About 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.
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
We will open as early as 11:30 am for parties of 10 or more with a set menu. Please contact us to set up your next banquet!
The Melting Pot - Arlington VA Ratings and Reviews
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Melting Pot is a bit pricey (you get a lot of food, but it's not an every-day kind of place), but you can save a lot of money if you join their mailing list and watch for specials. We saved almost $20 when we went during a recent promotion. The entree portions were a LITTLE smaller during the promotion, but since we usually leave uncomfortably full, this just meant we were only stuffed when we left. (We have zero self control with fondue and we can eat a LOT!) Service is sometimes a bit TOO discreet- they don't hover, but sometimes this means your drink sits empty for awhile before it gets noticed. Everyone is very nice when you ask for something, but I'd prefer not to have to wait and ask for a water refill.
Good place for special occasions
Our first time at the Melting Pot was a memorable experience. We went based upon reputation and recommendation of relatives. The occasion was our 33rd wedding anniversary. We chose the four-course meal and it was outstanding. However, you must pace yourself because there is so much food. The quality of the food and the service were both outstanding. Our waiter was very attentive and seemed to want us to have a good experience. Also, the manager stopped by to make sure we were happy. When she found out it was our anniversary, she congratulated us, and then later surprised us with two glasses of free champagne. The prices are high, but the food and service are very good. I would recommend it as a place for a special occasion. It would also be fun for a small group of friends if they expect ahead of time for the prices to be higher than average.
So much fun! Most unique dining experien ...
So much fun! Most unique dining experience I've had in awhile!
My family of 6 had an incredible time. I ...
My family of 6 had an incredible time. It was our kids' first time; my husband and I have been there twice before. Every thing was excellent! Of course it is more expensive than Chick-fil-a, but you pay for the experience and it made quite a memorable evening.
Who doesn't love Cheese? The manager was very friendly and made sure we were taken care of. Server was prompt and informative. Everyone was friendly and warm.
We are regular customers. The food was ...
We are regular customers. The food was good as expected. The service was a little disappointing on this occasion.
Melting Pot....not so much
After hearing all of our friends rave about the experience at the melting pot, we decided to make a Birthday Dinner date last week. We arrived, were quickly ushered to our own little private booth and sat down for dinner. The staff was excellent, the restaurant was clean, and the ingredients and raw materials of the meal were great. Unfortunately that is the only positive things I can say about this restaurant. SALTY: Every course with the exception of the desert fare was so overly salted that I could barely eat it. My personal taste for salt is a bit skewed toward very rarely using it, but even so the level of sodium in the fondue course and entre course was nearly beyond belief. Cook your own food: My wife and I had no idea that all of the cooking of the meal was to be done by us. I understood the concept that the fondue and desert courses were self serve, and even enjoyed this part but I had no idea the main course would also be cooked by us. They brought out a platter of excellent meat (at least before the SALT and seasoning were added) and gave us instructions on how to "cook" i.e. boil all the ingredients. Fine quality lobster, duck sausage, and filet minon should never be boiled as it destroys the texture and is the last possible way anyone should ever prepare such ingredients. Couple this with a very SALTY broth to boil it in, and we felt like we just wasted a ton of fine quality cuisine. Also, we went to a restaurant to avoid cooking, not a fan of cooking my own food when I go to dine out. So, overall, emphatic thumbs down for The Melting Pot, we won't be going back and did a do-over birthday dinner the next night at a more traditional restaurant that cost half as much and served a meal that was perfectly prepared by an expert chef (which we are not....) with tons of panache from all of the various staff.
Our server was amazing! She was attenti ...
Our server was amazing! She was attentive and make the experience fun. We can with 3 small children ages 7,5,&3 and she did everything to keep them happy and entertained. I have been to the melting pot 6 times now and have always felt like we were the servers only table! Love this place!
The waiter needs to be a little more fri ...
The waiter needs to be a little more friendly. She should not force anybody especially when it's religious preference.
we recently dined with a large group and ...
we recently dined with a large group and they were very much accommodating to our dietary restrictions and out group size. they are gluten-free friendly, something I didn't think would be possible. definitely a great get together for a lot of people. next time i would do double cheese and one chocolate. the meat course was good, but just like, different.
Great Mother's Day Idea 2016
Mother's Day was my parents first experience at the Melting Pot and they thoroughly enjoyed it. They've never had such a unique and refreshing experience and they look forward to returning in the future. I recommended Restaurant Week ;) . Overall this was my 3rd time visiting in less than a year and the service is always steller!
I over the knowledge and friendliness o ...
I over the knowledge and friendliness of our waitress
Good Food but Seats were INCREDIBLY uncomfortable
They need to seriously do something about these seats. I love melting pot but I will not be returning to this location for that reason. This is not a dine and dash kind of place. You need to plan to stay in it for the long hall at a restaurant like this. So suffice it to say, we were NOT happy that our backs started hurting half way in to the first of four courses. Maybe it was just our booth (doubtful), but I've never been in so much discomfort at a restaurant in my life...it really kind of hindered the entire experience. :-/
I took my husband to the Melting Pot to celebrate his birthday. Not only was the food delicious, as expected, but our server brought out dessert on a plate with "Happy Birthday!" spelled out in chocolate, which was nice. We have always enjoyed the ambiance of this restaurant.
Wonderful catch-up fondue!
Had a wonderful experience catching up with a girlfriend for dinner. We haven't been here in a very long time and the service was exceptional. As soon as we arrived, the host made sure to ask if we needed our parking validated, which made the parking $2. That was great as we probably would have forgotten upon leaving. Unfortunately, we weren't very hungry so just settled on a cheese and chocolate fondue instead of an entree, which were perfect. We had the spinach and artichoke cheese fondue, which was very good. We also had the flaming turtle chocolate fondue that was delicious! We were probably there for 4 hours, but not because of slow service, but because we had a lot to talk about while we ate our delicious food. Would definitely recommend.
Great service, fun evening
The service was excellent with the manager even walking around to check on dinners. The food is always delicious
Highly recommended! Ask for Savanna.
I went to the Melting Pot in Arlington, VA with my sister. It was great from the moment we walked in. They validated our parking ticket so we only pair $2 for parking instead of $5. Our server, Savanna, was delightful. She was entertaining and had us laughing the entire time. She made perfect suggestions for our appetizers, salad and entrees. The food was delicious. Everything was fresh and tasty. I highly recommend this particular Melting Pot. We went early on a Sunday when it wasn't crowded. Ask for Savanna. You won't be disappointed.
Great Family Experience
The Melting Pot was a great experience! It was interesting, fun and fulfilling. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. Even the ambiance was low key and intimate. The high back booth seating makes for a intimate and sage way to cook your good. I'll definitely visit again!
Nice romantic atmosphere.
Nice romantic atmosphere.
A nice meal
We went with my in laws after they raved about it. It was good! The cheese sauce was delicious as well as the main course. The chocolate was delicious and our server was super sweet!
LOVE LOVE THE PLACE
what a great time had by all, we so much enjoyed just hanging out and taking our time to eat a great dinner, we will be back again because it is so relaxing and very much enjoyable place, thanks for the great customer service your employee's show their customers, be proud
My dining experience was wonderful! My f ...
My dining experience was wonderful! My first time at the melting pot is definitely one to remember. Food, service, & ambience was excellent.
Excellent menu, excellent cuisine, great service.
I never had a bad experience at The Melting Pot. Love this place!
The Melting Pot is a great place to go f ...
The Melting Pot is a great place to go for that special occasion. I think it is a bit pricey but there is plenty of food and the service is rather quick. Derick, our waiter was always there when needed.
Still like it despite the cutbacks
It was great overall. We are loyal customers. The big disappointment was that the cheesecake was no longer included with the chocolate fondue dessert. It was available at an additional price. Several years ago the salad was included and now it is available at an additional cost. It is a great restaurant and a great place. We will continue to be loyal customers. We go there frequently enough to recognized the changes in their pricing structure.
We had a really nice server. We were 15 min late and I called to inform them they were very nice. When we came they asked where we parked and I'm glad they did otherwise we would've been towed. While my friend moved the car I was seated. My server came over introduced herself and for our drink orders. She was knowledgable and friendly. Our food choices were good as well, especially the yummy fiesta fondue. And the drinks were great. Overall it was a good experience. I've been to other Melting Pot establishments and this was my first time to this one but I would have to say this I enjoyed myself. Thank you to the Melting Pot staff.
New St. Patty's Day Tradition
We chose to go to the Melting Pot for St. Patrick's Day this year because their menu looked very unique. We were not disappointed. I think it may have been one of the best menus we've tried at the Melting Pot. The entree consisted of corned beef, cedar plank salmon, shrimp, chicken, and duck and bacon sausage. We paired it with a fantastic bottle of Merlot. Our waitress was phenomenal with bringing us more sauce and dippers. We will definitely go back next year if they have a similar menu.
I honestly have nothing bad to say. Our server was amazing since we were newbies she took the time to explain everything to us and made recommendations according to what we wanted. I love the fact that our booth was semi secluded. Which was perfect for our date night. If you have some extra cash to spend I honestly suggest you give it a try.
I brought my daughter to the melting pot ...
I brought my daughter to the melting pot for a special mommy and daughter date. The service was horrible. Destinee was really slow. it took 20 mins to get our drinks. Then I asked for a new side plate because my daughter put raw meat on her clean plate and it took 10 mins. The server was slow and rude. It ruined are whole experience. She took so long that i asked for the check with the chocolate and she brought us togo chocolate instead. The manager saw that Destinee was struggling and didn't do much to help her or her tables. Oh and my lettuce was brown. The other food was pretty good though.
Great date night
Came to the Melting Pot after a symphony concert and had a wonderful time at our late night dinner. Delicious food, wonderful service, and a quiet, romantic atmosphere.
Great family birthday meal
This was the perfect dining experience to celebrate a teenager's birthday! Fun, family time for all!
It was okay, wish we knew to...
First, we did not realize that there would be 1 pot per table. There were 2 in our party, one with a seafood allergy. We did not know we had to request a 2-pot table. The server said they give the 2-pot tables to large groups and people with allergies but because we didn't make the request we couldn't switch. So we were limited to what we could order. The table seats were so low the table top came to below chin, we couldn't see into the pot. We both got the same 4-course meal, Pacific Rim, but we had to substitute the shrimp (had to, only 1 pot). The cheese course was yummy after our server willingly added additional cheese to make it less soupy. Though towards the end of the cheese course, it started burning. The entree course was okay. I enjoyed the meat, it was very tender. But my dinner partner thought the steak tasted funny. The dessert course was okay, wish there was more fruit to dip. The server was wonderful but the food was an okay experience. The best part of the dinner was the very inexpensive $2.00 parking after validation.
Awesome date night with my wife.
The whole experience was great, food, service, and price.
We had a very good time there. We would ...
We had a very good time there. We would highly recommend that place to our friends. The only thing that is disappointing about Melting Pot is that staff tried to forget about our complementary strawberries.
Love this place
It would have been 5 star all around but the $29 pp special kept the staff too busy. Service was subpar and I have been here over a dozen times.
Melting Pot was Excellent
I took my fiance to Melting Pot in Arlington to celebrate our engagement and it did not disappoint. The food, service staff and everything was outstanding. Keep in mind though that if you do go, it is an experience. It can take well over 3 hours to eat a 4-course meal. We will be definitely going back!
I love fondue and the artichoke cheese d ...
I love fondue and the artichoke cheese dish.
Send us your fondue kits!
Really good four course dinner. The house salad with the tangy vinegarette dressing is wonderful. Just a fun place to have dinner, with the cheese dip and then cooking your shrimp and meat. Food and fun. Not since I was a kid and played with my food have I had such fun!
Great Date night spot
The Melting Pot in Arlington is always wonderful. Great service, great food, and always a great experience.
An amazing night!
For the first time visiting the restaurant with my husband I have to say it was amazing! The food, the ambience and the waitress she was outstanding. My husband and I were celebration our wedding anny and she definitely went out of her way to make it the best experience ever. Definitely a place I have been talking about and recommending with my friends!
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