Volt is a touted destination restaurant for people from DC. We made a weekend of it to avoid drinking and driving. So, despite high hopes, we were let down. To start with, the food choices from the ala carte menu were good, but the actual taste and satisfaction was hit and miss. Asparagus and burata was pretty, but bland and had tiny bits of otherwise good cheese. Lamb agnoletti was much better with good flavors and delicate pasta. Soft shell crab was simply sautéed and was a winner, but recommended sea bass was blah. Short rib was tender, but seemed nothing like any short rib we had ever seen. Pork belly was a better choice. A composed cheese plate we tried was composed of many things but barely any cheese--the amount of completely bland cheese was equivalent in size to four potato peel size bits of cheese. We complained and got this removed from the bill.
The real problem was the service. The young staff seemed pretensious, but wth pretense should come competence. Once they dealt with you, you might as well have been in Siberia. The sommelier decanted our wine and we let it breath, but no one came to pour until we specifically asked if we should pour our own wine. All six plates in each course were delivered simultaneously by 3-4 wait staff, but once delivered no one ever followed up with "is everything alright; can I get you something." I don't like hovering, but this was ridiculous. Plus, by waiting for all six plates in each course some were hot and some just lukewarm. When the bread server ran out of biscuits, she said she would be right back with more. But three courses later, no biscuits had come.
Perhaps better service would have left a better taste in our mouthes regarding the food. But this was not to be. Given the distance and the cost we are unlikely to return, especially with so many better choices in DC.