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The Melting Pot

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Fondue
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2 North B St, San Mateo, CA 94401 (1st)
San Mateo CalTrain Station.
+1 (650) 342-6358
Today
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance

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Visitor rating
  • 7
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Unique Spot, Good for Right Occasion but be ready for Wait!

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2014
Christopher D
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Hillsborough, California
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
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36 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Bay Area
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We used a coupon to try this restaurant and felt that it was overpriced, even with the coupon. The portions were rather small and the sauces that we were given in which to dip the meat, chicken and fish were bland. I can't imagine returning here again.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Dinner with a co-worker last night. We had a very relaxing tasteful dinner. Make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy the food. Don't rush your meal here. ;)

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I did not particularly care for this evening out. We got a groupon for this place and decided to try it out. Our server was very sweet and I could tell she was fairly new. As she spilled the cheese all over the floor and got our drinks incorrect. However, the service was incredibly SLOOOOOOOWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We were only a party... More 

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Santa Clara, California
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We were there to celebrate my husband's birthday on a week night. The lower section was kind of full and they offered us a seat there, but we didnt want to sit in the busy area plus didnt want to risk my toddler running off to the Caltrain platform. We asked for seating upstairs and even though upstairs was empty... More 

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Petaluma, California
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Great experience. We had reservations and arrived a little early, but were seated as soon as we got there. Our waitress came over right away and asked if we wanted to order drinks - which we did. She went over the menu with us, and told us how everything went. We placed our order, and the salads were brought within... More 

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Sunnyvale, California, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Made a reservation for dinner through groupon. We went there to celebrate my husbands bday. Our waiter, Krystyna, was also really great, she was very thorough in explaining the menu and the flavors of all the dishes to help us choose what to order. Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue, spinach, with chopped sourdough bread, broccoli, cauliflower, and green apples Ordered Caesar... More 

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
186 reviews 186 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2 North B St, San Mateo, CA 94401
    (1st)
  • Public Transportation: San Mateo CalTrain Station.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 (650) 342-6358

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40 - 60
  • Cuisine: Fondue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance
Open Hours
Sunday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
3:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?