Nine Spices Fondue

3333 SW 34th St, Gainesville
(352) 792-6622

Recent Reviews

Kyra Talbott

We tried this tonight for the first time after reading rave reviews and it did not disappoint! It was a little overwhelming at first but they are very helpful and explain everything in detail. There is also a helpful video playing in loops in case you need even more instruction. The food was delicious and the sauce bar is extensive. The servers were all wonderfully attentive. I highly recommend this place and can not wait to go back!

Stephanie Bumpus

We came a couple of weeks ago on a Saturday afternoon for my husbands birthday. The servers were very patient and thorough explaining how everything there works. They also worked together very well. We opted for the all you can eat option with the spicy soup base. We also used their recommendation for how to make the peanut sauce which was awesome. We loved our experience!

Nancy Si

Conveyor belt hotpot found here! This is a great place to hang out for a meal with friends. Get the all you can eat option and just pick things off the conveyor belt to dip into your broth and then your dipping sauce of choice. There are many classic combinations for dipping sauces that they can show you how to make yourself. The service is very attentive and nice. If you can't find something you want on the conveyor belt, they can bring it to you. Their selection of ingredients is also fairly diverse. Will definitely be coming back here whenever I get a hotpot craving. $27/person not including tax and tip is worth it!

Margaret Baumann

Nine Spices Fondue it is really a Hot Pot not fondue and it was excellent. We really did enjoy it. the food was great service was great, and it was fun cooking in a hot pot. You have your choices of broths, you can do all you can eat and just take from the conveyor belt what you want or you can order a set menu it was a great authentic Chinese experience. We will definitely go back again and highly recommend it it is very reasonably priced you get your monies worth.

Anthony Napodano

Had a really great time visiting this restaurant. It was my first experience at a "hot pot" style restaurant. I recommend choosing the all you can eat option. Each person gets their own pot of soup base and food comes by your table on a little conveyor belt. If you see something, grab it and throw it in your boiling soup! I ate a lot of beef brisket, broccoli, spinach, fried bread sticks, dumplings, and chicken breast. There's plenty of meat, seafood and veggie options. Just don't grab more than you can eat so you don't get charged for the leftovers. My only complaint is that they shut down the conveyor belt on our half of the restaurant before we were done eating, so I had to keep asking the wait staff to bring food to the table.

Edward Tobias

The staff were very helpful and friendly. It was our first time eating at a hot pot restaurant. The waitress explained everything to us and went above and beyond to ensure we had a great experience.

Jeremiah Loper

Great for a date night. I just thought some of the same food that had been traveling around the restaurant was still out floating by all the tables when we left. Still had a good time.

Madelyn M.

We chose Nine Spices Fondue based on a last minute decision by 4 hangry people in an unfamiliar city. Best decision ever! The hostess was at the front check-in area along with 2-3 servers/cashiers and they all greeted us with warm, genuine smiles. We were seated immediately and our waitress explained how everything worked so we could have the best experience. She brought us plates of fresh meats and seafood as we requested and there were tons of other options on the conveyor that goes by the table. I would compare this type of food to Japanese Pho. What I really like is that we you have control over the temp of your food and what goes in it. And everyone can try seafood, beef chicken etc. whatever feeds their craving. There is also a sauce bar to kick up the flavors a notch. All 4 of us agreed that it was the best meal and experience to date! So worth trying!!!!

Megan W.

I was so excited to try this Nine Spices in Gainesville, since I've been to their other locations. Just the venue itself is pretty nice and clean; there's a conveyor belt that goes around with food items, but they only use it closer towards dinner time. They have two sides of seating, including smaller four party tables, large six to eight party tables, and single seats that face the conveyor belt. In the middle, there's a sauce bar; my favorite mix includes the sacha (chinese bbq), sesame oil, hot oil/sriracha, soy sauce, cilantro and garlic. As for the food, I always choose the spicy broth, but if it isn't spicy enough, just ask your waiter for more! I've had the bone broth, but it really isn't that flavorful in my opinion. On the conveyor belt, they have a wide variety of meats, seafood, vegetables, etc. If the item that you want isn't on the belt, just ask your waiter for an order! My favorites are watercress, mushrooms, beef brisket, dumplings, glass noodles, and large clams! I recommend setting your heat at the level where the broth is slightly boiling, so it doesn't dry out or accidentally bubble onto you. Lastly, the service is amazing; all the servers have been extremely nice and helpful. Even though the restaurant can be slightly busy, the service is still decently fast. If you haven't had hot pot, I highly recommend giving it a try. Unfortunately, one person's meal with tip and tax, is slightly over $30 -- this isn't a meal that I can afford to have often. Also slight surprise, their milk tea is extremely good here, but get it without boba!

Mori M.

Good food, service was amazing Mia was our server. Prices moderate, I would prefer if the food is covered while on the conveyor belt. Found the broth plain, the sauces really makes the difference I love Korean BBQ (Bequehiloc) this is nothing like that You do cook your own food, which I don't mind Overall good experience and I recommend I will return at some point Korean BBQ till my favorite

Kristiana S.

I think that this restaurant is a great addition to the asian food scene in Gainesville but I think there are a few changes that would make it better. I think the plates on the conveyor belt should be covered as they rotate around the belt to protect it from how close it comes to peoples faces/tables. I do appreciate the sauce bar and the various options. I think it's a very thoughtful addition. The price for all you can eat is $26 and there is a 2 hour restriction. I personally think the price range is a bit high because of the options offered. Overall I do think it's an experience worth trying and it is a fun and interactive dining option.

Jessica P.

Food here was delicious for the most part. The conveyer items were unlimited but since we went early in the day (right after opening), the conveyer belt wasn't on yet. We were able to order any/every item we wanted that usually would be on the conveyer and our server was phenomenal about our orders and was quick. She even offered us items/specials that weren't on the menu like blue crab! Unlimited blue crab sounds amazing right? I agree! However, the crab was pretty gross. The crab meat was mushy and smelled funky like it had been frozen raw and thawed or something. But it is an AYCE place so I wasn't expecting 5 star seafood. Just the texture, taste and smell were bad enough that I had had deduct 1 Star from my review. The shrimp was shell-on, and I'd give it it a 3.5/5. Tasted previously frozen as well but texture was fine. The unlimited meats we had were lamb brisket and beef. Lamb I'd give a 4/5, pretty impressive for an AYCE place but not the best of all the AYCE places we've tried. Beef I would say was 5/5. Tender, fresh and tasty! Mushroom broth/soup was sort of bland but okay. Spicy soup base had too much going on in it that I was constantly finding pieces of chili, herb and seasonings I'm my food. The sauce bar was cool, they have suggestions for mixtures of the sauces but we didn't follow them. We should have! Our server was great! She was attentive, kind, and always checking on us to see if we wanted or needed anything. Of all the AYCE places we have been to, this is the first place to continuously offer us more food versus skimping and avoiding us like some places do to avoid bringing more food. Overall great experience, I would definitely go again!

Jenn C.

Visiting Florida from Alabama for vacation. Trying a hot pot has been a goal of mine for a long time. It was everything that I imagined that it would be. They gave us the instructions and set us free. You tell them broth you want and everything else you choose off the line. The sauce center is in the center and they had what's looks like 20 options. They had a huge assortment of protein and veggies available to choose from as you will see in the photo. It was amazing. I tried just about every protein except for the fish and that was just bcus I was at capacity by the time I wanted it. I chose the spicy broth and I literally had too many items to name but the fresh ingredients are amazing. The dishes are enough for the table to share in some items and some are single serve. We all thoroughly enjoyed this meal. This was an experience of a lifetime. My favorites were the lamb and beef as far as the protein goes. I enjoyed all of the veggies (veggie lover) everything was so fresh. I tried quail eggs. I tried octopus. I tried a funky Chinese potato as well.

Tafari Coffie

This place is awesome. Loved everything and the staff is amazing.

Ivan B.

Came here for lunch the other day and I enjoyed it. There were only a few other tables with people so it was not really busy. Since it was not busy the conveyor belts were not on and we just ordered from the waitress and she just brought out what we wanted. We did all you can eat and with a drink it is about $30 pretax. Sweet tea was great! Definitely come here when you are hungry and have a big appetite. You start off by picking a broth base. You can even mix two if you wanted. I ordered the mushroom along with spicy. Then there is a list of like 50+ ingredients/side items you can add to your soup. A large poster in the restaurant displays the recommended cooking times for the items you choose. We had things ranging from beef, dumplings, udon noodles, shrimp, quail eggs, enoki mushrooms, fried tofu, etc. There is also a large sauce/spice bar for all of your dipping desires. I loaded up on spicy chili sauce, garlic and cilantro. After your food cooks you dip it into whatever sauce you ordered and eat up. If you eat a lot this is a good place to go and a meal can last about 2 hours. It is also a great social bonding experience if you throw in a few beers. Overall a very clean and nice place with very helpful staff.

Robert Regojo

This is an Asian fondue restaurant, honestly wasn't sure what to expect. You have raw food that gets brought around on a conveyor belt and you cook it yourself in your fondue pot. Really cool concept and I think they do it really well. There are a lot of choices! See the picture. The food itself is really good, make sure to find a sauce you like, it really made the difference. The staff were exceptional, Amy (I think) was our server and she was amazing! Overall great experience, I'll have to try it again and test out some more of their options. Recommendation: make sure you have a timer of some sort with you and save a picture of the menu for cooking times.

jasonlp4 .

Came for my birthday, it was a wonderful experience. The food was great and fresh and the staff very friendly. They also gave me a free slice of cheesecake. I recommend for everyone, we will definitely be back....

Angie Lowe

Great place to eat! Very friendly, tasty....fun!

Linnea McCarty

This place was super fun and yummy! The conveyer belt of food is great since you get to pick whatever you want without needing a server to bring it. Great prices for a ton of food!

Jeremy Kyle

Absolutely amazing food and great service! Highly recommended!

Emily S.

I love the concept here: conveyor belt hot pot. For the most part the food is good and there are a lot of things you can put in your soup. The major issue I had was not knowing what some of the ingredients on the belt were. They desperately need to have signs indicating what the food is. There was a chart on the sauce bar and on a napkin holder, but they were either too far away or too tiny for me to read. Nine Spices PLEASE fix this.

C W.

Ok, I've been back 4 or 5 times now. Still loving it. The items on the conveyor belt seem to vary a bit- I think this depends a lot on where you're sitting along the length of the belt. The experience seems to be a little different if you're at the beginning (where it comes out of the kitchen) or at the end (people have already picked up a lot of plates). Ultimately it doesn't seem to matter too much though, because the servers have been super attentive each time I've visited, and have happily brought anything I wanted straight out of the kitchen. It's useful to keep a menu with you after you order to reference what's available, and if there's something you want that you're not seeing on the belt, just ask. Have also discovered that the bone broth is my favorite, and the spicy broth is a little too much for me, but then, I can't handle much spice. My dining partner liked the spicy. If you just want a little extra heat, there's siracha up on the sauce bar.

Brittany K.

The food was pretty good, but since it is essentially just ingredients being put into a pot, i think that there has to be other aspects to make it more than just average. When we went I think it was too early, so the revolving belt was not on where we were sitting so that was a bit disappointing. The service was fair, at one point we got up on our own to grab more ingredients from the other side and brought it to our table. The ingredients were pretty fresh and the broth was good. I would say though if you have small kids to be careful because the pot sits on top of an electric stove, unlike some other hotpot places that have a lowered stove.

Christian Bluth

25~ dollars per person, for all you can eat for 2 hours. A la carte options for less. Great deal for the money. Clean, delicious, fast service and amazing sauces and soup to cook everything in. One of the must try places in Gainesville.

Libby W.

Great new place! The service was on point and the food delicious and fresh. We all got the all you can eat and each tried different bases and sauces. My favorite was the house sauce!

Sara Y

Initially was headed to WoB, then saw that Nine Spices were open & we decided to give it a try. We are more than pleased with our first experience at a hotpot. Was a little nervous trying to figure it out & the sauce bar, in about 3 minutes I had my game plan and was rocking my Beef Combo. Next time the All You Can Eat option for us. Our waitress was very patient & super helpful. It all was so yummy!!!

jasonlp4

Came for my birthday, it was a wonderful experience. The food was great and fresh and the staff very friendly. They also gave me a free slice of cheesecake. I recommend for everyone, we will definitely be back....

Stacy Barb

Very fun time and unique experience. The raw food travels around the tables on a conveyer belt. You take what you want from the belt and cook it in your hot pot of broth in front of you. They also have a sauce bar with many delicious options. It is expensive for all you can eat but a fun occasional date night.

Romond B

A great interactive place to eat. Bring multiple friends and enjoy the company, food and staff. Absolutely going back.

Doug Tam

With the arrival of Kbbq in previous years, it was only a matter of time before a hotpot exclusive place would pop up. Definitely a fun experience to share with friends and family! Price is moderate depending on your hunger but atmosphere and restaurant model works well and is a fine addition to the Gainesville community. Definitely check out sometime. Only qualm I have is the odd label of Asian fondue, but hey, if it catches the attention of others, I guess it did its job!

Leon C.

Hotpot is one of my favorite past times. It's one of those experiences I had as a little kid when it's cold. We'd all huddle up under the gasoline lit hotpot and add whatever we wanted into the pot. Nine Spices Fondue is not different. It is a change restaurant that I had tried in Orlando awhile back but I'm glad to see it open a branch in Gainesville! Atmosphere 4/5 I think it's a great place to chat and eat at the same time. It's rather spacious and you have a lot of room when you sit down. My only compliant is that it can be rather busy and you might have to be put on a thirty minute wait list. Food 5/5 - Although there are hot pot places in Gainesville, this one definitely takes it another level. My favorite part is the variety of combinations you can make. From choosing your soup base, sauce, and whatever you want to add into the pot. Soups range from meat based, herbal, to vegetarian options. Personally I like the bone broth or herbal. The bone broth soup can be cumbersome cause it takes up a lot of space. The meats are amazing. Ranging from beef brisket, tripe, lamb brisket, and tofu. seafood options include classic hotpot fish balls, krab sticks, shrimp, mussels, clams, oysters. They also have vegetables, mushrooms, squash, bean curd. Noodle options include udon, ramen, rice vermicelli, and others! Service 4/5 - DID I MENTION IT WAS CONVEYER BELT STYLE? Totally awesome. I will say that the plates do stack up and it can get busy. You might be waiting for a bit. Overall 5/5 - Although I'm not a fan of the food Asian fondue, it's definitely a must try experience if you're ever in Gainesville. The price is around 28 dollars for all you can eat, but you can do a combo for cheaper! It closes late at like 1am so i definitely it's one of the late night munchies if you're ever down to chow.

Matthew L.

New restaurant in Gainesville and absolutely amazing! I went in this past Friday night with a friend and it was both our first time at this new location. They were offering their grand opening specials which was bogo milk tea's. We were quickly seated at the bar area and not given a table. It was okay since this way we could sit and talk, but start eating. The wait staff here is phenomenal! Numerous times they came up and offered advice, how to eat certain dishes, and just to make sure we were enjoying out food. When you order you have your choice of many different types of soup bases. You can get traditional, mushroom, spicy and a bunch of other types as well. I decided to go with the mushroom soup base. Once they bring the soup base out to you then you can start grabbing food items off the belt. They have awesome little maps on the side of the napkins that tell you what everything is and how long you should cook them. They also have an amazing sauce bar where you can create any sauce you would like. The wait staff will also give you suggestions of which sauces are super popular as well. On the belt, you can grab things off like blue crabs, shrimp, beef, noodles, dumplings, squid, mushrooms, bok choy, cabbage, and many other awesome dishes as well. You put the food in the broth and within minutes it cooks! You are given a 2 hour time limit to eat at this location, but trust me you do not need the full 2 hours! The all-you-can eat menu was about $26 and with milk team and tax it came to be about $34 total + tip it was about $40. It really was not bad and the food was awesome, so I was completely okay spending the money on this meal. A couple things to be conscious about. The spicy soup is really spicy. You can ask though to change soup bases if you would like. If you have a question, they would rather you ask, than not eat something properly. You do have a 2 hour limit, so you can stop eating at anytime and take a small break, before returning to eating. I would highly recommend this awesome new place here in Gainesville!

Jeff A.

Greetings kind folks of Yelp! Saddle up for one heck of a culinary adventure... Nine Spices Fondue for many will be the first foray into the tasty realm of Chinese Hot Pot, a magical mix of spices, boiling water and all-you-can eat meat! When you head on in, you'll find a seat at booths with burners ready to go, I highly recommend the spicy broth option on the all-you-can eat special! You won't regret the choice. While you wait for the broth to come up to temperature, ask the wonderful waitstaff for some Taro (a delicious and unique root veggie) and a big ol' plate of beef. Then, head on over to the self-serve sauces and toppings section, fill a little cup up with cilantro, and add some broth once it comes to a boil! This combo functions as an excellent dip for the meats post-boil and pre-consumption. However you take your hotpot, the options are bountiful and come endlessly down a nifty conveyor belt, so you shall not be disappointed. Head on down and try the soul food of the east!

drewlocher

Went to Nine Spices for hot pot. I was told they have 3 or 4 locations. They have the ‘conveyor belt’ all you can eat, but I went with the seafood hot pot. More than enough food for one. Easily shareable at a $4 extra charge (the price for one was $19.95). It was excellent. They were very open to customer preferences. A nice white fish, large succulent mussels, clean clams, shrimp, ‘crab’, fish balls and ‘fish tofu’ all included. A separate vegetable and noodle platter also included. A sauce part with a dozen or so choices. 8 or so choices for the broth. The service was great. Very helpful, answering questions, making suggestions. A nice beer selection at reasonable prices ($4 Tsingtao), along with many non-alcoholic options. Now I’m no expert on hot pot, but it was very crowded for a Wednesday evening and the clientele most certainly were. That is a VERY good sign. I will definitely return on a future trip. Just wish they offered the ‘split’ pots so you can get two different broths.

P7835VApatrickg

We decided to check out this new hot pot restaurant and we loved it. The waitress was very patient with us and explained how everything worked. She also helped us select a broth and a nice variety of items since they were not busy enough to have the conveyor belt running. When it’s running you can pick off what you want as it comes by on the conveyor belt just like in sushi restaurants in Japan; except, this is a fixed AYCE price, or you can order a la carte. They also have a very complete sauce bar where you can get a wide selection of condiments and spices to add to your broth and a nice selection of drinks. We will definitely be back again.

Minji K.

I came here for the all you can eat lunch hot pot and was pleased that there was no wait for this memorial day Monday. Keep in mind that the prices are pretty steep (around $26 and I was with a party of 6 so with tip it came out to about $34). They did not seem to have separate lunch menus. They have an extensive sauce station with more than 10 sauces, and I appreciated how they have signs for how to make certain sauces, which is really helpful for newbies like me! After making the sauces you want, you come back to the table and start loading up on ingredients for your own individual soup! I really like how each person had their own soup, so you could really customize it according to your taste. I chose the spicy soup broth after hearing that their original broth is not flavorful. The spicy broth is loaded with peppers, so even when i took the peppers out, it was still pretty spicy which is good! Everything including the veggies, fish cakes, squids, mussels, and meat comes out on this long conveyor belt and you and your party can just grab what you want when you see it. Some negatives to this were that the people that were seated near the conveyor belt side needed to grab stuff for the whole table and sometimes people had to reach over if they had missed something. This was not a big deal, but the bigger negative was that there was not that much meat on the conveyor belts, (maybe because of the high demand?) so we ended up constantly ordering our meat and more veggies from our waiter. I really liked the bok choy and napa lettuce but they ran out of the bok choy soon after we started eating and I no longer saw any napa cabbage on the belts, so we were left with other veggies that were not as tasty. Our waiter was really helpful and kept checking in on us to make sure we had enough water, broth, and meat. As for the meat, I liked the beef and lamb but someone in our table was really sensitive to the particular smell of lamb so make sure that you try it before putting it in the soup. As for the pork, they said it was pork belly, but as you can see from my picture, it was all fat and no meat. I was really disappointed by this and will never get the pork again. My personal favorite ingredients were the pumpkin slices, beef, bok choy, napa lettuce, dumplings, and udon noodles. Overall, I'm happy that Gainesville finally has a decent hot pot restaurant!

Caleb H.

Nine Spice is Gainesville's first hotpot place and I was really happy with the service and quality of food! When you go in it's a conveyor belt bringing food to you, if you dont like that they bring out meat for you. I will say that where you sit matters, if you sit closer to where the conveyor belt starts you will get the best meat. The server we had was really nice and ready to serve us whenever needed.

Kami L.

Best hotpot in town. Sea food, meat, veggie.... all you can eat. Love it and will definitely visit again. You have to try their fruit tea, it is the best!

James J.

I am very excited to find another cultural place in Gainesville. I have not had Unlimited hotpot restaurant for past 3 years thanks to my school. The last time I had was in Washington DC where there was a very large east asian community. Surprisingly, the food quality, variety, and the service I experienced in a small college town Gainesville was comparable to what I had in Washington DC. I would highly recommend this place to anyone. I am glad to see more authentic, cultural restaurants in Gainesville.

Kevin L.

Hotpot is somewhat hard to find in Florida, and I am happy to report that this place is pretty good. Don't go for the all you can eat conveyor belt thing, it's 27$. The combo will provide plenty of food, we couldn't even finish those. there's also a great sauce bar available. Service was excellent. I will be going back for sure.