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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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

HAPPY FONDUE YEAR! Ring in the new, with fun and fondue! Indulge in an exclusive five-course menu that includes a glass of champagne only for this special evening. Our regular menu will not be available. Starting at $65.95-$79.95

The Melting Pot - Gaslamp Quarter Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

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Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (41)
Special Occasion (41)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
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Fun (31)
Romantic (30)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Cozy (17)
Worth the Drive (15)
Casual (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Comfort Food (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Healthy (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Business Meals (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Authentic (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tapas (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

This was my second time coming to The Melting Pot and both times I've had the best experience. The employees are friendly and welcoming, the food is great and they have vegetarian options. Just note, this is not a quick bite location. This is a dining experience that will last about two hours so make sure to make a reservation ahead of time.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 3 days ago

We went for my daughter’s birthday. It was my first visit. It was so loud in there I could hardly hear the server. I was also freezing the entire time. Cold air seemed to be blowing right at me.
The food was good. It was fun for my daughter.
I find the cost to be too high and was irritated seeing a note on the menu that 3% surcharge is added to the check to compensate for the increase to minimum wage. I don’t like a surprise being told how I spend my money beyond the cost of food.
The server was nice and knowledgeable.
With valet, which was necessary at the Gaslamp location, the total cost was about $300 for 4 people. There was no alcohol on the bill, strictly food and 4 soft drinks. Add parking and gratuity to that.
I probably won’t go again, but it was a fun one time experience. Not worth the money to me.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent location in the heart of downtown. Fun atmosphere, excellent date night location.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

It was very sweet of the lady to bring us a plate that said happy 2nd anniversary! Thank you very much. Amazing food

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

One of the best restaurant experiences in my life.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The Melting Pot is a dining experience. Plan on having a full four course meal if you want the real thing, and it will take hours. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Ask for Jay, he is very helpful and patient for a new comer.

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Well, when restaurants start cutting portion sizes and adding a 3% surcharge to my bill to pay for their wages is the day I quit going to these restaurants. Really saddens me. I really liked the Melting Pot!! Won’t be seeing me again !! I am a business owner in California as well. I can’t charge an extra 3% to my invoice!! Pay for your own employees!! Don’t be so greedy!!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food, ambiance and service was outstanding. But as the night progressed the club music playing downstairs was kind of annoying. Other than that it's a great place to eat.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 1, 2017

As usual my experience at this Melting Pot location was superb. Manager Dee is great at ensuring everyone’s experience is amazing. Our server Sasha is one the best. I have celebrated birthdays, Valentines Day, and Ladie’s Night at this location.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Lovely! Lonny is amazing!

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

My boyfriend and I ate here for our anniversary. We got one of the four course meals and everything was delicious. Our server was very informative and helpful and tried her best to make the evening special for us. We got the spinach artichoke cheese fondue and the mojo sauce for our meats and all the flavors were so good. They gave us some chocolate strawberries on a plate that said happy anniversary too. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was delicious, but used to the prices of fondues in Europe, we found it a bit too expensive.

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

One word....Unreal. We loved every bit of it, we even stayed for dessert which we never do! We had The al la carte menu where you pick three proteins and so my husband picked three and I picked three and we shared. We shared a salad to start they are small but it was perfect because it is a lot of food including dessert. The pork and filet and sausage were delicious, the shrimp was so juicy and the duck as well. It was really interactive and fun and we love fondue at home so it was nice. They give you about 6 sauces which were all delicious. My husband had the melting pot mules and we loved the glass it came in so we bought two red ones for Christmas as they were only $8.99 if you bought the drink (without is $19.99), so you basically get a free drink and a glass. We each got a dessert and we could have just shared one portion as we couldn't eat it all. It was an amazing experience. The one and only thing I have to say to improve is to get more then one cooker as the table has to agree on the cooking oil flavour and the dessert because there is only one fondue pot per table. We would go back in a heartbeat.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Food was amazing and the deserts even better. The only bad thing I have to say is... I left hungry

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Fun
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Celebrated our same birthday date night

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Never has fondue out for dinner before loved the experience. Server has top shelf and helpful.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Hot Spot, Casual
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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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