The Melting Pot - Arlington VA

4.4
2552 reviews
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Fondue
The Melting Pot offers an extraordinary dining experience that you won't find at any other restaurant. Here, you'll discover all the ingredients to a perfect evening, including a relaxed atmosphere, private tables, attentive service, fine wines & cocktails, as well as fabulous four-course fondue dinners. No matter what the occasion, from a romantic date to a get together with friends, meetings, or large groups, The Melting Pot always provides fun & lasting memories. Make reservations today & come dip into something different.
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very good place for a date. Bit on the pricy side per person

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S
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was my first experience at a Melting Pot. Our server was an absolute pleasure and was very willing to talk through the process. Thoroughly enjoyable all around.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Aiden was outstanding. He went above and beyond with exceptional service. He was very prompt and knowledgeable about everything. He went out of his way to make sure everything was perfect. He is the perfect example of outstanding customer service.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

There wasn’t enough food for the 3 of us. It seemed portioned for 2 people. We had to wait a long time for each course to start and when brought concerns up with the server he asked why repeatedly.

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Love this place, but the server took over half a hour to even greet us then didnt even bring our drinks til after the cheese fondue. It was a nice galentine event night and i would have rather not had spent over 4 hours there on a weeknight... food is overpriced but still good.

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OW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ladies night never disappoints. I’ve never had a bad time at Melting Pot!

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A
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was the best! She made our dinner awesome.

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B
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My daughter’s birthday. She loved it.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is so much fun! We customized our whole dinner andt it was amazing! Expect to spend 2.5 to 3 hours here...you need that time to teuly appreciate the experience!

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Z
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun! Just a fun night out with friends

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CM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around.

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F
New England
105 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

Our server was fantastic and wonderful to the children. The food was OK but was way overpriced for what you got. The place was virtually empty and with the prices they charge - I can understand why. A bill of $400 for 7 people - 4 who were children is outrageous. For that reason alone - I could not recommend it to friends and that is why we will never go back

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L
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The bartender seemed stressed and extremely busy when we sat dow to wait for our reservation. It was an hour before we even received our salads once we actually were at our table... Food quality was okay. Definitely was expecting better.

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NC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chocolate fondue desert was AMAZING, especially when paired with their waffles; Avieta from Belgium with Pearl Sugar. Incredible.

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K
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I always love an evening at the Melting a pot.

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GG
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

You can't go wrong with unlimited dippers and an attentive server.

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LJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was phenomenal with out squirmy 4 year old. Great experience!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Food was good, service was okay - there was a mouse underneath our table and the server made it feel like that happens frequently

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BD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was me and my wife's first time going to the Melting Pot and I have to say it lived up to and surpassed expectations. From the food to the service it was all grade A. We're definitely coming back.

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B
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was excellent. Unfortunately the service was very slow. Also the waitress was a bit rushed. I think she had too many tables to wait on.

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HG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was great for the restaurant week special!

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JT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was good. This was my second time coming to this location. We had excellent service the first time. This time the service was not so good. Our waiter was Jeremy. He came, welcomed us and asked had we been there before. We said yes. He took our order and brought the first and second course in a fairly timely manner. We waited for the main course what seem to be a fairly long time. My companion went to the men's room and upon his return stated our waiter was socializing. I understand talking with co-workers but he should be more attentive to his customers during work hours.

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OS
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our meal at The Melting Pot (first time). The 4-course experience is definitely worth it. The cheese mixture was the best I have had (we did the classic alpine). The salad was great; the coq au vin cooking style was scrumptious, and the dark and dulce chocolate fondue was to die for. We will definitely be coming back someday!

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P
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

Food was great, service was meh. The waiter was also not very attentive regarding drinks. I had run out of water and had to ask 3 times for more. It's a bit on the steep side regarding costs. Only recommend if you've never had fondue before.

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H
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

It took 2.5 hours for us to have 2 courses. Our server was busy and therefor not attentive; we had to stop other servers to get attention. Because it was restaurant week their validation of parking tickets wasn’t accepted but they didn’t tell us this until we were leaving even though the person that greeted us validate my ticket.

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LS
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was very slow and not attentive. I had to use the same plate for cooked and uncooked meat. He was to return with a plate for my 5 year old son and he never came back to check on us and forgot the plate. My son’s drink didn’t come until after apps and the rest of the table had theirs. The whole reason I went was for the fun experience for my son. It felt they wasn’t provided and much more lacked. No manager checks, service, water refill with dessert didn’t even ask, cost weren’t explained well for the children. Bait and switch with menu options and parking validation Did not work. Checkout person even told us it may not. Of course this was after 3 hours of being there with no other options. Info online for open table did not match food we received or parking. Never again. Read all reviews.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Awesome place with great food and interactive experience.

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VD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friday night 8pm reservation. Slower than normal (30 min to get the cheese course). Otherwise good.

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Restaurant is dated and dark and in desperate need of a refresh. The service was extremely slow and not particularly attentive, which I blame on the fact that our waiter was overwhelmed by too many tables. Food was good, but prices are high given the quantity of food, ie 3 shrimp, 3 prices of steak, etc.

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M
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love coming to the melting pot, especially during restaurant week. It's a great way to enjoy the food at half the expense. Parking is also convenient and they offer validation for parking.

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M
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend treated me to dinner for my birthday here, and it was also our first time. I really enjoyed it and found it quite fun for a night out. The waitress and the staff made the dinner relaxing and easy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing all around

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as usual. Conversations from other tables carried far and were quite audible. Didn’t detract from experience, however.

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BS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!

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B
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Love the Melting Pot for our special family celebrations! Great variety of food and drink, that satisifes everyone. Prices are on the high side, but there is plenty to eat and lots to celebrate! A perfect place for a special occasion for a group.

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BC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a great experience overall. I came to celebrate my mother’s birthday and we both had a blast.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Really an expensive restaurant. When it’s all said and done we paid $50.00 per person. What’s in your wallet?

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CG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very perplexed by bar service. We arrived about 15 minutes early with the intention of getting a cocktail before dinner, and waited at the bar for about 10 minutes until a disheveled employee asked if we'd been helped yet. We placed an simple order for two, which took another 5 minutes to prepare. My date's drink had not yet arrived by the time our host came to get us, so he graciously waited for a few minutes until it had been served and we were able to make a quick toast to a fun evening.

Once seated, service improved dramatically. Our server was polite, efficient, and had a good sense of humor. He helped us wade through the confusing menu, and our dinner was a very pleasant experience. The fondue was fun and delicious, and we had a lovely evening.

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LN
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food!!! Will definitely be going back.

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WS
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Had a great time celebrating a special occasion although our server was a little preoccupied with other things and forgot our salads. So service was a little slow. Server was apologetic. Food was great! And would still highly recommend.

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