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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
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "I would not recommmend this restaurant to anyone other than young children looking for a novelty or teenagers on a date looking for a distractions from awkward conversation. The service was friendly. The was a little crowded but nicely designed in general. The food however was not acceptable. The bread was stale and had the texture of day old rejects from the local grocery store and thhe meat extra for the cheese fondue were just thin slices of basic cold cuts, instead of small peices of various sausage. The cheese fondue itself appeared to be made with poor quality cheese and very little consideration given to any seasoning. The meat fondue was acceptable however simple and the presention was lacking. Desert was good"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "The service was excellent. attentive without being annoying. The food was great."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Our host was new at he job, just two days and did very good job. He answered all our questions (with minimal help from his supervisor) and accommodated out needs and just right with the portions and order. I would go again there and be happy to have Dave (I hope this is his name) as the host."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "I'm not a big fan of fondue, but was going with a friend who really likes fondue. I got Alpine cheese fondue, which was very well prepared at our table. The salads were just OK. We ordered shrimp and steak to cook in oil. I think cooking in the oil made things a bit too greasy, and temperature regulation of the oil seemed to be difficult. If I go again, I think I would choose broth instead of oil."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "we went to celebrate my son Ryan's birthday. All was great!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I love the melting pot, I always have fantastic food and service."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Food was Amazing service was great it was our first visit but i can assure you we will be back our waiter Dave was top notch its employees like him that make restaurants successful make sure you ask for him by name"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Fisrt time to do fondue, found food fresh, atmosphere very nice. Best part was server Pete , outstanding!!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We always look forward to our trips to the Melting pot in Darien! The staff gives exceptional service and are always willing to go the extra mile. Thanks for another great dining experience!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This was my second time visiting the Melting Pot. The first was a few weeks ago with a group of people for a birthday party, which I had to leave early. The second, was a few days ago, because I really wanted to enjoy the entire experience and I absolutely loved it! I took my daughter and my fiancee out for a dinner date - just the three of us - and we had so much fun! The food was excellent, and we are all picky eaters. But we trued everything that was put in front of us. The service was great and the atmosphere of the restaurant was perfect for a family dinner. Our favorite was by far the dessert! Absolutely delicious and so many options!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Ive been to the Melting Pot 4 other times and brought 2 girlfriends who have never been before. As usual I enjoyed my experience and they did too. You have a good variety of cheeses, main entrees, and chocolates to choose from."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I took my wife to dinner at the Melting Pot for her Birthday. The atmosphere was pleasant, and the food was delicious and fresh."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I enjoy going to this restaurant since it is so different from other restaurants. You cook your own food in a fondue pot which take time to do so it forces to relax and unwind. The best part of the meal is the desserts where you get to dip several different kinds of fruit and sweets into the melted chocolate of your choice. Wish I could go back soon,"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "It was our daughter's 11th birthday and there was acrd waitimg for her on the table when we arrived and a candle stuck in the dessert dish! This made her feel VERY special amd our waitress Sandra was phenomenal! Food was awesome as usual, plenty of it, too. We always recommend the Melting Pot when friends and familyask where to go for a special meal."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Overall, it was good. We had to get new silver ware for my daughter as hers were stuck together in the napkin - ick. There was also some nasty dust on the ceiling. The server was knowledgable and ready to suggest things because it was our first time there. The cheese fondue and chocolate fondue were excellent. However, I would not have gone with the mojo that we did with our entrees. It didn't pair well with the meat at all. We did have fun, and it was a unique experience."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This was my third time going here, and it was amazing like always! I had a group of four and we all chose the 4-course experience, which is always fun for the first time! The fondue was pretty amazing, even the salad! The next time I go I will probably skip out on the entrée course and just do the cheese, salad and chocolate. Definitely a fun night out! Enjoy!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We were there for my birthday. Our waiter was excellent and very attentive. We have celebrated other birthdays there and it was just a good."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had a really nice meal on Saturday. My daughter really enjoyed herself."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We go to the Melting Pot about every 2-3 months. My children enjoy the experience of cooking their own food. The greeting and wait staff always have smiles on their faces. Our waiter was Rick, and he was phenomenal. Thank you for another enjoyable meal."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I enjoyed touring my taste buds through all 4 courses from cheese fondue to a gourmet house salad and family style entrée to a final stop at the chocolate fondue."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "cheese fondue lacked flavor, bland, rest of meal excellent, did not have dessert"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Seating was great - very private. Food was delicious. Server was attentive and friendly. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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
  • "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