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Vola's Dockside Grill

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$30 and under
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Seafood

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Now open daily for socially distanced dining, curbside pickup and delivery! Reservations are available for indoor dining and the patio is available on a first come, first served basis.

With one of the most coveted locations on the Alexandria riverfront, Vola’s Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge feature the best outdoor dining location in town. The menu at Vola’s Dockside Grill features fresh seafood, tacos and American cuisine favorites, alongside cocktails, beer and wine in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. Hi-Tide Lounge is connected to Vola’s by a hallway. In just a few steps, feel transported to the swingin’ 60s and sip on classic cocktails served with midcentury-modern vibe. Open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1102 people are saying
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4.5
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Quesoluvr
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

1st timer. Food was delicious! It came out fresh and hot! Drinks were spot on! Our server was attentive and professional. I was underwhelmed by the atmosphere and there was a never ending line for the restrooms right near our table. That did not leave a good impression!

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JeanneT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Did not realize Vola's is an oyster bar. As we don't care for oysters, we ordered hamburgers, which were fairly awful, unfortunately. Poor quality beef, insufficient BBQ sauce, huge piles of fries.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded 14 hours ago

Hi, Jeanne. Thank you for your review. We are primarily a seafood restaurant, but do take great pride in the quality of all our dishes and are sorry to hear we fell short during your dine. We'd like to continue the conversation and ask that you provide your contact information so we may reach out directly. Thank you again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so good and our waiter was super attentive!

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vipRashi
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Reservations made on OpenTable are for the restaurant only (not the dockside patio!!). Luckily we arrived plenty early and were able to wait for not too long for a patio table. The food was excellent and drinks were great. Keep in mind they have a HARD cut-off on brunch drink deals. Unfortunately we missed our $4 refill because we asked 10 min after 3pm.

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Patrick
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

You really can’t beat the ambience of the marina-side seating, so we’ll be going back. The food was average and you pay for the view.

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Phjumpmaster
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

New to the area and read this was a good restaurant so I made a dinner reservation. I called the restaurant and to request a table on the dock and was told my reservation was for a table inside only and I wanted to sit on the dock I would need to arrive early and put my name on the list. Reservations not accepted for tables on the dock. Our waiter was great. Food was ok. Overall an ok restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Day manager who I assume was Hispanic around 6:30pm on 9/11/20 was super energetic and awesome!! The food was great. The service wasn’t terrible but it was delayed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal! It was my birthday and my husband told the waiter. I had a piece of key lime which was not my fav but it was nice but vola charged me for the pie! We were so surprised!Everything else was really good

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded 14 hours ago

Oh no - we're sorry to hear about this and would love to buy you a slice (or two) during your next dine. Can you send us a message with your contact information so we can coordinate?

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Lots of error in our order
Long wait
Not what I expected based on reviews

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GreatView
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a great time at Vola's....the staff and the manager are simply phenomenal!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on September 8, 2020

Thank you for the five-star review! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Kiara
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect. Loved everything about it. Not a negative word even during a pandemic and being really busy.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on September 8, 2020

Thank you for the five-star review, Kiara! We appreciate your kind words and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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MesfinK
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a gem, especially the outdoor dining experience. I sat in one of the tables overlooking the docks. The service was exceptional (I didn't have to wait for anything from when I arrived to when I paid). My server (Pamela) wore her face mask at all times, so I was super comfortable. The food arrived promptly and it was delicious. I plan to make this a Saturday routine.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on September 8, 2020

Thank you so much for the five-star review! We appreciate your kind words and will share your appreciation with Pamela. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipJBurella
Washington DC
124 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted to go out for oysters before a "show" (online of course) and joined happy hour. Several oysters to choose from at half off and chef's choice for a dollar. Beautifully displayed and fresh! Enjoyed with shrimp fritters, perfectly fine. We really enjoyed the house made sauces for dipping.

The restaurant was very clean and had several precautions to ensure diner safety. I appreciated that!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on September 8, 2020

Thank you so much for the five-star review! We love reading what dishes our guests enjoyed the most and are happy to hear about your dining experience! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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RobM
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Kevin C was our waiter - very friendly and had great advice for drinks and food.
Food was great. Would definitely go again

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on September 4, 2020

Thank you so much for the five-star review! We will share your kind words with Kevin and we hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great location! The Froze is so good! Crab cakes are great as well!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on September 8, 2020

Thank you for the great review! We hope to see you again soon.

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William
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nick I think was our server was great, the quesadilla and tacos were amazing and that Baileys cheese cake was *Pacha Meme*

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on September 8, 2020

Thank you so much for the five-star review, William! We will share your kind words with Nick and are happy to read you enjoyed dining with us! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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vipMeghanG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was AMAZING! We ate inside and then had drinks outside on the dock and both waiters were so personable and energetic!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on September 4, 2020

Hi Meghan, thank you so much for the five-star review! We are so happy you enjoyed your experience and we hope to see you again soon.

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vipmaani
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hugo is amazing. best server ever!!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on September 8, 2020

Thank you so much for the five-star review! We will share your kind words with Hugo and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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ErikA
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Absolutely the WORST service I have experienced in a while. Made a reservation and upon arrival was told that reservations were ONLY for inside tables, not outdoor seating. This was a non-starter for our party of 4 so we had drinks and appetizers inside and then transitioned to an outside table after waiting approximately 30 minutes. Why penalize us for making a reservation? This is just a bad management decision. Table outside was nice, but service was deplorable. Was restaurant week and the 4 of us opted to order off the pre-fix menu, which included one appetizer, two entrees, and one dessert for a party of two - so we ordered two of these dinners-for-two for our table of 4. I should have known it was going off the rails when dessert (key lime pie) showed up 3 minutes after we ordered entrees. We sent it back and then out came one appetizer and two entrees, ALL TOGETHER! What happened to first and second course? The other appetizer was nowhere to be found and after a delay I asked for the manager to come to our table. I explained we had been offered dessert first, then had received one appetizer and two entrees all at once and the other food was missing. The manager apologized and said the kitchen had made a mistake because it was restaurant week and they were confused. Sounds plausible, except we went on Wednesday night, so there was already time for the kinks to be worked out on Monday and Tuesday. After 17 years of food service experience, including many as a server/bartender/front of house manager, I can tell you the problem was probably lack of attention to execution detail by management more than anything else. We will think twice before going back.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on August 31, 2020

Thank you for your honest feedback. We are not accepting outdoor reservations at this time and do state that in the booking confirmation you receive after reserving your table. We are very sorry for any confusion that may have caused. We are also sorry to hear that about the service issues you experienced during your dine. Our character count is limited, but we would like to discuss in more detail and will share our email address with you via private message so we may continue the conversation.

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QueenFoodie
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The service and ambience was great. I do think the food could use more flavor and more authenticity. I’m a cook and there wasn’t a WOW factor with the taste at all. I ordered the chicken fajita bowl and it was just average. I think the chicken could use a citrus garlic marinade of some sort. The dish didn’t scream “fresh” to me. The preparation, marinade, seasonings, & presentation require going back to the drawing board. As an FYI , a restaurant that screams freshness with every bite and sip is Jaléo in Crystal City. That’s the experience every chef/cook should strive for.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on August 31, 2020

Thank you for your honest feedback All of our dishes are made fresh in-house from scratch and we're disappointed to hear that the dishes you tried didn't reflect that. We have shared this feedback with our executive chef team and hope you'll give us another opportunity to impress you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for brunch! Leo our server did a great job! Highly recommend!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on August 31, 2020

Hi, thank you so much for the great review! We will share your kind words with Leo and we hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Water was dripping on us from the ceiling, the waiter was very abrupt and we end up having to send half the food back. We went there for my parents anniversary and I’m slightly disappointed.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on August 31, 2020

We are very disappointed to hear about this recent experience and would like to continue the conversation via email as our character count is limited here. Can you please private message us your contact information so we may reach out directly?

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vipstephaneb
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

overall good if you are not expecting a quick romantic night ! Still nice to be able to get access to in door dining.

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NicholasO
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’d sell my first born for the orange crush recipe... my main reason I go. Plan an hour ahead if you want to eat dockside as it is first come first serve

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on August 31, 2020

Hi Nicholas, thank you so much for the great review! We hope to see you again soon!

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vipJySkr
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service by our waiter. He was attentive and friendly.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on August 31, 2020

Hi JySkr, thank you so much for the great review! We hope to see you again soon.

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vipDJHork
Richmond
44 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

very good happy hour food and drinks. very good regular menu as well.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on August 31, 2020

Hi DJHork, thank you so much for the great review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience and we hope to see you again soon!

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TomO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Small menu but the food was very good. We will be back.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on August 31, 2020

Hi Tom, thank you so much for the great review! We are looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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vipJayyy
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time diner @vola's
My experience was absolutely incredible! From the time I walked in to the time I walked out, I have felt welcomed with the amazing costumer service from the staff. My waiter, Kevin, was very attentive and detail oriented with the questions I had about the menu. The food was delicious and the food had very good quality and was very fresh. Would definitely go there again!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on August 19, 2020

Thank you for the five-star review! We'll share your kind words with Kevin and hope to see you again very soon.

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Shouz
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Good experience. Tables arranged to encourage social distancing.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on August 19, 2020

Thank you for your review and feedback :)

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vipHeidiS
Richmond
24 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! It was a busy Saturday night in Old Town Alexandria. We shared peel and eat shrimp and fries. The shrimp were some of the best we have ever tasted! Service was on point and friendly!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on August 19, 2020

Thank you for the five-star review!

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Dinky
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fun spot to stop and enjoy being on the water and having a delicious lunch. I felt like I was at an island resort. Our service was amazing and the menu was excellent. This is the place to go for a great atmosphere and great meal!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on August 19, 2020

Thank you for the five-star review and kind words! We hope to see you again very soon.

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CC84
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really enjoyed the dockside area. Will visit again

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on August 19, 2020

Thank you for the great review!

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TomO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were great. We would have preferred eating outside but reservations were applicable only to inside seating. You may want to review this policy.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on August 19, 2020

Hi, Tom. Thank you for the review and feedback. Patio reservations are available on a first come, first served basis right now and we are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. We are happy to hear that you were still able to enjoy your experience indoors and do hope you'll join us again soon.

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LizaF
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, on the water. Good selection of good and drink. Great service.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on August 19, 2020

Thank you for the great review!

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Dman
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. Will definitely be back and recommend to friends.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on August 10, 2020

Thank you for the five-star review!

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AbbyK
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food and server and all that good jazz it was good 10/10 would recommend i eat the fried chicken sandwich every time and it’s on point

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Shevy
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent service!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on August 10, 2020

Thank you for the great review!

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vipKathleenS
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Crab cakes were good. My date got the fish and chips. The fish smelled like ammonia. Which is apparently an indication that the fish had gone bad. Yikes! They comped us for his entree, then we paid online. Left a cash tip on the table. Server chased us down to king street, waving our check and tip saying we hadn’t paid. It was super embarrassing. I told him we had paid online (like the check encouraged us to), he hadn’t seen it, I guess? I love Vola’s, but this was definitely not a great experience. Memorable, but not in a good way. It was my date’s first experience and I doubt he’ll ever return.

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HerbM
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vola's Dockside Grill is my first choice when visiting Alexandria VA Old Town for great drinks, eats, atmosphere, not to mention a fantastic Happy Hour from 3pm to 7pm. This venue can not be BEAT!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on August 5, 2020

Thank you for the five-star review! We hope to see you again very soon and happy birthday to your wife!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Come here often. Always an amazing atmosphere and amazing food!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on August 31, 2020

Hi, thank you so much for the great review! We hope to see you again soon.

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Vola's Dockside Grill does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now, Toast and Uber Eats. Vola's Dockside Grill also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 935-8890.

Vola's Dockside Grill is rated 4.5 stars by 1102 OpenTable diners.

Vola's Dockside Grill does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.alexandriarestaurantpartners.com/gift-cards.

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