Fondue for You

The Melting Pot Opens in Santa Barbara

Food groups get no greater than cheese and chocolate. Supervised pseudo-swordplay and fire at the dinner table can also be fun. Add it all up and it will be hard to resist the Melting Pot (608 Anacapa St., 845-4444,, set to open January 14. Part of a national chain of 138 restaurants specializing in fondue (the current closest location is Thousand Oaks), it makes dinnertime a hands-on (forks-on?) experience. Each table, even spots at the bar, includes a built-in hot plate on which a delicious mix of cheese, entree, or chocolate (which kicks off with flambee) can bubble. You grab your long fork, spear the bread, vegetable, lobster, prime rib, strawberry, etc. you desire, and coat or cook away. Waiters help you along, if you’re new to this originally Swiss dish. The specialty cocktails and 101 types of wine will help, too. While fondue can be family fun, this location also offers some special two-tops, not just a row of cozy booths they call Lovers’ Lane, but two other even more secluded booths called the Engagement Suite. Jeb Wilson, the Anacapa Street location’s owner and operator, explained, “Santa Barbara is pretty romantic and we’re trying to capitalize on that.” What lover wouldn’t melt for a pot of chocolate?

Arch Rock Fish

608 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA
805-845-2800. More Info

View our complete restaurant guide here.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:

Family Sues Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office For Wrongful Death

Five deputies shot Bryan Carreño 20 times.

County Race for Auditor-Controller Turns Ugly

An unexpected bloodbath erupts between Jen Christensen and Betsy Schaffer.

Gun Restraining Order Used 20 Times in Santa Barbara County

Only Los Angeles County used the order more frequently.

Four Westside Candidates Vie for City Council Seat

The election for a District 3 representative will be held on June 5.

City Extends Permit Fast-Track Program

Storefront vacancies have dropped 2 percent since program launched in August.