Vola's Dockside Grill
Join us for lunch, happy hour, dinner, or weekend brunch! Vola’s ‘All Day’ menu is based on chef-grade simple, classic seafood and waterfront-inspired foods made with peak season ingredients all while enjoying our expansive patio.*
*Although we do our best to accommodate all seating requests, all reservations are for Vola's inside dining only; we do not take advance reservations on our patio.
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Great for a cloudy, mid-January lunch. Food was good with Crabs Benedict being excellent along with a great bloody mary. In addition, Alex, our server was terrific. All nicely done. Would definitely return.
The wings with old bay seasoning was fantastic. A must have.
We split the steamers, lobster roll and a slice of key lime pie. Food is always excellent here. We are never disappointed. Waitress was just perfect.
The service was great! Our server was so sweet! Love it and will go back soon!
Dinner and service were great. The noise level made it next to impossible to carry on a conversation.
Nice variety of dishes, both fish and meat. Good selection of beers. Nice view of National Harbor. Was quiet and easy to have a conversation on a Monday night.
Friendly staff; crab cakes could use some seasoning.
Incredible staff, good food and fair price. We came in a bit earlier than the reservation time and the host accommodated us with no problem. Great place to spend the New Year's eve with family and friends.
We were there on NYE and were VERY disappointed. They delivered our salad at the same time as our meal and our steak of well done and dry. We both like our steak rare to medium rare. Our server was less than experienced. She almost never came back to check on us. A food runner delivered our food and was surprised we might have liked our salad first and our hot food after the salad was finished. It was a busy nightm but we were not in a hurry--we were there at 6:30 and had planned to linger over dinner because the party we were going to didn't start until 8:30. They had us out the door by about 7:15-7:20 and felt like we got the bums rush. Really disappointing as I had heard really good things about this place and I eat out a lot and love seafood.
Great location and view, nice ambiance inside. Food is pretty meh. Most of what we ordered wasn’t exactly as described on the menu... and while most of that was at least edible, the shrimp tacos were a hard pass. Probably a better place for HH than dinner.
Our server Tre (sp?) was absolutely incredible. He made my birthday experience one to remember. He was attentive, polite and thoughtful. I got a chance to meet the manager of the restaurant as well, Freddie (sp?), who was very welcoming. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who truly enjoys some good seafood and a beautiful view of the waterfront!
Took my parents for Christmas dinner, they loved it!
The food was very nice but not outstanding. Best for an "I don't feel like cooking let's go out" day. This was Christmas Day and we chose the prix fixe menu, though the regular menu was also available, which is a plus. Service from our waiter was outstanding, however. We were tucked into a corner but he came by frequently to check if we needed anything, but he didn't hover nor use any of those awful phrases such as "Are you still working on that?". Extra requests were fulfilled immediately.
The restaurant has great views onto the park and has a nice outdoor area for warmer weather. A very good place for watching the world go by in the park and the boats on the river.
Christmas Eve dinner with family was a great experience with a beautiful setting on the Potomac with outstanding service and wonderful food
I really wanted to love this place. The restaurant wasn’t bad per se but it wasn’t as good as the reviews led me to believe. Typical tourist spot in Old Town. Pretty expensive .
Hi Laura, we appreciate you taking the time and leaving us a review! We are saddened to har we did not meet and then exceed your expectations during your visit with us and will. make sure to pass along the sentiments to the team.
Took a long time for waiter to come to table even though the restaurant wasn’t busy. Food okay, but the view made up for it.
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Reasonable food and prices. Great Alexandria location.
Haven’t been to Old Town in a long time. Nice to see how vibrant it is.
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The food was pretty sub par and our service was not great, but the environment was nice. The lobster roll was very mayo-y and the fish and chips had no flavor. The old bay fries and the mustard seed in the coleslaw were slightly redeeming qualities. This would be a great summer spot, being so close to the water, but would not look to return next visit to Old Town Alexandria out of season.
Hi Jason, thank you for taking the time and leaving us a review! We are sorry you had a less than stellar experience and will pass along your sentiments to the team.
We had a group of 12 celebrating a birthday. Everyone had a great time. I appreciated the seamless handling of a bunch of separate checks. Would so go back.
Hi, thank you for taking the time and leaving us a review! We are thrilled everyone had a great time during the birthday celebration and we look forward to hosting you again soon.
Fantastic food and service - We were blown away! We will definitely be back.
Thank you for the kind words! We look forward to see you again soon.
Hi Colleen, thank you for leaving us a review! We hope to see you again soon.
We had a wonderful time. The food was very good. Oysters were very fresh. The only thing I would change is less salt in the chips and fries.
Hi Shaza, we appreciate you taking the time and leaving us a review! We are happy to know you enjoyed our dishes and will make sure to pass tis information along to the team. We hope to see you again.
Great meal at Vola.’s. The Berry sangria is great. The fish and chips were very good and the oysters Rockefeller were very very good. Try the street corn; tasty.
Thank you for the kind words! We are happy to know you enjoyed our dishes and the Berry Sangria just as much as we do. We look forward to hosting you again.
Enjoyed lunch but oysters Rockefeller was dry! However my friend’s Crabcake sandwich was great. And so were the fries.
Definitely will go back!! Love the view!
Just super food, great service and lovely setting!!
Food was outstanding. This place would be great in the summer when you could sit outside!
Couldn’t tell you how the food was, because we were seated for 15 minutes and no one took our drink order so we left. Great spot on the water, but the menu lacks creativity for such prime waterfront real estate.
Delicious food, great drinks and friendly service!
Excellent as always. The perfect spot to take in all the exciting changes happening on the Alexandria waterfront - and that outdoor seating area. Sublime!
Delicious seafood dinner: creamy seafood chowder, green torpedo oysters and arguably the best crab cakes we have have eaten. Great seafood but a little on the noisy side. Go for the food but not the ambience!
Great for large groups and awesome views
My waiter was amazing, my granddaughter was upset because she didn't like the boat so she wanted to go home. But the waiter took to her and made her smile after that it was easy to bring her back.
Thank you so much
Oysters choices outstanding, chowder fabulous and the crab cakes...best I've had so far in my journey across the world!
Beautiful night to eat outdoor in the waterfront made it a wonderful experience
Nice casual waterfront restaurant. Good ambiance food was great. Wait staff very friendly quick and accommodating.
Our waiter was very nice an attentive to our needs.
Was pleasantly surprised at just how good the restaurant was overall. Service was very good. Our server was polite and didn’t miss a beat - remembered our special requests. The food - the mussels were excellent. The lobster roll great as well. The restaurant was lively and energetic. The drinks were excellent. All in all - one of the better restaurants that I’ve been to. Oh and the staff seemed to genuinely care about our experience. Thank you
Vacay meal and opportunity to watch baseball playoofs. Great service and good food. Patio dining available woukd b nice if not interested in ball game.