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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.

The Melting Pot - Columbia Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

3.9

ambience

4.0

value

3.6

Noise

Quiet

81% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (39)
Good for a Date (39)
Special Occasion (36)
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Romantic (35)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Fun (23)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Cozy (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Worth the Drive (11)
Good for Groups (9)
Casual (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Comfort Food (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Authentic (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Business Meals (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Lol too expensive for what it’s worth. Wanted to give it a try and it was a fail and waste of my time and money

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 7 days ago

Quiet ambiance. Good service. Tasty food. Due to the type of dining experience, I would only attend with someone you're very close to since everyone will be using the same fondue pots. Great for date night

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 12, 2018

The experience we had wasn't awful. It just wasn't good, either. Things were actually going well until halfway through the meal. Up to that point it had been taking longer and longer for our server to return to us in our little back corner of the restaurant, but we let it go. Then I asked for a drink and some more dipping sauce (there was almost none in the containers to begin with), and he disappeared for about 20 minutes. We saw him at other tables, but couldn't flag him down. My food was overcooking in the pot or sitting cold on my plate, so I decided I'd had enough and called the restaurant to get the front desk. I asked if someone could just bring my drink and the sauce we asked for. I got maybe 3 servers and the manager. I finally got that sauce, but they took the other one and never brought more.

While I feel bad for causing a scene, this was supposed to be a special occasion, and I wasn't wrong to complain. I have good memories of this restaurant from previous visits years ago, and this experience did not live up to them. I appreciate what the manager did to make up for it, comping our dessert, but then not a few minutes later the server started clearing the entire table while we still had food on our plates. My fiance got to keep his plate, but he was trying to scrape up what little dipping sauces were left to finish the food because the server took that too. I feel like we were being rushed to finish dessert and go.

On the way out we let the manager know that there was some spilled soap on the floor in the bathroom. We were just trying to be considerate and give them a heads up so someone else didn't wind up complaining. The response we got felt like she just wanted us to leave. It wasn't a great night. I definitely won't be going back to that location ever again. The food was good, but then again, you cook your own food. The entire reason for going is the ambiance and the way the different courses are served. If that's no good, what's the point?

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Considering we had reservations and it was not busy we were still seated late. Food was good but service was poor. We don’t know how they would operate if it is actually busy. There were maybe 5 tables but the service was horrible.
We Will not be back!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Food never disappoints just would’ve appreciated more attentive waitress & a little more light - can’t be real romantic anyway with the tables so close by

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We enjoyed our visit very much, our server was wonderful!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We are from out of town and I had made a 5 pm reservation for myself & my husband. We arrived and were seated fairly quickly. Our waiter, Calvin, was exceptional. My husband has Celiac Disease and cannot eat gluten. Calvin was very sympathetic and brought us GF plates that were delicious. We enjoyed the 4 course meal and were at the restaurant for 3 hours. It was a cuisine experience that we thoroughly enjoyed. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The food was good, but the experience is what you're paying for. It's a nice restaurant, you get to do a lot of the boiling and dipping yourself (it is a fondue place, after all). They have lots of amenities if you're looking for uniqueness on a special occasion.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 8, 2018

I have been to this melting pot many times and have always been very happy. However this night was terrible. We had a waiter who just would disappear and some other helper would try to help out. The cheese course they had put both the bread and vegetables on one plate and the bread was soggy(gross!). Couldn’t find our waiter to exchange so we dealt with it. Took another 30 minutes to get our salads. Our broth was put on the table only to evaporate because our food was no where because our waiter was no where. Some other staff member refilled our broth, never added the wine to the coco vin which we paid extra for and we finally got our food. We did the special valentine menu and were also very disappointed with the mini pieces of meat (4) of each that were on our trays. It wasn’t even busy when we were there for an 8 o’clock reservation. We did not get out of there until 11:30 due to the service. When I was leaving I tried to locate the manager to fill her in on our experience and she too was no where to be found. I’m not sure I’ll be back...it was very disappointing.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Our server was friendly & sweet. Food was amazing as always. After our entree arrived our server checked back in on us once after a few minutes, but after that she did not come back for over 30 minutes. We kept waiting for her to come over to ask for more vegetables and extra sauce. I used to serve so I understand that she was probably busy with other tables. However when she came over she just seemed rushed and did not apologize for not coming back over in a timely manner. I still was trying to be understanding, but would have been nice if she at least said she was caught up with a big party (for ex) and say sorry for not being able to come over to us, or whatever reason. The rest of the meal it seemed that we were bothering/inconveniencing her. Will of course come back to our favorite restaurant, but did not enjoy being left there for 30 minutes, while we saw other the servers approaching there tables constantly, at about 5 min intervals. (Would have spoken up to ask them for what we wanted, but kept thinking our server would soon show up. Also shouldn’t have to be on us to have to ask other staff members...)

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Loved the experience very intimate and loved my waiter!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 5, 2018

The Melting Pot is one of my favorite restaurants. It frustrates me that the menu is constantly changing, but its saved by the fact that the things I enjoy the most remain. The food is always consistent, as is the staff. I would definitely recommend it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Amazing experience. I went to celebrate a birthday with my family on Saturday Feb 3rd, and we were treated like we were the guest of honor.

Our server Justin was outstanding. What stood out was his patience as two people in my party have never been to the establishment and were asking a ton of questions and were indecisive at times. He did a good job answering questions, explaining how the fondue works, and with engaging with everyone in our party.

Great service Melting Pot Columbia, great service Justin!



Kind regards,

Party of 4 Saturday evening

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Loved our server!!!
My only complaint is that it is way too hot. It made our meal less pleasant as a result. Even knowing to wear short sleeves would have been helpful.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 2, 2018

First of all there was a kid yelling and screaming !!!! The waiter was over worked, not clear about things and service sucked !!! The owner walked around visiting tables and talked to a couple for about five minutes when we needed a refill !!! I wouldn’t recommend the melting pot in Columbia. We will go to the one in Towson if we ever decide to visit again. Spent 115.00 and the food suck and service was horrible. The owner should stop talking about herself and help her employees or hire more people. We don’t care about your personal life we want good service and a great night out .

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Coming back again and again. The first time was a dinner with a personal friend and the second time was with my daughter. "You knocked it out of the Park" Again.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My husband and I had dinner and dessert at the Melting Pot. The food and drinks were great. My only complaint is that we had an 8:45pm reservation, but did not get seated until after 9pm. The restaurant seemed to be short staffed, which is something we have previously experienced at the Melting Pot . Overall, we had a good time and would recommend this place to others due to the unique dining experience!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Despite our reservation, we still had to wait more than 30 minutes to be seated. Our waiter was quick and attentive for the first 2 courses. However, he brought us a very small quantity of items to dip in our chocolate fondues. We had to wait 20 minutes for additional fruit, etc. In the meantime, the water in one of our pots had all boiled out and were were sitting with a stinky, burning pot. The smell and smoke is what finally brought back our waiter. However, it took another 30minutes to get our check after we had asked for it.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food, great server. Only criticism is something really important to me personally - had Open Table reservation, but had to wait at least 1/2 hour.

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

A set of circumstances came together to make this meal memorable for all the wrong reasons. Service was really pretty terrible. Our server had our table (in the corner) and a bunch of tables on the other side of a wall and as a result we barely saw her. Our burner was acting up so the oil came to temperature and then kept getting hotter. By the time we tracked down the manager, we had burned about 1/3 of our entrée. The promise of more careful watching, to ensure we didn't have the same problem, never came to be. We sat for 25 minutes with dirty, entrée plates waiting for someone to take our dessert order -- it was the manager who ultimately did so. This had been our choice for a fun, once in a while special meal but we will enjoy that elsewhere from now on.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food here was great, however the service was seriously lacking. Had to leave my table twice and ask at the hostess stand for my server. Finally talked to the manager. Manager was wonderful and apologized repeatedly. She attended to my table after that. Overall not a bad experience but the lack of service definitely took away from our experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great service. The staff was super friendly. The food was top notch. Everything was perfect.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 25, 2018

A fun place to eat. Good food and a very friendly staff.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

excellent food, great experience, a bit expensive for the small amount of food. the chocolate fondue was phenomenal. would recommend for anyone to try, expect about 3 hours for full experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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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 (Raleigh)·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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 (Washington DC)·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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 (New York Area)·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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 (Baltimore)·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 December 31, 2017

New Years Eve

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 (Baltimore)·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.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 28, 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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