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The Melting Pot - Columbia
The Melting Pot - Columbia

The Melting Pot - Columbia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.meltingpot.com/columbia-md/specials
  • Email: columbiameltingpot@gmail.com
  • Phone: (410) 740-9988
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fondue, Swiss, French
  • Executive Chef: yourself
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Melting Pot has a semi-private to private dining that can seat up to 28 - 30 guests. Please call for details. We will open as early as 11 for parties over 10.
  • Private Party Contact: Manager (410) 740-9988
  • Special Events & Promotions: Wednesday's 50% off all bottles of wine.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Govenor Warfield Pkwy.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The Wilde Lake Village Center is under going a major renovation. Additional parking is available at the vacant gas station that will soon be a CVS.
A word from The Melting Pot - Columbia
Your fondue experience … attentive service, the highest quality fresh ingredients, a variety of cooking styles, unique sauces, your favorite chocolate fondue. The Melting Pot … it’s dinner to dine for.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "We came in and was looking for our fiesta cheese. It was no longer on the menu and we didn't see any other cheese we would like so we settled with something new. While the waitress was gone, we heard a waiter tell another table that there was some crabmeat left if they wanted the Md Special cheese, we were not offered that or we would had taken it. After three failed attempts at making cheese, we told the waitress we didn't want it (we were still charged) On to the meal... The green goddess was so thick it tasted like straight cream cheese. When we received our chocolate and dippers, we were saddened to learn that even though we pay the same price, Cheesecake is no longer offered unless you pay more."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We went for my son's 15th birthday and everything was perfect! From the birthday package I had pre-ordered to the service, the food and the atmosphere. It was a very fun and delicious experience !!!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We visited Saturday, early evening, for my sons birthday and the restaurant was super noisy! Restaurant staff behavior encouraged loud behavior from patrons by also shouting in the restaurant and to guests. Really spoiled my sons celebration. It was hard to hold a conversation. We finally had to ask to be moved. Management really needs to work on this issue in order for this to be considered an upscale dining experience as you certainly pay for that! Also, dress code for adults isn't being enforced! If The Melting Pot is going to lower their standards they can lower their prices too! Another issue was that they put the wrong name on my son's happy birthday dessert plate! Awful! My son was a good sport, but was disappointed!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We celebrates my daughters birthday. We had a good time. Food was great very pricey though."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We where seated water came by with menus dropped them off and disappeared for 30 minutes. We where just going for dessert and drink with some old friends provided out order dessert arrived before cocktails which was another hour wait. Drinks where watered down dessert was excellent but over priced for what little you get."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Our server was excellent and attentive. He took the time to explain the menu and the choices. The seating was casual and private. Enjoyed the experience and would definitely come again. The only thing that was weird to me was that you boil your steak in broth, but now I known that is what fondue is all about...."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We went to Melting Pot in Columbia to celebrate my son's 9th birthday and had a good time. We came in at 5 pm and were seated in a quiet section of the restaurant and ordered drinks and dinner. Wade was our server and he did a good job of keeping things flowing so we never felt like things were lagging. To our surprise, we were there 2 hours but it didn't feel like it. We all had a good time and will go back. The only negative comments we had are: the music playing was a bit much for a relaxing meal (Jimmie Hendrix, really??) A change in music would be nice! My husband felt the prices were a high for having to cook our own meal. All in all, a good time!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "This was my first time at The Melting Pot and it was a wonderful experience. The waitor did a great job explaining the menu and allowed my boyftiend and I to mix and match without forcing us to order two '4 Course Meals'. I appreciated the waitor's fun attitude and good service."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We were a party of 6 of Adults and children, we had a wonderful time. The server was polite and friendly just a bit slow and forgot to check in often."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The dining was pretty good. I thought the area was a little bit dark. The food was very good and the service was fantastic. The decor could be updated, the place had a 70''s feel to it. A more modern feel would be great."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food was great, our waitress was knowledgeable, courteous with a great presence and personality. I would recommend this place to anyone for all around goodness!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Food was wonderful- waitress very nice. Only problem was she added our neighbors drinks to our tab by accident. When we pointed out she apologized and corrected. It was a nice experience."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We have dined at the Melting Pot for special occasions for a number of years now. It is always enjoyable, leaving our bellies full. It is expensive, so we go on special occasions. Our last time there, we found that their menu had changed, but the restaurant was able to recreate some of the items that we had enjoyed in the past but where no longer on the menu. We look forward to going again for our next special celebration."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Food and service were amazing, as they always are. My husband and I have been going to the MP Columbia for 8 years now, and it's so nice that they take the time to really find out what we like, and dislike end keep track of it for future visits in our "notes." Our only complaint is an issue we've notice getting more and more forgotten for the past 3-4 years-- the noise level. Before, we were able to request a quiet table, and that is exactly what we received. Now, it seems that the entire restaurant's volume level matches and at times exceeds, the average franchise-style restaurant. Besides this silly annoyance, all was great, and we will be back next month!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We went here for my boyfriend's birthday. The food was amazing. We got the crave combo (I suggest getting that) and everything we chose was perfect. Try the Caramel nut chocolate. AMAZING. Our waiter (Noah?) was great. Thank you all for making it a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We love trying the different menus that the restaurant creates for holidays or special occasions."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Melting Pot for the first time to celebrate our 7th Anniversary! We wanted to tried something new. I have always seen my friends on Facebook bragging about Melting Pot. So I wanted to see what was so special about it! We ordered "The Big Night Out" so we could try different proteins at once. I am really glad we did that because there was a few things that we both really loved and others we didn't care for. So we know what to get next time. If you are a big chocolate lover, like me, then you will love the dessert! We def will come back for sure. This was a great experience and my husband and I had fun talking about the food. :o)"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "We celebrated the 29th birthday of our niece who has wanted to eat at The Melting Pot for a long time. Our waiter was attentive, knowledgeable and personable. He made excellent recommendations from the menu of dinner options as well as wine to enhance the taste of our dinner. He did not rush us yet he was always there when we needed attention. The food was fresh and different as you can "fondue" it to your particular taste as far as the meat is concerned."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "For a dining experience, I would go back. If I was hungry, I'd go elsewhere."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "After our waiter, who was very nice and cordial, encouraged us to relax and enjoy each other's company, he then proceeded to try and rush us through our meal. Cheese course delivered, salads then came right away,as soon as salad plates were cleared, we tried returning to our cheese (only 1/4 finished) when he delivered pot for meat course. We asked to keep the cheese so now table had two pots. Then he delivered the meat. Table now stuffed with two pots, food for cheese, meat for main course. So he came back to check on us and delivered the dessert menu. Our first pieces of meat were not even cooked yet! Very unpleasant, especially as they werenit at all busy."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We only come to the Melting Pot on special occasions (in this case birthdays) because it is quite pricey, but always delicious and the service is outstanding. I also wanted to note that the changes made to the menu were very accomodating -- giving lots of choices on which way to go for the main course. Glad to hear the fiesta cheese is on it's way back as well. Thanks for a great evening."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I surprised my fiance with taking her out for dinner. They sat us right away. Our server was a one of the best ones I had in a while. She was great at help us desire and made the night special."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My daughter wanted dinner at your rest. for her/their birthday kids turned16 we came in excited! Quickly it went down hill. The dining room looks like a fast food restaurant, the server's mixing & stirring could use a little more care, as to not fling, flop, splatter or just make an overall mess of the table. Food was ok tasted like watered down meat really... Pork was so tough you couldn't chew, chicken was processed which was hard to stomach. I thinkthe fillet & shrimp were ok but the broccoli was the best thing there to eat. Dessert was ok as well, the items that came out were not very fresh, the banans were good! One plate was not edibile because our server spilled bacardi while filling the pots and ruined the food."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "For the past 10 years, my wife and I have celebrated our wedding anniversary at the Melting Pot in Columbia, MD. Every year the experience has been very enjoyable and the food was delicious. We're already looking forward to next year's anniversary dinner!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This was suppose to be a celebratory night out. We arrived and were promptly seated, and that's when things went down hill. It was a 15 min wait until we saw and service member and the waiter who arrived was not ours. It took another 15 minutes for OUR waiter to show with the drinks.Our waiter immediately noticed the displeasure on all of our faces and asked if everything was ok. We explained how we were unhappy with the exceptionally long wait to which he responded "yea you know that happens sometimes" all of our jaws dropped. Mind you this dinning experience is not exactly cheap and we expect a little more of an apology and for him to correct his tardiness, not to say well get over it. Food was great staff not so much."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "My fiancé and I went here for a late valentines day since our schedules were so hectic. The food was subpar the chicken was awful. The service was great though, our waitress was very friendly and energetic, we saw both managers walkin around and helping out."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We were first timers at the melting pot. Our server was very knowledgable but he went over the menu and talked so quickly through things that only made the selection process even more overwhelming. After finally ordering our four course meal began and what an adventure. We loved being able to pick and choose our foods and wat as much or as little as we wanted. We did not leave feeling hungry. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our last weekend as being a couple before the birth of our first child. We were hoping for it to be a little more on the romantic side, instead we had a large family with several kids sit just across from us which kind of took away from that feel because of their noise level. All in all, we had a great time."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This is my second time at a melting pot and I took my boyfriend for his birthday to the one in Columbia. I knew what to expect and loved the place again. My boyfriend is hard to impress and he even loved the place. The food was phenomenal and our server was exceptional. His name was Sam and we was witty, never lte our glasses empty, and went above and beyond to take care of us. I wouldsay this was my ffavorite time at the melting pot and Sam has to be a big reason for that."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "My friend and I met at the melting pot after not seeing each other in months. This was a great place. The staff was amazing and the food was delicious. The drinks could have used a little more liquor but was still yummy. My only criticism is that I hate for my courses to overlap. At one point during dinner we had our cheese, salad, and dinner broth on the table at once."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "My family of six had mixed feeling regarding thier visit to the Melting Pot. The evening took at least two and a half hours and the food was okay to good depending on who you asked. While the idea was exciting for half it was frustrating for the other half. Overall the food we had was not up to expectations and the time it took between courses was way too long. I would like to try it again to see if it was just that night that took so long and our choices that made the food seem mediocre."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "This is one my husband and I's favorite places to go for Special Occassions. The food is always great and the service is really good. This time, we went the Saturday after Valentine's Day so it was much louder and the service was slower than usual, but it was still a great experience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This was our first visit to the Melting Pot on Valentines Day. We were very pleased with everything. Our server was very friendly and helpful explaining the whole process and our options. Will definitely return. Thank you!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "A great place for a date or romantic night out! Never dissapoints."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Great place for special occasions, a little on the higher price end but it is well worth the money for a nice romantic night out. Very friendly people working there and great atmosphere! Would recommend to anyone and everyone!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We went for my birthday and enjoyed the new menu. It is easier to put together your perfect combination for a set price. We especially recommend the "special" dippers for the chocolate! The red velvet cheesecake is delicious!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Always enjoy eating at The Melting Pot in Columbia."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We had a very nice dinner. The waiter and his assistant were very attentive. The owner took time to say hello. We will return soon!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "While the experience and food were really good it was really expensive and we probably won't be back unless we find a deal or receive a gift card."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My first time experiencing the four course experience was marvelous. Plenty of laughs can be had around a pot of melted cheese. This is one of the few restaurants that indirectly encourages sharing of the meal and the experience with your friends."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "My fiancé and I went here for a belated Valentine's Day dinner. We normally don't go to expensive restaurants like The Melting Pot but we wanted to do something special. The experience of cooking our dinner was great and the food was delicious but the service was a little lacking for such an expensive meal. Overall, we had a great time, but I think it could have been even better with a more experienced server. He was very slow in getting back to the table and didn't go through the usual "spiel" that servers are supposed to give at The Melting Pot. Having eaten there before, I know there are other servers that expertly provide the full dining experience."
    Dined on 2/17/2014