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The Melting Pot  - San Mateo
The Melting Pot - San Mateo

The Melting Pot - San Mateo Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.meltingpot.com/san-mateo/specials
  • Email: meltingpot@gmail.com
  • Phone: (650) 342-6358
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Wednesday 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Thursday - Friday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm; Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm Lunch is available for private parties and events. Please call the restaurant for lunch inquiries.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fondue
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: The San Mateo Melting Pot offers the best in casual to elegant dining. Holiday and corporate parties are what we are passionate about. Please give us the opportunity to show you the great things we doing for our guests and the memories we are creating.
  • Private Party Contact: Rob Sanchez, rob.sanchez@gmail.com (650) 342-6358

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 1st
  • Public Transit: San Mateo CalTrain Station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We are located at the San Mateo CalTrain Station. If using GPS, please use the San Mateo station as your destination rather than our physical address.
A word from The Melting Pot - San Mateo
The Melting Pot is located in the San Mateo CalTrain Transit Center in San Mateo, CA. The Melting Pot offers an extraordinary dining experience that you won't find at any other restaurant. Here you'll discover all the ingredients to a perfect evening, including a relaxed atmosphere, private tables, attentive service, fine wines & fabulous four-course fondue dinners. No matter what the occasion, from a romantic date to a get-together with friends, meetings or large groups, The Melting Pot always hits the spot. The Melting Pot offers the highest quality fresh ingredients, a variety of cooking styles, unique sauces & your favorite chocolate fondue. To highlight your meal we also offer a wide variety of wines to compliment your meal. Make reservations today & come dip into something different.Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "We have been to the larkspur location and the ambiance is very different. San Mateo is kind of average where Larkspur is unique. The food was consistently tasty at both locations."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "You always know what you are getting when you go to the Melting Pot for dinner...a yummy and interactive dining experience! The various fondues are always updated with new choices and the dipping selections are varied enough to cover most people's desires. We find that cheese and chocolate fondue with a salad is plenty filling and the cost, with 1 drink each will be about $80. Not too shabby for two people. Add to that the great service and you have a winning dining spot year round!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The salad quality could be improved. Salad was wet and lettuce were not fresh. The dessert portion should have more per serving."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Came here for my 2 year anniversary and it was a great experience. Great food and service was impeccable! Will definitely be coming back. Recommend the amaretto nightcap and artichoke spinach cheese fondue."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Had a nice quite dinner for two the other night. Because of the nature of having fondue, you are not rushed. You can sit back and enjoy dinner without feeling as though the waiter is trying to turn over the table. We had a nice quite spot - kind of a nook for two. Although it did feel a little claustrophobic. From the cheese fondue,steak/chicken/shrimp/lobster, and chocolate dessert - everything was amazing. Our waiter was attentive and had a great sense of humor but he was not intrusive. He came in delivered the course and left. I do wish he slowed down a bit when telling us the cook times for steak, chicken, shrimp…. maybe it could be a laminated card at the table to help those of us who forget easily."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "pricey for the food portion and quality I received. fondue sauce tasted only okay. Meat quality average."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food was wonderful, and well worth the price. The service was outstanding. Only issue is that it *is* in a train station and you will occasionally hear a train go by if you're on the side of the restaurant that faces the tracks."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Don't waste your time or money at this place. The hostess didn't greet us, then sat us in a horrible seat followed by another horrible seat. The waitress got every order wrong and the food was terrible. This might be a nice place for a high school date while kids dabble in "fine" dining but if you work hard for your money, it will be wasted here. The Groupon deal isn't just the $89 - it's also the mandatory 15% gratuity and any upgrades you get which won't be served to you anyway since the waitress will forget every order. Don't get me started on the music that was blasting the whole time either. Super inappropriate lay me down by the fire R&B at a high volumes while we sit next to a kid celebrating their birthday."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "San Mateo location is very cool since it's actually the train station building. It was fun being able to watch the trains go by while having a lovely dinning experience."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Fun for groups, especially family celebrations with mixed generations (college age to grand parents). Also very romantic for date nights!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We celebrated our 8th Anniversary at The Melting Pot this past Tuesday night. The staff went out of their way to make us feel special and even called after to ask for the dinner was. It was a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We enjoyed our visit here, but the food was very overpriced. Great ambience and very romantic. The staff are very friendly."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Had a wonderful time. The food was terrific and the wait staff were great - helpful and friendly. Highly recommend it."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "was slow in taking our order and late in getting seated although we had early reservations. had a great dinner and was a special evening for a special event"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I cannot say enough about the perfect time that we had enjoying the wonderful selection of food and the perfect venue for intimate conversation. There was no rush, the interruptions were few and the service was wonderful. I want to go back again and again."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I took my wife there for her birthday. I set up beforehand to have chocolate covered strawberries for her. When we got there for our reservation we were seated right away. They were going to take us upstairs, but my wife just had knee surgery so wasn't going to be able to climb the stairs. No problem. They immediately got us a table on the ground floor. The server, Devyn, was charming, and took care of our every need. The other staff were great too. The food was fantastic. The owner came by near dessert time and brought a balloon for my wife and offered to take a couple of pictures with my wife to remember the occasion. He was wonderful talking to us about the after dinner drinks that they had. It really was a special night out."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I have been to the Melting Pot before and have always received professional, good service, but this last time was far superior than the rest. My server was fun, outgoing, entertaining and enjoyed having a good time with us. He would make jokes or comment to us about different things in order to get us to laugh. We were having an awful day from previous events and we left the restaurant feeling ten times better than when we arrived. My friend said this dinner essentially made her birthday. So thank you for the remarkable service. I do believe that Jose is a great asset to the team."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "The entrees were decent. Every thing is served in bite sized portions for fondue purposes, but it is deceptively filling. The dessert was the highlight of the meal. Smores chocolate fondue with darling bite sized strawberries, bananas, brownies, and cakes. I'd go back and only order dessert."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Most restaurants are noisy and crowded these days. Melting Pot was quite the opposite. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was very relaxing."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We loved eating at the melting pot in a sacremento back in august. We had to come back and try different things to is time in San Mateo. You will love the romantic setting when playing with your food in a pot for dinner and then sensually dipping assorted desserts in bubbling chocolate and feeding it to your significant other there with you. It was all around great."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "As usual it was amazing. Our server was wonderful as always. Kristen you are the best. See you next visit. It was a great meal to catch up with friends and talk while our food cooked in front of us. Good a for a girls night out."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "We frequent this Reaturant because we love the food. However, this time the meal took 4 hours. Way too long. I think the waiter had too many tables."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I arrived with a reservation and I was seated within 5 minutes. The staff was very friendly. We used a groupon but still ordered things off the menu. Our server was funny and we had little side conversations with him. Okay, so you would think a salad is just a salad but it was one of the most delicious salads I've ever tried. The house dressing is absolutely amazing. We upgraded our entrée to the "Mojo," which had a natural sweet and saltiness to it. Our meal came with about 5-6 sauces, which were all really good. It was overall a great experience."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "I love the cozy booth seatings here, staff here is well versed with what they are serving, very kind and helpful. Really liked the traditional swiss cheese fondue and yin and yang chocolate fondue. In the entree, the chicken potstickers and white shrimp are a must."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "The beauty of the Melting Pot is that we could take our time over dinner and take time to have conversations as we are cooking/dipping and between courses. They make the cheese fondue table-side and it simmers and thickens as we wait. There are several cheesy choices. The salads are good-sized and there are also choices - house salad was great. The main course allows each 'dipper' to choose his or her own meat or veg selection and you can choose between hot broth (several flavors) or oil. It sounds like a lot of food, but you are really eating only bites at a time and leave room for the chocolate fondue. Yumm-O! Waitresses really have to work and the dinner was really a two hour event and we never felt rushed. Kudos to Melting Pot."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We have been to this location of the Melting Pot multiple times, and have always had great service and a great time. Reservations are a must during core dinner hours. Servers are always friendly and accommodating - finding us a table that works w/ a stroller, substituting vegetable broth for wine in the cheese fondue, adjusting the balance of cheeses, explaining our choices. We stopped getting the entree fondue - cheese, salad and chocolate are more than enough. All the fondues we've tried are tasty, but the choice of foods to dip are a bit odd (cheese slides off of carrots and apples, would prefer more fruit and less already sweet desserts to dip in the chocolate). It's a fun experience - but don't forget to make a reservation!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We took 3 High School Juniors there to celebrate 4.0 and above report cards. None of us had ever had fondue before and it was such a fun, engaging meal - we were there for 2 hours ! Our server, Casey, was fantastic and helpful in working us through the fun process and very attentive throughout the meal. And, the owner even stopped by our table and spent time and chatted about his high school grades (not 4.0 haha) and he subsequent trip through college - great guy."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The best part of the night was the service we received from Kristen. She walked us through the menu, although it was not our first time there, she gave us suggestions. She was very attentive and made sure we had a wonderful night. The food - I enjoyed everything except the pasta. Salad is wonderful, and well who doesn't love the chocolate fondue. All in all a great night"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "The restaurant is extremely nice and was also very romantic. The food was out of this world and the service was more than pleasant and spot on. It was a wonderful experience which I have already recommended to many people."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Loved the service and the food. Overall it's a great restaurant for special occasions"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Good food but computers were down for an hour and a half and they couldn't get any bills or use credit cards. Our waiter was very nice and kept apologizing but waiting for over an hour for our bill was very irritating. They gave us a coupon for next time but won't use it. Would have given a much better review if we didn't have to wait for our bill for so long."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "I purchased the voucher through Living Social I must say I simply loved everything and the waiter was wonderful he made the whole night and enjoyable dinner. Cudos to The Melting Pot and our waiter....I will come back and refer friends and family."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "i would have enjoyed the experience more if we had ordered off the menu and not used the Living Social voucher. i was disappointed to find cheese was not included in the special. small bowl of broccoli, potato wedges and mushrooms for starters along with a decent bottle of cabernet. next: a single tray with 4 small cubes of meat, 4 medium shrimp, 4 chicken cubes and 4 tortellinis plus a variety of 5 dipping sauces - none of which were exceptional. although our waitress was wonderful about replenishing our food items, there was no way to do this ala carte. when the meat and raviolis ran out, she brought another identical tray with everything on it. same for dessert. quantity vs. quality. tip & tax came to $43 - not included in voucher."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "It is like a hot pot idea but with unlimited steak, chicken, shrimp and ravioli. and unlimited dessert that you can dip in chocolate fondue.. We both enjoy the dinner but may be won't try it again. We got livingsocial deal with us and they already added the 15% tip of overall price for two of us and they tax from the overall price."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "The food at The Melting Pot is good overall, but is not worth the price. Our service was excellent and the location is convenient, but I will probably not visit this restaurant again in the future."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "We went here for my husband's birthday, as a group of 4 and had a great time. Thanks!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Erin was the manager on staff, an Paul was our waiter. Both helped make our evening perfect. We had a little misunderstanding on dates and times(completely my error bc I didn't read the fine print) and rather than turning us away, they were 200% accommodating.. This place is an hour and a half from where we live and because is was so enjoyable, we would have no problem making that drive again for any special occasion:) The food was amazing and came out in a timely manner .. Our seats were in a private "cubby-like" spot where we could enjoy each other and not have to share that with the rest of the restaurant. Paul was extremely attentive and entertaining making us feel like we were his only table. We loved this place!!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Our server tony was great! Love fondue ! Loved everything !"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Our server was great. He gave us a lot of attention and, as it was all we could eat, made sure our plates were full. The food was of high quality. Our dining experience was very positive."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "For 4 people, if you tell me I'd pay $120.00 with 2 drinks, I'd say its overpriced. But I payed 250 including drinks and 5 days later and Im getting buyers remorse. Don't go there if you're hungry because you won't be getting enough food and you have to wait for your food to cook in front of you to cook. At least 90 seconds (for fish) and at least 2 1/2 min for meat. Dipping the filet mignon on broth just kills the taste of the meat Not recommended unless you want to waste money."
    Dined on 1/14/2014