The Melting Pot - Gaithersburg
The Melting Pot - Gaithersburg

The Melting Pot - Gaithersburg

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.meltingpot.com/gaithersburg/specials
  • Phone: 3015193638
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fondue
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: 4 course wine dinners with wine representatives from all over the world. Enjoy 4 courses of fondue paired with exquisite wines from selected vinyards around the globe. Second Tuesday of every month is Ladies Night. $30 per person for all 4 courses.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Shady Grove Rd
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Melting Pot - Gaithersburg
The Melting Pot offers an extraordinary dining experience that you won't find at any other restaurant. Here, you'll discover all the ingredients to a perfect evening, including a relaxed atmosphere, private tables, attentive service, fine wines & cocktails, as well as fabulous four-course fondue dinners. No matter what the occasion, from a romantic date to a get together with friends, meetings, or large groups, The Melting Pot always provides fun & lasting memories. Make reservations today & come dip into something different.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
The Melting Pot - Gaithersburg reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (87)romantic (74)good for groups (43)fit for foodies (29)notable wine list (14)kid-friendly (12)neighborhood gem (11)hot spot (10)late-night find (7)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (3)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Never Disappoints
    Avellana
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We enjoy this place very much. The concept is great, there's no other restaurant like this in the area. Food is always fresh and tasty, there's something for everyone. Ideal for "date nights".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ughh
    littleamy85
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    So went for ladies night with my friend and got moldy stale bread. Enough said.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service
    ChrizVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Ladies night is always so much fun! Great price and the food is delicious. Wonderful service and very accommodating to vegetarians
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but not cheap
    Bjr2010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We came here for our anniversary dinner with our kindergarten son. With 2 Classic four course meal we left stuffed! Pricey yet nice for our special occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brian-Our waiter
    aquaeyes
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I love this place!!! I've never had a bad experience...Brian was our waiter this time...again great!!! They're so friendly!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is a great place to go out with your significant other. Very customizable menu and you get to cook your own food anyway you like. Everything is high quality and delicious. The server is expains everything needed and is good at answering questions about food or cooking times. Not the best place for young children but I am perfectly fine with that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once a year
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Fun to do the cook it yourself thing. Nice way to get people talking, interacting, enjoying. Pricey but worth an occasoinal trip as a fu change opf pace.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    Patty13
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We've visited this restaurant several times in the past, usually for a special occasion. This visit was to celebrate my twin sons' birthday. We had a great time and as usual, the food was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for cathing up w/ friends
    vintagevixen99
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I love how easy it was to make a reservation though open table, we got confirmation and a reminder. I loved catching up with my friends that we talk to frequently but just never have face time. It was truly a wonderful evening. The server was amazing and met the energy of our table. The food was timely and very good. The manager John made rounds to ask everyone how their evening was going. We never felt rushed and enjoyed our time together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Take the kids!
    DeeDee
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We loved the whole experience...different and fun, staff was very friendly! Our 7 yo is a picky eater and I wasn't sure it was a good place for kids, so it was a gamble. He ate and tried more food than we thought he would. He LOVED the whole concept and was really into the whole thing. He's asked to go back several times and wants to bring his friends!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Girls Night
    NightOwl
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I've always loved the Melting Pot, and this dinner was no exception to that...the food was wonderful and the server was great about accommodating the two vegetarians. It was quiet and we were able to really enjoy our conversation. Plus there was an outlet right at the table where I could charge my phone. We had to wait several minutes for our table even though I had made a reservation and our drinks took a long time to arrive from the bar. We were also given our bill before we asked for it, and even though the server said, "no rush," we felt rushed. These are my only complaints about what was otherwise a perfect experience. I'm already looking forward to our next Ladies Night!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Overpriced experience for what you get - raw food that you cook yourself at the table....avergaing $50 pp
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nice change
    Yummy
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    It's always a nice change to come here. I get so tired of going to the same places all the time.It's nice to sit relaxed with a friend and just enjoy the food and ambiance. Our server was great and suggested a great wine. We'll be back soon!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    lovesfood14
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My husband and I went for our anniversary and as always, it was amazing. We have been to the Melting Pot several times and it never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had better experiences elsewhere
    LKP1108
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Been to this location about 3-4 times now and only the first time was great service. The most recent outing would have been a better experience if our server was attentive, small children weren't running around unsupervised, our dessert fondue actually got warm, and the manager for the evening making an appearance.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great time was had by all
    Macguy
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This was the first time we had dined at The Melting Pot. It was a fun new experience and everyone in our party thoroughly enjoyed the entire adventure. The service was delightful. The staff was attentive without needing to hover by the table. We loved the variety of the foods and everything was very tasty. I strongly recommend The Melting Pot and will be returning in the near future.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Something different
    plhreh
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Melting Pot has a totally different feel to it than most places. The privacy of the dining areas along with the relaxed and slower paced meal (because you cook it yourself) is great for dates or any party or group that wants plenty of time to talk.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • everyone loved it!
    appm301
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    went to The Melting Pot to celebrate my mother's 55th birthday and we had a great time. The food was delicious, the restaurant was great, our server was the nicest guy ever and even the manager stopped by to make sure we were enjoying ourselves.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great dinner experience!
    Stesh
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My wife and I have been going to "The Melting Pot" for our anniversary for many years. We love this restaurant! You cannot eat quickly so it is a wonderful time of conversation and simply enjoying one anothers company.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic
    meltingpotfan
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My husband and I came to this restaurant for his birthday. We enjoyed every minute of it! Great food, wonderful atmosphere, and beyond the best service we have experienced while dining out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    goodfondue
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great service, good food, and they accommodated all our special dietary restrictions. You CAN substitute broth for wine in the fondues so it makes it perfect for kids and pregnant women (we know that the alcohol gets cooked off but at the same time, we had some picky/worried eaters in our group and it was great that could accommodate us!).
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic Sunday Dinner
    Zaint
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I took my girlfriend here to celebrate a year of dating, Sunday right around opening, having heard it would leave us rolling from the quantity. Service was smooth and friendly, the food was not a huge huge amount but of very good quality, the bar kept us in drinks for the whole time, and the atmosphere was perfect. Only thing that could've been better would be if they had not seated a family with children in the same room as us, but it was only a bit of noise, nothing distracting. It's simple to run up a good sized bill though, so I'll be saving it for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good & bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    as we always celebrate our wedding anniversary here, we love this place. Unfortunately my husband got splashed with hot cheese by someone in training. Things happen & we are all human. Will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dinner, great atmosphere
    Caitlin
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    My fiance and I celebrated our anniversary at the Melting Pot, and as always, were blown away by the food, service and drinks. Even though we didn't note a celebration in the reservation, Isaac asked and made sure we had a special evening. Isaac was very attentive and informative and kept the meal going at a perfect pace, while allowing us to enjoy our evening together. Thanks for another great dinner!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good but "Overrated"
    LoveLife
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This was my first visit, taking hubby for his birthday. Call it ambiance, but it was difficult to read the menu. am a vegetarian ( I do eat cheese) and dove head first into the cheese fondue. (Yum) Small salad, but tasty. The broth with Burgundy was good, but having to cook my veggies in with meat, chicken, salmon and shrimp was a stomach turner. Service started out good, but waiter must've gotten busy, because we didn't see him all too often. I think the place is very overpriced, need to rethink the veggie plate (can't stand tofu, but could add broccoli and potatoes) .. A way so that veggies don't have to intermingle with (ugh) seafood, fish and meat? A split fondue pot? Is there such a thing?
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise, Surprise!
    Ironmonk
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    A nice venue for people of unique foods. The host was very professional and the cost was reasonable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable night out
    datenightfun
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food was delicious as always. This is our third melting pot we've been to and we've always had a great time. Server did fine but water refills took a while. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Service
    Lainfam
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Everything was great.....server explained everything to us. Food was good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ok...
    billandsheri
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Food was ok. Some of the meats we liked. Some not. Waitress did not tell us about the extra charge for liquids to cook in - so were surprised (annoyed) when it showed up on bill - but manager removed the charge which was nice. Does get hot inside due to cooking apparatuses. Dark and quite - would be great for romantic dessert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just love this place
    Bahuncamie
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Time and again I have gone to the Melting Pot and I am never disappointed. We try a different style of cooking every time. I especially like the fact that they are able to accommodate our specific food requests since I do not eat shellfish, beef or pork. The salad choices are great. I especially like the California salad. We primarily go to the Melting Pot for special occasions and will make up a special occasion sometimes, just for that reason. The best part of all is that the prices are very affordable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Melting Pot review
    meltingpotfanatic
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I have been to the Melting Pot before, but this time it was not my family, it was with three friends, two of which had never been there before. I was trying to impress them so they would invite me to parties at The Melting Pot (:-)) and they were definitely impressed. There was something for everyone. The one who just got braces and could barely eat, the vegetarian, the picky eater...it was definitely a good experience. Our waitress was very helpful in explaining the process to us, and it made choosing 2 things out of so many good foods a little easier. Overall, I really loved my experience at the melting and will most definitely come again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My kids love it
    Cork58
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    They always ask to go here on special occasions. What kid doesn't love warm gooey cheese and liquid hot chocolate!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AWESOME!
    luvchoc
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    This was my 5th time coming here. Different occassions, but no matter the occassion wether is taking my sweetie on our anniversary or taking my sister for her birthday, the experience always great!!! The staff awesome....but I do have to give props to our waiter this most recent time...GREAT!!!!! Everyone should experience this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a fun evening here
    twoTined
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The service here is impeccable. Our waiter Isaac was friendly but not overly intrusive. He always came around at the right moments to make sure we had everything we needed. The food is good though it feels like they keep tweaking their menu pricing structure. I would recommend people not go beyond the complimentary bouillon broth--nobody at the table could taste the difference between that and the added $$$ mojo (though the mojo did smell amazing coming to the table). One minor criticism I had was the music. At times it sounded like the background music for an adult film, which was amusing but annoying.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long meal
    KimB
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    It has been several years since I have been to The Melting Pot. Our server, Megan, was friendly, patient and very knowledgeable of the menu. The dining experience was a lot longer than I remember. I didn't mind because I had great company, but it is not a place for a quick meal. I am 6 months pregnant and the booths were extremely uncomfortable. I had to switch between the booth and chair throughout the evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very expensive but enjoyable
    BDEinMD
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We first noticed that after being seated, that we were unable to read our menus with the table lighting. Several of us had to use the lights on our phones. Our server was polite, prompt and personable at the beginning, but near the end of the meal her presence trailed off, especially as we requested our table cleared so we could give presents to the birthday girls (and film it). The menu is quite a bit different and they were explained well enough. The food was very good! The table size was a bit cramped for 6 people trying to eat fondue. The real shock came when we got the bill. With 2 adults (3 drinks apiece) and 1 teenager, the total was $225 before tip. It was a great one-time experience, but was way too expensive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chicken
    chicken
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I was disappointed with the chicken. The chicken had too much seasoning and I couldn't eat them after cooking two pieces.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun night out!
    Cabmum
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We attended the Teacher Appreciation night out and it was so much fun and they provided a great four course menu along with two specialty cocktails! We were probably the loudest ones in there but we had fun! They also do ladies nights out, so I will be going back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too much food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We chose the 4 course dinner. There was absolutely way too much meat on the orders.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 62 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1107 reviews are from the The Melting Pot - Gaithersburg reviews archive.
  • Diva Birthday Party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Took 7 9 year-old girls for my daughter's birthday celebration. All the staff were helpful, patient, and delightful. The girls were in heaven!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate