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ShellyLynn3630
07-21-2011, 04:38 PM
I have got a resevation at the melting pot this weekend for me and my husband for our 15th wedding anniversary. We have never been there. Please tell me all you can about this place.

preb
07-21-2011, 04:43 PM
It's one of our favorite "special" places. Get the "big night out" package. Cheese fondue, salad and chocolate dessert are amazing. I could skip the main course and just fill up on those. They also have a wonderful raspberry martini. :) Enjoy! It's a 2 hour meal, so plan accordingly.

GatorMama
07-21-2011, 04:45 PM
Its pricey. Over $200 for th two of us on our anniversary...

jedijill
07-21-2011, 04:45 PM
It's good but pricy. Sign up for their email club to get a free chocolate fondue. I find that I can skip the meat course and just do the cheese fondue and dessert fondue and be full. I also like going to happy hour...usually the cheese and dessert fondues are half price.

HTH

Jill in CO

MagiKitty
07-21-2011, 04:57 PM
I agree...sign up for their emails and special promotions. I was able to go to their "girls night out"--$39 per person for four courses. Wonderful! So check the website, you never know!

its a really nice, fun place to go. I usually go to the one in Atlantic City. They're having a $15 lunch special all summer of salad and main course. But you can't go without getting the dessert fondue!

Happy anniversary and enjoy!

Styx Fan
07-21-2011, 04:58 PM
Very pricey, but a great special occasion meal. The service at ours is excellent, as befits the prices. They are very flexible on substituting items, so if there is a theme meal you like, but don't like one of the meats or cheeses or whatever they will happily replace it with what you do like.

They will also nicely bring extras of the dippers...like bread and veggies if you run out and still have cheese fondu.

If you haven't seen it before there are burners built right in the tabletops.

Styx Fan
07-21-2011, 05:01 PM
How funny, just went from my last post to my e-mail. Got a note from The Melting Pot advertising a new $30 per person Friday night special. Cheese, salad, entree and dessert! That is very cheap for there....might have to go soon!:woohoo:

Edited to add: Just read the add again and it is for a party of 5 or more...dang!

timmac
07-21-2011, 05:26 PM
I'll preface this by saying I'm not a fan of Melting Pot, at all. That said...

It's very elegant; the theme there is "nice restaurant", which they pull off well. Not quite to the point of feeling stuffy and portentous, but close.

It's quite pricey, particularly for the amount of food you actually get. I realize that some people can easily fill up on it, but I'm not one of them. In particular, it was the "main course" with the meats, etc, that I found most lacking.

Be wary if you ask for water; they'll bring you a $6 super-fancy bottled water. Not a huge deal, but a waste if all you want is a glass with water in it.

In my own case, when I was there with DGF several months ago, she enjoyed it (she had been a few times previous) and I basically hated it. Our tastes are a bit different, so finding a decent cheese course to share proved to be impossible; she seemed to enjoy it our selection, while I found it outright unpalatable. The main course tasted good, but not great. And again, quantity of food was largely underwhelming. DGF also greatly enjoyed the chocolate fondue dessert. I tried just a bit, but really, it just wasn't my thing.

Now, to be fair, I think in my situation it was more a matter of DGF and I having different tastes, and the "shared" meal like this was risky from the start. Having been previously, she went in more or less knowing what she wanted, got exactly that, and seemed happy with it. I made myself some more substantial food later that evening when we got home.

So, in summary, I'd say ambiance is nice, and the experience can be fun. But the food itself is not much above mediocre, and there's not enough of it.

If we were to go back, we'd likely skip the "big night out" in favor of ordering individual entrees, but honestly, I have no plans to return... was just too much money to spend to leave unsatisfied.

jwfla422
07-21-2011, 05:31 PM
It's good but pricy. Sign up for their email club to get a free chocolate fondue. I find that I can skip the meat course and just do the cheese fondue and dessert fondue and be full. I also like going to happy hour...usually the cheese and dessert fondues are half price.

HTH

Jill in CO

Thanks for posting, just printed my coupon.:goodvibes DD said she would like to go there for her bday this year since she's not having a party.

cathyce2
07-21-2011, 05:55 PM
We go there a couple of times a year for special occasions, but I didn't know until the last trip that we could request seconds of the things to dip. We got extra carrots with the cheese for my dd and extra strawberries with the chocolate because they are a favorite for us all.

TinkPirateMom
07-21-2011, 06:02 PM
I'm not sure if this is the same for all but when I was in the one in Atlantic City on a Saturday they said you had to get the 4 course dinner that was the only option. Any other night you could pick and choose what you like. I like the cheese and dessert the best.

marie1203
07-21-2011, 06:03 PM
We love the melting pot we are there once a month. The big night out is the best way to go for 2. The prices are $78 for the cheapest and I think the one that has lobster is around $88 plus drinks it is a four course dinner so I really do no think the price is bad. It will take at least an hour+ to eat so make sure to leave enough time if you plan on doing something else. Also their green goddess sauce is great with mushrooms. Most of them are own independently so the specials are different but you can check the special for each particular restaurant online.

MaleficentRN
07-21-2011, 06:04 PM
I love Melting Pot! It is pricey and I've only gone during Restaurant Week here. Lobster. Get lobster. Then it's all good. Enjoy!

powellrj
07-21-2011, 06:25 PM
We go there a couple of times a year for special occasions, but I didn't know until the last trip that we could request seconds of the things to dip. We got extra carrots with the cheese for my dd and extra strawberries with the chocolate because they are a favorite for us all.

I didn't know that, good to know!

Jenn
07-21-2011, 07:15 PM
Just went there last weekend! We signed up on the website for "club fondue" and got the free dessert coupon. We ordered the big night out for $78 and they deducted the dessert price of $15 for the coupon, bringing the price down to $63. That included cheese fondue (got the spinach and artichoke - yummy), then salads (we did the california salad), then entree (we did filet, teriyaki steak, and chicken), then dessert (we did the flaming turtle chocolate). Everything was delicious.

My one complaint is the menu requires a ton of explanation as every course is customizable. We had a great waiter and joked that we should be taking notes to remember everything. Also, when you get your entree the meat is raw and you choose your cooking method (oil or broth). We have done the oil in the past and don't enjoy that. We much prefer one of the seasoned broths. This time we did coq au vin, which is broth, red wine, herbs and mushrooms. It's a fun dining experience, definately a nice special occasion place.

ShellyLynn3630
07-21-2011, 07:16 PM
Ok I signed up with my email and got the deal for a cheese, salad, meal and dessert for 30 bucks a person. No minumum number of people required. Only valid for a few days though. I will be using this deal.

LoveBWVVBR
07-21-2011, 07:32 PM
This is my favorite restaurant, hands down! I'd highly recommend the oil cooking style...anything else seems like boiling your food.

MikeP22
07-21-2011, 07:48 PM
In my opinion it can be a lot of fun (with friends, such as another couple) or very romantic (with your S.O.), but I've been there maybe 5 or 6 times and I think I'm done with this place. Much of my dissatisfaction may be local to ours, but the following has been my experience for all but maybe the 1st time we went.

For the cheese course, the bread seems really sub-par and often stale (and not merely in a way that is conducive to dipping).
The apples are consistently unripe.
The amount and variety of fresh vegetables they give you seems to be on the decline (and often too dried out).
And no matter what cheese concoction we get, it always just seems bitter and unappetizing after the first couple of bites.

The salads I find creative and tasty, but they must be left to sit around too long as they are almost always wilted. Relatively small portions here.

As for the entree/meats, what they lack in quality they make up for in quantity, and I don't mean that in a good way. Enough said. Plus, they all just seem to taste the same after a while... even the potatoes. I say don't bother.

To me the only redeeming course here is the chocolate, but I find that the dessert dippers offered seem to decrease in both quality and quantity each time I've been there.

Plus, seems to me that with the exception of the entree/meats you get the same amount of dip (chocolate or cheese) and dippers regardless of whether you're in a party of 2 or 5.

So... $200 (plus ~$30-40 tip) for sub-par food and an entree that you have to COOK YOURSELF?
Unless money is no object and you don't care what your food tastes like, take your money and find a nice local place. If you don't like desert there, you can always come back for the chocolate, just bring yourself something better to dip in it.

justbishop
07-21-2011, 08:09 PM
I was a server at our local Melting Pot many moons ago, and DH and I still enjoy going once a year for our anniversary :)

We've never encountered the $6 bottled water at ours. When we've asked for water to drink, we've always been brought a glass of ice water at no charge.

The cheese/chocolate portion is supposed to be different per number of people. There are 1-2 person sized bowls and 3-4 person sized bowls. Any party larger than that was always sat at a table with more than 1 burner IME, and thus ordered more than one cheese/chocolate. It's totally possible that servers sometimes grab the wrong sized bowl to make cheese in for a table, as ours were always stacked and stored all together, regardless of size, and you just had to pick through to find the correct sizes for your tables. The chocolate was always handed to us already melted by the kitchen staff, so IDK anything about sizes there, but you can always request more brownies, marshmallows, strawberries, etc. We never charged extra for extra dippers.

As other posters have mentioned, do not be scared to ask to sub one meat for another on an entree. We are not huge beef eaters, so we usually end up replacing most of the steak on whatever we order with extra shrimp and salmon. I don't believe we;ve ever been charged extra for that. Same goes for sauces, even if they aren't listed with the entree you order.

The menu does require quite a bit of explaining, and the meal can run quite long, so I would definitely plan for at least 2 hours or so (say if you were trying to make a movie after or something) just to spend in the restaurant. We always let our server know that we know what the deal is because I used to be in their shoes, so that cuts some of our time.

Anyway, have a great time, it's one of our favorite places to spend an evening enjoying one another's company :)

Oh, and if anyone is interested, make some of the MP cheddar cheese fondue at home:

* 1/2ish cup of Milwaukee's Best beer (heat almost to boiling in fondue pot)
* Add minced garlic and dry mustard powder to taste
* Add shredded cheddar + emanthaller (sp?) swiss mix to consistency with fork (IMPORTANT: toss to coat with a bit of AP flour beforehand)
* Finish with pepper and a splash or two of Worcestershire sauce

herdtoDisney
07-21-2011, 08:49 PM
Dh and I went to the melting pot last year for our 15th anniversary-we enjoyed it! It was just he and I (we rarely go out by ourselves :)) and it was quiet and romantic and all that. It wasn't $200...I think we got the 4 course thing and dh got a beer, they also gave us a bottle of champagne free for our anniversary (I don't drink at all and dh just does one beer, but it was a nice gesture) and the bill was just over $100.

It was interesting. It's far enough and expensive enough that we haven't been back, but it was good for the anniversary. We had more than enough to eat.

LaughingSphinx
07-21-2011, 09:38 PM
DH and I also like this place for very special occasions, as a full meal will cost over $100. Personally, I thought the food was good, and loved the fact that I could substitute most of the menu; made it easier to find entrees we liked. I will say that they'll tell you that 2 or 3 minutes is sufficient to cook your food. We found that 4 or 5 ensured that all our meat was cooked all the way through, since we don't like rare meat.

Your waiter will spend a good deal of time going over the menu and your various options. Plan at least a couple hours for your meal. If you do decide to get cheese fondue, entrees, and chocolate fondue, wear loose-fitting pants. Have fun!

DisneyBill
07-21-2011, 09:59 PM
When I go out to eat, I don't want to have to cook it, time it, scrape it off sticks, or look at pots, pans, and the like. I also don't like the steam, hot table, and passing around variety of sauces and such. I just want my meal served ready-to-go as I ordered, and the option for everyone in the party to select their own dish. The wait staff has always been top notch, the food turns out tasty, but not a lot of it IMO. It's just not my choice of restaurant.

aprilgail2
07-21-2011, 10:12 PM
Thanks for posting, just printed my coupon.:goodvibes DD said she would like to go there for her bday this year since she's not having a party.

We love love love The Melting Pot!! My daughter had her birthday party there last year- we brought 6 kids and they all loved it!
My daughter and I try to go at least once a month- we usually ask for a table with 2 burners so we can get both oil and broth cooking styles. I love taking the mushrooms, filling them with the green goddess and then coating with tempura batter and cooking them in the oil---its like a stuffed mushroom---soooo good! My daughter prefers the broth for the chicken but she puts her potatos in the tempura batter and fries them.
You can ask for refills for any of the dippers you want- we usually end up asaking for more marshmellows and strawberries! When we eat there I walk out so stuffed I don't eat another thing until the next day!
I love their house salad with the peppercorn ranch dressing--its always so fresh....I am not usually a salad person either but theirs is just so good.
I typically get the artichoke cheese fondue too- thats my favorite! My daughter doesn't eat it so when its just the two of us I will get a "one person" portion--its only 8.00 and its just enough for one---even to much at times!

timmac
07-21-2011, 10:26 PM
And no matter what cheese concoction we get, it always just seems bitter and unappetizing after the first couple of bites.

This was exactly what I found, glad I'm not the only one.

As for the entree/meats, what they lack in quality they make up for in quantity, and I don't mean that in a good way. Enough said. Plus, they all just seem to taste the same after a while... even the potatoes. I say don't bother.

Personally, I didn't even think the quantity made up for it (even sarcastically). The size plate of meats, considering it was for two people, was rather unimpressive.

So... $200 (plus ~$30-40 tip) for sub-par food and an entree that you have to COOK YOURSELF?

For a single couple, I found the price point closer to $100 (not sure if you're referring to two couples or just one), but either way, I think what you're saying still stands. There's plenty of places I can go and spend that (or less) for a much higher quality meal. To me, no amount of ambiance or fun experience can really compare to having a good and satisfying meal.

renessa
07-22-2011, 02:00 AM
We went for my birthday a few weeks ago. It was our third visit...many years in between. We ordered the mojo cooking style (broth) and it was amazing. As the broth boiled down it concentrated and just got better. The broccoli and chicken were easy favorites...

Get the Mojo!!!!

The frozen Strawberry Shortcake Martini was amazing!!!

ShellyLynn3630
07-22-2011, 04:47 AM
Ok I really want us to try two different chocolates. Which two are your favorite. I am worried though that this may be too much food for just two. Can you take out a doggy bag. I figure if we get the above deal I mentioned plus an extra dessert we can get out of there for around 100 bucks. Do they have single sevings of the cheese and chocolates.

lovemygoofy
07-22-2011, 05:46 AM
Ok I really want us to try two different chocolates. Which two are your favorite. I am worried though that this may be too much food for just two. Can you take out a doggy bag. I figure if we get the above deal I mentioned plus an extra dessert we can get out of there for around 100 bucks. Do they have single sevings of the cheese and chocolates.

I love Melting Pot and I really love dessert but my stomach just turned thinking about even more dessert than what comes with the meal. They bring you ALOT of stuff to dip for dessert that is rich in its own right including homemade marshmallows and bites of cheesecake. My husband loved the cookies that he dipped.

Our dinner took almost 3 hours but we took our time and had real conversation and night out since it was my birthday. The waiter was great and didn't rush us. I was almost too full by the time dessert came and the waiter just let us rest and recoup before the last course.

Don't forget you can ask for more dipping things like veggies or breads and more dessert stuff. Love the marshmallows!

powellrj
07-22-2011, 07:51 AM
Ok I really want us to try two different chocolates. Which two are your favorite. I am worried though that this may be too much food for just two. Can you take out a doggy bag. I figure if we get the above deal I mentioned plus an extra dessert we can get out of there for around 100 bucks. Do they have single sevings of the cheese and chocolates.

They don't have single servings except on the salad. It really isn't a dessert per say, so I don't know how you would bring home a doggy bag. They bring a pot of chocolate that they place on a burner and melt in front of you and then bring a plate of little dippables.

I know when we go with other people we pick 2 cheese dips and 2 chocolates, but when its just DH and I we always just pick one.

We don't really have a favorite, we usually get whatever the special flavor is for the time we are there.

aprilgail2
07-22-2011, 08:03 AM
They don't have single servings except on the salad. It really isn't a dessert per say, so I don't know how you would bring home a doggy bag. They bring a pot of chocolate that they place on a burner and melt in front of you and then bring a plate of little dippables.

I know when we go with other people we pick 2 cheese dips and 2 chocolates, but when its just DH and I we always just pick one.

We don't really have a favorite, we usually get whatever the special flavor is for the time we are there.

I guess that may vary because the Melting Pot I go to does indeed have single servings of cheeses--its half the price of what is listed in the menu and you just have to ask for it. I wouldn't have even known about it if the server hadn't mentioned it to me one time!

Bren's Mom
07-22-2011, 08:10 AM
Ok I signed up with my email and got the deal for a cheese, salad, meal and dessert for 30 bucks a person. No minumum number of people required. Only valid for a few days though. I will be using this deal.

Ok I really want us to try two different chocolates. Which two are your favorite. I am worried though that this may be too much food for just two. Can you take out a doggy bag. I figure if we get the above deal I mentioned plus an extra dessert we can get out of there for around 100 bucks. Do they have single sevings of the cheese and chocolates.

Yes, it will be too much food. And, no, I don't think you can get a doggy bag of the fondue.

If the chocolate fondues are what really turn you on, why not go elsewhere for dinner and then go to MP for dessert and get two? It will still be more chocolate than you'd eat. But if you go for a less expensive meal, you'll stay within your budget.

I happen to love MP. My dh does not. He says anyplace where he has to cook his own food and that food consists of boiled meat and veggies and he has to pay through the nose for it is NOT the place for him...LOL. He did like the chocolate fondue, AND that they served mini rice krispie treats for dipping AND brought extra for him at no charge. He was thrilled with that.

I would recommend against the oil for cooking, I didn't think it was that good.

Oh and also, whatever you do, do NOT, I repeat, do NOT, cook the meat then use THAT fondue fork to put it in your mouth! You WILL be sorry! (Yes, learned that the hard way!)

powellrj
07-22-2011, 08:50 AM
I guess that may vary because the Melting Pot I go to does indeed have single servings of cheeses--its half the price of what is listed in the menu and you just have to ask for it. I wouldn't have even known about it if the server hadn't mentioned it to me one time!

I have learned so much from this thread, I had no idea you could get more dippables and now I learn you can get single cheese! If it wasn't so hot out, we would have to have made a trip there just to use my new found knowledge! Thanks!

bpesch
07-22-2011, 10:38 AM
I learned a long time ago to forgo the cheese fondue. It's good, but heavy and filling.Unless you are big eaters, it fills you up and the entrees, which are wonderful, seem a lot less appealing. And do go for the chocolate fondue. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

My favorite entree is the Teriyaki Marinated Sirloin. We always get the court boullion style of cooking and with the green goddess dipping sauce, well, just let me say--WONDERFUL!

purplegirl247
07-22-2011, 11:57 AM
You can indeed get your food to go. When you're full (and be sure to leave room for dessert!), just cook off the rest of the food (protein and veggies) by throwing it in the pot (no need to cook it individually on the skewers; you can just fish it all out later) and they'll give you a box to go (they don't allow you to take any raw food home, I believe). I usually use it in a stir-fry or fried rice the next evening.

You can also take the dessert to go; you just put the items in a to-go box and they provide a little container for the chocolate. It isn't ideal, nor is it as good as it would have been originally, but at least you don't feel like you're wasting food!

BubMunkeyBles
07-22-2011, 12:50 PM
I often go for salad, cheese and chocolate... I'm always full after that. We do the full big night out probably 3 or 4 times a year. It's my favorite restaurant. So yummy! I'm boring though and my favorite cheese is the cheddar and favorite chocolate is the original.

We've gotten to go boxes before too.

DizneyDogs
07-22-2011, 02:15 PM
be sure to sign up for the local email of your melting pot- the melting pot here regularly runs a deal where it's 4 people for the price of 2

mindyd
07-22-2011, 02:45 PM
I signed up for the emails because of this thread and got a email about 80's night for 19.99 a person. It does not include dessert but I got a coupon for that but doubt they will let me use both.. So we have reservations for Wednesday we have always wanted to go and never have so I can't wait.

labdogs42
07-22-2011, 05:09 PM
I don't really care for the meat part (boiled steak really doesn't do it for me), so I just go for cheese, salad, and chocolate! That's totally worth it!

ShellyLynn3630
07-22-2011, 05:38 PM
Ok I guess two desserts would be to much unless we did the cheese and two chocolates. So does anyone like the white chocolates.

Jedana
07-22-2011, 05:52 PM
We love MP here; it's where we usually go for adult night out (though sometimes the Brazilian steakhouse or the Fish camp too). We went for DD2's graduation dinner (she chose to have it instead of a big party). Been taking DS since he was 5, he thinks it's awesome to cook his own dinner, and he's more willing to try new things (like mushrooms, shrimp and raviolis!)

Love love love the Big Night Out!
I like the Queso Fundido or the Fiesta or cheddar Cheese Fondues.

For salads: I like the house salad, with either dressing.

Entrees: we like the Mojo style cooking broth.

Dessert: The Dark and Dulce is my new favorite. S'mores and Original (you can get any kind of chocolate in any fondue, so we usually get the dark in everything) are both awesome as well.
We always get extra graham cracker marshmallows, and tell them no cheesecake. No one really eats it, except DD, and we'd rather have more and more bananas, strawberries and those crack marshmallows! :lovestruc

Mom2Ben02
07-22-2011, 07:15 PM
Just FYI - they also have a kid's price. My MP is $10 for (I think) all four courses.

angierae
07-27-2011, 01:21 PM
When we go we do salad, cheese and chocolate. $6 per person for a salad, $7 per person for cheese ($14 a pot which serves 2) and $7 per person for dessert. I guess I don't consider $20 to be super expensive. If you want the meat it's going to be higher, I agree, but I find that the three courses are just fine.

aprilgail2
07-28-2011, 06:28 AM
Just FYI - they also have a kid's price. My MP is $10 for (I think) all four courses.

Wish ours had that but they don't-kids and adult menu are all the same!

rapmarks
07-28-2011, 07:07 AM
I was just sent a coupon for free chocolate fondue but you must purchase two entrees or dinner for two i wil eamil it to you if you can use it.

caribear
07-28-2011, 09:17 AM
Hope the OP enjoyed her anniversary dinner at Melting Pot! My dh and I go for our anniversary....for an alone, adult meal. We always register online for our anniversary and get the free chocolate fondue. DH's favorite course is the cheese....so we always do cheese, entree (which comes with a salad), and chocolate. It is less expensive to purchase individual entrees, cheese...and then get the free dessert....of course this depends on the entree you choose. You can substitute meats...ask for more veggies...and switch out items on the chocolate dipping plate (the only thing you can not get more of is the cheesecake). My favorite is the teriyaki marinated sirloin...and we usually get the original oil to cook in as we like the tempura batters...nothing like a mushroom stuffed with green goddess and then covered in tempura batter!!!

DawnM
07-28-2011, 01:12 PM
I noticed on the website of our local Melting Pot, you can get salad, cheese fondue and dessert fondue all for 1/2 price from 5-7pm if you eat at the bar.

I thought of going with the kids for the above, but can they sit at the bar? Is it a bar like many restaurants where there are tables too?

Dawn

jedijill
07-28-2011, 01:14 PM
I noticed on the website of our local Melting Pot, you can get salad, cheese fondue and dessert fondue all for 1/2 price from 5-7pm if you eat at the bar.

I thought of going with the kids for the above, but can they sit at the bar? Is it a bar like many restaurants where there are tables too?

Dawn

When I went for happy hour at the MP in Kansas City, it was a lounge like area that you could get the half price stuff. You don't sit at a regular table. We had my nephew who was only a couple of months old but I wouldn't take kids per se.

Jill in CO

DisneyCher
07-28-2011, 01:58 PM
I went to the Melting Pot exactly once and found that, even completely ignoring the price, the food was just blah. And the added bonus was my wool coat reeked like old french fries in the car on the way home because of the oil pots OTHER patrons had chosen for their main course (we chose the red wine one).

aprilgail2
07-28-2011, 03:50 PM
.and switch out items on the chocolate dipping plate (the only thing you can not get more of is the cheesecake). !

We get more ofthe cheesecake everytime we go- they have never said no when we list the things we want more of.

tlbwriter
07-28-2011, 04:17 PM
We get more ofthe cheesecake everytime we go- they have never said no when we list the things we want more of.

That's interesting. We were also told the only dessert dipper we couldn't get more of was cheesecake.

PiperPizzaz
07-28-2011, 05:38 PM
My favorite entree is the Teriyaki Marinated Sirloin. We always get the court boullion style of cooking and with the green goddess dipping sauce, well, just let me say--WONDERFUL!

YES!

I also love the, I think it is, original chocolate which has peanut butter in it. YUM I always get extra marshamallows.


Maybe we are just unsophisticated but, it is my favorite place!

Lisa loves Pooh
07-28-2011, 05:56 PM
I noticed on the website of our local Melting Pot, you can get salad, cheese fondue and dessert fondue all for 1/2 price from 5-7pm if you eat at the bar.

I thought of going with the kids for the above, but can they sit at the bar? Is it a bar like many restaurants where there are tables too?

Dawn

State law would determine that. In some states, a minor cannot be served anything physically at the bar. Side tables might be okay. Our Melting Pot had 2 small tables in the bar area not in the main restaurant. I think that would be allowed. Depends on the restaurant and law, I would guess.

alyssa810
07-28-2011, 07:06 PM
A girlfriend brought me out to one on my birthday last year; she goes for special occastion with her hubby & kids, but it was my first time. I enjoyed it but my DH has nooooo desire to go there. EVER! I was psyched last winter when they had certificates on buywithme.com - $50 for a $100 voucher! I'm taking my friend for her birthday!

caribear
07-29-2011, 03:22 PM
We get more ofthe cheesecake everytime we go- they have never said no when we list the things we want more of.

Hmmm....well, maybe it is a regional thing? We have been to 4 different Melting Pots in Florida and they all have said no more cheesecake.

A girlfriend brought me out to one on my birthday last year; she goes for special occastion with her hubby & kids, but it was my first time. I enjoyed it but my DH has nooooo desire to go there. EVER! I was psyched last winter when they had certificates on buywithme.com - $50 for a $100 voucher! I'm taking my friend for her birthday!

Would have loved a $50 for $100 voucher! Guess I missed that one! I know that they have 1/2 price vouchers on half off depot for Atlanta based restaurants....but I have not seen anything for Florida yet.

dvcgirl
07-29-2011, 06:14 PM
Definitely not a fan. We went with another couple ages ago in Orlando, and I just found the whole concept strange. I didn't find that the atmosphere was "elegant" at all. It was on the loud side, with booths.

It was a really long ordeal. Over 2 hours. With six glasses of wine....for the four of us (one non-drinker), it ended up being $250 per couple with tip. The wine was about $10 per glass....but still, that's crazy expensive for a meal that you're basically cooking yourself.

By far, the best part of the whole thing is the cheese dip course and the dessert with the chocolate.

The entree part is just odd....you are basically boiling your own meal. And it's fine to boil shrimp or lobster if that's part of your entree, but boiling filet mignon....not so great....or the chicken for that matter. And you have to really be careful not to touch your fork to the raw chicken by mistake....that kind of thing.

One of my customers gave me a $100 gift certificate for the Melting Pot as a Christmas tip in 2010 and we still haven't used it. We'll use it....but when we do, we'll likely just go for a glass of wine, the cheese deal and then the chocolate deal....and that's it.

junglejoy
07-30-2011, 10:39 AM
I just went for my birthday last night and it was great! I knew we could get more dippers for the cheese, but didn't know that was an option for the chocolate.

We took our three kids so we ordered two small pots of chocolate - I wanted dark chocolate and no one else likes it, so I essentially got my own pot. :woohoo:

We just got cheese (two pots - spinach artichoke - our favorite, and the fiesta) and two small pots of chocolate. We skipped the entree part because we don't like that part. It was $77 plus tip. Not bad for a family of five. We also skipped drinks and just had water which is normal for us. We don't drink alcohol or soda. It was a very reasonably priced meal. The kids loved it. We loved it. It was delicious.

I wish we'd known we could order more dessert dippers though. Next time.

gr8leg8
07-30-2011, 07:58 PM
We went in Maui and after cheese, salad, and entree
we were stuffed.

To our amazement we were offered a voucher to return the next night and
just do dessert...

yum.

We tipped our first night waitress for the complete bill
and our next night waiter for coffee and what the dessert would have been.
It didn't seem fair not to tip him.

Both did a great job.

I would skip the meat next time - just my preference.

The entertainment book sometimes has a coupon.