Melting Pot Restaurant

★★★★☆
Fondue, Fine Wines and Spirits in an Upscale, Casual Environment
  • 13343 N Highway 183

    Austin, TX 78750

    Cross street: Anderson Mill Rd.

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  • 512-401-2424

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Took my wife here for our 26th Anv. and wish we would have went to Cheddar s! $100 for two people to boil their meat (NY Strip, Filet, Lobster, Chicken, Shrimp and ravioli? Oh and only four pieces of each... Dont want to make it sound

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★☆☆☆☆

Took my wife here for our 26th Anv. and wish we would have went to Cheddar s! $100 for two people to boil their meat (NY Strip, Filet, Lobster, Chicken, Shrimp and ravioli? Oh and only four pieces of each... Dont want to make it sound

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We had some family visiting us and we all decided to go this place so that we could all have some family fun time. Our waiter was pretty grumpy to start with (never had that in Austin!) and the service was interminably slow. Dont get me wrong, we know that in a fondue place like this, an average meal will take about 1.5 hours but ours took us 2.5!!! The kids were almost asleep by the time we paid. To top it off, they had a pretty hazardous candle which burnt one person's hair and another's shirt at the table!! The waiter didnt even have the decency to apologize and move it away. Upon reaching home, 4 of us were sick. Sadly, we paid $200 for all of it! Ugh!! Never going back there.

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★★☆☆☆

We had some family visiting us and we all decided to go this place so that we could all have some family fun time. Our waiter was pretty grumpy to start with (never had that in Austin!) and the service was interminably slow. Dont get me wrong, we know that in a fondue place like this, an average meal will take about 1.5 hours but ours took us 2.5!!! The kids were almost asleep by the time we paid. To top it off, they had a pretty hazardous candle which burnt one person's hair and another's shirt at the table!! The waiter didnt even have the decency to apologize and move it away. Upon reaching home, 4 of us were sick. Sadly, we paid $200 for all of it! Ugh!! Never going back there.

Pros: parking,highway access

Cons: food, service, overpriced

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I have eaten at this restaurant several times for dinner and just for dessert. Every time the staff has been friendly and knowledgeable and the food has been excellent. Melting Pot is great for a date or for Girls' night out.

5
★★★★★

I have eaten at this restaurant several times for dinner and just for dessert. Every time the staff has been friendly and knowledgeable and the food has been excellent. Melting Pot is great for a date or for Girls' night out.

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I've been to the Melting (apparently the second part of this name is an inappropriate word!) up north a couple of times. I always receive great service, wonderful food, and the perfect experience. They have ladies night every Monday, which is perfect for an impromptu getogether. If you've got couples, they have great options for complete meals with different themes. I recommend going with a group of 4 or more - that way you get to try more than one type of each meal course. The waitstaff is always courteous and helpful. Their recommendations have always steered me to the right meal!
I recommend reservations, since walk-ins normally have to wait anywhere from 15min to 1 hour, given the day. Also, it's a little pricey, but completely worth it!

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★★★★★

I've been to the Melting (apparently the second part of this name is an inappropriate word!) up north a couple of times. I always receive great service, wonderful food, and the perfect experience. They have ladies night every Monday, which is perfect for an impromptu getogether. If you've got couples, they have great options for complete meals with different themes. I recommend going with a group of 4 or more - that way you get to try more than one type of each meal course. The waitstaff is always courteous and helpful. Their recommendations have always steered me to the right meal!
I recommend reservations, since walk-ins normally have to wait anywhere from 15min to 1 hour, given the day. Also, it's a little pricey, but completely worth it!

Pros: Service, Wine List, Atmosphere, Menu Selection

Cons: A Little Pricey

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about the price of food. If you can't afford to go out and eat at a nice restaurant... DON'T GO OUT TO EAT AT A NICE RESTAURANT. Go to TGI Friday's or Bennigans. The Melting Pot is unlike ANY restaurant you will ever eat at. It is a dining experience not suited for everyone. You first need to understand that it will take you at least two hours to enjoy this four course meal comprised of chz. fondue, salad, entree, and chocolate fondue. Take it from someone who has waited tables at fine dining restaurants for more than 10 years, The Melting Pot is one of a kind.

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★★★★☆

about the price of food. If you can't afford to go out and eat at a nice restaurant... DON'T GO OUT TO EAT AT A NICE RESTAURANT. Go to TGI Friday's or Bennigans. The Melting Pot is unlike ANY restaurant you will ever eat at. It is a dining experience not suited for everyone. You first need to understand that it will take you at least two hours to enjoy this four course meal comprised of chz. fondue, salad, entree, and chocolate fondue. Take it from someone who has waited tables at fine dining restaurants for more than 10 years, The Melting Pot is one of a kind.

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If you want to add a little fun into a dining experience, try fondue! It helps that my colleague had been to other franchises, knew the scoop, and had suggestions for ordering. It's a good menu selection; and while the portions aren't huge, the pacing of them, the fondue prep, the dipping, the cooking time, helps the diner moderate consumption - give yourself and your party time to enjoy; you will be satisfied by the end of dessert. We started with the traditional gruyere cheese fondue dipping bread and veggies, followed by the salad, then the main entree (choice meats cooked shabu-shabu style by boiling in broth), and finally the chocolate/marshmallow/oreo cookie fondue. All in all, a satisfying meal, with friendly, helpful service. The chocolate fondue was divine! They offer specials for larger groups. Try something different!

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★★★★☆

If you want to add a little fun into a dining experience, try fondue! It helps that my colleague had been to other franchises, knew the scoop, and had suggestions for ordering. It's a good menu selection; and while the portions aren't huge, the pacing of them, the fondue prep, the dipping, the cooking time, helps the diner moderate consumption - give yourself and your party time to enjoy; you will be satisfied by the end of dessert. We started with the traditional gruyere cheese fondue dipping bread and veggies, followed by the salad, then the main entree (choice meats cooked shabu-shabu style by boiling in broth), and finally the chocolate/marshmallow/oreo cookie fondue. All in all, a satisfying meal, with friendly, helpful service. The chocolate fondue was divine! They offer specials for larger groups. Try something different!

Pros: Great food and service

Cons: Need time to dine

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We had our holiday party at the downtown location and made our reservation a month in advance. The hostesses seemed extremely disorganized and we waited an hour to be seated. Our table didn't even have enough room for all of us, so one member of our group had to stand for 5 minutes before having a chair pulled up to our booth.

After all of this, we had to wait 20 minutes just to get a glass of water! We finally spoke with a manager, who moved us to a different table. Our waiter was extremely slow and the whole ordeal took 4 hours! At the end of the night, we were still charged full price for our meal. Beware!

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★☆☆☆☆

We had our holiday party at the downtown location and made our reservation a month in advance. The hostesses seemed extremely disorganized and we waited an hour to be seated. Our table didn't even have enough room for all of us, so one member of our group had to stand for 5 minutes before having a chair pulled up to our booth.

After all of this, we had to wait 20 minutes just to get a glass of water! We finally spoke with a manager, who moved us to a different table. Our waiter was extremely slow and the whole ordeal took 4 hours! At the end of the night, we were still charged full price for our meal. Beware!

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Nice atmosphere, friendly wait staff, surprisingly diverse wine list. However, for the cost the quality of the food is a complete let down. For two, expect to spend no less than $110.00 less tip, and this is for the less expensive entree and a couple of glasses of mid price wine. Sharing an entree is not an option due to portion size. Vegetables are not fresh, but frozen and our silverware was covered in dishwasher residue. Our fondue was to include shallots and fresh garlic, however, what the server brought was finely diced red onion and garlic that had neither scent nor flavor. The fondue itself tasted of the stale white wine that was mixed in with the cheese. Tableware is designed to set in a freezer, and the tables themselves are so small that one can barley fit a plate and drinking glasses. Simply put, this restaurant should be a fun and affordable place to visit with friends and family, its FONDUE in a strip mall, instead expect to pay the equivalent of an upscale downtown Austin restaurant less the quality. Perhaps I am exceptionally harsh in my judgment, yet when presented with a bill that is easily hundreds of dollars expect to be judged by the criteria set for establishments worthy of such high prices. Please rethink your business model.

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★★☆☆☆

Nice atmosphere, friendly wait staff, surprisingly diverse wine list. However, for the cost the quality of the food is a complete let down. For two, expect to spend no less than $110.00 less tip, and this is for the less expensive entree and a couple of glasses of mid price wine. Sharing an entree is not an option due to portion size. Vegetables are not fresh, but frozen and our silverware was covered in dishwasher residue. Our fondue was to include shallots and fresh garlic, however, what the server brought was finely diced red onion and garlic that had neither scent nor flavor. The fondue itself tasted of the stale white wine that was mixed in with the cheese. Tableware is designed to set in a freezer, and the tables themselves are so small that one can barley fit a plate and drinking glasses. Simply put, this restaurant should be a fun and affordable place to visit with friends and family, its FONDUE in a strip mall, instead expect to pay the equivalent of an upscale downtown Austin restaurant less the quality. Perhaps I am exceptionally harsh in my judgment, yet when presented with a bill that is easily hundreds of dollars expect to be judged by the criteria set for establishments worthy of such high prices. Please rethink your business model.

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I love MeltingPot. The fondue here is excellent. Where else can you go to enjoy 2 hours plus and take your time to really enjoy the food you're eating. The ambience is terrific, and the waitstaff just super. It's a little pricey, but I usually go on special occasions to make it worthwhile. For a party of two, expect to spend $100+ not including tip.

Note: I had to write it as "MeltingPot" without a space because of the following disclaimer when I submitted this review ... Your Review: We have detected the following inappropriate words:pot LOL.

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★★★★★

I love MeltingPot. The fondue here is excellent. Where else can you go to enjoy 2 hours plus and take your time to really enjoy the food you're eating. The ambience is terrific, and the waitstaff just super. It's a little pricey, but I usually go on special occasions to make it worthwhile. For a party of two, expect to spend $100+ not including tip.

Note: I had to write it as "MeltingPot" without a space because of the following disclaimer when I submitted this review ... Your Review: We have detected the following inappropriate words:pot LOL.

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the app and desert were fabulous the main part was okay. decent veggie selection, good seafood (although our scallops were odd). come here with a date, but not the first date bc its an obvious couples place. its also good for a "girl's night" bc its pretty indulgent and intimate. i'd say come here at least once to try it, and once more to relive it, after that you'll be disappointed.

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★★★★★

the app and desert were fabulous the main part was okay. decent veggie selection, good seafood (although our scallops were odd). come here with a date, but not the first date bc its an obvious couples place. its also good for a "girl's night" bc its pretty indulgent and intimate. i'd say come here at least once to try it, and once more to relive it, after that you'll be disappointed.

Pros: ambience, apps and DESSERT!

Cons: a tad expensive, so-so entrees

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This place was awesome. Quiet intimate seating... great for first dates or old lovers. Also seems pretty lively for a big party since there is sharing of food and just things to keep you occupied. If you have a cool waiter who lets you mix dessert dips... try amaretoo with oreo cookie crumbs... delicious. The great thing about being on a diet and going here is you can choose to eat meats and veggies and fruits only... great for atkins or southbeach.

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★★★★★

This place was awesome. Quiet intimate seating... great for first dates or old lovers. Also seems pretty lively for a big party since there is sharing of food and just things to keep you occupied. If you have a cool waiter who lets you mix dessert dips... try amaretoo with oreo cookie crumbs... delicious. The great thing about being on a diet and going here is you can choose to eat meats and veggies and fruits only... great for atkins or southbeach.

Pros: good food, great service, intimate

Cons: its sort of near nothing, a tad bit pricey... expect to spend 100 per couple

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I booked a reservation for my husband's birthday and our friends can not stop talking about what a great time we had! Our private room was fabulous! We were seated at a table that was closed off with a velvet curtain. Our server made our night. He went above and beyond with his recommendations and attention to detail! I was able to select our menu before I arrived. We were able to try 4 different cheese fondues and 4 different chocolate fondues. All of which were fantastic! During our entree, the server suggested sauces to pair with the different meats. I can't stop thinking of the tender center cut filet and the Gorgonzola port sauce. I absolutely recommend The Melting Pot!

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★★★★★

I booked a reservation for my husband's birthday and our friends can not stop talking about what a great time we had! Our private room was fabulous! We were seated at a table that was closed off with a velvet curtain. Our server made our night. He went above and beyond with his recommendations and attention to detail! I was able to select our menu before I arrived. We were able to try 4 different cheese fondues and 4 different chocolate fondues. All of which were fantastic! During our entree, the server suggested sauces to pair with the different meats. I can't stop thinking of the tender center cut filet and the Gorgonzola port sauce. I absolutely recommend The Melting Pot!

Pros: great service, outstanding food, and amazing wine list

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This is a "must do" experience! The waiter was VERY courteous, the food outstanding and the ambience exceptional for dates. It is quiet, romantic and the food is seasoned perfectly. The fondue is not cooked in "grease" and not for the person who enjoys fast food. This is a high class, slow and romantic evening not to be missed!!

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★★★★★

This is a "must do" experience! The waiter was VERY courteous, the food outstanding and the ambience exceptional for dates. It is quiet, romantic and the food is seasoned perfectly. The fondue is not cooked in "grease" and not for the person who enjoys fast food. This is a high class, slow and romantic evening not to be missed!!

Pros: Service, Food Selection, Ambience

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All though the ambience is nice I would not go there on a date. I guess I believe that when the bill is over $100 for two people I expect my food to be cooked or at least not have a pool of grease on my table afterward. The idea of fondue is nice but in reality you can't put more than two forks in the grease at once or the food falls off and you spend you time fishing it out with your fork. Don't go there hungry because not only are the portions small it takes 6 minutes to cook one piece of food. The beef tasted like liver. Not only were the food portions small but $9 for a glass of wine with 4 sips in it is outrageous. We left there after 2 1/2 hours smelling like grease and looking for the nearest fast food place.

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★☆☆☆☆

All though the ambience is nice I would not go there on a date. I guess I believe that when the bill is over $100 for two people I expect my food to be cooked or at least not have a pool of grease on my table afterward. The idea of fondue is nice but in reality you can't put more than two forks in the grease at once or the food falls off and you spend you time fishing it out with your fork. Don't go there hungry because not only are the portions small it takes 6 minutes to cook one piece of food. The beef tasted like liver. Not only were the food portions small but $9 for a glass of wine with 4 sips in it is outrageous. We left there after 2 1/2 hours smelling like grease and looking for the nearest fast food place.

Pros: good dessert, no wait

Cons: expensive, bad food, smells of grease

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The melting pot is one of the best restaurants in Austin. The location makes it look cheap, but besides that, it is anything but. The food is absolutely amazing and the 4 page wine list will satisfy any palette. A dinner is expensive. Last time we went, about $90 / person including the drinks. For first time visitors, I would definitely recommend the full course dinner packages. Definitely make reservations, a few weeks in advance if you are going on the weekend. Leave the kids at home, as it not a child friendly restaurant. I wouldn't recommend more than 4 in a party either.

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★★★★★

The melting pot is one of the best restaurants in Austin. The location makes it look cheap, but besides that, it is anything but. The food is absolutely amazing and the 4 page wine list will satisfy any palette. A dinner is expensive. Last time we went, about $90 / person including the drinks. For first time visitors, I would definitely recommend the full course dinner packages. Definitely make reservations, a few weeks in advance if you are going on the weekend. Leave the kids at home, as it not a child friendly restaurant. I wouldn't recommend more than 4 in a party either.

Pros: Food, Wine, Service

Cons: Price, Reservations

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I had heard wonderful things about The Melting Pot, so I decided to visit despite the some recent postings. And, after learning that one of the reviews was posted by someone who reviewed four restaurants poorly on the same day, I decided to ignore the reviews and find out for myself. We had a wonderful anniversary dinner. The service was great, the manager stopped by to check on us twice and the food was incredible. Try this place for yourself! You won't regret it!

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★★★★★

I had heard wonderful things about The Melting Pot, so I decided to visit despite the some recent postings. And, after learning that one of the reviews was posted by someone who reviewed four restaurants poorly on the same day, I decided to ignore the reviews and find out for myself. We had a wonderful anniversary dinner. The service was great, the manager stopped by to check on us twice and the food was incredible. Try this place for yourself! You won't regret it!

Pros: Atmosphere, Service

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I went with a fairly large group to get the infamous fondue, but our waitress was extremely short with us and very RUDE! She made remarks that implied she was impatient with us and wanted to get our orders out ASAP and stop waiting on us because she already knew that the gratuity would be added automatically (we had 6+). At one point we asked for more food to dip in and she said she'd bring some out at no charge, and when we got the bill, we saw that SHE HAD CHARGED US! Anyway, all in all, the food is overpriced for its quality, and the service was horrible.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went with a fairly large group to get the infamous fondue, but our waitress was extremely short with us and very RUDE! She made remarks that implied she was impatient with us and wanted to get our orders out ASAP and stop waiting on us because she already knew that the gratuity would be added automatically (we had 6+). At one point we asked for more food to dip in and she said she'd bring some out at no charge, and when we got the bill, we saw that SHE HAD CHARGED US! Anyway, all in all, the food is overpriced for its quality, and the service was horrible.

Pros: nice environment

Cons: horrible service, overpriced

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The food is overpriced, boring and bland. The ambience is very romantic. I would only go for dessert and wine, skip the entree and non eventful appetizer.

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★★☆☆☆

The food is overpriced, boring and bland. The ambience is very romantic. I would only go for dessert and wine, skip the entree and non eventful appetizer.

Pros: dessert

Cons: boring entree

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I have to strongly disagree with any reccomendation of this restaurant. Eight friends and I went for a celebration dinner at Melting Pot, and our main enterainment was not the fondue but the rudeness and ineptitude of our waiter. We're all recent college grads on a budget, so we each decided to just go for salads and appetizer fondue. Upon announcing this to our waiter, his demeanor changed entirely and he proceeded to insult us and our choices for the rest of the meal. He brought the wrong wine and insisted the mistake was our fault, and actually proceeded to call us cheap. The food was lovely and we had a wonderful time -- but you should have a great dinner because of, not in spirt of, the restaurant. I won't be going back.

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★★☆☆☆

I have to strongly disagree with any reccomendation of this restaurant. Eight friends and I went for a celebration dinner at Melting Pot, and our main enterainment was not the fondue but the rudeness and ineptitude of our waiter. We're all recent college grads on a budget, so we each decided to just go for salads and appetizer fondue. Upon announcing this to our waiter, his demeanor changed entirely and he proceeded to insult us and our choices for the rest of the meal. He brought the wrong wine and insisted the mistake was our fault, and actually proceeded to call us cheap. The food was lovely and we had a wonderful time -- but you should have a great dinner because of, not in spirt of, the restaurant. I won't be going back.

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Clean area, great atmosphere, great food, Friendly staff. I ate there with friends and we were treated great, with promptness. Servers and managers checked on us regularly and promptly.

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★★★★★

Clean area, great atmosphere, great food, Friendly staff. I ate there with friends and we were treated great, with promptness. Servers and managers checked on us regularly and promptly.

Pros: staff, food, cleanlyness

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Great place to take a date or friends. The food is wonderful and its unlike any other restaurant.

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★★★★★

Great place to take a date or friends. The food is wonderful and its unlike any other restaurant.

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What a unique restaurant. I took some of out of town business associates to The Melting Pot last week. I thought it would be something different instead of going to the usual steakhouse. We sat at this great private table in its own room, that could seat all 10 of us easily. Service was incredible! Best I have had in Austin. And the wine list was huge and low priced. Highly recommend this place!

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★★★★★

What a unique restaurant. I took some of out of town business associates to The Melting Pot last week. I thought it would be something different instead of going to the usual steakhouse. We sat at this great private table in its own room, that could seat all 10 of us easily. Service was incredible! Best I have had in Austin. And the wine list was huge and low priced. Highly recommend this place!

Pros: Private Seating, Service, Wine List

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Our favorite restaurant for "date night". The servers and managers are very attentive and the food is great. But it's the atmosphere that is the best. We can have a quiet and relaxed night out and have wonderful food and wine, too.

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★★★★★

Our favorite restaurant for "date night". The servers and managers are very attentive and the food is great. But it's the atmosphere that is the best. We can have a quiet and relaxed night out and have wonderful food and wine, too.

Pros: Ample parking, Service is great, Don't feel rushed

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WE HAD A PARTY AT THE MELTING POT AND HAD A GREAT TIME... THEIR EVENT COORDINATOR WORKED WITH US TO SET UP A VERY SPECAIL EVENING AND ALL OF OUR FRIENDS LOVED IT. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND LARGE GROUPS. THEY SAID THEY EVEN OPEN FOR LUNCH ESPECIALLY FOR LARGE PARTIES. THAT WOULD BE SO GREAT TO HAVE THE ENTIRE RESTAURANT TO YOURSELF. WE HAD SO MUCH FUN.

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★★★★★

WE HAD A PARTY AT THE MELTING POT AND HAD A GREAT TIME... THEIR EVENT COORDINATOR WORKED WITH US TO SET UP A VERY SPECAIL EVENING AND ALL OF OUR FRIENDS LOVED IT. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND LARGE GROUPS. THEY SAID THEY EVEN OPEN FOR LUNCH ESPECIALLY FOR LARGE PARTIES. THAT WOULD BE SO GREAT TO HAVE THE ENTIRE RESTAURANT TO YOURSELF. WE HAD SO MUCH FUN.

Pros: ATMOSPHERE, FOOD, SERVICE

Cons: VERY BUSY, MUST HAVE A RESERVATI

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i'd just go for cheese and chocolate. the food is pretty good. the drinks are great but pricey. the management leaves a lot to be desired.

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★★★★★

i'd just go for cheese and chocolate. the food is pretty good. the drinks are great but pricey. the management leaves a lot to be desired.

Pros: wine list, service, group events

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Booths equipped with tabletop fondue pots are clustered together inside the intimate dining room. Start with a cheese fondue, including an assortment of breads, veggies and fruits for dipping. Entrees include lobster,…

 

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