The Melting Pot - Arlington VA

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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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SH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

The overall experience for me was great up until it was time to pay the bill. Now don’t get me wrong we were all for the paying. We asked our waiter about the Easter Menu and Prices that we over heard another waitress telling another family. Because we were not offered the same special. He informed us about this menu and pricing after we’ve ordered and eaten our food from another menu, By this time we requested to see the manger on duty. We tried explaining the situation to the manger but he was very dismissive and very unprofessional and had us under the impression that the Waiter that Waited our table informed him that we were well aware of the Easter Menu. Come to find out the Waiter said noting of sort and the Manger began to apologize pretty much for lying on our waiter and the manger and gave us the prices for the Easter Menu. Although the food was good. We will not be returning to this location because of the character of the Manger.

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a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Banquette seats were torn in multiple spots, including a hole.
Pacing of meal was POOR, had to ask host to intervene because entree dishes sat dirty for more than 30 minutes while plated dessert trays sat around the corner. We told server multiple times that we needed quick transitions with 4 kids 11 & under.
Complimentary photo was blurry and
steam obscured faces

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A
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The experience here is wonderful.. it's nice to get to enjoy a 2-3 hour meal when you are spending money to eat out. The experience and service is excellent and entertaining. The meal is well paced so you don't get overfull.

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K
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks Kevin for a special anniversary dinner.

The meal was a fun and delicious experience. I booked online, and we only waited two minutes for the staff to finish setting up the table. I requested "A touch of romance" which gave my wife a smile when she saw the rose petals and candles on the table. Kevin, our server, was great. He was energetic without being overwhelming. He guided us through the menu and the fondue meal process. Every course was delicious. My wife and I have similar tastes, so we had no problem agreeing on the cheese course, the oil for the meat course, and the chocolate course. ( I don't know how it would work with one pot and two or more people at a table with different tastes.) Everything was perfect and it made a unique, fun, and delicious dinner for our 21st anniversary.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We normally go to the Melting Pot located in Annapolis, MD since that's where we live. We decided to go to this one to celebrate my gf's birthday since we were up in VA that day anyway and she loves fondue. Previously my opinion of the Melting Pot was limited to the one in Annapolis, so I never thought much of the place. But this one changed my mind. I actually enjoyed myself this time.

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MW
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Calvin our server was fabulous! The food was great minus having too much tofu.

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P
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous.

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DP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Waiter was outstanding! It was his 3rd day working there but you would never know that. I cannot leave enough positive input for him. In addition, I unintentionally left my credit card behind. I had not even gotten into my car after leaving and the manager was calling me to let me know I'd left it behind. I have a Melting Pot much closer to my home, but I will drive over an hour to go to this one in the future.

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CD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jeff Black is always a delight! I love the atmosphere! the staff has a positive vibe to them! everyone has a great sense of humor, especially John the manager!

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MM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I had the most wonderful experience ! From the greeting to the goodbye, everything was impeccable!

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CG
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must visit great food good vibes amazing experience

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KG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 3

The waiter was very nice but too chatty; kept asking us questions. I was there to talk with my date. He brought us white wine glasses for our red wine. When we mentioned the glasses - he ignored us and didn't bring the correct glasses. The restaurant was LOUD. Finding your way into the restaurant from the parking garage is a feat. What a crazy maze. The food was very good. The wine was overpriced. Not feeling the 'man buns' that a lot of the staff were sporting. It brought down the classiness of the restaurant. The portion size of the cheese was a bit small, otherwise, the "Classic" was wonderful. Have been coming to this restaurant chain for many years, to the one in Reston lately as we moved out that way. Am moving back in close to the Arlington restaurant next month. All-in-all we enjoyed ourselves. Thank you

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TM
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tamika was a fabulous server and made our meal exceptional! Thank you for a memorable experience!

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G
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and customer service. The food was excellent and filling to my surprise. Will return again for a visit.

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m
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Destiny, was great! The food was wonderful. I had been telling my fiancé about this place and they delivered!

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RD
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very expensive but a nice atmosphere and unique dining experience. I would recommend if you like the ambiance and don't mind paying such a high price.

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MC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Don't go here if you're in a hurry! Took 45 minutes to get drinks after getting seated, was about a 2 hour experience (which to be fair, was very pleasant and the food was great), and when the waitress forgot to bring the to-go box with the dessert, we just finally left because we couldn't wait another 20 minutes for her to come back.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was AMAZING. Our server Chablis was very nice and accommodating. I definitely will be dining here again at this location, Melting Pot! Will definitely be referring this place to all of my family and friends.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 star establishment!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience food was outstanding as well as the service

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend just got married and I’m turning 40 at the end of March. We had reservations for 4 in the restaurant. But, 2 people in our party caught the flu and had to cancel. We decided to eat in the bar and Carlos was fantastic. We didn’t feel rushed and appreciated the drink recommendations.

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MH
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

For sure a fun experience, but in no way is this fine dinning. The staff is dressed pretty casual, and other customers are in jeans and casual attire. The food is great, the service is great, but it’s not something to get dressed up for. My husband and I were dressed up and felt totally out of place.

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M
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Disappointing there was a mouse in the restaurant. Manager didn’t do anything other than say he will contact pest control. We were scared. Looking back and after sharing my experience with family they think it was unhygienic and should of left. Manager just thanked us for not making a scene.

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CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good time, good food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My boyfriend and I went to the Melting Pot for a date night. It was our first time going and the staff was very knowledgeable of the menu and made great recommendations. I liked the overall idea of this restaurant and the experience. Very easy food to share and it taste delicious. Our alcoholic drinks were tastefully made. Would recommend to first timers just for the fondue experience and friendly staff :)

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CD
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

The food is not so much but VERY HIGH not worth the money. The services was good. Too expensive

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DE
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

At least for a 1-time experience. Food was good, lots of people, server was watching the basketball game at the bar but we left a higher tip since we won’t be back. It was a fun experience, but a 1 n done type of thing for me.

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JP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The Melting Pot is very expensive, even for children. The entire meal took upwards of 3 hours.

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VR
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met distant family for dinner and had a magical even getting reconnected with our cousins. The restaurant was the perfect place to “talk story”, share experiences, and enjoy tabletop cooking together. Choosing our food and cooking method is a bit daunting, but our server, Tamara, was patient and very helpful while we sorted through our options. Before we knew it, we had been there for over three hours! This is not a place for a speedy meal as it takes time to get through each course. But we were thoroughly impressed with the Melting Pot and look forward to dining there again.

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GC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have recommended (and taken) many friends to various Melting Pot locations from Arlington, Texas to Arlington, VA and points in between. Not once have I ever been disappointed in the quality of service or food. My wife and I are grateful for the relaxed atmosphere that allows us to take our time and enjoy the meal. While the service is never rushed, we are never ignored either. Thank you.

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LF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

If you want to have "american" fondue then go there. Expensive for what it is. Will not go back but interesting to go once.

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AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was really bad, and i have dined here before. But this experience was terrible and would not dine there again.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

One of my fav spots. Today’s experience did not quite live up to my previous experiences here. A bit of a wait despite having reservations and overheard 3 waiters fussing about ppl already serving to the restaurant claiming it wasn’t open yet despite my party and another party waiting st the front desk inside the restaurant and it being past their 4pm open time. Waiter wasn’t as responsive in filling out drink refills or checkin in on us although he was polite. Our waiter happens to be the same person that was fussing to the other waiter when we first arrived. Great food and experience still and will def return,hopefully with a diff waiter.

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NC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. Couldn’t have been a better all around experience for our anniversary.

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DR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We arrived early and they were ready. We got seated and our server, Stephen came right over and explained the specials then got our drinks. The food was quite tasty and the portions were just right. A nice evening for a birthday party.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Anniversary love it

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IG
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The melting pot was a fun spot to take my 8 year old for her birthday. The food was better than I remembered it from m last visit of many many years ago. Dessert of chocolate fondue is a highlight. The starter of cheese fondue was good too. The main is not as exciting since while the cooking is different the actual food is not something you can't do at home or in other spots.

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DN
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for our friend's birthday dinner! It was perfect! We had such a great time and will be back soon.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! We arrived early and were accommodated as soon as possible, which made our experience even better. Thank you for taking such good care of us.

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The service was a little slow. Even though we had a reservation, we still had to wait a bit for our table. Also, our table was cramped right next to the bar which didn't make the dinner seem private. Even though we were sitting directly beside the bar, it still took way too long to get drinks.

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AK
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Sky was amazing as first timers he thoroughly explained the ordering process to us and was very friendly along the way. Exactly what customer service should look like.

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