Vola's Dockside Grill

4.4
1485 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1485 people are saying
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LuizP
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Despite reservation it took more than 10 minutes to be seated. For appetizer I ordered oysters. They came after the hot meal. And , after all, the food was not good. Lots of pepper and fat

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vipMarkDavis
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation at Vola's using Open Table under the section "Outdoor dining" When I checked in at the restaurant, they told me that they do not reserve outdoor seats, only indoor seats. So there is a major disconnect between Vola's and Open Table. We did not get a seat outdoors, so we left and did not eat there.

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BenV
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Service was very good and prompt. Food was mediocre for price. Table was very sticky I would have been fine with the experience for 2/3 of the cost

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ericaw
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The crab dip and shrimp and grits were phenomenal.

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CheriS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service2ambience4

Despite having a reservation, and seeing empty tables, my companion and I were not seated promptly. Our server, although friendly and attentive when at the table, was not present when needed and could not be waved down for an extended period of time.

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vickys
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch menu has a nice variety with delicious and plentiful food options

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LindaC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We did not receive our food for over an hour. My husband’s salmon was good but My crab cakes were tasteless and my daughter’s fried chicken sandwich was just mediocre.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

A bit noisy and service was rather slow. But the menu is nice and the food pretty good. LOVED the Sangria.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recently celebrated my moms birthday there and the food, service, and location was wonderful. I will definitely go back.

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vipSnoffles
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was very good and it is located right on Potomac River in Old Town.

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Dani
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You won't find better service on the boardwalk.
Fish and coconut shrimp are the best!
Cocktails are a little pricey for the portions, but have a great variety.
A little noisy inside but all fixed with outside seating.

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NoelleD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best lobster roll I've had in a while. The fries that went with were delicious and stayed hot for way longer than fries usually do. Have no idea how they did that. Excellent service, too - our waitress was excellent.

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PeeJ
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

My only gripe is regarding Happy Hour. Specifically, on Vola's website and on Open Table while making the reservation, there is no mention of $1 oysters and happy hour drink specials being available only in certain areas of the restaurant/bar. When we arrived, sat down at a very unappealing table outdoors along the wall of the torpedo factory, and asked the server about drink specials, she told us Happy Hour is only available at the bar inside. I would not have made the reservation if I knew that in advance!

That said, the server was very nice and polite. The manager gave us the $1 oysters, and the food in general was very good. I'll definitely go back, but some clarification is needed so patrons aren't surprised as we were upon arrival.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Very little vegetarian options. Otherwise - absolutely great.

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Djmehs17
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Husband and I came here for a date night. Wonderful food and great service. Loved getting the history behind Vola’s in the beginning. Great drink and food recommendations. I also appreciated that despite being a mostly seafood restaurant we were asked if we had any allergies or dietary restrictions.

Would love to return and sit outside.

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Tellie
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, view and service. I'll define be back!!

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DaeJuhnR
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kind of hot in restaurant also food proportion could have been a little bigger.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and first time in VA beautiful

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LorenzoT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was bland, not the best prepared. The drinks were bad. And the price for Crab Cakes were over priced. The waitress did not return all my change.

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RobertH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome Oysters. Great Service. Nice location on waterfront in Old Town!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food…server was okay but not terrible.

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MargaritaA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

It’s not a good spot for a first date. It was loud and active, which may be fun for a night out with friends, but not favorable when you’re trying to listen/hear what someone is saying and actually get to know them. And when you’re already nervous for a first date, it can raise your anxiety level even more. We ate quickly and left to walk around and talk so we could actually get to know each other.

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vipRobD
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, good drinks, tasty starters. Super view on the water.

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ChristineF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Outdoor dining small. More wait than inside. I reserved a regular table they gave me a high top.
It's nothing fancy just ok food.

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TrentenR
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and best service we have had so far in DC area. We have never been so excited to have our leftovers!

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vipMBinternational
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal and drinks were delicious. They did something unexpected with corn...it included bacon so it turned out well. Thanks to our server. Anastacia.

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LaurelM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Made reservations for 12pm. Checked in at 12 and was told to wait 15 mins. It was super busy, but it was a beautiful Sunday and all of Old Town was bustling. Eggs benedict were good! My friend got the pork belly hash and enjoyed it. Fun, but very loud atmosphere. Besides the weird check in, staff was friendly and prompt.

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DebbieK
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious food- the Crab Hush Puppies are things food dreams are made of- I need them again and soon!

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vipMango23
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Despite reservations we were kept waiting for a patio table. Watched group after group being seated before us. They eventually seated us in a temporary back room. After another long wait we got the menus. Only they were the wrong ones and had to wait longer. One accepts the mediocre food quality for the harbor view. Unfortunately we got neither….never again

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BREONJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was good, we got the crab dip but it came with crackers that we didn’t like so we ask for something different and they gave us garlic bread which paired good with the dip. Also, I had the lump crab meat grilled cheese, too much bread, not enough lump crab meat, it was still good though.

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MWade
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply wonderful! From the service to the atmosphere to the food and the drinks, I highly recommend Vola’s and will dine there again soon.

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AnthonyM
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Celebrate my sisters birthday with my niece and great niece we enjoy the crab cakes and drinks

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DebbieS
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice location overlooking the Potomac River.

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Eburkes
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ate outside and it was lovely. Staff were very attentive without being obtrusive. We did have to ask that the music be turned down so we could hear each other talk.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to restrictions on reservations, we had to make two separate party reservations for 6 people each and hope that we could sit somewhat close to each other. Explaining this to the hosts, they jumped into action and made it where our entire party was together. Bryan, our server on 7/15/21 was unexpectedly seated with a 12 top and managed to make us feel like we were the only table he had and never missed a beat with servicing the other tables. His customer service, on top of the food, really made our special occasion special. I highly recommend asking for Bryan in the future!

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vipjoanS
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Go for the outside seating on the dock!
Order calm chowder
And Po’boy shrimp sammie
And then get the heck out of this over- priced, terrible service chain restaurant.

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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
122 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had lunch with a friend whom I had not seen for awhile, and the Vola's staff took wonderful care of us. We had a lovely outdoor table in the shade, and lingered to catch up and have great food. Absolutely perfect afternoon.

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vipCarpDiem06
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor space overlooking the harbor

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Laura
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went for happy hour (m-f 4p-7p.) and dinner. Mixed drinks were very good and oysters were outstanding. Oysters were clean, fresh, and meaty. Sat at a table in the bar area, table overlooked dock and Potomac River, very nice view. Appetizers and entrees were upscale bar food. We ordered the grouper sandwich, crab cakes, and ahi tuna salad. All the food was very good and we would not hesitate to order the same items again in the future. Bar and wait service was excellent. The only drawback was the noise level; we were a party of four and we found it very difficult to converse above the music and ambient noise. Note: there is outside seating on the dock with umbrellas but it was way to hot to sit out there, maybe next time. Important: make a reservation on OpenTable before going, the wait will be well over an hour without a reservation.

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vipKarenS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our Server was excellent. We started outside then the rain came and he quickly got us settled inside. Great food and service.

FAQs

Vola's Dockside Grill does offer delivery in partnership with 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 4.4 stars by 1485 OpenTable diners.

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

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.