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“Be prepared for "up-selling"” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot
11023 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45249-2306
513-530-5501
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Ranked #66 of 1,653 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cincinnati, Ohio
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69 reviews 69 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Be prepared for "up-selling"”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

It was challenging to come up with a date for our group of 10 to get a reservation. Understandable during their 20th birthday month of Jan. & with their special. When we finally got a time and date, with the intention of paying the $20 for each person, we were disappointed that our server immediately began to "up-sell" us from the 3-course to the 4-course meals. Some caved but others stood their ground. THEN he neglected to tell us that they different styles of cooking, also entailed an additional charge ! The bar was extremely slow as was refilling the water glasses. The bills were very confusing because of the additional charges that we did not anticipate. Overall the amount of food was good & decent & we were not rushed, but please do not offer a "special" and then upon arrival, claim that it isn't !!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
West Chester, Ohio
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
“Awesome food you cook at your own table”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

I had never had fondue until my wife took me here. Skeptical at first, but I have to say this was the best and most unique dining experience ever. The meats are good quality and you cook them to your preference. The appetizer is awesome, desert as well. We get the swiss fondue for the appetizer, bullion for dinner, and any chocolate fondue for desert. Nothing like a piece of rye bread covered in melted swiss cheese. Except maybe a piece of filet mignon cooked in coq au vin. Or maybe a piece of chocolate brownie smothered in chocolate smores fondue...

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Nice and unique experience, but the dinning style is not for all.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

This was my first and last trip to the Melting Pot. The restaurant ambiance and service were superb. But:
1) the server brings pots of boiling spiced water. The table has hot stovetop eyes. Everyone puts their meat in the pot on skewers. You need to use your cell phone to time your meat to ensure that it's cooked.
2) all the meat (beef, pork, shrimp, lobster, and fish) go in the same pots...hope you don't have allergies OR an aversion to a meat choice
3) expensive considering you are cooking your own food in boiled spiced water, about $40+ pp
4) bland (I mostly ate salmon)
5) not for the lactose intolerant

I won't go back.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Ohio
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“One of my favorites!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

We love the Melting Pot as a special occasion restaurant or when they have a great special which they often do! We have gone alone, with another couple or with a group of friends. It is such a calm, relaxing atmosphere and the food is wonderful!

  • Visited September 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Perfect evening!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012 via mobile

This was my husbands and my first trip to a Melting Pot. Everyone was so kind and helpful. Our server was attentive and amenable. He even brought me a free drink! Wonderful food, atmosphere and service! Dinner takes at least two hours, so don't plan to rush through. Just set back and enjoy! We will be back!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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