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“Valentine's Day Dinner”
Review of The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot
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Ranked #253 of 1,606 Restaurants in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $45
Cuisines: Swiss, American, European
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Gaskins Road
Description: The Melting Pot, a fondue restaurant, 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, an award winning wine list & 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 hits the spot. The Melting Pot offers the highest quality fresh ingredients, a variety of cooking styles, unique sauces & your favorite chocolate fondue desserts. To highlight your meal we also offer over 450 wines with a Wine Manager on premise. Make reservations today & come dip into something different.
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Valentine's Day Dinner”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

We tried this because everyone is always saying how much they love it and that we "absolutely have to try it." I suppose this is one of those places that you either just love or it is a place that you will try out once or twice and decide that it just isn't for you.

Likes: I loved that it has comfortable booths and our waiter was EXCELLENT. I really wish I remembered his name. The appetizers and desserts were pretty good and I liked how laid back it was. It made dining so relaxing rather than just in and out.

Dislikes: You know, I think I am just not a fan of boiling my own meat. I likes the concept but just not the taste of it. It was very bland and tasted just like what it was...boiled meat on a stick. Some of the sauces were yummy, though.

  • Visited February 2013
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English first
Glen Allen, Virginia
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81 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Anniversary”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

A terrific choice for anniversary celebrations. The booths are somewhat secluded which is very romantic. Special dinners are reasonable for the amount o food you get. Food is very, very good. The wine list is extensive and we've never been steered wrong with a wine pairing. Staff is extremely friendly.

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Thank Margot G
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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169 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Nice but needs flexibility”
Reviewed April 6, 2013

The good news about Melting Pot is that it's a real fondue place. That bad news is that it's ONLY a fondue place. If you're dining as we were with people that have significant food allergies, Melting Pot lacks the flexibility to deal with this problem. Your first course is going to be a cheese fondue. There's no other choice. If you're allergic to cow's milk, you're out of luck. The main course is a meat and vegetable fondue cooked in broth. If you have a fish allergy, you'd better hope that everybody orders steak to cook in the common pot.

The result was an expensive meal with very small portions, and no effort on the part of the restaurant to accommodate guest needs. Plus it was expensive for what you got.

  • Visited March 2013
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Richmond, Virginia
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58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Special Event Place”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

We enjoy Melting Pot for special occasions (i.e. romantic). They've started a cheese fondue and dessert deal if you sit at the bar - very reasonably priced! Neat atmosphere but not a romantic environment (which is ok with us). We have started going several times a year and sitting at the bar.

Visited November 2012
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Thank celeste m
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USA
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fun Chain Restaurant!”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

This is probably my favorite chain restaurant. The whole "fondue thing" is fun and something a little different. The food is good and they often have special events like wine tasting and dessert.

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