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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "As the restaurant's building was originally a car dealership, windows dominate two walls of the space. The sun filtering shades, installed on only one wall of windows, do a woefully inadequate job of blocking out early July's glare and heat. Our party of four was uncomfortable at both booth locations we tried. The selection of adult milkshakes looks yummy. We asked to have a virgin version of one, but our waiter told us we'd be charged full price as no emplyee had the ability to authorize such a change. Really?! In spite of these glitches, our party of four enjoyed a very good meal and will likely return, requesting an interior table or sitting at the bar."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Family Meal has a casual, open layout that matches it's menu. Comfort food staples and twists on American favorites plus more unique items like boozy milkshakes. I started out with a strong cocktail and ordered the chicken pot pie fritters and the tacos. The chicken pot pie fritters are a must-try! Rich but not heavy. The entrees (tacos and shrimp po boy) had a great presentation and you could tell the ingredients were fresh. However, for both, I felt that they were lacking in sauce, which made them seem as though they were lacking in flavor. I found myself searching around for one more ingredient like avocado to give it a little something extra and had to settle for salt to help bring out flavor. Service was awesome! Definitely Recommend!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Yes, the fried chicken is very good, and the scallion biscuits, too. Pimento cheese on hoecakes is a great starter, tarted up with some pork. And there's pork (high-level bacon bits) on the deviled eggs too. This is comfort food that is cooked with care. One of the standouts is the reasonably priced cocktail menu - $8 for a crafted drink - no sour mix or jugs in sight. Service was sluggish, even after telling our server we were trying to make an event he did not take our order right away. But we will be back anyway for the food and the cool (converted Nissan dealership) space."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "What can you say about a restaurant that brings in a huge TV for the parking lot allowing everyone to gather to cheer on the US vs. Belgium game? Great. Sitting outside with drink in hand. Then moving inside for a great dinner. The only thing that was wrong was that the US lost. But our goalie won the day. So did Family Meal."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The food was wonderful, everything was very tasty. The bar service was slightly slow, but our waitress did a great job of keeping us all happy."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food was outstanding. We were lucky we were seated outside where it was relatively quiet, and we could enjoy our meal. When we walked through the restaurant to use the restrooms, we were appalled by the noise."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I have been at Family Meal several times for breakfast and always enjoyed it. We have moved away and came to visit friends and they said " where should we go for breakfast" and I recommended FM. DISAPPOINTED. What a weird menu. No more breakfast plates, hard to figure out, too many a la carte items that really drives up the price, coffee not as good, you have to have 3 eggs ( who needs 3 eggs?), the grits were cold most of the way through. Sorry. Will recommend but with reservaions."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Family Meal is one of my favorite places to dine and send guests to in Frederick."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We really enjoy our dinners here even though we tend to order the same things. We just love the Duck Fat Fried Potatoes with dipping sauces and Fried Chicken with buttermilk biscuits. Great relaxed atmosphere, excellent service and delicious food."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This was my first time at Family Meal. We had onion rings that were great, then fried chicken and collards. The generous serving of chicken was delicious and the collards had lots of flavor. Our only complaint was they were a little tough. Could have been cooked a little longer. We had a wonderful meal and will be back to try other selections."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Second time here, brought the whole family now. Had some coloring material for the kids. My daughter had the pancakes, my son the waffles with whip cream. This time unlike last time the restaurant offered cups with lids, hopefully this will continue....The food was very good and it was quiet (830 on a Sun AM). The service was professional and polite. Again if the restaurant is crowded then it will be noisy due to the open construction and reflective materials. Recommended (certainly for Breakfast)."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We have never had a bad meal or experience at Family Meal. As always it was outstanding."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "First, lots of free parking. Hostess greeted us and Justin seated us right away. Justin is the politest and most thorough waiter I have had in some time. Explained the menu and beverages. He always addressed us as sir and miss(how nice- usually I am called "ma'am- if called anything at all). I had a very tasty fried green tomato po-boy, The tomatoes were nicely fried- not greasy at all and the pimento cheese complemented them well. My friend had the huge pastrami sandwich- he said it was great - but so large- he took half home. We shared the fresh strawberry pie-I strongly advise you to try it when it is in season. We each made an 80 mile roundtrip to eat here-you should do the same!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Thought was OK not sure what the buzz is about... Seems like food is trying to be something it's not. Good service.. few healthy choices"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Once a year before the summer gets crazy I like to take work colleagues out to lunch. Two of us drove over an hour to this much talked about restaurants. I chose the fish tacos. They were good but I was a little disappointed. I live in Mt Pleasant and can have as good if not better fish tacos 5 min from my apt. We had the strawberry pie for desert also good, no complaints. I was expecting something a little more earth shattering.... I did love the plates.."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This was my first trip to Family Meal and I enjoyed the experience. The food was delicious, everyone in my group was delighted with their meals. The service was friendly and attentive. The ambiance was noisy, as it is one large room with an open kitchen, but I didn't mind."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Food was great - service was great - drinks were great... The only downfall to this visit was when we ordered de-caf, it was COLD, the server took it and then brought us another cup - unfortunately, it was caffeinated - I didn't know until after finishing the coffee, and my nervous system went "BONKERS", I'm not supposed to have caffeine."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We've been here several times before, just as a couple and a large group. The staff is more than accommodating. We changed our reservation a couple times the day of and ended up being late. They could have easily given away our table. We love this place and will go back but are gun shy to bring out of towners as we did this visit. My risotto was over salted another meal was cold. They fixed both and they were perfect. We orders shared plates which never came out and we ended up canceling. The manager was very apologetic and comped both meals and deserts. I can only chalk this up to an off nighttp:// as it sounded like there were issues in the kitchen that evening. We will totally go back but might not bring first timers."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Recently we returned to Family Meal for a second time in one month. The food was as great as the first time & the service was consistently outstanding. Shrimp & Grits + Fried Chicken not to be missed. Brian Voltaggio got this right."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Food was excellent, lots of variety and interesting choices without being too out there. Server was very friendly and informal but very attentive. Excellent cocktail list and plenty of good beers. Only real criticism (and most people probably don't find this problematic) but seriously half of the menu items have bacon in them, which I feel like is a bit of a crutch."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My wife and I live in Silver Spring and had to make a trip to Frederick. We had eaten at Family Meal and remembered their moist (on the inside) and crispy (on the outside) fried chicken, fries, brussel sprouts, etc. we returned for an improvement on that wonderful memory. My wife had the chicken again and it was everything we had remembered it to be. I had the prime rib, which made me wonder how a piece of meat could actually melt in your mouth. Best prime rib I've ever eaten, hands down. The appetizer of crab meat sitting atop a lightly braised heart of romaine lettuce was the perfect light entre to an otherwise rich and decadent meal. Don't go there to diet; go there to forget all about the term caloric intake. It's worth the splurge!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Went to Family Meal with the kids based on the positive reviews elsewhere. It is not in the prettiest part of Frederick, MD. There is ample parking at the location. We went to eat on an early Friday morning and the restaurant was almost empty leading to almost non-existent noise levels. That being said, the decor is minimalist in nature and it is an open space so if crowded I can see this space becoming quite noisy when at capacity. Since we made a reservation the coloring "mats" with crayons were ready for the kids. The kid selections were reasonably priced with a reasonable portion. The adult portions were a bit on the smaller side. The service was polite and professional. Give it a try and see if you like it too!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "What more can be said? Now typing extra words just to fill in the 50 character minimum ;-/"
    Dined on 6/12/2014