The Melting Pot - Darien
The Melting Pot - Darien

The Melting Pot - Darien

  • 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, 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
The Melting Pot - Darien reviews from OpenTable diners
94 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (72)romantic (55)good for groups (50)kid-friendly (27)fit for foodies (25)neighborhood gem (21)hot spot (18)notable wine list (11)late-night find (9)great for lunch (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Fun and cozy night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The food was great and it was such a fun and cozy date night! The service was awesome!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A night to remember!
    Amazing
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Awesome restaurant! I brought my boyfriend for his birthday and from the moment we walked in the door everything from the bus boys to the hostess to the waitress to the food was out of this world! Kudos to the management as well for training their staff well, this is by far how a restaurant should be run. Other establishments could use this location as a model for how to run a superior restaurant. Thank you for making this a night we both won't ever forget. See you again soon!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal, iffy service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Everything started out perfect but our server actually dissapeared for almost an hour and we had to awkwardly ask another server for assistance in finding him. It really put a damper on the evening having to wait so long for our dinner plates to be cleared and to even get the desert menu. I have never had a problem like that before here so it was dissapointing. Regardless of that I will go back again and just hope for a different server because it truly is a wonderful experience if you do have an attentive server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun for all
    skiis
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The do it yourself approach was sketchy to us at first, but we figured it out and had a great time. Good variety and knowledgeable staff to guide you through pairing up the items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mona
    regularperson
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    My boyfriend and I love coming here for cheese and chocolate fondue pots!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful experience
    foodseeker21
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I took my boyfriend to the meeting pot to try something new. I found myself eating the same things every week. So we went and the waiter was very friendly and personable the fondue was perfect along with the red wine. It's a quiet dim lit place which is very nice from the traditional chain restaurant atmosphere. It's also not expensive. I had a chocolate fondue pot, Cesar salad, a glass of wine and dipping foods. I only spent 33 bucks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rhonda
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We totally enjoyed The Melting Pot. It was a fun dining experience, the food was delicious and the service was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LocalVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We always enjoy the MP. In fact our kids love it. We enjoy the fact that it is an interactive family meal with outstanding food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun atmosphere and family friendly
    Gibbosaurus
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We went to the Melting Pot for a birthday for my son. The wait staff were very professional. It is a family and group friendly place as long as you are willing to share everything. The quality of the food was generally high although the Alpine cheese in the cheese fondue course was a bit watery versus our expectations. The entree selection and chocolate fondue selections were excellent. We left stuffed and satisfied.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great!
    overdaroad
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Always very satisfied with the service, staff, food, ambiance. Recommend to all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jaybird
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Because you cook it yourself, the food is perfectly cooked. The presentation of the ingredients is very attractive with terrific service. The prices of the mixed drinks are very reasonable (including premium brands). Nothing to complain about... An excellent value for the money.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Usmcluv2dine
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This resturant is great. i can't think of one downfall about it. The food is so tasty and the service is outstanding. Always friendly and happy to help out in anyway they can.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for special occasions
    Mcc28
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Good food, small portions though. Expensive so better for special occasions. Only go if you have at least two hours because service was slow and the process takes a long time for the 4 course meals. Dessert was the best part.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a bit pricey..
    melly
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    we went for cheese and chocolate ... a $40 bill was a bit much for what we got. it was delicious though. very nice ambiance and would be suitable for a special occasion dining experience. our waiter seemed to rush us though and didn't ask if we needed extra dippings. also we had asked him about the pumpkin flavored chocolate and he just assumed that was the choice we had made and brought it out to us, which was a little disappointing since I would have rather had a different option. Overall I'd go back on a very special occasion but not too often and when I had extra money to blow.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Melting Pot Crew ROCKS!
    MPGuru
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    As always, when I come to the Melting Pot, it is always a pleasure to see everyone! Julie, Neil and Joe always make us feel like family when we come in. Keep up the good work, guys!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Melting Pot is amazing!
    Mandy108
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Mario is very patient and attentive! He made the cheese fondue right in front of us! Last time, at a different Melting Pot we had someone just leave the ingredients on the table and we had to make our own. Very special night! Great place!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NicT
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We ate at the melting pot for our 5 year wedding anniversary on a Saturday night. Although the food and service were good this was not the romantic ambiance we had hoped for. We were expecting more of an upscale experience. It seemed that this is where every family in town brings their junior high and high school children to eat.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slow service
    Zigzig
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We had the slowest server ever! And no matter how many times we asked they wouldn't lower the air conditioner and it was freezing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't waste your time
    out2eat
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Food is overpriced and you have to cook it yourself. Only good part is the cheese fondue.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Can't go wrong with cheese appetizer and chocolate for dessert. Entrees good too. Great place to bring the kids.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun experience
    attyrubin
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It is definitely a good place for a nice date or an Anniversary. No need to get every course - you can customize your meal to fit your appetite.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food, Great Service
    FoodFanatic
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Melting Pot was an amazing experience. My girlfriend and I went there for our anniversary this past weekend and we both couldn't have been happier with the food and service that was provided. Our server Natalie did an amazing job at taking care of us and established a great connection at the table. I recommend this to anyone in the area as you will have one of the nicest dining experiences of your life.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Whoohoo Fondue
    Diamond
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was amazing.. The service was great.. There were some really noisy children who were running around and that made the experience really hard to enjoy as best as possible but other than that it was great. I would recommend to go there to enjoy the great melted chocolate and please take a moment to enjoy the spinach artichoke cheese fondue as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go again!
    coffeeaddict
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I took my boyfriend here for our two year anniversary. I bought their $199 romantic package (I think it was called fonduely yours). It was worth every penny! You get treated like first class and it includes things to take home for memories. The staff was fantastic. Even the manager went above and beyond, when I accidentally dropped my boyfriend's cell phone behind the booth, which was unreachable, lol. I will never forget that night. Definitely great for a romantic occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great fun and delicious!
    Enjoy10
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    A tasty, fun, interactive dining experience. Special occasion or yummy indulgence. Food is delicious, service is lovely, and ambience is comfortable yet classy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thank you!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I celebrated my one year anniversary and was pleasantly surprised to receive a card from the staff! That was very thoughtful and special! Thank you very much! Look forward to coming to dine again some time soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Solid (or not so) Fun!!
    Ketch
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great food....fun place...something for everyone....great experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as Expected
    cjw35741
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our visit to Melting Point did not disappoint. This time I got lobster with my entrée, and it was delicious. We were celebrating the children going back to school and our 16th Anniversary so of course we received our succulent chocolate covered strawberries. Thank you Melting Pot for another great experience.
    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.
  • amazing
    Tonya
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We went for our 15th wedding anniversary. Out server, Dave, was amazing. He never left us waiting and was super knowledgeable about the menu. We will definitely be back again! !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LbepVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Expensive for what it was, dessert and cheese fondue were best part!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the money
    Yogi
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The price is a bit steep but we got 4 courses of awesome food. The expierence was very memorable too. Waiter guided us thru the hole thing. Even the manager came and checked on us! Kuddos!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor
    SJHR
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great place to go with a group.
    FoodGoddess
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The service was excellent. attentive without being annoying. The food was great.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Professional Service and Server
    Harrimus
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    we went to celebrate my son Ryan's birthday. All was great!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite restaurant
    Soccer9
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I love the melting pot, I always have fantastic food and service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must visit if you are in Darien
    Nick
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Damn Nice!
    ingradad
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Fisrt time to do fondue, found food fresh, atmosphere very nice. Best part was server Pete , outstanding!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 55 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 470 reviews are from the The Melting Pot - Darien reviews archive.
  • Great service!
    SarahSean
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.