Sometimes the typical is just no fun, and needs a bit of an upset. That’s just what The Melting Pot offers to its guests – an enjoyable experience with dining! Meals at The Melting Pot’s Queen Anne restaurant are an equation for conversation and fun as you dip and dine with family, friends, and new acquaintances.
The Queen Anne location is not the only Melting Pot in existence (in fact, there are about 150 restaurants worldwide, including one in Saudi Arabia), but it was one of the first. Our neighborhood location opened its doors about 12 or 13 years ago in the spot next to where Easy Street Records used to be in Lower Queen Anne.
“It’s private and romantic,” says general manager Charles Montgomery. “It’s not the fishbowl experience you get in lots of other restaurants.” He’s spot on – with high-backed booths and intimate sections, the massive Queen Anne restaurant feels anything but big.
And the romantic, personalized atmosphere continues in the dining experience. Guests can enjoy as many as four courses in The Melting Pot’s signature offering, or they can put together their own fondue courses. The new version of customer-selected course combinations was introduced only a year ago – called ‘Fondue by You’. It offers less expensive alternatives in mixing and matching as compared with the full four-course classic menu.
“With fondue here at The Melting Pot, the romance is there whether you’re eating with your date, your family, or even your co-workers,” says Karen Lawler, the director of marketing on behalf of the restaurant. “It’s a really unique dining experience. People don’t remember how much fun fondue is – here, it’s just as much about the experience as it is about the food … There’s no place like it in the world.”
If you’re doing a full meal at The Melting Pot, you’ll probably start with the cheese course. The cheddar option – made with aged medium-sharp cheddar and Emmenthaler Swiss cheeses, lager beer, garlic and seasonings – has been a longtime favorite. That signature option is closely followed by the restaurant’s Spinach Artichoke and Fiesta cheese fondues. The bread for dipping in the cheese fondue is baked in-house daily.
After the salad course (where each is dressed with one of The Melting Pot’s signature dressings, of course), it’s time for the entrée. Guests love The Classic: seasoned Angus beef sirloin, BBQ pork, Pacific white shrimp, herb-crusted chicken breast, and teriyaki-marinated sirloin. Another favorite is the Land and Sea combination, with filet mignon, herb-crusted chicken, and Pacific white shrimp.
Gluten free and vegetarian options are readily available on the menu. “We’re trying to accommodate as many people as possible,” Lawler said.
Finally, guests can choose from eight different chocolate fondues for dessert. To compliment the experiential dining, the restaurant offers 17 specialty cocktails, imported and domestic beers, and an extensive wine list in addition to the full bar. Guests can also enjoy a four course wine flight (4 ounces per pour) to enjoy alongside their meal. And in the bar, it’s half-off your second shot for cocktails, so you can make it a double for less!
If you’re dining at The Melting Pot for a special occasion, like so many do, you will want to call ahead to have their team set up a very special table. They have bouquets, balloon bouquets, flower petals and more to dress up your table for a surprise – from graduation celebrations to proposals! “It’s part of what we do – everything we can to make the guests’ experience more pleasurable,” Lawler said. “All of the pieces are supposed to come together to make it the perfect night out.”
The Melting Pot offers dinner only, seven days per week. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4:30 until 6 p.m. in the bar and lounge area, and late night happy hour is daily from 9 p.m. until close. The Happy Hour menu features select wines by the glass for $7, $5 well drinks, and $1 off draft beers as well as $2 off salads, $3 off Brie plates, and $4 off a cheese and chocolate fondue for two.
Girls’ Night Out is weekly on Thursday nights, with happy hour drink prices for the ladies all night. Additionally, the gals can get cheese fondue, a salad, and chocolate fondue in the bar all evening for just $20.
The restaurant offers some amazing salad dressings, seasonings, and even chocolate-covered strawberries so that you can take home or give the gift of The Melting Pot! “Our garlic and wine seasoning should be in every pantry,” Lawler noted.
The Queen Anne restaurant’s Valentine’s Day celebrations will begin on February 12th, with a special Valentine’s menu available until February 16th. The specialty menu will be the exclusive offering between Valentine’s Day and Sunday, February 16th. Call 206-378-1208 to make your reservations!