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“A Must Eat!”
Review of Melt Bar & Grilled

Melt Bar & Grilled
Ranked #48 of 2,235 Restaurants in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $15
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast
Description: Melt Bar and Grilled features gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, craft beers and signature cocktails in an eclectic, relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Featured on several national television programs and in countless publications, Melt puts a new spin on traditional bar food in a setting that is cool, fun and very unique. In addition to Melt's signature grilled cheese sandwiches, many vegetarian/vegan and gluten-free options, appetizers, salads and desserts are also available. Patrons may dine in, order take-out, or speak to a staff member about catering their next event. Melt Bar and Grilled is an independently owned and operated restaurant group based in Cleveland, Ohio. Melt was created in 2006 by owner/founder Matt Fish with the simple goal of providing great food and awesome craft beers in a very fun and unique atmosphere. Melt has grown from its humble small storefront beginnings to multiple regional locations with more organic growth planned. Melt continues to grow and prosper because of The Melt Family: The amazing staff and management team. Thank you and welcome to Melt!
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A Must Eat!”
Reviewed March 8, 2014

Visited this restaurant/bar while in town on business. Normally we limit ourselves to 1 visit per restaurant in order to experience as much as we can, but this place was so good we went back a second night. It is located on an interesting street south of the Ohio State University campus so parking may be difficult to find, but it is worth it.

The bar has a great selection of beers to please even the pickiest of palates, and the selection of distilled spirits is better than many bars I have been to. Prices are about even with any other bar in a similar location serving craft beers.

The beer is very good, but you come here for the food! Wild creations built upon a foundation of the classic grilled cheese. On my first visit I ordered the "Old Grandad's Meatloaf" -- A grilled cheese with a slice of homemade meatloaf, hickory bacon, bourbon tomato jam, BBQ potato chips, crisp lettuce, fresh tomato & muenster. The second trip, I tried the "Monte Cristo" -- A crispy battered & deep-fried grilled cheese with honey ham, smoked turkey, swiss, american, with a cup of mixed berry preserves for dipping.

The food was delicious! One word of caution: The sandwich is so large I could only eat half of it in one sitting. A number of people at the table were trading halves to try other items, and EVERYBODY loved what they ate.

If you are passing through Columbus, OH I highly recommend you try this place!

  • Visited February 2014
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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Skip it”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Not all things are good melted between two grilled slices of bread and Melt certainly proves this. I had the Buffalo Chicken grilled cheese after staring at the menu for 15 minutes trying to figure out what to order, having seen several 4 inch thick sandwiches go by. Despite having had a Lean Cuisine for lunch and being ravenously hungry, nothing on this menu appealed to me. I would much rather have the actual dish upon which the grilled cheese sandwich was built than everything wrapped in a grilled cheese that looked impossible to even hold as a sandwich.

So many people are raving about this place and it is just not for me. One plus is the beer menu is extensive and unique but the place is so crowded you wouldn't stop by for just a drink.

If you are looking for huge portions, a "concept", and average-at-best fries, then go to Melt and enjoy being surrounded by all the screaming kids and families. If you want a great, reasonably portioned sandwich, go a block south on High Street and hit up Press Grill.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank red_x_oktober
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“BEST GRILLED CHEESE PERIOD!”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

Whats not to love about this place....huge portions for a cheap price!!!! Been here many of times!!! My favs are Monte Cristo, Godfather, Parmageddon... and every month they have awesome special like 6 degrees of kevin bacon!!!! chicken and waffles melt!!! The mighty macaroni melt!!!! So many good choices to pick from!!!!



  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Stephen H
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Ohio
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“Underwhelmed”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

Put our names in and was told it was going to be a 40 min. wait. Ended up being more like 1 hr, 30 min. There was a never ending stream of people entering and adding to the wait, so they did a fairly good job of maintaining the turnover of tables. I just with they were a little more accurate with the estimate.

The food was just "eh". We tried the Cleveland cheesesteak, the "dudes" something-or-other with meatballs & mozzarella triangles, the Backyard BBQ and the Banana peanut butter sandwich. The meatballs were so incredibly dry and dense with barely any sauce. Nothing was spectacular and none of us would order the same thing again. That says a lot given my family's normal love of food. The fries were the best part...and you can get fresh cut fries at other places that are just the same. Spent $65 for 4 of us. 4 sandwiches & 3 drinks.

The service was pretty decent, but I'm really not sure that the food justifies a return visit. Such a bummer given all the hype. Glad I tried it once though just to say I've experienced it.

  • Visited February 2014
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columbus, ohio
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“awesome”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

first time going and it was an experience. first thing i noticed when going in everyone had carry out containers. that means large portions!! expect a wait since it is new to the area. once we were seated (two of us) noticed what everyone was eating.. i am not kidding when i say the sandwiches are huge. you can probably split a meal and be full. i had the fish and hushpuppy sandwich. Yumm! Our service wasn't the greatest, never brought our appitizer and had to keep asking for refills. would have given the restarant a 5 if it werent for the service. liked the decor, their way they take you name for the waiting list and the menu selection. prices are resonable too.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank smickley
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