Melt Bar & Grilled - Independence

6700 Rockside Rd
Independence, Ohio United States 44131
restaurant  5 reviews
Mon - Thu 11:00 AM Ė 11:00 PM; Fri - Sat 11:00 AM Ė 12:00 AM; Sun 11:00 AM Ė 11:00 PM; Bar open until 2:00 AM Mon - Sun

Taps: 20 | Bottles: 150
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
JStax  (356) Devola/Marietta, Ohio | June 10, 2016
Visited late afternoon on a Sunday. The place is located in a strip mall type area. Plenty of free parking in the parking lot out front. They had some patio seating available, but we opted for inside. We had a larger group of 8 people and expected to have somewhat of a wait. That didnít happen, so that was a nice surprise. Once seated we were handed our menus and told about the special sandwich of the month. The draft selection was on par with other Melt locations. Almost exclusively craft with an emphasis on Ohio and Cleveland specifically. The food was good. Huge proportions. I left with half my meal in a to go box. Prices on both food and drink were fair. My wife and I had sandwiches and she opted for soup for a small up charge. We kept things under $30 without too much trouble not counting drinks. I would come back to this location if in the area. Pretty relaxed for a Melt location, but otherwise very similar to the others.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier  (304) Chagrin Falls, Ohio | December 29, 2014
This is another location that I thought I had reviewed already but I must have confused it with one of the other Melt locations. Very similar to the new restaurant in Mentor, it lacks the vibe of the original Lakewood and east side locations. Fortunately there is absolutely no drop in the quality of the beer or food.

With a large draft list there should be something to choose from no matter your mood. A couple of handles will be reliable but most rotate depending on season and availability. In my experience the Melt locations serve the same beers so the choices should be similar to those elsewhere. Prices likewise range from $3.00 deals on kegs that are being cleared to $7.00 or $8.00 for higher gravity imperial stouts and barleywines.

The biggest benefit to this Rockside Road location is ample parking and east interstate access. While it likes the atmosphere of Lakewood or Cedar it makes up for it with the ability to vut your wait times in half. Come at any time other than peak hours and you should be able to easily get a seat at the bar while you wait for a table to open.

Given its location in a relatively barren part of the greater Cleveland area this should be on the radar of anybody who has business south of downtown. If you are looking to get that Melt experience as part of a longer trip I would recommend either the Lakewood spot (near Roziís, the 16 Bit Barcade, and not too far from Ohio City) or Mentor (close to Willoughby, 1899, and a small store to stock up for the drive home).
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
jandd1983  (234) Wentzville, Missouri | September 27, 2014
Stopped in on the way back to the airport. Only had time to try one beer, and the food was awesome. Great service, great atmosphere and ambiance. Will definitely spend more time when back in the area. They had a decent list of beers, both on tap and bottled.
88
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Ron  (145) Rochester, New York | July 18, 2014
Last Friday afternoon my son and I stopped in for a couple beers. We did not have time to order any food. We sat at bar and had 2 bartenders asking us what we would like as we checked the beer list. Iíve had all the ones on tap already. Found a couple bottles I have not had yet. My son liked the young vibe in the room. Nice place.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Rmill216  (5) Northfield, Ohio | June 27, 2013
Excellent service, excellent beer selection, excellent food! This is my favorite of the 4 Melt locations. Try to squeeze in at the bar or a high top table as they are first come first served, otherwise you are probably going to have to wait anywhere from 20min to an hour. Definitely worth the wait if you have a large party.

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