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The Melting Pot

2 North B St, San Mateo, CA 94401
+1 (650) 342-6358
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Ranked #120 of 356 restaurants in San Mateo
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Price range: $40 - $60
Hours:
Sun 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Fri 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Fondue
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Good for: Romance
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 1st
Transit: San Mateo CalTrain Station.
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English first
Logan, Utah
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144 reviews 144 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Made a reservation for dessert. Note: If only doing the chocolate fondue you have to go before 5pm or after 10pm. We went with the latter with a reservation. Greeted at the door by a great hostess and she actually ended up being our server. Good service, good quality chocolate fondue. Plenty of free parking around the place at that... More

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Hillsborough, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This is not your normal pedestrian dinner place or plan. It is definitely a unique atmosphere and location. We went for a Mother's Day and Birthday so it was definitely an event atmosphere so it worked. I would not recommend if you want a quick dinner or have a full night planned. We brought children and it was tough for... More

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Tacoma, Washington
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Friday the 13th. 3 couples. waited 2 1/2 hours for main course to be served,. 2 couples left the restaurant due to other obligations that evening. didn't realize it was going to take that long to get dinner.dinner for the 1 coupled that stayed---small portions, lobster the size of a crawdad. awful, awful, awful food for the ginourmous price paid,... More

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Half Moon Bay, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Melting Pot is interesting dining experience but I would not rate it highly in terms of food quality or service and the passing trains can derail the whole experience. The pricing is very high considering you're cooking it yourself and you're choices are hindered by the size of your group. For example, we had a table for 10, thus had... More

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Windsor, CA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

It's an interesting place, with a unique layout to the tables to enhance the privacy for each group or booth. The bar seems well stocked and good ambiance. The food involves some minimal self-preparation, which adds conversation to a dinner date, family or friends meet-up. That being said, the end-result is pretty safe and subdued flavored food. The cocktails are... More

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Noida, India
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We went there to celebrate one of our frens birthday. I have to say it was a wonderful experience but little too expensive for what is served. Nevertheless it is a place to visit and experience once at least! We ordered delicious cheese fondue and the wonderful chocolate fondue for dessert. Service is top notch and so is the location!... More

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San Jose
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

In the 90s, the Melting Pot was one of my favorite restaurants when I lived in Oregon, and it was such a treat to drive from Eugene to Portland, and gorge on a wonderful meal that started with a cheese fondue of your choice, then a salad, followed by a meat/poultry/seafood plate of raw food that you cooked in oil... More

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San Jose
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

This was our second visit, so obviously our first visit was good enough to return. But, not this time. Perhaps, my critique includes minor issues, but when you spend good money, you tend to have high expectations. The expectations are even higher when they have a high quality competitor in Saratoga. We used the Living Social coupon, but it definitely... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

The hot pot on your table. It can have cheese for first course, broth for main course and chocolate for desert. It is an interesting place you can try if your are willing to spend $30-40/person.

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San Francisco, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

My wife has been wanting to try the Melting Pot for some time now. Never having fondue before I was apprehensive. Reservations were for early Thursday evening. We were seated quickly and seated in a small booth for 2 in a corner of the second floor. The booth was cozy and gave each table some privacy. Service was excellent and... More

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