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The Melting Pot - Gaithersburg

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American, Swiss, European
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9021 Gaither Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-1424 (Shady Grove Rd)
301-519-3638
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 26
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A fun dining experience

This is not fast food. Put away your electronic toys and gadgets and spend the time enjoying conversation while you eat. This is entertainment as well as dining. We have eaten here once about two years ago and wondered why we hadn't been back sooner. I'll admit that getting through the menu and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2015
marylandtraveler2015
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Frederick, Maryland
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Ijamsville, Maryland
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77 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

My family has been going to the Melting Pot for their New Year dinner for many years. Over the past 3 years, we've noticed a decline in either the food or experience. Our 2015 New Year dinner was the worst to date, and will probably be our last. Our party of 7 was seated very quickly. However, it took our... More 

Helpful?
Thank lvshack
Emily N, Manager at The Melting Pot - Gaithersburg, responded to this review

Thank you so much for bringing your dining experience to our attention. I am so sorry that your New Year's experience didn't live up to your experience in prior years. I would love a chance to talk more with you to resolve the situation to your satisfaction and to ensure that it never happens again. We pride ourselves on providing... More 

Frederick, Maryland
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

This is not fast food. Put away your electronic toys and gadgets and spend the time enjoying conversation while you eat. This is entertainment as well as dining. We have eaten here once about two years ago and wondered why we hadn't been back sooner. I'll admit that getting through the menu and figuring out all the different possibilities can... More 

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Thank marylandtraveler2015
Maryland
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83 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

We have gone here for family celebrations a number of times (not our choice). They have several selections of dipping and cooking pots. The alpine cheese is OK, but the items they give you to dip are minimal and poor. You get white and brown bread which isn't fresh and pretty tasteless; OK Granny Smith apple; and a few veggies.... More 

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Thank MPH
Emily N, Manager at The Melting Pot - Gaithersburg, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. I'm sorry that your experience didn't live up to your expectations. I would love to hear more about your trip to our restaurant and what you think we can do better. Your candid opinion will help us serve you and our future guests with the quality you expect. Please feel... More 

Eagle River, Alaska, United States
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58 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The service was excellent. The waiter was extremely helpful in guiding us through the process and what was the best value for the group. This is not fast food it is a leisurely meal normally a 4 course process that leaves you very satisfied. (Cheese, salad, meat/seafood, chocolate) Fondue is a fun way to have a meal and a change... More 

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Thank Gary S
Emily N, Manager at The Melting Pot - Gaithersburg, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review our restaurant. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your evening with us. I will certainly pass on the request for an Anchorage location to our corporate office. Hopefully one will open in the near future! Hope to see you again soon. More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

So romantic, so special. Dinner here is a real treat. A chance to cuddle up and share great food with someone special. Be prepared to speed the evening dining. This is not a before we go somewhere else sort of place! It's also not a "cheap eats" place either.

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Thank Sirspet
Emily N, Manager at The Melting Pot - Gaithersburg, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review! We are thrilled you enjoyed your evening with us and hope to see you again soon. More 

Oceanside, California
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161 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

I would love to go back if I have time and no need to worry about too much cheese (fattening); I usually used coupon to eat here sine it's easy $200 for 2 people.

Helpful?
Thank adac1121
Emily N, Manager at The Melting Pot - Gaithersburg, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback. We're glad you enjoyed your evening with us. We typically allow two hours for smaller tables to do all four courses, but you can always come in for just cheese and chocolate to save time! We also have a fabulous email club that gives notification of all of our special event nights. We... More 

Washington DC
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75 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Will start with the first impression when you enter the restaurant. There was a terrible smell in the hallway which was making the place uninviting. Also the building looks dated. The server was great - especially being new - he did a great job. The big minus about the food is that some meat had bones in. SO BE VIGILANT... More 

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Thank andig333
Emily N, Manager at The Melting Pot - Gaithersburg, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review. We strive to make sure that everyone has a wonderful dining experience, but it sounds like we fell short on the evening you dined with us. I would love a chance to get more information from you and try to resolve the issues to your satisfaction. Please feel... More 

Gaithersburg, Maryland
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Great place for fondue, i loved the different variation of the cheese fondue, cheese and artichokes were the best, didnt really like the dinner options as fondue nothing really worked, but the desert options were great and mind blowing like the cheese. Next time will stick to cheese and deserts only

Helpful?
Thank Sabin B
Emily N, Manager at The Melting Pot - Gaithersburg, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! If you are a fan of both the cheese and chocolate fondue, our happy hour specials are fabulous. All cheese and chocolate fondues are 50% off from 5-7pm at the bar only Monday-Friday. Hope to see you there! More 

London, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Basically I love cheese so this restaurant was an easy sell for me as a night out to celebrate the wedding anniversary of my parents in law. The fondue, mains and chocolate fondue desserts were really tasty and the leisurely pace of the meal made for a pleasant night out. My issues with the evening really surrounded the service. While... More 

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Thank Nicholas S
Emily N, Manager at The Melting Pot - Gaithersburg, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. I am so sorry that the evening did not live up to your expectations. We train our staff to pace every meal to the party's preference, but it sounds like they definitely fell short on the evening you dined with us. I would love a chance to talk further with... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

It takes forever to eat their...long waits. Food is ok. Dessert and apps are good. Its worth it to go there once just to check it out and try something different.

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Thank crystal h
Emily N, Manager at The Melting Pot - Gaithersburg, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. All feedback from guests enables us to try to constantly improve. We pride ourselves on trying to provide every guest with the Perfect Night Out, but it sounds like we definitely fell short on the evening you dined with us. I would love a chance to hear more about your... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9021 Gaither Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-1424
    (Shady Grove Rd)
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Gaithersburg
  • Phone Number: 301-519-3638

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40 - 60
  • Cuisine: American, Swiss, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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