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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

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (47)
Comfort Food (39)
Great for Lunch (33)
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Sunday Lunch (29)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Worth the Drive (27)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Great for Brunch (21)
Kid-friendly (21)
Fun (21)
Bar Seating (21)
Good for a Date (21)
Local Ingredients (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Authentic (12)
Special Occasion (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Business Meals (5)
Healthy (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Great Beer (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Seasonal (4)
Cozy (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Organic (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Notable Wine List (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

Wow another great lunch. Food and service were great. Always love it when i can get in

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

There for Sunday brunch, limited breakfast options. Very limited healthy options which is not surprising as this is essentially southern comfort food.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food
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food3
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service5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Sat at the bar this time andvreceived great service from Allie who was also fun to talk to. Food as always was wonderful. Restaurant does get noisy and drafty. Definitely recommend. F

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was great and the service was excellent. Reservation was made online with ease.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Fabulous! Awesome staff and delicious food!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Duck fat fries were delicious...love that they used a real fat to cook them in!
deviled eggs were creamy and cooked perfectly
meatloaf was pretty tasty but could've used a bit more sriracha sauce

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great food and amazing service

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Nice open, light-filled space; interesting menu; diverse clientele, from families to seniors to hipsters to business folk. Lots of free parking make this a huge bonus for Frederick - an upscale atmosphere, good food and no-hassle parking.

Tags: Bar Seating, Healthy, Casual, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Afternoon Coffee
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food4
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great job accommodating our three year old
Great food and really good cocktails
Local favorite

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Family Meal is the best diner....period! Great service, friendly staff, great food. You will order something you ate your whole life and discover that you never knew what it was supposed to taste like until now.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Casual, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Excellent food and fabulous service! The duck fat fries and fried chicken are my go to and they never disappoint!

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great fried chicken and tasty salads. Milkshakes are a special splurge!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

What a great place for comfort food. Really warm and inviting, some families with great kids, a few small groups - like a neighborhood place should be. Spicy chicken sandwich and the house-cured pastrami were excellent! A latte to finish and everything was perfect.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Always a great meal. We love their chicken pot pie fritters.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Unfortunately, Family Meal did not live up to the hype. We expected so much more from a Voltaggio. The service was lethargic, the food only alright and the ambiance was boring. Could you throw some pictures on the wall? And despite the dining room being half empty, the hostess was sure to tell us that she would typically not seat us without a reservation made at least 2 hours ahead of time (ours was made about 30 minutes before seating). For a restaurant that looks to be in an old car dealership, with poor signage and overall only OK everything, the staff was quite pretentious. We have been fans of the owner for years, even meeting him at several events. We were so disappointed in our experience. Two quick improvements: sweep the floors and watch how you salt the food!

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I wanted to like Family Meal so much more than I did. My husband and I had an early dinner just when the dinner menu was available at 4:00p. We got off to a good start with some interesting and tasty cocktails (our favorites were Chaild’s Play and Greyjoy). We shared the chicken pot pie fritters which are a great idea in theory but didn’t quite live up to our expectations based on other reviews. Our entrees were good but nothing really special (meatloaf and chopped salad with a salmon add on). The Tiramisu dessert was good, but again, nothing really memorable. Our purpose for driving to Frederick was specifically to try this restaurant but, for us, it didn’t live up to the hype.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Food was very good. Brussels sprouts just okay. Didn't like dressing on chopped salad-too tart.
It took a while for anyone to serve us. Once we were there for a while, we had several people serving.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Afternoon Tea, Paleo Friendly, Great for Brunch, Great Beer
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The flavor of the food was great and gave a different approach towards tasting. enjoyed the beer selection.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We’ve been here many times, quality and value keep constant. Kudos, we’ll be back for more :)

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Restaurant is in an old car dealership, it is not super fancy nor is it low end, its a good family restaurant with comfort food with a little twists and good quality. Our server was friendly and helpful, its about 40 minutes from our house and I would definitely make the drive again to go back, however it was very busy so i was glad that I made a reservation. At the time of this review, the appetizers were on average between like $5-7 and the entrees were in the $14-20 price range. So the food was quite affordable. Some of the best onion rings I have ever had. All the other food was good as well.

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Don't live in the area but was there after a 5K nearby. Was disappointed in the food and the service was awful. The staff seemed overwhelmed and was unable to deliver refills on coffee and water when reminded multiple time. I would not recommend.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Our server had a wonderful personality and made us laugh. We enjoyed our delicious breakfast. We ate a mushroom omelet with home fries, pancakes with apple compote, and a breakfast sandwich with grits. They were out of French toast which is my favorite breakfast item.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The staff was very friendly and accompanied our request to change our reservation to an early time. The food was fantastic. Our server, Devon, was amazing. He offered service beyond expected!! Kudos to Devon!!!

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

We were in town from Orlando, Florida and found this restaurant through the Frederick Visitors Guide in our hotel. We immediatly loved the ambiance and the atmosphere of the restaurant. The server made sure to ask if this was our first visit and make suggestion accordingly. The food was VERY very good and the portions were such that we shared an entreé and a side and had left-overs to take back to the hotel with us. The service was equally amazing as was the price. In fact we loved our dinner experience so much we returned the next afternoon for lunch.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

The food was awesome from beginning to end. Our waiter was outstanding and attentive. We liked that the manager walked to each table to ask how we were doing. The booths were a tight fit for 4 and we are average size. Other than that, you will walk away with a very happy palette.

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

The worst waitress we have had at any restaurant ever. Seemed annoyed we were there. Would come by and ask "Is everything ok?" and then just keep walking before any response was given. We said "hello" when she approached the table, she asked "what do you need." We even asked if there was something wrong, and she just said "No" and continues ride service. This was my first experience at Family Meal and possibly my last. I do not pay to go out to eat to be felt we are inconveniencing the staff.

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

This was my 2nd visit to Family Meal and I had been mad at myself for not trying the fried chicken on my first visit since half of our table the first time tried it and totally raved about it. I was so disappointed. It had absolutely no flavor and I ended up taking most of it home. On a side note - my husband, who had tried it the first time, ate some of my leftovers and agreed that it was awful. He said that it was nothing like the meal he had when we went the first time so maybe it was just an off night.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Our daughter goes to school in Frederick, when we visit and take her to eat we often go to Family Meal. We always enjoy it.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 15, 2017

For some reason, service was much slower than normal. Otherwise the food was excellent as usual.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food was just so so, heard such good reviews of the restaurant was disappointed in the over all quality of the food,not very creative or unique in any way. took about 45 minutes to get an appetizer after asking the waiter twice as to the long wait was told its on its way. waited another 20 minutes for entree's after telling the waiter to cancelle the order if not ready to serve us. my real issue was that every table around us whom arrived after us was served before us,and the restaurant was not very busy. Really disappointed dinning experience.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great atmosphere, love the design of the place, great food. Waitress wasn't very friendly, didn't refill water or coffee or ask if we wanted a second cocktail. Had to flag her down to get basic service. Food, drinks, and atmosphere definitely made up for her poor service though, so we will return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Overall great place with interesting food and fabulous drinks! I would’ve given it five stars but our appetizer and one meal, while delicious were cold in the center. Lots of kids so we will come back during school hours or later next time but really good food and drinks!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2017

When it comes to friend chicken, FAMILY MEAL never disappoints! Went there for lunch and we had the chicken, along with Pastrami and a Ham Sandwich. The food was delicious--I could eat this chicken nearly every day! Luke, our waiter, was gracious and charming--and very attentive. One of my favorite places to go for a great meal!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Creative food. Good service with friendly staff. Ambience casual chic update to former car show room. Value excellent. Really swell, great fun! Go already!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 4, 2017

As always, this is a good choice for a local meal. There are new items added to the menu and the squash soup is outstanding. Another favorite is the Russel sprouts. I am a regular customer.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Took my 98 year old grandfather to lunch who is very critical on food and he loved Family Meal. The pastrami was good and the double decker burger is incredible. Plurge for the Duck Fat Fries too. Incredible

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Went to family meal for my birthday brunch. Getting seated was a bit of a challenge- not the hostesses fault- they can't see from the station when there are tables available! Really bad design.. The food was fantastic though and our waitress was great!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

When Family Meal first opened my wife and I ate there several times. I remember it was always crowded and reservations were a must. Now that a few years have gone by, I enjoy it much more. Walk-ins are possible now and there is definitely a more calm vibe going on. The menu is great and beer/wine menu is good.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Always a go-to when lace. Meets my need when I want to go lol calls. Tasty, good food.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

I'm from North Carolina and every time I visit my daughter who lives in Jefferson, we have breakfast there1

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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