Volt is a gem in our town that I am so grateful for. I have been many times and the food is always delicious and interesting. Dining there is an experience. I have traveled extensively and have eaten all over the world at high end restaurants. I hate to write this but our experience this past weekend was just not that good.
We had the 8 course chef tasting menu. My biggest issue was the service. For the price, this should be an experience where we don't have to worry about having to switch drinks because the drinks were delivered wrong and then flagging someone down for silverware during several of the courses. They deliver the course and then walk away and no one is around when we realize we have no silverware. There were lots of people stopping by the table but the experience was frustrating. Ordering a glass of wine once the tasting began was an ordeal. We had to flag someone down to request a glass of wine. They brought us a drink menu and said they would get our server. Then someone took our order and 10 minutes later, came back with the wine. Halfway through the meal, our glasses were empty and we couldn't find anyone to get us another glass of wine....
We enjoyed ourself despite the poor service but it was very disappointing. Looking around the half filled dining room, I think that we are not the only one to experience this. A few years ago, it took weeks to get a reservation.
The food was outstanding and the service was fantastic!!!
I’d forgotten how much I enjoy Volt. Outstanding. Run don’t walk.
Over and Above is how I would describe the dining experience at the Chef’s Counter at Volt. it should be a bucket list item, it is that good. We made the drive from northern Virginia on a weekday afternoon in rush hour traffic. But From the moment we stepped into the restaurant, we forgot the stressful journey. We were greeted by the maître d' who explained how the evening would progress and confirmed our food allergies. The chefs modified courses to eliminate gluten for me and lactose for my sister. Each course was explained and the wine pairing was impeccable. There was such attention to details. At the Chef’s Counter, you can see the courses being prepared and that adds to the anticipation. The plating was beautiful and artistic for all 16 courses. it made you slow down and look at the detail on the plate before eating. Party in your mouth indeed. There is nothing better than good food, wine and eating with friends and family. Volt enhanced the experience and did not disappoint.
Thank you to the staff, chefs for a wonderful evening. You made my sister’s birthday special.
Really excellent service! Small plates but we got 3 courses and left full and happy. Great for special occasions or anniversaries.
We were celebrating a birthday and had a delightful experience. The service was super and our lunch was delicious. They did not rush us. Everyone was very pleasant. The building is very pretty.
Frederick is so fortunate to have Chef Voltaggio and Volt Restaurant! Truly world-class food and service; to reach this caliber, restaurant needs both! Very nice wine list with affordable wines and extravagant wines; just tell the wine guy what you are looking for, he's great! Ask to see the kitchen, too. It's a nearly soundless machine cranking out amazing dishes. Servers do things perfectly, more so than most people even realize!
What a great way to end 2017 and start 2018! I will be back!
It was our first time to volt. New Year’s Eve. We had some gift certificates and decided to use them. This restaurant is average at best. It was a tasting menu and out of 12 items that we ate maybe 4 were worth the trip...Ridiculously priced for what we got. I was really hoping I get to write something different here.
I had wanted to dine at VOLT for several years, and chose a holiday weekend to have an overnight in Frederick with my family. We infrequently dine at high end restaurants, and I was eagerly anticipating VOLT, but realized that I am somewhat naive. We had to make a somewhat late -8:30- reservation, and were surprised that half of the tables were empty when we arrived. Another reviewer commented on the same situation during her dining experience, and my family wondered if this was deliberate. There are many many servers, ready to fulfill any request, but they all seemed very formal. We would prefer our servers to be friendly rather than proper but detached. The restaurant was quiet, a positive feature for me, but we almost had to whisper in order for our conversation not to be overheard by the other diners.
The menu was largely composed of unusual ingredients, or unique food combinations, or inventive methods of food preparation. Presentation was five star. However, although we appreciated the creativity, the final products didn't necessarily taste better than more familiar recipes.
All in all, dining at VOLT was a memorable experience, but one that we are unlikely to repeat.
Michelin star quality menu, food preparation, taste and presentation. Expect to spend 2-3 hours enjoying your meal without being rushed, We simply loved it and expect to return as often as we can.