The Melting Pot - La Jolla
The Melting Pot - La Jolla

The Melting Pot - La Jolla

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.meltingpot.com/san-diego-lajolla/specials
  • Phone: 8586381700x
  • 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 8586381700x
  • Special Events: 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)
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The Melting Pot - La Jolla reviews from OpenTable diners
147 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (114)romantic (88)good for groups (52)fit for foodies (35)kid-friendly (20)neighborhood gem (16)hot spot (13)notable wine list (13)late-night find (10)great for lunch (8)great for brunch (6)great for outdoor dining (6)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My husband and I went there on 8/31/14 for our Anniversary. Everything was perfect! We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed!
    24cali
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We LOVE Melting Pot. It is our 7 y/o's fave. New to the area, we came to this location to celebrate. Sooooo disappointed. Our server was so lousy it ruined the entire experience. He made no attempt to inform us about the menu. We waited for LONG periods of time for him to check on us, bring drinks, the next course, etc. This is especially frustrating when you are dining with little ones. We made our reservation very early (4:30) so we would avoid the later crowds,so it was galling that we had to wait on him when the restaurant wasn't even busy yet! He was completely unfamiliar with the wine list - when we made inquiries, he was flippant to the point of being rude. For the price, we expect MUCH better!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mmmm Chocolate!
    hates2cook
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was my third time at The Melting Pot La Jolla. Everytime has been awesome. the waistaff is always upbeat and explains everything. They always tell you the ingredients as they put them in. It's romantic for date night and fun for a double date or even a family dinner. (I personally wouldn't recommend it for children under 7 or 8) Give it a try, you'll love it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great family time
    Polston
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We celebrated my daughters birthday and it was intimate but yet able to have fun and laugh. Great staff.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal with great service
    BearBacon
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Our amazing and experienced server, Mike, took great care of us yesterday. He was attentive without being intrusive. Everything we ordered was great and our server paid attention to detail to ensure we received the finest meal. This was our second time dining and we will definitely return for a third meal. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun trivia, okay food.
    KPSmith
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We ate at the bar. The bartender, Matt, was very friendly and made the night fun with trivia. The food was okay.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Melting Pot- Very Good Overall
    SolanaFoodie36
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Went out on a Sunday with the G/f, we had a reservation which came in handy but wasn't nessesarily needed. Food was great, their summer special with four course was a great choice. Jose, our server, was outstanding when it came to everything. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE DUCK! Cost with drinks was roughly $45 a person, but plenty of food, choices. Recommend for 2-6 people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the Price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Think the price is deceptive we were to order the special and told the waiter. Got the bill and with tip for 3 people paid $200. Hate boiled meat now. Love the cheese and dessert that was it. I would not go back only did it for my daughter because she is going to college.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great waiter
    wonanVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Tony was our server for the night. I was celebrating my birthday with the family. Tony was attentive, friendly, pleasant, and met all our requests. He made my dining experience very pleasant and enjoyable. Thank you Tony!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hummm........
    mumzVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Six of us crammed in to a table with 2 bench seats, down stairs there were several empty round tables where we could have been very comfortable and had a long dinner, 3 hours. The staff could have been a little more accomodating...
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It was very good-but not worth the price. Also wish they'd told us the happy hour menu was only avail at the bar
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I thought the first and second course were great. The main entrée was great but it seemed like a lot of work. Dessert was very, very good. I would do this again but just for the appetizer or dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    First impression, smelled like boiling meat from the minute we walked in. Came with a GROUPON and received "groupon service". Three hostess' really? Why? Our burner mechanism was not working, was on the floor when we were seated. Three(again) staff members tried to re-attach it. Hostess from Venezuela was adorable, server was great. Food eh, experience alright. Felt like a load when we left and smelled like boiling meat.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun for all
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    All 4 of us were new to the Melting Pot experience and all 4 of us had a great time. The service was amazing, food was great and the overall experience was so much fun. All staff members were fun and informative. I highly recommend the Melting Pot experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food. Slow service
    Curlygirl
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The food was good but the service was slow. And the waiter did a lot of up-selling without disclosing that the option he recommended cost more.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Fun Experience!
    pmw310
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    If you really want to try something different yet yummy, this is your place! So many great flavors and the service was awesome!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I love The Melting Pot. It is a great place to sit and enjoy a delicious meal with friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Who wants a filet mignon boiled?
    roboboop
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I expected amazing professionally cooked food that you could dip in a variety of sauces for a nice fondue experience. Unfortunately that was not the case. To start, the cheese appetizer tasted great, but you can only have one cheese per table. Some dividers in the pot would make for more flavors and a more exciting experience. Dinner is where my mind was just blown, and not in a good way. We get salmon, duck, filet mignon, and how do we get to eat it? Boiled in broth! What a disservice to great ingredients! And I also have to stress about cooking times? Crazy! It's a fondue place, give me some darn dipping sauces and cook my food for me! Fine dining this is not! Very disappointed and will not return.
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  • Delicious place
    Crazdwriter
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun but slow
    SleeplessInPL
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overly priced
    3moms
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Evening
    birthdaygirl
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for a date night
    mandyjm
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We love coming here for a romantic date or to celebrate a special occasion. Great concept and service has always been excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night out with the fiancee
    LovinLife
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a big fan
    Datenight
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dinner!
    JustinCourtney
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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 :)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it!
    DateNightWife
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FUN!
    inoj
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Another fun and tasty dinner served by our favorite wait person Leah! Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Every time I come to the melting pot I am always satisfied.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Your experience may vary
    kiwiVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • waiter was excellent tony
    Dpeters
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Plesantly Surpirsed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diner
    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!!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 5 STARS
    HizSweetheart
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it
    Riggfox
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We went for my birthday and it was fantastic! The food was beyond delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So fun
    Meltingpot
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    M3lissa
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.