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“Always our first choice” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot
5650 E 86th St, Ste A, Indianapolis, IN 46250
317-841-3601
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Ranked #57 of 2,080 Restaurants in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $60
Cuisines: Fondue
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Allisonville Road
Description: The Melting Pot provides a unique, upscale & intimate dining experience with its assortment of fondue cooked at the table by the guest. It is a perfect location for a romantic evening, corporate dinner party or friendly gathering. Guests can enjoy a variety of tasty entrees served with special dipping sauces. The menu also includes creamy cheese fondue, fresh salads, fine wines & mouth watering chocolate fondue desserts.
Fishers, Indiana
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Always our first choice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Not sure why, because it's a lot more work than dining at other restaurants, but there's just something about the fondue experience that makes it more fun than the other places.

We save The Melting Pot for our special occasions. Our most recent visit was to celebrate my son's high school graduation.

It was a very spur-of-the-moment decision ... We called just as we were leaving the graduation ceremony to see if they had openings. They did, so we told them we'd be there in about 15 minutes. We arrived to find that in the time between, they'd written a card to our son and put it on the table -- a very nice touch!

The food is always excellent. We've been there several times, and have tried a variety of options. We like both the broth (Court Bouillon) and the hot oil (Bourguignonne) for cooking our entree, often choosing one pot of each since we usually have a larger table with two burners.

This time we started with two cheese fondue appetizers (one cheddar, one swiss), and they were both great, although I prefer the cheddar.

The salads are, to me, unnecessary. With all the other good stuff, why bother? So I've learned to skip mine and save the room, even though it's included with the meal.

Cooking and eating the main course is just plain fun, especially with a big group. Keeping all the fondue forks straight gets a little manic (yes, even with color coding, somebody grabs the wrong one at least once during the meal and hears about it!).

Some items we like especially well are the French Quarter entree, the Green Goddess sauce, and the batter that comes with the Bourguignonne option.

The cost is high, so we don't go there often, but when we do it's always been excellent. Another thing to note is that if you have school-aged children who earn all As on the report card, they can get a free meal when accompanied by a paid adult.

Visited June 2012
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English first
Indiana, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Pricey but Romantic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This particular Melting Pot has been our anniversary designation for a few years now. Let me tell you why.

First if you order both an entree and a dessert fondue you need to spend about 2 or more hours cooking it and enjoying it at your table. This means you can focus on each other for all that time if you tell them it is for a romantic event and you get one of the fairly private couples tables. If you get the cheese fondue as well, add another 30+ minutes or if you opt for cheese over entree then you can subtract about an hour from your meal time.

Second the staff is quite friendly and willing to make suggestions as well as privacy for your special celebration.

Third while this is pricey, you do get a lot of food. Don't like all the dipping ingredients for a particular entree or dessert? We've had no problem getting them to substitute other items.

Downside to the couples table is that you have to agree on your fondues but hey, you're there for a romantic reason so I'm sure you know how to compromise.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Indiana
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112 reviews 112 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 59 cities Reviews in 59 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Fun place for special occasions”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

We just returned from our second visit their. Our first visit we had the full 4 course meal and was almost just too much food.....but fun nonetheless. Our second time we opted for dessert to celebrate a birthday. It was just right! The experience and food are a treat.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tuscola, IL
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Ah-Sum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Everything about this meal from beginning to end was amazing-except for maybe my company looking back on it ;) Bring a couple bricks and enjoy it!!

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago, Illinois
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26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Good food - A bit pricey”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

My daughter loves to go here! They cook right at your table and the dessert fondu is to die for! Try it out!

Visited February 2012
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