The Melting Pot - Reston

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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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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Latifah was amazing, so sweet and made our late Valentine’s Day special! Brian the manager stopped by our table and made us feel like we were the only guests in the restaurant. The food was amazing, will def dine again!!

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DL
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Getting a chance to go to the Melting Pot is a great "date" night any time of the year. The food is always good and plentiful - the servers always ask if you want more dippers. The setting is such that you can have a private conversation without wondering if the table next to you is listening in. The pace is slow enough that you can enjoy the food and the people you are with. You can go big with the 4-course option or trim it down and not include one of the courses. We went around Valentine's day so we had more options - not that we took advantage of that but having other choices is never a bad thing.

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DK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The chocolate strawberries I ordered and took home had mold on them.

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BB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Mike was absolutely delightful and attentive, we will most definitely be back soon!

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MF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So as a Melting Pot virgin I have to say that it was an awesome experience, and I do mean experience as this was way more than your standard dinner fare. The ambiance was perfect for a Valentine’s Day weekend dinner, although I think the ambiance would be perfect for any intimate occasion. Especially if you get a booth in the back where there is no one across the aisle from you. I was pleasantly surprised that the cheese fondue was actually made at the table...not sure why I thought it was pre-made and simply heated up at the table, but it wasn’t. The salads were fresh and delicious. The entree platter was filling to say the least (6 proteins in the VDay special), and maybe a bit too much even for 2 hungry adults. The star of the night was definitely the Flaming Turtle dessert fondue! The chocolate and caramel flambéed with candied pecans was divine even before dipping the rice krispy treats, pound cake, waffles, cookies, brownies, and fruit. It was my 1st time, but it won’t be my last. I highly recommend this experience to everyone.

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SB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. He’s never been to the Melton pot before. He will definitely be going again. The food was amazing, the waiter was charismatic, the environment was very romantic. We couldn’t have asked for more. Perfect date/birthday dinner.

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A little pricey for the actual food but it's a go to for days like Valentine's because of the pace and ambiance.

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AN
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent Food, Service. Would like to see some more vegetarian options added to the menu. Fondue is excellent

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a tradition we go for my daughters birthday every year it’s her favorite place in the world to eat

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B
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Definitely come here for the cheese and chocolate fondue experiences. We had the french onion gruyere fondue - so flavorful and good! We had to ask for more bread because it wasn't enough to sop up all that cheesy goodness. We also had the chocolate hazelnut truffle chocolate fondue for dessert - reminded me of a melted Ferrero Rocher ball, sooooo good. I think some of the dippers are too sweet - such as the rice krispies and brownies - but the fruit and belgian waffles were so good.

As for the main course entrees, we DEFINITELY do not recommend the new cast iron grill option. Our pan was almost melting and smoking from the heat, so there was a strong metal/ iron smoke smell coming from the pan. The meats barely cooked on the pan, because the heat wasn't strong enough, and it took much longer than the recommended times. Some of the herbal marinades were too strong and didn't taste good. We didn't like more than half of the provided dipping sauces, either. We wouldn't ever get that again.

We ordered a Mai Thai and Summer Sangria for drinks - pretty good but gets watered down easily from all the ice.

Service was ok but sporadic; it took a very long time for our waitress to check on us in between courses.

Overall, we'll come back just for the cheese/ dessert but nothing else.

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BH
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time and it was such a fun experience. With that being said it is very expensive for the experience. I would still recommend it for a once a year treat.

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JR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My 13 yearold had a great birthday dinner. Everyone was so nice and helpful. The food choices were great and the night was perfect.

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C
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everyone is complaining you have to cook your own food and blah blah. Thats the whole point , its soemthing different. The food was great very fresh! $120 with tip for 2 people, was well worth it. Had a great server too.

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PM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

We had a party of four with reservations for 8pm. We were not seated until 8:30pm. It took 2 hours to be served our salad. They were over booked. Then when the meant was being delivered the server dropped the tray shattering glass all over the floor and food. Waited another 30 minutes for the new meats to be served.

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AV
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 3

Our server, in particular, was awesome. Side: No reason to make reservations as they don't honor them. But! It does take a super long time to get food and or drink. Servers are awesome and amazing! Love the servers. Not so much the front desk/greeter staff. They were rude and stressed.

Poor things. I feel badly for them.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Server was nice. Service was very slow. Will not be going back any time soon because of that. Food was tasty, but not worth the price, particularly given slow service.

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NN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The amount of food we got as a party of 10 was significantly less than when we have gone in the past. Many people left hungry, despite 4 courses! We asked for 3 pots but they said we could only have 2. When I have gone as a family of 5 we have gotten 2 pots. Not sure what the discrepancy was this visit.

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent! The food was great. The waitress was excellent. The chocolate fondue was amazing. We will definitely be returning.

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N
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My server was excellent, and the food was great! Will definitely be back!

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J
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The service was bad and when I asked to charge only an x amount to my cc and then I would pay the rest in cash. I got the charge back with it being 3 cents over.

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Z
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Thank God for Veronica. I made a reservation for a table for two 24 hours in advance. We arrived at 7:25 for a reservation at 7:30 and we're told it would be a couple minutes. That's perfectly fine we thought, waiting and waiting and waiting. We were seated at 8:10 a full 40 minutes after my reservation. I was expecting maybe 10 minutes to ensure that we had a table cleaned off and ready to go but I was not expecting to have to wait nearly an hour when I made a reservation well in advance.

Needless to say I was livid, had I not been out with a date for a special occasion we would not have waited any more than 15 minutes before leaving. Especially after groups of four were seated before us with reservations after ours.

However Veronica saved the day and made our first Melting Pot experience phenomenal. From the point she introduced herself to the point that we left everything was fantastic and as expected of somewhere that my friends speak highly of.

After we were seated the service was excellent, the food was amazing, and even though the both of us were clumsy with fondue forks it was still wonderful from start to finish.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Overall it was good. Love their theme nights and the Girl’s Night special makes it affordable. A couple of issues with timeliness of the server but she was nice. And the bartender did something weird with my drink but he was also friendly. I chalk it up to a bad day on their parts as I typically like their venue. It’s worth checking out. If you experience issues in those two areas then maybe it’s not the anomaly I’m hoping it is.

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MP
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Depends on what you are looking for in a restaurant. Was three hours for three courses, longer than we expected. Also, our pots kept running out of water and where smoking the entire time. Was difficult to enjoy our evening.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just had outstanding food, service and atmosphere for our special occasion this evening, and they have vegan cheese and vegan chocolate - who knew??!. Great server, manager was super helpful too. Great job MP!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We waited 13 minutes Past our reservation time to be sat for a Monday night reservation at 730. The restaurant wasn’t very busy and we were very off-put by this. We’d marked our reservations a date night but the host or manager whatever the young guy was kept wishing us a happy anniversary (keep in mind when our server came over, she asked if there was anything special we were celebrating.) we were sat at a very open booth directly across from another couple when there were at least 2 more secluded options in that same part of the alcove. Our wait for drinks was RIDICULOUS (a lemon drop martini for me -which didn’t come with the sugared rim it should have and a coke for my husband). The bartender actually brought my drink and when we asked him for my husband’s coke, he said the server would bring it. We ordered the drinks at 7:47 and they showed up at 8:03. The wait for course was fairly slow (we have been to other locations and never experienced it like this). For how slow they were on a Monday evening, we were really disappointed with the service and unnecessarily long waits, even just to be sat at a table.

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

Funcy dining experience. Funcy is a sophisticated term combining “fun” and “fancy”.

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SW
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

My view is rather skewed because I prefer healthier options, but this p,ace was where our guest chose so we gave it a try. I would not typically eat at a fondu restaurant.

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MG
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 4

The one burner at our table wasn’t working hardly and with that being so, the manager finally came to our table to look at it. Well he couldn’t get it fixed either, with this being our first time it left a distaste for us. For the cost that was paid $287.54 you would expect something more, not even a discount or anything. So not gonna waste money again here.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Our server was not the most social person and would leave the table before we finished what we were saying. This was the first time that this has ever happened though and every other time we have been here, the service was really good.The manager was really courteous and checked on us several times.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fondue as usual. Recommendation is to allow 2-2.5 hours for party of 4. Great place to go for a relaxed dinner conversation or special occasion as the nature of fondue is to take a little longer than order-eat-go.

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MP
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the Melting Pot to celebrate our 16yo birthday. Our server and manager both came to wish her happy birthday but in a quiet way that was perfect for our shy teen. We ordered the four course meal which seems expensive, but by the end of the meal, you see that it is worth every penny. Our server offered to refill our plates several times, but we were too full to take advantage. Everyone's favorite parts of the meal were the cheese and chocolate courses. Our server, Veronica, was exceptional. She took the time to explain everything, very friendly and attentive without interrupting our meal.

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RR
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was the second time I’ve ever been to The Melting Pot. Love the experience and the food is really, really awesome. Our server was professional and friendly.

I gave my experience four stars instead of five because the service was a little slow this time. It took 20 minutes from the time we were seated to get our cheese fondue started.

Also, just my personal opinion, but I think the restaurant is a little too dark. Would be great if it were possible to have slightly brighter lighting for certain tables.

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ES
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Melting Pot is piloting a brunch and that is what I enjoyed with a friend yesterday. We have long been going to the restaurant for their traditional fondue, but we also really enjoyed the brunch and sincerely hope that they continue to have it! The food was fresh, creative, and delicious, and the environment was perfect for two friends wanting to relax, enjoy good food, and catch up. The brunch starts with fresh fruit and yogurt for dipping, followed by a jazzed up cheese fondue (brunch style; included hard boiled eggs and hollandaise sauce in the fondue pot plus a full list of additional items you choose to personalize your cheese pot) with dippers, and of course chocolate fondue for dessert. With $4 bellinis or mimosas, it was perfect!
Highly recommend this as a brunch and dinner spot.

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DS
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location for an excellent social meal. So great not to see any cell phones as people were focused on food and each other.

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BS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed doing the Restaurant Week four course menu. Each of us was able to choose different options and all were very good. Our server (I think her name was something like Kaysha) was excellent!

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FC
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Restaurant Week deal was so great. My wife and I had a fantastic time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. So fun and yummy.

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TM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for a birthday dinner. Our server, Meredith, was excellent!!

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GM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server, Mike, was congenial and engaging - we had a great time - 90% because of him!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a rare date night tonight, and our server Iman went out of his way to make the evening perfect. We’re on the keto diet and he worked with us to ensure we kept our meal as low carb as possible. Really terrific service.

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