Family Meal

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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A modern American diner, Family meal offers reasonably priced all-day meals inspired by comfort classics. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner by chef Bryan Voltaggio.
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m
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will definitely be back to enjoy another meal! The food was amazing and creative. The service was awesome and the restaurant was very clean.

JA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service tasty food.

SH
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, down home comfort food but in a casual gourmet environment. Highly recommend!

SC
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Family Meal is a frequent spot for me to take the family for dinner. The food is always great and offers more upscale options for adults and a kid friendly menu as well.

CA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was delicious. We reserved a table and were seated in a booth right next to the entrance: it's just TOO cold there, and we wound up at the bar, again.

BF
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As with our other trips everything was wonderful. Food was great as always. Wait staff was as good as always

JS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good. The waiter adapted very well to our crying baby

LG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was fairly slow. They said the owner came in unexpectedly and that set off some energy. That’s great the owner came in but 1. I didn’t see him (and I would’ve recognized him) and 2. He’s likely not paying you... wouldn’t you want the paying customers to have an equally pleasant dining experience? We waited almost 45 minutes for our food when we ordered almost immediately. We asked for dressing and sauces on the side for 2 meals and neither request was made. Asked for separate checks, he grabbed the CCs and ran off before we could tell him which cards were for which party. Overall not the best experience at Family Meal.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything!

m
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Glad to see Family Meal return to its original glory. Food was great, lots of customers and fun atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always has good service and great food. A little pricey generally speaking, but you pay more for quality.

JJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food usually top notch - mu

MN
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fantastic service (Monica). My Brian’s Burger was missing the fried egg. I didn’t tell the sever because it wasn’t life-ending & we were starving. Other than that great burger!

RG
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Best oatmeal in town! Never had a bad meal there. Host/Hostess desk can be improved in terms of service but overall, it’s an exceptional breakfast spot.

B
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family at Family Meal. Celebrating my family being here and my son and his girlfriend moving back! We started with Family Meal’s insanely good duck fat fries with the special sauces. Then we all had various salads with either salmon or chicken - roasted vegetable and beet and Mediterranean- all wonderful. My younger son loved his braised beef rib. I ordered roasted vegetables too. Black Forest trifle - yummmmmm for dessert!! Great meal! The best In Family I’m so grateful to have!

KK
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was wonderful! Our food was delicious! The whole experience was great!

HM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We’ve enjoyed other Bryan Voltaggio restaurants and finally made it to this one. Definitely worth the drive from the DC suburbs—top quality meal at a reasonable price.

t
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Our food was god but nor memorable. My Nashville chicken sandwich was perfectly cooked and crisp but had no heat and only modest flavors. My wife’s fried catfish lost all crunch in the sauce. I still like this place and will return.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

LM
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Fried Chicken really greasy, but manager was great and took care of issue. Good service.

d
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Family Meal has been our favorite informal dining spot for years. This occasion must have been a bad day. The biscuits with the fried chicken were dry and hard. The chicken was overcooked as was the cheddar and bacon omelet. Dessert on the other hand was excellent. Noise level was loud as usual.

LW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was incredible! We all had a variety of options and loved it all! The homemade donuts are worth every calorie. Highly recommend!

DR
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place. Unique and traditional menu choices. Worth the drive from DC.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. Chicken and waffle was perfectly complimentary as usual. Great place for all meals but their breakfast is my favorite!

M
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice atmosphere and outstanding food

MO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the place!! The food was awesome, the coffee was so good! I totally will visit again.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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n
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit, prob won't be the last. Food was great. Kitchen was a tad slow, but waitress and manager both apologized(acknowledgement goes a long way). Drinks were outstanding also.

DB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

We drive from Potomac, MD to Family Meal in Frederick for the past 10 years.
It has been slipping for the past 2-3 years.
We will not be making another deliberate trip to Frederick for Family Meal.
Sadly,
Daniel & Carolyn Buckingham

RM
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

My husband ordered the Ryan's burger and I ordered the double stack. My husband's burger came out just the way he ordered it and he said it was very good. I asked for my burger to be well-done but when it came out it was mostly raw! Our waiter did not come back to check on us for a very long time so I finally asked another waiter, who was passing by, and showed him my burger. He took it back to the kitchen, and after several minutes our waiter finally came to ask if I wanted another burger. By that time, my husband had just about finished his burger. I know mistakes happen, but it seemed like it took forever for our waiter to come and try to resolve the issue. It was frustrating to just sit and wait for someone to come fix the problem. I was disappointed and honestly, pretty grossed out by having raw ground beef on my plate. Very thankful I cut the burger in half before taking a bite of it! I am sure their food is good, and had the service been better, I may have been able to eat some of it.

BF
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg another awesome meal. Everything tasted great as always.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

We were seated 35 minutes after our reservation time. After that service was great; but the restaurant didn’t do anything to make up for the delay. The hostess was clearly overwhelmed and was not empowered to help us, or, it seems, even trained to deal with those kinds of situations.

e
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I love this place! The only thing that bothers me every time is the temperature. Up front it's always too warm and at the back, while more comfortable, much cooler. Not sure what you can do with all those windows, but it's the only negative I have and I notice it every time I'm there! Food and service is outstanding!!

CR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

SC
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family Meal is one of my go to spots, especially with the kids. The food and service are always great and the menu changes frequently. It’s the perfect spot if you want a more elevated meal than chains and provides great options for the kids too.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

They changed a few of our favorite salads (bring back the other beet salad please) but overall a positive experience.

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were very impressed with our experience at Family Meal. The location is deceiving but the food, ambience and service were great! We accidentally arrived during happy hour and the specials were totally worth it! We loved the more casual atmosphere for high quality food. We’ll definitely be back!

B
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We all had salads with crispy yummy awesome salad. My son had the hummus Mediterranean salad- he said awesome, girlfriend had beet and goat cheese which I love too and yes excellent and I had the roasted veggie- yummmm! And we all had great desserts!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not as good as I remember. However, it feels more like a brunch kind of place. I’ve enjoyed that in the past.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was great. It was just a lunch date with friends and we enjoyed the meal and desserts. The appetizer of onion rings were fresh and the dipping sauce was delicious.

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