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Family Meal
Family Meal

Family Meal Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.voltfamilymeal.com
  • Phone: (301) 378-2895
  • Hours of Operation: Open Daily, Monday-Sunday
    Breakfast: 7:00 am to 11:30 am
    Lunch: 11:30 am to 4:30 pm
    Dinner: 4:30 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Family Meal
A modern American diner, Family meal offers reasonably priced all-day meals inspired by comfort classics. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner by chef Bryan Voltaggio.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "A great place to bring a family for dinner...nice to be in a place where a little rambunctiousness is ok. Fine food and great service!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The food and ambiance was not as expected. Not acceptable!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This is certainly one if the best places in the Frederick Area, if not, THE best. I was very pleased with my meal, and I'm not embarrassed to say that we ate every little bit of what we ordered."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Very good food, very good atmosphere. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Family Meal is a nice, casual place. The ambiance is great, laid back. Service was great. Deviled eggs were okay, I expected something more original. Go for the scallop app instead. Much better. Stay away from the pork loin. It had zero seasoning and was way over cooked. The vegetables on the plate were superb, as was the corn bread. My husbands dinner was much better. He had the steak dish. Didn't get dessert. Would try it again. I heard the fried chicken is the best. Looked great but I had already ordered."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "My sister and I went for restaurant week but we ended up ordering from the regular menu. There are just too many good choices. We had the onion rings and the hoe cakes. Both are excellent. We shared the fried chicken and the burger with egg. It was wonderful. We also got the brussel sprouts. LOVE LOVE LOVE them and I want that taste in a cream soup!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We have been to Family Meal several times. This time we met special friends there, and it was fabulous. We ordered the 3 course lunch, and it was excellent. Best gazpacho my husband has ever had. My eggplant sandwich was amazing, and the smokey peach cobbler was divine. Did I mention how much we liked it? It's a fun spot to take guests from out of town. Upbeat, trendy, modern, with fantastic food. The portions aren't overwhelming, but just right. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Our dinner at family Meal was truy excellent. The duck fat fires with dipping sauces were delicious, as was the fried chicken. The shrimp and grits was one of the best renditions I've tasted. Everything was well prepared and served with a smile. Next time, I'm going to try the chicken pot pie fritters. Portions are large -- be warned!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Diner-like setting with diner-like food, but buffed up with a chef's touch. Great place to go for comfort classics like fried chicken and biscuits, or an over-stuffed shrimp po' boy sandwich. Casual, dressed down atmosphere. The kind of place you want to go back to often!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We stopped in on our way home to DC from Pittsburgh. Delicious food executed very well- we all agreed we wanted to try everything on the menu over repeat visits. All were pleased with ages ranging from 9 to 59 - if you have an adventuresome palate and are willing to drive, Family Meal is worth the drive to Frederick. Highly recommended"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I was incredibly impressed with the price and specifically the cocktail menu."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "You could almost miss this place on the road, but, once you're inside, it's sleek & inviting with rustic/industrial decor. The staff was friendly & on top of their game - even when we came in to dine late on a weekday! Prices are reasonable. Pot Pie Fritters were awesome. Should've gotten 2 orders instead of opting to try the deviled eggs too (they were ok). Duck fat fried potatoes were great & had 3 sauces to dip - sriracha concoction was my fave. We had the meatloaf & the butcher steak- definitely delectable! :) Tried their birch beer & it was great. They offered plenty of chilled water- clear ice cubes! Shared a milkshake to go - decadent. Hope you enjoy your visit as much as we did! We'll be back to try all the other menu items!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Not a bad place to eat. I tried their Fried Chicken (Plate) and it was really tasty, juicy with good flavouring from the crust--very good. The milkshakes were okay, and chicken dumplings fritters were pretty good. We had the duck fat french fries and it was kind of salty for my taste (on a low sodium diet) The pricing for lunch was relatively high and the portion sizes were large. Service staff were very prompt and at-tentative. Overall for the value a B+"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "After eating camp food for 4 weeks, we welcomed this meal. perfect for our two young kids (5 and 6) who ate everything and perfect for us foodies. High quality good meal, with great drinks and awesome service."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "A fine informal dining location, lots of parking. We were there on a Saturday evening and it was packed, people were waiting to be seated. If there is not a table available you can go to the bar and get a drink. A highlight was the crab salad (they will split it for you), grilled romaine, crab, manchego cheese and a great dressing. The chicken pot pie bites are a great shared appetizer. Entrees: Shrimp and grits: the shrimp come with the heads attached but what a meal. Fantastic burgers, great fries, how about mac'n'cheese for a shared side? Salmon was a nice fillet and nicely presented. Save room, the adult milkshakes are great. As I said it was packed so it is a little noisy but there is available outside seating also."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I've been wanting to come here since I first read about it in the Washington Post a while back. Our dinner was excellent as was our waiter, Connor. We didn't notice how noisy the dining room was until we stepped outside to head for our car. The next time we will sit outside if the weather allows. We look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food we had was tasty and our server, Connor, was friendly and helpful. Having wanted to try a Voltaggio restaurant, I was happy with my experience. Not sure the price of the food is justified, however. Too expensive to bring the whole family."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "As always, Family Meal is a hit! Chef Jack always makes the best of whatever he brings to the table. And you cannot beat the duck fat fries!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The food was very good. The ambience could be improved simply be adding tablecloths. The wooden tables make it hard to see how clean they are, and we happened to see another table being cleaned in what looked like a less than thorough manner. There seemed to be some confusion over who was serving our table, but that got straightened out. Unfortunately, our served forgot one of the three entrees and that disrupted our meal a bit."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We were visiting Frederick and planned to go to Volt- only to find out they are no longer open for lunch (we had gone there about three years ago). Volt recommended we go to Family Meal, and when we mentioned to someone from Frederick that we would be going there, they told us we were in for a treat. They weren't kidding! All of the food was local, fresh, creative and delicious. The duck fat fries and dipping sauces are worth blowing your diet for. Fish tacos were great. The service was perfect- friendly and attentive but not overbearing. The desserts looked incredible. Definitely want to return for dinner!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Great food, large portions, and great service. Plenty of parking. Nice ambience and energetic scene."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The kids chose the restaurant--it is one of their favorites. I was smart enough to make reservations. Two of us were vegetarians and two were carnivores and it was all delicious!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This was I our first time at Family Meal, having been to Volt several times over the years. The service on Friday (July 25) was just plain humorous. The staff could not get out of there own way, literally and figuratively. Fortunately we were in a good mood so it made for a good show. Our sides were incorrect and we had to ask three times for additional items. Our waiter apologized so many times it was close to embarrassing. A number of times we saw various members of the wait staff yelling at each other. The expeditor and "bartender" looked to be in each other's way all night and no other staff could pass between them (poor kitchen design?). The food, which was a little slow, met or exceeded our expectations. We'll be back."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "My son had a burger on his birthday. He always likes the Family Meal burger. My wife was not too hungry and was quite happy with the scallop appetizer and a salad. I had a nice piece of red snapper with fava beans and "not your typical mushrooms". Not something I often (ever) have at home and I cook a lot. Nice sides of brussel sprouts and collard greens. Split the donuts for dessert with a nice cappuccino, mine fortified with a taste of Amaretto. Will continue to visit this restaurant for very good, somewhat different, but not a pretentious "higher end" food and restaurant experience"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This restaurant is owned and operated by a celebrity chef who was a contestant on "Top Chef." The menu is not particularly extensive, but everything we ate was interesting, innovative and delicious. The locale is away from the historic district in Frederick, MD so if sightseeing is part of your evening out you'll need to move your car. The service was excellent. Everyone worked together serving and clearing dishes. Our waiter was a great help in choosing drinks, appetizers, entrees and dessert. He really understood the menu and preparation."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We love it even more every time we go. The service is terrific, and every dish we got was delicious once again. The braised greens are amazing, and the fried chicken reminds one of how fried chicken used to taste. We never have room for dessert. I bet it is great as well."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We go here quite often becuase we always know it will be great."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Family Meal makes their own pastrami & it takes 5 days to make so when they were out of it recently, they couldn't just make more. I was disappointed because it is wonderful, tender and flavorful. The smoked BBQ I had instead was a worthy replacement. This is a high-end diner to be sure but well worth the experience,I believe."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Delightful beet salad, red snapper was delicious. Fresh succotash!! Husband finally gave in and tried the fried chicken and Mac and cheese (huge to share!) "can we move here?" Yeah, that incredible. Chess pie dessert was okay. Server was terrific, as were all staff. Our go-to restaurant whenever we are in Frederick....also a reason to go to Frederick!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Great place for a quick bite. Always great tasting food and a fun place to take my daughters."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Basic ingredients paired and prepared just right, and bursting with flavor. The pulled pork BBQ and apple slaw was tangy, smoky, tart and a little sweet. They offer an inventive take on Smith Island cake that is better than most."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food was a serious disappointment. Everything on the menu sounded good, but the food was bland - the roasted root vegetable salad was without character and the omelet I had reminded me of airplane food. Friendly service, and a pleasing diner-like setting though."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Took my son here early Sunday (7 am) after a Scout's Night at the Frederick Keys ballpark. He had his pancakes which he enjoyed and was treated to some extra whip cream when he saw the whip cream on top of my pancakes. The waitress was pleasant throughout the meal. A small hiccup was us sitting on the "alcohol" side of the bar which was a no-no. We moved to the side of the bar seating where alcohol was not on visible display, the seating was unchanged. At some point may try other meals."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My husband and I drive from suburban DC to eat at Family Meal. The food is excellent, as is the service. During a recent visit the scallop appetizer was one of the best dishes we have ever eaten. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Good fried chicken. No crab at a maryland restaurant was a disappointment for a visitor to that state! Dirty dishes remained on the table for way too long. Flies were everywhere on patio dining."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great vibe. Great service. Great food. Heard good things about Family Meal and it met my expectations."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Have been to the restaurant many times and feel it is not as good as when it originally opened, maybe due to the Chef being occupied in Montgomery County with his new restaurants. Ordered a crab salad with avocado, I was served two grilled pieces of roman lettuce, some shredded crab and could not find the avocado until I realized it was pureed and smeared on the plate under the lettuce. Not my idea of a salad."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We are regulars there and love all the food and drinks. Normally we love our service as well but it seems we got the "lazy" waitress on Wednesday. The bus crew brought our water drinks and food while I could clearly see our sever not doing much of anything in the back corner. Also she brought me boxes when normally the server boxes food for you and also asks about small containers for any sauces. We ended up having to leave some of our left overs there because she only brought one small box. Whole we we still come back for the great food we hope we get one of our regular servers instead."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We were looking for a very casual restaurant after our day of walking around Frederick. We are fans of Volt and wanted to try this low key place. The service was good, it was warming outside than I thought so after the hostess sat us outside I requested for an inside table. No worries. The decor is clean lines and contemporary which I like, but at 5:00 when we got there the sun was extremely hot and I was dying. The blinds do nothing to block the sun so I toughed it out. There were 4 couples that came in after us and they also asked to move away from the window booths since it was so hot. I had the meatloaf, a real treat, VERY salty…my boyfriend had the halibut and said it was over cooked and also found it salty. Disappointed."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We try to make lunch on Saturday or Sunday most weekends. The food is consistently spot on and the service is bright, enthusiastic and professional. We appreciate that the restaurant takes reservations as we drive up from Gaithersburg and we also appreciate that we are never disappointed!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014