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Happy Valentine's Day - Melting Pot Memories Are Expensive But Worth It

Published 2/14/08 (Modified 3/9/11)
By MoneyBlueBook

I would like to wish my readers and my lovely girl a Happy Valentine's Day! For those of you who don't have a clue where to take your Valentine's date, I recommend The Melting Pot, a classy fondue restaurant. Fondue is basically a communal type of dinner meal shared around an earthenware pot cooked over a small burner at your table. The light fondue cheese mix inside the pot is usually cooked with traces of wine and kept warm while diners use specially pronged forks to dip bread and other bits of food into it. Although it's deliciously fun, the dining experience can be rather expensive.

Love May Be Cheap, But Fondue Isn't

The Melting Pot is definitely not a place for patrons who are financially squeamish about opening up their wallets wide for a rare romantic dinner. On special occasions like Valentine's Day, expect reservations to be in demand and planned dinner courses for two to cost upwards of $130.00. On other days, the price doesn't fare all that much better - at around $85 per couple. It's amazing how high prices soar for love-related events and merchandise during special holiday occasions like Valentine's Day (just look at the price of online Valentine's day flowers in my last post).

I'm not really a high end restaurant connoisseur (usually preferring to save my money by going elsewhere), but I've been there a few times and enjoyed the food and ambiance. Don't get me wrong - a dinner at the Melting Pot is incredibly expensive, but for that special someone or for that special annual occasion, I think the experience is worth the financial cost. It's not a place I could afford to visit every weekend, but I'd much rather spend money on such experiences than on material trinkets that depreciate over time. Just be sure to snap some photos while you're there to immortalize the memories!

Fondue Restaurants Are a Place For Diners Who Like To Play With Their Food In The Dark

As the restaurant's website proclaims, fondue is a fun and interactive dining experience. If you're clumsy at planning romantic outings (like me), a restaurant like the Melting Pot pretty much does it for you. They keep the place very cozy and the lighting very dim to promote and encourage warm fuzzy feelings. The interactive part is where it gets fun. They pour the fondue broth in front of you and provide you with color tabbed skewers that you use to cook the fresh mushroom, garlic chicken, white shrimp, fillet mignon, ravioli, citrus pork tenderloin, and lobster. Sounds tasty doesn't it?

The reason why I'm reviewing this restaurant chain is because it is where I took my girlfriend to for our very first Valentine's Day dinner. I had a good time and I think she did too. That's the stuffed monkey I gave her. :)

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9 Responses to “Happy Valentine's Day - Melting Pot Memories Are Expensive But Worth It” 

  1. Mrs. Micah says:

    I've kind of wanted to go there for years. It's just so expensive and we really don't have the money. Someday. I'm not in a rush. :)

  2. Mimoji says:

    Go during Restaurant Week - it's cheaper! Go to Zengo for Valentine's - the food there is EXCELLENT. But it's prob not as romantic as eating fondue. Choices, choices.

  3. Raymond says:

    Yeah I know...it really is super expensive but worth saving up for. It's like a good 5 year anniversary type place to go to.

  4. Raymond says:


    Interesting...I've never been to a Latin/Asian fusion restaurant before...and there's one in D.C. - how intriguing!

  5. A says:

    I saw this post on paidtwice!

    I love the Melting Pot! This summer me and the girls on my internship in North Carolina (6 of us in all) went and just got 2 posts of cheese (kinda the appetizer) and 2 pots of chocolate for dessert. It ended up being about $15 for each of and it was so much fun! Our waiter was supper nice we all had a blast.

    On our honeymoon in Kansas City, Hubby and I frequented the Melting Pot on the Plaza. It was down underground and we were placed near the bar. That was a little awkward. Since we are vegetarian I think we just got salads, 1 pot of cheese and 1 pot of chocolate. It maybe came up $75 for both of us. (I am thinking it was lower than that though).

    So if you really want to go with someone special, just pop in for dessert. Get dressed up, eat at home then catch a movie and go dip some bananas, strawberries and Oreo covered marshmallows into their pot of yummy chocolate! You can always go with other friends and just get cheese and chocolate- it is much cheaper if you just order the pots and not the whole coursed menu thing.

    Just thought I would let you know how we have indulged but not spend a whole lot of money! Good luck!

  6. Raymond says:


    I think Melting Pot also emails out free birthday fondue coupons if you register on their website. Great way to catch some free dessert fondue.

    For vegetarians...dipping different bits of bread into the cheesy mix is very tasty - yum!

  7. Al Herring says:

    This restaurant might just be the place I need to take my girl; will check this out.

  8. sara l says:

    We did this for my birthday (a few days after V day) this year. The other half joked that we wouldn't be going out to eat for a month or two after the check, but it was worth it. It also helps that he saved up for it so it won't take a big chunk out of our monthly budget.

  9. Paula says:

    Fountain wedding cakes are stylish, stunning, along with perfect way to showcase the cake as being a primary focal point with the reception.

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