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The Melting Pot - Syracuse

4.1
332 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Fondue
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays

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Welcome to the Melting Pot of Syracuse. We offer a unique authentic fondue dining experience. Our service is world class and is prepared table side in a traditional fondue setting. Our meals can be individual or family style. Our private dining areas and intimate atmosphere will provide you with a wonderful romantic setting to wow that someone special. We are known for creating the perfect night out, especially with our infamous private dinning section for 2, called Lovers Lane. Our wine list was selected to offer you the best selection of varietals from all around the world.
Our location in the Destiny Mall (Carousel Center) will be the first environmentally friendly location of its kind in the world. Our restaurant will be the only LEED Certified Melting Pot location.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Fondue, American, European
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Hours of operation
Sunday 12:00pm-9:00pm
Monday-Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm-10:00pm
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Phone number
(315) 471-6358
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Destiny USA Drive
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Parking details
Located in the Canyon area of Destiny USA Mall
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Public transit
Bus Stop and Train station near by.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

As always yummy and amazing the service staff in syracuse are always top notch

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1.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Very disappointing, the food was mediocre for the prices, and the place had garbage all over the floors, and the bathrooms were trashed. Also who boils Steak in vegetable water? Lastly the melted cheese was just fiesta cheese, beer, salaa, nd some chive. It tasted horrible and was made incredible cheap. Will never come back. Big waste for my birthday. The only thing good about the expierence was that the server was nice.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Great atmosphere. Perfect for a date with my husband or a friend's get together!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Good food and excellent service. Very pleased with our experience.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

I’ve always been a big fan of the melting pot in Syracuse but my experience was not great when I went. I had a reservation and while we waited for our table to be ready we decided to head to the bar. The bar was not busy but that didn’t matter. I was never addressed by the bartender after ten minutes, not even to say I’ll be right with you. When seated I told the assistant manager about the situation, he apologized and said that our first round of drinks would be covered; they weren’t. The meal was great and our waitress was amazing! During the time that we were there we couldn’t ignore the arguments going on between staff. There was a fable that wasn’t happy that another waitress offered to take over. Anytime they came out you could hear one saying she didn’t want to be serving in the area and etc. The melting pot is always our first choice for a special night out but we will not go there with an experience like this again. I hope that it was just one night but I hold the melting pot to the high standards that it is but the other night was not special for us.

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1.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Was sad to have our food take forever, hot oil burn us, waitress MIA every time there was a problem, and we had to skip the chocolate at the end because we had already been there almost three hours for two courses. Worst Valentine’s Day celebration! And to top it off, no discount or anything fixed because the manager wasn’t there...PLUS the credit card machine was broken!? Wish they had made this right so I would feel okay giving it another shot, but I would try any of the other places in the mall instead.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Was incredibly pleased with the service. I wish I noted our servers name, but she was great. It was my wife's birthday and I asked her if they did anything special. She set me up with two champagne flutes with berries and some extra desert dippers on a plate that said Happy Birthday. She even arranged to bring it at the very end, so my wife was super surprised. Food as always is great, though if you do not have an empty stomach, good luck trying to finish everything. It is a lot of food for the cost which is ideal!

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2.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Terrible service, food was good. Overall, will not be coming back.server smelled like smoke, this was our special valentines day and it was ruined by the service.

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2.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Meal took too long. We couldn’t have dessert because we had a show to get to. We did get a complimentary chocolate fondue which was nice.

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We arrived 5 minutes before our reservation, and were sat within a couple minutes. They were prompt coming to the table. However, after we received water, no one came back to our table. After about 20 minutes, I went to find someone to figure out what was going on. The server that I found showed up a couple minutes later explaining she didn’t know who was supposed to take care of us but she would. We ordered cheese fondue, salads, and 2 drinks. Another 10 minutes passed and finally she came back with our drinks, then with the cheese. So much time had passed that my boyfriend and I were uncomfortably hungry, and I had a headache. We started eating and our server checked in on us again. I went really craving cheese and chocolate fondue, but by the time that we ate and she brought the dessert menu, I still felt sick. I didn’t even drink any of the sangria that I ordered. We ended up waiting another 10 minutes for her to come back after she dropped off the dessert menu. This was surprising because I’m a big fan of Melting Pot, but this was a disappointing visit. The manager did address the situation with the waitress before we left. The restaurant was not that busy either and it was late for a Saturday. I’m not sure what happened, but it seems we slipped through the cracks...

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

A relaxing and interactive food experience. Server was very helpful and helped us navigate the process. Highly recommend for a fun date.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was great and we loved our waiter Jeff! Or maybe it’s Geoff we didn’t ask how to spell it.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

I eat out often, I've never had a bad experience at The Melting Pot. My mother is INCREDIBLY picky and loves this place. That should tell you something.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

We came in for a fun family night out!

The staff was great! They sat us in an area where we could be a little nosier and not disrupt other diners. Also, they showed us their coat closet so we didn’t have to sit on our fluffy, winter coats, scarves and hats.

Our server was super personable and very attentive. There was 6 of us, so we were a little more high maintenance than some of her other tables.

Great experience! We will definitely be back!

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3.0Dined on December 27, 2017

It was good

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Went for an anniversary and the food was phenomenal! After our entree, the waitress brought out a plate written “happy 4th anniversary!” The plate was so cute o wanted to take it home! We also got champagne with fresh strawberries in it. Great place for special occasions as such.

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Our waitress was fine however her assistant not so much. I was always told if you want more dipping items for the appetizers or desserts just ask. My grandsons had plenty of chocolate left. We ordere there pots for two adults two children. When asked for more dipping items. Was told can only have 3 choices. One each pot. Well we got the smallest amount ever. Definitely wasted chocolate.

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1.0Dined on December 5, 2017

We tried this restaurant for this first time for my birthday dinner. We arrived at 6:30,our scheduled reservation time, were seated immediately and the menu was explained by the hostess. By 7:00pm, we still did not have any over to take our drink order even though another table that was sat after us did. We left. On our way out, the hostess was sitting at a pub table and a waitress was sitting at another with her feet up, both on laptops. They both said “have a great night and come again.” They didn’t even realize we did not eat. Or drink anything. I would never recommend this place.

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3.0Dined on December 3, 2017

Our server NY/Jahlah was very pleasant. She made us feel welcome but didn't linger. The restaurant gave us a glass of champagne and a very creative note to celebrate our anniversary.
Our only issue was that we sat at the table before our server came to the table.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

We love going on date night at the melting pot. I absolutely love the cheese and chocolate fondue. I love the variety. The servers are great.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Food is amazing! Service is always spot on, friendly and funny staff. Love that the owners actually work there and check on you during your meal. Seriously, who does that?!

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3.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Expensive for the experience. Food was good. Kind of a wierd ambiance. So, so....not motivated to go back. Dinner for 2 with no drinks...entree and a salad - $75... Not worth it.

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3.0Dined on November 18, 2017

I honestly had higher expectations for The Melting Pot. While there was an amazing selection of wines, beers, and mixed cocktails, the food menu was confusing, and the method of cooking your meat at the table kind of ruined the whole dining out experience. Our server, Chris, was fantastic with helping us figure out how everything works, and had a great sense of humor and personality. Jason, the server at an adjacent table, was also fantastic with a great sense of humor. We won’t be returning to MP, but I’m sure it’s fun for some people. Great job to the whole wait staff—they get 2 thumbs up!

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3.0Dined on November 18, 2017

It's not often that I take the time to write restaurant reviews, but I would feel guilty if someone else's night was also ruined by this place. The. WORST. Service. I have ever experienced, literally in my life. Our server showed up after we had already been seated 15 minutes, no drinks, forks, or anything on the table.

When he finally showed up, he made uncomfortable and creepy conversation, followed by disappearances of 15-20 mins at a time (yes, we started timing it). After 40 mins, our first course finally arrived, which was improperly prepared (adding way too much beer to the cheese so it was just watery liquid instead of fondue). When we finally got it, we were unable to eat it because we still had not been given fondue forks or napkins, which took 8 minutes for him to go get after we tracked him down and asked for them for the SECOND time.

I'll skip the details on the salad because its irrelevant other than the time it took to arrive. The cooking broth arrived and he turned it on, then leaving to let it "heat up." 20 minutes later (it had been boiling over 15 mins) he returned to add wine to what was now very little broth because it had mostly boiled away. So we essentially cooked our food in wine. And the food? It was excellent meat/seafood, one we got the correct entree after returning the incorrect one that had been brought out to us. When I said I thought I had been given the wrong entree, he simply said "yup, you sure did" and took it away without so much as an apology. I watched my date cook her food til I received mine 10 minutes later. We did at least get our water glasses filled once, after flagging him down to do so.

Our reservation was at 7:15 and we left after 10pm. I understand this is a longer dinner experience since its fondue, but this was like being on a hidden camera show where you are tested to see how much you can take before cursing a guy out. We basically paid over $100 to have a hilariously pathetic dinner date. BEWARE.

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2017

This is the third time there. Tried something different everytime and everything was delicious.

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2.0Dined on November 12, 2017

Was really excited to try the Melting Pot but we were disappointed with the food and service. For the price we paid we were underwhelmed. We thought seasonal vegetables and fruits would be more than a few baby carrots, small pieces of celery, and a few slices of apples. Sadly, the whole experience was a let down and we will not be returning.

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2017

This was a fabulous evening! Was there on a girls' shopping and this was a very welcome end to a day of shopping. The service was excellent (thanks Jason!), the ambiance was wonderful and the food was fantastic. This was my second time at a Melting Pot and I will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Our server was the greatest!

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1.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Very slow service. Waited 10 minutes for table (had reservation) and then an additional 20 minutes before seeing waitress. Almost 3 hours from start to finish.

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2.0Dined on November 5, 2017

I can overlook the cost, given that the service and ambiance is what makes this an experience -- you are cooking your own food, after all. On my last two visits the service has been fair to poor. Slow, items ordered missed and an overall lack of attention to detail. I fear I will not be back -- two strikes and and this place is off my list.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2017

It was overall good. We went cause it was my husbands birthday and we found a deal on facebook. They honored the deal but until we showed it to them they had no idea about it.

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Always fun to be at melting pot. Very good service and food was served promptly. Patty was excellent as our server .

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3.0Dined on October 7, 2017

The waitress was friendly however very forgetful and slow service.

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4.0Dined on October 6, 2017

Had a nice birthday dinner for a friend. Pricey, but ok to do once in a while to celebrate special events.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

My wife and I love the Melting Pot; it's one of our favorite places for a date night. This is not a family restaurant and is not very kid-friendly; the food is cooked on the table with a hot burner and hot fondue, and is probably not appropriate for children. But for an adults' night out with friends or a romantic evening for two it's perfect. It's not exactly cheap if you go for the full four-course meal but there are menu options that still provide you with good food at a lower cost. The experience is probably not for everyone; there is a bit of a learning curve involved for your first time, as there are several different types of fondue and cooking styles that you can order. But the staff is very enthusiastic and helpful and very good at answering your questions, and once you get going it's pretty easy. Many of the cheese fondues are excellent; my wife and I like both the spinach artichoke and the loaded cheese and potato. You also really have to try the desserts, as some of the chocolate fondues are excellent.
This is not an experience for everyone; if you don't want to dip your food into a fondue pot or sit and wait while your meat, seafood or vegetables cook in a seasoned fondue broth (which only takes a minute or two per item of food -- maybe a little longer for the veggies) then maybe don't try it. But the place has a very intimate feel and the food is actually very good and the process is fun once you get used to it.

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4.0Dined on August 27, 2017

The Melting Pot is a fondu restaurant where you can cook your own meal right at your table. There are four courses, cheese fondu as an appetizer, salad, broth or oil fondu for the entrees, and chocolate fondu for dessert (you do not have to have them all). This can take anywhere from one to three hours so don't go if you are in a time crunch! It is also great to go with about 4-6 people to share the experience. We had a very fun experience! Our server was very nice and accommodating. He even brought me a birthday dessert plate!

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4.0Dined on August 17, 2017

We go occasionally for special events. Food was delicious but I didnt care for the duck in pacific rim entre. We had a trainee as a server and dessert had to be redone. Very pleasant and attentave staff, manager stopped at table before dessert which was nice.

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3.0Dined on July 30, 2017

We went in for the Sunday two can dine for $59 and left almost three hours later. Having been to the Melting Pot before, I know it's a "dining experience" and not just dinner, so it does take longer. The restaurant wasn't crowded and it seemed to take forever for each course to arrive. The food was all good, but the chicken as part of the entree was just "ok." We probably wouldn't go back just because of the wait and by the end of the meal we were tired and full just from sitting for so long.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Our food and service while dining were both excellent. The only issue was after leaving we got a phone call saying that our server didn't collect payment from us. We had paid her directly with a $100 bill, she brought back $35 ish in change, and we left a $15 tip. Not sure what the issue was or if there was something shady going on but it was definitely an unsettling experience.

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2.0Dined on July 16, 2017

After being sat at our table it took 45 minutes for our drinks to arrive. The cheese course was delicious. Our salad was delivered with a swarm of fruit flies. The salads were remade and brought back to the table. The rest of the meal was good. After complaining about our drinks taking so long the manager and waitress were attentive, but it seems the quality of service has really gone down. The fruit fly issue was really gross. This was our second bad experience there in a row and I don't think we'll be back.

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