The Melting Pot - La Jolla

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Fondue
The Melting Pot Restaurant offers the perfect setting for your dining experience. The Melting Pot's fondue style of dining features the finest four-course meals, fabulous wines, great cheeses, decadent chocolate and a relaxed atmosphere. Our convenient location, unique menu offerings, romantic decor and dedicated staff make dining at the Melting Pot a truly unforgettable experience... Located in the Aventine, across from the Hyatt-La Jolla, and very easy access from the 5 freeway!
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Ladies' Night Out

Gather your girlfriends for Ladies' Night Out at The Melting Pot! Happy Hour drink prices meet your choice of cheese, salad, and chocolate fondue for just $25 - all night long!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 22, 2019

Ends: May 23, 2118

Availability: Thu 4:00PM-9:00PM

Wine Down Wednesday

Enjoy any of our 4-course dinner options and receive any bottle of wine $50 or less at 50% off.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 22, 2019

Ends: May 23, 2118

Availability: Wed 4:00PM-9:00PM

Happy Hour

Happy Hour is 7 days a week! Enjoy 1/2 price food specials - brie plates, pure chocolate fondue, any cheese fondue, or any salad. Drink specials include $5 draft beers, $5 well drinks, and $7 selected happy hour wines. Weekdays from 4-6 and Sat-Sun 11:30am to 2pm. Seating is on a first-come, first serve basis in our bar, lounge, front and back patios.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 4, 2019

Ends: March 5, 2118

Availability: Sun 11:30AM-2:00PM
Mon-Fri 4:00PM-6:00PM
Sat 11:30AM-2:00PM

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dip In for a special night on Christmas Eve! All who dine with enjoy a fondue dinner plus specials on non-alcoholic beverages, wine, cocktails and more. We look forward to dipping with you.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

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LP
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday dinner with exceptional waitress!

JP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Our food was okay, prices are exorbitant
service was great
I won't be returning

JJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE MELTING POT WAS GREAT! OUR WAITER WAS PROMPT ON ALL OUR COURSES (DID THE "FOR TWO" OPTION) THE FOOD WAS GREAT. NOTHING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT. MY HUSBAND AND I ALWAYS ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE OF THE MELTING POT.

JM
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The Melting Pot menu has changed many times over the years, and not necessarily for the better. The “create your own” option is no longer available for the entree component. It appears the mushroom salad has also been removed. While the menu is shrinking, the price is increasing. The dining experience is no longer worth the price. During our particular visit the strawberries in the dessert fondue were overripe and mushy- this has never been the case in the past. I have dined at The Melting Pot (in various cities) approximately 15-25 times over the years, so I have a basis to compare.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Sat in bar area

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal!!!

TD
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We have been taking my son to The Melting Pot for his birthday for the last 8 years. Sometimes there are 4 of us. At other times, we have had over 12 there with us to celebrate. This most recent time, there were 5 of us: 2 adults and 3 teenage boys. Our reservation was at 7:15 on a Sunday. It was not crowded and we were seated immediately. However, it took a long time to get even water delivered to our table. Each of us ordered the 4-course experience with 3 choices of meat. When the cheese fondue arrived, we received 2 platters of various items to dip into the cheese. The amount of cheese in each of the fondue pots (we had 2 different styles), though, was barely enough to feed 3 of us, let alone 5, and I noticed the sparsity right away. In the countless times I have been to The Melting Pot, we rarely, if ever, finish all of the cheese. This time, it was gone quickly, with plenty of dipping items left . This tells me we did not receive the amount we should have for 5 people.
The rest of the dinner went well and our waiter was attentive to the allergy concerns we had for 2 of our guests. The dessert was excellent, as always. But, the most disappointing part of the night was the lack of acknowledgement of my son's birthday. I had let the hostess know about his birthday before we were seated and she made clear that she knew which boy was celebrating. However, the waiter never said a word and before we knew it, we had paid the bill and he disappeared. Like I said, we have celebrated MANY birthdays at The Melting Pot, my son's and others; we've always had birthdays recognized with some sort of dessert and candle so that we could sing.
The Melting Pot is not an inexpensive restaurant, running approximately $70/person. It's no secret that you are paying for the novelty of "fondue," not special food or a special chef. It is critical that the waiters pay attention to the details to make the experience worth the money.

SD
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Service is extremely slow. We sat for 30min before ordering food, after already waiting 30 minutes for our table. The server was very nice but every time he came to our table, it was to apologize because he had other tables with urgent requests, so we’d be waiting some more. And these weren’t quick waits...hence the 30minute wait to order our dinners. My fiancé and I saw that the melting pot advertises “a 2-2.5 hour fine dining experience” and I guess that’s what we got...we sat there for 2.5 hours and while I wouldn’t say it was good, it was certainly an experience!

SM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was a bit slow but food was really good. Prices went up a bit so it’s slowly getting out of the price range of a casual date

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Family dinner out

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience! Thank you!

B
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was the best! She was the most personable and happy we've had in a long time. She loved talking to our 2 year old and 1 year old boys and was very sweet. She even wrote us a nice poem on our receipt to congratulate us on our 4th wedding anniversary and 3rd baby on the way. The food was also great as usual. We love The Melting Pot!

AM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and enjoyable experience. Popular restaurant so highly recommend making reservation prior to visit.

b
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Melting Pot is always delicious. Tonight we had excellent service from check in to check out.
We took advantage of the SD Restaurant Week menu, and it was perfect. The choices were good and the servings were just right.

H
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I love the place, the food and everyone. I have never ever for the past 10-12 years had a bad experience. It’s is so rare to see this with any restaurant these days.

OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food5service3ambience4

Everything was fine. I had requested a private booth. I could be wrong but they should be upstairs, either way, the hostess but us in the middle isle. Which isn’t conducive to a romantic date.

T
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal and service.

SS
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chose The Melting Pot for our Date night. We are new to the relationship but the ambiance was perfect, we opted for rose pedals on the table. Our server Leah was so expressive and attentive, the establishment is truly lucky to have her advocating for them. She made our experience that much better. We like the locating of the table but would have preferred to have the fondue burner in the center of the table vices the corner, it made cooking a little hard as we had to reach pretty far to cook our items. Overall, the experience was incredible, prices were reasonable, and the establishment is everything you would want it to be. Highly recommend!

S
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

This food is always good, and it’s always a fun experience it was my daughters birthday and the service was absolutely horrible! The waitress forgot the children’s chicken, we had to ask her twice and we were halfway done with our dinner (my kids eating half of mine because they didn’t have their food). She forgot to tune off the heat and the sauce burned (another waiter came over because it was smoking so badly and stunk so badly and turned it off). We had to ask her multiple times for replacement stuff (!bring the Panko breadcrumbs but not the mixture to put them on!!!). With two small kids we waited FOREVER FOR THE CHECK. This is a long dinner and with two young children a waitress needs to notice its time to go. But then she forgot their meal and were starving so she was completely oblivious.

KO
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love coming here. It’s fun for a special occasion but also for a simple night out with friends. Their cooking class is also very fun.

SS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good! Next time I will skip entree. The cheese, salad and chocolate were awesome.

M
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Had reservations for a birthday dinner for my boyfriend. This was our first time at this restaurant. We've heard great things! Our reservation was set for 8:30 pm. However we were running a tad late. I called around 8:15 letting the hostess know we are running about 15 minutes late. She said it was not a problem. Finally arrived to the restaurant at 8:45 pm after trying to figure out the parking situation. Greeted by the host who said we would be sat shortly. The restaurant didn't seem too busy at the time so we thought it would be fairly quick. We sat in the front for about 15 minutes. They finally called us up to be seated. After we were sat we waiting around 5-7 minutes for the server to come to our table ( which is not bad) after the server greeted us we let them know that we had a group-on and wanted to know how ordering worked since we have never been to The Melting Pot before. The server explained to us how to order each entree and then asked if we would like anything to drink while reviewing the menu. My partner and I both asked for a glass or water. After about 12 minutes after we asked for our beverages we were fed up with the service. It wouldn't have been such a big fuss if we would have been told there is a bit of a wait . We decided to leave and go to a different restaurant for the birthday celebration. As it being our first time our first impression was not very good. Of course we are going to try the restaurant again since we have a group-on we already purchased. Maybe we'll try going during the week when its not as busy so we can get better service. Fingers crossed next time is better! Food smelt great when we walked in.

M
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

There were little gnats buzzing around our table throughout the meal. This was mildly annoying and the server said it was a problem. The food was luxurious and it would have been perfect if the server, Riner, had been more attentive. I had to ask twice for my beer and my niece asked for her dressing on the side and we didn’t get that. He was preoccupied. The other server, Chase, picked up the slack.

MF
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was definitely very personable and attentive. The food was absolutely amazing I will be back next year

CI
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I would recomend but I don't think is a good value for the price, we choose a la Carter and my husband and I ordered 4 portion of cheese and two portion of chocolate and It wasn't enough food for us was okk. The chocolate fondue was so liquid that didn't get in the fruits.

WK
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a pleasant evening at one of my favorite restaurants. We had 2 different kinds of cheese and chocolate. We decided to skip the salad and the meat this time as the cheese and chocolate are our favorites!! This strategy worked out perfectly!! (It’s usually so much food that I am full by the main course, so I don’t enjoy it or the chocolate). Next time I may do the chocolate first then the cheese!!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

So disgusting and foul. So unhygienic beyond disbelief.

ET
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing as always. Server was a bit slow and didn’t remember to refill drinks. We’ve always loved the melting pot. Since the ones in Orange County closed, we drove quite a distance to get there. Bought a case of the garlic wine seasoning. All time favorite!

b
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was abysmal. The server hardly checked on us, took my glass to refill it and never returned, and sent the wine base for the cheese course when we requested broth. We had to stop the person who came to make the cheese fondue from pouring in the wine. Then when we ordered the chocolate fondue, did not inform us there was rum used in the flaming turtle, just poured it in. If people ask for no alcohol for one part, wouldn't it be reasonable to consider they might not want it for another course?

In addition, the duck was disgusting. I ate one bite and when the server finally came back and I said I didn't like it he didn't say anything and just took the food and walked away. It was inedible. Chewy as rubber, and no flavor.

I have been to various melting pots many times, but my experience at the La Jolla one left such a poor impression on me it may keep me from returning to even the one in Irvine where I normally go!

SC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It took about 20 minutes before we had to go ask someone to find our waitress. She was forgetful but really nice. The food was fabulous!

LH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food was not great and very overpriced. Service was OK but our primary service is absent a lot so we had to rely on others as they walked by.

KW
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always recommend going here to all my friends when they ask if I know of a great place to eat. It’s a perfect date night place to go. Quiet enough to talk easily to the one you bring with you, but not so quiet that the rest of the restaurant can hear what you are talking about. Love the food but wish it was a bit cheaper. Usually takes my wife and me three hours to eat the four course meal they have. It’s also great for a quick pop in and have drinks and cheese with friends.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

TM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Birthday Party

TT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This was our first visit to the Melting Pot and we enjoyed it very much. We used a discount voucher for our lunch and added on some cheese fondue and drinks. It is not an inexpensive proposition, but great for a special occasion, as it is a long, slow meal process. Our lunch lasted about 2.5 hours, which we enjoyed very much. The food was tasty, the attention to allergens was appreciated, and service was excellent too.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere & service for a Birthday

CQ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We picked the melting pot for our anniversary dinner celebration and it did not disappoint. So delicious.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I personally wasn’t impressed with the “Best of La Jolla” option

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service from Hannah was AMAZING. This was the first time we’ve dined here and Hannah made it the best possible experience with spot on recommendations for us to enjoy.

JB
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Our experiences here are usually fantastic. This one seemed subpar. Food was great, and we had a blast just being there, but the service was lacking. Our waitress hardly ever visited us to check on things. We got better attention from the other people on the floor than her. If we were taking everyone's help into account the overall service was great, but thats not how things work. When they say "I'll be your server this evening" then you expect that person to check on you more than 3-4 times during a 2+ dinner.

The back door was left open, which allowed gnats to come in and pester us. I understand there are people who like eating outside but their enjoyment comes at the sacrifice of our own as we are swatting bugs away. The manager was cool about it and came and talked with us. He offered to move us but realistically the gnats have the same access to us from any table we went to, so we declined understanding that its just the way it is.

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