The Melting Pot - Tacoma
The Melting Pot - Tacoma

The Melting Pot - Tacoma

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.meltingpot.com/tacoma/specials
  • Phone: 2535353939x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

    Bar Hours:

    Monday-Friday 4:30pm-11:00pm
    Saturday and Sunday 4:00pm- 11:00pm

    Happy Hour in the Bar/Lounge:
    7 Days a Week 4:30-6:30
    Every day Late Night 9:00 - close

    Happy Hour in the Bar Only:
    Friday 4:30-6:30 & Late Night 9:00 - close

    5 Items for $5: Pure Chocolate Fondue, Cheese Fondue, Any Salad, On Tap and Bottled Beer, and Happy Hour Wines.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fondue, American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Bring Home The Flavors Of The Melting Pot!
    Our Garlic & Wine Seasoning, House Dressings, Chocolate Bars, Beautifully Hand Dipped Strawberries, & more are available for purchase.
  • Private Party Facilities: We are the perfect location to celebrate a special occasion with family or friends, host a luncheon, or hold a business dinner. Our managers are there every step of the way to guarantee the success of your event & to create a memorable and successful experience for you.

    We can accommodate personal & professional parties of all sizes: Cambria Room seats up to 16
    Rainier Room seats up to 40

    Special Occasion Packages:
    Whether you're joining us for a romantic evening for 2 or creating memories with family, friends, & colleagues, Celebration Packages & Keepsakes are available & will be set at your table, ready to surprise & delight upon your arrival!

  • Private Party Contact: Sean Hanson 2535353939x
  • Entertainment: Happy Hour in the Lounge
    Monday - Friday 4:30-6:00 &
    Every Day Late Night 9:00 - close

    $4 off cheese & pure chocolate fondues; $4 off brie plates; $2 off all salads. $5 well drinks & $7 select wine pours. Beer specials.
  • Special Events: Ladies Night Thursdays!
    Ladies receive happy hour drink prices all night long PLUS enjoy cheese fondue, salad, & chocolate fondue for $20 per person

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 21st
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $5 for valet parking
A word from The Melting Pot - Tacoma
Situated in the hub of Downtown Tacoma, the Pacific Ave. location provides a casually elegant, intimate atmosphere. The relaxing 4 course experience begins with cheese fondue prepared tableside. Fresh salad follows while your entrée pot heats up. You’ll simmer a variety of tantalizing meats, seafood, & vegetables. Each morsel is hot, fresh, & flavorful. Entrees are accompanied by an array of dipping sauces to add to the fun. Your choice of chocolate fondue is the grand finale, served with a variety of delicious dippers. Many have stopped by to satisfy that fondue craving after a concert at The T Dome, a visit to the Chihuly Glass Museum, or a family outing at the zoo.
We feature an extensive wine list, fresh trendy cocktails, & specialty martinis.
It’s the perfect place to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, overdue date night, family night, or a group gathering!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
The Melting Pot - Tacoma reviews from OpenTable diners
165 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (139)romantic (114)good for groups (56)fit for foodies (46)notable wine list (36)hot spot (20)kid-friendly (15)neighborhood gem (15)late-night find (14)great for brunch (7)great for lunch (7)vibrant bar scene (7)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Miss the Traditional Swiss Fondue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We have gone to the Melting Pot for many years and enjoyed the Traditional Swiss Fondue. The new fondues are not good. I do not know why they no longer serve the good fondue.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT all around
    GREATallaround
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I didn't go myself, however, i live in Colorado, and my daughter lives in Seatle. Wanted to do something speacial for her birthday. Making the reservations was easy and then called and asked if i could pay for the meal. They gave me options on how I could pay. They set up their table nicely for them, and they just had the best time. They said the food was outstanding, the service was great, and they added an extra touch of writing happy birthday on a place with chocolate. They said it was one of the best nights they have ever had.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service needs work
    Justmarried
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Would of been nice to have our server check on us more. We needed drinks several different times and our waitress was no where to be found so people actually started to get up and go to the bar themselves. This was very inconvenient since this was my wedding dinner. She really didn't explain much except how it worked, nothing about which broths worked for each meat. I wouldn't suggest this place for a large group of people but would for a small intimate dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a fun time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The Melting Pot is a great place for date night or a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spendy spot for spotty service
    disappointedintacoma
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We went for our daughters birthday as a party of 4. The reservation was made with the request to serve cake (which we provided) with the chocolate course. The cake was delivered to the table still in the box with the candles in a bag. The server presented the restaurants birthday portion with a candle before our cake and the cake was left on the table with no knife or utencils to eat it. It was extremely awkward. Other than that, it seemed like our server was a bit overwhelmed with the number of tables and didn't remember to bring eating utencils for the last course. For the cost of dining and reputation of the Melting Pot, this was my least enjoyable experience to date.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another great experience!
    LindaM
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I took my significant other to the Melting Pot for his birthday! I have been there several times and I have never been disappointed! We had fabulous service, the food was excellent and they brought a sampler plate of desserts with a candle in honor of the birthday. It is pricey but well worth it for a relaxing special occasion. Those who have had negative things to say about the quantity of the food surprise me. We could not eat it all.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous fondue
    fonduefanatic
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I have never had fondue before, this being my first experience, it was absolutely amazing! I'm not sure what I anticipated, but it fulfilled all of my wildest fondue fantasies. Definitely planning on going back for the cheese fondue especially.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary at the Melting Pot and made a reservation. It was our first experience with fondue. We chose the ultimate night of romance as a package. Everything at the restaurant was presented very well and in order. The staff was friendly and the establishment was clean and organized. Our waiter [Jose] was very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Since it was our first time at the restaurant, his expertise provided us with relief. The only drawback was the amount of food in the main entrée along with the cost for the entirety of the package. We felt as though more food needed to be in the main entrée and that would have made it better. We had a lovely night thanks to the Melting Pot and its staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What happened?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We used to go to Melting Pot on only the most special occasions - probably less than once a year, because of the priciness. So when we went Sep 5, we were excited. It was our son's 18th birthday. But it was so disappointing! The portions of the salad were less than half of what they used to be. The service was so slow that when we asked for more bread for our cheese fondue, the fondue burned to the pot before more bread came. The dessert no longer included cheesecake. The bread and dessert were not very fresh, seemed a little old and hard. It just seemed overall that too many corners had been cut. And they didn't acknowledge in any way our son's big 18, although we mentioned it 2 or 3 times. We don't know if we'll ever be going back
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Over-priced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our over-all experience was pretty good, but we probably wouldn't come again unless it was just for dessert, if we go again at all. I had heard it was pretty expensive, so I assumed it was going to be amazing; but considering the price, it was just so-so. The appetizer and desserts were yummy, but our salads and entrees were just ok. If you enjoy boiled meat, you might like the entree, because they have you cook your meat in a pot of boiling broth. It wasn't that good. I would recommend you save your money and go somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrible Host, Great Food/Service
    BigHoss
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Open Table has never let me down, this time - I feel a little "jilted." I made a reservation for 5 for 8 pm on the day I wanted to go. Every 15 minutes was open for reservations - so did not look like there would be any issues. We arrived at 7:10, early, I checked in, advised I only had 4 in my group now, and asked if they could seat us early. The response was flat out "no, your table will be ready at 8." Never a mention of let us see what we can do, no attempt to even look at the floor and see if there was an open table, no excuses, nothing - just a no you'll have to come back at 8. So we did - back at 7:55 for our 8 pm reservation. We weren't seated until 8:20 !!!!! Now, if I'm early and you tell me to come back - it better be ready!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • came for dessert
    cider
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The customer service seems contrived but there is no denying they are trying to make you feel well-served. We came for dessert. It was expensive, but keep in mind you're paying more for the experience than the food. No complaints.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Serendipitous Adventure
    DoctorG
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My wife and I had a wonderful night out dining at the Melting Pot - though "dining" doesn't actually capture the experience. For us, the evening was an interesting fusion of casual cooking, dawdling eating and drinking, and taking pleasure in the succulent morsels of salmon, duck breast, lobster tail, pork medallions - and so much more. But no night is complete at the Melting Pot without the chocolate - yes - they have some of the best dark and white chocolate any palate should be allowed to delight in. The Melting Pot met our expectations - and more - and helped create a memorable evening for the two of us. We don't want or ask for much more.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Shelby was outstanding and the Manager appeared at our table to personally greet us. The overall experience was great, each time we visit the Tacoma Melting Pot the more we look forward to returning. I would Like to Especially Thank Shelby she truly took very good care of us, even though she was very busy with another table, we have visited there many times before, and we have always had a good experience, however she made the little difference from the other visits. Thank You, I really enjoyed my birthday visit, Thanks
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a great time
    jdionn
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food was great but you definitely pay for the experience. The wild mushroom sanchetti in the veggie medley was awesome and my husband loved that he could do half steak and half ahi. The granny apples were amazing with the Alpine. We skipped the salad course and did dark chocolate grand marnier fondue for dessert, which was also very good. That being said, we cook a lot at home so it's hard to want to pay $9 for melted cheese and mostly vegetables. Server was shy at first but warmed up quickly. Overall a pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Plan at least 2 hours for dinner
    kenai
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food was good, although next time we would probably spring for one of the "deluxe" cooking methods (broth), as the standard court bullion was rather flavorless & the meat is not seasoned. While our server was very friendly, he kept forgetting to bring items we requested or brought them way too late to be useful - like more veggies during the entrée. The progression of courses is extremely s-l-o-w, so schedule ample time to enjoy them at the set leisurely pace. Even with only 2 of us, we felt rushed allowing for only 1 & 1/2 hours to complete the meal before needing to leave for our next commitment. We also found that ordering only 1 portion of the cheese & dessert fondues to split was more reasonable volume-wise, and more economical.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out
    Islandboy
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had a great time and excellent experience. Our waiter Justin took plenty of time to explain the menu and over all did a great job of taking care of us. The food was excellent...loved the fontina cheese dish and of course you have to have their flaming turtle fondue....it's wonderful!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 4 year anniversary
    Sherbrandon
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This was my boyfriend and I's first time here ever and the service was great, they acknowledged our anniversary and congratulated us. It was a perfect occasion for us to try it out and will come back for nice occasions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    It was my first time here. Waiter Michael was very knowledgable and friendly. With four people and our groupon for several entries we were to full to try the chocolate fondue! We had one of the cheese fondues that was delicious. It was a fun experience in the dining area. We did not have a good experience I. The bar. We sat waiting 18 minutes with no one acknowledging us. I noticed 2 other couples sitting there waiting for service. Not sure if it was a off night with one server but, we never ordered a drink since our table was ready now ready.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service
    2thscraprr
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The waiter didn't know the menu well & could not keep up. He had to go ask a manager 2x what was the seasonal beer selection. 30 mins later after we got our cheese fondue he tells us they're out of the beer ordered. THEN he took the rest of our order. Which came out wrong.He argued that Teriyaki Steak was the only other steak option.Since we still had our menu's, we showed him that wasn't true.He brought out the correct steak for 2 people, but 1 of us hadn't said to him that his order was wrong too, so he didn't get the correct order. We were just ready to get out of there & done with all of the chaos. We hadn't realized that not only was dessert not included but the cheese wasn't either. The waiter told us that we couldn't use our 20% off.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Social Time
    Buterfli1966
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Reservations important! Because of fondue meal structure multiple courses, it can take a while and is a great time to visit with your loved one(s) or friends! Sit back, enjoy your company and a great meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    Brelynn33
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our first time here and we had a fantastic dinner! Can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The salad's were deliciuos then
    Datenightdinner
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    the dinner arrived, we enjoyed cooking it our way we had enough food to fill us up. We finished with a milk chocolate dessert which was eaten very quickly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loved it
    hkmarie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    went for our 7th wedding anniversary.... loved the food, servers/staff were attentive n freindly. Expensive but felt food n experience worth it for a special night
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food, excellent service!
    OpenTablereviewer
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We loved the entire evening! From the food to the service, everything was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls Night Out
    MommyGamerSayWhat
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This a great place to get together to catch up. We were there for over 3 hours. That included a lot of talk time. The food was wonderful and the atmosphere was warm and friendly. I would recommend The Melting Pot to anyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Night
    melting
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great servers and food! No issues and they brought extra dessert!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Melting Pot
    Weerd1
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    A very nice experience with an interesting set of courses and a unique menu. Great for a romantic evening and fantastic service too.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    strandyman
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This place never disappoints! It has very friendly staff and amazing food!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not quite as good as in the past.
    Notasgood
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Fondue not as good as past. Also, dipping bread was too dry. Desert fondue was excellent, including dipping ingredients. I typically would have rated food and service one star higher in the past.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Patience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The menu was confusing to us but the waiter and manager were both patient and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cheese and Chocolate
    Jayzee
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great service and ambience. Not crazy about boiling meat, you need the sauces to flavor the otherwise bland entree. My favorites are still the cheese and chocolate fondue.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dinner w/ some pitfalls
    Mark
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I had never been to the melting pot before so I was excited but unsure what to expect. The fondue "experience" is certainly very fun and engaging and the food is good if somewhat lacking in presentation. Our service was only average; our waitress had been given a large table somewhere else in the restaurant and, as such, spent little time with us. Given the quiet and intimate atmosphere of the restaurant, that would have been acceptable however, when she did show up to wait on our table, she was visibly frazzled and frustrated. Overall, one overworked waitress does not deserve condemnation; I would consider it worthy of a second try.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great but leave the kids home
    mtdmd
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    First timers for the melting pot. Food was good, experience was unique. Staff was fairly attentive to our needs. Only complain was other customers. One family brought their whole family including their crying 1 year old. Kid cried the whole time. Another family needed to stay in the trailer park. Teenage girl would clear her plate right on the floor. To top it off, they broke out the cartoons on the phone for the baby and the dad ran his timer alarm on his phone very loudly. Next time they need to go to McDonald's. They staff was really good and no complaints on the establishment.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • jmp537
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Amazing Service and food as always. Do yourself a favor and take that special someone in your life to the Melting Pot; ask for Rashard to be your waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best birthday ever!
    Christa
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Picked the melting pot for my birthday dinner and so glad I did! And the complimentary birthday strawberries were delicious!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All you can eat entree event
    mjhseattle
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We went to the Melting Pot for their annual all you can eat entree event. The food was excellent as always, but the service not so much. We had to wait multiple times for drink refills. Also, we were not offered any additional entree and had to ask for another serving. We were rushed into dessert and that was it. They should not offer such an event if it is not going to be supported by the wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    As expected, the food and service was great! Our server was relatively new - female and I forgot her name :(.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night location
    nettyb
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My husband and I had a fabulous time at dinner a few nights ago. Fondue is fun but trying to do it at home is messy, a lot of work and expensive. At the melting pot all the work is done for you and all that's left for you to do is have fun. This was a long, leisurely dinner and we enjoyed every minute of it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great place
    Ladyhunter
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This is a nice romantic spot but would be fun for friends and family too! Had great service and awesome food! I had such a fun experience I am planning to go back next week!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.