The Melting Pot - Arlington VA
The Melting Pot - Arlington VA

The Melting Pot - Arlington VA

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.meltingpot.com/arlington-va/specials
  • Phone: (703) 243-4490
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fondue
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fairfax Dr
  • Public Transit: From the Metro - Orange Line: Take Metro to the Ballston Metro stop. Come out of Metro station onto Fairfax Drive. Make a left onto Fairfax and walk about 3 blocks to Glebe Road. Make a right onto Glebe Road and walk about 1 1/2 blocks. The restaurant is on the left.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: After 4:30 pm pay discounted Melting Pot parking rate of $2.00 for 4 hours with validation; After the 4 hour period, validation is void and posted rates apply.
A word from The Melting Pot - Arlington VA
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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
The Melting Pot - Arlington VA reviews from OpenTable diners
178 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (144)romantic (121)good for groups (71)fit for foodies (52)notable wine list (46)hot spot (19)kid-friendly (19)neighborhood gem (12)late-night find (11)great for lunch (8)vibrant bar scene (4)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Perfect for double dates
    Katy
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    melting pot would be the perfect place for double dates. They don't rush you and the tables are set up in a way that you can carry on a conversation without having to yell. Plus the food is amazing
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More expensive and less quantity
    kgrande
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We've been to Melting Pot for at least 5 special occasions over the last 2 years. It is fun, but each time I feel like it is more expensive and there is less quantity of food. We took my brother for his birthday and he said it was great portion control...Not what I want to hear spending over $200 for 3 adults and 2 kids, and only one beer.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I took my mother here for her birthday. It was her first time at the Melting Pot and she enjoyed it very much! Our server Deon was great! Thanks for a good time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We arrived at a reasonable dining hour with our three kids and it took three hours to eat. The wait time between courses was ridiculously long and, to make matters worse, one of the burners at our table wouldn't work, making the time it took to cook the food even longer. The service was extremely friendly and great with the kids, but the wait times were simply unacceptable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awkward, but friendly. Fondue is fun.
    MyNameisRio
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This location seems to have been jammed into a business location, so it has the feel of being the ground floor of an office building. Later in the evening, you feel as if you are in some abandoned office park. The interior is typical to that of most Melting Pots, with the customized fondue tables. Our booth seemed a little dark, even though the manager was able to turn up a light, so we requested extra table candles, which they were accommodating enough to bring out. The seats themselves seem very low and the crowded table space cause at least one knocked over glass incident - the menus are so big and the table space so limited, that you have to make sure you have clearance before you open the menu. So physical comfort was a little problematic. The service was very good. Our server did her best to answer questions and give us a run down of what's on the menu. She did not go into elaborate details when we mentioned we had been there before. The food is good, but you have to keep in mind that you essentially cook it yourself. That's part of the fun of the place. And it is on the expensive side, which may put off people some people when they realize how simple the components are. It's actually not that easy to do fondue at home, so the Melting Pot system is what you are paying for. If you do all the meal courses, you will likely be there for a long time. The staff is very good at not making you feel rushed, though.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cheryl Loeffler
    Cjersey1104
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Our waiter was the best. Again, we had a great birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Make sure to not eat all day so you can get your money's worth out of the Melting Pot! It's so good and the perfect place to go for a special occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This is our fourth visit to the Melting Pot and have enjoyed our visits every time we have come there.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Melting Pot
    jrmaples
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Great restaurant! Great selection of food, with good prices. They offer vegetarian and gluten-free options. The atmosphere is romantic and would be great for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    If you have a reservation for a certain time (as booked on Open Table) and you show up early, you shouldn't have to wait 25 minutes to sit down. The fact that I had to wait 25 minutes to be seated really detracts from my enjoyment of the restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazingg
    asiangirl933
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    It was my 4th time going here and I am never left feeling disappointed, ever. Everybody who works at the Melting Pot is very attentive and does their job efficiently. The food is always incredible and they will bring you more sides like your bread, vegetables, chips, etc. if you run out. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Leave kids at home....
    JAG1954
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    This was a great experience in dining. We received great service and personal attention during our visit. The only downside was the crying of little ones on the other side of the booths, and then once they were gone another group appeared with more toddlers. Maybe I'm an exception that this bothered me, but I don't / can't afford to dine at the melting pot every other month, so when I go I'm usually celebrating with someone special and want to fully enjoy the dining experience. Know restaurant can't enforce a 'no kids rule' but adults should be more cognizant of annoying other diners. Keep kids and teens at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Queenbee
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I have eaten at the Melting Pot several times. Food is always excellent and service is also great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unusual service?
    UvajillybeanVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I'm not sure if our waiter was just having a bad night, but his timing was off. We didn't receive our drinks until halfway through our cheese fondue, and he didn't check back in when they, or our "dippers," were empty.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Good food and service. It's worth it to enjoy a special occasion. Great wine selection and sampling!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My absolute fav restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    One of the best romantic restaurants ever. Top notch service from servers, management comes by to say hi and interact with you. Reservations are always on time. I've never waited more than 5 minutes to get to my table. Great dining experience worth every penny!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Melting Pot, Arlington
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My only complaint was prior to having Joe, our server, appear at the table. After arriving promtly at 7:45pm for my 7:45pm reservation, my girlfriend (it was her birthday celebration) and I waited almost 25 minutes to be called to be let to our table. While being let to our table, numerous (i counted 3) times servers or other employees carrying trays to/from tables and the kitchen would say "excuse me" as they just passed by without realizing the tray was at my head level nor pausing to may sure they wouldnt run over customers. After finally getting to our table (at 8:15pm for our 7:45pm reservation) everythng was fine. We were in a small room with another couple (2 young ladies) and their general conversation was louder then the music.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Time
    KGidd
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great and fast service!! Our waiter was funny and kept the night interesting. Can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Chuck' service was phenomenal! Food was great. Very loud place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    erinlovescheese
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The Melting Pot is expensive but delicious. My favorite entree was the duck. We also had pork and filet mignon. I loved all the sauces that came with the entree. The cheddar fondue was also fantastic. I have no complaints. Our server was fabulous, and we loved the entire meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Super Fondue Meal
    cemden
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent Cheese and Chocolate Fondue. Service was superb.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent fondue
    Caleby
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    As usual, my experience here was great. I actually sat at the bar and did a 4 course seating there. Everything went off without a hitch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good place for celebration
    samar
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    They prepare a 3 roses and happy birthday ballon and a cup cake for birthday celebration for free.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion anyone?
    Mariee
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The standouts to me is the cheese and chocolate aspects. The meats that you cook yourself not sooo much. Overall great experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    miznene97
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I brought my mother there for her birthday and had a wonderful dining experience. The service was excellent. Everyone was attentive and willing to assist us in anyway. The waiter explained everything in detail and answered all of our questions. The food was impeccable. I have a wonderful, memorable time. I highly recommend this location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeat customers
    fm110
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    A year ago, we had a disappointing visit, but our impression has changed since out latest dinner there. Great service and food, and an awesome date night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Melting Pot Arlington Review
    stewartdsVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Terrible experience at this location. Got there early so sat at the bar to order a drink. It was almost 15 minutes of waiting before the bartender handed us a drink menu, then he left. Another 20 min. goes by & still no bartender. Then they call our table, so we never got to order a drink. Then the waiter kept taking forever to come back to the table. After we finished our entree & told him that we were done & ready to order dessert, he did not come back for 30 minutes. The manager had to cut off our pot because it was just sitting there boiling. Waiter finally came back to clean off the the table, & didnt apologize or anything for taking 30 minutes! We had the hostess searching for him & everything. We just told him to bring the check.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun, delicious dining experience
    kward516
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My hubby and I dined here for the first time after buying a Living Social deal. The food was delicious, from my hubby's duck to my chicken potstickers and the mojo broth – yum! We got peanut butter chocolate fondue for dessert which was amazing! Nice assortment of fruit and sweets to dip. Our waitress was sweet and took the time to explain everything to us. My only complaint is the drink I ordered. It was a strawberry basil lemonade, supposedly with strawberry vodka in it. I could not taste any alcohol at all. I should have said something but was embarrassed that our waitress might think I'm a lush. :-) It tasted great, but I was disappointed since I paid $7.95 for it. Overall great though, and will be back, especially for dessert.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • always good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    how can you not like this place ? Fun and tasty! I always enjoy this place .
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fell short...
    Sonny
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We were excited to try something new for our son's birthday. Experience fell short of our expectations. Though the server was nice, the service was not commensurate with the price and expectations. Lots of waiting due to her training a new employee. Everyone needs to be trained...just recommend that you do it in a venue that doesn't come at a cost to the customer. Not likely to return to this location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great food!
    Researcher
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I have gone to The Melting Pot many times, and the food is always excellent. Since this is a different kind of dining experience make sure to allow at least 2 hours to dine, and you won't be disappointed. Service is usually outstanding with the wait staff eager to make sure you are happy with your experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fond of Fondue
    Plus2
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Kids enjoyed the cheddar cheese appetizer and cooking in the coq au von. Their favorite part of the meal… yin-yang chocolate fondue. They got extra rice krispy treats to finish the chocolate. Fun dinner for the family. Also, got the package of flowers, balloons and picture to remember the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it!
    kap10
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    As always, we love The Melting Pot! My son and I dine here about once a year. Always fun and great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Timmy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Overpriced fondue ..nothing special..alot of bread and heavy cheese...would not even make my top 20 :(
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gets boring
    Andrian
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Have been here 3 times. Getting boring. To have fun bring whole family. Would be back only for dessert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unexpected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My review is a little biased. I wasn't expecting to have cook my own food at the table. This fact threw our entire group for a loop and kind of dampened the experience. But if you are into fondue and the self preparation experience I think the Melting Pot would be an excellent choice. Our waitress was amazing because we were a salty bunch after being told we had to cook our on food, not rude but definitely lackluster. She saved the night. The drinks were find and the ambience was great! I do most of the cooking at my home so when I go out I don't want yo do anything but be waited on. The Melting Pot is a fine restaurant just not the place for me.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Spot
    Alwaystryingsomethingnew
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This was my first time here and I truly enjoyed it. It was a very different experience. I think it is very pricey and I probably would not go again until a special occasion or another Groupon or Living Social deal. Other than I think the place is awesome.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great evening
    OhMyMegzy
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My boyfriend and I went to the Melting Pot for a romantic evening. It was just fantastic! We had a really nice server, Dion was her name. The atmosphere is warm and friendly and the table space makes for an intimate dinner with your special someone. The food is out of this world, just so tasty. I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    pomplemousse
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is not the first time I've been to the Melting Pot, but the first time I've been to the Arlington Melting Pot. As with the other ones, this one does not disappoint. Very friendly and attentive servers even when the restaurant is busy, the food is fun, and no one bothers to tell you to leave even if you've sat there for 5 hours with your girlfriends. A great romantic restaurant but a great ladies' night out spot. Come if you want an experience but don't expect it to take 20 minutes or to cost little. You get what you pay for, and I've always enjoyed a special time at the Melting Pot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lot of work
    Govvie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was okay. it would be good for a date night or a great celebration for a small group. It is pretty expensive but you will be full after you leave. the waitress at this location (Kim) was one of the best I have encountered in a very long time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.