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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

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88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (36)
Special Occasion (34)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
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Fun (24)
Romantic (24)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Cozy (17)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Casual (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Good for Groups (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Healthy (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Business Meals (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Authentic (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Tapas (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Good food in a fun environment. Good for Gluten intolerant diners.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 2018

While the food was high quality and flavored well the value for the money has deteriorated considerably over the years. For a family of 4 with two teenagers girls the total bill was over $300 (drinks were two $5 drinks for the girls and one bottle of $36 wine) and the total quantity for the four course meals was in the light meal range. Good food, great ambience and exceptional service.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Fun, fantastic service with Jolene & De. Great for Social eats. Love the progressive courses. Yum! And yummy sangria

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Went for pre Hamilton dinner and it was great. The staff was very courteous and conscious of the time constraint we were facing
Would and HAVE recommend to ALL

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our first time there and we loved it! Will definitely be back!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We had a great time at The Melting Pot for an evening dinner. Service was outstanding and the food was delicious as always.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great service and fabulous atmosphere!

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Delicious food and great environment! We ordered the Land and Sea which I highly recommend, we also ordered a meat plate which we never saw (probably my only complaint) Overall My boyfriend and I enjoyed the aspect of fun that went along with our food.

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

La comida excelente sin embargo un pésimo servicio

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

As always, Awesome time..every time! We will be back!

Tags: Live Music
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

First post of 2018: Thank you for giving us such a warm welcome and excellent food. The waitress did pretty awesome job and she had a smile the whole evening. We love everything on the menu from the starter to the dessert. Dark Chocolate fondue and a complementary Champagne paring were definitely kicking off our 2018

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Awkward booth, could not even reach the pot. Brought my own red wine and all they had was little white wine glasses. Had to polish it myself at the table. Overpriced for when you’re cooking it yourself ... just disappointed.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Upon arrival no one greeted us unless I spoke to the staff first, the servers seemed to forget about us for about 45 minutes while our assigned server was on a mandatory break. I understand everyone needs breaks, but I’ve also worked in the food service industry. At the very least she should have introduced us to the server who was covering/taking over for her. The food was good, but not anywhere near a $70 per person value. I would say $20 at most considering we cook it ourselves. I left disappointed and not wanting to return. For the price and hype this place gets I expected nothing less of outstanding service and a delicious meal, not even close to what we actually got.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

New year family dinner

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I called because we were going to be arriving an hour ahead of time but it wasnt an issue they had my table set wt candles nd rose pedals

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent value service and experience!! I highly recommend!!

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Normally I love The Melting Pot, perhaps it was just the Gaslamp Quarter that was lacking. However, service was immensely slower than normal. You have to expect a minimum of 2 hours with a 4 course meal--- but 3.5 hours is just bad service. The server was slow and kept forgetting to give us stuff and then just drop it off without saying a word. Then he would involve himself in our conversations making us feel awkward (we didn't send a signal to invite him into the conversation). The manager knew the service was terrible, came over once in the beginning but never returned to ensure our satisfaction.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Less than perfect. Spendy for fondue (Cheese and Veg Broth).

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Our reservation was for 5:15pm and show at 7pm. We had to wait >5 min to be seated, with nobody else waiting, and drinks were not served until 5:45pm. The server did ask if we had show tickets, but then he stated that the 4 course meal would take approx. 90 min. We asked to speed it up a bit by ordering salads along with the cheese course. That was accommodated, but the service was still slow. We rushed through the entrees and had to take a rain check for the most anticipated chocolate dessert course. Although the food is delicious, this is not a restaurant to go to for a quick meal. We barely made our show time, but also have to go back to complete the meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Ok food. Not worth the money. Service was good.

This brand probably has a very low repeat customer rate. The experience is cool, but you leave feeling unimpressed with the food for the buck, and all members of your party saying the same thing: “yeah I’m glad we tried it, but I have no desire to eat there again.”

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

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 on December 10, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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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