The Melting Pot - Arlington VA

4.3
2862 Reviews
$31 to $50
Fondue
RESERVATIONS ARE NOW OPEN! We are highly committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for our guests and team members. Therefore, we are currently seating with reduced capacity and hours in accordance with current regulations in Virginia. Reservations are highly recommended.
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4.3
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4.1
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62% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipandy
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was pretty good minus the stale tortilla chips served with the cheese fondue. Service was slow and not very attentive. Definitely on the pricey side. And the restaurant didn't seem too busy. Chalked it up to new / inexperienced help coming out of COVID.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service was so slow. Our time at the table for a four course meal ended up being 2h45

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ShataraJ
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It wasn’t what I expected. The service was great but the food was again not what I expected. There were no sides just meats.

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Samanthav
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

The restaurant was hot!!!! You are already cooking at your table with no air conditioning for that price was a no! I needed a shower from all of the heat/sweat!

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TreeGoddess
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

The air conditioning was not working and we had hot stoves at the table. It was terrible experience wise. The food was consistently good as usual but we were so distracted by being hot. Different members of our party kept getting up to go other places that were cooler in the building. Would not recommend especially in summer without working AC.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The temperature was not very cool so with the cooking on top of it we were a little uncomfortable. Initially we were very close to a table with 10 people so it was loud. It was better after they left about half way through our meal.

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vipWorkerBee
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Service was not up to usual standard. Slow and did not check back to see if everything was ok. Forgot the wine flight.

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BrianK
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We will be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, & great customer service

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vipDEMJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cheese fondue is excellent and prepared tableside. The meat entrée was great and the chocolate fondue was great as well. It is expensive but it is overall a great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Overall the food quality was good and it was a cool experience since it was my first time having fondue. However, they advertise themselves as "fine-dining" and the ambience felt more like a fancy Applebees. Additionally, the service was sub-par for a very quiet Sunday night. Our server was almost nowhere to be found most of the night and never introduced themselves (we actually thought they were a busser, not a server). The Manager was nice, but overall I don't think I will be coming back to this location.

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Sisyphus
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

As always the food was great. However I had the sense they were very short staffed and possibly had new people as well. The lockdown and reopening is not easy but the service was not good. They had two hostesses working and were short on waitstaff so our poor waitress was never there. Happily we had been there before and knew what was what because nothing was ever explained, some of our food selections were wrong and had to be sent back, drinks showed up late and only when we tracked them down. But it’s fondue, and the food makes up for the irritation. Also, once you get over six people it might be good to have more than two burners, maybe. I could make the case either way...

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WesleyW
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

Terrible. Service was less than poor took over an hour to get our first course. Table of teenagers across from us were loud and swearing. Could have dealt with it if the service would have been better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We have been to the melting pot many times. The food yesterday was delicious (especially loves the bourbon bacon cheddar) but the service was bad. There were no back waiters, so it seemed our waiter was always busy, but not necessarily helping us. For example, they didn’t even remove some of the dinner (dipping sauces) when we had dessert.

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dunnbe
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been to this Melting Pot on several occasions. We always have a wonderful meal. Service was excellent and we look forward to our next visit.

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VICTORIAK
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience2

it was ok, service was lacking, had to call the front deak for water from my cell phone

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Staff all seemed extremely stressed and service was very sporadic. Not the fun experience we’re used to at Melting Pot :(

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

It was really crummy. Service was unbelievably slow. The server asked for a tip on top of the 18% that was included in our bill. There were only 2 burners for 7 people.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service form Javier

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful and plentiful. Our serving was OUTSTANDING, I wish I could remember his name but he had served there for 20 years and still clearly loved what he does.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

The food and service was very good but the restaurant itself is very dated and needs to be updated. The ambiance overall impacted the experience.

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CraigG
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual top notch treatment

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HaileyB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delish! Our waiter, Lewis, was excellent! The local wine pairing was very good!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Food was outstanding. Great place for a date or group if friends.

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revel8r
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A great treat for an outing! We knew it was going to be a bit pricey, but it was worth it. Not so impressed with the wine pairings, though.

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Rusty
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

It was an enjoyable experience. Mother's day was a success.

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DestinyD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great 1st experience here. I would highly recommend this restaurant. Just be ready to cook your own food.

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Wyah
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere 👌. Mother's Day special was spot on.

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AnneW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The special menu for Mother’s Day was wonderful. We loved everything! Melting Pot is always a lovely dining experience.

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vipJenniferG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Very disappointed - the restaurant was very dirty feel, look! Our server, Amanda was very nice but at some point disappeared - we have several people caring for the table but no service continuity. The pot never got that hot and the dark chocolate was not even warm. Very sad - won't hurry back.

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PrestonS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Trash . The food was very disgusting it made me sick. It also gave me a stomach bug.

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JosephD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Who needs ambiance when every other category is 100%. My wife and I were celebrating our 11th anniversary and wanted to do something different. I've always heard of the Melting Pot but always opted for elsewhere.

Not this time! We literally had the best fun date in years and in the process almost ate ourselves into oblivion.

Special note: Fabiola our server says she has been working there for 2 months. She seemed like a seasoned veteran. She was always there when we needed and invisible when we did not. Her understanding of English was a little challenging but she was still a "5" out of 5.

We ordered the THE BIG NIGHT OUT for 2 and there was enough for another person. The food was great as were the drinks.

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JuanL
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

We had the unfortunate luck of having a couple with two small, screaming kids in the table next to us. There goes the ambience. The service was very slow, even by Melting Pot standards. The cheese fondue was the best part of the meal. The main course was terrible. The oil was incredibly hot, and our server was nowhere to be found to turn the temp down. At one point, the oil splattered on me when I placed a potsticker in the oil. Plus, the food kept getting stuck to the bottom of the pot. The salad portion was disappointing, but not as much as learning that they do not offer their yummy house salad dressing. Basically, try now offer commercial dressing. The chocolate was disappointing as well. I do NOT recommend this place.

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SCI10
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pretty typical Melting Pot experience. The food is good, with the cheese and chocolate being my favorites. The entrance from the parking garage is unusual and doesn’t look like an entrance; you feel like you’re in a service hallway. The one complaint I have is the smoke - they have the option for a grill cook top, but no vent hoods over tables, so it got really smokey and at one point we were coughing from all the smoke. It was quite unpleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday We all enjoyed it. Salads shrink every time we go.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing food was so good I mean out of its world the flavors and drinks it was just a different vibe for me I love it

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Adam
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

This used to be a nice place to go to for special occasions. Now, I feel like it’s turned into a casual dining establishment. I was asked to keep my knife between courses which is an absolute no-no in fine dining. We were also served garlic powder in disposable to go containers. If Covid prevents providing the shaker bottle, at least serve it in a real dish... I’m paying almost $150 for a dinner for two, after all, and I certainly don’t expect to be eating from to go containers.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

My reservation was made for 7 pm and we were able to be seated after a short wait. We we got to the table. They already had the bread and veggies out. The waiter didn’t come to the table for about 15 minutes and didn’t take our drink orders for another 10. He turned on the burners to heat up the water in the pots and then disappeared for 20 minutes. While he was away the burners started smoking excessively. My party and I ended up moving the pots off the burners ourselves because the room started to fill with smoke. Soon after that the waiter came back and removed the pots and brought them to another table. He then asked if we wanted to get started on the cheese. We gave him the cheese choices and he disappeared. It wasn’t until an hour and 45 minutes after arriving that the first course of the meal started. While he finished up preparing the cheese the waiter asked if we would like to place an order for main course. We gave him our requests and he disappeared for another 5 minutes and then returned to asked what we ordered again. At this point the bread had become very stale and the veggies we soft. We finished the cheese and the waiter came and removed the pots. He left and came back with the new cooking styles. Another 15 minutes passes and he returns with the main course. He gave us card and the cooking times for each item and asked if we wanted anymore drinks. At this point it was close it was after 10 pm when we finished our meal. The waiter asked if we wanted to try the chocolate. We said no because it was so late. He came back with the check and we paid and left. Overall I was very disappointed in the service. The melting pot is one of my favorite restaurants and I have gone there quite often. I usually go to the one in shady grove in MD. This was the first time I tried the one in Arlington VA. The one in shady grove is a lot better and I do have a favorite waiter there. Unfortunately I don’t see myself returning to the Arlington location anytime soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service coming out of pandemic was a little shaky to start, but improved as the night went on. The food was, as always, amazing. They were very accommodating for a party of mixed vegetarian and non-vegetarian. The manager checked in several times, remembered us from previous visits and special occasions, and brought out a special surprise to add to our celebration - he made the evening nothing short of remarkable! Definitely a favorite place to go for an upscale night out with plans for a long meal and ample conversation in the private booths they have.

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The Melting Pot - Arlington VA offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 243-4490.

The Melting Pot - Arlington VA is rated 4.3 stars by 2862 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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