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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (29)
Special Occasion (28)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
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Fun (25)
Romantic (23)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Comfort Food (8)
Cozy (8)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Authentic (7)
Business Meals (6)
Casual (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Healthy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent service. Waitress was very kind and accomodating

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Perfect, cheese and meat was 👍👍👍

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 3, 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 January 1, 2018

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 31, 2017

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

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·Dined on December 30, 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 28, 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 27, 2017

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

We have had better at this location

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·Dined on December 17, 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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·Dined on December 17, 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 17, 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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·Dined on December 16, 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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·Dined on December 16, 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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·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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·Dined on November 22, 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 18, 2017

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

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 17, 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 14, 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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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great anniversary dinner experience

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·Dined on November 13, 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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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We were there celebrating our anniversary and they placed us in a wonderful quiet table and covered it with rose petals and candles. It was beyond Lovely. And our server (and all the support team, too) was awesome. Fun, friendly personalities. We had an epic dinner. Couldn’t be happier.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great place if you want to get together. Love the cheese and chocolate fondue. Staff and manager were very friendly.

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Fun, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Very nice service, good food

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Great food and even better service. Highly recommended!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

I love this place! It's a bit expensive, so I can't go as often as I'd like, but the service has ALWAYS been top notch, and the food AWESOME!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The person who made our cheese did not make it how it is usually made and the cheese was watery and not very good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Had an amazing time. Was looking for a romantic setting to be alone as well as get great service & this was the perfect setting. Will be back & highly recommend this place.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 17, 2017

My grandson and I were celebrating his 18th birthday. Everything about our experience at the Melting Pot was wonderful! I wanted it to be special for him, and it certainly was! The food was delicious, and fun to cook at the table. I was impressed at the selection of non-alcoholic drinks that he could choose from to make the meal even more fun for him. Our service was excellent!
All in all, a fantastic evening!

Tags: Fun, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

It was our first and last time going to The Melting Pot! Not a lot on the menu that we typically eat, and some of the food was not good (the chicken breast was rubbery and didn't taste good). Even the cheese, as we only eat white cheese without the food coloring that makes the cheese yellow (not the fault of the restaurant though)! It was not explained which vegetables we would be receiving (we didn't eat one type of the vegetables, if the waitress would have told us before, what we would have received, we wouldn't want have ordered that certain vegetable (so it wouldn't have gone to waste) and we didn't like two of the type of bread that came with the cheese fondue! The bread was bottomless, but unless you kept buying the cheese fondue, all you would have is the bread (which is expensive for the amount of cheese you get)! We didn't even get to eat all of the vegetable and fruit that came with the cheese fondue, as the waitress took it before even asking us if we wanted to eat it, after we were done with the cheese! If you cooked the potatoes as long as the waitress said, it would have turned into potato soup! She gave us wrong cooking time with most of the stuff, you had to cook, it was either mushy or not cooked well enough. We had to figure out the timing ourselves to cook the food properly after we got another bowl of vegetables, after waiting about 25 minutes before the waitress showed up at our table again (it wasn't even busy when we were there)! It was too expensive for the amount of food that you receive and we didn't like the taste of most of the food! We don't mind paying more for our food, we just want the food to taste good! For the amount that we paid for our meal, we are going to spend that amount and buy our own fondue sets, and this way we get to choose what type of things we would like to dip into the cheese!

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

We had never been here before but we can’t wait to come back! Brooke was an AMAZING server! She was funny, nice, and extremely knowledgeable about the food and menu. She helped us have the best dining experience possible! Thanks Brooke and we can’t wait to come and sit with you again!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 9, 2017

The food and service was impeccable! :) went for my son's birthday.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Me and my wife love the melting pot but just make sure you have room in your wallet because it can be pricey if you really want to treat yourself.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Romantic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

The food was terrible and really expensive and the Whole restaurant smell like Clorox !!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Wow, the service at this place is truly excellent! Our server Nick was very attentive and helpful. He was super understanding and friendly (my sister and I had my toddler and infant with us). He had great recommendations, and he made sure we always had items to dip in our fondue and plenty of sauce for our entrees and water in our glasses. We had a Groupon, and he still paid us the same attention and courtesy as if we'd have come with no discount. He even continued to check on us after we'd already paid our bill).

We were there during happy hour and wanted to avail of the happy hour prices for chocolate fondue, which was not included on our Groupon. Technically, we were supposed to move to the bar or patio for the happy hour deal, but the lady who served us for happy hour was understanding of our situation (ie the two little kids - one of which had fallen asleep by the end of our entree course) and let us enjoy our chocolate fondue at our original table and even honored the happy hour price despite it being the end of happy hour by the time we were ready for dessert.

We will DEFINITELY be back! This was some of the best service I've ever experienced at any restaurant! Oh, also, the food was excellent!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 28, 2017

This place is spectacular! It is a must for anyone that hasn't experienced fondue. The food was absolutely delicious and the experience is a one of a kind! Forever a customer after my first visit!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 28, 2017

It was a week full of bad dining experiences and this one started off similar, however they did what the others failed. The redeemed themselves and actually made things right and at the end of the night made us satisfied.

Upon arrival we were seated in a section where the seats were broken. We requested to be moved to another area and again the seats were broken. This was ridiculous. We brought it up to the staff attention but the first lady provided with an excuse and not a resolution. Since we were having bad experiences in service i started my watch timer to see how long it would take for someone to check in and acknowledge us or take our beverage service. It almost took 10 min and we wanted to walk out but we were starving and my partner really wanted to try this restaurant.

Once our waitress checked in on us and we advised her of the situation she provided resolutions. The manager came by to fix the booth chairs and apologized for the situation.

Although the waitress was fairly new she carried herself as a veteran. She was very open, friendly, and professional and is a great addition to the staff. She apologized a few times because she didn't know certain specifics of the menu because she was learning them but the service she provided was great. Because of her customer service she turned everything around and had us leaving satisfied.

The food was also fabulous. It was a great experience, very filling and flavorful. The dipping sauces for the veggies and meat were to die for. The manager told us about a little trick they do in the kitchen and then offered us to try it and it was fabulous.

Overall i have to say i will be retuning to this location and look forward to another pleasant meal. Next time i hope that the experience is pleasant from start to finish.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Very fun night out with the girls for a birthday party. It was made even better by our wonderful waiter, Jonah. He made wonderful suggestions to help us order each course and gave a personal feel to the entire dining experience

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 25, 2017

We always enjoy our special occasions here at the melting pot! Tony was such a wonderful server, he made our anniversary extra special! :)

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We were celebrating our anniversary. Our server Jessika was absoltuely amazing. She went out of her way to make us have a memorable night. We had a wonderful night amd can't wait to go again.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy
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