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The Melting Pot - La Jolla
The Melting Pot - La Jolla
  • Address:
    8980 University Center Lane
    San Diego, CA 92122
    Neighborhood:
    La Jolla / Golden Triangle
  • Cuisine:
    Fondue
    Price: $31 to $50

The Melting Pot - La Jolla Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.meltingpot.com/san-diego-lajolla/specials
  • Phone: (858) 638-1700
  • Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

    Bar & Front Patio Hours

    Monday-Thursday 4:30pm-10:00pm
    Saturday 4:00pm- 11:00pm
    Sunday 4:00pm- 10:00pm

    Happy Hour in the Bar/Lounge:
    7 Days a Week 4:30-6:30

    Happy Hour in the Bar Only:
    Friday 4:30-6:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fondue, French
  • Executive Chef: Armando Lopez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi Private party room accommodates up to 28 guests. Reservation fees apply. Entire restaurant available for daytime functions. We will staff and serve with complete privacy. Speak with a Manager for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Frankie Becker, fbecker@meltingpotnw.com (858) 638-1700
  • Special Events & Promotions: If you plan to use your Living Social certificate when dining with us please enter your certificate number in the special request window.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: La Jolla Village Dr.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available for $7. Hyatt Parking Garage discounted with validation. Street parking available.
A word from The Melting Pot - La Jolla
The Melting Pot Restaurant offers the perfect setting for your dining experience. The Melting Pot's fondue style of dining features the finest four-course meals, fabulous wines, great cheeses, decadent chocolate and a relaxed atmosphere. Our convenient location, unique menu offerings, romantic decor and dedicated staff make dining at the Melting Pot a truly unforgettable experience... Located in the Aventine, across from the Hyatt-La Jolla, and very easy access from the 5 freeway! Check out what the media is saying about us (http://www.sandiegometro.com/2006/may/dining.php) Continued
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  • "I love The Melting Pot. It is a great place to sit and enjoy a delicious meal with friends."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My husband have been going to The Melting Pot for quite a few years and they always know how to keep a customer happy. Te food is amazing, prices aren't too bad, and the service is always top notch. LOVE LOVE LOVE The Melting Pot!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Having the fondue pot was fun and new experience, but our server was slooooow....I ordered a wine flight to pair with my food and it did not arrive until after the appetizer and salad....too slow for me."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I invited some older relatives I had not seen for a while and brought my three teenage sons whom they barely knew. The environment really broke the ice and gave us a lot to talk about and interact. The food was delicious, especially the seafood."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The experience and our waiter (Micah) was wonderful, but I have to say that the portion prices are too expensive. I ordered a salad and it was "small." I understand the no sharing, but this was literally 5 bites and it was gone. The sauces, just wasn't enough to give the meat/veggies enough flavor. We did opt for the complimentary broth. Maybe if you upgrade, there would be more flavor. The dessert was the best."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "To celebrate our summer birthdays, my partner and I decided to visit the Melting Pot for the 2nd year in a row. It's just a great place to give yourself a special treat (it's by far the most money we've spent on a dinner out). The wait staff if friendly, informed and attentive. The food is delicious and fresh. The 4 course meal is so much fun from start to finish and the finish is so yummy (I highly recommend the dark chocolate, caramel and sea salt for desert!). I think we will be keeping this birthday tradition!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We love coming here for a romantic date or to celebrate a special occasion. Great concept and service has always been excellent."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I came for my first time with my boyfriend. We both had so much fun. Our waiter Jiovane was amazing and walked us through the whole experience. It was a little pricey but perfect for a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I decided to take my fiancee out to dinner here a few nights ago for a surprise and it was phenomenal! This is the type of restaurant where it is okay to dress a little more casual or go all out and dress to the nines as we happened to do on this occasion. The atmosphere is perfect for a romantic getaway with the high booths between each table, the darkened atmosphere, and the interaction with cooking your own dinner. Whoever said you shouldn't play with your food has apparently never had fondue. The price was not bad, we both had the 4-course meals for $35-45 and were completely filled after our delicious entrees (she had the lobster...WOW!). Somehow we saved enough room for the dessert our server Allisa helped us customize! She was great!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Melting Pot in UTC has been one of my favorite go to's in the last few years. We go there often and this last visit was with our inlaws and it was not a great experience. We called earlier in the evening to let them know our sitter was late and that we would be about 15 minutes delayed. They put us down for 7pm vs 6:30pm...We arrived at 6:45pm and we waited until 7:15pm to be seated. We walked the area downstairs and there was 8 open tables. Were they not ready for us at 6:30pm. Then we were seated upstairs where our server Michael was really great...superb actually but he said the kitchen was busy with only 2 servers. Salad late, oil got too hot, waited 45min for our meats..we skipped dessert which we never do."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "My wife and I went here to celebrate our wedding Anniversary. Our server was Leah, and she was just incredible. Very friendly and fun to talk to, and came to check on us at the perfect times (not overly solicitous). Just an all around wonderful evening, we will be back again! Thank you Leah :)"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "My husband and I came here for date night, and date night doesn't happen often so we wanted to do something nice. Our server's name was Rene and he was great: friendly, informative, helpful. He explained how the whole Melting Pot experience worked step by step, gave recommendations, and checked on us often but not too much. Despite it being the busy dinner hour on a Saturday night we were not neglected and our drinks were refilled quickly and our food was brought out for each course pretty quickly as well. The food was amazing, my favorite parts were of course the cheese fondue and chocolate. But the entrée was really good as well. My husband and I had a great time and loved the food. The ambience was really nice as well, great for couples."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food is overpriced. It is ok, quite good, but nothing special that you can;t get in other places. The only reason to charge these prices is the findu experience, which is great. Place is good for special occasions but not as high quality dining"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Another fun and tasty dinner served by our favorite wait person Leah! Thank you."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Every time I come to the melting pot I am always satisfied."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Very crowded day with some kind of Groupon promotion going on... Have my reservation at 7:30, not being seated till 8:00 because they gave my table to someone that shared my first name without checking their last name. Very noisy since most of the folks are with their kids which defeat their purpose of the romance setting. Service is slow due to a lack of staff. Food is good generally although their sea salt chocolate is a little bit too salty."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Our waiter was excellent kept us entertained but I reserved 3 days in advance and asked for chocolate covered strawberries for my girlfriends birthday I got there and said I wasn't able to get them cause I didn't have the coupon then they asked if I was gonna purchase them of course I would purchase them and at the end of our visit we never got the strawberries going to the gas lamp melting pot from now on"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Our teens had been wanting to try fondue so we dined there for my daughters 16th birthday. The food was good and the presentation was fun and different. The price is very high for the food hat you get, but the overall experience was enjoyable."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Excessively priced for portions, terrible service, and would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. One of the worst dining experiences to date! Halfway through the meal I was wishing I had brought my out of town guests to Fleming's next door. The waiter barely provided service and seemed uninterested in explaining the meal to us. Other's in the restaurant were confused about the menu and barely ordered any food. I have been to another Melting Pot location and at the least the service was decent there. A complete waste of money and time!!!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Omg! For Our 6 Year Anniversary My boyfriend and I went to La Jolla, Ca...Like Every Year He Surprises Me by Planning our Anniversaries this year I surprised him, (I was pretty impressed myself) the food was delicious, in his words "OMG, AMAZING!" From the beginning, our baked potato cheese fondue all the way to the end, our chocolaty fondue with strawberries, pineapples, marshmellows, and brownies.. the atmosphere was dim and romantic, the waitresses explained how to do every single thing very well, if we are ever in town again, we will be sure to hit this spot again! IF WE COULD WE WOULD GIVE THESE GUYS 10STARS..."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We went for my birthday and it was fantastic! The food was beyond delicious"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Me and my boyfriend went on a date here and had so much fun. We got the 4 course meal and loved everything. The cookies and cream fondue was amazing. And our waiter tony made our experience even better! He recommended great things and was so nice"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I went here for the first time for my birthday. Our waitress was very sweet and knew the menu well, and was able to explain how the menu worked very easily. At the end of our meal she even brought out 3 little Rice Krispies with chocolate drizzled on them and a candle in it for me! How cute :) I will definitely return. It's nice to find places with excellent customer service. Thank you for making my birthday memorable!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We had a very enjoyable evening (four of us), our waiter, Jose, was very helpful and attentive. The food was very good and we had a lovely leisurely dinner. Very calm smooth service and would definitely plan another special dinner with you. Also, all of the staff was attentive and friendly, even wishing my granddaughter a happy birthday again on our way out. Grandma"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food was amazing, the service was top notch and I would recommend this place to everyone. I don't think I have had a better meal anywhere else. This place was worth every penny."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Good service, good quality food. However, it will be nice to have more in quantity. I understand meat are expensive, but I don't understand why there is only one small bowl of veggie for a group of four. Veggie does not cost a lot ;-( I don't know if I can ask for more since I was not offered to do so. Overall, I do have a very good experience."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Great place for a fun family night out (with kids old enough to avoid burning themselves) or romantic meal for two. I was here on my honeymoon and we had a great time. Wonderful servers, vast menu of options and delicious food. I really like that you can pick and choose based on your appetite (vs being locked into a four course meal) and the prices aren't bad either. We will return!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We had a lovely Father's Day dinner here with our sometimes-surly teenager. She chose the restaurant and took delight in guiding us through the menu options. It made for a much more engaged conversation than usual and we had a memorably nice family evening. We chose an early dinner time, and the restaurant seemed full of families with very small children--all extremely well behaved and adorable. The kids seemed to enjoy the process of cooking at the table; it kept them entertained. The wine list was entirely satisfactory. It is a fairly pricey evening and I wouldn't call it exactly a "foodie" experience but we had fun. Our waiter was great, very friendly, helpful and attentive. And who can resist three rounds of chocolate fondue??!!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We always use "Melting Pot" La Jolla as our "Go To" for special occasions and have built many fine memories around it so was a natural to celebrate Father's Day there with my husband, children, parents and brother :-) The only thing to keep in mind is that the restaurant is naturally packed during national holidays and service is not as on par as when it's a regular day (in my opinion). Also, be careful with online reservations as there was some confusion with our needs vs. restaurant capacity."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Took my dad for Father's Day and he loved it! Food was delicious and the service was amazing. I will be going back again for sure"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Tony was awesome as well as the bartender. Aimee the manager made the night very specical. It was my birthday and I felt so special. Thanks Melting Pot"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Very nice in and out in 3 hours had a great experience"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My daughter met friends for her birthday and had a great time . She mostly enjoyed the cheese fondue and of course chocolate fondue . Frankie made sure everything would be perfect for her and it was . Thank you"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "my kids like this place for birthdays. My only beef with the place is every time I have been here, there is a screaming baby within 10 feet of our table. It never fails."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • " Our server John was very helpful in guiding us through the menu and all through the dinner. Manager stopped by twice to check "if every thing is OK". "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "It was quite nice. We have been there before but this time we sat on the patio where it was very quiet. The food is very good along with the service. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The melting pot never fails to disappoint. I got the birthday package for my sister since her husband was on active duty and deployed. We wanted a special night. The balloons, cards, chocolate strawberries and birthday candle was all perfect and not over the top. Enough to make anyone feel special. The 4 course meal was great. I'm looking forward to next time, and so is she! On top of everything, we got 25% off for military appreciation month!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Started the night off just fine... Until I arrived at the time given to me, by The Melting Pot. The only available reservation was @ 9pm. We arrived at 8:50. Didn't get seated until 9:20. By this time my party and I knew what we were gonna order, so we were ready! Server didn't show until 20 minutes after being seated. Drinks and appetizer came 20 minutes after that! Just to recap: my party of 5 didn't begin eating until 10ish o'clock, roughly ONE HOUR after agreed reservation time. Silly me, for thinking a reservation meant having a table ready at the agreed time, right? Anyways, after that the night was good. Food and dessert were excellent! No troubles with orders or the bill, just the service. Otherwise would've 5 starred it."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My husband and I are melting pot veterans but we brought his sister and her boyfriend who were newbies. Over all we had an amazing time. Hands down dessert is always the best!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time! What a great way to dine and spend family time."
    Dined on 5/11/2014