The Melting Pot - Columbia
The Melting Pot - Columbia

The Melting Pot - Columbia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.meltingpot.com/columbia-md/specials
  • Phone: 4107409988x
  • 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, French, Swiss
  • 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 4107409988x
  • Special Events: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
The Melting Pot - Columbia reviews from OpenTable diners
107 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (89)romantic (78)good for groups (38)fit for foodies (30)notable wine list (25)neighborhood gem (14)hot spot (9)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (5)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Wonderful event dining!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We took family visiting from out of state. Food was so good that 2 and 3 days later, I still have the tastes of flavors in my palate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Girls night out
    Murph
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had a great time. Chocolate fondue was the best.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfect for conversation
    eatanddine
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is the perfect place to go to really talk with your dining partners. The process of cooking your food takes time and allows you to relax. It is also quiet enough for conversation while so many restaurants are so noisy these days. I usually go here with my husband or to celebrate a special occasion. This night I went with my sister and it was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Know What You Are Doing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Birthday dinner - first time for me. Love fondue. Cheese was great. Was not aware that the main dish was also to be fondued. Do not do the lobster. Nasty. Broiled lobster delicious. Boiled lobster not so much. Expensive waste. No drawn butter on table. Got butter. Twice. Somehow both unsalted and very peppery, for some reason. Not crazy about chocolate. Ate strawberries. Everyone else seemed to have a good time with no complaints.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful
    HappyAnniversary
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Absolutely adored it. It was for our anniversary dinner and I thought it was such a great experience. He promises we'll come back for every occasion from now on! I look forward to the next opportunity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!!
    Ginger
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The Melting Pot is our go-to place when we want an intimate and romantic dinner when the kids are away. The service is always wonderful and the food delicious!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great service
    badcookmama
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great service. Very nice and attentive. Food was fine. Cheese had a bit too much wine in it. Meats were all very good. And dessert is always delicious. We'll return again b/c waitress and manager were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Food was great and our server Mike was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    Jenn
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    It was our first time, we loved it but I think it's extremely over priced. Our waitress didn't tell us U get charged for the cooking sauce of 4.95 a piece so on top of almost 40.00 a plate add another 5.00 a piece for the 4 course, which we weren't happy about! They were clearly understaffed, cause the hostess said we r really busy yet, lobby was empty and restaurant tables were empty, yet we waited forever to get seating!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Chocolatelover
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Service was great! Hostess was very accommodating, the bartender was fantastic, dining room server was great and took time to explain the menu. There were a few quirks, but overall I will be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    Foodhound
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Fantastic service - our server was amazing. The food was very good, and it had better options than other Melting Pot restaurants, as you could pick and choose your entrees individually. Definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    MLTNG
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I have two teenage daughters with October birthdays. The Melting Pot was a perfect place to celebrate! It wasn't just a dinner, it was an experience! The food was delicious and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Overpriced and food is ok ... would skip the salad and just do cheese and chocolate next time
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fondue
    stace
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I found the food to be ok I was disappointed in both cheese fondues they were overpowered by a taste of wine or garlic I was really thinking this would be the signature dish on a good note my server Has was by far the most personable knowledgable waiter I have ever had He made the experience great I was a server as a bartender and can really attest to high quality service when I encounter it
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Off Night
    Surfergreene
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Service was lacking. Not to the point of being egregious but it was as if we were put on the back burner. We're very patient and forgiving as my wife and I are former servers in the industry. When our server dripped our check at the conclusion of our meal, we waited well over 5 minutes and I had finally waited long enough, so I got up to hand someone my credit card to check out. We generally love this place but we weren't being loved in return this evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Confused
    Dezzy1984
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This place is normally on point but between the rude hostess And having to wait 45 mins to be sat when I had made reservations, it was a rather bad experience. Hopefully next time will be better.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a bit slow and a bit creepy
    Dgeph
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Our reservations were for 7:00, finally got seated after 7:30. I mentioned to the waitress that it was my birthday, she took that as an invitation to talk about her friend that got shot in the throat two days earlier. Not quite what we wanted to hear over our cheese fondue. Food was basically ok, although portions were a bit small. The wine flights are well chosen for the 4 course meal. Finally got out of there after 9:30. The concept of a three-course fondue with a salad is good, the execution needs a bit of tightening up.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service!
    JacquelynnM
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Our reservation was for four adults, though we also had a 6 week old baby in our group. (Since she wouldn't require a high chair we hadn't added her to the reservation.) When the staff realized there was a baby with us, they bent over backwards to find us something larger than the standard booth. They asked for our patience as they did some maneuvering, and put us all at an eight-person table. We never would have asked for a large table, but they got us settled in quite nicely and there was room for the baby's carrier seat. Our server was Rebecca, and she was not only attentive and helpful, but she had a wonderful sense of humor and kept pretend-threatening to sing for the birthday of one of our group. What a great evening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My wife and I just celebrated our 11th Anniversary at the Melting Pot in Columbia, MD. The ambiance was perfect; the food was delicious; and the service was spectacular!! We didn't feel rushed to finish our meal (as some restaurants try to rush you along), but one of the staff was always nearby and attentive, in case we needed anything. We could not have asked for a better evening out for our "Special Day".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    WantMyOpinion
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I attended the Melting Pot with my boyfriend for date night. We went on a Monday night. It wasn't very crowded. The atmosphere was so romantic and service was excellent. Our waitress was very friendly and personable and the manager, Dana, was the same. She even adjusted the temperature because she saw that I chilly. I absolutely would return. My suggestions: Order the duck. It was the best of any of our 3 choices. Also check Groupon or Living Social for a deal to cut the price off of what will be about a $100 bill.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Server
    Emeril
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Really enjoy the food at The Melting Pot but the server we got was outstanding. Definitely provided some good suggestions and was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Melting pot
    Eric
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Very calm atmosphere, good food, awesome service, great date night place or group dating
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun dinner
    Brandon
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Very fun and different date night option. The service is exceptional. A little pricey considering one of the four courses is a small salad looking like it was thrown together at a cheap salad bar. I left full and had a good time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jam50blue
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Though the initial service was great, we waited unreasonably long times between courses. The food was very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious
    mimmoo9
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    the columbia location has special menu items. i liked that there were "specials" you could get no matter what your preference (mine- cheese, salad, chocolate, friend's- cheese, salad, entree (pick 3), chocolate). brandon was awesome and corinne was great! be sure to visit mickey at the bar for his special recipe bloody mary!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good, service was better!
    JMarkmanVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We've been to a couple melting pots and always enjoyed them; this is definitely the best one. The service was some of the best we've ever had, at any kind of restaurant, and the food was also better (our server indicated that they're a 'testing restaurant', so maybe some are to come elsewhere later?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had a blast
    Boomboombroom
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We came here on a Friday evening with our 9 year old. They have an excellent kids menu and dispite the fact it's a very romantic place, it's very fitting for children. I am pretty certain the have a side dedicated to families considering every table had a child we dined around. The food was exactly what you'd expect. The old bay cheese was amazing, I got the steak lovers entree & that was delicious and we ended with turtle chocolate. Our waitres was on point with everything we requested. We will definetly return!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sroterp
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We arrived as the restaurant was opening, so our waiter had a lot of time to chat with us, tell us about the restaurant, and make recommendations. Service was a bit slower once the place started to fill up by 7/8pm, but this isn't too much of an issue considering fondue is a relatively slow-paced meal. The food was fantastic, drinks were great as well. A bit on the pricey side, but would definitely recommend for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful experience for our family
    yuri
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had such a great experience here. We weren't sure how it would be with our toddler since it's an upscale restaurant, but it was very kid friendly. The food was delicious and it was a fun experience to fondue your way thru dinner. The service was also impeccable. We felt like our dinner experience was a great value for what we received and will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expected more
    FILDiner
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food was good. The concept is great. The music was too casual & fast for a slow & intimate setting. Our server was nice but hard to find. It wasn't busy so that wasn't the reason. Overall it was average & for as much as we spent it should have been great.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for date night!!
    ILoveFood
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great food and dessert!! Excellent experience:) The appetizers and desserts are my favorite!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I am a Repeat Customer
    Mollie26
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The Melting Pot is a great experience. The wait staff is always freindly, knowlegeable, and helpful. A great place for a romantic dinner and even better for celebrating a special occasion with a group. Great food and great conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    YoNana5
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We recently had dinner at The Melting Pot in Columbia, MD to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. It was the first time we've been to The Melting Pot; we wanted to go somewhere special for dinner. We were not disappointed. Our server, Sam, was great. He was very patient with us "first timers", and came to our table several times to check on us. The food was delicious and it was fun to cook it ourselves in the fondue pot. We'll definitely go back again, and will recommend The Melting Pot to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tammie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    First time, I WILL be back for Anniversary and Birthday!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    Cristiers
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Our waitress was personable. The food was great. I tried a lemon blueberry mojito and it was amazing. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I thought that this place had a very nice atmosphere. I liked the excitement of cooking my own food. I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. I was a bit nervous that it would not be enough food for him. However once he got through all four courses he was very satisfied. The only reason I did not give this place 5 stars is because the servers were a little too friendly. We were asked several times by different restaurant employees, if we were doing okay. At times we felt a little rushed when going from one course to the next.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our experience was perfect!
    TheLeff
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We couldn't have asked for a more perfect experience. I ordered the balloon package for my husband's birthday and they had it all ready when we got there. He was surprised, which is exactly what I wanted. The hostess was great. The food was fantastic, as always. And our server Rich was phenomenal. We both work in restaurants so we can be a bit biased when judging our servers at times, but Rich was one of the best we have ever had ANYWHERE, for sure. He helped make the evening perfect. The manager (I want to say his name was Noah, if I'm wrong I apologize) also stopped by to make sure all was well (and of course it was), but it is so great that he checked. It added the extra sense of caring that you don't always find elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    Teach
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Enjoyed my first visit to The Melting Pot tremendously! The service was fantastic and beware the dessert-chocolate heaven!!! Definitely going back-perfect indulgence.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent all around
    Kat9876
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Food was delicious, atmosphere was private and friendly, and service was attentive and not overbearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bachelorette Foodie Paradise
    Kimmo
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a great time at our friend's bachelorette party dinner here at the Melting Pot! Sam and Steve were amazing and the food was delectible. This is a great place for a special occasion or dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate