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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MN
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fantastic service (Monica). My Brian’s Burger was missing the fried egg. I didn’t tell the sever because it wasn’t life-ending & we were starving. Other than that great burger!

RG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Best oatmeal in town! Never had a bad meal there. Host/Hostess desk can be improved in terms of service but overall, it’s an exceptional breakfast spot.

B
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family at Family Meal. Celebrating my family being here and my son and his girlfriend moving back! We started with Family Meal’s insanely good duck fat fries with the special sauces. Then we all had various salads with either salmon or chicken - roasted vegetable and beet and Mediterranean- all wonderful. My younger son loved his braised beef rib. I ordered roasted vegetables too. Black Forest trifle - yummmmmm for dessert!! Great meal! The best In Family I’m so grateful to have!

KK
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was wonderful! Our food was delicious! The whole experience was great!

HM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We’ve enjoyed other Bryan Voltaggio restaurants and finally made it to this one. Definitely worth the drive from the DC suburbs—top quality meal at a reasonable price.

t
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Our food was god but nor memorable. My Nashville chicken sandwich was perfectly cooked and crisp but had no heat and only modest flavors. My wife’s fried catfish lost all crunch in the sauce. I still like this place and will return.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

LM
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Fried Chicken really greasy, but manager was great and took care of issue. Good service.

d
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Family Meal has been our favorite informal dining spot for years. This occasion must have been a bad day. The biscuits with the fried chicken were dry and hard. The chicken was overcooked as was the cheddar and bacon omelet. Dessert on the other hand was excellent. Noise level was loud as usual.

LW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was incredible! We all had a variety of options and loved it all! The homemade donuts are worth every calorie. Highly recommend!

DR
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place. Unique and traditional menu choices. Worth the drive from DC.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. Chicken and waffle was perfectly complimentary as usual. Great place for all meals but their breakfast is my favorite!

M
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice atmosphere and outstanding food

MO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the place!! The food was awesome, the coffee was so good! I totally will visit again.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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n
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit, prob won't be the last. Food was great. Kitchen was a tad slow, but waitress and manager both apologized(acknowledgement goes a long way). Drinks were outstanding also.

DB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

We drive from Potomac, MD to Family Meal in Frederick for the past 10 years.
It has been slipping for the past 2-3 years.
We will not be making another deliberate trip to Frederick for Family Meal.
Sadly,
Daniel & Carolyn Buckingham

RM
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

My husband ordered the Ryan's burger and I ordered the double stack. My husband's burger came out just the way he ordered it and he said it was very good. I asked for my burger to be well-done but when it came out it was mostly raw! Our waiter did not come back to check on us for a very long time so I finally asked another waiter, who was passing by, and showed him my burger. He took it back to the kitchen, and after several minutes our waiter finally came to ask if I wanted another burger. By that time, my husband had just about finished his burger. I know mistakes happen, but it seemed like it took forever for our waiter to come and try to resolve the issue. It was frustrating to just sit and wait for someone to come fix the problem. I was disappointed and honestly, pretty grossed out by having raw ground beef on my plate. Very thankful I cut the burger in half before taking a bite of it! I am sure their food is good, and had the service been better, I may have been able to eat some of it.

BF
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg another awesome meal. Everything tasted great as always.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

We were seated 35 minutes after our reservation time. After that service was great; but the restaurant didn’t do anything to make up for the delay. The hostess was clearly overwhelmed and was not empowered to help us, or, it seems, even trained to deal with those kinds of situations.

e
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I love this place! The only thing that bothers me every time is the temperature. Up front it's always too warm and at the back, while more comfortable, much cooler. Not sure what you can do with all those windows, but it's the only negative I have and I notice it every time I'm there! Food and service is outstanding!!

CR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

SC
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family Meal is one of my go to spots, especially with the kids. The food and service are always great and the menu changes frequently. It’s the perfect spot if you want a more elevated meal than chains and provides great options for the kids too.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

They changed a few of our favorite salads (bring back the other beet salad please) but overall a positive experience.

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were very impressed with our experience at Family Meal. The location is deceiving but the food, ambience and service were great! We accidentally arrived during happy hour and the specials were totally worth it! We loved the more casual atmosphere for high quality food. We’ll definitely be back!

B
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We all had salads with crispy yummy awesome salad. My son had the hummus Mediterranean salad- he said awesome, girlfriend had beet and goat cheese which I love too and yes excellent and I had the roasted veggie- yummmm! And we all had great desserts!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not as good as I remember. However, it feels more like a brunch kind of place. I’ve enjoyed that in the past.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was great. It was just a lunch date with friends and we enjoyed the meal and desserts. The appetizer of onion rings were fresh and the dipping sauce was delicious.

CS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drink! Large portions and very tasty! Our only negative is that they sat us in a booth adjacent to the entrance. So every time a patron opened the door, the cold air was on us and it was freezing out that night. Plus everyone who was waiting for a table was staring at us. Probably the worst table in the restaurant but it wasn't that big of a deal. They should put up a screen.

MB
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great burger. Waiter was very attentive. Kid-friendly.

B
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
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 on November 9, 2019
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
10 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
32 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

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