The courtyard at Volt Restaurant in Frederick, Maryland.
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Volt Restaurant

Last updated on January 29, 2020 by Liza Hawkins

The outside courtyard at Volt Restaurant is just as charming as the inside, full of ambiance with strings of lights, a rustic brick patio and all the greenery — perfect at dusk.

This photo of Volt is courtesy of Tripadvisor

As an avid Top Chef watcher, I was doubly intrigued when two Frederick natives, Bryan and Michael Voltaggio (brothers!), were not only on season six, but made it to the very end as winner and runner-up!

Returning to his roots, Bryan, the runner-up, opened a restaurant downtown in an old brownstone mansion in 2008.

Successful before Bryan appeared on TV, Volt has become wildly popular since the show aired in 2009, with waiting lists for a reservation — some going out months if you wanted Bryan’s famed Table 21.

I was dying to try it.

In spring 2010, our neighbors had reservations for the Chef’s Dining Room and lucky for me they couldn’t go! Hearing about the opportunity, my sister insisted gently hinted that she should go with me, being a foodie herself.

So, off we went!

The building itself is stunning, an old brick mansion … almost Gothic in appearance. The 8,000- to 10,000-square-foot neo-Romanesque brownstone was constructed in the 1890s as the residence of Frederick’s three Houck sisters and their three nieces, and over the years had been repurposed many times until being renovated especially for Volt.

Ironically, the inside of the building is quite modern, but not in an “in your face” kind of way.

The hostess weaved us through the hallway and into the Chef’s Dining Room where we were seated side-by-side at a four-top table.

Odd, right? We thought so, unless you’re honeymooners or something.

Minutes later, we understood why though: full view of the kitchen, including Bryan who was fully invested in cooking each meal.


We FEASTED — and they easily, no, *graciously* accommodated Josie’s vegetarian diet throughout the courses.

Yellow fin tuna tartar (for me), goat cheese ravioli, farm roasted chicken (also for me), textures of chocolate, Meyer lemon ginger ice cream … the list goes on, not to mention a wonderful wine pairing with each course, and French press coffee served table-side with dessert.

Dinner course from Volt Restaurant in Frederick, Maryland.

It was incredible, and all we could do to not lick each plate before the server removed them.

As if this wasn’t amazing enough, Bryan takes special care to use food that’s in season and locally grown/raised — something important to both me and my sister.

That night, I left thinking, “I want to go again, maybe this fall when the menu has been updated for the season.”

But, the next time I would go wouldn’t be until 2013, for the Top Chef Masters viewing party with a group of friends.

That night, we started with cocktails inside in the lounge, and then wandered out back for the outdoor celebration.

Gathering at Volt Restaurant for the Top Chef Masters viewing party in 2013!
Jen, Liza, Shannon, Michelle and Audra

The outside courtyard is just as charming as the inside, full of ambiance with the strings of lights, the rustic brick patio and all the greenery — absolutely perfect at dusk.

The Volt Restaurant courtyard at night for the Top Chef Masters viewing party in 2013.

If you haven’t already booked your reservation at Volt Restaurant, do so.

It’s a little pricey; but, one advantage to having to wait a couple weeks for your reservation is that you have time to budget for the event!

Hi, I'm Liza — a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting lost in whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life and am always on the hunt for good eats, easy recipes, binge-worthy shows, relaxing road trip destinations, the perfect fizzy gin cocktail, and time to finish my novel!

2 Comments on “Volt Restaurant

  1. Yeah, I’ve found when ordering the tasting menus, that the chefs will always find a way to work around any food restrictions you might have (I have developed 1 or more seafood allergies over the years). I want to try Volt at some point, even if I hate driving up 15 to Frederick. Sounds like you really lucked out on getting that Table 21 reservation. 😛

  2. LOL – it wasn’t Table 21 (unfortunately!) but we were about 20 ft away from it – and the kitchen, since Table 21 is actually right in the kitchen. Still awesome! One day I’ll make it there though…one day. 🙂

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