The Melting Pot of San Mateo

1 Transit Center Way
San Mateo, CA 94401
Phone: (650) 342-6358
Cuisine: Fondue, American
Price: $$$$
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  • Hours
    Monday| 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Tuesday| 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Wednesday| 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Thursday| 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Friday| 4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
    Saturday| 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Sunday| 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Meal Times Served Dinner
  • Parking Availability Parking on Site
  • Atmosphere Romantic, Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Family / Children, Special Events
  • Amenities TV, Private Party Room, Wi-fi
  • Special Needs Non Smoking Area, Booster/High Chairs, Wheelchair Access, Child Menu, BYOB
  • Bar Full Bar, Beer, Wines, Micro Brews
  • Banquet Facilities 20 - 50 People, 50 - 100 People
  • Reservation Information Not Required
  • Attire Casual
  • Payment Methods Amex Mastercard Visa


Fondue is a fun and interactive dining experience - and for more than three decades, The Melting Pot has defined the niche across the American dining scene. The first Melting Pot opened in April of 1975 in Maitland, Fla. - just outside of Orlando. It was a cozy, quaint location and its first menu consisted of just three items: Swiss cheese fondue, beef fondue and a chocolate fondue dessert. However, as the restaurant's popularity expanded, so did its menu and ambiance. Mark Johnston, who was working his way through college as a waiter at The Melting Pot, noticed the popularity boost and - with the help of his brothers Mike and Bob - scraped together funding to open The Melting Pot of Tallahassee in 1979 (with the blessing of the original owners in Maitland... of course). The Tallahassee location grew enormously popular, and within one year its success paved the way for future franchise expansion. In 1980, the Johnston brothers decided to branch out and opened their second location in Tampa. As their business grew, the brothers began to consider franchising even more stores in order to expand. Then in 1985 Mark, Mike and Bob Johnston purchased all rights to The Melting Pot brand and established The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc. - the new franchise company. After a year of research and reorganization, The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc. began its franchise offering. From the start, the Johnstons were diligent in their search for energetic entrepreneurs who were as excited as they were about the concept and its potential. And their commitment to building a close-knit fondue family proved successful. Today, with more than 120 locations across 34 states and with more than 45 locations under development, The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc. is the country's premier fondue restaurant franchise.

The Melting Pot of San Mateo is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 97.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I made a reservation for 5 and upon our arrival they tried to seat us at a table for 4 in a very small cramped room that had a large party with small children running around. We had to ask them to move us at which point they seated us on the second level which was probably a mistake as it seemed most of the night we were forgotten. We had to ask several times for refills on our beverages to various individuals who happened to walk by our table. The transition between the courses took a tremendous amount of time!! We would finish one course and sat and waited over 30 minutes until the next would be brought out. When our dessert was to be served we waited for 40 minutes, we stopped several waiters and asked what was going on and all said they would look into it but to never return. We finally asked for the check and was ready to forego the dessert as after being there for 3.5 hours with poor service we wanted to leave. They finally brought the dessert but our frustration did not allow us to fully enjoy it or the entire evening. Poor service on everyone's part!!
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from We arrived by 8pm and were not seated until 824pm. Others who came through were seated automatically
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Silver ware was dirty, the manager said he expected it because the soaking solution didn't arrive on time. Food was old hard sat in a ice box to long
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Terrible service. Our waiter was also the bartender, so his attention to our table fell very short. Never gave kids a drink until the 3rd time he came by and I had to ask again. Courses seemed to take FOREVER to come out. Had a 6pm reservation and didn't leave the restaurant til 8:30p. Waiter also didn't explain the meat cooking process nor gave us options of the broth. Luckily I was listening to another waiter explain the meat cooking at another table. Annoyed by the end of dinner
Date published: 2016-10-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meat is hard and tasteless. Only eatable food was desert. All of us left hungry and head to near by restaurant right after for 1/5 of what we paid at this restaurant. Very disappointed:-(
Date published: 2016-09-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Food was marginal
Date published: 2014-01-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wish the portions were more generous.
Date published: 2013-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ambiance. Staff was friendly. Dessert was great.
Date published: 2013-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We were nicely welcomed to the restaurant and shown a lovely booth. Our server was enthusiasic and professional offering us many valuable suggestions. Food was fun and delicious
Date published: 2013-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Our server was wonderful! Great personality and good service.
Date published: 2013-07-24
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Not valid for Saturday and Sunday. Special Term(s): Not valid for Saturday and Sunday. Valid with a minimum purchase of 2 (two) Four Course Experiences. No plate sharing. Not valid on holidays or special events.

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