The Melting Pot - Cincinnati

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Fondue
Cincinnati's favorite celebration restaurant. "The Melting Pot is pure entertainment," declares the NY Times. Whether it's a romantic dinner for two or a gathering of friends for a bridal or baby shower, Girl's Night Out, or birthday The Melting Pot has the recipe to make all your occasions special. Relax in our inviting, warm atmosphere and let our attentive servers guide you through our selection of fondues, sauces and fine wines. Winner of an "Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator magazine.

Complimentary specials

Happy Hour

Check out our brand new bar area and Happy Hour Offerings. Weekdays from 5-6PM enjoy any Cheese or Chocolate Fondue for $6 per person. Drink specials include; $3 off all Specialty Cocktails, $4 Mixed Drinks, $5 Select Craft Beer and $6 House Wines by the glass. Bar area only.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great experience. Things are a little different: cheese and chocolate fondue are prepared behind the scenes. The pace of the meal is a little quicker, which is understandable given the challenge to the business model. We fully support the Melting Pot's efforts to adapt to changing times and welcome them back with open arms!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was excellent. So was the service. Tough to do with all the new conditions due to the virus but I thought our waitress did a great job!!

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TinaM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Cara our server was amazing AGAIN!
We typically go to Melting pot in Dayton, but came back here because of her!

She remembered what we like, how we like it, when we like it. Her timing is perfect.

We’ve had alot of really good servers but she is absolutely outstanding. This is the second time we’ve had her we will continue coming back to this location if she is available..

The Melting Pot - Cincinnati
Responded 3 days ago

TinaM, We will be sure to share this with Cara! So happy that you had another enjoyable experience. The fact that you come to us speaks volumes. We appreciate the continued support and can't wait to see you again. -Jarred Wilkins GM

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vipLindaandBill
Cincinnati
38 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a very nice evening at The Melting Pot. My husband and I both felt comfortable with the precautions they took to help keep everyone safe and healthy. The food, beverages, and service were all excellent

The Melting Pot - Cincinnati
Responded 3 days ago

LindaandBill, While dining with us your comfort and safety are at the top pf our priorities list. Glad to hear you felt that way here and just wanted to say thank you. We appreciate your time that was taken to leave this review and appreciate your continued support! -Jarred Wilkins GM

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JenB
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This was one of our first dining out experiences since the shutdown. The server was nice. She wore her mask correctly and they took great care to social distance while still being polite and attentive. My one complain and this is minor, is the burner was turned up too high for the chocolate. Things did get VERY hot. Luckily I was able to turn it down, but this is something they might want to be mindful of.

The Melting Pot - Cincinnati
Responded 3 days ago

JenB, We will definitely take note to the burner being too hot and will and coach our team members to better monitor this moving forward. I appreciate the time you took to give us your feedback and I 'm pleased to hear that the remainder of your experience was enjoyable. We look forward to seeing you again! -Jarred Wilkins GM

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DeeDee
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first dining out experience post OH shelter at home. It was my birthday & my sons 8th grade graduation celebration. Employees did a nice job making us feel safe. Tables were spaced out. Everyone wore masks. My Family had a really FUN time experimenting with different fondue styles and flavors. It had been 20 yrs since since I had been to a Melting Pot. The concept has held up very well. Great for a teenager!

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Responded 3 days ago

DeeDee, Thank you so much for your feedback. We are excited to be able to welcome the community back into our restaurant. Knowing that you felt safe and that you had an enjoyable experience means the world to our staff. We look forward to your return and can't thank you enough. -Jarred Wilkins GM

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

The intimate dining experience that made Melting Pot so special has been replaced by a casual open-concept quick in-and-out restaurant. Our server was nowhere to be found our entire meal. He introduced himself by showing up at our table and saying “Shawn’s back.” We ordered what we thought was a 2 person meal and it turns out he entered our entire food order as a “single” so my husband and I shared a single meal. When our entree arrived the plate was not so gently dumped on our table and then we were abandoned without an explanation of what was what. Again, the same thing happened during dessert. The chocolate was placed on the burner and he walked away. We ordered the original which has a spoonful of peanut butter that is usually mixed table side by the server. Our chocolate was delivered cold with the peanut butter blob in the center. Lastly, we were given the wrong bill and our server never did return to fix it. We had to flag down another employee to correct it. This was the most disappointing birthday dinner I’ve ever had.

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StephanieB
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s was a great experience and the waitress was on top of it all!

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vipCarolS
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marty helped create a wonderful birthday experience for my friend Robert. He was knowledgeable about the menu and made suggestions based on our preferences.

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rkohio
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very slow service between courses!

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StephanieS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My daughter chose this place for her birthday. The food was great, the experience great. You made her feel so special for her birthday. Thank you so much for a great time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

This was our first (and likely last) time going to The Melting Pot. The food was “good”, the service was outstanding, and the atmosphere was above average...but the prices are astronomical. $261 with tip, for 4 people with soft drinks.

We did not leave hungry (in fact, we took a little home). However, I just can’t justify spending that much money when I’m preparing most of the food myself.

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TaylorG
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and the food was great. Only complaint is that we ordered too much food

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vipkathleen
Cincinnati
39 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The remodel at the restaurant is beautiful, definitely worth stopping by to see. As usual the food and service was outstanding. Always look forward to our time at Melting pot Cincinnati

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vipkathleen
Cincinnati
39 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently awesome, always served with a smile. Restaurant remodel is spectacular :-)

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and experience! Cara was a wonderful waitress, and you can’t beat the Leap Day specials!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience5

My server Michelle was awful. She didn’t know the menu, she spilt stuff multiple times. We sat and waited for a long time. She did not do what the others normally do.

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Srmrymrgrt
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my all time favorite restaurants in the Cincinnati area.

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donnaresa
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Abundant menu selections. Nice atmosphere and attentive wait staff.

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BurkeM
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food4service3ambience5

It was probably my worst experience dinning. We had a reservation at 8:30 which I made a week in advance. We got there at 8:15, we weren’t seated until 9:40 and they technically close at 10. Took my server 15 min to figure out what drink I said I wanted (coke no ice) besides just coming back and asking me again what I wanted he went to the bartender to see if he knew what I wanted, since he thought I wanted some wine or a cocktail. And we didn’t receive our first course the cheese fondue until 10:30! The bartender tried bringing us our Salads which is the second course. Overall it was terrible, the food was still good and they gave us our meal for free. But I still don’t understand what was happening that night.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

I was excited to return to Melting Pot—my friend and I arrived on time for our “early bird” reservation, but we waited about 20 minutes to be greeted by our waiter. We were each given a free glass of wine because of our wait, and that was very nice. After that perk and many apologies, we expected a more concerted effort for the remainder of the meal. However, the waiter continued to make us wait lengthy periods of time before checking in, at every turn. It was disappointing and frustrating, to say the least. Our portion of cheese was also pitiful—that’s usually our favorite part!

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Somethingnew26
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love Melting pot. Not sure about the new look. Miss the quiet booths.

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Domo
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The melting pot was a great choice for a more formal and special dinner

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FoodLover
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I took my daughter as a surprise. We had a great time. We are not fans of the new more open concept. We also miss the dressing on the California salad. We still enjoyed ourselves and will definitely return!

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BillB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The Service was very slow. The server was upset that did not order more food and made the kids feel uncomfortable. We asked the server if happy hour prices were in effect, and he said they were. But when the bill came it was too high; then, it took over 15 minutes to fix. It was a poor experience and way over priced.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

The restaurant was very understaffed this time. We were made to wait an hour past our reservation time. Once our favorite spot, not any more.

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vipkathleen
Cincinnati
39 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was a bit crowded this evening, so it was a bit louder than usual. Thomas was the server....great job. remodel is beautiful :-)

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LauraR
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Maybe. The food would have been good if the server explained how to regulate the oil. It was turned up the whole time and everything burned. The server was very nice! However, it was EXCEPTIONALLY SLOW!!!! She did apologize several times. But, we had our younger children with us and dinner took almost 3 hours. We never received our last drink order.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience4

My friend and I took our girlfriends here for Valentine’s Day, we were unaware they had a limited menu, which was fine because we were willing to pay. The waitress treated us poorly. She only came back to give us our courses of the meal, and then to get the bill. Never once did she ask us if we wanted anything more, or how everything was, or fill our waters. And when I paid at the end she told us that next time we should ask if they have their regular menu before coming in. Felt like she gave up on our table because we were a bunch of college kids who were initially put off by the thought of a 200 dollar bill. Disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We took our 12 year old here for an alone night with her (we have several children). The experience over all was amazing! Cooking the food was so fun. The taste was even better! However, we did have to wait close to 30 minutes for our table (we had reservations). We are absolutely coming again!!!!!

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TaraB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

We went for a late Valentine’s dinner and got a table instead of a booth which took away from the ambiance. The food was superb, but our server seemed frazzled and forgot our order, champagne toast and took about 20 minutes between courses.

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JUSTINC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience5

I usually go there a few times a year for special occasions however I have not been in over two years.. my service was pretty poor to say the least, we requested 2 Cokes and did not get those until we were done with our second course and starting to prepare the 3rd corse I did not get a refill the entire time I was there and our Cokes ended up watered down, the cheese came out and it was warm to start but the burner was never turned on leaving the cheese to get thick and relatively cold.. the desert was definitely the best part of our dinner but the burner was left on high and begin to burn the chocolate I had to find a switch and turn it off myself ... I've always enjoyed my time at The Melting Pot and try to go there anytime the occasion calls for it however i feel it was not what it used to be and I was overall pretty disappointed with the service... at this point I will not be returning to meltingpot.

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TracyO
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was very good. There was a nice variety to dip/cook in all of the courses. Service was prompt. The atmosphere was fun as our party anticipated actual participation in our dinner. The first course was jumbo shrimp cocktail with a horseradish cocktail sauce but unfortunately, was so hot it was inedible. When we asked our server for other cocktail sauce, she said there wasn't any other. We asked for ketchup and she said they didn't have ketchup. She finally brought some plum sauce. Our other disappointment was our Turtle Sundae chocolate course which when they brought it said they didn't have any candied pecans. Sorry. Could they have offered plain pecans which you can buy at Kroger? The biggest disappointment of all was the bill. With two $12 drinks only, our bill for four persons was $285.00 PLUS a 20% tip. It was an interesting experience but not nearly worth $332.00.

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JeneaJSM
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! I love coming here, the service and the food is always fantastic!

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TimK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Celebrated Valentines Day weekend. I love the MP, but unfortunately every aspect of our service was well below the expectation of a night out at the MP.
Our server and one training were terrible in every way. Forgot to present rose when seated, waited for over 5 minutes after seated to be greeted, cheese selection was asked before we were even able to order drinks, chocolate was served without dunkers, had to wait for server to come back before realization that dunkers were not served. Server made over couple next to us and totally acted as if we were a bother.
Big disappointment considering it was a special occasion and the money spent. Unfortunate.

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SamF
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best waitress and everything tasted fantastic. We went for our 8 year anniversary and it was worth every penny!

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JenniferD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience1

This has been our go to place for our anniversary every year- we love it. We look forward to it every year. This year, we decided to go on Valentine’s Day. I quickly figured out, though, that going during a holiday was NOT a good idea. The “set” valentines day menu had much smaller portions of food for the same place. I mean the meat plate was tiny. We were jam packed into a back room like sardines with several other couples. It was so warm that we were both sweating and this made the experience very uncomfortable. It was too busy, the cheese never warmed up properly but our server was running around and too busy to notice. We kind of felt like the food was thrown at us and that was it. Very impersonal and rushed which has not been our previous experience here. I’m so sad because this has been our go to spot for years- but I don’t think they are able to handle how busy they’ve gotten and still keep their quality.

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MaryS
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Liked the old decor/setup better...food still great!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was fantastic!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I quite liked everything, the waitress was really nice, but it took her a while to get food to us, and at the end on the night my boyfriend asked to get our checks split, and she looked at him and said “you’re joking right?” Which I believed was incredibly rude

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