The Melting Pot - Portland

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$31 to $50
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Fondue
Located in the heart of downtown, The Melting Pot is a Portland institution since 1989. We are the perfect destination for an out-of-the-ordinary experience where you come to have a fun and interactive dining experience. Come and check out what everyone's talking about!

Whether you are celebrating a birthday, date night or just life, we have special packages for you to create your own special night! For couples, we offer everything from rose petals adorning your table upon arrival to chocolate-covered strawberries. For celebrations, we offer special balloon packages to make you feel like the most special person in town!

Book now through Open Table's reservation system or give us a ring at (503) 517-8960. Our hospitality specialists are standing by!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience5

amazing! the food was so great! the experience was awesome! so glad we went there for our anniversary dinner(:

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our anniversary here. Food and ambiance was great. Server was fantastic!

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Lauris
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was amazing, unfortunately we did not have a lot of time so we couldn't finish the 4 course meal, the waiter suggested giving us a gift card for the dessert, definitely we are going back to redeem it!!

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WaitingatMP
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Had a good dinner, but service was very slow, left us waiting and looking around for a while. Then when finished we were left even longer waiting for our check. Would not go back but rather hot up other cheaper fondue places in Portland.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was great. Dessert was the best part.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Absolutely terrible. Reserved as a date, got stuck in the back and forgotten (I guess we weren’t fancy enough to sit with everyone else and have cheese dip). Manager went to every table except ours, and if took 2 hours to have some cheese dip and salad for $130. We weren’t even able to wave anyone down for glasses of water the whole time, and left before dessert. Terrible, horrible experience, I’d never recommend to anyone I know.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and a wonderful date. Will go back again!

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FillBury
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was great, but it would be nice to get our drinks refilled without asking and waiting 15 minutes. Otherwise everything was great

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daddy-Daughter date night. Brooke was a great waitress. She helped us make our dining decisions and made it a fun experience for us.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great food and great server - Brooke! Always checked in, but not too much and was able to give us extra dippers when we had too much fondue. A bit distracting being near the kitchen but had a great time in a little pocket away from everyone.

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DeborahR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing and I seven year old son loved dipping his food.

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vipFaithB
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Melting Pot is great for the experience of having fondue if you have never done it, however, beware that it is extremely overpriced.

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vipAlinpdx
Portland
48 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

A melting pot is very formulaic and has had success based on this formula. You pretty much know what you're getting into when you go here. We went here for my son's 9th birthday and we all enjoyed it.

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JoeL737
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Ophelia took great care us and made our 12 year old daughter’s first time very enjoyable and easy for her. We enjoy The Melting Pot and this visit was no exception. Great food. Great fun. Great time.

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Que2142
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took myself out for a solo date night and it was fabulous. The waitress was so kind and friendly. I really enjoyed my whole experience there. Always have. Can never go wrong coming here to dine and to sit back with a good cocktail.

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vipLindaL
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas experience gift for our grandson!

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SarahV
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Going to the Melting Pot is a once a year type of deal for us due to the cost of dining there. We've had great service in the past, unfortunately not this time. We had Drew and he was mediocre at best - seemed like this job was below him as he's been working for the company for 10 years on and off. May be time for him to move on unless he can turn in around. There was another server named Bronson(?) who was much more helpful, attentive, and enthusiastic. He genuinely seemed like he enjoyed working there and talking to guests. I would recommend this for a date night or double date night, but ask for Bronson - he's the best!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed cheese and chocolate experience with excellent service!

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24datenight
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great opportunity to catch up with people - plenty of time to talk! Server great, food amazing! Tables just small but nice & private.

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AthenaT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food is good and a fun experience. The staff was attentive and friendly. The prices are a bit high for the level of experience and food. Very cold if you sit at the tables near the door. The decor could use an update. Good gluten free options!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience with my daughter before a show!

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Ldh86
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Let me explain why this location gets 3 stars... Which is still a good review according to OpenTable!
It had been many years since I came to The Melting Pot and my friend and I decided to come last minute on a Saturday night for his birthday. We were told that there were only tables at 4:30pm or 8:30pm (clearly this place must be BUSY!), so we reluctantly chose 8:30pm which is late for us but thought, why the hell not, we'll eat a snack around 4pm to hold us over.
We show up, and the place is EMPTY! I mean, for no tables available to reserve during prime time, I would have thought TONs of people would be finishing up their dinners and it would be bustling. But no, there were 2 empty dining rooms, a bunch of empty 6 toppers, and a scattering of people at 4 top tables.
So I find this confusing. Either management has made a decision that no 2 people reservations can sit at a table with 6 chairs, or they purposefully do not have staff to support additional tables beyond the 2 dining rooms with people. (Yet they clearly have enough money to support 4 hostesses...) Either way its lost revenue. Wouldn't 2 people at a 6 person table be more revenue than NO people at a 6 topper? And I'm sure there were others like me that looked for a reservation on Open Table or called, saw there were no 7pm tables and changed their minds. I will gladly offer my services to the management to do a cost benefit analysis.
The food and service were good though! We had a delightful waiter who gave us good recommendations. I wouldn't say all his recommendations were winners, but we had a great time anyways. Its always fun to dip sticks into hot delicious cheese or oils. Desert was super fun and they brought out extra fruit which we appreciated. I would definitely go again if I'm ever in town and looking for a fun, interactive meal. I am worried they will go out of business if they keep purposefully not filling up their restaurant.

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AngelinaD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun experience! Staff was great! Food and drinks amazing! It’s actually a lot more food than I anticipated!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It’s a lot of fun.

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Tresahhh
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Definitely a forgettable experience. Service was “eh”, nothing notable. Food, eh. Bread for fondue was dry as hell, celery bits were dark/slimy on the ends, as were the apples also. The Cajun seasoning was good. Double thumbs down overall. Won’t be back, encouraging others to pass.

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Jody
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Very slow service which made it a very long dinner for us with 2 kids. We were jealous of the people across the aisle from us who had much more attentive service. Food was good and fondue is fun. Very expensive so will reserve for special occasions

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PaulM
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tom, our waiter is awesome! He makes the experience super enjoyable!

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RudyB
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great and our server was very professional and fun!

SJ
vipStevenJ
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and excellent service

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Fondue was sub par at best. Meats and breads were not up to the standards for the price.

Felt like they just hadn’t updated anything and the service was strangely uncomfortable.

Very odd experience

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EdwinK
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent vegetarian choices, along with gluten-free breads and desserts. Dipping our food in the cooking oil took a little practice, but we soon got the hang of it. We were promptly seated at our reservation time. Our server was knowledgeable and helpful. Plenty of food is served, so we could have gotten by with a single entrée order to split between us. Prices are high, but the experience is worth it for a special event as it was our anniversary.

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Bienbrandy
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was AMAZING! Everything was explained in detail and substitutions were no problem.

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kimw
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It’s such a fun environment, but way over priced for what you get.
It’s my daughters favorite restaurant and we came to celebrate her 13th bday.
Every thing to make her birthday special was nickeled and dimed to my bill.
The quality of food is not up to par for cost.
Luckily, she loved it all except dessert.

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Ashley
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2