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The Melting Pot - Charlottesville
The Melting Pot - Charlottesville

The Melting Pot - Charlottesville Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.meltingpot.com/charlottesville/specials
  • Email: cvillemeltingpot@aol.com
  • Phone: (434) 244-3463 x4
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fondue
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th & Water
  • Public Transit: There is a free trolly system that runs by the restaurant and a nearby bus stop on the corner of Water and 5th.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are two parking garages and a parking lot located in the area. One garage is on 5th and Market and the other two are on Water Street. One is a parking garage and the other is a parking lot. We validate for 2 hour parking.
A word from The Melting Pot - Charlottesville
Here fondue becomes a memorable four-course dining experience, where you can really dip into something different. Enjoy a choice of four flavorful fondue cooking styles and a variety of tasty entrees, including tender beef, boneless breast of chicken, duck, lobster, shrimp, scallops, salmon and much more. All are available in many different combinations with a variety of special dipping sauces. Cheese fondues can be ordered separately and are included with the purchase of any combination dinner. Along with every entrée, you’ll get breads, savory vegetables, and even a choice of three different fresh salads. As if that’s not enough to whet your appetite, you’ll also love the Melting Pot’s wide selection of creamy, mouth-watering chocolate fondue desserts. In addition to the Melting Pot’s ever expanding fondue menu, there’s also a growing list of fine wines. So come, relax and dip into an exciting new experience at the Melting Pot.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Great restaurant for a special outing! Whenever a friend visits from out of town, this is a must for us. Great restaurant specials make it affordable and allow for a great experience"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "This was our first time at the Melting Pot and it was a great evening. The service was excellent and the food supurb. We will definitely come back again and recommend to our friends. Our waiter shared he had only been there a brief time but he did a fantastic job. I think his name was Dave."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had an amazing time! It was such a great experience. Will go again :D"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "My first visit and it was well worth the wait! The food is delicious and such a selective menu. The staff is extremely attentative (and not hoverly), accommodating, and friendly. Great atmosphere, and the pace is for those looking to enjoy the experience (not looking for a quick drive-thru meal). I highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Wanted to get together with a good friend and was looking for a fun, different place, which The Melting Pot is. We took advantage of the Girl's Night Out special which was just the right amount of food, plus everything was very tasty. The server was very friendly and made the evening even more enjoyable. she also had good suggestions on which choices to make for our meal. I would most certainly go back!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Our waitress, Angelique, was fabulous! We were celebrating a birthday and she was very personable and engaging!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "It was a girl's night out out/reunion and I think it was a good choice. We had a great time. It wouldn't be somewhere I go to often unless there are more special deals. Otherwise, the service and food was excellent."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "My wife and I and best friends attended the melting pot last Friday. This was the first time dining at the Melting Pot in Charlottesville, Service was wonderful, attentive. A great corner booth with cooking tops for two couples, so the best of both worlds. We all 4 chose the 4 course which is plenty of food and excellent pairings. A great time, will be back"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I have heard a lot about the Melting Pot and I think I had very high expectations. The food was subpar to me and my husband. The service was good and almost a little too much. I just wanted to be left alone to enjoy my dinner, but our server wouldn't leave us alone. Or the drink filler. I was getting a new drink, which was only water before my first glass would be empty. It's important to keep the drink refreshed, but it was just too much!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I planned this as a special evening for myself and my 1# year old daughter. The food and service was excellent! There was a table directly behind us that the conversation was not appropriate for adults to have to listen to, let alone a 12 year old that was celebrating a special occasion! I ask our server to address this issue, so he told the manager. Nothing was done by anyone to address the issue at all, my daughter spent most of her evening with her fingers in her ears. I am sharing this hoping that it won't ruin someone else's special occasion!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We went for my son's 13th birthday. The food was amazing, and the service was excellent. They brought him a special dessert plate and a card, and all the staff was extremely attentive and helpful. I commented on how much I liked the appetizer fondue, and the manager emailed me a recipe for it. Definitely a wonderful night."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "I had a great birthday dinner and our waiter was awesome!! And the food was amazing too. :)"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We had a great time for "date night" without the kids! We have been to Melting Pot before so we knew what to expect. Unfortunately, this time we weren't impressed by our waitress. She was a bully and not very good at listening to what WE wanted. Instead, she imposed all of HER "favorites" on us...I even told her I had an allergy and she still brought something to our table that had that food involved. It wasn't a huge deal, but I would have expected her to be on the safe side and check everything that came to us. At any rate, the manager was very very nice, our food was delicious, our table was fantastic. Overall, I recommend this restaurant. I just don't recommend one waitress in particular..."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "My husband and I had a blast! We were given a private booth for our anniversary. It was very romantic. Our waiter was amazing! He gave us great advice on the menu. The manager was fantastic. Hospitable, friendly staff made our night out perfect!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Was enjoyable but with how expensive it is this would only be a place I would go for a very special occassion. Defineitly could not afford to come here as a family dinner."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "My wife and I went to The Melting Pot in Charlottesville on a weekday night, early in the evening. Our waitress, Molly, was extremely pleasant, knowledgeable about the menu, and took all the time we needed to go over our choices. The food was superb, the wine and cocktail menu was extensive, and the entire evening was completely enjoyable. I would recommend this restaurant to a friend any time, without hesitation."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "I took my mom out for a special moms night out. We both have children and spouses and sometimes you just need to get away. The atmosphere here is fabulous. The staff is always pleasant and I appreciate how the manager(Cotty) comes by and makes sure you're having a great visit. Can't wait to visit again!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We came for our anniversary, intending to take advantage of the valentines day special. However, the special must be different from last year, because we found that ordering off the menu was cheaper and better than what the valentines special offered. Oh well, no big deal. Service was good and the staff was amiable, food was delicious. We'll be back next year, if not sooner!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "the food tasted amazing and was fun to cook. the service was a little sub-par (i was expecting formal and a waiter that is sensitive to wishes of the guest) if you like conversation with the waiter and staying busy preparing food over fondue then it's good. also, the portions of food tend to be on the small side. but with a classy restaurant maybe it's supposed to be that way."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "This is the best run restaurant I have ever seen. They work incredibly hard for you to have a special experience in their restaurant. Our waitress was phenomenal and the food was delicious. I definitely recommend The Melting Pot for special occasions."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I have had good experiences at the Melting Pot but this was not one of them. Firstly, there was no ventilation in the restaurant and it was extremely muggy from all the steam. The windows were fogged, everyone's glasses were fogged, and it was extremely humid. I was there for a special occassion, and it did not feel very special. Our waiter was rude. When one of us asked a question, he curtly replied, "I'll get to that if you just give me a minute." We did not have water or any drinks provided for exactly one hour after being seated. We had to ask multiple people to even get the drinks at the hour mark. The waiter did not explain the food, cook times, what he was mixing in the pots, or anything to enhance our experience."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The MP is a grey place to go to have a long and relaxing dinner. It was pretty busy Saturday night but we've gone on a weekday before and it is much quieter and nicer to go on a weekday. We have a gift card and a coupon which is always nice. We love the melting pot. We will be back in a month!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Melting Pot was a great experience where we were treated very well from start to finish. Starting with the pollite man that opened the door, our waitress and all the way to the owner/manager stopping by to thank us for dining with them. Wonderful romantic evening!!!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Ahhhhh everything was delicious and fantastic. As a picky eater though, I wish I could have chosen what was available to dip for dessert instead of not eating the things my date and I did not like. Oh well"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I will be back. I need to try every other option after experiencing restaurant week's eclectic mix. Our waitress was also excellent while putting up with an uncertain trainee."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "My daughters favorite place to eat, so when she got honor roll we decided that it would be a great treat for her (for me to). The food is always great & the service is great also. Everyone is so friendly. There was so much food. We even had dinner for the next night. Cant wait to go back!!!!!"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Restaurant Week finally got my husband and I to the Melting Pot! Service was amazing, loved the ambiance! Three courses: Cheese- had the Wisconsin Trio.....delicious!!! Main- had a sampling of filet mignon, mahi-mahi, shrimp, buffalo chicken and mushroom pockets all very good. Dessert-- AMAZING!! Overall, I would absolutely go back, but would skip the main course and go just for cheese & chocolate....truly decadent!!! Oh, and great cocktails too."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I decided to eat here one night during a visit with a friend in Charlottesville. We had dined at a Melting Pot down in Myrtle Beach for the first time this summer and loved it. The menu gives you great flexibility to mix and match any thing you have a desire for. The way that you have to prepare your food and take your time eating allows for a very relaxing romantic meal. The service was outstanding. Our waiter was very helpful and polite. The entire wait staff was very eager to help refill our drinks or remove dishes from our table. They have a great sense of teamwork that works wonders for them! Look froward to dining here again sometime soon. Would definitely recommend if you are looking for a nice romanic night out."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We had a romantic dining experience and Marta was an exellent server."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Boyfriend and I went there to celebrate our 3 years together. I have been wanting to go since I heard great things about it. It was truly a great experience and I am planning to go back soon. The service was excellent."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Loved the food and generous portions. This was my first visit and our server took his time and explained all of our choices. Very nice atmosphere. Will recommend this restaurant to friends!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "We invited a couple who had never been to The Melting Pot, but wanted to go. They loved it, although there was some confusion about the 4 course menu. Otherwise we all had a great time, our waitress was great, Derek the owner was sweet, and the food outstanding. Great time. We're planning on taking another couple with us soon."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "We celebrated my husband's birthday and was greeted with a card. The staff provided excellent service and the night ended with a candle on cheesecake. Our server, Rachel, was personable and very accommodating. She cared about our celebration and ensuring any questions were answered. The Charlottesville restaurant has a true gem in her!!"
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "This was our first time here, and we left happy for sure. Our waitress Marta was the best and sooo friendly. The food itself was tastey and overall we were impressed. We went here for my husbands birthday and they had a employee signed card waiting on the private table, which made him smile. They were very thoughtful. The down side is that is place is not for anyone on a budget. We got the 4course special which is actually the best deal and for the two of us the bill was $110.80. A little high but was worth the experience. Overall we were very happy with the first time visit =)"
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "I thought the food was great but there was not enough food for the price."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "My girlfriend and I went to melting pot for her 20th birthday. Alex was our waiter and was fantastic and very entertaining. Thanks guys for a great night."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "Was good. We had a fun time, and there were plently of laughs to go around."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "It's a fondu restaurant. You cook your own food. If this bothers you, like it did my husband, go somewhere else. The main draw for this restaurant was the ambience. My husband and I were put in a little nook type table that was incredibly private, which we really enjoyed. The waitress was great, though she spoke very quickly and we had to have her repeat things a few times as it was our first time at this restaurant and we weren't entirely sure of what to order. Personally, I felt that it was overpriced for what you got, but both my husband and I left with very full stomachs."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "The atmosphere was very friendly and our waiter was very cordial and came back to check on our needs just the right number of times without being a bother while we ate. We also had a nice little chat with the manager on duty. It was a very nice dining experience. We'll be back."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "We celebrated my husband's birthday and we wanted to go some where different so this was the place. My adult kids loved it. Even my son who wasn't hungry just cooked his meal and took it home for the next day. In fact my son was the only one we had taken here before. At the time he was only 10 so we went one late afternoon and sat at the bar and ordered a chocolate fondue for him and he loved it! A young child who can not sit still may not be best to bring here. The only confusion was how to order off the menu but we pulled it off. They also validate parking from the Water Street Garage."
    Dined on 11/10/2013