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About The Melting Pot - Columbia

Your fondue experience … attentive service, the highest quality fresh ingredients, a variety of cooking styles, unique sauces, your favorite chocolate fondue. The Melting Pot … it’s dinner to dine for.

10451 Twin Rivers Rd., #124
Columbia, MD 21045
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Fondue, Swiss, French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 4pm-9pm.

Cross Street:
Govenor Warfield Pkwy.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 740-9988

Website:
http://www.meltingpot.com/columbia-md/specials

Parking Details:
The Wilde Lake Village Center is under going a major renovation. Additional parking is available at the vacant gas station that will soon be a CVS.

Executive Chef:
yourself

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Wednesday's 50% off all bottles of wine.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Enjoy a 4- course prix fixe Valentine's Special for just 160.00 per couple.
Our regular menu will not be available on February 14th. Please provide Email address so that we can send menu and confirmation.

The Melting Pot - Columbia Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

3.9

ambience

4.0

value

3.6

Noise

Quiet

81% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (34)
Good for Anniversaries (31)
Special Occasion (29)
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Romantic (28)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Fun (14)
Cozy (13)
Worth the Drive (10)
Good for Groups (8)
Casual (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Authentic (2)
Business Meals (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

Great place for a slow, take your time, dinner date.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined 3 days ago

I’ve been to other melting pots so knew what to expect. The food and service were great. The location we were sat was not. We sat along a hallway to the kitchen so constant servers walking through killed the romantic evening we had planned. Also, shortly after we were seated, a server tripped and spilled another tables used cooking liquid. They cleaned it up quickly, but there was an odor that remained. If you go to this location, I would recommend asking to be sat at a better table.

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·Dined 3 days ago

They went above and beyond to make aour anniversary extra special, and they didnt nickel and dime us. Great night over all.

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·Dined 3 days ago

My husband and i absolutely love the melting pot! The atmosphere is so relaxing!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The food and atmosphere was excellent! Septon (our server) was attentive and very helpful! We celebrated the 50th anniversary of our first date and had a wonderful time! 3 different fondues, all excellent! The manager (Heather) gave us a bottle of “bubbly “ and chocolate covered strawberries to help us celebrate! VERY Nice!

The Melting Pot is our go-to place for any/all celebrations!

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

This location isn't nearly as nice as the other Melting Pot locations we've been to.
Quite disappointing.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 13, 2018

It’s a fun experience but the price is entirely too high. Our server although was very friendly, he was not good at explaining things . Not sure if he was new but he did not explain anything and we ended up getting foods we do not like which could have been prevented had he thoroughly explained the menu. I think it’s best to go for dessert but not food, very expensive for what you get.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Our food was really tasty, and our server was very sweet, but we waited 45 minutes between finishing our main course, and getting our dessert (and that was 45 minutes after we actually ordered the dessert - in addition, we did have to wait about 15 minutes after we finished our main course to even get the dessert menu). It kind of ruined the experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

The meal overall was great. I wish our waiter gave more suggestions and came back more frequently to check in on us since it had been a year since I had been to the Melting Pot and it was my friend's first time. The time between he would come to see how we were and us actually eating was a bit long, especially since we had a movie we were trying to catch right after the meal. But other than that I really enjoyed the ambiance and the meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Our server was just-the-right friendly. Connected well with our group of 6 women. Whole the cheese fondue was delicious, we were given a only a small amount of apples and vegetables to dip in our cheese, and didn’t include broccoli, usually a staple - celery, carrots, cauliflower. The chocolate fondue was excellent, and the dippers were plentiful and varied. The round table worked well for conversation. Overall a nice Thursday evening out in a quiet setting.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We love the Melting Pot. This time there was a really unhappy baby at the next table, which made it a much less relaxing experience....and even then I still want to come back. Normally the atmosphere is calm and quiet, and I leave feeling full and happy. Next time!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

My wife and I recently ate at The Melting Pot in Columbia in celebration of our wedding anniversary. The food itself was fine, as usual, though our service was subpar. The server that we had was lackadaisical and ended up leaving the bouillon boiling in the pot for so long that it burned, leaving a horrible smell at our table and in our clothes. I’m guessing that this was just an isolated incident, though. We’ve been to the restaurant before and had much better service.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Years Eve

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

It was an extremely busy night as it was New Year’s Eve so there were lots of people there celebrating. Everything felt busy, and rushed. It wasn’t really a relaxing environment that I’d enjoy to ring in the new year. Our waiter was doing his best despite the fact he probably had a ton of other tables to wait on. They might’ve been understaffed that night. The food was... not worth the money. We chose the bourbon bacon cheddar cheese and it was truly disgusting. It tasted like you mixed cheese into bourbon. We asked for it to be changed and ordered the Old bay cheese, with no alcohol, and it wasn’t much better to be honest. It was extremely salty. We ate it anyway because it was a $200 meal. The meat was so boring I barely even ate it, nothing special about it and the sauces were blah. I didn’t enjoy the food at all. The dessert was alright but by the time it came out I was so starved I just wanted to go home and order a pizza. Then the check came... $171 for boring food and a busy restaurant? We were forgot about most of the time and our drinks weren’t even refilled more than once. It wasn’t worth it and truly if I could get my money back I would but I didn’t want to cause a scene. I wouldn’t recommend this place for anything besides if you wanted to eat a very expensive four course appetizer before going to an actually decent restaurant for dinner.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Waiting I had didn’t coughed on our water and did not service in a timely manner. Was there for over 2 hours before receiving our main entrees. Overall I love the melting pot but the servers need to be fully trained and monitored before serving alone.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Loved the food as always. My waitress Rachael made it even better. I will be back again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We waited 8 minutes for anyone to acknowledge us. Table was not ready when seated. Server didn’t know how to open bottle of wine.

Felt rushed

Salads were small and swimming in dressing.

Yin yang fondue was cold and ugly. Even server said it wasn’t his best work. Then why bring it?????

Check dropped immediately. Feeling rushed out again.

Spent $100. And truly felt no value.

Won’t be back.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 24, 2017

I have dined at Melting Pot in Columbia many times. The food is always excellent and the service usually is as well. This particular time, we did not receive proper attention. The table was missing 1 of 2 cooking pots and all of the place settings when we were seated. The hostess said she would be back with the place settings and pot but never returned. The waitress was very nice and friendly, however, we were served the cheese prior to being given utensils and were about a 1/3 of the way through the cheese course before receiving our drinks, which consisted of 4 waters and 1 Sprite. Salads were brought with the main course. There was an approximate lag of 45 minutes between when we finished the main course and it was removed from the table. Most of the cooking water had boiled off from the cooking pot. We had to seek out assistance from management to get the dirty dishes removed from the table and move on to the chocolate. Our entire time at the Melting Pot was just over 3 hours. I could not tell if the waitress was just working too many tables at once or not able to handle the Melting Pot style of service.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

I would not recommend this restaurant. I would try to steer people away from going here because I have been here multiple times and felt cheated my waiter/waitress every time. The food is very expensive, and the portions are small. The waiters were not helpful when I had questions about the menu. This is a unique dining experience compared to other restaurants, and I did not feel as if the waiters could help me understand the questions I had for them. Each time I receive the bill, and I am surprised at how expensive it is for the value of the meal. There are other places to go in Columbia.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Michael was a great server, very accommodating but things moved very slowly. Allow at least 2 hours. The interactive meal was fun and the quality of the food great too!

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·Dined on December 20, 2017

I took my office out for their Christmas Dinner. One of my employees had a great experience in the Towson Melting Pot so she suggested your restaurant. When our waitress introduced herself she let us know she was servicing another table. She was short with her answers and was a long time in between tables. When she took our order and got to me for my selection , I said shrimp for my third selection. She asked me to repeat myself; I repeated my request and she asked a third time. Than she stated that I had mispronounced the word and sounded "Country" like she grandmother. That young lady was rude and has poor customer service. I will not return or recommend your restaurant to anyone.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our waitress was very nice and patient! Great food and experience

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our experience at The Melting Pot in Columbia was excellent overall. The service was a tad slow for water refills and wine, athough this was quickly corrected by management and one of our drinks was given complimentary. The food was delicious! Our only suggestion would be the lighting- it was a bit bright and shown in my husband's eyes during our meal. Overall we had a wonderful experience and would definitely recommend this restaurant .

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Our server was a nice guy but incompetent. Service took over 2 hours (and the place was not full). We had to wait for a long time for everything. Quality of food was mediocre.

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·Dined on December 12, 2017

Enjoyed my time at the Melting Pot! The food was delicious. We had a wonderful waiter, but did wait a bit at the beginning before he arrived at our table. The hostess was extremely friendly and made sure we were taken care of before he arrived. We would love a cheaper option however....maybe a 2 meat entrée possibility? Or smaller portions of cheese so that we could try two different kinds of cheese for the same price? Really a beautiful place though, and we thoroughly enjoyed it! It was quiet enough where we were seated to have a good conversation, music was not blaring or too loud.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We went on 12/09/17 for our anniversary. Our server Brie was exceptional. She did say that she was new but she is very knowledgeable about the menu. She was also very warm and pleasant. Please make sure that Brie is recognize for her good service to us. She made our anniversary dinner exceptional.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food quality: superb. Service: superb. Food quantity? Well... if you’re going for dinner, skip lunch that day. On second thought, skip dinner the day before, too. The portions look small, but sneak up on you!

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We were very disappointed with this restaurant and we won't be going back. It used to be a nice place to go, but we certainly wouldn't recommend this one anymore. The treatment we received ruined our anniversary celebration and will end our annual (dozen years +) trips here. The service was extremely slow (30 minutes just to get the first fondue even started) and our comments to our server about the slow and neglectful service did not result in any better performance. We waited through an extended delay with completely emptied plates after the cheese fondue, only to have our server inform us that he had been “helping out with another table” that had been seated but ignored “for almost an hour”. Three hours into our meal and he still had not even started our chocolate dessert (we gave up and simply took it with us). We attempted to discuss our frustrations with the hostess Logan, but she was completely unconcerned with our dissatisfaction and offered no apologies or remedies. It should be noted that the food was quite delicious (at least the kitchen staff were doing their jobs correctly), but the bad service wrecked the evening. We do not recommend wasting an evening on a $100+ dinner here.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

This was an amazing experience. Our waitress took the time to explain everything. This was definitely an amazing process

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Outstanding experience at the Melting Pot. Had never been but always heard good things and they were all correct. Fantastic food, great ambiance and wonderful service.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

This was my first time at this location. I have been to Melting Pot in DC, Towson and upstate NY several times in all 3 locations. We went to this one because they were running a special for $29 for 4 courses (very good deal if you are familiar with the regular prices) and we had never been to this location (I live in the city, and the Towson location is closer). So we thought this would be a perfect reason to venture to Columbia. My friend (also very familiar with melting pot) and I arrived about 20 minutes early for our 9pm reservation, we hoped to be seated early (we finished shopping at the mall early, and figured it was a Wednesday night, so maybe not too busy,... let's try our luck getting seated early. We had no expectations of being seated early, it was a gamble). Walked in an waited by the door for about 8 minutes for a hostess to arrive to the stand. The couple ahead of us were seated, and we were told that it was no problem to seat us. We waited another 5 minutes to be seated. There were only about 3 other tables occupied at the time, we found it strange that it took so long, but shrugged it off. Our server did not seem experienced and did not pick up that we knew exactly what we wanted to order (the $29 menu was pretty straight forward). We had to ask for water and everything took a very long time. We mentioned during ordering that we would for sure want additional vegetables and apples with cheese, and had to tell him again when the cheese arrived. We had to ask for silverware as it was not on the table. We had to ask for the garlic wine seasoning as it was not on the table. We had to ask for water after our glasses being empty for 15 minutes. My friend's salad arrived without dressing on it, which was not noticed before bringing it to the table by the server. We asked for dressing, which took 5 minutes (honestly, at this point we started timing everything because everything took so long). Overall, the food was fine, it was the service that was off.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 29, 2017

This is probably the worst Melting Pot I've ever been to. The staff is slow in a way that just insane. We've probably been to 7 different Melting Pot's so we know to expect a slower paced dinner but in this place it can take 45 minutes to just get your drinks and if you are lucky they bring your cheese with an hour. We consistently had to ask for things and send items back that were incorrectly done. We have this place 4 chance and each successive one was worse than the previous. It stinks because the other ones are awesome but this location gets the thumbs down. After tonight we won't be back.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Went for endless fondue. Great deal! Good food.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The Melting Pot in Columbia is a place we often choose for special occasions like birthdays. The dining is at a relaxed pace. (Don't plan on this being "fast".) The birthday person chose the restaurant and really enjoyed it. Very enjoyable.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great first experience, everything was exactly as expected! Fun meal, nice start, great time!

Tags: Romantic, Fun
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We did cheese and chocolate in under an hour. So make your reservation even if you are pressed for time!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2017

I went for my birthday with my husband and 2 friends on a Wednesday night. Our server, Michael, was great. It's definitely a dining "experience" and we took 3 hours to enjoy dinner and drinks. Wednesdays are half price wine night so we took advantage of that. The cheese and chocolate are the best courses. I had the vegetarian main course which was good too. It was pretty empty so it was quiet. The ambience is nothing special but we got a booth that felt private. It is expensive!!! But it's fun for a special occasion especially with friends!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Service was slow, but they seemed busy. We were sat with other large parties and it was loud.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

We had a great time celebrating a birthday. Our server was attentive and actually showed us how to save some money on our choices. It was not crowded so the noise level was low. All the food was delicious.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 7, 2017

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Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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