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The Melting Pot - Portland
The Melting Pot - Portland

The Melting Pot - Portland Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.meltingpot.com/portland/specials
  • Phone: (503) 517-8960
  • Hours of Operation: DINNER Monday-Thursday: 5 pm to 10 pm Friday: 5 pm to 11 pm Saturday: 3 pm to 11pm Sunday: 4 pm to 9 pm BAR Opens Daily at 4 pm HAPPY HOUR Monday-Friday: 4 pm to 6:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Fondue
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The entire Portland restaurant is available for daytime events, seating 20 to 180 guests. We offer the same quality of service and attention to detail to large parties that our restaurant is famous for.
  • Private Party Contact: Kelly McNaron- kellymcnaron@gmail.com (503) 517-8960

Getting there

  • Cross Street: SW 6th Avenue & Main Street
  • Public Transit: Conveniently located just three short blocks south of the Pioneer Courthouse Square MAX station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Covered parking is available at the Congress Center Garage located directly across from The Melting Pot at 1025 SW 6th Avenue, between the Starbucks and the Subway. $3 with Melting Pot validation. (6th Avenue Entrance ONLY).
A word from The Melting Pot - Portland
Located in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon and elegantly appointed and furnished, The Melting Pot is the perfect destination for an out-of-the-ordinary experience. Celebrating something special? Our Hospitality Specialists are able to assist with all of your entertaining needs. We offer everything from personalized hand-written cards and balloon bouquets to long-stem roses and champagne waiting on your table when you arrive. Reservations are highly recommended, so start your Perfect Night Out by calling us at 503.517.8960 to speak to a Hospitality Specialist. We will help you create a dining experience you won't soon forget.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
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Diner Reviews
  • "My waiter was so funny and the food was great! I was there to celebrate my cousins sweet 16th and it was one of the best decisions we made on how to celebrate!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "service was amazing as was food. everything was as expected"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We have enjoyed this restaurant multiple times for special occasions and will continue to"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Great food and the service was incredible! The entire wait staff was engaging and genuinally seem to love their job!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We told our server that we needed to be at a show in 1.5 hours. He was able to recommend menu items that we could eat within that time period. (It normally takes at least 2 hours to get through all four courses. )"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My husband and I have been going to this Melting Pot for nine years. The food and service are fabulous. The four course meal is the best deal. You think it won't be enough food, but trust me, you are full when you leave. I would add a few minutes to the cooking times that they suggest. The potatoes take forever, so we dump those in right at the beginning and let them cook while we cook some of our meat and shrimp. We have gotten to know the manager Kelly, our favorite server Sean, and the very engaging water/bus boy Jonathan. In nine years, we have never had a bad experience. I think it's what you make it. Yes, it's spendy, but no more than Portland City Grill or Ringside. The atmosphere and fun of fondue are totally worth it."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We always talk about where to go for our anniversary dinner and inevitably we agree on the Melting Pot - we don't really discuss going anywhere else for our special occasions for the two of us. My wife says you make the best Lemon Drop martini around. We love the cheddar fondue (can't get enough), always have the bouillon for our entree, and then the great turtle chocolate fondue for desert, with extra pound cake!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "It is a good restaurant with a nice atmosphere. The servers are very polite and kind. It's dark for a quiet romantic ambiance. This all was fine and good. The price for the food on the other hand is completely unreasonable. The food is good but not $50/per gourmet. It's fun you get to socialize while cooking your own food at the table. However, this is another reason the food price is to high... you're cooking your own meal! It was an enjoyable experience but not one I'll repeat. I can pay 1/3 the money and get food just as good at Stanford's, Apple Bee's, Olive Garden, or etc. If I am going to take my wife out on the town for an expensive dinner, I can get the same ambiance & far superior food for the same price other places in Portland"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We took our 20 year old daughter there for her birthday at her request. The service was spectactular, but the food was not overwhelming. It was good enough, but at the price, I would have expected a "WOW". $40-$55 per person was a bit steep in my view. My daughter was very happy with the experience. Two different views."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "It was my first time there! Me and my gf went for our first anniversary! We got the lovers package the roses were perfect the waiter was amazing! The kitchen staff was awesome! And the good was mostly incredible the only thubg I was weary on was the choice if meats and their seasonings! Not to my taste but the filet mingion was to die for, that I will hand to them! But thee appetizer was OMG and the salad was ok! The dessert was awesome!!! Overall I'd say a solid 4.9 outta 5!! Definitely gonna be there again!!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We love cheese fondue and who can say no to stuff dipped in melted chocolate? But the "main course" in between leaves much to be desired. Fondue entree means you are served a plate of raw meat and vegetables which you cook, basically one bite at a time, in a pot of boiling broth. While a selection of "dipping sauces" accompanies the entree, the meat and broth are not very flavorful and the variety of sauces just don't compliment every type or style of meat preparation. Plus, it's just not that enjoyable to cook my own food at a restaurant. We will remember for the future to keep The Melting Pot as an option for an appetizer or dessert, but not dinner (or have the cheese fondues for dinner)."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The food was amazing, and my 9-year-old had a blast. The weird thing was the restaurant was mostly empty, but they still made us wait 15 minutes for our reservation time. But when we finally got our table, our server, Jerry, was awesome! He accommodated all our special requests, including for extra veggies. :)"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We generally consider ourselves "foodies" so this was an odd choice and a spontaneous dinner pick. With that in mind, we really enjoyed the food. Everything was tasty and fresh as it arrived. We had a fun evening playing with the fondu pot. It was possibly the best service we've had in years. Amazingly attentive staff. My biggest complaint would be the interior. While clean and well maintained, it felt like it hadn't been updated since the '90s."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We wanted a quiet, romantic place for our anniversary dinner and we found it in The Melting Pot. We asked for and received a private table and it was perfect. The service was excellent--the waiter met our every need without being annoying or intrusive. We would highly recommend this place!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I had heard many good things about the Melting Pot so a friend and I decided to try it out. Or server was very inattentive and said maybe two words to us. He was not very good at explaining how the process worked and seemed very pushy. I am a huge cheese fan but our cheese fondue was horrible. It tasted like straight beer and cheap cheese. The dessert was delicious but that was the only good part of the meal. I'm not sure if I'll ever go back but if I do it'll just be for dessert."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Great service! Jeff, our waiter was fabulous. We even had 2 managers ask us how our experience was!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dinner! The cheese and dessert fondues are the best!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Everything was great and we will definitely go back. We would personally only have the cheese and chocolate fondue because it was more appetizing to us but overall it was a great experience."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The Five of us enjoyed the experience as this was our second time at the Portland, OR Melting Pot and our Daughters 38th Birthday. We also had our Five year old Grand Daughter who thought it was great and the service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Great place for a special occasion or romantic dinner. Not a good place for small children. My wife and I celebrated our anniversary with a great meal, superb service and an overall great great time."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Only been a couple times, but worth the money and time to take someone special."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Had an absolutely wonderful dinner with my wife and an East Coast friend. Started with a great recommendation on wine and then the 4 course meal. Absolutely loved every bite. Our waiter was awesome and the whole evening was fun and relaxing."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I and a good friend dined at The Melting Pot to celebrate her birthday. My guest had never had fondue, so it was a major hit. Food is good, pace is slow and comfortable, service great and the originality of the menu made it a great food experience. Be prepared to spend some money! Dinner for two with drinks and one glass of wine each came to 180.00."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Me... Not so much. The food is great, I'll give them that. Just ask the staff. They will tell you how great it is, and how your uneducated pallet doesn't know what you really like. At least they're not condescending when they tell you that selection you're interested in isn't as good as the four course meal deal you don't want or that the wine you want to drink with your meal isn't as good as what they want you to have. But, when the conversation reaches a lull at the table, you can always stare at the food covered walls. When my wife left the booth for a moment, I used my napkin to wipe the booth down. Did I mention that the food was good? How can you go wrong? You pay 5 star prices to cook it yourself!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This place is so difficult to get into, but absolutely worth it! My 4 1/2 year old really enjoyed it, and so did we. Food was delicious, and the service was excellent. We can't wait to go back with the rest of the family!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We brought our kids here to celebrate their report cards. Our waiter, I think his name is Jerry, made the whole experience awesome. The food was fantastic and everyone had a great time. My son asked if I would tip our server 50% because he liked him so much. I wish I could have. We had a coupon for chocolate covered strawberries for joining club fondue and they were amazing. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This was second time and we were treated like a royalty. We will definitely return again!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I think that it is imperative to have quality customer service in a world with so many bitter people. As soon as I walked into The Melting Pot - people were attentive and friendly. I thoroughly enjoyed talking with each employees. We never had fondue and were extremely excited about the cheese. It was pretty darn good. My one recommendation would be to have more options for vegetables for dipping. I thought that the costco pack cut celery, carrot and tomato was, while tasty, unimpressive. I guess that's a melting pot thing but it would be cool to have choices of veggies and be able to have a full cooked vegetable list for the cheese fondue if anything at an extra cost."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Our daughter wanted to go to the Melting Pot for her high school graduation dinner. She, and her brother, loved it from the moment we stepped in the door to when we left. 2 days later they are still talking about it. The food selection was great and they even had a gluten free menu for my wife. Jeff, our server, was attentive and made the evening a special occasion. We came away with full stomachs, smiling faces and a fun memory."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Melting Pot, as a fondue restaurant, has a limited repertoire, but they do that one thing well. On the whole, the food was good, the dessert amazing, but prices were very, very high for what you get. Essentially, they prepare a cheese fondue for a starter, then provide cut-up cuts of meats and vegetables for the main course, with hot cooking liquids. Six sauces are provided. All is good, but again, you pay for it."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time celebrating Father's Day at the Melting Pot. The food was delicious and so much fun. Our nine and seven year old daughters had a blast and we appreciated that there was a kid sized meat portion for them."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Overall a good restaurant for a special occasion. The service was excellent. The food was average. You're paying for the experience not the food. It's a fun experience. Especially cooking your own meat in the pot!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is the restaurant we come to for special celebrations. We also always come here when we attend a function at Keller. The food is always superb. The service is always impeccable. Waiters are very personable and enjoy their jobs. We just have to create another special reason for going to the Melting Pot!!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Love coming here as we always have a fun evening out! We brought our kids , 7 & 11, here for the first time and they loved it too."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Let me just say, this is my first review ever because I have never found any worth it to take out of my day to review. But we were wowed by our fantastic waiter for the night, Jeff(rey). We both kept saying afterwards that he was the best waiter we had ever had, especially at the Melting Pot (previously, we had to wait 30 minutes for a water refill). The food is fantastic and very rich. Perfect anniversary atmosphere. However, please, if you have young children that yell, do NOT bring them along. Entirely ruins the atmosphere that is otherwise very romantic and nice. They would have absolutely ruined our anniversary from their obnoxious behavior had our waiter not been fantastic. Basically, request him and tip well! He deserves it!!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "make sure you are specific about where you want to sit or you will get stuck by the kitchen - even if you make your reservation weeks in advance."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Went for an anniversary with another couple and although the service was good and they had nice touches (picture of the couple's with commemorative glasses with paid champagne) the food was overpriced for the quality. Go for the experience, not for the food."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This was a birthday dinner for the family. The treatment we received was fantastic. Prompt service. Our questions were answered clearly. It made the birthday celebration even better"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I've gone to this specific restaurant once a year for the past few years and every time my wife and I have a great experience. The food is delicious, and eating there becomes more like a fun activity that a simple dinner. The staff is personable, friendly and helpful: I get the impression that the individuals there enjoy their work even though it can get stressful, and they want the patrons to have a nice time. I recommend all "The Melting Pot" restaurants, but specifically the location in Portland, OR to anyone and everyone. (On a side note, the location in Cincinnati, OH is also wonderful)."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Our server JD was wonderful. He made the evening perfect for us."
    Dined on 6/7/2014