VOLT

4.7
5043 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
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
What 5043 People Are Saying
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TE
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu at Volt is spectacular. The wine pairings are inspired. The bill is significant, but well short of other chef's table experiences. A world-class value and experience just a short drive from the nation's capital.

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JE
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Honestly this restaurant is over-rated. For instance in our appetizer, we were surprised by the frozen goat cheese and asked if it was supposed to be frozen (as it wasn’t mentioned on the menu). The waiter said they can’t possibly mention everything in the menu or it would be impossibly long blah blah. We were made to feel bad for asking. The thing is, freezing the goat cheese rendered it tasteless, so didn’t enhance anything. The remainder of the dishes were ok, but not special. Lamb shank was under seasoned, calamari was over seasoned. Just an underwhelming experience overall. Decor is also underwhelming. Sorry!

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S
Austin
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Volt is excellent! They serve either a 3 course (+dessert) prix fixe menu, or a 10 course tasting menu. I have been twice, but only had the 3 course offering. The food is excellent, the service is excellent, and the wine list is extensive, with many price points represented. The building is elegant and charming, and was especially welcoming in the winter storm Avery snow that was falling furiously as we dined. I forgot to take pictures of the food, but I did get some of the building, and the view out into the snowy streets.

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AG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I wanted to love this restaurant but the food was not that great. Some of the pairings didn’t make sense. We did the tasting menu of 10 courses and we only liked (not loved) about 2. The complimentary bread was delicious. The duck was good. Desserts were unique but again not amazing. The service was excellent, servers were friendly and personable. There was no long waits between meals.

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CP
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant lives up to its reputation. The food is excellent in its preparation and flavors, more so the starters than the entrees. The service is impeccable. Wait staff is always available, friendly and courteous. The atmosphere is relaxed while appropriate for a fine dining experience. Most importantly, the volume level is low so you can enjoy your conversation. While it is labeled $$, it is not out of the ordinary for fine dining in this area.
We've been wanting to go there since it opened, and we are so pleased we did!

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TU
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I just had our 5 year anniversary date at Volt. Service was great as soon as we walked in. We loved the attention to details that we received. We highly recommend Volt for a great dinner.

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was terrific. Right from the start they treat you very respectfully and nicely. The vibe in the establishment was very calm and romantic. You will typically be engaged in only your conversation however if a funny happens with a group next to you you are able to enjoy the moment with them. As far as food goes, the menu was fantastic, they have many choices. My favorite was the octopus. It's a little spendy, but it was well worth it. Great wine selection as well.

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B
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omg! Amazing most spectacular Birthday meal!!! I truly felt special thanks to the chef and all the incredible wait staff- awesome waitress!!! I requested these first 3 courses In advance having had this 2 weeks prior for my son’s 32nd bday celebrated at Volt and the awesome Chef made it just for me cuz the menu actually changed since then. Soooo impressed and appreciative. First, complimentary, was a butternut squash fios gras mousse, then the cheddar cheese and scallion biscuits and sourdough roll with amazing butter, Malbec wine, then the beet and goat cheese salad, then the broccoli and sunflower Rissoto then Rockfish and Bok Choy in red curry sauce and then complimentary are to start 2 desserts- the frozen pineapple on marshmallow and the chocolate mousse and gelato - for my birthday and then homemade candies and chocolate chip cookie! Best best best meal!!!! Wow!!!! I can’t begin or end in words the detail, the fabulous food and how special I felt!!!

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G
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful asult of the senses. Textures, taste and creativity is amazing.

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LF
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience, wonderful sourdough . Staff was attentive and food was spectacular

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly fabulous place! Just had brunch there, have been there before for dinner. Wonderful food and outstanding service. Can't wait to go back again and again and again and ..............

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KC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked into VOLT, we knew we were about to have a memorable dining experience. The staff is friendly and warm and make you feel welcome as soon as you enter. The service was impeccable and the wait staff was very knowledgeable.
On the menu are two service options - a 10 course tasting menu, option for each course to be paired with wine, or ala carte, but suggested 4 course options if you want to create a 4 course tasting menu. We opted for the latter and our party of 3 each chose a different item and we all tasted each others selections.
This is fine dining, elevated food, seasonal, fresh and DELICIOUS!
Notable items on the menu the night we were there: Yellow fin tuna tartar, pickled carrot puffed rice with peanut and egg emulsion - fantastic! Fresh and so tasty! Monkfish with wheat grain, pears, and crispy porcini chip - so good and the fish was perfection. Foie Gras in a molded concord grape gel, rye crumbles and a pistachio chip and Beets with goat cheese and apple jam with crunchy walnuts. You wouldn't think concord grape would go with Foie Gras, but it does! The Beets salad was delicious as well - an elevated version of a now standard menu item - but the walnuts crunchies and apple jam made it special and different and again, DELICIOUS!
Desserts - Caramel cremeaux with fig and a porcini sponge with honey nutmeg ice cream and a Yuzu sorbet with eucalyptus foam, coconut and white chocolate crunchies. Hopefully I remember all the components correctly. The Caramel Cremeaux was hitting my mouth with so many different flavors and then they meld together perfectly in the end. It was so, so good! My friends had the Yuzu sorbet and LOVED IT! They described it as bright and refreshing.
One member of our party is lactose intolerant. The 1st thing asked at our table was if anyone had any dietary restrictions, and then they modified her menu choices so she could enjoy her meal without worry.
Overall, dining at VOLT was perfection.

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b
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch is a great value. Delicious food, amazing service. Perfect!

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F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

This was our 2nd time at Volt. We decided to bring our 2 kids with us as they are now old enough to value a fine dining experience. The service and the goodies that they bring at the beginning of the meal and after dessert are impeccable. Our appetizers and desserts were awesome but the entrees were so-so. My dish lacked salt and my daughter's was a little on the salty side.

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SS
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful dining experience. We went mid-week, so the ambience was very quiet...which we loved! We got lots of attention and the food was incredible. The follow up with tons of sweets was overwhelmingly delicious!!! Would definitely go again!!!

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IE
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are not epicureans but like to try new and interesting foods. We got that and more - the foods were delicious and reasonably priced. Volt is definitely on our list to visit again.

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KB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. Service was exceptional and courses were timely served.

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m
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice brunch. But I always need a little salt with an egg, no matter where I am (like it should be on the table). A little noisy at first. Delicious and excellent service.

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B
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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L
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Although I was very pleased with the food and the service I found it troubling that no sever or manager addressed the elephants in the room . I love children but I don’t think its ok in this type of restaurant to allow a toddler to walk around pulling on table clothes, bumping into chairs and almost knocking over a wine stand. I think after the third crying spell this should have been addressed.
I understand everyone, including young parents need a nice meal but not maybe there should be a family day.

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SO
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Volt is a amazing cozy restaurant. They were a little overwhelmed due to possibly over booking but accommodated us well with kitchen seating. Food was different from my usual which was great! Will be back to try chef's tasting menu.

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PS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drive 50 minutes from Northern Virginia to enjoy Volt. Very special place where the service is wonderfully attentive yet understated, choreographed actually. Every course was creative, beautifully executed and memorable. The room seems to frame the rest. Never cheap but a great value.

Many years ago we ate at Charlie Trotters. The day after, we couldn’t remember anything other than a piece of art in the waiting area. Volt is memorable in every good way. Congratulations to Brian and his team.

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a
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

For the price that you pay, you do not get the flavor and food experience that I expected. The food was OK, a lot of the food was only warm, never hot. Not sure if this was due to it sitting in the kitchen to be picked up by wait staff or is just not cook and kept hot.
We were hoping for a lot more than expected. I have been to much better fine dining experiences in the past, such as Normans in Orlando, FL. That was a fining dining experience that was worth the financial commitment and time.
I would not recommend this restaurant unfortunately.

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JB
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner at Volt - very creative offerings. Have a sweet tooth so I really appreciated all the baked goodies. Never thought I would eat a cake made with mushrooms, but it was delicious.

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PT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent dining experience! Amazing food, fabulous service and a quiet ambiance. No one could be disappointed.

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K
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, creative, thoughtful food. Peaceful, relaxing dining room. Attentive but not annoying service.

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e
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fabulous meal at Volt. This time we chose the Chef’s Menu for brunch and each course was both visually appealing and full of flavor. I especially enjoyed the goat cheese stuffed ravioli and the beef short rib, which was slow cooked at low temp for several days.

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L
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Extra lovely food and service. The flavors are fascinating - but do not overwhelm the food. And the breads are to die for - especially the biscuits.

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a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

interesting food and drink menu. presentation of the food was very modern, but not hitting the mark for good flavor combinations. too expensive for what you get. service was wonderful. atmosphere nice. overall I just thought the food was below average.

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B
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most amazing meal ever!!!!! Everything was spectacular and Volt truly made our birthday dining experience special. I’ve traveled through Europe having amazing meals and this was truly especially spectacular!

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DD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly a lovely dining experience all around. Exquisite food, elegant dining room, unpretentious service.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The appetizers and desserts were the best part. Our main course while tasty (I had lamb shank and my fiancee had the rock fish), were not "spectacular". The tuna tartar and the chocolate dessert and caramel sponge cake medley were unreal, as were the small chef made candies they brought us at we finished our meal - a special treat!

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DS
Omaha
65 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to high end restaurants around the country. This successfully competes with the best of them.

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SS
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was attentive and recalled the specific information they gathered when they called me to confirm the reservation. We had 2 people with different dietary needs and they accommodated for the entire tasting menu. We had a wonderful time!

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JB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

VOLT promises interesting and delectable cuisine and absolutely delivers on that. My wife and I opted for the al la carte menu, which consists of three courses and an optional tasting course. In all, we had eight different plates and both enjoyed all of them. The meal also featured an amuse-bouche and bread service. Complimentary cookies were also given with our bill. If I had one complaint I’d say that I wish our server had been a bit friendlier. The other folks, though, who brought our plates and cleaned our table were nice.

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r
Raleigh
210 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go out to eat a lot. As we walked out of Volt, my wife’s comment was that, “This was the best tasting menu we’ve ever had.” Course after course was delicious, with unexpected combinations of flavor that unfailingly compliment each other. The wine pairings were delightful. There were three appetizers then 8 more courses, but the portions were just right. We left feeling full, but not not overwhelmed. I’m sure the tasing menu changes often, but particular highlights were the mussels, goat cheese ravioli, halibut, and duck. Service was spectacular, friendly and knowledgeable, and despite most people having multi-course dinners, the staff did a great job of keeping up. A great restaurant. Very, very highly recommended. Foodie nirvana.

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TO
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal was wonderful. From the moment we arrived we felt welcomed and treated to a delicious experience. We did not have food allergies but got the impression they would’ve been very accommodating.

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LD
London
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Service at Volt was outstanding. All those who attended to us were prompt, pleasant and professional.
We had 4 courses and sadly two of the seafood choices, the monkfish and the octopus were over salted.
The lamb was outstanding. Well prepared and well proportioned.
All plates were presented in an attractive manner.
The packaged chocolate chip cookies were a nice touch. However, the cookies were dry.

Volt was an experience that we had been looking forward to as it had been recommended by friends. However, for the money spent, we were both unimpressed and somewhat disappointed. The online fixe prix was not evident on the menu nor offered by staff upon arrival.

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RA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our Anniversary. We were blown away by the great service, and the food of course was very good, and unique. It was an excellent experience.

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TW
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice place but they have to do something about the musty basement smell when you enter the main entrance. It’s offensive and that must be taken care of

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