VOLT

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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.
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EB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Chose the tasting menu. Salmon was bland but well paired. Dessert made the meal worth the while. Service was excellent as usual but the quality of food is not at the level of excellence it used to be.

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MW
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic! The food was beautifully presented and tasted delicious. The waitstaff was extremely attentive. We will be back!

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JS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Volt before and enjoyed it, but this trip was even a little bit better. The food is enormously imaginative and precisely executed. Although it is a bit pricey, it is worth every penny.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a good experienced. Nice food presentation. Everything taste good!

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Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Having to write this review seriously pains me. I have been looking forward to dining here since the Voltaggio brothers were on Top Chef. My fiance and I visited ink. in LA and were blown away by the food, so I couldn't wait to try the food at VOLT. To start, the service is great! The servers are attentive, knowledgeable and great at their jobs. We decided not to go with the tasting menu, as some of the dishes we wanted to try weren't offered on it. The beet macaron and foie gras dishes we started with were to die for! Beautiful, creative and seriously tasty. My fiance doesn't even like beets and he loved the beet macaron. Unfortunately from here, the food went downhill. Our pasta dishes were average, being almost too al dente (I've been all over Italy and know what al dente should taste like). The lamb bolognese was under-seasoned and one note with no depth of flavor, with the lamb being a little dry. Octopus by itself was good, but the accompaniments did nothing for it. We got the NY Strip and pork tenderloin entrees. The NY Strip wasn't seared enough, so it was tough to cut since it was cooked rare, but overall a decent dish. I unfortunately had to send my pork back. It was dry and the flavors did not do it for me. Desserts were beautiful, but were lukewarm and the flavors didn't quite meld together. I had such high expectations for VOLT and I was so disappointed in the overall flavors of the food. The concepts were all creative and the dishes were beautifully plated, but many just didn't come together in a cohesive way. It was like taste took a backseat to presentation here. It seems getting the tasting menu might be the way to go, but I'm disappointed there is such a discrepancy in the a la carte and the tasting menu. At a place of this caliber and for the prices, no matter what you order, it should be impeccable. With a heavy heart, I have to say I would not recommend this restaurant and we will not be returning.

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PW
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfull dining experience! We loved it! The food was exciting and the service was outstanding. They took very good care of us. We will be going back soon

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OT
Baltimore
37 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a very good experience at Volt. The service was impeccable and the overall ambiance of the restaurant was one of reserved elegance. Highs include the interesting and delicious cocktails, the bean salad, and the goat cheese ravioli. Lows were the New York strip (the meat was tough - I was expecting better) and the Cod (the fish was cooked perfectly but the sea bean base had way too much ham in it). The foie gras was an interesting take (it’s like a tasty butter) but not the traditional dish, if that’s what you’re expecting. We will definitely be back!!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Quiet area

Service started slow then hot better

Good was an 8

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic experience!

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a
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was fabulous! The food was outstanding. I can't wait to go back!

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H
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect anniversary dinner. Excellent meal and we were well taken care of.

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PS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Volt is a special place. We are experienced diners and take special note of freshness of ingredients, the creativity, appearance and skillfulness of the cooking, the professionalism of the service and the overall feel of the place. Volt is flawless, without equal in the DC area and worth the hour drive each way.
Value? $200 for two of seemed fair for what we ate and drank plus gratuity.

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KR
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall ambience calm, though 4 of us seated next to couple, could hear them over ourselves. Not enough vegetarian options.

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BN
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the pristine tablecloth and napkin settings to the waitstaff, our experience was amazing. Six of us enjoyed our dinners from cocktails to wine through dessert. And a cookie each to take home! Would recommend Volt for any special occasion or just to pamper yourself. I had the salmon and I don’t think I’d had one as tasty and perfectly cooked in a long time. The chef has some fun tricks up his white coat sleeve, which made the evening even more special. Recommended!

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S
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Champagne was flat. Sent it back. French toast was burned. Servers were a little apathetic. I expected more.

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f
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at the chef’s table for our 36th anniversary. As always it’s an amazing experience. We also did the wine pairing. It was perfectly matched with the food.

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LG
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved my dinner at Volt. Not only was the dinner delicious but the entire experience was excellent. The wait staff was friendly, professional and knowledgeable. I called ahead to let the chef know I was vegan and when we arrived they were very prepared for what I could order on the menu and everything was so good. I highly recommend Volt!

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C
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my all time fav's. If you haven't been for brunch go! it is one of the best values around. From service to ambiance to the food you can't go wrong!

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MP
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience! Perfect pairing of food, drink and ambiance for our 25th wedding anniversary. We may have found our new tradition!

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MR
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

10-course dining with the wine flight was a good value!

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JB
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the 10 course meal at Volt. The service was the best we ever had anywhere, and the food was top notch! We would highly recommend Volt for future anniversaries, birthdays, special occasions, or if you are just looking to treat yourself to the ultimate dining experience! The staff were very friendly and personable, but allowed enough space for conversation and that intimate feel. Great job, Volt!!!

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KD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary at Volt and enjoyed their Rose’ dinner menu...it was incredible! Would highly recommend! We were thrilled to get to see Bryan Voltaggio in his element, having been fans since his days on Top Chef.

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TB
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was unique in presentation, ingredients and taste. We loved it!

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MH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, setting, and service. We had a wonderful brunch.

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PM
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely delicious. The lettuce salad was gorgeous and fresh. Foie gras was unctuous. Spaghetti with ramps and lamb gnochetti were excellent pasta dishes. Monkfish was superb as was the pork tenderloin. Worth every penny.

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JC
New England
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I never expected a meal to be on par with the chef's selection at Restaurant August in New Orleans. Well, I have and it's at Volt in downtown Frederick, Maryland

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j
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I am so sad to say that we went to Volt for my husbands birthday and it was horrible! We got there at 5:45 and had a wonderful waiter, but after an hour still no food. We finally got our appetizers after an hour. It then took another hour for our dinner to be brought to us, but we had to pack it up so that we could get home in time for the babysitter. The waiter gave us cookies and chocolate and took off 2 glasses of wine but we didn’t even get to eat dinner two hours later and still paid $230, a manager never came to our table, so sad we will never be back again.

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J
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've been to Volt a couple times and the food, as billed, is sublime. What takes the Volt experience to the next level, though, is the attentiveness, friendliness and the good humor of the staff. In what at times must be a very stressful work environment, your staff, front and back of the house, epitomizes grace under pressure. Very well done.

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ML
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 4

The time in between courses were a little bit too long especially for an 8:00pm dinner with a kid in the party. We were the last to leave in the left dining room.

Please train your staff to avoid judging people who might or might not be generous tippers. Your guests can usually tell. This might be the reason why the service we received were not as warm as the tables around us. You might have done this many times over but this is our first and could be our last visit. Our experience at Voltaggio Brothers was much better.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Volt was superb! Hats off to the Chef and the dining staff for such great attention to detail. The meal was one of a kind and inspiring. The service is 5 star. we didn’t take photos because we respect the craft and the ambience. We look forward to returning for another great experience!

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing! The food was fantastic and the staff and service was phenomenal! Highly recommended!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

While our food was excellent, it really should never cost $400 for 2 people to go out to eat. The service was wonderful but our waiter knew very little about the wine. The ambience is stark, others simply too close but the overall building is amazing.

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MN
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been for brunch a few times, anniversary dinner and group dinner in the private dining room. Each time this place ha amazed with the quality of service, DELICIOUSNESS of food and overall ease with which they make comfortable a family meal with little kids around or fancy night out with my love. Could not be happier living so close to such a great spot!

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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Volt gave us an experience to remember on our 10th wedding anniversary. The food was outstanding, but the wine pairing really stood out. Every pairing was perfect. Never had a better pairing before.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We actually left full and satisfied! The food was delicious and the ambiance was private. It is very expensive.

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BK
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mother here for a Mother's Day lunch, and she said it was the best meal she's ever had! The service was prompt, and we were seated right away and greeted by a waitress who took our drink order as soon as we sat. We were served by multiple waiters and given a detailed description of the dishes we ordered, including questions about dietary restrictions, which was incredibly considerate (neither of us have any, but it was the first time I was ever asked about it!) Our meals arrived really quickly and were excellent! The presentation was done with care and had small but satisfying portions. The cost is high, sure, but it's well-worth the price for such a quality meal. I can't wait to come back to VOLT the next time I'm in the area!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a tough review to write. I have been to Volt several times over the years and loved it. However, this time was disappointing and it’s really about the value. While the service was good, it wasn’t outstanding (twice they placed the wrong dish in front of me—not a big deal but something that shouldn’t happen at a restaurant of this caliber.) But mainly it was the portion sizes—a $20 pasta contained about 4 bites and there was almost no lamb in the lamb ragout. For $50+ per person for brunch, it honestly felt like a rip-off. We have been there for brunch previously and the portions were far larger and the service much better. I’m not sure what’s going on but we won’t be back.

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EB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special restaurant for a special meal, that is Volt. The service is attentive, courteous and professional. The diners aren’t rushed. The atmosphere reminded me of my many years in Europe ie, the expectation is you are there for a leisurely evening of fine dining and visiting with your companions. There is no feeling of the establishment is trying to “turn tables.” The food is beyond the usual adjectives (delicious, amazing etc) The food is the higher art of cooking and dining. Lovingly conceived and crafted from fresh seasonal ingredients, and quite a variety from which to choose. I had the fois gras appetizer, spaghetti with ramp pesto, pork belly and egg yolk (my favorite of the courses), monkfish and strawberry cremeux for desert. It was my birthday and I was brought a bonus dessert with a candle on it! Pineapple ice cream. I had a sangria which I sipped all evening but couldn’t finish, it was delicious but too potent for me. At the end of the meal the staff brought some large chocolate chip cookies, and homemade candies and peti fours but I was too full so took them home. Special experience. Oh.......complimentary parking in a lot next to and behind the building, definitely a plus. The price is high, but it is a case of “getting what you pay for”. Recommended for a special occasion.

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o
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff at Volt always makes us feel special. Cocktail we all good (our group of 5 each tried a different one...all were well balanced and tasty). We did the tasting menu with wine pairings. This was a great option for us as we had spent the last few weeks embroiled in strategic planning countless decisions for work. Letting someone else make choices for us so that we had to do was sit back and enjoy...that was heaven. The 10 courses of the menu were all delicious (least favorite: scallop crudo...most favorite beet/foie gras macaron amuse bouche, duck, and beef ). It was a truly memorable dinner.

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c
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was fantastic!! Sadly, this was the best part of the evening. I had high expectations for Volt- and sadly will not likely be returning (well, not for the food).

Food pros:
- mole and verde sauce with pork very good
- very well made drinks at the bar

Food cons:
- stale starter breadsticks (tasted as out of an old tin)
- tasteless frozen cheese over beet appetizer- watered down taste
- pork entré- barely warm and center actually mushy
- very small servings for price (which prob wouldn’t be an issue if the food was more flavorful)
- My dining colleagues were less than impressed with their food as well: mushroom entré

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