Family Meal

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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B
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dinner! Amazing beet and goat cheese salad with perfectly cooked salmon and side of roasted Brussel sprouts, butternut squash, pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries with a glass of Pinot Grigio! Perfect and incredibly affordable! Great service! Great meal!! Love this place and in 2 weeks I’ll really celebrate my bday with my son at Volt! Love both places! This was a perfect meal for me!

T
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant. The food, service, and atmosphere were all top-notch. Prices are excellent considering the quality of the food and the amount you receive.

NP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service! Servers are very friendly as are the hostesses. Food is great and comes in a timely manner.

r
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, everything was delicious and the service was great. We had the onion soup, wedge salad, fried chicken and catfish. All were perfectly prepared, hot, and tasty.

NS
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The fried chicken was not as good as I remembered it, the waiter was just o.k. He was friendly but did not ask me if I wanted a refill on my iced tea which would have been nice.

AO
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place! I made the reservation to surprise my wife and she felt in love with the place!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite breakfast spot in Frederick. Delicious food! Love that they rotate menu based on season.

JS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server and meal were both fantastic...highly recommend the Chicken & Waffles and Biscuits & Gravy were absolutely delicious. Keep up the great work, we will definitely be going back soon

BC
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Luckily we’ve been here before and love it because this was not a good experience. When walking into the restaurant there was no host at the front. Several employees walked by but nobody even acknowledged us. After about 3 minutes the host showed up and we let her know that we had a reservation. We were seated immediately and greeted by a friendly server. We ordered drinks and asked him about a few new dishes on the menu. He simply answered that he didn’t know about them because he’d never had them. After getting our drinks we ordered dinner. After about 30 minutes we asked about our food. The server apologized and said they were really busy. We could see this because we were right next to where the food was coming out and could see the only manager was the one putting all the food together for the servers. I had ordered the apple pancakes and watched them sit in that window for over 10 minutes before the rest of our order was ready. They finally brought out 3 of our 4 dishes about 48 minutes after we ordered. My pancakes were hot on the surface but very cold once I cut into them. I sent them back and then we waited for my daughter’s food to arrive. Her food came about 5-6 minutes after the rest of ours. The other 2 dishes we ordered were both cold but neither my wife or older daughter wanted to wait any longer so they ate their food. My pancakes finally arrived about 10 minutes later after everyone else had finished eating.
After all this I will say that our food was excellent despite taking close to an hour for the last dish to be delivered and longer for the dish that had to be re-made.
I fully understand the restaurant was busy but it was Friday night at 6:00 and they just seemed very overwhelmed and possibly understaffed. We don’t mind waiting for our food on a busy Friday night but this was nothing like our normal experience here. There was nothing done to even acknowledge the issues.

LS
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

we are big fans of Family Meal but lately have gotten so so service and overcooked food. there's always a reason...change in shift, sitting outside vs. inside. not sure we will return

C
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We often have breakfast at Family Meal (always outstanding!) but treated ourselves to lunch. The burger made my husband quite happy and I loved the roasted beet salad. We shared the onion rings— I think the best we have ever tasted (even as I was skeptical about a corn flake coating but am now a convert.). The bacon horseradish dip that accompanies the onion rings should be a “carry home” item. It would shine on crudités, baked potatoes, grilled meats, you name it!

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

It used to be a treat to dine at this restaurant. The drink menus were creative, the food exciting. So we returned for our anniversary dinner to find a different sort of dining experience. First off, the menu is getting stale. No new choices, and the only seafood available (other than shrimp and grits) was catfish? The drink menu was ok, but my cider drink was nothing to crow about for $11, and my wife’s Long Island Ice Tea was average at best. The frittata was badly over cooked, nearly burned, and had no accompaniment other than two tiny grape tomatoes. However, the onion rings were delicious!

Worst of all, the noise level. With only an average crowd, we could barely hear ourselves talk. I will, however, give high marks to our server, whose name I believe was Jackson. An excellent job done under the circumstances.

l
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Worst meal out that I have had for quite some time. The food quality and execution was absolutely NOT worth the cost. The proteins were over cooked, the fries were burnt, the pimento, mac-n-cheese was tasteless with almost no cheese and maybe 2 pimentos throughout..and the list goes on. Also, they were either out of, or "running short" on quite a few things.

I have been to this restaurant many times before and while the last time was not as good as the first couple times, I thought that I would try again; sadly, it has gone down hill even more. I really hope they get it together or lower the prices for the quality they are putting out.

d
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Third time eating at Family Meal. I wish this place was closer to our house because we’d go often. Two double stack burgers, one regular burger, and I had the Nashville Chicken sandwich. All of us enjoyed the meal immensely.

Fries were excellent and I love the dipping sauce options. Pimento mac ‘n cheese was the one disappointing item we ordered. Nothing special and had no sign of pimento.

Excellent local beer options on tap.

Service was a bit choppy but probably because we arrived at a shift change time.

SD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

My husband and I had two friends to join us for breakfast. Except for my husbands meal we were pleased with our food. My husband ordered 2 eggs and got 3, plus the sausage was not edible. My hotcakes were delicious. I asked for more maple syrup and received it. We generally love Family Meal any time of day and frequent the restaurant. The noise level was high on Saturday morning and we were seated next to a table of happy men...noisy men, and even talking across our table and being heard was difficult. What can be done about the noise level?

K
West Virginia
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great service !

DB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I ordered Biscuits and Gravy, there were no biscuits. My wife's order of French Toast was very sparse.

L
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall it is a nice place. Went during breakfast hours. The french toast was very different. Not sure what kind of bread that was. Reminded me of tofu. The thickness was like a harder sponge. The taste was not your traditional french toast taste either which made me sad. Certain parts you got some flavor,but, majority it was super bland and a lot of texture. For that reason, it was 4 star. It turned me off a smidge. Pancakes tasted great. No issues there. Coffee was on point and so was the cider. Server forgot about us but when we flagged him down he was nice. Server should also wait and see if anyone else needs refill before running away. It wasn't busy and the 2 times we had to go get him...my drink never got refilled and table was never asked/checked in on his end. Attentiveness needs a little help there

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food

PO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

great food always and milkshakes/adult milkshakes are absolutely the must. Not a healthy meal but well worse it.

j
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I had higher expectations for this restaurant especially since it's part of the Voltaggio brothers' restaurants. We had the deviled eggs, old bay wings and the fried chicken as appetizers. The wings were tasty but the fried chicken had no flavor, the meat was moist, but I was expecting to be wowed by what they are supposed to be known for...I ordered the pastrami sandwich since the waiter said they made it in house and put in a lot of effort to make it taste great, however, the meat was also very bland. I tried the classic burger that someone else in our table ordered and the meat itself was flavorless, even the bacon was lackluster. Perhaps my expectations were set too high, but I was certainly disappointed by the food...

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was pretty good, not great. Server not having her best day, forgetting to bring food/drink items a few times. Not sure we’ll go back with so many other options in the vicinity.

RM
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It's upscale comfort food. Prices are a bit high for 'comfort food' but justified.

PO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always great food, but could be a little noisy and waters are changing way too fast. New waiters could be somewhere annoying. Adult milkshakes are so much fun ))

f
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The overall experience is great every time. I was Disappointed in the catfish poboy though. As a native of Louisiana, it was mediocre.

LB
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful service. A lovely time with friends.

OT
Baltimore
74 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome first time experience. The blueberry pancakes were perfect. The omlett and crispy potatoes were freshly prepared and perfectly cooked. The fresh donuts, lemon meringue and cinnamon were a great take home treat. The service is what made it great all around. Our server Josh was friendly, knowledgeable, attentive, and really made it a memorable first experience. We will be back.

K
Charlotte
46 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family Meal is ALWAYS Outstanding. From the pot pie fritters to the catfish po boy. Lest I forget the duck fat fries. One of the easiest recommendations by far. The only easier Recommendation is Volt.

GP
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our time at Family Dining. The food is simple American food prepared and presented perfectly. The ambiance is casual, the service spotless, and the prices reasonable. Our server (Jake S) was helpful, friendly, and attentive without hovering. We certainly intend to add this spot to our list of regulars.

SW
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cute place! Breakfast foods seem to be their strength. My date was unimpressed with the Mac and cheese but overall, food was great, though definitely overpriced for certain items.

SH
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Saturday breakfast - what a pleasure to find a place to get a breakfast that’s not just ho-hum diner food or overpriced pastry and caffeine.

Good menu choices, nicely portioned, lots of flavor. Inventive takes on standards. Well designed clean space, brightly lit with natural light. Standout waffle/fried chicken, grits, egg burger and egg sandwich. Good cup of coffee and brunch cocktail options. We’ll return for sure.

BB
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

While the food and service are very good, I did not perceive value. Based on the cost which, taking into consideration the location, ambience and lack of included sides, is about twice as much as is merited. While I would probably recommend this restaurant to a friend, I would first explain the inordinate prices.

I
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good meal and service. Liked the half price wine and apps for happy hour!

OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience2

We usually eat at Family Meal about once a month. Normally my review would be mostly positive. On this occasion however, one item of food was not up to Family Meal standards. I ordered pancakes with a side of sausage. The pancakes were excellent, though a little short on quantity of topping (minor shortcoming). The sausage however was not edible, being very dry, tough, and containing what I assume was a high percentage of gristle. I should have sent it beck but I decided not to.

RS
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went on a busy Sunday and (fortunately) had made reservations. Got seated immediately. Service was great. Our server recited our orders (including brunch cocktails) and made sure to underscore our meals that were prepared with dietary restrictions (celiac). Great food. Will visit again.

JV
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Not thrilled with the lack of breakfast options. Nothing I couldn’t make at home. I’ll try again for lunch or dinner.

k
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Family Meal about once a week, and it's (almost) always great! We had the onion rings (legit the best you'll ever have), beet gazpacho, fried catfish, strawberry salad, and the smores dessert. That dessert was the best thing I've had at a restaurant in a long time. Family Meal chefs: please keep this one on the menu! Place is great for taking children too, and you can't beat the outdoor patio seating on a nice summer day.

EF
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was excellent as always. Staff was polite and attentive.

SG
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

This was my second time eating at Family Meal. The food was good and the table service was good, however, the host seated our party at a table that was directly in the sun. It is difficult for me to believe that the restaurant has not figured out that late afternoon sun makes some of the tables uninhabitable even with the blinds down. The host had given us a mini-lecture on showing up with 1 more person than our reservation had been for despite the fact that there was plenty of seating. I wonder whether the host sat us at the "bad" table in response to breaking a reservation rule. They did move us after I asked to be switched. The staff just seemed oblivious to the obvious problem of the sunlight.

MW
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Booth seats are just wood with no cushions. Awfully uncomfortable. Limited menu for entrees. Service was great!

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