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About The Melting Pot - Gaslamp Quarter

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.!

901 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Fondue, Fusion / Eclectic, Vegetarian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday through Thursday 5-10 pm, Friday and Saturday 4-11 pm, Sunday 3-9pm

Cross Street:
E Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 234-5554

Website:
http://www.meltingpot.com/san-diego-gaslamp/specials

Catering:
Available

Parking Details:
Valet drop off is at the Gaslamp Suites Plaza entrance on E Street. There are several public parking lots available on Fifth and Sixth Avenue. Valet parking is available on Sunday-Thursday for $10. Friday And Saturday for $15
If you bring in your valet ticket, we'll give you $5 off!

Public Transit:
Trolley stops on 5th and C st

Executive Chef:
Gregorio Arredondo

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Kids Cooking Classes, Lunch with Santa, Lunch with the Easter Bunny, Fondue Fairytale, Ladies Night Out, Military Mondays

The Melting Pot - Gaslamp Quarter Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (48)
Good for a Date (47)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
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Romantic (35)
Fun (33)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Quiet Conversation (30)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Cozy (24)
Good for Groups (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Casual (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Late-night Find (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Business Meals (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Healthy (5)
Authentic (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

I've been here about 4-5 times now and the service is ALWAYS on point.
The servers are very knowledgeable about the menu, what you can expect, and their favorite recommendations.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 6 days ago

Food and staff were all great -- we just thought the portions were small for the price. It would be nice if they offered a bottomless fondue, that would make the experience more relaxed.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always a pleasure. But absolutely didn't enjoy my 20th anniversary cause they had us seated next to the bar upstairs were people were watching a game, standing around and loud. Will never allow them to seat me upstairs. I could of sat out on the street and it would of been quiter. Was a waste of money for a quite nite out with my husband who is a combat veteran. The loudness of the people and the loudness of glasses being shuffled around on Bartop and dropped put his post traumatic strest disorder on edge.. set him off and our anniversary date night was ruined, right after dinner we had to go home. As the loudness aND the stress was too much. After all you only get one chance to celebrat your anniversary night

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a really nice evening at The Melting Pot. Fantastic food and experience. Only critique was the restaurant was a bit warm, particularly when the food is cooked at the table.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Restaurant sells too hard on everything, from their multicourse menu to donations Andy sign ups. The chocolate fondue was unfortunately unimpressive. The items felt like left over desserts and there was very little fruit.

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

I pick this place for my girlfriends birthday. She absolulty loved it. The service, food, and dessert was great. I will definitely be back for another special event.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

I am glad we left when we did as the club below us was starting up and creating a vibration of the floor and creating a problem with conversation.

Awesome server!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The service was great. It was our first time at a fondue and she was very helpful.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Great atmosphere great romantic packages and great service with great food.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

I went to the melting pot with my hubby and my parents. My husband and I always stop by the melting pot when we visit San Diego. On making my reservation through the OpenTable I was able to note my mother has a gluten free diet.
Our server was Thomas, what an amazing, upbeat, attentive guy. He went above and beyond to make sure my mother had plenty of options, he of course made sure the rest of us were happy. The food was absolutely delicious! I really cannot fault it! I would highly recommend stopping in for some dinner! Ask for Thomas to be your server! A truly memorable evening, with my loved ones, amazing food and spectacular service.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Really wonderful experience all in all. Our waiter got too busy and we were left with our finished entree dishes for half an hour before they were cleared. However, the experience in all was great and we would definitely go back again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Wonderful! Celebrated colleague's birthday. Good food, good atmosphere, good service, good fun.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Sierra was our server and did a wonderful job. We made our reservation early because I am the oldest 37-year old I know and I like to go to bed early! Also, get off my lawn you damn kids! My girlfriend liked it, which is really the most important thing.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Good and service was awesome!!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Family loves it!!! Thomas rocks!!!
We are regulars!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I arranged an anniversary dinner for my daughter and her boyfriend. The staff went above and beyond to make it so special for them and the food was amazing according to my daughter. They even put a card from me on the table. Thanks Melting Pot for making my daughters anniversary a night to remember!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Organic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Love it every time we go! Perfect place for eating and socializing at the same time.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Our food server Joel was wonderful!

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

The ambiance and the service were excellent. Also great to have a valet service next door so no struggle with finding a parking space. I go to the Gas Lamp restaurant even though the La Jolla one is closer because La Jolla never seems to have tables available. I also make my reservations early as a 4 course meal can take several hours. Most of the food was very good. We had some problems with the sauces provided for the meat entries, so I will have to do some research with their menu to choose better next time.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Johnathan was an amazing order. He took the time to explain the whole process and when he saw we were getting overwhelmed, he made is simple until we figured it out. He gave great recommendations and we were always well taken care of...the food was great, wonderful way to spend quality time with others with plenty of time for conversation.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This place was the best date my husband and I have ever been on! We enjoyed how interactive it was! The service was the best I have ever had! The food was incredible! And I love the location! Highly recommend this place for any special occasion!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Loved the food! We will definitely be back for the bacon jalepeno cheese fondue!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

The Melting Pot is a unique dining experience. It is my teenager's favorite place so I took her there for a mom/daughter date. It's very pricey but worth it for the experience!! Thank goodness this mom had a groupon!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Really good food, the idea of cooking your own food is neat and the cheese and chocolate is really good. Would recommend anyone to try the food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Great food and service as always

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 30, 2017

First off, I've been to a Melting Pot in another state and since that was such a wonderful experience I decided to share a similar one with my fiancé. Only issue... the experiences were VERY different. Here are my pros & cons:

Cons: after making a reservation I had someone call to confirm, no issue there BUT they proceeded to ask if we were celebrating anything, not because they cared, but because they wanted to sell add on packages. I politely declined. Once arriving, we were asked again if we were celebrating anything. Nope, just on a date. Once our server arrived, we were asked again. Nope, just on date. And yet again when a manager (?) stopped by our table. NO, FOR GODS SAKE WE ARE NOT CELEBRATING ANYTHING. It didn't feel genuine, it felt like they wanted to use it as an excuse to sell us add on items. Now for our server, it felt like he was 1, listening to our conversation (which made me feel very uncomfortable) and 2, trying to constantly upsell us on items the entire time we were there. Its not like we weren't spending enough money and we ordered PLENTY food and drinks for the two of us... I do NOT enjoy feeling like all I'm good for is my money. Also, I felt like they were trying to flip our table, which I'm sure they were since it was a busy night, but it was quite obvious.

Pros: seated right at our reservation time, very romantic atmosphere, loved our seating (a curved booth for 2), speedy service.

At the other location (not sure if they are franchised??) it didn't feel like I was constantly being asked to add on items & it felt much more relaxed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Always a great place to go. Food and service is always great!

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

This was our first visit to the downtown location. We've always gone to La Jolla. I don't think there is a significant difference in the food or service so we probably will continue going to La Jolla because it's closer to home. It was thoughtful of the manager to come around and check how everyone was doing. Because our salads came shortly after our cheese course started, I felt a little rushed but the rest of the dinner went very well.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

I was happy to try a new place for my anniversary I work downtown so I always pass by and see the restaurant. On Saturday September 23rd to took out my Girlfriend for our two year anniversary. I was happy with the rose peddles and Chocolate covered strawberries. We received the menu and could not figure it out for the life of me. Next we got help from a server who was very nice in explaining everything to us. We ordered the bacon and cheese jalopeno pot. The food was not great tasted only of really strong white wine. Next we ordered some meats and cheeses from the menu (once again not explained very well in the menu). That was good but for the prices you pay you expect a lot more.

Pros: seating was fast
Cons: overpriced, very dim lighting, and to much wine added to food.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

It is a bit pricey but now that I have been there and had my first Melting Pot experience I will know how to order next time, but for the first time eating at the Melting Pot, it was delicious and the staff was attentive and very cordial, even the manager came over which was a thoughtful touch. The food was delicious and it is definitely an eating experience and I will make sure we take more time for dining next time , we had tickets for a show at the Civic Theater, as the dining experience can be lengthy but well worth it! Thank you, we enjoyed it very much.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

A fun quiet evening out. Food was good and service was excellent

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

My boyfriend and I loved the exclusive, yet romantic ambiance of The Melting Pot, Downtown San Diego. Our waiter, Johnathan, was great - very hardworking and accommodating. He made celebrating our birthday's very special. Plus, the 4 course experience is amazing and so filling! We can't wait to go back and try the spinach & artichoke cheese dip and flaming turtle chocolate dip.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 23, 2017

8 of us celebrated our son's 18th birthday. We were seated in the room at the entrance. It had a nice large round table and sat us comfortably.

JUAN was awesome! He had help from Austin, Sarah, and Sasha and they were great, too. Dee, the manager, came in to make sure we were comfortable and offered a fan as the room is small and all the heat from us and the cooktops warmed up the room.

The food was good, and looks are deceiving as it doesn't look like a lot of food but you come out stuffed after 4 courses and I built my own. I started with the The Melting Pot House Salad with Peppercorn Ranch. The cheese course was next and the Quattro Formaggio was tasty and I was told so was the Bacon & Jalapeño. For the main course, we chose the Mojo and Seasoned Court Bouillon and I had Sesame-Crusted Ahi Tuna, Roasted Garlic Shrimp, and Basil Pesto Chicken.

The dessert was the best! Not only did our son get a slice of peanut butter pie, we all chose Caramel Toffee Crunch and the Raspberry Dark Chocolate.

This was my second time to the Gaslamp location and I enjoyed both visits. I would say going there is not something I would do all the time because it can be an expensive habit. But I would definitely go for special occasions.

Make sure to ask for Juan when you go!

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·Dined on September 21, 2017

The place was great. Our waiter was the best. He helped us out with what was good and what would go good with what meal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

A very nice restaurant in the heart of gas lamp district service was excellent as was the food. They should bring the concept to the uk.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Casual
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

My girlfriend & I had a very pleasant time. Our waiter, Jole, was amazing & very tentative. We went for our anniversary & they treated us very well. We got a card from the staff & everything. The food was amazing & the ambiance was delightful. I would definitely come back for another date night.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

The staff and management was excellent and attentive without being intrusive. I would recommend contacting the venue before a special occasion to take advantage of their special romantic packages.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Wonderful Experience! It was my first time dining at the Melting Pot and our server Juan made sure our experience was unforgettable. Definitely coming back!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Very new to the restaurant and came with a small birthday party on 9/9/17. Ambiance was dimly lit and romantic. Had to get the server to explain how the menu worked, which was not extremely clear. I

At first, it was fun to joke around saying that fondue was a European experience and that European dinners usually take hours, but as we saw other tables finish before us, the long wait became unbearable. We had at least 4 different people wait on us, and they did not seem to communicate - original male waiter, second male waiter who made the cheese fondue and brought sauces, third female waitress who brought salads, and female Manager. Even the Manager came by twice, and thankfully was the one who refilled the bread for the cheese fondue, despite asking for a refill previously. We asked for sauces twice before they showed up. When we told the Manager the dessert option we wanted and asked her to place the order for us, we waited another 15 minutes, and our original server returned to once again ask us what our dessert option choice was. I will say the male waiter who made our cheese fondue was definitely great, but he was just covering our original server while he was on break, which felt like he went on 2 breaks while we were seated.

I think this restaurant is very romantic in ambiance, the food is quite decadent and delicious, but the service really ruined it for our party. I would never want to take a date here, it would be self-sabotaging the date,given that the experience is just ruined with the poor service we had and the bass dropping underneath our feet. Food was expensive, and just not worth the experience here. Could not even complain to the Manager, because even she unfortunately contributed to the negative experience. The Melting Pot is great food, good ambiance, but I would probably go to a different location for the cheese and chocolate dessert fondue portions, and maybe just once every 30 years which is my current rate...

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Fun, Authentic
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

This was our first time eating here, and it was a truly enjoyable experience! The food was very good, the ambiance was perfect, and our server, Melissa, was extremely pleasant and attentive.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for a Date, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation
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