You have a enjoyable time dipping your food, cooking it and fishing out the left overs. Service was great. The ambience is a little dark and cool temperature, but that's required to keep you comfortable when the pot starts heating."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Too expensive for the small portions. Service slow!!! I would come just for dessert"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Food is very good, but if you are real hungry or a big eater, not a good place to go. Nice place to spend a few hours at dinner without having to feel rushed."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We've celebrated at Morton's, Ruth's Chris, Ritz, and most liked our Fondu in Geneva. The evening matched the memory and enhanced it with the more 'fusion' offerings. IE broths, not just oil. Added oomph options for cheese and desert."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "It was great visiting Melting Pot the first time. Was recommended some things by the person who attended us. Cheese and Chocolate fondues are awesome. Overall a good experience. Will surely like to visit again."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "OpenTable was the best part of my Dining experience. I have been a Melting Pot fan for many years.. But I will not return after my last visit. They forgot to bring my husband and I the bottle of wine we purchased. They changed the menu and the new options are no good (bland, small portions, not fresh). My husbands silverware was dirty, and there was old food splattered all over the walls where we were sitting. The portions for cheese-dipping were so small, when we finished our dippers, we just sat there staring at the fondue pot.. Nothing to dip.. No wine to sip.. Bad food, bad ambiance, bad service. Sorry Melting Pot has declined in such a way."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Our family used to live in Virginia. We have enjoyed the Melting Pot in Fredericksburg as well as Charlottesville. We moved back to California in late 2011. We really enjoyed our time at the Irvine facility where we celebrated our son's 28th birthday. Our daughter-in-law had never been to a Melting Pot before. She thought it was Awsome. Thanks for a great time!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at The Melting Pot in Irvine. I brought my friend for her birthday celebration and from the very beginning she was greeted with a "Happy Birthday" from the host and then our pleasant experience continued. She received a card when we arrived at our table. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu items, especially helpful since it was my friend's first time. The food was excellent and we were offered more dippers or sauces to go with out food and at the end of our dining experience we had a Snickers bar chocolate fondue which was to die for! Thank you again for a great evening!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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