The Melting Pot - Gaithersburg

4.4
2029 reviews
$31 to $50
Fondue
The Melting Pot offers an extraordinary dining experience that you won't find at any other restaurant. Here, you'll discover all the ingredients to a perfect evening, including a relaxed atmosphere, private tables, attentive service, fine wines & cocktails, as well as fabulous four-course fondue dinners. No matter what the occasion, from a romantic date to a get together with friends, meetings, or large groups, The Melting Pot always provides fun & lasting memories. Make reservations today & come dip into something different.

Experiences

  • Thursdate Dinner for Two Special

    $44.95 per person

    Multiple dates available

    We're turning up the heat on Date Night! The Thursdate™ special four-course menu starts with your choice if cheese fondue, followed by a fresh salad course, your entree includes filet mignon, salmon, teriyaki sirloin, and more. Your meal finishes with our new sparkling chocolate fondue! Rose petals and candles will be waiting at your table. Handcrafted drinks or a bottle of JNSQ Rose can be added to your meal.
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Server was inexperienced; food was incredible. Nice location and appreciated the senior server when she was there to help guide the newer server who was not knowledgeable. I wish senior server had been more present throughout the meal. Overall, very pleasant experience and great food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great as always… service was a little slow, but it was a busy night with homecoming

MN
M2NRDFamily
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent (our server was Jose). He was pleasant, engaging and attentive to our table. We come to this location once every 6 months or so.

This is the first time the table was sticky and the napkins had holes in them - I think it was a fluke. We will be back.

EA
EAgunbiades
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We visited the Gaithersburg location. It was an okay date night. I felt that they were a little understaffed. I wish our server was more attentive during our dinner. But overall a okay experience.

KF
KathyFranny
Baltimore
40 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We haven’t been to Melting Pot in probably 15 years and were so glad we went back! The food was so flavorful and we just had a wonderful night as a family. Service was super slow, but friendly.

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vipLikestoeatout
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Really good food. Terrible service. At first was told they had run out of cheese for cheese fondue. Then they had no clean glasses for drinks. Then they had no cream puffs for dessert. Asked for more vegetables to dip and after we finished eating he said he was sorry he forgot to bring the vegetables. Very long waits to get our drink order.
Very long waits to get more napkins and cutlery.

This restaurant has a major problem with the service they provide every time we go there!!!!

LW
LauraW
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were great! We go often and have never been disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was good. It was a lovely experience. We truly loved the service. Our Server (Paul) was outstanding. He is a lovely, kind and knowledgeable young man with an incredible positive attitude.

DS
DamonS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at this location but the wonderful experience contiued. Great food, kind service and a great place to enjoy a unique dining experience.

ML
vipMatthewL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Delicious food but the dinner took 3 hours. We anticipated a long night, but not that long.

ET
vipEscapingTheKids
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Not great service these days. We arrived a few minutes early for our 8:30 reservation on Saturday. We were seated at our reservation time. Our waitress seemed frazzled, but we placed our drink and cheese order immediately. Our waitress brought waters and disappeared for about 10 minutes before coming back to dump the beer base for our cheese. We were treated to the smell of cooking Budweiser for about 15 minutes and wondering if we should go, before she returned with our drinks at minutes until 9. She got my drink wrong (I order a knob creek rye, Manhattan, up - because sometimes they like to make them in a rocks glass) and instead of double of the knob creek rye, served neat.... if you don't understand my order just ask again...
After preparing our cheese waitress was gone again, and the neighboring waitress took over with getting us waters and another drink.
Don't know we'll be back anytime soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server Paul was excellent & we had a wonderful time!

KE
vipKEArion
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was so good! The food is delicious, and all of our servers were very friendly and accommodating. My friend and I went for restaurant week, which was a great deal; you could pretty much choose anything from their menu! The strawberry almond salad was not what I was expecting (the menu says mixed greens and goat cheese, but we were served romaine and bleu cheese), but everything else was great. I would totally go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I love the Melting Pot but very disappointed this visit

AG
AllenG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time! It surely was a memorable anniversary. Our server, Alexa, made sure that we were well taken cared of.

D
Denise
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience5

The service was horrible.. I asked the waitress why we didn’t receive a birthday plate or balloons as I made sure it was a known fact we were there celebrating a birthday, her response…. I was too busy! The manager Anthony stated well she was busy when I called to complain!! Ridiculous!!

J
Jenn
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great night out, things were loud were we sat. But otherwise great night out celebrating a friends birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Very nice atmosphere and service. Food was okay, I liked the desert the most but main course wasn’t very tasty to me.

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vipFoodie25
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and the help with decisions was great. Wine and cocktails were delicious. All the courses tasted great. We had not dined here in a while and the combinations were great for each of our dietary needs. Our server Alejo was very helpful and attentive. Made our date night very relaxing and enjoyable.

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Mary
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time when I come here. It's so unique and fun, and the staff is always amazing.

AB
vipAlyBee
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Disappointing.
Server was nice enough. But it was 3.5 hours and I had to ask for more dippers….they were stale and server kept saying they are short staff so he had to go cut it up in back.
It was only 4 of us. Then bill was 30 percent more than it was supposed to be bc computer wasn’t calculating correctly. Good thing I caught it!
It was supposed to be a special treat for my daughters and it just fell flat….sub par.
This location just can’t seem to make it happen.

TP
ThePank25
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely anniversary meal, but was a little underwhelmed for the $100 price tag. Still a fun experience but maybe less kids in the room next time

AP
AydaP
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I come here every year with my husband for birthdays and Valentine’s Day and it never fails to amaze us! Food always tastes great, Servers are always kind and quick!

M
vipMisterroth
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

When the waiter started off the night asking “would you like what you two had last time?” …when I’ve never been there with this person before, that really set the tone for the night. I asked what he was talking about, and shown a list of what my ex wife and I used to eat many years ago. Yup. Really set the tone.

Food was fine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Out-of-town family visit

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for Father’s Day and everyone enjoyed the experience. Great tasting bites and non stop great service.

MQ
vipMargaretQ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food overall, a little expensive. There did appear to be a lot of “corner” being shouted.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very expensive for a family of 4 but very fun. This won’t become a regular outing, probably not even once at year at almost $300 for the meal!

DJ
DrJimbo
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Overall experience was that they delivered what they promised ("unique"). It's a fondue place; and being that's the venue, they've done with it just about all that's possible. We went for the 4-course meal, for which they provide broad choices involving a fondue for all except the salad course (you still get choices, mind you). Portions are a bit lean, but come to think of it, there probably wouldn't be enough time to cook all the pieces otherwise. The only way you'd be disappointed is if you went there quite hungry, and made some unwarrented assumptions about the term "4-course meal". It's factually true, but they are *fondue* courses, which is measured in kabob-sized pieces, not conventional meat cuts, along with vegetable & bread pieces.

EN
EN13
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was busy, but everyone was still following guidelines. Service was good and very prompt.

ET
vipEscapingTheKids
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

My wife and I returned for the BFFF event.
It was nice to see more customers in the restaurant because the previous several times we have dined it has been nearly empty.
However TMP Gaithersburg seems to be experiencing a number of issues resulting in decreased quality from our previous experiences.
My wife always orders a few Love Martini's. She immediately noticed her drink was different, after asking our service, we found that the bartender has made a substitution because they didn't have one of the normal ingredients. She sent it back and got the sunshine sangria. I got the Whiskey Business which was on special. The cherries a great!
Our cheese (we always get Fiesta) tasted fine but was very stringy - added a fun dynamic. And it was great to get the special dippers of meats and breads.
I got the house salad and my wife always gets the California. However, the vinaigrette dressing was not good. When she asked the server about that (she finally returned after I had finished my salad), she said they are made by the managers, and there was a new manager. She took my wife's untouched salad away and immediately brought our chocolate, without offering a different salad or dressing.
The chocolate was good and we got some bonus macaroons.
The entire time we were waiting for the manager to stop by to ask him about the salad, but he never came. finally, about 10 minutes after we were done with the chocolate the server dropped our check - which still had the love martini and no adjustments for the salad. My wife went to the host and asked for the manager. He was very defensive about the drink, asking if she drank it (she took two sips and sent it back) and the salad (she barely touched). Finally he admitted they substituted ingredients in the salad dressing leading to the different taste. He ultimately replaced charge for the love martini off with the sunshine sangria, and reduced the check a little for the salad. It was a frustrating experience, not a fun date.

BD
BobD
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The melting pot is always a good place to go for a unique dining experience. The service was team oriented, "because they were busy that night". We were attended to well. We chose the classic for two. Four courses. That worked out fine. The cheese course was good. The salads were a little small and over drenched in dressing. The meats were very interesting. They now included pork along with steak, chicken and shrimp. We used the regular cooking style and the pieces seemed to cook a little slower. Could have been the temperature but we think that they were cutting the meat chunks a little bigger. Seemed like a lot of meat. The chocolate fondue was awesome as usual (turtle is great).

DD
DinnerDate
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We came for the Thursdate experience. Expecting rose petals and candles as described for an anniversary dinner and booked a reservation two weeks in advance it seems they “forgot.” Disappointing start. The server was not familiar with the Thursdate menu and were told the wrong info on what we could order... had to clarify later. Our server was not attentive at all, I NEVER received a refill of water. Water! Very simple to observe and even easier to pour, out of 2.5+ hour dinner did not even get more water. Margarita drink was extremely sour, too much mix? Hard to mess up a simple mixed drink however we were getting used to the disappointments. The transitions between the courses took too long, when you observe one course finishing up you put in for the next to avoid waiting too long. There were no seamless transitions rather a lot of looking around for the server... we had high expectations for this place. Unfortunately we will not be returning, I will miss the cheese fondue.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Went here to celebrate our graduation. Got the four course meal and the entree was a big disappointment. The dessert and appetizer cheese fondue were the only ones worth it.

Avoid entree if vegan/vegetarian — it’s truly disappointing.

KW
vipKarenW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will not participate with a fixed menu again. You could not make any substitutions within the group of entrees. None of us were happy with the set entrees.

FB
FullBelly
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Mother's Day dinner at The Melting Pot! We haven't been in quite some time due to the pandemic but it's so nice to be able to go back. The food is always top notch and the service is great. They were pretty crowded due to Mother's Day but we were seated fairly quickly (we did have a reservation) and the server was over shortly thereafter. We took advantage of the Prixe Fix menu and the food was delicious, as always. I hghly recommend The Melting Pot for any special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

If I could give 0 stars for this experience I would. Melting Pot of one of my family’s favorite places to go so we chose to go there for Mother’s Day. What a mistake. Food was terrible, service was terrible, they were out of the alcohol I requested and we were there way too long and even skipped two of the four courses. We spoke with both managers who seemed to care less about our experience. We told the waiter we were not happy and he just got quiet and walked away. Horrible experience. Very disappointed in our Mother’s Day outing for a high priced crappy meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good time but understaffed. He a really noisy table next to us.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience3

Great adventure

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Husband birthday

FAQs

The Melting Pot - Gaithersburg offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 519-3638.

The Melting Pot - Gaithersburg is rated 4.4 stars by 2029 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.