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The Melting Pot

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8980 University Center Ln, San Diego, CA 92122-1085 (La Jolla Village Dr.)
+1 858-638-1700
17:00 - 22:00
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All hours
Sun 16:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri 17:00 - 23:00
Sat 16:00 - 23:00
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Victoria, Canada
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60 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The menu was a little difficult to understand at first but Thomas, our server and I think one of the managers took some time to explain how it worked. We weren't really wanting a big meal. You can order a 4 course meal which includes dessert but we really wanted to sample the fondues. We picked one that Thomas recommended.... More 

Thank BudgetTraveler010
Carlsbad, CA
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359 reviews
273 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice bar area where you can sit either inside or outside. Great selections of wine by the glass and some very special hand made cocktails. The Fondue comes in many versions using cheese of different kinds or oils also of different types. Cooking at the bar is a lot of fun for both appetizers, main course and of course dessert.... More 

Thank John R
Encinitas, California
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

First off, let me say that this is not a fast casual experience. Dining at The Melting Pot is a three-hour experience, and well worth every minute!

Thank LynneKarle
Murrieta, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Overall the melting pot is a grand and wonderful experience. Fondue is delicious but yet extravagant to eat! With the huge assortment of dipped delights, the melting pot has something to offer for everyone. We just ate dessert and where blown away! I can't wait to return one day to do the four course meal.

Thank Sircadence
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

Whenever we are near La Jolla, we make it a point to eat here! We love it, the food, staff, overall experience are all great!

Thank caligirl424
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

We were staying in the Hyatt right across the street and decided to try it. My husband, kids (11 & 14), and I absolutely loved it. Our waitress, Leah, was the best. Food was great. We were there for almost 3 hours, just eating, relaxing, and enjoying. Highly recommended for a fun family night out. It is pricey, but worth... More 

Thank Tracey G
Ramat Gan, Israel
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

We were looking for a light dinner and happened to walk in to the melting pot. The hostess was very nice - but that's it. Out waiter was very pushy towards ordering more and more food, we were very clear that we only want a salad and cheese pot. He kept insisting to offer more. The cesar salad was redicoulously... More 

Thank Shira G
San Diego, California
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115 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

We stopped in at the Melting Pot after a play at La Jolla Playhouse. There were three of us and we ordered a variety of items to share for each course. Everything was outstanding. Our server was Nick who was warm, friendly and full of excellent suggestions. The melting Pot will definitely be on our "must stop list" after plays.

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291 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

My family ate here on a Friday for dinner, mainly because it was located next to the Hyatt hotel where we were staying. The restaurant was very clean, modern, and comfortable. It's a unique experience eating here, as you basically cook your own food at the table. The cheese fondue and chocolate dessert fondue were good, but the entree we... More 

Thank cohoman
Fair Oaks, California
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228 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

Our teenagers really enjoyed this restaurant. However, the smell from the oils was quite overpowering at times. We hated the cheese fondue it had a really nasty after taste. We had the cheddar with no add ons. The entrees were good and the kids loved the chocolate fondue. We had snickers and dark chocolate with sea salt. They were thrilled... More 

Thank Susanlynn53

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
French, American
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8980 University Center Ln, San Diego, CA 92122-1085
    (La Jolla Village Dr.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 858-638-1700

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?