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The Melting Pot - Darien
The Melting Pot - Darien

The Melting Pot - Darien Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.meltingpot.com/darien/specials
  • Email: meltingpotct@optonline.net
  • Phone: (203) 656-4774
  • 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
  • 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, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Resume editing For that special occasion that has to be special, 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 (203) 656-4774
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "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.."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food was okay last night, usually it's amazing but wasn't as good as usual."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great place for a moderate sized group..fun eats and lots of laughs! plus our server was great!"
    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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Fondue sauces changed & the quality of meat is poor"
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Getting together to celebrate any special occasion should be done at the Melting Pot. Don't skip the CHOCOLATE dessert!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "everything was great just not outstanding. very reasonable prices and a helpful friendly wait staff, although not there often enough."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "This resturant was outstanding!!!!! A great experience."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "This is a unique dining experience for all. You can have a four course experience that includes all the options; cheese fondue, salad, your choice of cooking method and finish off with a chocolate fondue. If that sounds like to much for you, which I would highly recommend that route, you can do other pairings. This is a wonderful evening for romance, night out with friends, surprising the kids ( not to young there are hot pots in the middle) or trying something you have never done!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "This is my 4th time here and each time is better and exciting. My son had a wonderful time as well."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "The Melting Pot is always a good night, no matter your intention for going. The food is always delicious and while you immediately think the portions are small, everyone ALWAYS leaves beyond full. Great place!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We come to the melting pot for every special occasion and wouldn't go anywhere else. We love love love it!!"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "We went to celebrate my friends birthday and experienced a very enjoyable evening. They even gave her a personalized birthday card. The service was excellent and the restaurant was very accommodating for people with food allergies. The manager even checked in to ask how everything was."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Great service amazing food and an overall awesome experience I went with my husband for our anniversary and we brought another couple with us it was perfect!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "My Husband & I fall in love every time we dine at your resturant."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Food was great. Fun for special occasion. Service was great."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite restaurants. It is fun as a group or just a couple doing the fondue. The food is always fresh and the service is very good and timely. It is a little pricy and that is why we save our visits for special occassions."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "I go there many times a year with family and/or friends and ALWAYS have a great experience, The food is great and it is fun cooking at the talble!!"
    Dined on 1/26/2013
  • "Love fondue and this is a fun spot for a date night, group dinner or meal with the kids depending on the occasion. For a chain, it still has a good vibe and this venue is nice."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "This was our second tome going and definitely go again. The manager was fabulous. Friendly,outgoing and a pleasure to talk with. The wait staff was patient and very explanatory on everything. Loved it,will recommend to others."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "The melting pot is a super fun experience but the food is not as high quality as I would expect for the price. The cheese fondues are pretty delicious but are primarily made of cheddar cheese. Not exactly catering to a connoisseur crowd. I would skip the entrees altogether for flavor, however the experience of cooking my own food at the table was fun. The milk chocolate fondue can be compared to Hershey's chocolate syrup in consistency and flavor. The dipping desserts are ok if dipped in chocolate but otherwise they are meh, and would be much better if dipped in a high quality milky milk chocolate. In summary, you are paying for the experience, not the food."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "The food and service was amazing, will definently be back"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Loved it. I brought my 7 year old for the frat time and he loved it. He was given a great sized portion for only 10.00. Well worth it!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We always have a great time at Melting Pot. My only criticism is that we and others still had to wait despite having a reservation. I understand they cannot simply remove people from their table once they've finished eating, but maybe space out seating times? Regardless, everyone had a good time and would definitely visit again!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013