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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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Diner Reviews
  • "Every time I come to the melting pot I am always satisfied."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Very nice in and out in 3 hours had a great experience"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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
  • "Great service, great food, great experience all the way around. We went for our 6th year wedding anniversary ANC we really had a wonderful time. Customer service was awesome. Thanks again "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "At first we were escorted to a tiny table in the corner surrounded by a very loud group. We asked if we could be moved to the quieter upstairs seating area and they quickly accommodated us. We had an excellent waitress with a great personality who really knew her stuff! The food was superb and definitely a great experience! I was very impressed and will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The night got off to a rocky start as our reservation was for 8:30 and we weren't seated until a little after 9 pm. However, that was not the fault of the staff and the manager offered us free drinks while we waited. Our waiter, Tony, was amazing. Very attentive, friendly, and outgoing. He absolutely made up for the initial mishap. The food was up to par as usual. We tried the bacon and gorgonzola cheese fondue to start. I had the house salad and my husband had the cesear. He had the fondue fusion and I chose the classic. Both were delicious. Tony suggested mixing the curry sauce and teriyaki together and he was not wrong! So tasty! The caramel toffee chocolate fondue was amazing, especially with the blondie bars and strawberries. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Leah was incredibly on-the-ball and helped us with a few special requests... it is so fun to dine at this Melting Pot, especially on a special occasion like our anniversary. Our 11 year old daughter was with us and loved it too!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "My daughter LIVED the Melting Pot for her 16th birthday- we took along 7 people and the dining was FUN! The timing of our waiter, John, was impeccable, the food fresh , the dips delicious-- and there was gluten free substitutions as well! A great time was had by all!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "This was 1st time here and we were very disappointed. Extremely expensive with hidden costs that our waiter never explained! Our waiter never explained the hidden costs for the Fondue cooking broth or helped us with our selections. A total ripoff, we should have went next door to Flemings! Do not go or eat at this restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "This was our second visit and we were very disappointed with the service. It was extremely slow and inattentive. Dishes were not cleared for 20 minutes and the fondue pots left boiling. Our drinks were left at the bar and we had to retrieve them ourselves."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Good food but pricey for amount given. Went for Easter brunch."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "4 course meal is way too much food. I would hope employee don't push that too much. service is slow, and the place was empty for dinner on Easter. I personally did not care for the music and being isolated in a party room (we were only 5). I felt it was like eating dinner in a closet. I was told the meat was excellent. I took the vegetable entree. I wish I was told the meat entrees came with vegetables. That would have been plenty for me, I ended up taking my entire vegetarian entree home and ate the broccoli and mushroom from the other guests entrees! I would only go back for the chocolate fondue. dark chocolate one is the best."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Always a go to for special occasions. I would not however recommend it for large groups or really any greater than 4. It gets to chaotic and takes away from the experience. The food and style choices are exquisite and the smores chocolate dessert are my favorites."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "This isn't somewhere I would go once a week or anything because it's pretty pricey, but for special occasions it's great. We went for our 10th anniversary and our server was wonderful. The food was pretty good, but we ended up not being huge fans of the cooking style we chose for the entree. Nothing wrong with it, just not our cup of tea. The appetizer was great, we chose the loaded baked potato cheese. Dessert was absolutely amazing. We had the s'mores fondue with dark chocolate. I think next time I go back I'll get just an appetizer and dessert and bypass dinner :) We did valet instead of self parking. Only $8 and really convenient."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My wife loves The Melting Pot and requested it for her birthday. The food was very good as always, but the service was excellent. Allisa really made my wife feel special. She remembered about her allergy to strawberries I mentioned when I made the reservation and offered substitutes for the dessert. She was personable and made the experience fun. I made sure to give her an exceptional tip."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "My first experience at The Melting Pot was a very good one. We arrived early for our reservation and they got us to our table quickly. The table side service was wonderful and the food was delicious. It seemed that there was special upstairs seating for those who made a reservation. This special seating was intimate, romantic and quite. I really enjoyed my first time at the Melting Pot. "
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "This is always a fun thing to do for a special occasion! Food is excellent and service is good!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014