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The Melting Pot - Charlottesville

4.7
4.7
1124 Reviews
$31 to $50
Fondue
Here fondue becomes a memorable four-course dining experience, where you can really dip into something different. Enjoy a choice of four flavorful fondue cooking styles and a variety of tasty entrees, including tender beef, boneless breast of chicken, duck, lobster, shrimp, scallops, salmon and much more. All are available in many different combinations with a variety of special dipping sauces. Cheese fondues can be ordered separately and are included with the purchase of any combination dinner. Along with every entrée, you’ll get breads, savory vegetables, and even a choice of three different fresh salads. As if that’s not enough to whet your appetite, you’ll also love the Melting Pot’s wide selection of creamy, mouth-watering chocolate fondue desserts. In addition to the Melting Pot’s ever expanding fondue menu, there’s also a growing list of fine wines. So come, relax and dip into an exciting new experience at the Melting Pot.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Fondue

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (434) 244-3463 ext. 4

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party contact

    Derek Bond: (434) 244-3463

  • Neighborhood

    Charlottesville

  • Cross street

    5th & Water

  • Parking details

    There are two parking garages and a parking lot located in the area. One garage is on 5th and Market and the other two are on Water Street. One is a parking garage and the other is a parking lot. We validate for 2 hour parking.

  • Public transit

    There is a free trolly system that runs by the restaurant and a nearby bus stop on the corner of Water and 5th.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,124 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Charlottesville

    Best Food

  • Charlottesville

    Best Ambiance

  • Charlottesville

    Notable Wine List

  • Charlottesville

    Special Occasion

  • Charlottesville

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They always go above and beyond and the manager is very personable and kind
  2. JA

    JimA

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Clay and his staff were fantastic!! Everyone went out of their way to make us feel special and welcomed! Abby was awesome all evening as our server. Best experience ever at Melting Pot!!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day! We had a great time!
  4. HD

    HelleD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the Melting Pot. The food is wonderful and its adventure cooking it at the table. We will be back for sure for another great family celebration.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We will definitely be back! The service is outstanding
  6. CB

    CharlotteB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great coming back. Noise level as very low. People were spaced out. Wait staff was awesome. Food was worth the money. Great place to go, relax, and dine with friends.
  7. TW

    TinaW

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hannah was excellent!
  8. SL

    SamL

    Raleigh

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a delicious meal and a wonderful experience. The server was very attentive and helped make the night memorable. The owner stopped by the table and made sure we were having a great time. Will definitely return!
  9. DF

    DavidF

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Penny was amazing. Funny, engaging, and helped make for a memorable experience. Always a great experience here.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    We went to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary and we were given the ‘graduation’ menu option. The price far exceeded the amount we intended on spending for this meal. I could have done without the sparkling wine and picture.
  11. JM

    JenniferM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for a graduation dinner. Bless our server for dealing with our hot mess of a family. Wonderful time!
  12. D

    Debs

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was celebrating that I was cancer free and Clay, April and Perry made our night wonderful!
  13. JS

    JustinS

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience as usual. Clay and the team do a fantastic job. We had a larger party than usual and the service and quality were excellent.
  14. CB

    CarolynB

    Cambridge

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time - this is a food experience, not gourmet dining. Great place for family and friends
  15. HP

    HeatherP

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful Mother’s Day meal. Our server was very accommodating and attentive. The owner stopped by our table to check on us and the food was excellent!
  16. BL

    BobbyL

    Richmond

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favorite Melting Pot location! The staff is personable and attentive — they ensured that we had a memorable evening. The entire meal is designed to ensure that we slow down, connect with the friends and family who share our table, and savor each course. Penny and Perry kept our glasses filled, our empty dishes cleared away, and made the meal run efficiently without ever making us feel hurried. You know you have had a great meal when you head back home thinking, “I can’t wait to do this again, and I hope we have the exact same team when we come back!” Thanks for a great night filled with special memories.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Melting Pot is a long conversation meal. It usually takes a couple of hours to work through all four courses and requires everyone to share the cooking area, the choices of cooking style, fondue, and desert. The shared decisions and cooking space naturally lead to conversations. The food is good and the service and show are better. This is not a cheap meal but more of an occasional splurge, but it's worth the splurge.
  18. DJ

    DJCart

    New York Area

    96 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu is a bit of a challenge, but worth figuring out. The food is outstanding, and the service outstanding....kudos to Hanna.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! The Food was delicious and the staff were friendly and provided excellent service!!
  20. PB

    PatriciaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great meal. Management stopped to check on every table. If you can request Mathew as your server, he’s one of the best we’ve ever had anywhere!
  21. m

    mmconeyb

    Western NC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We were very excited about The Melting Pot for our Easter family lunch. We had a large party with four kids ranging from 7 to 13yo. Our server was overwhelmed by the size of our party, struggled to manage drink orders, and generally neglected our table outside of delivering food. She also struggled to explain the menu since ordering is done per person by course rather than by individual meal. We had a water spill that was cleaned up by the manager, the bartender and other servers attended us in our server's absence, and once our server brought our check we never saw her again. We had to walk to the front kiosk to ask for boxes for the kids' food and to take our card up to be run. The meals were expensive, averaging $45 per person (including the kids, there wasn't a kid's menu), and for the amount of effort we had to put forth to interact with our server it really didn't feel like a special holiday meal. The point of going out was to relax, this experience was not relaxing. The restaurant is large and only had two gender-neutral single-stall bathrooms, so I spent a good portion of the meal (15mins+) waiting in line with kids for the bathroom. Our bill totaled over $500 with tip, and I felt underwhelmed and disappointed after the fact. On the positive side, one of the owners did approach our table during the meal and the hostess brought the youngest in our party a balloon. The portions are large and everyone felt they had enough to eat. It was also fun to socialize with each other as we prepared our food in the little fondue pot. The food is simplistic, so I feel you are paying more for the experience of fondue at your table rather than amazing food. Overall, its worth trying once for the novelty but we won't be back.
  22. RP

    RebeccaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It has been quite some time since we've had an overall great experience at a Melting Pot location. Whenever we travel we attempt to eat at one. The Charlottesville location is under new ownership and couldn't be better! Give them a try. They aim to please!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    went on a date here with my long term partner and we had an absolutely lovely experience! of course, you can’t beat fondue, it’s such a fun way to dine and the customizations are endless… from the types of cheeses and chocolates, to the way your entrees are cooked… and 4 courses! wonderful! the price is awesome for how much food you get, too. we were celebrating a special occasion and a personalized card was left on the table for us, which also added a sweet touch. the service was spectacular as well, staff and our waitress were so attentive and made good conversation with us. we were visiting from out of town so it was nice to experience such hospitality. clay also came to our table to chat us up and welcome us to his restaurant, and was sure that we had everything we needed! thanks so much, we’ll be sure to visit next time we’re in town! :)

    The Melting Pot - CharlottesvilleResponded on April 16, 2022Dear Guest , thank you for telling us about your recent experience at The Melting Pot - Charlottesville. I am glad you tow had a blast! Any time you make it our way, you are always welcome to have a pot of cheese on me. Thank you for the kind words and we look forward to the next opportunity to serv you! Please accept our invitation valid for the next 30 days to enjoy a free small cheese fondue. The offer is valid at The Charlottesville, Va Melting Pot only and cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Clay Smith Operating Partner Charlottesville Melting Pot

  24. KD

    KDLauter

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    14th birthday party. A completely delightful experience. The food was fresh and so good. April and her fantastic trainee were our terrific servers and they provided a memorable, easy, high quality celebration for us. Thank you!!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to this restaurant. It was a wonderful experience and our server, Jordan made the experience even better.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our server was outstanding. April went above and beyond and we had a great night.
  27. JS

    JustinS

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Clay, Matthew, and the rest of the team made our evening great! The food was excellent as usual and the service never disappoints. Keep up the good work ladies and gentlemen!

    The Melting Pot - CharlottesvilleResponded on April 3, 2022Dear Guest , thank you for telling us about your recent experience at The Melting Pot - Charlottesville. I am fortunate to have Matthew as a server and love that you had a great time with us. Thanks for allowing us the opportunity to serve you and provide an exceptional food experience. Please accept our invitation valid for the next 30 days to enjoy a free small cheese fondue. The offer is valid at The Charlottesville, Va Melting Pot only and cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Clay Smith Operating Partner Charlottesville Melting Pot

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my husband out for his birthday. It was an amazing experience. All the staff was nice and well mannered. Clay and i believe his name was Mathew were great they went above and beyond to ensure we had a great time. We will definitely be back.

    The Melting Pot - CharlottesvilleResponded on March 30, 2022Dear Guest , thank you for telling us about your recent experience at The Melting Pot - Charlottesville. Please accept our invitation valid for the next 30 days to enjoy a free small cheese fondue. The offer is valid at The Charlottesville, Va Melting Pot only and cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Clay Smith Operating Partner Charlottesville Melting Pot

  29. G

    mumG

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Quality of the food is ok, I was expecting better. My husband & I enjoyed eating at the bar, always like chatting with the bartender. He was knowledgeable with the menu but was too scripted with his delivery. We both got the full coarse, to check it out and definitely was too much food. I didn't like the guessing game of timing when my food was done.

    The Melting Pot - CharlottesvilleResponded on April 4, 2022Dear mumG , thank you for telling us about your recent experience at The Melting Pot - Charlottesville. Thank you for the feedback and I wish I had spent some more time with you and your wife this weekend making sure you had a good way to time your cooking. The delivery and presentation is also on me and I will work with the server a little more on this. If you give us another opportunity with maybe a cheese and chocolate where there is no cooking involved, then you will have a no charge pot of cheese from me to you and your wife. Please accept our invitation valid for the next 30 days to enjoy a free small cheese fondue. The offer is valid at The Charlottesville, Va Melting Pot only and cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Clay Smith Operating Partner Charlottesville Melting Pot

  30. m

    maulepilot117

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There are lots of places to get good food, but what really set Melting Pot apart is their attention to service and the guest experience. It was very evident that there was an emphasis put on making sure the guests have the best experience possible. Penny was very knowledgeable about the menu and cooking times and Hannah ensured our drinks were always filled, never letting them drop below half. We will absolutely be coming back.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Food was just ok. Lots of it but just ok
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    We had a decent experience, i did have a bone in my salmon i wasn’t excited about and only for free dessert couldn’t eat after i found the bone
  33. JS

    JeffS

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Good but expensive. Wait staff came around to often. To the point it was annoying

    The Melting Pot - CharlottesvilleResponded on March 11, 2022Thanks Jeff for the comments and feedback. We appreciate you helping us get better.

  34. M

    Mike

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    It was my wife’s Birthday so we decided to reserve a table at the Melting Pot for a fun change. The service here is Beyond excellent! The food is good and remember, this is fondue dining. A little pricey but we enjoyed it. Oh, and the parking is a bit of a challenge at this one. All in all, good time !

    The Melting Pot - CharlottesvilleResponded on March 4, 2022Thanks so much for coming and celebrating your wifes bday with us.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great times at the Melting Pot. Everything was on point as usual.

    The Melting Pot - CharlottesvilleResponded on February 28, 2022Thanks for the great review and for always coming.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and experience was amazing.

    The Melting Pot - CharlottesvilleResponded on February 23, 2022So happy you guys had a great time.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Clay, the manager, is AMAZING. Jordan, the bartender, is equally wonderful. They made our experience unforgettable.

    The Melting Pot - CharlottesvilleResponded on February 17, 2022Thanks for the wonderful comments and for the great review.

  38. CD

    CarnivoreDiner

    Richmond

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, amazing food, very fun atmosphere and just an all around great time!!

    The Melting Pot - CharlottesvilleResponded on February 17, 2022Thanks for the 5 star review that you gave us.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely unbelievable experience. Service was amazing, food was truly breathtaking. You end up being there for like 3 hours as you have dish after dish. The Valentine’s Day experience was very expensive, but worth it. A framed photo, rose, sparkling wine, shrimp cocktail, salad, cheese fondue, and chocolate were so much for us to eat! It’s maybe the best date spot I have ever been to. You must try This place. Also, I have a peanut allergy and they were highly accommodative And had charts to help me understand what I could and couldn’t eat.

    The Melting Pot - CharlottesvilleResponded on February 15, 2022Thanks a ton for your feedback it is so encouraging to hear.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    The service was fantastic but for the price the food was not up to par we didn’t finish anything because of what was served and it was an overall waste of $200. The only portion we truly enjoyed was the salad and shrimp cocktail.

    The Melting Pot - CharlottesvilleResponded on February 14, 2022I'm very happy that the service was great but sad about the value of your experience. Thank you for trying us out. Hopefully under normal times you will try us again.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Melting Pot - Charlottesville using the Order Online button. The Melting Pot - Charlottesville also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (434) 244-3463 ext. 4.

The Melting Pot - Charlottesville is rated 4.7 stars by 1124 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for The Melting Pot - Charlottesville

501 E. Water Street Charlottesville, VA 22902

Additional information

  • Cross street

    5th & Water

  • Neighborhood

    Charlottesville

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Fondue

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    There are two parking garages and a parking lot located in the area. One garage is on 5th and Market and the other two are on Water Street. One is a parking garage and the other is a parking lot. We validate for 2 hour parking.

  • Public transit

    There is a free trolly system that runs by the restaurant and a nearby bus stop on the corner of Water and 5th.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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