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The Melting Pot

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8980 University Center Lane, San Diego, CA 92122 (La Jolla Village Dr.)
+1 858-638-1700
16:00 - 22:00
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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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San Diego, California
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There were a couple fondue places back in Dallas we used to frequent, but never actually made it to the Melting Pot. Stopped by the University City location last night for restaurant week. Very enjoyable evening with my wife, a very attentive wait staff, and a tasty meal. The wine based cheese fondue was ok, but we decided we like... More 

Thank David W
Clover, South Carolina
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We celebrated Christmas eve at the Melting Pot. The food was great and the service was wonderful. We enjoyed the 4 course meal.

Thank LaVada B
Victoria, Canada
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65 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

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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396 reviews
299 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

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 3 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 2 helpful votes
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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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 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
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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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128 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
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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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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
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, 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 Lane, San Diego, CA 92122
    (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?