The Melting Pot - Gaslamp Quarter

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Fondue
Welcome to The Melting Pot San Diego Gaslamp

Located on 5th Ave & E St in the historic Gaslamp Plaza Suites, the San Diego - Gaslamp Melting Pot Restaurant brings a truly unique, romantic and interactive four-course fondue dining experience to San Diego's vibrant downtown dining scene.!

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Sun - Thu 4:00PM - 6:15PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 4:00PM - 6:15PM 8:45PM - 11:00PM

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Jay was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great. The ambiance was amazing. We really enjoyed our night at this location.

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vipBeautifulGoddess
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service by Kayla was impeccable and the manager came up to us to ask how we were doing which was nice. I love the ambiance, it's darker and cozier compared to the UTC location which is more open, brighter, and louder.

The thing that was disappointing was that the menu has changed since the last time I went and I really don't like being able to choose what I want. They now have groupings and no longer have the ahi or garlic shrimp and other items I liked. My friend and I got the 4 course dinner for 2 that was $115.95 BUT we had to pay extra - $8.95 for the Steak Lovers and $5.95 for the Land & Sea. We each got a bottle of wine, $36 for Zen of Zin and $43 for KJ Vintners Chardonnay. We added cream puffs for $4.95 for our dessert fondue. The total with tax AND an $8.00 surcharge was $240.07. Gratuity was about $50.

I am so disappointed because while the food was good and the service great, our meals were NOT worth $150 per person and I won't be going for a big meal without a coupon again. If I do go again in the near future, it will be on a Girl's Night Out, before a show, or happy hour.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server, Thomas was wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, and the food is always good. I think it is a little overpriced, but most things are in the gaslamp. I would definitely go here again for a special occasion.

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vipDavidL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Fun!
Ask for Thomas! He is the best!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I had a late Valentine’s Day/ birthday date at The Melting Pot. He had never been before and we had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the special menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brian was absolutely awesome, very attentive! We celebrated Valentines Day as a family and he went above and beyond to ensure our 7 year-old felt very special! The food was delicious, the drinks too... but it’s was the warm, caring service Brian provided that made the night memorable. We’ll be back to celebrate again soon.

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AngelD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Jay was an excellent server! He was prompt and made us feel welcome.

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vipAR55
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Super great fondue appetizers and chocolate dessert. Main courses leave something to be desired. Be super careful; don't put raw chicken on the plate you will Be Eating cooked food from. Overall I'd return for multiple apps with fondue and dessert, and leave out the overpriced "main course". And the 4% bogus surcharge is something that must leaves a bad taste after paying the bill. Shame on you for gouging customers with a surcharge to hide your real pricing.

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AngelJ
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed ourselves, our server was awesome. I would leave him a review as well but I lost my surgery card. 100% amazing service, and he had a great beard!!

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LaurieW
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time as usual. Jay our waiter made the experience even better. Ladie’s Night is a great deal. Great food, great staff, great time!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Let me start by saying this restaurant is an amazing and unique experience in san diego. This is my 3rd time to visit and thats saying a lot. There is only one thing that bugs me. They dont give you enough batter to dip your meat and veggies in to fry. And when you ask for more they are hesitant to give it. Even after our second container which he said was four times the amount they give a table i still didnt have enough. Definitely not enough sauce for 4 people either. The food is amazing either way and we will be back. Great fondue is hard to find!!!

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Adri
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thomas was a great server and made our first time experience incredible. Will definitely be coming again and requesting Thomas for future outings :)

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PaulaQ
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dining here was so much fun. I had no idea how they served, etc. Very entertaining and wonderful! We look forward to dining there again! Maybe next time we'll just do desert fondue!!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

server was great, food was delicious, enjoyed restaurant week

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VeroMonte
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went out for date night for restaurant week. It was great! Loved the berry mojito and ambiance. It was overall fun and unique, not something I would do frequently. This would be more for a special occasion.

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AnneP
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The melting pot is situational in San Diego historical building, very nice.

We went there for the restaurant week, a bit pricey still but overall a fun meal. The quality of the food was great but the highlight had to be the chocolate fondue. Must have!

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KelciW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening!

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CherylK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great Service, Good Food (specially Cheese and Chocolate options (though very rich), Cool older historic building. A bit expensive

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KathleenF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was so excited that it was a part of the restaurant week so I could try the gluten free menu cause not everyone can pull off GF. It was delicious 😋 Eddie was our server and made my birthday mommy feel special

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Jess
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We visited for SD Restaurant week and greatly enjoyed! We added on the chocolate fondue and the whole experience was fun. Do not go in with any time constraints because a meal like this takes time. We were there for more than 2 hours! But they do ask and are very courteous. Highly recommended

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ISPYCC
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time with family! The food was awesome!!!!

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vipProfessorEDB
Orange County
46 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Took the train down from Orange County. The restaurant is within walking distance of the downtown station. Had a nice cozy alcove to ourselves personable server(s). The meal was three hours and well paced.Fondue is a great experience and the Melting Pot presented great options and flavors. Our desert (Bananas Foster) was a little disappointing was expecting it to be more like New Orleans style and flavor, sadly was not. But overall a great evening.

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SharenN
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. Food was delicious. Waiter and staff went above and beyond. They stayed open over an hour past closing to accommodate our party and even gave my friend a fun little dance for her birthday. Would definitely recommend!

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vipSherriesther
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Usually my experiences at The Melting Pot are fantastic. However, we had some issues with our server. I really wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt, but she just did not deliver. Our party of 7 arrived at 5:30 and we were seated within a few minutes. No one came to our table to greet us for over seven minutes. I immediately told our server that we needed to be out of the restaurant by 7:40 in order to get to a show at the Civic Center. She expressed concern that two hours would not be enough for 3 courses. I appreciate that she was up front about her concern, but we have dined many times at The Melting Pot before a show, and we've always been able to get out in time for the show. We placed our order for 2 cheese fondues by 5:45. It took a while for it to come, but once we were done eating, we waited forever for the dishes to be cleared and for the main course to arrive. The pots for cooking the main entrees did not arrive until 6:45. At that point, I said to our server that I was getting worried about our timing. She replied, "I'm worried, too, especially because I have two other tables that also want to get out in time for the show." At 6:50, our entrees were brought to the table and I said to our server, "please bring our chocolate fondues out by 7:15." We ordered the chocolate fondues and we quickly ate our entrees. We were done with our entrees by 7:10. No one came to clear our dishes or take the cooking pots until 7:25. 15 minutes we just sat there stressed wondering why no one was helping? Although the chocolate arrived at 7:25, the fruit and desserts to use to dip, did not come. By 7:31, we realized we just needed to pay and leave. The manager took the dessert off our bill and gave us coupons for free chocolate on our next visit, but we were SO disappointed. Our kids look forward to the chocolate more than anything. I don't understand why our server wasn't able to make this happen. There were long lags of time when we sat there with no food or service.

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Emily
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fondue is always a fun treat! The pri fixe menu for New Year's Eve was a bit pricey, but it was worth it for the fun and delicious dining experience. Waitress was a little sassy at times (maybe salty about working nye?) but was otherwise attentive and nice. Would go here again for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Christmas dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cena de navidad

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We go every Christmas Eve. Fun tradition!

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LoriW
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time. Expensive but nice unique dining experience. Ordered the full 3 courses (cheese , oil then chocolate dip) and might opt for the cheese and/or chocolate next time. Great waiter and great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Janice our server was fantastic! We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and she made it extra special with her personable and attentive service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Melting Pot San Diego is my favorite restaurant. Thomas made the night even more special with the best service I have ever had at a restaurant. He was prompt and helped get us out on time to make a showing at the civic theatre. The historical building really sets the ambiance.

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vipDeniseK
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a blast! I love the melting pot, it was my guests first time and they really enjoyed themselves as well. We will totally be back. Thank you Melting Pot!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't wait to come back. Great date night. Food was amazing and staff was lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An experience not just a meal. A special treat for special occasion. We treated my parents as a thank you dinner- they felt very special.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely perfect; the food was amazing, the server was experienced in great service, and we love the dark ambience. It’s a romantic and beautiful place for a date.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience if you are into trying new stuff around

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vipSamuelC
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Best melting pot experience ever! Our guy Zane is the best! 👍🏻👍🏻 The building is super cool too! Used to be a bank built in 1913 or something like that.

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