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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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

KICK OFF THE NEW YEAR, FONDUE-STYLE Celebrate 2017 with delicious fondue and a bubbly beverage or two. But hurry! The clock is already counting down and our tables are going to go fast. Regular Menu available from 12pm-3:30pm. Our prix-fixe NYE Menu starts at 4pm. $74.95 per person.

The Melting Pot - Darien Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.5

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4.5

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4.1

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (23)
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Neighborhood Gem (11)
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Creative Cuisine (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Great for Brunch (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

As usual, the Staff dId not disappoint! We always feel like part of the family when we come! WE LOVED OUR BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR MY SON!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Fun, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Really great food really great staff couldn't complain about a thing !

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

The food was fun and delicious. Our waiter was overworked with a large party and never around, but eventually the bartender and manager took our orders. The restaurant is divided into many sections with booths which adds to the intimacy of the shared fondue pot and quiet conversation.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

They are the Masters of the fondu approach to dinning! Fun and delicious. Great service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Awesome service, good choices

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

The meat was good quality, but the vegetables were very bland and there weren't many of them. For five people we got about two cups of broccoli, potatoes and mushrooms for the main course. We did order more, but they (quite reasonably) leave you to it after dropping off the food, so we didn't get a chance to actually get additional vegetables until we had already finished the meat. The food was helpful to determine whether you want to buy a fondue pot, but it's overpriced for what you get otherwise. The server and hostess made us feel welcome

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Hostess ignored us to help another couple that arrived after us. Our waiter didn't come to table for 15 minutes after we were seated. We waitied 5-10 min every time we needed a drink or to order. Never saw him in between to check in.

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

My friend and I were the only customers there for lunch then a few more arrived about half hour later. So that made for a quiet atmosphere. I thought it rather a dark atmosphere, but did not see the whole restaurant. Maybe there were more windows on the other side. Our server was very knowledgeable. The menu was rather difficult to decipher since it was our first visit. But Mario was very patient in describing the combinations which could be put together. The food itself was very fresh and delicious with quite a variety. We choose one serving of the main entre as it was enough for both of us after the massive cheese fondue starter for two with all the accompaniments. I did think a bit overpriced since we did 'all the cooking' and having to time the meat and fish. For the price, I like to be served my meal and not have to cook it. I would recommend it to a friend for the experience one time. Even though all the food was so fresh & delicious, I still thought it too much work.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Way over priced considering you cook your own raw meats. Terrible ambiance. Took almost 2 hours to eat steak and a salad.

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 (Miami)·Dined on June 4, 2017

We love the Melting Pot restaurants. We live in Boca Raton, FL and enjoy that location a lot so we thought we would try the Darien location as we were visiting our daughter in CT. It was just as wonderful!

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Fondue is always a fun choice..interactive meals that create conversations. Melting Pot has honed the fondue prep and service to a T and it's a very enjoyable experience. However, the prices are ridiculous for the amount of food you get. Granted, if you start with a cheese and then go with a meat and fish entree followed by chocolate, it's very filling, but still: $56 for a few cubes of beef and duck, 2 shrimp and 2 pot stickers? Really?

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 25, 2017

The food was so good and j can't wait to go back. We had Julie as out server and she was spiteful. Great experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2017

The Melting Pot was a great experience! Everything was delicious, the staff was friendly, they explain everything very easily and overall it was really fun to be there! Would highly recommend, especially for special occasions like birthdays or anniversaries.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Post Mother's Day and pre graduation present

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Great time as always

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We always have a nice experience when we go and the food is delicious :)

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Went for dessert. Kids love it and so did we. Flaming turtle is my favorite.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

We love the Melting Pot and go out of our way to eat there every Christmas Eve. The four course meal is highly recommended, but set aside three hours to get the most of it. We usually get the vegetarian option because the selection is varied, but two of us this time had the ahi tuna and said it was terrific. Our favorite thing is to get the hot oil cook style, and to fill the mushroom caps with green goddess, dip in the tempura batter, and cook until brown. Delicious! This time we had the dark chocolate dulce de leche salted caramel fondue and it became an instant favorite for dessert!

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Went out for my boyfriends birthday and Had balloons and chocolate to be set at the table beforehand and he loved it. I had been there before but he hasn't and our server explained everything so he could understand and gave suggestions that i haven't tried yet and really enjoyed. The only thing is that when it came time for dessert to sing happy birthday, it was just our server and I singing which was a little awkward but other than that it was an Overall great experience!

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

Great night out with my mom in honor of her birthday. Our server was attentive, our food was awesome, and the entire evening was very relaxed.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Authentic, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Went to the Melting pot with my wife to celebrate a dating anniversary. The food, service and ambiance was well worth the drive from Newtown. I would highly recommend this restaurant for anyone who is celebrating a special occasion. They are very thorough and explain everything on the menu and the fondue process where you can't mess up. Awesome restaurant!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 21, 2017

The food was great yet it was very time consuming. There was a little wait in between courses and dinner took almost an hour to cook and eat. I would enjoy coming for a happy hour and have some cheese and chocolate. Overall good experience but it took a very long time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 21, 2017

The Melting Pot in Darien is consistent good. Our boys love to go there on their birthdays.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Different dining experience. Food was "good", but not great and overpriced.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 17, 2017

They made my date night with my 12 year old daughter very special. I couldn't have asked for a nicer daddy-daughter night.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Dominique and I had an amazing brunch. We really loved everything the place was very nice. Rachel our waitress was very pleasant. This was a very unique experience. The Melting Pot Darien, if u haven't experience it you should we loved it.
Renee C

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 15, 2017

We were looking for something a little different and stumbled across this fun fondue place, part of a growing chain from what I understand. We started with a nice cheese fondue and then had assorted meats and vegetables for the main course. Suggest ordering 2 main courses for 4 people, that worked out nicely. Good service, reasonably attentive and informative (in a chain restaurant sort of way). Nothing authentic about it but fun nonetheless. Recommended!

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 15, 2017

The food was ok. For the price of it, I thought it'd be a little bit better.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

I have been to this location many times and it never dissapoints!! The food is fantastic and staff is so accommodating!

Tags: Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2017

I'd never been & my BF wanted to go for his birthday so we made the ride down from Newtown. There was plenty of parking directly adjacent to the restaurant which was easy to find, right off the main road. They close for a couple hours between lunch & dinner, something to be aware of if you have to drive into town from elsewhere & don't want to have to kill time. That being said, the downtown are we were in is super cute & there's plenty of shops and things to do & see to occupy an hour or so. We made reservations for 4 when they reopen for dinner & were seated promptly by a smiling, energetic, friendly hostess. Our table was down a short hall off the main section of the dining room right along the wine room that you can see into. From what I saw of the place other than just our table, youre never right on top of anyone else. The back of the booth & walls surrounding the booth & table are higher than average & afford a good deal of privacy for. They were cozy but you had space to move & place your things as well. Our waiter Will was great! From what I saw/heard all of their servers seem extremely knowledgeable about the menu & can answer any questions no hesitation. They make reccomendations based on what you order and personalize the experience with their favorites. He was the perfect balance of attentive without being hovering or pushy & our courses were perfectly timed as well. We were offered extras on all the sides for our appetizer and dessert (the veggies, bread, fruit etc that you dip in the cheese or chocolate). Some people may think the menu is a little pricey but For the amount of food I thought it was a good deal. We shared the "big night out " which was 51.95 p.p. or 99 per couple for 3 courses & I did not leave hungry. Also they offer gluten free options for everything on the menu & were very knowledgeable on those options as well. I would highly recommend the melting pot & we will definitely be going back!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 7, 2017

everything was good but the waiter payed to much attantion to my girl, and was ignoring me.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 31, 2017

The food was amazing and even though the portions look small they defiantly fill you up. The waiter was not as engaging and there as would have been liked but was still great service overall

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Overall it was a great dinner and a fun experience. My only issue was the bartender. He was super swamped w restaurant drink orders that I sat and waited over 10 mins for a glass of wine. I dont have a problem waiting if hes crazy busy but an acknowledgement of "hey so sorry im crazy busy be right there" would of worked. Food was great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Ladies night was an awesome night. Always have a good time at the melting pot Darien

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 29, 2017

Took my staff out to show them appreciation. It was a perfectly great time. Thank you!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 28, 2017

I love this restaurant for special occasions. It's also a great restaurant to take people that have never had fondue. It is a little expensive but they sometimes have special pricing which makes it affordable just for a fun night out.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Ladies night out

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Great girls night out!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2017

My son & his girlfriend went on special date & they both said their seating was intimate & private, food was "AWESOME". Only negative was they felt it was pricey $100 for 2 without any alcohol/drinks.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Great service! Reservation was for 7 and at 7- we were seated. Brandon was great. You have to love the personal touch with the anniversary card. Small things like that will keep customers coming back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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