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About 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.

14 Grove Street
Darien, CT 06820
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Fondue, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Sunday 12:00pm-8:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm. Reservations for Dessert Only Tables are seated after 9pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Chocolate Fondue is also served in our bar area.

Cross Street:
Brook Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(203) 656-4774

Website:
http://www.meltingpot.com/darien/specials

Entertainment:
Join us on most Friday's for Brian's tableside magic. Check with us first to ensure the Magician is present that night.

Parking Details:
We share a parking lot with the Darien train station. Parking is plentiful and free after 5:00 pm.

Public Transit:
We are located 150 yards from the Darien train station.

Private Party Facilities:
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: (855) 900-7975

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

The Melting Pot - Darien Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Cozy (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Kid-friendly (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Tasting Menu (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Happy Hour (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Authentic (4)
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Gluten Free Options (4)
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·Dined 5 days ago

Delicious place with a very unique dining experience. Not a cheap place, but worth every dollar. Great service from Brandon, and all staff for that matter. Will definitely be returning.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Staff were amazing. Enjoyed the restaurant for my first time going. Our waitress was extremely friendly and helpful. I would highly recommended this restaurant to other couples

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Happy Hour
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food at Melting Pot has always been superior to many other restaurants. The fondue aspects of the business has always made the dining experience superior.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Since my last visit to a melting pot the prices ha e gone up a good bit and the portion sizes have gone down. Our server didnt make the cheese fondue at the tAble and it didntvtaste as fresh. For all I know it came from a can. Server very inattentive and slow to respond to requests. Lacked the usual timing of a traditional melting pot. didn't let the main fondue cook whike we had our salads, so we had to sit there and stare at plates of meat until the fondue was hot enough to use. This happened all 3 fondue courses. Server also never brought me oil and lemon for my salad as asked, so I had to eat it dry because she never came back before bringing the cold fondue to heat up while we stared at our main entree mests. The worst waste of $165 I've ever experienced. Not sure I'll go back if it's going to be like this. This was supposed t o be a special night. Poor service and not enough food really ruined our Valentine Celebration.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on February 9, 2018

I've never had a bad experience here, Melting Pot is consistently wonderful!

Tags: Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Fun, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

The cheese fondue was disgusting and our waitress wasn’t the nicest or patient with us since it was our first time. The chocolate fondue was great

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Service and food were excellent, Nick was great!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

My daughter celebrated her 15th birthday with 7 friends. I requested a round booth when I made my reservation, and the request was granted. I ordered the small balloon package- I think it was $9.95 or $14.95- and each girl ordered off the Little Dipper menu. $30 per person for cheese, entree, and chocolate. The girls were able to choose any two cheeses and chocolates off the regular menu, and they had about 5-6 entrees from which to choose. All left full, even eating off this kids' menu. With drinks, the bill was $299. The server, Julie or Julia, was great, as was the bartender. I sat at the bar and enjoyed a cheese course and salad while the girls dined for almost two hours. The manager checked in to ensure we were enjoying the visit. This is my family's go-to place for celebrations. It consistently offers a great experience. The girls had a great time. Become a rewards member if you plan to go a few times a year.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Had a wonderful time there, our server Julie went above and beyond and we can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Casual, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fun, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Overall, it was disappointing. They dont make the fondue at your table, the menu doesn't list all the ingredients and the heater at our table could barely keep the fondue at a simmer. It was taking 5 minutes to cook a piece of chicken. It certainly was not worth the cost or the drive time to get there.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

good food that is fun . the service was exceptional

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2018

For the price of the restaurant, the service was awful. People who were seated after us received their first course before we even had water brought to our table. The waiter tried to walk away before taking our full order and barely said anything. They had no personality. We were stuck in a corner and forgotten about. We went on a Tuesday night and it wasn't busy at all.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Wonderful night! We really enjoyed the spinach artichoke fondue.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Our family's 1st time dining here and we were super impressed with the food, especially the cheese fondue. Our server Brandon was super informative, fun & attentive!! Don't hesitate to dine here, you won't regret it!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Had a great time. Waiter was excellent which made the experience that much better. Food was on point.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fun
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Outstanding food and service from server Nick and manager who gave us a complimentary wine each when our fondue pot was dangerously full and too hot. Perfect dining experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The only issue we had was that it was not made clear that it was a Pre Fixe menu for New Years and as a result our bill was a lot more (almost double) what we had been expecting. I understand that many restaurants do pre fixe menus on certain occasions but it should be made clear when reservations are being made (most places make it very clear on their website). Honestly, we probably would have dined elsewhere to keep our bill reasonable. It came to almost $300 for three people). Also we had a reservation and weren’t seated until much later than expected and as a result we spent the actual new year at midnight in the car driving home. I think that would have been avoided had been seated on time.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had an 8:30pm reservation for the New Years Eve Night Out and we weren’t seated until 8:50pm. Then we were sat at a one burner, where we had to request that we get separate portions and types of cheese and chocolate even though we had to pay $75 per person. Then they sat a loud family down next to us where children watched loud videos on a tablet, then listened to rap music on their phones, until a waiter came over and told them to keep it down. Horns blew all night, and when it was finally time for our dessert, the chocolate was made incorrectly for both of us. We were supposed to get champagne with the dinner, but had to ask until we received a glass. Overall it was a pretty bad experience, and disappointing since we go to Melting Pot a few times a year but this last time left a bad taste in my mouth.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Felt a bit rushed. Server could have been more attentive.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve fun!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We went to one in Florida 17 years ago and since then have been here 4 or 5 times. We really enjoy the food,ambience and experience.The waitstaff is always tremendous in dealing with the customer and in doing their job but also informative with information about the food and technique.we enjoy the ambience around the holidays.Our 2 daughters 10 & 15 both love the food, all 3 courses. I have recommended your restaurant to several friends and family. I know of a least 2 of them have went on more than one occasion. We will see you soon The Mele family.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Organic, Scenic View, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We usual go once a year to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. We always enjoy the experience and the food, especially the chocolate!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We’ve been in once before together and we felt we had a better Experience the first time around. The food was plated better, the salads were tastier and our waitress was much more attentive.

This time around our waitress seemed rushed or uninterested in making the food presentable or mixing it fully. Our salads looked thrown together with chunks of cheese not broken up or an uneven amount of cheese to tomatoe (for the Caprese salad) and even our entrees looked like they were tossed on the plate and rushed out. Usually they’re separated and piled nicely.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We’ve been going to this location in Darien, Ct for years. each time it seems a little more gets take away. Examples include price menu increases, smaller and smaller portions of salad, and the latest change is that they don’t even make the cheese fondue table side. The cheese was cold and gritty. Also, I was celebrating my birthday and there was no candle for me to blow out. Being a major milestone birthday it was a big disappointment. Service used to be great and now it seems the waiters are just rushing us through and not as friendly. It’s such a shame to see a place like this go downhill. Paying over $150 for 4! Is a lot of money. I don’t think it’s worth it anymore.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Portions are very small for the price. Quality of food is mediocre - in particular for the prices. Always seem to be understaffed (had to go find our waiter a couple of times.) If you want fondue it is the only choice you have in the area - it is what it is.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

A fun different type of restaurant. Recommend for any occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Romantic, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

As usual a great meal! My kids love it here! Mario was an excellent waiter. We never felt like we were rushed. He came by several times to make sure we had everything we needed.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was amazing the service was excellent would definitely come back again

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

had a great time some of us first timer there some been there before

Tags: Romantic, Kid-friendly, Fun, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Good food. Good service. Always friendly. Very cozy in November. .

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

It was first time there and from the minute I sat down they walked me through the menu, different options, how to order. The food is good, and I left more than full. Great place for something new, and I will be going back. Great service! You will not be sorry.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Food, service, wine - always terrific!! One of our go-to spots for a special occasion or date night.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always a great experience. Service is always exceptional.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The location of the restaurant is far from our home. We only go to the area for my daughter’s soccer games. The Melting Pot has become a nice way for our family to celebrate her team’s victories.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Awesome venue, amazing food, and really nice servers. Would recommend to eveyone

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

always a fantastic experience. highly attentive staff.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Excellent place, everything from staff members to the food and drinks were really good. Mario, our server, was awesome, very friedly and attentive all night. Delicious! 100% recommended

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Waiter was very knowledgeable & helpful. Wine was great, food was great, fun place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We went in for Sunday Brunch and everything was phenomenal. Service was great, the menu offered wide variety, and the food was perfect!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

I thought the place was kind of pricey for what it was. Certainly not fine dining. All the prepared food is kind of plain and easy. Good atmosphere, fun for kids though.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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