The Melting Pot - Darien
The Melting Pot - Darien

The Melting Pot - Darien

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.meltingpot.com/darien/specials
  • Phone: 2036564774x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm. Reservations for Dessert Only Tables are seated after 9pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Chocolate Fondue is also served in our bar area.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fondue, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Resume editing
    For that special occasion that has to be perfect, The Melting Pot in Darien is the perfect choice. Fondue dining is fun dining and the perfect way to relax and enjoy the company of friends, coworkers and family. We are able to host parties ranging in size from 8 to 50 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: James Layfield, meltingpotct@optonline.net 2036564774x
  • Entertainment: Join us on most Friday's for Cardone's tableside magic. Check with us first to ensure Cardone is present that night.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Brook Street
  • Public Transit: We are located 150 yards from the Darien train station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We share a parking lot with the Darien train station. Parking is plentiful and free after 5:00 pm.
A word from The Melting Pot - Darien
Fairfield County's favorite celebration restaurant. "The Melting Pot is pure entertainment" says the NY Times. The Melting Pot has the recipe to make all your occasions special. Relax in our private, elegant atmosphere and let our attentive servers guide you through our selection of fondues, sauces and fine wines. Remember to leave room for our prize-winning chocolate fondue.



We are THE venue for Bridal and Baby Showers, Bachelorette Parties, birthdays or any occasion that has to be fun and different.



Fondue is fun and nobody does it better than The Melting Pot in Darien.



Winner "Award of Excellence" Wine Spectator magazine.



Zagat Rated "Excellent".



- Accredited by the American Vegetarian Association 2004 - 2011.


* For parties of 7 or more please call the restaurant.
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The Melting Pot - Darien reviews from OpenTable diners
89 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (70)romantic (53)good for groups (44)kid-friendly (28)fit for foodies (20)neighborhood gem (17)hot spot (13)notable wine list (10)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (4)great for lunch (4)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • A perfect Anniversary Dinner!
    Denke
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    We celebrated our 20th Anniversary at the Melting Pot and it was just perfect. My wife had been here once before but I never had. We started with a drink at the bar and had such a friendly bartender. Then on the way to our table the waitress gave us an Anniversary card which surprised us. What a nice touch. The atmosphere was quiet, secluded and very romantic. It felt like we were the only ones there. Our server was really fantastic. She was so informative, friendly and there just when we needed her. She really made the experience great, we'd go back again just to have her as a server! All in all just a perfect spot for our Anniversary dinner and we may go back to celebrate our sons graduation!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Babe
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I visited the Melting Pot with my family which included smaller children back in February 2014 to celebrate my nieces' birthday. What an enjoyable experience we all had. We couldn't stop talking about it. The food was delicious, the wait staff very pleasant & knowledgeable, the atmosphere lovely. I told my co-worker about it & we recently visited. She enjoyed the experience immensley. Now she wants to go again & bring her children. Thumbs up to a great eating experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Laura
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    As always a great place to go for a celebration!food was good and new items on the menu fantastic. I love the idea of the pairing
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    Meme
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Reservations were for 6:30 p.m. About a 40+ mile drive and allowed plenty of time in case of 5:00 traffic. Arrived one hour early and was seated right away. Mario, our server was extremely pleasant and explained everything on the menu. He made a beverage reccomendation and my daughter and I loved it. It was a truly an exceptional dining experience and a wonderful birthday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cheese fondue
    luvfondue2
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    cheese fondue lacked flavor, bland, rest of meal excellent, did not have dessert
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience!
    Kel6801
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Seating was great - very private. Food was delicious. Server was attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Absolutely love The Melting Pot! The food is always awesome and I always leave feeling completely full. I wish under the four course meal they would have a meal that was just the teriyaki sirloin and shrimp to minimize the huge portion a bit.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun
    Dorothy
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I always enjoy going to the Melting Pot. Fondue is fun and the food is very fresh. I wish they were closer as I would go more often.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better than expected!
    Maxk
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Being my first experience here I thought it was just another overpriced place that people just went for the experience. I was quick to learn that this was not the case at all! The food was amazing, the service was outstanding, and most of all the chocolate fondue was to die for! It is a great place for special occasions and I would reccomend it for absolutely anyone!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Top notch
    tsedg
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Had three small children with us and they were very accomodating to our myriad requests regarding the children. We have been to the White plains version of this restaurant and this branch is far superior in almost every aspect...parking, atmosphere, service...no comparison.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good!
    meltingpotraver
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    The melting pot was very good. I feel that it is great for people of all ages for special occasions. They have a variety of very good meats, cheeses, and chocolates!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday delight
    Quinnet
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Awesome waiter: Very knowledgeable Friendly/polite Meal was served at a nice pace Bathrooms were extremely clean Outside ambiance was romantic/ great for picture taking which we did! Delicious meal / dessert Comfortable setting Friendly staff - the only downfall was the price. Could only afford on special occasions.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was good, service was eh
    nanruz
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Food was good - not fantastic - though they were very flexible. We would have ordered more wine but never saw the waitress again till the end of the meal. It's definitely a fun night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    JoHyphen
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I brought friends here for their birthdays. They were greeted with birthday cards from The Melting Pot which was a nice surprise (I let them know ahead of time when I made the reservations). Tam, our waitstaff, was great! My friends had never been to MP and she put them at ease. Explained everything and helped us make the best choices for us. The food was great. The pace of eating is excellent for catching up with friends. We never felt rushed. A lot of the staff stopped by to check in and ensure everything was going well. The manager even came over to ask about our experience and to wish my friends happy birthday. It is very obvious they care about their customer experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappointed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The Melting Pot is a favorite restaurant for celebrating birthdays in our family. Fondue cooking gives you lots of time to enjoy your loved one's special day while tasting all the delicious goodies the Melting Pot has to offer. We tried the BBQ seasoned pork for the first time and it was spectacular! Service is always fantastic at the Melting Pot too. Very accommodating and you never feel rushed. We had our 4 year old granddaughter with us as well and they are wonderful with children. Lovely restaurant, wonderful food and excellent service every single time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Melting Pot
    Restaurantweek
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Never disappoints. We did the 4 course experience, each course was better than the next. Our waitress was wonderful, we were seated immediately, and everything was perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent birthday meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Brought my daughter there for her birthday, she was delighted and had a great time. We had excellent attentive service, but not overbearing and the food was very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    I heard about Melting Pot for years, but never had a chance to go. I decide to surprise my boyfriend for his birthday, and I should say he was very impressed. I did not tell him where I was taking him; I wanted to be very special. All I heard from him all evening, “Oh my God, this is so good, this is so wrong how good it is. WOW, it just melts in your mouth.” He was very impressed with everything, so was I. I had the best experience ever. The food, the atmosphere, service, drinks, it was truly EXTRAORDINARY. Thank you for amazing experience. Definitely coming back again!  Yelena
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    Yankeesgirl
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We always have loved the Melting Pot so we chose it for our 11th anniversary dinner.This trip was not like all of the other trips we have had.. Our server disappeared often for long periods of time and I'm not sure if other waiters picked up on it, but another waiter took our check for us (without us asking) and others refilled our drinks. He asked if we would like more desserts to dip into the chocolate and we said yes but he never returned so we wasted 1/2 of our chocolate fondue. We sat there for a long period of time between courses. It also seems like the amount of food we got for each course was a lot less than previous reservations. This used to be our go to place for special occasions but we may consider elsewhere next year..
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    Sherri
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Great experience, great food, great service. Previously went to Melting Pot while visiting in PA. That was our first experience. This time was just as awesome! 2 people in our party had never been. They were explained the process of ordering and how the entire process works with patience and humor. It was a great experience for all of us. We went to celebrate daughters birthdasy and was greeted with a happy birthday from the staff as well as a card waiting for her. Very nice touches!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun Experience
    LuvFood
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We went to the Melting Pot for the first time a few weeks ago, we can't wait to go back! Definitely a different dining experience that made eating dinner fun. The smores fondue for dessert was by far the best!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chocolate heaven
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    The food was okay last night, usually it's amazing but wasn't as good as usual.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME!
    TheMacs105
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We went here for my wife's birthday. We had such a private booth which made us feel like we were the only two people in the whole place even though it was a Saturday night and the place was busy. Our waitress was awesome! She was very friendly and attentive. The food was good and we had some much fun with the experience of the fondue theme. We cannot wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fast Food Quality Fondue
    Conlon10
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    If you are looking for a gourmet experience this is not the place. If you want a fun night with your kids, it is perfect. Staff very friendly and accomodating.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and fun
    JBru32
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The Melting Pot is a great place to bring a date or the family. You will be busy and have things to talk about as you cook and eat. My family and I drive over an hour to go and it is worth the ride. We love the choices, the food, and the service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent evening
    Jeff
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    When we want to combine a fun evening with great food, this is our #1 choice. The servers are excellent, friendly and polite. The one we had even remembered us from months ago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Fun!
    KNV313
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Great place for a moderate sized group..fun eats and lots of laughs! plus our server was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Experience
    Bobby
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I think you should try this restaurant, more for the experience than anything else. The food is average and the prices are high for what you get. But, the staff is friendly, the place itself is clean, and it's just plain fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You get what you come for
    hungry
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    If you like fondu this place hits the mark. A bit pricey but good food. If you don't like working for your food and want everything served to you, stay away.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just Ok Thought it would be better
    travelingirl1
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    If I were to come to Melting Pot and do it all over again I would just come for the dessert. Their food isnt that good, and because you cook your own food for the entree if you are doing it with a group it gets really crowded cooking the food in that small pot. Plus the prices are ridiculously expensive for what you get. Trust me just go out to a different restaurant for dinner and then come here for a fun dessert by dipping yummy bite size desserts in amazing chocolate. That is my advice when coming to this restaurant. Plus this restaurant could use a make over. The carpets need to be redone, there were holes in different places, the booths are very uncomfortable. So sitting there for 2 1/2 hours dipping your food isnt exactly relaxing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    This restaurant is definitely an unusual concept cozy tables, decent food however the price for dinner for 4 was $275.00 no alcohol!!! before gratuity...seriously??? I am a frequent restaurant diner and don't mind spending money but this place is WAY overpriced for their food.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Once again, superb!
    PleasantlySurprised
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    I love the Melting Pot and always try to go when I can. It's where I always go when my family is in town. Food is great, fun experience, and a great atmosphere to talk and catchup.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Girls Night Out
    TheGirls
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Getting together to celebrate any special occasion should be done at the Melting Pot. Don't skip the CHOCOLATE dessert!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hot plates
    Jimmy
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    everything was great just not outstanding. very reasonable prices and a helpful friendly wait staff, although not there often enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everytime the timing is beautiful
    Diamond
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    My soon to be husband I were celebrating our next steps in our lives. We'd have come to the melting pot twice a year because the pricing is quite high lol but when we do come for special occasions, we are always shocked by the wonderful staff and selection of food and fondue sauces to cook with. You must simply try love martin when you get a chance or the chocolate yang and yang fondue as it is a beautiful ending to a great meal.. Thank melting pot for making outer special a more romantic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alway great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Always a great meal! Service top notch. Our Son has a Peanut and Tree Nut Allergy. This is one place you have no worries. They Cater to anyone's Allergy concerns. Members of several Food Allergy groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Double Date
    Meatloaf228
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    My boyfriend and I went with another couple to celebrate our anniversary. We spent $150 each couple ( 4 course experience + drinks & including tip). Definitely worth it to try at least once, but be prepared to pay &$!! Also since there is only one fondue pot you all have to agree on 1 cheese, 1 broth, & 1 chocolate... Which may be on the rough side! Too bad you can't have more than one of each!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time
    jcjc
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    First time visiting the melting pot. Had our table moved due to an extremely loud group of people. Loved our next seat. Our waiter explained everything to us about the menu and our meals. Once we received our food it was quite the experience having t cook our own main course. It was overall a great experience and would definitely return for drink and cheese/chocolate. Make sure you at prepared to be there for a while if you choose all 4 courses. Takes a little longer vecause you have to cook your own food in your pots.But it was worth it. Cant wait to go back for apps and desserts.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    Bill
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    It was our first time and will definitely be back! The food was great the service was prompt and our server was wonderful! Great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Nicole
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    This resturant was outstanding!!!!! A great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.