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Where to Eat Hot Pot in San Diego

Dunk into Japanese, Korean and Chinese-style hot pot at these places

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When soup seems too boring, consider hot pot. This mainstay of Asian cuisine is a customizable, interactive dining experience featuring tabletop pots of flavored broth with a variety of meats, seafood, and vegetables to cook inside the simmering cauldrons. Whether you’re craving the Chinese, Korean or Japanese version, here are 10 San Diego spots serving hot pot to dive into as well as few options to enjoy at home.

A number of San Diego restaurants have resumed outdoor dining. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit San Diego’s coronavirus tracker. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. Mongolian Hot Pot, San Diego

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4718 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 274-2040
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Head to this Clairemont eatery for its take on Chinese hot pot. The menu features two different soup bases (original and house spicy) plus a variety of proteins including lamb shoulder or leg, beef tripe, goose intenstines and selection of veggies. 

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2. SHABU-WORKS

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9841 Mira Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92131
(858) 860-5730
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Located off I-805 in Mira Mesa, this restaurant’s lure is its all-you-can-eat format. A hot bar buffet featuring everything from fried rice to chicken karaage play second fiddle to the variety of meats to cook in broth. The restaurant also offers a kit to cook at home starting at a complete meal for two which includes choice of soup base, 2 choices of meat weighing in at 6 oz each, veggie platter, ramen, steamed white rice, dipping sauces, fish balls and dashi for $46 or $76 with a stove and pot.

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3. Shabu Shabu house

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4646 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 268-8648

Veggies, tofu, rice and noodles make up the base of this Convoy pot. The AYCE format includes 6 meat combos including tofu, prime ribeye, lamb and salmon. Those with smaller appetites can forgo the all-you-can-eat format and order mains in either small, medium or large servings.

4. Shabumi

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5667 Balboa Ave
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 268-3311

The premise this shabu shabu is the same as most places: choose your soup base and fill out the rest of the meal with veggies and sauces delivered to your table. The restaurant offers limited outdoor seating. Head in during lunch for a discount.

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5. Tabu Shabu North Park

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3647 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 408-0369
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Find Japanese shabu shabu at this North Park spot where you have the option to transform your meal into a soup or porridge for additional cost. Outdoor seating is limited but ordering is available online for two or a whole family. At-home meal kits includes choice of broth, protein, dumplings, veggies and condiments.

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6. Boiling Passion 沸腾串串香

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3904 Convoy St #114
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 268-8168
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This Taiwanese hot pot place on Convoy offers individual portions. Popular options like spicy bone soup can be customized with a selection of skewered proteins and veggies and sauces. Delivery and takeout is available.

7. Tasty Pot San Diego

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4698 Convoy St Physical Sciences Lab
San Diego, CA 92111
(619) 717-6671
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Taiwanese hot pot is at the center of Tasty Pot’s menu. A dozen different flavors exist including Sichaun, seafood lobster, and stinky tofu. All come loaded with a host of complementary ingredients. Spice levels plus choice of rice or vermicelli noodles customize each order.

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8. Old House Hot Pot

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8199 Clairemont Mesa Blvd s1
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 737-9050
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Visit this Clairemont location for authentic old school Chinese hot pot. Skewers with quail eggs, meats and veggies to dip in the broth are self-serve and can be found in refrigerators lining one side of the restaurant. 

9. 刘一手火锅 LIUYISHOU Hotpot (San Diego)

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4690 Convoy St Stes B105-B106
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 598-5300
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This Chinese import with locations throughout the U.S. and Canada specializes in shared hot pot or individual pots. The variety of soup bases range from traditional to non-spicy, seasonal and three-flavor. 

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10. Chon Ju Jip

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4373 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 268-0835
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Korean hot pot at Chon Ju Jip come packed with a variety of meats or seafood plus veggies best shared between two or three people. Some hot pots to try include kimchee, tofu or seafood — each spice level adjusted to your preference.

1. Mongolian Hot Pot, San Diego

4718 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117
Mongolian Hot Pot/Facebook

Head to this Clairemont eatery for its take on Chinese hot pot. The menu features two different soup bases (original and house spicy) plus a variety of proteins including lamb shoulder or leg, beef tripe, goose intenstines and selection of veggies. 

4718 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92117

2. SHABU-WORKS

9841 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92131
SHABU-WORKS/Facebook

Located off I-805 in Mira Mesa, this restaurant’s lure is its all-you-can-eat format. A hot bar buffet featuring everything from fried rice to chicken karaage play second fiddle to the variety of meats to cook in broth. The restaurant also offers a kit to cook at home starting at a complete meal for two which includes choice of soup base, 2 choices of meat weighing in at 6 oz each, veggie platter, ramen, steamed white rice, dipping sauces, fish balls and dashi for $46 or $76 with a stove and pot.

9841 Mira Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92131

3. Shabu Shabu house

4646 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111

Veggies, tofu, rice and noodles make up the base of this Convoy pot. The AYCE format includes 6 meat combos including tofu, prime ribeye, lamb and salmon. Those with smaller appetites can forgo the all-you-can-eat format and order mains in either small, medium or large servings.

4646 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111

4. Shabumi

5667 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92111
Shabumi/Facebook

The premise this shabu shabu is the same as most places: choose your soup base and fill out the rest of the meal with veggies and sauces delivered to your table. The restaurant offers limited outdoor seating. Head in during lunch for a discount.

5667 Balboa Ave
San Diego, CA 92111

5. Tabu Shabu North Park

3647 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
Tabu Shabu/Facebook

Find Japanese shabu shabu at this North Park spot where you have the option to transform your meal into a soup or porridge for additional cost. Outdoor seating is limited but ordering is available online for two or a whole family. At-home meal kits includes choice of broth, protein, dumplings, veggies and condiments.

3647 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104

6. Boiling Passion 沸腾串串香

3904 Convoy St #114, San Diego, CA 92111

This Taiwanese hot pot place on Convoy offers individual portions. Popular options like spicy bone soup can be customized with a selection of skewered proteins and veggies and sauces. Delivery and takeout is available.

3904 Convoy St #114
San Diego, CA 92111

7. Tasty Pot San Diego

4698 Convoy St Physical Sciences Lab, San Diego, CA 92111
Tasty Pot/Facebook

Taiwanese hot pot is at the center of Tasty Pot’s menu. A dozen different flavors exist including Sichaun, seafood lobster, and stinky tofu. All come loaded with a host of complementary ingredients. Spice levels plus choice of rice or vermicelli noodles customize each order.

4698 Convoy St Physical Sciences Lab
San Diego, CA 92111

8. Old House Hot Pot

8199 Clairemont Mesa Blvd s1, San Diego, CA 92111

Visit this Clairemont location for authentic old school Chinese hot pot. Skewers with quail eggs, meats and veggies to dip in the broth are self-serve and can be found in refrigerators lining one side of the restaurant. 

8199 Clairemont Mesa Blvd s1
San Diego, CA 92111

9. 刘一手火锅 LIUYISHOU Hotpot (San Diego)

4690 Convoy St Stes B105-B106, San Diego, CA 92111
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This Chinese import with locations throughout the U.S. and Canada specializes in shared hot pot or individual pots. The variety of soup bases range from traditional to non-spicy, seasonal and three-flavor. 

4690 Convoy St Stes B105-B106
San Diego, CA 92111

10. Chon Ju Jip

4373 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111

Korean hot pot at Chon Ju Jip come packed with a variety of meats or seafood plus veggies best shared between two or three people. Some hot pots to try include kimchee, tofu or seafood — each spice level adjusted to your preference.

4373 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111

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