VOLT

4.7
4988 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
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VOLT offers guests a menu of modern American cuisine. “The focus of our cuisine is based on classic flavor combinations, creating sophisticated dishes that emphasize purity and seasonal flavors that are based on fundamental and innovative cooking techniques.” said Voltaggio. VOLT’s relationship with local artisan farmers ensures availability of products to fulfill the philosophy behind the menu, in a refined, historic venue where classic meets modern. By design, the restaurant follows along the original footprint of the mansions first floor parlors. Both the 38 seat main dining room and the bar/lounge open off the foyer. The original mosaic tile in the foyer was the inspiration behind the warm monochromatic color pallet that adorns the finishes in VOLT. Private dining can be hosted in the conservatory offering views of the expansive courtyard. The 700 square foot kitchen afforded space to include up to 20 guests.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Lounge: Tuesday - Friday: 3:00 - close: Saturday - Sunday 11:30am - close
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Phone number
(301) 696-8658
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Bryan Voltaggio
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Private party facilities
Private dining and meeting space is available in our Conservatory. The Conservatory seats between 6 - 12 persons. In the conservatory we offer audio | visual capabilities for presentations.
In addition to our Conservatory, we have the option of hosting your event in the Gallery. The Gallery showcases a collection of local artists work and can accommodate events up to 32 persons.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 2nd and 3rd Street
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Parking details
We offer complimentary parking starting at 5:00PM. Our lot is located adjacent to the front entrance to VOLT, off Market Street. Off street parking is also available in the Church Street Deck - located at 17 E. Church Street. Directions to entrance on Church Street:
From Market Street, take a right onto Church Street, then immediate left into parking garage.
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Special events & promotions
VOLT is available for private parties and our dedicated dining team is on hand to assist in planning your event. Everything from menu selection to wine pairings can be custom designed for a memorable occasion.
We offer a number of settings for your private event.
The Conservatory is available for parties of up to 12 guests.
Audio/visual capabilities are available in the conservatory.
Chef's Dining Room can be reserved for parties of up to 20 guests.
The lounge may be available for larger parties.
Audio/visual capabilities are available.

For a wedding reception, social affair or corporate event, we offer the possibility of exclusive use of the restaurant. We can accommodate up to 70 guests for a seated dinner and 175 guests for a cocktail reception and provide the full attention of our entire staff.

To discuss availability and pricing please contact VOLT at (301) 696-8658.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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CS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Servers had extensive knowledge of preparation, ingredients along with the pairings. Jeremy was more than happy to explain and answer any questions.
We could not have been happier with the evening!

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SC
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal at Volt. This was our first time for brunch and it was amazing. The shrimp and grits were ridiculously good. The service and food were top notch. We will definitely make Volt a regular for brunch.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Once we got seated all was great. We had reservations but was told to wait in bar then I had to complain to get waited on for drinks. Once I complained, however, the service was great. Unfortunately, this has happened 2 out of 3 times. Meal was delicious and table service excellent

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c
Washington DC
170 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love watching the cooks and chefs working in the open kitchen! I have no idea how everything come together so wonderfully but it just does. The food is a pleasure to look at and to eat, with beautiful colors and delicious layers of flavors and textures. he wine gut really knows his job - give him a price range and he'll, fine a wine to complement your food perfectly!

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TY
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Volt has been on my "bucket list" for awhile. I was thrilled to be going to celebrate my birthday. The team at Volt is amazing. We were dressed very casually and though business casual is preferred, they seated us and treated us wonderfully. The food is an experience, which is what I wanted. The main course - monkfish and rockfish were underwhelming. All else was incredible and worth the cost and experience.

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EC
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner - great attention to detail - everything was perfect. Service was impeccable everything tasted delicious. Bathroom was super clean. Bar was small but had a great conversation with the bartender about vodka and tequila. Overall an excellent experience and hope to return in the near future.

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A
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Volt was okay, definitely hadn’t higher expectations. We drove about an hour to get there for my husbands birthday so really expected to be wowed. I made a special request for seating arrangements for my husbands birthday and for our first time at the restaurant, and that request was definitely ignored. The restaurant is super quiet, which would be a good thing if people weren’t sitting at tables directly next to each other. It was incredibly awkward hearing 3 different conversations happening to either side of us and having to whisper to not be heard. Maybe having some music playing in the background could drown out everybody’s work day experiences or political viewpoints. Whispering was also incredibly uncomfortable because while the tables are wider than normal 2-tops, they are long...forcing people to speak louder to hear each other. The food was good I guess, but we couldn’t get over the awkwardness of the seating arrangements which kind of just ruined the rest of the vibe of the restaurant.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff was great and the food was amazing! Each course was a "taste adventure" and not a single one was bad! Definitely good for a special occasion.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visitor, and not disappointed. Wine pairing with chef's tasting menu was well thought out. Definitely worth a visit.

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MC
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

If you want to celebrate a special occasion, this is the place to do it. Amazing food, great service - you can't go wrong. We did the tasting menu with the wine pairings at this most recent visit and it is well worth the price. Our server was great - there was a small mishap when he spilled my husband's champagne into his lap but he was extremely apologetic, topped off both of our glasses and then took our cocktails off the bill at the end as an additional apology. (And we weren't even mad or complaining about it!) Just a great experience all the way around!

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SR
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Exceptional food. Truly inventive flavor combos. Timing was uneven for the tasting menu. First courses came too quickly, long lapses between later courses.

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Austin
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Volt was awesome! The food was delicious, carefully prepared, and clearly _designed_. The staff was at 100%. Dinner was actually very reasonably priced at about $45 per person: we spent most of our money on wine expertly selected by the sommelier :). Volt offers two fixed menus - 3 course prix fixe meal option with an optional 4th tasting course, or a 10 course tasting menu, with optional pairings. We went with the dinner, because we arrived rather late and didn’t want to discommode the staff, but it looked tantalizing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three course Sunday brunch was amazing! Will definitely go back to try some of the other offerings.

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ML
Key West
60 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food as always, is spectacular. The service can be a bit "snooty" however, this was not the case on this evening. Everything was perfect. Great bar scene, creative cocktails exceptional food and perfect service. Great Time!!

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J
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the brunch chefs tasting menu with beverage pairings. Everything was delicious! Highly recommend

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AM
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had brunch at Volt last weekend and it was simply outstanding. It’s amazing that after so many years in operation, they still put out delicious food/art and high quality service. At $35 for their 3 course brunch, it is also a superb value.

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VS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is hands-down the best restaurant i have been to. Their tasting menu was JUST INCREDIBLE and the wine pairing were one of the best (fyi, we are avid wine drinkers and know our wines well). All the wines paired so well with each course that each one of them made the food taste even better and vice versa, it matched the texture and the spices/flavors of the dish. Couldn't have asked for a better place to celebrate my husband's birthday. And as if we didn't have enough, we are already considering re-visiting Volt soon and this time with the whole family.

MUST TRY - their tasting menu with wine pairing.

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SA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I've been wanting to dine at Volt for many years. It was worth waiting for-- the best food I've had anywhere in a very long time. From the exquisite carrot and foie gras macaron amuse bouche to the plate of confections generously offered at the end of the meal, everything was masterful, beautifully presented, and popping with deep flavor. We might have to go back and do the whole tasting menu!

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YW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Nice experience at the Chef's Counter with a 15-course meal that was well-paced and lovely. Cocktails and wine were terrific! A nice highlight. It was neat to be seated right behind the garde manger and have a clear view into the kitchen. Very inspirational to see how focused and hard the staff works in creating a great dining experience for guests.

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JP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to Volt for our anniversary and were blown away! We were greeted at the door and offered the “chef’s table” section- which we did not expect and absolutely loved! We spoke with the sommelier about Maryland wine and he was honest and approachable about their selections. Stan and Justin were warm, professional, and knowledgeable. Stan even gave us a tour of the building after dinner! The staff was very accommodating to our dietary restrictions and we were excited to feel included instead of being a burden. We mentioned that we worked in restaurants and they sent us out a free course just because- so sweet! Every course was carefully thought out and well prepared and we especially enjoyed the dessert course (including the complimentary coconut sorbet)! The pastry chef is very creative and you can tell she’s having fun. Thank you so much to everyone at Volt! We are still talking about how much we enjoyed our experience.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was truly amazing!

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m
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first Brunch at Volt. Food was wonderful and prefectly prepared and presented. Service was wonderful as well.

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m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We ate at Volt recently on a Saturday night. The restaurant was about half filled. Hence, we were even more disappointed that the service was very slow. (Once seated, we waited 10 minutes before someone came by to ask if we wanted a drink). Took about another 10 minutes for the drinks to come. Service was similarly slow throughout. Most of the dishes we tried were good, if on the salty side. The mustard greens in one of my dishes, though, had not been washed, hence they were crunchy (with dirt). While I'm a huge fan of dessert, the truffles, macarons, candy, and big cookies that come with the check may be overkill.

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H
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a terrific experience at Volt. They were easily able to accommodate vegan dining for three courses, and provided candies off the menu for dessert. Another friend enjoyed the tasting menu with paired wine - great experience with incredibly creative dishes.

The vegan dishes were fantastic, and my meat/seafood eating companions were all extremely happy with their meals as well.

Wine Director, TJ, is very knowledgeable and personable - he was happy to answer questions and provided great explanation of every wine brought to the table.

Highly recommend!

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k
Nashville
27 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent on all counts - waitstaff couldn’t have been more perfect, and the food - exquisite!!!!!!!

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JR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 star service! 5 star food! Treat yourself! An experience

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AD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Chefs Tasting Menu with beverage pairings. Best. Meal. Ever.

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MB
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted warmly when we arrived and our table was ready. The servers were helpful and attentive. The food was excellent, visually interesting, and well prepared. Our starters were the beets and the shrimp and grits--so good. We can also recommend the waffles and the goat cheese ravioli. We weren't rushed and had an enjoyable time. Looking forward to our next visit.

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KW
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Disappointed. Looked forward to the reservation after hearing wonderful things. Appeared server forgot about our party of 2, waited 15 minutes after receiving cocktail menu and then having to flag him down. Kindly bought drink for the wait. Fois gras was delish but standard. Fish dish was good but barely warm. Lamb dish cooked well but had a lot of fat and little taste with fava bean puree as side.
Very odd experience; a tiny spider lowered onto table as it might in a car. Gross but no big deal, no food around. Second and much larger random spider crawled across table while waiting for dessert.
Wouldn't make the drive back from Arlington for Volt unfortunately.

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DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Volt was amazing and everyone should go there. Food was great and service was incredible.

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DI
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This is a restaurant for a date or dinner with a significant other. Even then, the service is pretentious and the food pedestrian.

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CE
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Plan on a VERY long experience. I had never been there before. I had a reservation for 5:45, got sat almost right away, didn’t get out until 8:40. We had to ask for our check since we were all wanting to get out. I was there for a birthday and had other plans. If you want an entire evening this may be your place. I want to eat good food get out and get my evening going. Two girls there had a personality everyone else seemed uptight. It really slow service. By the end we were so tired of being there and just wanted to get up and get our evening on. Food was decent, rockfish and tuna were great.

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S
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great way to celebrate my husband's birthday! They did a special cake for him. Great food and drinks!

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F
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All servers were amazingly knowledgeable with each dish. The service experience was perfection as was my meal. I order the chef’s tasting.... each bite was fabulous.
Definitely will return and enjoy my perfectly
made martini!

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DS
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was great and the food was fantastic! They were out of a bottle of wine that we asked for, so they gave us a bottle that was $10 more for the price of the one we asked for. Highly recommend!

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W
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner and LOVED the “for the road” chocolate chip cookie!!

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DS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food!

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SB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Four of us ordered various courses from the a la carte menu and tasted each others choices. The main course choice was limited so if you are a picky eater you should check the online menu for an idea of what you might like. All our choices were good, presented beautifully, and just enough to enjoy. We each had three courses which was a filling dinner along with the special chef's additions and the bread choices. Desserts were interesting and plated beautifully. We enjoyed the little extras like a savory treat to begin the meal, candies at the end, and especially delicious chocolate chip cookie to take home! I recommend this restaurant for special occasions because the prices can add up to an expensive meal.

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r
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as well as the service. Very knowledgable and waited on every need. We had the chefs tasting menu and everything was fantastic. Our dinner lasted a lot longer than we expected put that was only positive.

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AL
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met a long time friend for brunch and ordered the tasting menu, allowing plenty of time to catch up while trying new flavor combinations. Every course was outstanding, with highest marks to the goat cheese ravioli with honey bacon sauce, the halibut with Romesco and lemon curd, and the decadent chocolate basil pudding with coconut ice cream and chocolate bacon rosemary crumbles. The food was extraordinary and the service was friendly and ultra capable. I look forward to our next visit.

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