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About The Melting Pot - La Jolla

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! Check out what the media is saying about us (http://www.sandiegometro.com/2006/may/dining.php)

8980 University Center Lane
San Diego, CA 92122
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Fondue, French, European

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 2pm

***Happy Hour in the Bar and Front Patio:
7 Days a Week 4:00-6:00
Saturday & Sunday 11:30am-2pm

Happy Hour Menu: Brie plate, pure chocolate fondue, cheese fondue, any salad, on tap or bottled beer, well drinks and happy hour wines.

We are Closed on the Following Holidays:

Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
Independence day
Superbowl Sunday

Cross Street:
La Jolla Village Dr.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 638-1700

Website:
http://www.meltingpot.com/san-diego-la-jolla-ca/

Parking Details:
Valet parking available for $8. Hyatt Parking Garage across the courtyard is complimentary for 3 hours with validation. Street parking also available.

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Service Appreciation Monday - we thank all of our service men and women with 20% off dinner on Monday nights!

Ladies Night Thursdays - Ladies receive happy hour drink prices all night long PLUS enjoy cheese fondue, salad, & chocolate fondue for $20 per person

Kids Eat Free Saturdays & Sundays - From 4 to 6pm, one child 12 & under eats free per paid adult. See store for details or restrictions.

The Melting Pot - La Jolla Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (36)
Good for a Date (32)
Romantic (30)
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Fun (27)
Special Occasion (27)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Cozy (12)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Authentic (10)
Comfort Food (8)
Business Meals (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Casual (6)
Healthy (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

It was my first time there and i loved it, food was great are waiter was the best.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Seasonal, Fun, Kid-friendly, Great Beer, Romantic, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great! Quick service! Loved every second we were there.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Everything was great.
It took a while to get to our table even though we had reservation, but it was ok.
Tony was really helpful and friendly and gave great suggestions for the food.
Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Great evening - enjoyed Ladies Night menu offer. Outstanding and friendly waiter- Tony.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Super nice and competent server, Janet, and the staff was very pleasant. The only complaint is that I was told this chain was an upscale place to bring someone for a special birthday. When I got there the place was clean but rather run down. There are nicks all over the wood, it needed paint on the bathroom doors as they are all chipped and the toilet seats were stained and worn out. Also, our booth's fabric was torn and the booth bench did not reach all the way to the wall. There was a gap between the wall and booth which my guest almost fell into while sliding over to make room for others in our party. Pretty bad impression. Did not care for the entree, but the bread and cheese appetizer and the chocolate fondue dessert was a lot of fun to eat and tasted good. I'd go back for those but only super casually - not for anything special.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The reservation we made through Open Table was virtually ignored. We had to wait 45 minutes past our appointed time to be seated. Service was a little slow. Inefficient. I summoned the Manager to express our disappointment, but he said there was nothing he can do. Probably won’t return. Food was pretty good.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 2, 2018

My wife’s birthday dinner. Josh was our server. He did an outstanding job and the food was great. He brought us what we asked for and kept it coming. I had chocolate dipped strawberries too for my wife. It’s $30 extra for the strawberries. Overall a great restaurant and fun to play with your food while you eat. Only bad part was one woman sitting a few booths away kept talking on her phone sort of loud but the rest of the restaurant was quiet as we went early at 4:30pm to beat the crowd. Very nice for special occasions. We will be back.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Everything was delicious and the service was terrific! So fun to come here!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We loved the service overall and we enjoyed our server Jonah very professional he has excellent attencion and service skills. It was a just because date/outing with my sister whom works 12 to 16 our shifts. I wanted to treat her to something good with extra special attention and we both were extremely satisfied with my Melt Pot dinner choice.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2018

After the salads, waited more than 30 minutes, no food no waiter. Ready to get up and walk out, but wife chickened out so had to flag another wait staff to get our food. Nothing spectacular foodwise, first plate of filet mignon and marinated beef were tender, not so for the second plate. Very disappointed.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We have been here before, so knew what to expect and what we wanted to order.
Only complaint that I have is that the service was uneven, We had the 4 course dinner. Took a long time to have our order taken. We finished first course 1 hour after our sit down time. Next two courses came in reasonable time, but dessert course took extra long. Entire dinner took 3 hours and we were not not slowing by extra long conversation

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We used to go to the Pasadena CA location before they closed. There food quality was great and we received a good amount of food to cook. In the past few years it seems they have reduced the quantity of food you receive and have lowered the quality of the meats. We followed their instructions on how long to cook each meat by timing it on our phones while cooking. Everything came out dry and tasted bland. They give you about 10 different dipping sauces which we ended up dunking our food into just to somewhat enjoy the meal. We ordered the Classic meat and the Surf & Turf. There prices are high, and you definitely do not get what you pay for. The La Jolla location was a big disappointment.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We were seated 20 minutes after our reservation time, only to walk past several open tables. After being seated it took another 15 minutes to get drinks, and this trend continued. After 2 hours of dining, we had just finished our salads (course 2 of 4). We asked the waitress to cancel the remaining courses and left.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was amazing! Service was excellent!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2018

For what you pay, the portions weren’t really worth it. The waitress was very attentive when it was only a few people, and then we were forgotten about. It was annoying to constantly have the hostesses walking by us every few minutes, to check if we were almost done. It was hot where we sat as well.

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Our waiter Jonah was the best! Entertaining, friendly, and on top of it all. And we appreciated not being rushed at all even though they where closing.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 15, 2018

We have been coming here for years, the atmosphere, food, and staff are always amazing.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We had 6:30 reservation and arrived at 6:25. They were not able to seat us till 7:10pm

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent service. Waitress was very kind and accomodating

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Perfect, cheese and meat was 👍👍👍

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great fondue experience - we have done both dinner and dessert now and really like both. Only comment on the sweets selection is the "portions" or sauces are quite small for what they charge but really like the fact that you can have unlimited dipping selections so we opted for more fruit as the Marshmallows are bit much to dip into the sweet sauces.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very sad about our New Year's Eve experience. I would normally chalk it up to being New Year's Eve but when your waitress proactively covers your drink bill due to the terrible service and encourages us to write an honest review so the "owners" can see how bad it was, there isn't much else I can say. We had a 7:30 dinner reservation. Upon arrival, we were told we would be notified when our table was ready, no estimated time, no offer of wait in bar...Once at our table about 20-25 mins later, it took another 15 minutes for a server to come by to ask if we had been greeted and said she would take the table...Clearly, we were not in her section and she picked us up. It was freezing in the restaurant - my daughter and I huddled together with my husband's suit coat over our laps for the entire 3 hour meal - yes 3 hours it took from reservation time to when we left. We would have left sooner but since it was a price fixed menu we had paid for our deserts and we figured we had been there that long....It took 2 hours to get to our main course, again a fixed menu choice. The best part was the bright shining light that hit my husband's face like he was being interrogated at the police station. Not only was the light there the entire time but for at least 1/2 hour the light brightness increased and took 2 times to request it be dimmed. I have dined at the Melting Pot before and specifically sought out this place for our send off of 2017. I will be hard pressed to want to dine at Melting Pot - La Jolla again....

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Fantastic! We come to the melting pot 5-6 times a year, and all was excellent as usual.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This was our first time here and it was a great experience. The food was good and the service was great.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

First time patron. Very good service and a fun experience! I recommend the 4-flight wine pairing to go with each course. It seems like small portions but it fills you up... come hungry - you totally want to have room for dessert! A bit pricey and takes some time (about 2.5hrs) but totally worth it for a special occasion or group outing to share the fun times together.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Crammed onto a main floor - upper floor has better seating areas

We have had better at this location

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Mixed feelings about this place lol we had an eventful first time. Long-ish wait but we let that slide. 2 of us ordered wine and the server got the wrong wine, wrong size. Then we got brought the wrong chocolate . Then when the new chocolate came out it had a hair but we were so shocked we didn’t say anything after we had already taken everything back. I want to come back though because even though our actual waiter made tons of mistakes, the other waiter Micah made up for it. Coming back for cheese next time (:

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

It was delicious, but not an appropriate place to take kids. It's really annoying when I pay a babysitter to watch my kids, so I can have a romantic night out with my husband, and they sit a screaming 3yr old right behind us. Please, if most of the plates cost $50+, take that as a sign to get a baby sitter.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The server was kind and helpful, but wasn’t around to ask if I wanted a refill on my drink. The food was delicious and plentiful. Overall a great experience.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 15, 2017

If you have never been to The Melting Pot, then you have to at least once. Especially if you like playing with your food. I would describe the quality of the food and the portion to price ratio to be mediocre and dissapointing. The booth seating in this restaurant is very cheap. I could feel the people behind me puncturing their elbows into the back of my seat. I would reccomend this restaurant purely for the experience and not for the food itself. Also, you might as well save your $100+ and take your date out to In N Out and a concert instead. Rock on!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Not too fancy not too casual. Can be quiet or quite noisy depending on the crowd! Ambiance and service were good, but not great like my previous two visits which was slightly disappointing. Meal for two was around 130 (excluding tip)- worth it for the experience ( date had never been to a fondue restaurant). Value could be a bit better but overall very nice

Tags: Business Meals, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was great, service was a little slow, and there were only 3 couples there.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great food, but tables are high and seats are low to where you have to almost stand up to see what you are making in the fondue pot. Friendly and attentive service. Would recommend for a casual and fun date night.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

My fiance and I ate here for our 5th anniversary and it was amazing. I would recomend this restraunt to others. It was very romantic dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We came here for my husband’s birthday for lunch and it was a fun experience. There were four of us and plenty of food to share two four course entrees with an extra dessert side. Everyone had a great time and our server Courtney was really attentive and knowledgeable. The only thing that detracted from our lunch was the temperature of the room. It was freezing to the point that jackets were not enough. I highly recommend you come prepared. Maybe during dinner time when there are lots of pots going it is nice but for lunch it was too cold.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 17, 2017

One of the best places to take a date or celebrate an anniversary.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The Melting Pot did not disappoint. This time we experienced Endless Fondue - it was a great chance to sample some of the meats I hadn't before. I found I loved the chicken and shrimp as well as the steaks. Our waitress did a superb job of keeping our iced teas full and our sauces and meats refilled s needed. The meal was perfectly paced and very tasty! A wonderful birthday evening (the chocolate covered strawberries for the special day were certainly a tasty treat!)

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Should really be ashamed. Rates top 3 in my worst dining experiences ever. If it wasn't for my wonderful g/f I would have walked out before we were even sat. Checked in for reservation 10 mins early as we were the only ones in the lobby I thought to get a drink. Bartender greeted us and then it was downhill from there. While she was too busy cleaning the bar to stop and hand us a cocktail menu she continued cleaning and then went out to the patio to check on her tables, when she returned to the bar instead of asking us if we wanted a cocktail, asked one of the servers if they were busy? Indicating that she kept getting sat. Since we were ignored for 10 mins we went back to the lobby and waited. Waiting became the theme of the evening. Our server was missing in action most of the night, waters were empty on more than one occasion for over 10 mins, I asked for a wine list and the server never asked me if I wanted a glass of wine upon return. Each course had a minimum 30 minute delay which wasn't a problem because I had great company, but our dinner turned into a 3 hour long saga that never seemed to end. Anytime she was at our table did her best to pick up the pieces of the horrific server. Granted I observed the server when we sat down she had 3 tables at the time. Singing the names of items as you deliver them was not something that was desired for our experience. I will say the saving grace was Hannah (curly hair w/ glasses) she saved our experience from being completely horrible making sure to facilitate our needs with a smile and professionalism. 3hours not even a manager or supervisor was visible during the experience to complain to or I would have asked them to move us since the picture on the wall next to us was covered with splatter from previous guests and fruit flys that decided to join us for dinner. I will say that there are many more challenges I could have written here if given the room. nearly $200...and for what?

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great anniversary dinner experience

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We love to go here. Tony is the best and most friendly waiter. We request him every time. Food is great and love the ambiance!

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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