The Melting Pot - Reston

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2974 reviews
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Fondue
Fondue is a fun and interactive dining experience - and for more than three decades, The Melting Pot has defined the niche across the American dining scene. A visit to the sophisticated The Melting Pot introduces diners to the traditional and fun Swiss cooking style.
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SF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great. Waitress was similar to a robot. Even spoke in a very monotone voice. NO personality at all. Had no problem telling us that she was very busy waiting on others.

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MG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The menu can be a bit overwhelming, but our waitress was very patient and prepared for any questions. The cheese and dessert courses were fabulous. Our choices for cooking the entrees were ok. Again, our choices. I really appreciated the quiet. We could actually hear our conversations.

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s
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love going there! Ladies night was great, we will be back!

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CD
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time and great food. We went for a birthday celebration and had a great time.

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SC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Melting Pot in Reston VA is a wonderful place for a special celebration or an intimate dinner! We were celebrating as a family and it was so much fun! Our server, Zach was hilarious and incredibly efficient and professional! Our food was delicious as always and everyone enjoyed the evening! I highly recommend this restaurant to one and all!

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HD
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary and it was a great experience. All of the staff were attentive and friendly and we would go back. Be prepared to take left overs home.

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K
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So great getting dessert here. Thank you!!

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L
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

We love Melting pot ! I said in the reservation that it was my nine years olds birthday , told the hostess , told our terrible waiter 3 times and still No mention of her birthday at all ! Felt said for her when your little you want to celebrate a waiter on the others Ide of the room made a big fuss over an adults birthday ( in their 40s)
They still had fun . I just won’t celebrate their again !

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OT
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal was fantastic, good portions and excellent service

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AG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the gluten free options! Food and service are always great.

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TS
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zach was an absolutely joy. We will definitely ask for him again when we return. His level of service was exemplary.

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MM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

Service was very slow, especially for a weeknight. Initial waitress was awful and totally unengaged so we politely asked for a replacement, they were great about it and our second waitress was much better. Still slow overall. It isn't intended to be a fast meal but we were waiting quite a bit between courses.

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AB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server Zack was awesome! Very personable and got everything right. The one downside was we had made a reservation for 6:45 and did not get seated until nearly 7:30 :(

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JW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Honestly one of the worst experiences I’ve had here. Very very slow service on a week night and thus adding to a poor dining experience. Was very disappointed.

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E
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fun experience to share a meal with friends and/or family. You get to eat sublime cheese fondue, cook beef, seafood, chicken, and or pork with different seasonings in a special broth or even do tempura. You have to save room for the decadent chocolate fondues. Service and ambience are great. Super, convenient garage parking out of the elements. Worth the drive if you don't live in Reston. Kids love it, too. So leave the phones at home, enjoy a fun family meal.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food and service.

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HD
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were fortunate enough to have a night out without the kids and I quickly choose The Melting Pot. We had a wonderful and delicious time. It's nice how each course is timed so that you get the most out of the experience. My husband noted that if we were at another restaurant we would have been finished already. It's nice not to rush a precious night out without the kids and feel like you can sit back and relax and just enjoy each other and good food.

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A
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time for my daughter’s birthday. Emily was our waitress and she was great.

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SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very fun and delicious. Certain items are better value than others but overall a good experience.

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MG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Like their site says, this is an experience, not somewhere to go for a quick meal. I didn’t realize that we had to cook our own entree, but it was fun. You do need to agree on your fondue choices with your party as there is only one pot. My husband and I have very different tastes, so that was a challenge for us, but everything we ate was delicious! The service was great, too. The meal took 2 1/2 hours, but was such a pleasant experience I would recommend it to all my friends.

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OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Attended for St. Patrick’s Day deal. Unfortunately most of the meal had nuts on it and fish so I could not enjoy. I also let my waiter know of these restrictions and was still served product that had nuts on them. He did give another plate when I noticed but then I only received 5 piece of steak and shrimp when a entree is 3 or 4.

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WF
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time at the Melting Pot and recommend it highly. My grandson loved the shrimp and the chocolate. The server was attentive but not intrusive and was very helpful to my grandson.

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RR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

As usual a great experience. the only downside is that there is not a menu item for smaller kids.

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K
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Server was great. Glad they finally placed cooking times on table. Great meal and fun experience. I would suggest being able to order a side not with fondue. The sides aren’t the best in fondue. You should just be able to order a side through the kitchen.

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ST
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome evening. Great bartender Devin.. A little behind with reservation times. Dinner was wonderful. Very relaxed .

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B
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We go once a year, every year, for a special occasion. This time, it was excellent - for the first time. The food was, well, delicious — thanks to a server who really hit everything right with the coq a vin preparation. Dessert was spot-on for fondue (a new selection on the menu), and even the salad and cheese fondue seemed elevated. Not sure if this was a one-off or a new thing, but a consistently fair to good experience unexpectedly became excellent. Maybe up our visits to twice a year?

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DM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday, and ordered the 4 course meal. There was too much food for either me or my husband to eat. Comes with choice of Cheese fondue, salad, entrée, and chocolate fondue. Even our daughter (11) seemed to enjoy it. Only issue is that parking is a little ways away, unless you park in handicapped, which is only parking in front of building. Very pelasant experience and we'll go back again.

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SW
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing...... Athens noise level was a little much but only because I was sitting behind teenagers for a birthday party... otherwise it was perfect

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MR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Food took a while to come out. Staff was average. The food was great , but the overall experience was average.

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FR
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a romantic dinner, superb food experience and great wines

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BO
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal, if a bit pricey. The service was terrific and the food was very, very good. I'm not personally big on fondue but my wife is and it was her birthday so some friends and I took her to dinner there. She really enjoyed it and I must say that I was quite pleasantly surprised.

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SA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The bathroom floor was soaked when we visited. but food and everything else was great.

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VA
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

We used to go to The Melting Pot often but then started making fondue at home. We went to celebrate a momentous occasion, and I was more disappointed than ever! The folks at the reservation desk are clueless. Even with an Open Table reservation, we still waited.

Our waitress fake and hurried and really pushed herself to be nice. She asked us the normal courtesy questions (Have you been here before?) but didn't even bother to listen to what we said. She was also VERY hurried and rushed us out the door!! She brought dessert before we were finished with the cheese course and then the check before we asked or were finished with dessert. So rushed!

She also seemed disappointed that we were only having a cheese course and a dessert course (not the full 4-course meal).

The food was fair but soooo expensive for what it is. The chocolate isn't real melted chocolate...it's some sort of gelatinous chocolate-flavored stuff that the waitress brings in the melting pot.

BEWARE!

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RM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Emily, was lovely and very good at what she does. She made it a very fun experience for our table.

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AW
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

While the low lighting added to the ambiance, it might it hard to see both the menus and the food! Our server was great and checked in with us frequently to make sure we had enough of everything and see how it was going. She was great talking with our kids too! The food was good but it was a little expensive for the quality and the meat that was pre-seasoned and then cooked in a flavored fondue was a little confusing...although I guess we should have thought about that when we chose flavors. Overall it was a really nice meal for our son's 16th birthday!

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CM
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was out of town for Valentine's with my wife and, since the Melting Pot in Charlottesville is where I proposed, I figured it would be the perfect place. I opted for their 'touch of romance' package so they had the table decorated with lovely rose petals and candles. Her chocolate-covered stawberrie were waiting and the rest of the night was just as perfect. Our waitress, Latifah took wonderful care of us from start to finish! Between her, the manager Brian, and the rest of the staff, it felt like we hadn't missed Valentine's at all.

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JT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Server did an excellent job and was extremely informative. The lighting was very dim which made it very difficult to read the menus.

Food overall was very good but we were not impressed with the dumplings which were part of the meal package we had.

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SI
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was subpar.

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HP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We’ve been to this location a half dozen times in the past 2 years and unfortunately the service has gotten worse each time. To be clear, our table service in most recent visit was good, but the host/hostess station is simply awful. The last 3 times we’ve gone, even with OpenTable or direct reservations, we’ve had a 30+ minute delay beyond our time. Though that kind of stuff can happen, the lack of cordiality by the hostesses was unprofessional. They showed no sympathy to anyone (we were not the only ones with an extended wait). Instead, they seemed annoyed that we even checked in with them. And when we left after our most recent visit, we said “good night” to the hostess and in response, we got a loud sigh.
Though we like the experience of the fondue-cooking, we will likely not return to this location.

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MS
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious dinner and our waiter, Zach was just great. We’ll be back!!!

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