The Melting Pot - Albany
The Melting Pot - Albany

The Melting Pot - Albany

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.meltingpot.com/albany-ny/welcome
  • Phone: 5188621292
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00am - 4:00pm;
    Dinner: Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm,
    Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fondue
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Wine
  • Catering: We can do Fondue events for large functions.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have private dinning for small and large parties up to 35. We have a meeting room that seat up to 35.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington Ave
  • Public Transit: Public Bus Stop located near main entrance.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Located in Crossgates Mall In Albany, near Dick"s Sporting Goods.
A word from The Melting Pot - Albany
Welcome to the Melting Pot Restaurant of Albany NY. We invite you to indulge in an interactive authentic fondue dining experience. We provide many private dining options for parties of all sizes, including our famous lovers’ lane romantic booths for two. You can also bring the whole family to experience the Fondue Effect. Join us for the perfect night out whatever the occasion.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
The Melting Pot - Albany reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (51)romantic (47)good for groups (24)fit for foodies (20)kid-friendly (6)notable wine list (5)hot spot (4)late-night find (4)great for lunch (3)neighborhood gem (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great Fondue Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I've been here on numerous occasions and this place never disappoints. I alway leave full!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, relaxing celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    A family favorite for special celebrations. Good food in a nice relaxing atmosphere. Server was attentive, friendly and quick. As expected, the nature of the dinning experience takes longer than a typical dinner (2 1/2 hours).
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of fun
    fondu413
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Negatives always come first, waitress was slightly rude when my fiancee ordered a alcoholic beverage due to her license still being vertical even though the dates very clearly show that she was 21. The first course was very nice the cheese was hot and the gluten free dippers were great! The salad was okay and the main course was lots of fun for first time fonduers. Desert was where this meal truly shined with the amazing chocolate fondue. I was most impressed with there selection of gluten free options.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Melting Pot Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I have to say I was disappointed. It was my husbands and I anniversary dinner. We made reservations weeks before. Even though we requested a booth, sat at a tabletop and told no booths available. We had to remind server of taking a drink order. She was barely audible and slow to boot. Not the romantic dinner we were envisioning at all. Husband said he would only go back for dessert. Good for a girls night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The service is always wonderful and my daughter loves the cheese and the fruit with the chocolate!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great time!
    fndulvrs
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I have visited The Melting Pot at least 10 times since it's opening and they never fail to deliver! Although on the pricey side and we reserve it for a special occasion, the food meets expectations and the service is usually great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gfastr
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A wonderful way to spend an evening. Unhurried pace encourages engaging conversation. The variety of food is outstanding and encourages sharing, contributing even more to the social aspect of the occasion. We find a meal at The Melting Pot reikindles friendships.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome Anniversary
    jdaigs2010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I have never had a poor experience at this restaurant. My most recent trip to The Melting Pot was to celebrate my 3 year anniversary with my girlfriend. Although we decided to not get the anniversary special, our time there was still quite memorable. I requested that they seat us in a quiet area to celebrate together in a quiet environment and the seat they placed us in was incredible. I also mentioned that the reason for our trip was for our anniversary and they had a card ready for us when we walked in. The hour drive to get to this restaurant was certainly worth it and my girlfriend and I cannot wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • always love the Pot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We go way too much, but the kids love it! The service has gotten even better over the past year. Used to be long waits between the courses, but they are much quicker and it's much appreciated. Like having the salad at teh same time as the cheese (ask them to do that and they will...makes teh experience a bit shorter which is nice)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for special event
    Bestever
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    My husband and I were treated to a very special evening by the staff when they found out it was our Wedding Anniversary. The owner brought over a glass of champagne for each of us and the staff all signed a card. We felt very special and enjoyed the food, the ambiance and the memorable evening!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great spot for a conversation
    Chiefforaday
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The table and restaurant design is great for a good meal and conversation. The booths add privacy and a sense of intimacy not found in other restaurants. The food is very good. I was very satisfied with the menu selection.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We go here often and every time is always good, friendly service, knowledgable and great staff, only complaint this time around was our chocolate fondue was very oily and gelatinous for some reason, and the pineapple was less than fresh. Nonetheless, we will go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 24th Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    A friend had recommend The Melting Pot to us. We were pleasantly surprised with the restaurant from the intimate tables to the relaxed atmosphere to the delightful staff. Our waitress, Gina, was amazing. Apparently she had only been there for about 2 weeks and was very knowledgeable and personable, we would have never guessed that she was fairly new at her job.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Melts the Soul and Warms the Heart
    averageschmo
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    There's something magical about fondue cooking and The Melting Pot is a great introduction. Although a little pricey, the four course experience is definitely worth every penny. It's a meal you won't soon forget.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the Cheese or Chocolate
    Andy58VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We used a coupon for salad and the main course and were disappointed with the food and cooking style. We should have just gone for the fondue appetizer and chocolate dessert. They looked much better. Also, the prices are on the high side. The service was good and the private booths are an excellent way to dine.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Melting Pot does a nice job
    SaratogaLocal
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Melting Pot always does a nice job--the only problem is the price. It is just too expensive. We are vegetarians and enjoy all the courses--cheese fondue, salad, main course and chocolate. For three adults and two kids, no alcohol, the total was $170, plus tip. Nice service, very attentive, but not intrusive. Food is good, but the price makes it tough to get there more than infrequently.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous everything!
    Emdog42
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had a wonderful diner the waitress was very informative. The owner came by to make sure everything was amazing. Would definitely recommend anybody who wants a nice diner where you have fun cooking your own food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great place for family. Service a little slow but food and venue fine
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing experience
    Wineanddine
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    From the spectacular service (Frank), to the food (beyond amazing) to the atmosphere (private and intimate), this place is where it's at. No complaints at all. A fun time cooking your own delicious food, the price was steep but we knew that going in as you can view the menu online. Definitely not an every week spot (at least not for our budget) but for special occasions this is the new Albany restaurant to beat.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great evening
    fondufun
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Our meal was excellent. We did the four course option and everyone enjoyed every aspect of it. Our servers, (Gina and Christine, I think), were friendly, helpful, and very attentive. This was our first experience at Melting Pot, we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Karen
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We enjoyed a delicious, enjoyable dining experience. Wait staff was professional, friendly and prompt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food, Slow Service
    KimS
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The food is very good, although overpriced for what you get. The biggest problem is that the service is almost unbearably slow, which makes no sense given that the kitchen doesn't actually have to cook anything. I went out with a friend and we just had fondue appetizer and dessert, no entree and it still took 2 hours between being seated and getting our check.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Melting pot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Wasn't what we expected but we really enjoyed it! Very romantic excellent for Anniversary or date!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No kids!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The Melting Pot in Albany is probably my favorite restaurant. It provides privacy between tables so you don't have to be right next to an annoying family. What annoys me though is when people bring their kids in. This is a fondue restaurant-not Friendly's! It's rare but it does happen. The waiter was plain-which is also a rare find at The Melting Pot, but that did not take away from the amazing taste of the food. Overall a quiet, romantic atmosphere that takes you away from the outside world for a while.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazingly great!
    ssjacktabs
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We did the anniversary package. It includes a picture in a beautiful glass frame, glass vase with 3 roses, champagne toast, and a 4-course experience. The food was just incredible, almost as good as our honeymoon at Sandals! I would recommend skipping the salad because between the 1st, 3rd, and 4th course you are STUFFED!!! We did not go home hungry.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night
    Lorvolta
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was my 3rd time dining at The Melting Pot, but the 1st time for my boyfriend. I actually have to admit, that I've never gone to The Melting Pot WITHOUT a coupon, because I personally find it to be very expensive for a chain restaurant. However, this one in Albany has always been wonderful in service. Our waiter, Caleb, was amazing and kind. He checked on us occasionally and was very pleasant. I stated on Open Table that, if available, I would like to be seated in one of their more private booths away from the bar and main aisle. When I got there, they seated us in the EXACT place I requested, which was wonderful. The owner even came around to check on us. The food has always been consistently good; I just find it expensive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey but a fun experience
    webchip59
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We had the 4-course experience. I found it to be a bit pricey considering I was cooking the main entree. I decided we were paying for the fun fondue experience rather that the amount of food they give you.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Janson13
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    my sister, who had never been here, took me for my birthday dinner. We had great food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We're becoming regulars
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We keep going back and back! Love it...Michael the waiter is the best! Look for their coupons to make it more manageble.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    This is one place that myself and the kids can all agree on. Service is great. We go quite often, probably kore than the average family, but once you figure out how and what to order, and look for coupons, it's not all that expensive. It's a great dining experience. Staff is always spot-on!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feels gimmicky
    Gimmicky
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Loved our private nook, and wait staff were great. The signature salad was lovely. The wines were fine. But food was of low quality (cut veggies were shriveled and dry), and meats overly spiced even after I asked for plain. The cuts of beef were too chewy, the desserts were over-the-top sweet, before they went into the pot, and tasted chemically. At the end of the meal, I felt like is been slaving over a hot stove (which I had!) and all for outrageously high prices... No, we will not be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great time!
    eb116
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    A friend and I went for dinner here and really liked it. The whole cook/prepare your own food thing threw us off a little bit but it was definitely a new and interesting experience. The menu is very diverse, there is sure to be something you enjoy. We loved the S'mores chocolate fondue! And our server Megan was amazing! Great service and very friendly and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service
    Eatzz
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Service is never very good there. Not many happy and polite employees that work there. Service takes for ever, for what ever reason. Not kid friendly, if they are hungry. Finally got some napkins after asking three times.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable
    Wnterwarlock
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Went there for a 50th birthday celebration and had a very nice time. Only concerns was how slow the service was and how dirty the light fixture hanging right above our food was. I completely understand this is supposed to be a relaxed and laid back dining experience but 3 hours was a wee bit extreme.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Fun Time
    joeyd8711
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Never had a bad experience here. The wine list is amazing, the food impeccable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The food was incredible! Our server, Tiffani, made the experience so much better! We were seated right away with our reservation. I would definitley go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    It was a bit confusing at first but waitress was very accommodating and helpful. Food was very food. Ingredients were very fresh. We were celebrating and it was a nice treat!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 300 reviews are from the The Melting Pot - Albany reviews archive.
  • Ok
    Foodforthought
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    They really don't bring out the amount of food you are entitled to unless specifically asked. Prices are very high for what you get.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service
    Firstvisit
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    First visit to this MP and had excellent service and food while celebration a family member's college graduation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Fun!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I took a group of students for an end of the year celebration and we had such a great time. I was worried we wouldn't have enough time to eat and get back to school for an awards assembly but our waiter took great care of us and made sure that we were able to have three courses and still have enough time to get back to school. Didn't feel rushed and it was a very relaxed atmosphere. Would definitely take them back again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet