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“Interesting...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Volt

228 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701
+1 301-696-8658
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Ranked #11 of 334 Restaurants in Frederick
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Between 2nd and 3rd Street
Description: 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. 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 palette 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.
Port Charlotte, Florida
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57 reviews 57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

This restaurant was recommended by a 31 year old relative who lives in Washington DC. We sat in the Chef's kitchen and had the 7 course tasting menu ($95 each). I enjoyed watching the chefs do their work. Every dish had several different flavors in it and was like a work of art. We didn't recognize many of the ingredients. It is an interesting experience, but not one I will repeat in the future. Despite the fact that the food was great and the service impeccable, it was way too expensive ($18 for a glass of moderately good wine).

Visited March 2013
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English first
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“nice brunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We that is my 7 member family went to Volt for a birthday brunch for my daughter.
They gave us a nice room with great windows. They provided a little history about the building and that they use local vendors when ever they are able to.
The brunch menu was a three couse meal with great choices for each course. The service was great and the food was amazing. Not some place I can go even once a month but a really great special occision place and we will certainly return.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Beyond expectations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

My husband and I chose different things from the four course prix fixe menu. The australian beef, lobster, beet appetizer, kampachi and sweetbreads were our favorites. Service was impeccable and the sommelier knew his wines. We are looking forward to returning for the seven course kitchen menu soon.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

I have eaten at Volt twice - once for dinner and once for Brunch within the past 3 months. In both instances, the food was wonderful. I think Brunch is a little more laid back than dinner. They were very accomodating - one of our party had a food allergy and they were able to swap dishes around as we had the multi course menus.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“So Lucky to Have Dined Here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

My spouse and I dined at Bryan Voltaggio’s Table 21 in VOLT in late December 2012. To dine at Table 21, you must telephone the restaurant no more than 30 days prior; the reservations that you can make on Open Table are for the regular restaurant menu/tables only. VOLT is open for brunch on weekends (either 3-course or 5-course menus available) and dinner Tuesday through Sunday (either 4-course or 8-course menus available). The Table 21 menu is served daily at 7:00 pm only and features 21 courses for $150 per person; there are only seats available for 8 lucky diners abutting the garde manger station where the cold dishes are prepared.

We will not go into detail about the food, but every dish was stunningly presented and unbelievably delicious. Of the 21 courses that we were served, there was only one that we found less than fantastic (although the woman sitting next to us said it was her favorite, so clearly everyone has a different opinion), which are pretty good odds! From the chips and dip to the mignardises, every dish was amazing!

The restaurant, housed in a mansion from the late 1800s in Frederick’s 75-block historic district, is totally modern inside, with several different areas: the bar, with counter seating and some couch seating, an outdoor patio (which was not open in December), the front dining room, and the rear dining room (which features the chef's counter as well as regular tables). Even the restrooms at this property are cool, with a spa-like feel and sliding door panels. There is parking on the premises, which we thought would fill up as the night progressed, but the parking lot seemed adequately sized for the number of diners.

Chef/owner Bryan Voltaggio was not in residence on the night that we dined, but the Chef de Cuisine, Graeme Ritchie, did a fantastic job of managing the kitchen. The food and service were phenomenal - as good as any meal we have enjoyed had at places like The French Laundry, Alinea, and Per Se. If you cannot score a reservation for Table 21, we are confident that the regular menu will impress you!

Visited December 2012
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