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The Melting Pot - Albany
The Melting Pot - Albany

The Melting Pot - Albany Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.meltingpot.com/albany-ny/welcome
  • Phone: (518) 862-1292
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We keep going back and back! Love it...Michael the waiter is the best! Look for their coupons to make it more manageble."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Never had a bad experience here. The wine list is amazing, the food impeccable."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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!!"
    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!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "First visit to this MP and had excellent service and food while celebration a family member's college graduation."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Horrible cheese fondue, has a very distinct smell of white vine, did not like it, lost appetite after trying it."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We had a great time me and my wife. We loved our server- Sean. The table behind us was a bit noisy all through dinner we could hear their convetsation. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The Melting Pot takes too long, is too expensive for what you're getting, and at the end of the night you're tipping other people after you've cooked your own food. Its a nice experience, but not something worth doing regularly. Also the waiter we had was too slow for my taste and when I had an issue with one of the sauces tasting like flour his response was "Oh, it must have been a bad batch" and that was it. Food was way salty and drank 3 glasses of water but getting more water was difficult as our waiter went missing for more than 25 minutes at a time during our 2.5hr dinner."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I was very blessed to spend my Friday before Mother's day here with my three children (3, 5, & 7). We had a wonderful time and were treated exceptionally well. The children were very welcome in this atmosphere and the layout makes it easy to have little children there and not feel that you are disturbing anyone else. Our server was very hospitable and fun. While preparing our cheese fondue- he asked what brought us out and I told him that we were celebrating Mother's Day, but I was the only one who brought my purse. He quickly smirked and said, "Well you know, we have a special for Mother's Day- we are accepting Pokémon cards like cash!" This was much to the dismay of my son- who happened to have a bunch in the car! Great time. Thank You!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Went late at night,hard to find someone to be seatedbut ended up just asking for aa table. Waiter Alex was fantastic, vevery patient and explained everything well. Definitly would recommend friends to visit here. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Everything was great as usual except my waitress was horrible. She was trying to get a high check and upsell everything, to the point it made her seem stupid. Telling a party of 4 adults and 5 kids we all had to buy "extra portions of cheese otherwise we would only get one dip per person" when we had the pots of cheese going and four, four course meals were ordered. Also each child got a kids meal. We CLEARLY and at least 4x asked if one mother and her daughter only could be on there own check, she brought the check it was all together, and she said we never asked and could swipe as many cards as we wanted but we had to do the math and she could no longer seperate checks. She NEVER came back In between courses for drink refills, HORRIBLE !!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Environment and service are good. Food meet expectations but not that great. Good for couples. Overpriced!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Could've been 4 stars, had things not gone so wrong. Waiter seemed overwhelmed; I think they had him working different sections of the restaurant. When he brought the broths for cooking, they sat their heating up until they burned, with still nothing to cook at the table. We had to have both broths replaced, and wait for them to heat up again. We added an additional entree, and were told told 2-3 minutes(it's uncooked food after all), try 20-30. Entrees were cleared, chocolate order was placed and we sat there 26 minutes with nothing; just waiting. Another 40 to pay the bill. I had to flag down the manager, who kept simply walking by, long after we'd finished. Waiter was very nice and I don't blame him, I think it was out of his hands. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I took my daughter here for her birthday. We've been to a Melting Pot in NJ several times but this was our first in Albany. We loved it. Our server was great and we had a nice time with great food and of course, amazing chocolate fondue at the end. ;)"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "My first visit to the Melting Pot...the whole process was very confusing...food was bland...outrageously overpriced. There are far better restaurants in the Albany area at half the price."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "it was my boyfriends 21st birthday and our waitress went above and beyond to be personable, make great conversation and make sure we were well taken care of. it made a huge positive impact on our night and I couldn't have been more happy with the service. the food I always amazing and the consistency with their portion sizes and dishes is phenomenal. we'll be back soon for sure!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I was so excited to introduce three friends to the Melting Pot! We had a great time. I'm still trying to figure out how to have all four courses without being completing stuffed. This time we skipped the salad and had cheese, an entree and dessert. We were all so full. It was a wonderful night."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We chose to go to Melting Pot because of an email announcing new selections for Spring. They turned out to be wonderful choices, including the Peach Cosmo, and we are hoping they become regular menu items. From the moment of walking in the door and being heartily greeted by the manager himself through the entire meal (with the best waiter ever, Daniel) our dining experience was top notch."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "While the food was just ok in my opinion, the ambience and service was very good. I like that each table is separated so you only really hear your own party which makes it much more private and romantic. If I were to do it again, I would skip the appetizer and salad and just do the main entree and dessert. The appetizer cheese fondue while the main attraction for most is just kind of plain for my taste. The salad is good but only because they add candied pine nuts in it. The entree was enough and the variety of broths could provide some good tastes if you experiment."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "When we want to get away from every thing and relaxe, enjoy good food and distress, all we have to do is go to The Melting Pot, from the moment they walk you to the both you feel this peaceful and positive envioment. There fondue selection are awesome, they just added fresh Pineapple for the Chocolate Fondue, OMG it's AWESOME, They will be seeing more of me :-)"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This the first time at a place like this, and I was amazed. We went there for my wife's birthday, and wanted to try someplace different. Loved everything about the place. They have private little nooks for an intimate dining experience as well as room for a small group get together. They give you plenty of food and a good variety of items to choose from. Highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This was my first time at the Melting Pot. My oldest daughter and I took my youngest daughter there for her birthday and totally enjoyed the entire experience. We plan to make this our special birthday place for all of our birthdays. Great food, wonderful atmosphere and terrific service."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "It was the first time that either myself or my companion had eaten at The Melting Pot. We were both very pleased with the choices. We had salads and entree fondue and a specialty coffee for dessert; too full for chocolate fondue! The restaurant is beautifully decorated and the layout is conducive to a relaxing, quiet meal. We were there during the week so they weren't very busy, which also contributed to the relaxed atmosphere. The staff was wonderful.Our waiter was very knowledgeable and made great suggestions. Will definitely go back ."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Great for a laid back evening with friends or loved ones. Delicious food served fondue style at a casual pace. The staff are very friendly and personable, they make the extra effort to make u feel welcome and comfortable. The spinach and artichoke cheese is delicious and every chocolate we have tried has been outstanding. We love just going to try different combinations FOOD IS AMAZING!!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "The experience was fun. Cheese and dessert, awesome."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I've only been to the Melting Pot 3 times now and have loved every experience! I just find it nice to be able to go out and have a long dinner and sort of be entertained during it. I like being able to have a way of making the meal take a while so you have time to chat and spend time with whoever you are with. Great place for dates or just a special occasion!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Food was pretty good as usual but the price seems to go up despite what seems to be diminishing portions. I wish they gave alittle more portion wise as they use too. Also they changed the fondue dippers of broccoli and cauliflower with celery and cherry tomatoes and I was disappointed. The salads were smaller and they only gave one set of premium dippers when we bought them but you use to get two. The food was still pretty good overall and so was the service, i'm just not a fan of the changes."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food was decent, nothing special but the fact that you had to cook it yourself really made this place nice. I like changing it up and having something different, so this was a good change of pace."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I have been here many times and was somewhat disappointed with this visit. The service was not compared to what it usually is. Also I know the restaurant isn't going to be completely quiet. However, the table somewhat next to us sent an alarm for their food and it went off every few minutes for about half an hour, it got annoying."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The cheese fondue is delicious, but the rest of it is unnecessary."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "food is ok over priced even with groupon came out to the same price if we didn't have one."
    Dined on 3/6/2014