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The Melting Pot

American, Swiss, European
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501 E Water St, Charlottesville, VA 22902 (5th & Water)
+1 434-244-3463
17:00 - 22:30
04:00 - 10:00
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Sun 16:00 - 22:00
Mon 17:00 - 22:30
Mon - Thu 04:00 - 10:00
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 23:00
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was my first visit to the chain restaurant and it was fabulous. Definitely a food experience we did the four course which was awesome. It was during restaurant week so the wine flight was a must try. Enjoyed the experience. Allow for plenty of time to allot for this visit. Great waiter who gave great explanations and recommendations.

Thank Robin W
Harrisonburg, Virginia
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First visit to a fondue restaurant. A little pricey but delicious and fun. Service was excellent and they even validated parking. I added on the cured meat plate with the cheese course. My daughter had the gluten free option and it was good as well. I will definitely be visiting again. Allow at least 2 hours for this enjoyable dining... More 

Thank Mongold1
Bozeman, United States
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed celebrating our wedding anniversary as a couple dining in an intimate setting at The Melting Pot. The menu provided a good variety and the service was top notch. The owner also stopped by our table to make sure that our experience was a good one. A great place to "splurge" as we enjoyed the four-course meal enhanced with... More 

Thank 484denisek
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131 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food, excellent service, nice ambience, very reasonable prices. Biggest problem is being so stuffed after eating there that it is hard to walk.....

Thank GoFryGo
Charlottesville, Virginia
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've been to the Melting Pot twice and enjoyed both visits. It is fun to go with a group of friends. The food is tasty and the wait staff are attentive. They run discount specials that help keep the cost down. We will definitely return.

Thank Grace K
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Our server was prompt and knowledgeable, and pleasant to talk to. She was able to provide us a great amount of detail on flavor profiles and cooking styles. The owner and manager were both pleasant and stopped by the table to check in on the meal. Our cheese was enjoyable and our meats were well seasoned for the main course.... More 

Thank Brendan W
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Skip the entree. The cheese fondues are all spectacular. And the desserts. I especially love the bananas foster dessert. Not always on the menu (but they will usually make it anyway). The entree fondues are only so-so- very plain. Service is usually very good. Manager is fantastic.

Thank Jennifer H
Staunton, Virginia
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

The overall experience was good. Nice variety of cheese and chocolate fondue. My initial thought was that the portions seemed small, however once we were done, I was VERY full! Few tips: parking is TERRIBLE!! Make sure you arrive 15-30 minutes early if you have a reservation. Also, if visiting on a budget, be aware that some of the cooking... More 

Thank Vega2003
Dallas, Texas
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42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The server comes to the table and goes thru a ritual – “Have you been here before?”. No. “Okay, what you will find is that if you order more than 2 sections – i.e. appetizer, salad, main and dessert, you will find that it is cheaper to order the 4 course meal”. Count on the 4 course meal, so you... More 

Thank Fairwell
Charlottesville, Virginia
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

A Cville favorite for delicious fondue. Great place to entertain guests or take the family or your special date for a wonderful meal.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
American, Swiss, European
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
04:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 22:30
04:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 22:00
04:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 22:00
04:00 - 10:00
17:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 501 E Water St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
    (5th & Water)
  • Public Transportation: There is a free trolly system that runs by the restaurant and a nearby bus stop on the corner of Water and 5th.
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-244-3463
Here fondue becomes a memorable four-course dining experience, where you can really dip into something different. Enjoy a choice of four flavorful fondue cooking styles and a variety of tasty entrees, including tender beef, boneless breast of chicken, duck, lobster, shrimp, scallops, salmon and much more. All are available in many different combinations with a variety of special dipping sauces. Cheese fondues can be ordered separately and are included with the purchase of any combination dinner. Along with every entrée, you’ll get breads, savory vegetables, and even a choice of three different fresh salads. As if that’s not enough to whet your appetite, you’ll also love the Melting Pot’s wide selection of creamy, mouth-watering chocolate fondue desserts. In addition to the Melting Pot’s ever expanding fondue menu, there’s also a growing list of fine wines. So come, relax and dip into an exciting new experience at the Melting Pot.

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