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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

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (49)
Comfort Food (36)
Great for Lunch (32)
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Fit for Foodies (28)
Worth the Drive (26)
Sunday Lunch (25)
Bar Seating (23)
Fun (23)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Good for a Date (22)
Kid-friendly (19)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Great for Brunch (16)
Local Ingredients (14)
Good for Groups (12)
Authentic (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Great Beer (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Business Meals (3)
Cozy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Healthy (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The service was really great and the chicken pot pie fritters are a must for an appetizer! Duck fat french fries are a very generous portion, plenty for sharing, and fried perfectly.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 22, 2017

My wife and I were on our way to a “Casting Crowns” concert at the fairgrounds, so we stopped at this restaurant for dinner prior to the concert. The meals were well prepared and very tasty; the flavors were overwhelmingly good! The only downside to our experience was the delivery of lukewarm coffee, not just once, but twice, to our table. We highly recommend that you try this place, if we are ever in the area again (we live an hour away), we will definitely stop by again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I have high expectations of Family Meal and they were met. The complexities of flavors in the seemingly simplest dishes are exceptional. The service is attentive and highly professional.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great old school dining experience. Minimalist menu, but all delicious. The deviled eggs are a must.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The menu was just what I wanted. Comfort food - great fried chicken. Our waitress was outstanding with her service and recommendations. I like the casual dining atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Fun, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Overall a good dining experience. We were a party of two for lunch. We had reservations and we're promptly seated. Service throughout the meal was above average, the wait staff was knowledge and able to answer our questions in reference to the menu. We shared the hoecakes appetizer, five silver dollar pancakes topped with pimento cheese and shredded pickled carrots. Very different and very good. We both ordered sandwiches - chicken salad and a Reuben. Both were served with two pickle disks. Unfortunately the bottom slice of bread on the Reuben was very wet and not eaten by my guest , otherwise a great sandwich. The chicken salad was good but sort of plain, just shredded chicken, mayo, celery on toasted wheat with lettuce and tomato.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Everything we ate (Brussels sprout salad, Arugula salad, Deviled eggs, Duck fat fries, Pastrami sandwich, Omelette, FRIED CHICKEN) was seriously delicious!!! Really, the best Fried Chicken EVER!!! We will definitely be back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Casual
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 4, 2017

We discovered Family Meal on Yelp while looking for somewhere to stop on our way home from D.C. It had amazing reviews so we were excited to give it a try but I should've known from the moment we walked in the door that our experience was not going to be like everyone else's. The hostess was overwhelmed with greeting people, answering the phone, stuffing menus and seating people. It took her a few minutes to acknowledge that we were even standing there and ended up seating us in the restaurant when we asked for the patio.

Once we were seated our server asked us what we wanted to drink but never introduced herself or even asked if we had visited the restaurant before. She came back 10 minutes later with our coffee then took our lunch order. To be honest, she seemed more concerned with filling up with water bottles they use then she was with connecting with her tables and giving them a positive experience. We ended up waiting 45 minutes for our food and not only did our server NEVER come over to acknowledge the wait we never even saw a manager. Plus to top it off we didn't receive an apology for the wait. Instead we were given a plate of deviled eggs because "our food was taking longer than expected". When it did arrive the toast on my chicken salad sandwich was hard as rock and there were multiple bones in the actual chicken salad itself. Additionally, our server never checked back to see how everything was. She didn't return until I flagged her down to get the check so we could pay for the overpriced meal and finally leave after being there for two hours. If I'm ever in Frederick again I will make sure to steer clear of Family Meal and will be telling our family and friends to do the same.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We've eaten here many times before, but didn't feel as if the food was up to par on our last visit.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

I ordered the fried chicken which was amazing. I loved the side of pickles and hot sauce. My husband ordered the shrimp and grits which was fresh and so good. We also had a side of french fries and the spinach. Everything was excellent and we would highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

I love this place! The food was great. I loved my cocktail! Will be back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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