Fondue is the ultimate sharing dish. Debuting in the 18th century in Switzerland, this is a special experience, often enjoyed as part of a romantical celebration. But you don’t need to wait for your anniversary; fondue is a fun-loving, fork-twirling dish any day of the week, whether you’re banishing the winter blues with your boo or looking for an interactive meal to take the awkward out of a first date. At these top restaurants for fondue, you’ll find everything from the classic to those with an Asian influence, and a chocolate version on steroids. Even if you’re not near one of these spots, OpenTable can help you find a restaurant to satisfy your craving for romance.
The Chalet and Clubhouse at the Fairmont Golf Course, Whistler, British Columbia
Fondue with a view. The Chalet and Clubhouse is the quintessential ski (and golf!) destination — a cozy spot with a crackling log fire and an alpine-inspired menu, including fondue. Go for the three-course fondue dinner: cheese fondue with vegetables, followed by the broth-based fondue Chinoise served with beef tenderloin, prawns, and salmon and keep that snowball rolling with a rich chocolate fondue for dessert (pictured above and below). Make a reservation at The Chalet and Clubhouse at the Fairmont Golf Course.
KAIDO, Miami, Florida
Located in Miami’s fashionable Design District, this Tokyo-lounge-inspired-restaurant is known for its Uni fondue, a stylish dish and a looker. Expect a warm velvety sauce, thanks to the blend of uni and aged Parmesan as well as herbs and spices. It’s accompanied by seafood and vegetables. You can also go fashion-forward and put designs on your own fondue by adding caviar or King crab. Make a reservation at KAIDO.
Sugar Factory, New York, New York
The chocolate gold fondue is so elaborate it demands a 48-hours-in-advance request. We’re talking gold-coated dark chocolate truffle with dark chocolate melted tableside and served with a platter of gold chocolate nuggets and gold-dusted gummy bears — and more. Also: Dom Pérignon and Hardy Noces d’Or 50 year cognac. Cost: $1,000, serves six. Or, “slum” it with the less-pricey chocolate silver fondue (silver-coated dark chocolate truffle and dessert wine). Available at additional locations, too. Make a reservation at Sugar Factory.
Blue Ribbon, Las Vegas, Nevada
The classic cheese fondue here is a solid pot of gold with melted cheesy goodness (Gruyere, Swiss, Parmesan, and cheddar) and a supporting cast of cheese-clinging characters that include breadsticks, potato skins, fresh green apples, and, that classic fondue favorite sidekick, toasted bread. A good bet in Vegas for a winner. Make a reservation at Blue Ribbon.
King’s Dining & Entertainment-Miami Doral, Doral, Florida
You say tomato, we say tomato fondue, a new take on the classic. The vegetarian tomato bisque fondue served here is all about a warm, creamy tomato fondue served with housemade focaccia, fried mac & cheese, grilled cheese, and housemade mozzarella sticks for dipping into the tomatoey goodness. Grilled cheese and warm tomato bisque? Contemporary comfort food just got an upgrade. Make a reservation at King’s Dining & Entertainment-Miami Doral.