The Melting Pot - Gaithersburg
The Melting Pot - Gaithersburg

The Melting Pot - Gaithersburg

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.meltingpot.com/gaithersburg/specials
  • Phone: (301) 519-3638
  • 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 WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
The Melting Pot - Gaithersburg reviews from OpenTable diners
122 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (98)romantic (81)good for groups (52)fit for foodies (33)neighborhood gem (16)notable wine list (14)kid-friendly (14)hot spot (12)late-night find (8)scenic view (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Our waitress Alex was a taste of the experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    My experience with Alex for my wife's birthday was absolutely amazing!!! I have never had such good service, food or fun in a longtime. Thank you for a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant/Meal
    PMBTerps
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We hadn't been to the Melting Pot in about 6 years and we went to celebrate our 10 yr anniversary... What a great night... Food was fantastic (as always), service even better... They were willing to substitute items for me... Our server was around just enough but not too much... And walked out of there feeling so full! Would highly recommend this restaurant if you like fondue!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun restaurant!!
    jojo
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We loved this fondue restaurant. The server was helpful and knowledgable and friendly. We loved the 4 course option. Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a disappointment!
    ElleRoo
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Once again we had a great waiter, great food, and especially great ambiance. It is one of the few restaurants around that can offer a more private, quiet dining experience. The cheese and meat fondue were delicious as always, but the star of the show is always the chocolate. Amazing!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • awesome place
    Wifey1026
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I love coming here for my anniversary and will incorporate any occasion i can with eating at the melting pot.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the Experience
    ericoa1VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I've been to Melting Pot in the past. It's always a fun experience. You go for the fondue / dipping experience not because the food is the greatest or the prices are decent. It's fun, a good conversation experience, and works well for families, friends or dates. Go to menu items are always the make your own entrée option and of course dessert. My visit to this location was good. Our server was very nice. The staff seemed a little over-extended and there was a lot of commotion and loud sounds coming from the kitchen the entire time. All-in-all a good dinner and mostly what you would expect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service and good food
    fmabilo
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The styles are good, it was my second time and would like to go back again. If you want to impress your girl for your first date, believe me it's the right place. 🍵 🍹 was 👍.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great
    rosepetal
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    it was amazing. they even out of their way to fulfill my requests of a birthday cake and rose petals on the table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 10th birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    My daughter loves fondue so we took her to the melting pot for her tenth birthday. The four course meal was fun for the kids and kept them engaged and interested. The food itself was mediocre. Not the highest quality, especially for the money. Found it a bit expensive for what you're getting. Will return for cheese or chocolate fondue but not the entree. S'mores fondue was delicious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dessert
    NickT
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We came with some friends for dessert. It was our first time only coming for dessert instead of the full four course feast. We had a great time. Our server Aaron did not seem in the least disappointed that we were only getting dessert. He made helpful drink and chocolate suggestions and asked us about the dippers we most like. He even gave us cheesecake to dip! Portions were great, drinks fantastic (I had the preservation league drink which was fantastic - kind of a whiskey sangria).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had a very nice meal. The server was attentive, friendly and brought refills. The manager introduced himself. Food was good. Only complain was we used a living social or groupon coupon (forget which) and it wasn't much cheaper which was disappointing. We would go more often if they were more reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun experience
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Pleasantly surprised for the overall experience. Cheese combos were great and chocolates too. The main needs a little more work and patience to enjoy. It was a bit pricey but considering the uniqueness of the dining experience, it was okay, definitely not an everyday casual dining. With a little lower price, it could be visited more often. Overall, it was a good experience and tasty one. We will keep it on our return list.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic time.
    NickT
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The new menu additional at this Melting Pot are great! We had the New Orleans style cheese, and it was great. The seasonal Strawberry Caprese salad was wonderful. Our server (Aaron Kelley) was quite knowledgeable and attentive to a guest on a GF diet. New Whiskey drinks (Alabama 33) were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Mbr123
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Brought our daughter here for her birthday dinner and it started out well them went downhill fast has to wait for refills of water and drinks. Then we got ignored for so long my daughter said @maybe she went on a break". Another server came by asked how our dinner was and I had ordered the seafood sampler and the tuna tasty "fishy" he said he'd see what he could do. 10 minutes later our original server came back and as how it was like she hadn't a clue offered shrimp for tuna I was like no way I'll take the salmon . I won't EVERgo back what a waste of a TON of money.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
  • Always a Favorite!
    Mimi9812
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Can never go wrong with The Melting Pot. The staff is always great at this location, we never leave disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 94 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1133 reviews are from the The Melting Pot - Gaithersburg reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
    • 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.