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About 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.

882 North East Street
Frederick, MD 21701
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Open Daily, Monday-Sunday
Breakfast: 7:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
Lunch: 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Dinner: 4:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 378-2895

Website:
http://www.voltfamilymeal.com/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Family Meal Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (47)
Casual (43)
Fit for Foodies (37)
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Creative Cuisine (32)
Great for Lunch (31)
Sunday Lunch (28)
Great for Brunch (24)
Bar Seating (23)
Fun (22)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Good for a Date (21)
Kid-friendly (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Local Ingredients (18)
Authentic (15)
Hot Spot (15)
Good for Groups (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Cozy (12)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Business Meals (9)
Great Beer (9)
Healthy (9)
Quick Bite (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Seasonal (7)
Afternoon Coffee (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Romantic (4)
Organic (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
People Watching (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

Very good. We had the fried potatoes (French fries) as an appetizer. The sauces were delicious. Everyone was getting the potatoes. The fried chicken was good. The meatloaf was good. The ambiance normally would not be that good but the snow falling outside the huge windows was a really cool scene. The service was the best part. Attentive, quick, in rhythm. A good experience. $19 for meatloaf... a little pricey. We recommend going here. Next time, it’s the double burger for me.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

What a wonderful meal! Delicious food served by a friendly and knowledgable waiter. Fourth time dining there and have enjoyed it every time!

Tags: Spicy, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Casual, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Best fried chicken EVER!
awesome onion rings!
amazing banana split!
They also have wonderful salads... lol

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Sunday evening dinner before the movie; arrived early before reservation time and was promptly seated early. Food arrived quickly, was hot and excellent. Bit of a lag in attention between the meal and dessert. Always a great place to eat.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I keep going back hoping it will be good but they always seem to disappoint. I really think it's time for me to just give up. This particular day, it literally felt like we were eating cafeteria food. The chicken salad was so bland. I'm not sure consistency exists here because things never taste the same. They did a play on a fast food burger that made the fast food burger look more appealing. The water was warm and just... gross. Once I asked for chicken on my kale salad and they served me a kale salad with a whole breast, bones and all, on top. Another time I went to sit at the bar when they asked me if I could wait at the front because they had reserved the bar for someone else... but agreed when I said I thought it was first come, first serve. I left that night, and should have never returned. The service has never been good. I mean, I literally do not know where they find their employees. I love Volt, so I just don't understand how Family Meal is just so, so sad.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Really pleased to see Huevos Rancheros back on the brunch menu, and this updated version is even better than the original one, substituting corn meal fritters for the tortilla.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Had another awesome dinner. Food was great and service was great. Love coming here whenever I can.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We are Sunday morning regulars and everything was exceptional as always.

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Awesome meal - but way to loud. it was a fun environment but really hard to hear. It was fire and ice weekend so maybe that was the reason. We will be back though.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Fried chicken is the bomb. BFD is the next time treat.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Our waiter as usual was attentive to our needs , informative , smiling and happy , consummate professional

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Lunch was fabulous as always. My friend visiting had the chicken and I had the shrimp and grits and we shared. The chicken was hot and fresh. The shrimp were cooked perfectly. Hubby had the burger, juicy and delicious as always. Oh—-plus we ordered the duck fat fries for her to try. They were hot and crispy and come with yummy dipping sauces.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I had a great meal, and the prices are a good value. The fried chicken is probably one of the best I have ever eaten. The hostess was awesome, a part of our party was late for our reservation, but she seated us anyway. The other "hit" were the chicken pot pie fritters...AMAZING! I was not impressed with the duck fat fries, I honestly can't understand why so many reviewers raved about them. I think the fries at Five Guys are 10x better. The other miss were the deviled eggs, not very flavorful at all. I will absolutely go again when in the Frederick area.

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Have been to Family Meal three times and each has been incredible. The food is amazing and I don’t think there is a bad choice to be had. The Duck fat fries are amazing and we would even make the trip just for those

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Must try. Food is fantastic. Atmosphere is great. Service is outstanding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Fun menu and spot. Accommodated some picky eaters easily Excellent service.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Delicious vegan options and very nice waitress!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We have been going to Family Meal for awhile now. The service we had was the worst ever!! It took over 10 min to get served water and the waitress never even apologized. The fried chicken is still delicious though and the cocktails are to die for.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We eat here at least 2 times per month. Family Meal is always consistent and enjoyable.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Authentic, Hot Spot, Cozy, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Comfort Food, Fun, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The food was disappointing. Lacking flavor and the presentation was bland too. The noise level precluded any conversation without shouting.

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·Dined on January 20, 2018

Booths too small for four people and waitstaff not accommodating to friend with back injury who needed a chair rather than a booth even though we had a reservation and asked for a chair when it was made.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We arrived to find the store Super busy as it seems to be like most good restaurants on Saturday nights - we were seated About Thirty Minutes late on our reservation of 715. The store did offer a round of complimentary drinks as a gesture of apology which we appreciated but they took 15 minutes to get.
Our Waitress was overwhelmed and service was very slow and our table was left unattended for long period time - although she was nice and did seem to try. But for a $300 dinner I expect decent service even if on a busy Saturday night.
Not enough supervision was evident of the servers in my opinion. One of four entree’s was woefully late to the table while the other three were finishing. We finished our bottle of wine and the server never noticed or cared to check.
I’ve Been eating at Family Meal for years, and I’m sure we will go back at some point - just a bad night I guess.

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Have been there before but invited two new friends who loved the place and the food. The only negative and maybe it's a misunderstanding on my part, of the people who serve you coffee and water but then after waiting a longer time then I was used to for someone to take our order, another person showed up to take it.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2018

The place was packed at lunch time. Hamburger and fries were awesome!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Normally a really good spot, particularly for breakfast. Brought some out of town guests and had multiple issues.

1. Not busy at all, servers walked past our table for 15 minutes before acknowledging our existence. 2/3rds of the tables were empty for reference.
2. Espresso machine broken... no big deal... but coffee refills were cold. Why serve cold coffee? Be better.
3. Server seemed ill-equipped to do the job. Confused about basic menu items, difficulty pouring water without spilling everywhere, etc.

As someone who has been to this location a dozen or more times, I was extremely disappointed. I guess I expect more. The food was at least fairly decent, of not hastily prepared

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Amazing food. Awesome waite staff. Comfort food at its finest. Another Voltaggio restaurant that doesn't disappoint!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Love the atmosphere!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We love Family Meal it is one if our favorite places to dine. This was not our best experience. The corned beef in the Reuben sandwich was tough and dried out and the biscuits that accompanied the chicken dinner were over baked and hard..... We were disappointed but that will not keep us from returning....we understand everyone has off days!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I love the menu and vibe of this restaurant. The fried chicken dish is my favorite. However, this meal was different from others in the past. The chicken skin was dry and not as flavorful as I remember. The biscuits were bland and I missed the little cup of pickled veggies. The two pickle chips were sad compared to the little cup of yummy I have had at past visits. The deviled eggs and pot pie fritters were delicious! Our server was attentive and timely. I still love Family Meal and will go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent meal as always !! Service was fantastic as well !!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Fun, Cozy, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 9, 2018

First time here. The menu is rather limited and wants to highlight comfort foods. Not sure it achieves that. I ordered the burger. It was cooked just right between MR and M. The fries were crispy and well portioned. But it seems that what was once limited to NYC prices for burgers has now become accepted wherever I go around the country. Fifteen dollars for a burger and fries is the going rate minimum. Granted, the grass-fed, organic, cage-free beef is nice. The taste is always noticeable and appreciated. But is that cost sustainable? Especially in a place like this that passes itself off as a family restaurant offering comfort food, $15 burgers will set you back fast along with most other menu items at or above that price. Mind you, this is not a rant just against Family Meal. But specifically, for those kinds of prices, I'd like my atmosphere at bit more than diamond-plate steel siding and concrete floors. The open bar and kitchen don't offset these, nor do the heavy wood tables that look like they were cut from old bowling alleys. The décor mash just doesn't work.

The place was not busy and service started out rather slowly. But once the order was placed, attention was appropriate.

Probably won't be back. I suspect this is Chef Voltaggio's proving ground. He owns a number of other restaurants in town, all quite expensive. I'll probably wait until Restaurant Week to try another one at a somewhat more reasonable price.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Very disappointing. Food was overpriced and undeseasoned and poorly thought out. Service was poor and it was expensive. Will not return

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Best fried chicken I've ever had, great atmosphere and really enjoyed ourselves. Service seemed slow, but the restaurant was very busy and I did like not being rushed once I was finished with food. I stayed for 3 hours with no pressure to leave so they can have an open table. I will definitely be back

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

As always, the food and the service were a treat.

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We love Family Meal. The food is so delicious and the price is perfect!

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Casual, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We swung by Family Meal for a quick lunch on a roadtrip and it was super tasty. The atmosphere is a little cold and sterile, but the cuisine is comfort-food with creative flair and it is delicious. We got the chicken pot pie fritters, the pimento cheese hoecakes, the fried chicken and biscuits, a kale caesar salad, and carrot ginger soup - all of it was tasty. The mulled wine was also delicious. We are happy we stopped at Family Meal and would consider popping by again.

Tags: Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Family Meal never disappoints me! The food was creative and delicious. The service was great! Can’t wait to go back. I just wish it was in Rockville.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Coffee, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food and service was amazing! The fried chicken and meatloaf were some of the best I've had. Also, the prices were very reasonable for the quality of food.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Fun, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was very good. The atmosphere is average as the restaurant is located in a former car dealership I think. Plenty of parking available. We dined on New Years Eve and the restaurant was festive with decorative lighting and lots of people enjoying their meals.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always delicious, always consistent. We love Family Meal.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Cozy, Healthy
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