The Melting Pot - Cincinnati

4.5
2635 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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Special menus

  • Thursdate

     $39.95 per person
    Sep 24 - Dec 10, 2020
    Keep the romance going with our new decadent date night! Make a reservation with us any Thursday and ask for our "Thursdate" special. We'll seat you at a candlelit booth in a guaranteed private section of our restaurant with rose petals covering your tabletop. You'll also enjoy our Thursdate menu which features a 4-course dinner for $39.95 per person and our exclusive Sparkling Chocolate Fondue.

Offers

Buy $100 Get $25

Nov 27 - Dec 24, 2020 · Sun 12:00 PM - 3:45 PM, 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Mon - Fri 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Sat 12:00 PM - 3:45 PM, 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Give The Gift Of Fondue this holiday season. For every $100 of Melting Pot Gift Cards you purchase between Black Friday and Dec 24 receive a complimentary $25 Gift Certificate. In store only.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2635 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MatthewM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always delicious!

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Lacklusterevening
Cincinnati
36 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food this time was better than average with the sauces making up a little for the poor cuts of meat. the service was substandard for the price point of this restaurant. She forgot a few things, was slow on refreshing our drinks and blamed the kitchen for the wrong dessert. The only reason we still tipped her 20% was because of the possibility of another Covid-19 major outbreak that might shut down this and other restaurants. the considerable uniqueness of this restaurant is the only reason we would consider going back, not because of the quality of the food or the service which seems to be lackluster every time we go!

The Melting Pot - Cincinnati
Responded on November 18, 2020

Lacklusterevening, Thanks for reaching out and providing us with your feedback. We appreciate your support of our restaurant and will certainly take your feedback and use it to improve. If you would like to reach out ot me at thomas.reiff@meltingpotfranchise.co I would love to be able to hear a little more about your visit. Thanks again. Thomas R. - Owner

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Very disappointing experience. I think I could have melted a block of Velveta cheese in a pot at home and it would have been more exciting.
Our server was apathetic and unmotivated. Our cheese was plopped down in front of us ... we didn’t even get our drinks until mostly halfway through our service. The same was the case for the charcuterie... which also came well after the cheese.
Overall very underwhelming and disappointing service . Not at all worth the money. Historically - this has been a place we go to celebrate- But not anymore... this place felt depressed and sad.

The Melting Pot - Cincinnati
Responded on November 18, 2020

Anonymous, Thanks for taking the time to provide your feedback. Our most sincere apologies that you feel Velveta would be more exciting than our restaurant. I would love to hear a little more about your experience. Feel free to email me at thomas.reiff@meltingpotfranchise.co if you would be willing to chat. Thanks again. Thomas R. - Owner

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JenniferS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service. Tables felt a little close together.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

I requested for wine and picture but they never did gave them presented as well the waitress wasn’t prepared to serve our food. Very disappointed

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Solomon
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Other than having to wait 30 min past our reservation time, everything was great!

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AllieB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great, Kids really enjoyed their first fondue experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place but only go for special occasions. They are pricey but worth it. I think everyone should try them at least once.

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JamieB
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday! Thanks for a fun way to have my parents enjoy being “out” and having a great food connection!

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Shon
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Extremely overpriced with very small portions.
Average $50.00 per person to cook your own food and still be hungry when you leave.

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Slmdtoy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Sever seamed new possibly, not as interactive as past severs on previous occasions.
Took a minute to get waters even after we ordered bar drinks.
Also wife ordered more of a certain dipper and server brought a different one.

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CARRIEB
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The server didn't really come around much and he seemed as if he was not too excited to be working.

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vipmontchick
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Ariel and Coco! Always make me and my daughter welcomed and taken care!

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vipJennyA
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was good overall. We hadn't been in years. We did feel like the portions are smaller than before, and the food quality went down a little. We like the remodel, but it was fun before because it was more private with gluten tall booths. Still fun, and the food was still good. Dessert was the best! The Smore is our favorite. Service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time dining at the Melting Pot and it was a good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little different experience due to pandemic protocols but still just as special with wonderful service and excellent food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

After an amazing visit last month, my friends and I headed back to the melting pot in anticipation of another stellar dining experience. Unfortunately this dining experience will keep us from returning for a while. The food was ok and although it was a busy night our server, Brandon, must have been having a bad night. We had requested Ariel since she was amazing, attentive without being invasive, kind and efficient. The process took 4 hours. Granted we were seated 25 minutes late..... it was sweetest day and there was a proposal happening (fun!)! Yet dinner should have been a 90 minute process. Once things go down hill, it seems every little thing is a problem.... waiting for water refills, long waits between courses, dirty dishes sitting for long periods of time.... truly lacking for the expectation of what melting pot offers.

The Melting Pot - Cincinnati
Responded on October 29, 2020

Anonymous, Thanks so much for your feedback and we sincerely apologize your experience did not go as it should have. If you wouldn't mind discussing it further, please email me at Thomas.reiff@meltingpotfranchise.co - Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you. Thomas R. - Owner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
35 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience3

It was ok! Apparently they were short staffed so the restaurant was running SUPER behind. Had made reservations and waited over an hour to be sat. The server was great but the wait was quite inconvenient!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It would be nice to have a more romantic table since it was a special occasion. I ordered a glass of wine and had to wait for a clean glass. It took 25 mins to finally get a glass for my wine. Waiter forgot we ordered the chauctier with our cheese fondue. We were comped with the garlic seasoning. We always love the melting pot and will be back! Just a off night.

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vipkari
Cincinnati
36 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overpriced. Went for the experience mainly. Cheese was the best part

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vipRDcarrie
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing experience...took my boyfriend who is meat and potatoes guy here for his birthday dinner. I was nervous it would be too weird for him, but he loved it! We were there during restaurant week, so we got 3 courses: cheese fondue (ummmm...can I say deliciousness!), then a yummy salad, next our main entree, which consisted of steak, shrimp, chicken and pork. Of course, we had to get some dessert and opted for the classic chocolate PB fondue which was to die for. Our server B. Foster, was great! I would highly recommend for date night or any special occasion!

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5Favors
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my husband here to celebrate his birthday. It was a very nice experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience2

We have been to melting pot in the past and have had flawless experience. However last night was the complete opposite. We made reservations for 7:15 and arrived at 7:00. Knowing that we were early we expected to wait. The hostess told us there was a 20-25 minute wait. I said okay and asked if that was 20-25 after our reservation or from when we arrived. She said it was 20-25 minutes from when we arrived. We said ok that’s not bad we aren’t in a hurry. We checked in with her at 7:50 to see what was going on and she said there were 2 more names on the list in front of us. We said okay, confused because we had a reservation but continued to wait. We were finally seated at 8:10. Over an hour after we arrived.. and the waiting just continued from there. Our server was very personable but was extremely busy. It seemed as he was given our table randomly as he wasn’t serving any of the tables around us. We put our order in and it took almost a half hour for our cheese to come out. The manager came over and brought us waters, even though I wasn’t drinking water, but that was fine. I appreciated him bringing us a refill of any sort. We waited another 30 minutes for our salads to come out. My husbands salad did not come with a dressing on it like it was supposed to so we wanted roughly 25 minutes from the server to come back and check on us so we could ask for dressing and my tea that he had forgotten about when he dropped off the salads. Finally my husband says whatever I’ll just eat the salad plain and starts eating it. The server then comes back (around 35 minutes after he dropped off the salads) to see how they taste and we ask him for some dressing and he apologized and said they are supposed to come with the dressing on it. We finish the salads and wait another 25 minutes for the server to bring our pot of broth and sit there and wait roughly 30 minutes with the broth boiling in front of us for the meat to come out. Dinner took over 4 hours because of all the waiting

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vipMatt
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a great date night location. All four courses are excellent.

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RickD
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food as always was fantastic.

Our server knew her menu and was able to instruct us well.

COVID measures were in place and followed.

We WILL be back

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LindaW
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value during Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week. Remodel is awesome and so glad I could share my experiences with family.

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carolm
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always a favorite place to "catch up" with an old friend or two.
Quiet, relaxed atmosphere, unhurried delicious food--- ready to talk!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience celebrating my wife’s birthday!

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vipSteveC
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was really slow. They did comp 2 of our drinks for the long wait, which was much appreciated. We still feel like service has definitely not been great the last 3 times we’ve been there.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our waiter was very nice and he was very patient with us. we had a lot of amazing laughs tonight

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Stacy
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was super nice and helpful. The food was out of this world.

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TracyC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate our anniversary. We requested a booth with our reservation and we got one, which made our dinner a lot nicer. The restaurant was clean and all the staff were wearing masks. The staff was very attentive as always.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The food was great as always but I asked for the birthday strawberries on my open table reservation and they did not have them. I also ordered the yin yang chocolate fondue and they came out with the s’mores one instead.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Unfortunately not one of our best experiences here. Service was just off. We waited extremely long times for refills, food, and condiments. If she remembered at all to bring. Luckily we have been there before and have experienced better nights.

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vipSNGBEAR
Cincinnati
56 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Birthday meal. Social Distancing and masks we're strictly followed. We appreciate it!

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DanL
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

First time for me and my family. Went for a birthday. Wait staff was friendly and pretty on the spot, but the cheese fondue never got hot, the chicken was way over seasoned, and the chocolate desert was OK. We did the $49/person 4 coarse and it is a TON of food and I just wasn't that impressed for the price.
It was fun to experience once, but folks got flustered on how long to cook what in the Fondue Pot, and after a while it became a chore. Likely wouldn't go again.

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JulieP
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time and we absolutely loved it! Thank you very much!

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Doug
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Alex was the best server we have ever had. The food, drinks and service were excellent. We can not wait to go back.

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Atta
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had a great time for a girls night out, food was great, our server Alec was fabulous. I personally could do a double cheese appetizer, salad & dessert & would be completely satisfied, the middle part doesn’t interest me all that much but then again I’m a veggie person. Alec did recommend the coq au vin cooking preparation & it was a nice choice. Perfect for a girls gossip session with wine & cheese or a romantic date night just please keep your phone timer volume on low people!

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The Melting Pot - Cincinnati is rated 4.5 stars by 2635 OpenTable diners.

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