The Melting Pot - Darien
The Melting Pot - Darien

The Melting Pot - Darien

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.meltingpot.com/darien/specials
  • Phone: 2036564774x
  • 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 WinnerSpecial Occasion
The Melting Pot - Darien reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (66)romantic (49)good for groups (40)kid-friendly (27)fit for foodies (19)neighborhood gem (18)hot spot (11)notable wine list (8)late-night find (7)scenic view (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Fantastic!
    FamilyMan
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience!
    MP4EVER
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 57 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 467 reviews are from the The Melting Pot - Darien reviews archive.
  • Wonderful Dinner
    Fireguy
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I took my wife to dinner at the Melting Pot for her Birthday. The atmosphere was pleasant, and the food was delicious and fresh.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • alot of fun
    WiseWolf
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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,
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    jensmom03
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at the melting pot
    Overwit
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun night, great food!
    em92
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special occasion
    birthday
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Belated Birthday Celebration
    MellVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had a really nice meal on Saturday. My daughter really enjoyed herself.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Melting Pot is a Great Family Place
    cjw35741
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4 course food tour
    Weniki
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A perfect Anniversary Dinner!
    Denke
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Babe
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Laura
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    Meme
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.