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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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92% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
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 (New England)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Great food and very friendly staff. Perfect for a birthday celebration.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 18, 2017

A unique and fun dining experience with great service and delicious food. Relaxed atmosphere. Not a quick, rushed meal. Looking forward to going again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 17, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed our time at the Melting Pot. The environment is outstanding and we love going there for our wedding anniversary every year. The service and food was outstanding. We also appreciated the entertainment with having the magician stop by our table. We'll be back next year for our 6 year!

Tags: Healthy, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 16, 2017

I love this place! Wish the menu had options for non-alcoholic beverages. But it's very cozy, all booths to sit in.

Tags: Live Music, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Celebrating son getting into several top high schools

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

We always enjoy ourselves, but am almost always blown away when the bill comes. Total cost for family of four with NO Drinks (only water) - $205!!

We basically go because the kids love it, although I cannot justify why cheese and chocolate rack up the price to $50 per person

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

We seem to have Mario as our server each time we go; he's wonderful. We went before the crowd and it was pleasantly quieter than dining at peak time. Parking has never been an issue. We look forward to returning for another celebration

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on March 10, 2017

We go to the Melting Pot fairly regularly as it's close to us. Always a good experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Had such a great time! My boyfriend and I went for our 2 yr anniversary. They gave us a hand written card upon our arrival congratulating us on the anniversary, also put our name up on a TV screen that specifies every customers' special occasion they are celebrating. They really are personable and sat us at the perfect corner booth which was very romantic! Such a great dinnee and atmosphere!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fun, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Wonderful treat. Interesting choices for appetizer, entree and dessert. Our server, Edward, was great!

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Spicy, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 27, 2017

Tried it for the first time, food was great, server, as well as all staff, was fantastic, food allergy was easily accommodated. Will definitely be going again.

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

awesome, as usual!!! we are never disappointed with our experience here!!!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 24, 2017

I took my two daughters ( 11 and 13) and my daughter's friend for birthday dessert. It was a place my 13 year old had been dying to go to try their chocolate fondue.The were kind enough to seat the birthday girl and friend at a separate table from us. I have to say, Rachel, our server, was the most incredible server I have ever had! She was extremely informative, upbeat, enthusiastic and patient. She made my daughter and everyone she talked to feel special. I can't express enough how impressed I was with her service and overall personality. We will return because of her! And the chocolate fondue was fantastic! The girls were more than thrilled at the flambé and talked about everything for the remainder of the evening. Thank you for making this occasion even more wonderful!!

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 22, 2017

It took three hours. To long. But the food was fabulous n it was a fun experience. The place was very run down inside. I would go back even with all that

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2017

I enjoyed the atmosphere & the scenery. However, it was not filling. Very romantic & the food was seasoned well. However, the amount of food given was not filling or satisfying at all.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2017

We usually really enjoy going to the Melting Pot to celebrate a special occasion. This time we felt rather rushed- the server dropped off the check right after he brought us the chocolate fondue. We felt like we were supposed to hurry up and leave so that they could seat another couple. The food was delicious as always, though.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Very good! Expensive but worth it! The service is always impeccable.

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

setting was really nice romantic and intimate. loving atmosphere first time here. wait staff was not very attentive and seemed to not like the fact that we couldn't decide on the many options available. I asked a lot of questions because its a very interesting concept wait staff seemed annoyed and started being sarcastic. EXPENSIVE but worth it if we had a better waiter. rose petals on the table made it extra special overall great experience and delicious as well.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Went with my teenage son on a lark. We both agreed that the restaurant had the feel of being on a cruise, or perhaps a Disney restaurant - nice looking enough but some how gimmicky.
We ordered the steak lovers 4 course. The cheese course was tasty, but the salad very bland. The meat had very little taste or texture after cooking in the pot. The chocolate dessert was good, but we paid extra for "special dippers". The price tag at the end was not worth it. Don't think I'll return, but I think young kids would enjoy it. They even had a magician!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Everyone from the manager to the wait staff were super helpful and polite. They made you feel so special there. My boyfriend and I will spend all of our Valentine's Day dates here from now on. Absolutely had a blast! Thin mint cocktail was out of this world!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 13, 2017

We go to Melting Pot at least two to three times a year. I know that's not a ton, but we lead busy lives and live all the way in Wallingford. So we make the over hour trek to Darien because we love doing fondue as a family and the food never disappoints. The last three times we've gone to this location, the service has went down drastically. On our last visit (the night before Valentine's Day); our experience was terrible. We had to find our waiter several times, ran out of things more than once, sat with empty drinks for quite a while, our salads came our after our meals, and there was never an apology or explanation. Now both my husband and I work in customer service. He runs a restaurant and I own a hair studio. So we know how important it is to give the best costumer service possible. Unfortunately, I don't know that we'll be making the long trip up there and spend over $200 (for 3 people) seeing as we've received subpar service on our last three visits. It's very unfortunate because we love everything else about this restaurant.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 13, 2017

My experience was unbelievable, me and my girlfriend spent about 2 hours dining and loving the experience. Vicky was a great server and had a great attitude! I will definitely be back soon for another great meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2017

This was our 2nd visit to the Melting Pot and it was even better than the 1st.
We were celebrating our anniversary and the Melting Pot made it special!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Good food and concept. You cook the food yourself and the food seems very fresh.

Tags: Romantic, Casual
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 (Western NC)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Our first time and we were very impressed with the food, the presentation, the fabulous table side magician, and especially the top notch service by Dave at the Darien CT location!!! It was my husband's birthday and he, our daughter and I couldn't have been more pleased! Dave even remembered a candle in the dessert because I briefly mentioned it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Romantic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2017

Is a great experience for a group fun day.... I would stay w the cheese and chocolate dishes...

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 8, 2017

The cheese and chocolate where great. The salad and entree courses were not very impressive. Service was great, no problem taking the time to explain everything, good suggestions and help mixing/ making the fondue. I definitely go back more more cheese!

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2017

Plenty of parking place and location easy to acces for main road
Comfortable and relaxing
It was the first time for a birthday celebration. Menu a little confusing to understand. Staff is friendly and food is well presented
It is a good place to share food and conversation with friends or family and kids
Melting pot is a place to cook and talk
Expensive

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Had a great time! Food was excellent and it's fun to do something different. It was strange though that even though it felt very private, you could hear everyone else's conversations

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2017

The Melting Pot has gone down in quality over the years. They no longer prep the cheese in the kitchen, now it arrives pre shredded in bags and you can taste the difference. The staff isn't as knowledgeable about the cheese nor do they make it It with the same consistency. Lately the cheese has been runny and sometimes I have to ask the server to add a bit more cheese. They have actually wanted to charge us for extra cheese. Also, miss the beautiful pewter plates & bowls as well as the low lighting and music which is more appropriate for the atmosphere (we listened to country played way too loud) . I have been going to the Melting Pot all over the US since 1987 and as one of my favorite restaurants I so wish it was becoming classier or at least maintaining the level of quality from the past.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2017

We were there for a birthday dinner as a family of 4. We were one of the first people there that evening, but it took 2.5 hours from start to finish. I am not sure if that is normal for this restaurant, but we were constantly having to stand up and walk around to look for our waitress, who was nowhere to be found, as it grew later and later. In the end I paid the bill on the iPad they gave us, and waited for the receipt. No one came back, with the receipt or to say thank you for coming. I finally hunted down the servers' station, saw my receipt sitting there, ripped it off myself, and left without encountering one server or hostess on the walk through the restaurant to the door. Kids loved the fondue concept but we will not be back unless they beg to go.

Tags: Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2017

My boyfriend and I went for our anniversary and we had such a nice time and we would definitely go again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2017

Always a great time at The Melting Pot! I can never complain! Amazing 😍😍😍😍

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Outstanding Value, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2017

Awesome first experience our waiter was great and the food fantastic

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Very expensive

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Food was very good. Menu was a little complex, but our server was very helpful and flexible to ensure we had a good experience. All told, I'd recommend trying this place and will plan to return. Spinach and artichoke fondue was delicious.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2017

Went to eat for a birthday dinner. Staff had a nice birthday card waiting on the table. Server did an excellent job of explaining the menu and fondu process. Attentive to our needs with the kids and ensured we had plenty of things to dip. Child friendly and tasty!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2017

The meal tasted better than all others we have had there. A good time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2017

I thought the meal was delicious overall. We were a table of 4, where one person ordered the "4 course experience" and the rest of us just ordered an entree. Upon time for desert, the one person who ordered the 4 course experience order their desert, making an extra (comical) point that he was not sharing with anyone because it was just for him. Shortly after, the waiter came out with dippers for 4 people, not just him. The person with the 4 course experienced then asked, this is all for me? The waiter looked confused, but smiled and said yes. After when we received the check, we found out we were in fact charged for all 4 deserts, which was not what we asked for. I think that was very, very misleading and was very disappointed in the restaurant because of it.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2017

Had a great time - set it up for my daughter's birthday so she could celebrate with her friends while my husband and I sat nearby (but out of sight!). Restaurant was so accomodating and helpful and very friendly all around.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Casual
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