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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
The Melting Pot - Columbia reviews from OpenTable diners
90 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (73)romantic (66)good for groups (34)fit for foodies (25)notable wine list (16)kid-friendly (9)neighborhood gem (8)late-night find (7)hot spot (6)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (3)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 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
  • 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
  • Interesting, once
    Sudz
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was my fourth visit to a Melting Pot (my first to the Columbia location) and I think I'm about done. The food is good and the atmosphere is nice, but for a party of 5 the table we were at simply felt too crowded once all the dishes and things came out. The plug fell out of one of our burners and smacked me on the foot, and we had to use a flashlight app on one of our smartphones so the guy could plug it back in - not something I've ever dealt with while dining out before. Finally, for me 3.5 hours for a meal is simply way too long. I've enjoyed my meals at the Melting Pot to varying degrees, but I doubt I'd ever go back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good experience, but pricey
    pho11
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The experience is where it was at. The bill was pretty pricey for 2 people, and the quality of the food has been beaten many times over by other great restaurants i've been to.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date Night
    Nightout
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Was a great date night for my husband and I. The food was great. The service was wonderful. It makes for a nice romantic evening out with out the kids.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An enjoyable dinner
    DawnieB
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We went to The Melting Pot to celebrate my daughter's 15th birthday. The entire experience was enjoyable. Our server, Brandon, was very friendly and helpful, especially helpful to members of our party that had never eaten there before. The food was delicious and Brandon brought my daughter a special birthday dessert plate. We really enjoyed our evening at The Melting Pot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable meal with family
    luckylucy
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I had only been to The Melting Pot once before and had a good memory of it- maybe 10 years ago! I am of the fondue generation and wanted to go back, but somehow hadn't made it. My husband and I took my mom there. The food was very good, it was entertaining to cook our own, we were very full when we left, the service was excellent, it was nice to have a leisurely meal with time to talk. The room was near empty when we arrived and we thought it was the same when we left. The booths are very tall so there really aren't many people that we could see around us. We were surprised to find our room FULL because it was so quiet. How welcome to find in this age of over stimulating restaurants where everyone is yelling to be heard. Recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Second and even better visit here
    Slots
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This was our second visit to this location and it was even better than the first fantastic experience here. Our Server Jeremy was AMAZING, and as always the food was incredibly amazing. I would say if you can have dinner there before 6PM,it is truly the best time to go, but there is never a bad time to visit this great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ruined birthday dinner
    Coldoil
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Poor service, uncontrolled hot oil, and a meal that we never finished make for a poor birthday celebration. If I want an amateur fondue experience, I'll stay home with my own pot! Which, by the way, I have no problem controlling the temperature of, unlike the staff of the melting pot. I also wouldn't serve raw meat off the same platter as another table's cheese course. I also could refill my own water glass, another task too daunting for waitstaff. Spoke to the owner 2 days later and he seemed concerned and offered a gift card to mollify this experience. The card has yet to materialize. It's ok, I'm not sure I would go back, even if its free. It's ok, plenty of GOOD restaurants in town
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Celebration dinner
    eatsoutalot
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We went to celebrate the end of the school year with the kids. The owner came over and chatted about the construction. A wonderful meal in a special restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Went for dinner on a Saturday night for a GNO with my 8-year-old. We had a reservation and were seated within a few minutes of our arrival. We had an awesome time - the meal itself is entertainment! The food was delicious and it was really fun to have a whole fondue meal. The server we had was excellent and attentive and quite charming . She even gave my daughter a special dessert and commented about how cute my daughter is. The manager visited our table 3 times to check in with us and make sure we had everything we needed. Both really paid attention when my daughter talked to them, which made me happy. We are looking forward to another meal there in the near future.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great but no more salad...
    Trish
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    So as usual we enjoyed ourselves. Sadly, they have gotten rid of the spinach and mushroom salad that I LOVED :-( But the manager went above and beyond and created it for me and found the dressing they don't carry any longer too. Such great service!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the best service
    Crepe4u
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    In the past we've always had excellent service at the Columbia Melting Pot. This time, it was disappointing. Not sure if they were understaffed or what. Waiter spoke so fast we couldn't understand him. He was always in a hurry and we felt forgotten which is not acceptable service for such an expensive meal. Also, they need to pay attention to the temperature of the room. It gets very toasty with all those pots boiling away! Next time we will go somewhere else for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A nice place for all occasions
    DiningMonkey
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Food is awesome & ambiance is very nice. The restaurant can be kid friendly, but is best suited for a romantic meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • atypical service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We usually love to dine at the Melting Pot. However, after this year's Father's Day experience, we have changed our minds. Yes, it's fondue, which takes time. And usually we're in and out within two hours. But it's a little unsettling when a table that was sat 30 minutes after you has started on their next course, and you still haven't seen your server in a while. Understandable since we had a new server (second day). But then where are the managers to help out. They claim short-staffed. But then isn't it up to them to help the business run smoothly? Their solution? Took off the 18% gratuity leaving the tip amount up to us. But the server shouldn't be docked! Yet they don't want the business to lose money. Overall, unhappy.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good as always
    Beth
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    One of our favorites, and they do gluten free really well - better every time! Also love the customization options!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    great food our server jenn was fantastic she was also training a new server also great
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My First experience
    fsu4life
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    This place was incredible. I'm from Florida, so I've to one there but this one was much better. What really gave it the overall edge was the service. Our server, Wade, was incredibly attentive to our needs as we came as a birthday dinner for my fiance. Wait, let me take a step back. The owner greeted us at the door and knew my name before I opened my mouth. After he checked us in, I watched him personally take a photo of another group that was there. I've never seen a store owner of this caliber of customer service. In addition, I ordered the Teddy Bear package that comes with a single balloon but as a special treat he brought 3 additional Happy Birthday style balloons to us. There's more but space is limited. This place was great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hot Date Spot But Not For Paupers
    boss61
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We took our kids, and a friend each, to MP to celebrate a successful end of another school year. The kids (high school age) loved the fondue process. Our expectations were fulfilled but MP cannot and will not be a frequent destination. Pros - Energetic and helpful waitress; friendly manager; delicious dipping sauces and a relaxed pace. Amazing salads also were a real plus. Cons - Portions and value. One must suspend any and all pretense that an evening at this restaurant is a wise expenditure. Six of us eating the "four course meal", with tax and tip (20%) came to $300. It simply cost too much. If that is their business model, hats off.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 54 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1475 reviews are from the The Melting Pot - Columbia reviews archive.
  • A fun time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    There's just something about cooking your food in the fondue pot that makes dinner with the family so much fun.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Psychicsam22
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    From the second I walked in, I felt comfortable and warm in The Melting Pot...the hostess accounted for tardiness by delaying me and my date's reservation time fifteen minutes. All of our needs were accommodated, too. The waiter had a very relatable, fun-loving personality, and the dessert spectacular. I loved the cozy atmosphere...definitely makes me want to come back again and again. The noise level was a bit loud, yet it was a busy time of night. I enjoyed my food vacation all the same!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Melting Pot
    MD2hat
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The waiter, Peter, was incredibly friendly and his service was excellent. The good was outstanding as usual, will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful night
    Fonduelover
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Very friendly staff! Nice music! Delicious food and wine!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.