Vola's Dockside Grill

4.5
1175 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

Featured specials

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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Dine in
Starting Feb 14, 2021

Love is in the air all month long! Join us from Feb. 10 - Feb. 28 for a Valentine's Day prix fixe menu with a view. Our $79 prix fixe menu for two includes a bottle of our featured red wine, white wine, or prosecco and the best views in Alexandria. Full à la carte menu also available.

What 1175 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic. The view was spectacular. Our experience was second to none

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KimM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and enjoyed all aspects of the restaurant. Great food and service and fun atmospheric in a great location. Highly recommend!

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EmilyW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Table in the way way back near the service station and door was unfortunate, that's my only comment. That location deters from the experience. Would not suggest leaving that table there long term.

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vipkmc4
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food2service3ambience5

Ambience is amazing. Great views. Nice servers. Food and drinks are mediocre.

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vipDebraA
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flight crew in town. So fun to enjoy the Potomac & great seafood! Service the best!!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on January 11, 2021

Thank you so much for the five-star review, Debra! We are so thrilled you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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MarshayL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was okay, we felt “rushed”. Our date lasted maybe an hour and we wanted to have a couple more drinks but the owner made the waiter tell us that there was another party waiting to take our “table” which I understood but we felt it was classless. Our waiter was very nice and the food was good.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on January 12, 2021

Hi, Marshay. We deeply apologize for your dining experience. We never want a guest to feel rushed and we are disappointed that you experienced this. We have shared your feedback with our management team and will work to improve. We hope you will give us another opportunity to impress you.

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Ashley
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience2

Food was cold. Menu inconsistent. I wouldn’t call this a Spanish restaurant.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on January 11, 2021

Thank you for your feedback, Ashley. We are disappointed that we were unable to satisfy your time with us. We greatly apologize that your time with us fell short and we will use your feedback so we may work to improve. We hope you will give us another opportunity to impress you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice. I enjoyed the view of the Potomac and it was a good place to have some seafood.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on January 11, 2021

Thank you so much for the great review! We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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Mzjulieb
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had lunch on my own one day at Vola's and it was such a treat! I've never had fish and chips before that the fish was so thick and the breading wasn't over powering! It was scrumptious! I was immediately seated, the waitress came over right away. I honestly can't think of any place I'd rather go again in Old Town! Thank you for being a part of a lovely day :)

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on January 7, 2021

Thank you so much for the kind review! We loved reading about your experience with us and we are so happy you enjoyed the Fish and Chips! We will share your kind words with Serena and we are looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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MarkT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Company in from out of town. Never been. Loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely phenomenal

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on January 11, 2021

Thank you so much for the five-star review! We hope to see you again soon.

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JaelynM
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt comfortable with the seating arrangements. Outside seating and very social distanced inside seating with great ventilation. The food was great and the service was quick. Was in an out in an hour. Definitely going back

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on January 7, 2021

Thank you so much for the great review, Jaelyn! We are so happy you felt comfortable during your dine with us. It was a pleasure serving you and we are looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Melissa was a great waitress! The food, drinks, and the ambiance was great! Definitely will visit again when I’m in town!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on January 4, 2021

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

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WilliamM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Scrambled eggs for $15. And they were cold. Not likely again,..

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on January 4, 2021

Thank you for your honest feedback, William. We take great pride in the quality of all our dishes and are sorry to hear that we fell short during your recent dine. We have shared this feedback directly with our culinary team and do hope you’ll give us another opportunity to impress you.

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vipShar
Washington DC
98 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was okay. Tables were a little too close for COVID comfort. Service was “okay” but seemed rushed. Food was okay too. Nothing to rave about. Except for sitting outside when it’s nice we probably won’t go there for dinner again.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on January 4, 2021

Thank you for your honest feedback, Shar. We take great pride in the quality of all our dishes and are sorry to hear that we fell short during your recent dine. We have shared this feedback directly with our culinary and management team and do hope you’ll give us another opportunity to impress you.

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GeraldA
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Vola was nice. Had a very nice quiet ambience. It was COVID compliant and the food was really really good. Definitely will be back.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on January 7, 2021

Thank you for the great review, Gerald! We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us and we are pleased that you felt comfortable during your dine. It was a pleasure having you and we hope to see you again soon!

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Carlos
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. I thought the lighting was a bit dark, but it still was an awesome experience. The server kept periodically stopping by to see if we were okay which I thought was good.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on December 31, 2020

Hi, Carlos. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review! We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us and we greatly appreciate your feedback. It was a pleasure serving you and we hope to see you again soon!

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JuanR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious menu and new items from a restaurant merger. Can’t wait to go back!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on December 28, 2020

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

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vipMARIO
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SUCH A WONDERFUL RESTAURANT. WITH AMAZING SERVICE, FOOD AND GREAT VIEW.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on December 29, 2020

Hi, Mario. Thank you so much for the five-star review! We are so happy you enjoyed the food and service and we hope to see you again soon.

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vipDsKs
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed dinner here on Christmas Eve...it was so good that we went back on Christmas Day! We really enjoyed the peel n eat shrimp, the fried chicken sandwich and the spiked hot apple cider. The wait staff was AMAZING!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on December 29, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review! We are so happy you enjoyed your dining experience with us and we loved reading what dishes you enjoyed the most. It was a pleasure serving you and we hope to see you again soon!

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vipDalianaA
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Nice patio! Good to relax and watch the outside. I had a nice lobster soup.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for the five-star review, Daliana! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the Lobster Soup. It was a pleasure having you and we hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Fish and chips were great! Oysters were amazing!!! Muscles were not. Overall great experience would come again!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on December 21, 2020

Thank you for the great review! We greatly appreciate your feedback and we are looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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TheExceptionalOne
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was tremendous!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on December 21, 2020

Thank you so much for the five-star review!

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MarcyG
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great location and very helpful and attentive hosts and wait staff. Food was delicious and our group plans to return again.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on December 22, 2020

Hi, Marcy. Thank you so much for the five-star review! We are so happy you enjoyed your dining experience with us, from the service to the food, and we hope to see you again soon!

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vipMARIO
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. One of the best in Old Town and hands down the best view and outdoor seating. Great food and service. You definitely cannot go wrong here

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on December 18, 2020

Hi, thank you so much for the five-star review! We greatly appreciate your kind words and we are so happy you enjoyed your time with us. It was a pleasure serving you and we hope to see you again soon.

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Derwoodsman
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Dined, socially distant, on the lovely dockside patio. Beautiful location.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on December 15, 2020

Thank you so much for the great review. We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us and we are looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipFOODIE
Washington DC
103 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Had the crab and grilled cheese... they apparently forgot the crab part... could barely taste it....

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on December 14, 2020

Hi, thank you so much for your honest feedback. We take great pride in the quality and flavor of our food and we apologize that this fell short during your recent dine. We have shared your feedback with our culinary team and we hope you will give us another opportunity to impress you.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely first time for me and my girlfriend. The setting, atmosphere, service and was terrific!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on December 7, 2020

Thank you so much for the five-star review! We are so happy you and your girlfriend enjoyed your dining experience with us and we hope to see you again soon!

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vipHajiraO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food was amazing and great lunch views! My friend had the shrimp po boy and I had the fried chicken sandwich, both were amazing

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on December 7, 2020

Hi, Hajira! Thank you so much for the five-star review! We are so happy you enjoyed your dining experience with us, and we love reading what dishes our guests enjoyed the most. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday on a Tuesday afternoon. It was a beautiful day and the food was great as always!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on December 2, 2020

Thank you so much for the five-star review! We are so happy we were able to celebrate your birthday with you. We are thrilled you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to see you again soon!

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HannahS
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best crab cakes in the area 😋 They are the reason my love for crab cakes have been revived 🤣

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on December 2, 2020

Hi, Hannah. Thank you so much for the five-star review! We are so happy you enjoyed the Crab Cakes! We hope to see you again soon.

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vipShannon
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful day outside with great food. Loved the shrimp and corn fritters!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on November 23, 2020

Hi, Shannon. Thank you so much for the five-star review! We are so happy you enjoyed the shrimp and corn fritters and we hope to see you again soon.

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farmerkath
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was outstanding, great help with ordering since it was my first visit. The char grilled chicken wings appear to be baked and then finished on the grill, a bit of a dissapointment, but the Breath of Fresh Air was amazing!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on November 17, 2020

Thank you so much for the great review, farmerkath! We are so happy you enjoyed your experience with us. We appreciate your feedback on the Char Grilled Chicken Wings and will share your thoughts with the culinary staff. We hope you will give us another chance to impress you!

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LisaJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the food, the quality of the food and the portion sizes are enough to share. We had a great view, the atmosphere is fun and upbeat. Our server was great and attentive. I think his name was Delonte I wish I remembered his name he was very good.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on November 17, 2020

Hi, Lisa. Thank you so much for the kind review! We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us and we can't wait to see you again.

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ArnoldM
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Vola’s for Sunday Brunch and it was Delicious. I’ve visited Vola’s in the past and the service and food quality is always GREAT.

I would definitely recommend visiting Vola’s! The management ( Freddy ) comes around to the table to make customers are completely satisfied with your food and service. I love this place and would eat there everyday if I could.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on November 17, 2020

Hi, Arnold. Thank you so much for the five-star review! We are so thrilled you enjoyed your Sunday Brunch with us, from the service to the food. We will share your kind words with Kamiya and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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TAw81
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good menu choices. Food was prepared and tasted great. Service was friendly, attentive, and on time. Great spot to eat!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on November 16, 2020

Thank you so much for leaving us a review! We are so happy you enjoyed your dining experience with us, from the service to the food. We hope to see you again soon!

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TorrieO
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere and great service!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on November 13, 2020

Thank you so much for the five-star review, Torrie! We hope to see you again soon.

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Asdfghjkl
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location, great food, good portions, and good service! Gets crowded so make a reservation and not the biggest brunch menu - but everything available is awesome!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on November 10, 2020

Hi, thank you so much for your kind words! We are so happy you enjoyed the food, service, and atmosphere and we are looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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happy
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great climate and service! Food was delicious! Took a little while for oysters so they added extra at no cost.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on November 9, 2020

Hi, thank you so much for the great review! We are so happy you enjoyed your experience with us, from the service to the food. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gerson was an amazing server! My girlfriend and I came from out of town and we made it a point that we will definitely be visiting Vola’s again. The food was high quality, the drinks were great. It was an all-around great experience!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on November 9, 2020

Hi, thank you so much for the five-star review! We are so happy you enjoyed the food and drinks! We will share your kind words with Gerson and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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FAQs

Vola's Dockside Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 935-8890.

Vola's Dockside Grill is rated 4.5 stars by 1175 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.