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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.
Columbia, MD 21045
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.
Govenor Warfield Pkwy.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
The Melting Pot - Columbia Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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