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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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Great place for family. Service a little slow but food and venue fine"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We enjoyed a delicious, enjoyable dining experience. Wait staff was professional, friendly and prompt."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Wasn't what we expected but we really enjoyed it! Very romantic excellent for Anniversary or date!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    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
  • "my sister, who had never been here, took me for my birthday dinner. We had great food and great service."
    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."
    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