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Award-winning Chef Bryan Voltaggio returned home to Frederick in 2008 to launch this inventive restaurant in downtown's historic district. Since then, it's had national food writers gushing and gourmands vying for coveted reservations. Situated in an 1890s brownstone mansion, VOLT offers contemporary haute-cuisine, built on seasonal ingredients and local agriculture. Chef Voltaggio, a Culinary Institute of America grad who gained reality TV fame on Top Chef, definitely pushes the culinary envelope. Fare ranges from seven-course vegetarian menus to savory molecular gastronomy. For the latter, he may prepare sweetbreads with flavors of picata, meyer lemon, and kalamata olive; or a sophisticated dessert, like "Textures of Chocolate." Besides an à la carte menu in the 38-seat main dining room, VOLT also features a sleek bar/lounge, a 14-seat Kitchen Dining Room, and "Table 21" located in the kitchen. The extensive wine list includes nearly 500 choice labels. Brunch is served Sunday. As of this writing, buzz had begun about plans (though incomplete) for a second, more casual Voltaggio restaurant in town. In the meantime, lunch offers a three-course tasting menu at a more economic price.

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential.
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed Mon.–Tues.

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    So Lucky to Have Dined There!

    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!

    by fluffnfold, 3/14/13

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