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The Melting Pot - Arlington VA
The Melting Pot - Arlington VA

The Melting Pot - Arlington VA Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website:
  • Phone: (703) 243-4490
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fondue
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fairfax Dr
  • Public Transit: From the Metro - Orange Line: Take Metro to the Ballston Metro stop. Come out of Metro station onto Fairfax Drive. Make a left onto Fairfax and walk about 3 blocks to Glebe Road. Make a right onto Glebe Road and walk about 1 1/2 blocks. The restaurant is on the left.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: After 4:30 pm pay discounted Melting Pot parking rate of $2.00 for 4 hours with validation; After the 4 hour period, validation is void and posted rates apply.
A word from The Melting Pot - Arlington VA
The Melting Pot offers an extraordinary dining experience that you won't find at any other restaurant. Here, you'll discover all the ingredients to a perfect evening, including a relaxed atmosphere, private tables, attentive service, fine wines & cocktails, as well as fabulous four-course fondue dinners. No matter what the occasion, from a romantic date to a get together with friends, meetings, or large groups, The Melting Pot always provides fun & lasting memories. Make reservations today & come dip into something different.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "melting pot would be the perfect place for double dates. They don't rush you and the tables are set up in a way that you can carry on a conversation without having to yell. Plus the food is amazing"
    Dined on 11/21/2014
  • "We've been to Melting Pot for at least 5 special occasions over the last 2 years. It is fun, but each time I feel like it is more expensive and there is less quantity of food. We took my brother for his birthday and he said it was great portion control...Not what I want to hear spending over $200 for 3 adults and 2 kids, and only one beer."
    Dined on 11/15/2014
  • "I took my mother here for her birthday. It was her first time at the Melting Pot and she enjoyed it very much! Our server Deon was great! Thanks for a good time!"
    Dined on 11/15/2014
  • "We arrived at a reasonable dining hour with our three kids and it took three hours to eat. The wait time between courses was ridiculously long and, to make matters worse, one of the burners at our table wouldn't work, making the time it took to cook the food even longer. The service was extremely friendly and great with the kids, but the wait times were simply unacceptable."
    Dined on 11/14/2014
  • "This location seems to have been jammed into a business location, so it has the feel of being the ground floor of an office building. Later in the evening, you feel as if you are in some abandoned office park. The interior is typical to that of most Melting Pots, with the customized fondue tables. Our booth seemed a little dark, even though the manager was able to turn up a light, so we requested extra table candles, which they were accommodating enough to bring out. The seats themselves seem very low and the crowded table space cause at least one knocked over glass incident - the menus are so big and the table space so limited, that you have to make sure you have clearance before you open the menu. So physical comfort was a little problematic. The service was very good. Our server did her best to answer questions and give us a run down of what's on the menu. She did not go into elaborate details when we mentioned we had been there before. The food is good, but you have to keep in mind that you essentially cook it yourself. That's part of the fun of the place. And it is on the expensive side, which may put off people some people when they realize how simple the components are. It's actually not that easy to do fondue at home, so the Melting Pot system is what you are paying for. If you do all the meal courses, you will likely be there for a long time. The staff is very good at not making you feel rushed, though."
    Dined on 11/9/2014
  • "Our waiter was the best. Again, we had a great birthday."
    Dined on 11/8/2014
  • "Make sure to not eat all day so you can get your money's worth out of the Melting Pot! It's so good and the perfect place to go for a special occasion!"
    Dined on 11/6/2014
  • "This is our fourth visit to the Melting Pot and have enjoyed our visits every time we have come there."
    Dined on 10/31/2014
  • "Great restaurant! Great selection of food, with good prices. They offer vegetarian and gluten-free options. The atmosphere is romantic and would be great for special occasions."
    Dined on 10/31/2014
  • "If you have a reservation for a certain time (as booked on Open Table) and you show up early, you shouldn't have to wait 25 minutes to sit down. The fact that I had to wait 25 minutes to be seated really detracts from my enjoyment of the restaurant."
    Dined on 10/28/2014
  • "It was my 4th time going here and I am never left feeling disappointed, ever. Everybody who works at the Melting Pot is very attentive and does their job efficiently. The food is always incredible and they will bring you more sides like your bread, vegetables, chips, etc. if you run out. Thank you!"
    Dined on 10/25/2014
  • "This was a great experience in dining. We received great service and personal attention during our visit. The only downside was the crying of little ones on the other side of the booths, and then once they were gone another group appeared with more toddlers. Maybe I'm an exception that this bothered me, but I don't / can't afford to dine at the melting pot every other month, so when I go I'm usually celebrating with someone special and want to fully enjoy the dining experience. Know restaurant can't enforce a 'no kids rule' but adults should be more cognizant of annoying other diners. Keep kids and teens at home."
    Dined on 10/22/2014
  • "I have eaten at the Melting Pot several times. Food is always excellent and service is also great."
    Dined on 10/21/2014
  • "I'm not sure if our waiter was just having a bad night, but his timing was off. We didn't receive our drinks until halfway through our cheese fondue, and he didn't check back in when they, or our "dippers," were empty."
    Dined on 10/18/2014
  • "Good food and service. It's worth it to enjoy a special occasion. Great wine selection and sampling!"
    Dined on 10/18/2014
  • "One of the best romantic restaurants ever. Top notch service from servers, management comes by to say hi and interact with you. Reservations are always on time. I've never waited more than 5 minutes to get to my table. Great dining experience worth every penny!"
    Dined on 10/17/2014
  • "My only complaint was prior to having Joe, our server, appear at the table. After arriving promtly at 7:45pm for my 7:45pm reservation, my girlfriend (it was her birthday celebration) and I waited almost 25 minutes to be called to be let to our table. While being let to our table, numerous (i counted 3) times servers or other employees carrying trays to/from tables and the kitchen would say "excuse me" as they just passed by without realizing the tray was at my head level nor pausing to may sure they wouldnt run over customers. After finally getting to our table (at 8:15pm for our 7:45pm reservation) everythng was fine. We were in a small room with another couple (2 young ladies) and their general conversation was louder then the music."
    Dined on 10/17/2014
  • "Great and fast service!! Our waiter was funny and kept the night interesting. Can't wait to go back"
    Dined on 10/17/2014
  • "Chuck' service was phenomenal! Food was great. Very loud place."
    Dined on 10/16/2014
  • "The Melting Pot is expensive but delicious. My favorite entree was the duck. We also had pork and filet mignon. I loved all the sauces that came with the entree. The cheddar fondue was also fantastic. I have no complaints. Our server was fabulous, and we loved the entire meal."
    Dined on 10/14/2014
  • "Excellent Cheese and Chocolate Fondue. Service was superb."
    Dined on 10/11/2014
  • "As usual, my experience here was great. I actually sat at the bar and did a 4 course seating there. Everything went off without a hitch."
    Dined on 10/8/2014
  • "They prepare a 3 roses and happy birthday ballon and a cup cake for birthday celebration for free."
    Dined on 10/4/2014
  • "The standouts to me is the cheese and chocolate aspects. The meats that you cook yourself not sooo much. Overall great experience!"
    Dined on 10/3/2014
  • "I brought my mother there for her birthday and had a wonderful dining experience. The service was excellent. Everyone was attentive and willing to assist us in anyway. The waiter explained everything in detail and answered all of our questions. The food was impeccable. I have a wonderful, memorable time. I highly recommend this location."
    Dined on 9/24/2014
  • "A year ago, we had a disappointing visit, but our impression has changed since out latest dinner there. Great service and food, and an awesome date night."
    Dined on 9/21/2014
  • "Terrible experience at this location. Got there early so sat at the bar to order a drink. It was almost 15 minutes of waiting before the bartender handed us a drink menu, then he left. Another 20 min. goes by & still no bartender. Then they call our table, so we never got to order a drink. Then the waiter kept taking forever to come back to the table. After we finished our entree & told him that we were done & ready to order dessert, he did not come back for 30 minutes. The manager had to cut off our pot because it was just sitting there boiling. Waiter finally came back to clean off the the table, & didnt apologize or anything for taking 30 minutes! We had the hostess searching for him & everything. We just told him to bring the check."
    Dined on 9/19/2014
  • "My hubby and I dined here for the first time after buying a Living Social deal. The food was delicious, from my hubby's duck to my chicken potstickers and the mojo broth – yum! We got peanut butter chocolate fondue for dessert which was amazing! Nice assortment of fruit and sweets to dip. Our waitress was sweet and took the time to explain everything to us. My only complaint is the drink I ordered. It was a strawberry basil lemonade, supposedly with strawberry vodka in it. I could not taste any alcohol at all. I should have said something but was embarrassed that our waitress might think I'm a lush. :-) It tasted great, but I was disappointed since I paid $7.95 for it. Overall great though, and will be back, especially for dessert."
    Dined on 9/14/2014
  • "how can you not like this place ? Fun and tasty! I always enjoy this place ."
    Dined on 9/12/2014
  • "We were excited to try something new for our son's birthday. Experience fell short of our expectations. Though the server was nice, the service was not commensurate with the price and expectations. Lots of waiting due to her training a new employee. Everyone needs to be trained...just recommend that you do it in a venue that doesn't come at a cost to the customer. Not likely to return to this location."
    Dined on 9/11/2014
  • "I have gone to The Melting Pot many times, and the food is always excellent. Since this is a different kind of dining experience make sure to allow at least 2 hours to dine, and you won't be disappointed. Service is usually outstanding with the wait staff eager to make sure you are happy with your experience."
    Dined on 9/11/2014
  • "Kids enjoyed the cheddar cheese appetizer and cooking in the coq au von. Their favorite part of the meal… yin-yang chocolate fondue. They got extra rice krispy treats to finish the chocolate. Fun dinner for the family. Also, got the package of flowers, balloons and picture to remember the evening."
    Dined on 9/11/2014
  • "As always, we love The Melting Pot! My son and I dine here about once a year. Always fun and great food."
    Dined on 9/10/2014
  • "Overpriced fondue ..nothing special..alot of bread and heavy cheese...would not even make my top 20 :("
    Dined on 9/6/2014
  • "Have been here 3 times. Getting boring. To have fun bring whole family. Would be back only for dessert."
    Dined on 9/5/2014
  • "My review is a little biased. I wasn't expecting to have cook my own food at the table. This fact threw our entire group for a loop and kind of dampened the experience. But if you are into fondue and the self preparation experience I think the Melting Pot would be an excellent choice. Our waitress was amazing because we were a salty bunch after being told we had to cook our on food, not rude but definitely lackluster. She saved the night. The drinks were find and the ambience was great! I do most of the cooking at my home so when I go out I don't want yo do anything but be waited on. The Melting Pot is a fine restaurant just not the place for me."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "This was my first time here and I truly enjoyed it. It was a very different experience. I think it is very pricey and I probably would not go again until a special occasion or another Groupon or Living Social deal. Other than I think the place is awesome."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went to the Melting Pot for a romantic evening. It was just fantastic! We had a really nice server, Dion was her name. The atmosphere is warm and friendly and the table space makes for an intimate dinner with your special someone. The food is out of this world, just so tasty. I will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "This is not the first time I've been to the Melting Pot, but the first time I've been to the Arlington Melting Pot. As with the other ones, this one does not disappoint. Very friendly and attentive servers even when the restaurant is busy, the food is fun, and no one bothers to tell you to leave even if you've sat there for 5 hours with your girlfriends. A great romantic restaurant but a great ladies' night out spot. Come if you want an experience but don't expect it to take 20 minutes or to cost little. You get what you pay for, and I've always enjoyed a special time at the Melting Pot."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "This was okay. it would be good for a date night or a great celebration for a small group. It is pretty expensive but you will be full after you leave. the waitress at this location (Kim) was one of the best I have encountered in a very long time."
    Dined on 8/22/2014