Vola's Dockside Grill

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Vola’s Dockside Grill and the adjacent Hi-Tide Lounge provides a relaxed and casual style seafood restaurant, and a retro-cool, hideaway bar for tourists and locals alike. Named after Vola Lawson, a much-loved and iconic citizen of Old Town, Vola’s Dockside Grill embraces the simpler times and has been designed as a spot that feels as if it is as integral to Old Town as the cobblestone streets. Vola’s is a friendly, familiar place with a raw bar and the largest outdoor riverside patio in Old Town, where the food, atmosphere, service, and experience are always fantastic.
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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RW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our go to place...and we're in Annandale! Its worth the drive and parking and crowded Old Town. Love the atmosphere and the food is excellent. Service has always been a tad slow for our liking, but its certainly acceptable.

CC
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server was excellent and half off oysters happy hour special was superb. Only thing we did not like was not being able to order chicken wings at our non-bar table. Cuz I love chicken wings. And it is not available on the regular menu.

DT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

L
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The wings with old bay seasoning was fantastic. A must have.

SG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The service was great! Our server was so sweet! Love it and will go back soon!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Dinner and service were great. The noise level made it next to impossible to carry on a conversation.

HS
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

f
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly staff; crab cakes could use some seasoning.

SK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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.

DF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

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.

SC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my parents for Christmas dinner, they loved it!

DJ
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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.

BR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner with family was a great experience with a beautiful setting on the Potomac with outstanding service and wonderful food

LE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

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 .

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on December 26, 2019

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.

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KA
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience5

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.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you for taking the time and leaving us a review! We appreciate you leaving us your comments and will make sure to pass the information along to the team.

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r
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Reasonable food and prices. Great Alexandria location.

KM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been to Old Town in a long time. Nice to see how vibrant it is.

Enjoyed Vola’s!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on December 5, 2019

Thank you for leaving us a review and stopping by! We hope to see you again soon.

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JH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

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.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on December 6, 2019

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.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on December 6, 2019

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.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service - We were blown away! We will definitely be back.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on December 5, 2019

Thank you for the kind words! We look forward to see you again soon.

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C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great oysters!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on December 6, 2019

Hi Colleen, thank you for leaving us a review! We hope to see you again soon.

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S
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on December 6, 2019

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.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on December 5, 2019

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.

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TT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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!

JM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just super food, great service and lovely setting!!

D
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding. This place would be great in the summer when you could sit outside!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome

CA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious food, great drinks and friendly service!

t
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. The perfect spot to take in all the exciting changes happening on the Alexandria waterfront - and that outdoor seating area. Sublime!

TL
Greensboro
17 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for large groups and awesome views

JW
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

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

BD
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters choices outstanding, chowder fabulous and the crab cakes...best I've had so far in my journey across the world!

MP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful night to eat outdoor in the waterfront made it a wonderful experience

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice casual waterfront restaurant. Good ambiance food was great. Wait staff very friendly quick and accommodating.

OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was very nice an attentive to our needs.

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