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About The Melting Pot - Somerville
Located close to the Bridgewater Commons Mall in historic downtown Somerville, The Melting Pot brings a truly unique upscale/casual dining experience to Central New Jersey. At The Melting Pot, fondue becomes a memorable and interactive four-course dining experience where patrons can "dip into something different."
Whether you're celebrating a birthday, anniversary, a long overdue date night, or celebrating with a group, The Melting Pot of Somerville is perfect for any occasion. Tailor your visit with a four-course dining experience including cheese fondue, salad, entree and dessert. Or, come by for fondue cheese paired with that perfect glass of wine from our extensive selection. That's not to say, we haven't had more than a few stop by to satisfy that chocolate craving after a movie.
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Somerville, NJ 08876
French, Fondue, European
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm,
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
N. Doughty Avenue
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Ample parking is available behind the restaurant. The parking lot is accessible by turning on Davenport Street OR N. Doughty Ave from W. Main Street.
The NJ Transit Train Station is a short walk away. The NJ Transit bus stop is across the street.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
The Melting Pot - Somerville Ratings and Reviews
Food was fine, waitress was nice, but service was ridiculously slow. Only 2 waitstaff working in entire restaurant for many tables. As waitstaff prepares appetizers at table, everything was excruciatingly slow. Been there many times, but this time makes me question if I’ll return. Very poor job by management trying to save $ by having less employees.
Being born and raised in the restaurant industry as well as my husband being an executive chef, I really hate to knock a restaurant but this has to be one of the worst experiences we've ever had at a restaurant.
First off, the ambiance is not what I pictured at all. Very dull and we were sat at one of the 2 person tables facing this old dingy wall. We couldn't see anyone else. No one could see us. But not romantically secluded. Just creepy. Anyways... course 1: the cheese. Took forever to melt. The bread they served with it were hard as a rock (pretty sure they used the same ones for croutons) and the vegetables looked old and dry... Course 2: house salad. Drenched in dressing... course 3: the raw meat you now have to cook yourself. Okay so we didn't know this prior to going nor did our waiter say it beforehand when we explained it was our 1st time. I am pregnant so everything I eat must be fully cooked and I did state that I was pregnant and had to be very careful of what I ate. They give you one bowl for the serving sauce to share with the table. However I had shrimp and my husband is allergic so we had to wait for him to cook his meal for 5 minutes than for me to cook my meal. Another 5 minutes. I was so over it by then I barely ate. And plus I was disgusted and petrified I would get sick. My only saving grace was that I was there with my husband who knew everything was thoroughly cooked. Course 4: chocolate fondue with desserts. This was okay..no real complaints. Our server I forgot his name. He was very nice and the only one working the entire place (although it was kind of empty) but service was a tad slow. We were there for 2 hours.. we came here on a $250 gift card and it was my husband's birthday. We only spent about 100 of the gift card and I plan on giving the rest away because I will never go back here.
Our waiter was bizarre, and that’s putting it mildly. He was extremely loud and cursed. We all thought he was drunk or High. Also we were there about 2 hours before getting food. We were there almost 4 hours total. It was the strangest dining experience of my life. I love the melting pot, just not this particular location.
It was a great experience from our waiter and my girlfriends first time. Unfortunely we only had 10 mins to enjoy it before rowdy crowds got seated behind us and we have to physically scream to have conversation. She loved the experience I frequent melting pot but I’m rethinking it due to dropping 100$ on an evening just to scream and hear the waiter behind us served alcoholic to minors.
It was very loud, there were a lot of teenagers running around and yelling. This location also smelled kind of stale and seemed worn out, I felt like we were in a hotel restaurant at an airport because it just wasn’t the Melting Pot experience I expected from another location I’ve been to in the past. The food was very good though despite all this.
The Melting Pot is a fun alternative for people who want to interact with each other without just talking about current events! Two things - first I requested a moscow mule, the bartender gave me a mojito and said that it was a moscow mule AND that he used ginger beer - two kind of outright wrong statements! Second, the seating is in these large booths which get unbelievably HOT when those burners go on, causing discomfort! Pull out some of those booths and put in tables and chairs please!!!!!!!!!!!! If you are a group of six or more adults, those large booths are TOO WARM!!!!!
The food was delicious and fun to cook. The cheese fondue and chocolate fondue were both outstanding. A fun place to eat, especially if you are dining out with friends and want some time to relax and catch up. My only suggestion would be a better bread for the cheese fondue. The one served was tough and chewy.
Service here was unbelievably slow and food was just okay at best (that's being nice). After we were seated it took 15 min for the server to come over and another 10 min to get water. We ordered the 4 course special which on paper sounded good. The 1st course, the cheese fondue, was good but the main course was over priced and just okay quality (not acceptable for a $100+ dinner for two). The time between courses was horrendous. It took ~25min from when we finished one course to get the next. We were there for about 3 hours before we said to hell with this place and ended up leaving before we got the last course (which we still had to pay for). Overall awful dining experience. NEVER going back and do not recommend to anyone.
I received an email that they were having a wine tasting special called uncorked, when we got there they knew nothing about it. I showed them the email, their response was that it was not in New Jersey. I showed them that it showed New Hersey was included. Again they apologized
We have been to this melting pot location several times and have always been satisfied with the food and service. This last experience was the worst service I have ever had in a restaurant in over 40 years. We waited over 30 minutes to have a waiter come to our table. Then we're told there was a mix up with who was assigned our table. The meal went downhill after that. Other tables who arrived after us got there meal before us. Kept on being told by waiter 5 min and our food would come out and waited over 20-39 min for each course. Never even got a refill for my drink despite asking waiter. We spoke to manager who did his best to met our needs. He even checked in with the table. The manager refilled my drink order and he also provided our dessert more promptly than the waiter. This was a special occasion for our family and the service succeeded in ruining the day.
Server didn't know how to make the cheese. I had to tell him and it was still wrong. Place was dead and he still disappeared for long stretches where I had to go walking through the restaurant looking for help when he didn't bring all of our stuff and when we needed drinks. At one point I found him just hanging out at another table with 3 other workers. All the Food was not very fresh.
Our waiter was very slow. I have ordered a Flight for drinks. Basically you are supposed to enjoy paired with with each of your four course meals but everything was extremely slow. The wine was always served after next coarse is already started until I got to the bar and he got me my wine served. From that point whatever i needed i got from the bartender. I have left tips for bartender not for the waiter.
Please improve your service. This is my fourth Melting pot location but I was very disappointed with the service provided.
Definitely a let down. Expensive and the salad was not fresh, the food was not great and I was very disappointed. The service was also slow and the restaurant was not crowded. The salad was brown and the celery was brown too. The food was way over seasoned. Don't waste your money, it was such a let down.
The service was great and so was the food. On the night we were here, it was very warm outside and it wasn't much cooler inside. They could definitely turn down the AC more in here, especially with all the heat coming off the tables. Also, we were seated close to the kitchen and it was super noisy. We've been to other Melting Pot's and this one seemed to lack the ambiance the others had.
We had a 7:45 reservation. We were seated around 7:55 and waited more than thirty minutes and no one even came to our table to take a drink order let alone our food order. I finally stopped another waiter and asked for a manager. When he asked why and I explained it to him he said he would get the manager and that he would wait on our table. The MANAGER NEVER CAME TO MY TABLE TO SPEAK WITH US. The waiter apologized several time but also wasn’t very attentive to our table. I was extremely disappointed in the service here.
We had a great dinner, very relaxed, never felt rushed in fact we were there about 3 hours. Food was excellent and seasoned well. Salads were great everyone at the table had a different one and all were loved. Our server was very polite and knew what he was doing throughout the entire meal. Would definitely recommend this place to friends.
My son and I had a great date at The Melting Pot on a Wednesday night. They offered an excellent mid-week special, which included a four course meal, complete with a cheese fondue, a salad, the main course and the dessert course. There were no options for the cheese fondue, it was the fiesta fondue, but we loved it. It was custom made to our spice level and we were literally scooping out every drop. Of course dessert was our favorite! We chose the flaming turtle and it was heavenly. The dipping choices for each course were plentiful and we left very full and very happy. Thanks Melting Pot for a great experience and great bonding time with my son.
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