Vola's Dockside Grill

4.6
1243 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 1243 people are saying
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mayat
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has to be the best seafood I have had while in the DMV area. The staff was very pleasant. I brought my own birthday cake for my best friend and they brought it out with candles and sang happy birthday at the end of our meal. Awesome place to eat.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a late afternoon snack and drink and so glad we found this place! The crab hush puppies were some of the most delicious food we had all weekend! Highly recommended!

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Rachel
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food5service5ambience5

When I showed up, they didn’t have a table to sit three people that my reservation was made for. We ended up going to the hi tide lounge which was great, but kind of frustrating when I originally showed up!

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vipCTH076
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Was sat by the door...every time the door opened it blew stuff off the table as well as being cold. Will never sit at this particular table again. Food is very good and we really enjoy the oyster selection.

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JuliaB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Vola’s. The staff was super efficient turning the tables around quickly. Anastasia our server was friendly and efficient. The food was good. (Unfortunately the two draft beers we tried tasted off...)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Reservation was at 6:30 didn’t get seated till after 7. The waiter we had was great though.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The occasion was my wife’s birthday. Everything was wonderful. Would have liked a little more light in the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks dockside with great service to boot!

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DawnG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was attentive, the food was good, my table was near the hallway with the bathrooms and there was a constant line near my table, with COVID that was a bit concerning.
Also, we had reservations and no priority was given for outside seating, we were told that 95 people were on the waiting list although we had reservations. I made reservations so I could eat outside on a beautiful day. The inside atmosphere lacked the ambiance I was hoping for my Easter Dinner.

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CliffK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I was pleasantly surprised to find dining here a rather nice experience. So one has another very good restaurant with a Potomac River view in Old Towne Alexandria. All of us found the food very tasty and portions were adequate. I did find the combination of patron sound level plus the background music enough to make conversation at times challenging for those at my table. Would recommend background sound be adjusted according to attendance amount. Of course, on a nice Sunday afternoon with excellent weather, warm and much sun, would expect much higher levels of patron attendance at both the restaurant itself and outside.

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JonathanH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Jaleel (sp?) was best waiter ever at Sunday Brunch 4/4/20...kind and efficient but not intrusive, and ALWAYS with a smile! Excellent service and represents Vola's very well

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Bronowski
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Very disappointing food. My wife's fish in the fish and chips was undercooked and overdosed with a very thick batter. The fries were much too salty, though crisp. I love to order a grouper sandwich, but this one was disappointing. The kitchen tends to overdo the spice level on everything. Service was inattentive. On the plus side, it's a great location right on Alexandria's waterfront walking path. Great for people-watching.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded 7 days ago

We would like to apologize for this meal you and your wife had with us. At Vola's we take pride in making sure our guests leave wow-ed with our food and service, but this time it was not the case. We hope you join us again so we can turn your experience around.

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PavD
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The lobster roll was to die for. Great waiter who was very friendly and helpful. Dockside seating on Easter Sunday was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for a Bachelor party dinner and everything went amazing

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Noah
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a FANTASTIC time! Went for an anniversary dinner and couldn’t have been more satisfied. The crab hush puppies left us both speechless, and the lobster rolls were the best we’ve had in this area by far. Service was timely and not too intrusive. Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience1

I understand it’s COVID. We sat in a back room that had artificial turf and looked like a doggy day care. The food was just food and nothin exceptional. Bloody Mary’s were bland. Tasted like tomato juice and vodka. No added spices. Will not go back. Old Town has a lot to offer and will venture to a different restaurant next time.

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vipMelV
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my visiting friend’s birthday. We decided to take him to a place near the wharf and Vola’s did not disappoint. We loved everything there. Will surely come back in the future

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ZacharyA
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was amazing! Although loud at times, it was never to the point where it took away from the evening.

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Nikki
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food is consistently ok with the tourist trap feel. The drinks are good and the service is consistently very good.

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marieviewer
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First dining experience during the pandemic and had a lovely experience. Food was delicious and waiter was attentive and friendly. There is also close attention paid to safety and cleanliness.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Smoked fish dip was amazing. Cajun grouper is a must try.

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vipTwoCoasts
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Vola's is OK--just OK. The food was very good (pork belly hash; tuna poke) but the service was extremely spotty. Our server took our order -- he was great. But food is delivered by others and they brought each person's order at a different time. Getting utensils and napkins was a struggle too. And the noise level made it almost impossible to hear each other. I like restaurants with an energetic feel but this was over the top. Had the weather been better we would have requested an outside table that would have solved the noise issue. But the disjointed service really needs help.

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Foodtobask
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Vola's is right on the boardwalk overlooking the river; it is definitely the place to go for a fun-filled experience on a sunny day. The service was excellent and as it was my first time there, the recommendations for food and drink were very helpful. I had the fish and chips, along with a tequila Bloody Mary and for dessert, shared a piece of Key Lime pie -- what a combo! Delicious. This is a busy but very upbeat, friendly place. I will definitely go back and recommend to a friend.

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suzanned
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sherry was amazing. Food was very good!

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ROBINL
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The happy hour and food were fantastic!! The bartender was super sweet and gave great service

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Riah
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Beautiful scenery & delicious food. First time I got to choose what kind of oysters I wanted.

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JoshB
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Every dish was very salty, service was slow and inattentive, restaurant was so dark you could barely read the menu.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on March 24, 2021

Thank you so much for the honest review, Josh. We are disappointed we were unable to satisfy your time with us and have shared your experience with our management team to ensure this does not happen again. We take great pride in our food and service and we apologize we missed the mark. We hope you will give us another opportunity to impress you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Amazing seafood!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on March 23, 2021

Thank you for your review!

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vipMARIO
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. The weather was cooperative so we were able to sit outside on the patio which is sublime. Right on the water and with a view of the new waterfront Park. Really fantastic and not to be messed

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vipAdam
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out with excellent food and service!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on March 23, 2021

Thank you for your kind words Adam!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious in a beautiful setting. Service was great!

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on March 23, 2021

Thank you for your review!

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vipJayates
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch by the water. Food was fantastic. Great service.

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JuliaG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! Would go again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SDALXVA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, food, and ambience. Had the weather been warmer, I would've really enjoyed sitting by the water, but the indoor table separation was perfect. Couldn't have been happier with the service - truly outstanding. Will definitely be back.

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rick1050
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The menu has changed, much to my disappointment. The drinks are still good.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on March 23, 2021

We would like to apologize for our menu not being to your liking Rick. We will share this with our team so we can see how we can improve.

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vipRestonlady
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My girlfriend and I had Sunday brunch inside at one of the high top tables near the window because it was a windy day. Otherwise, we might have chosen to dine outside overlooking the waterfront. The food was very good and so was the service. I enjoyed the crabcake sandwich with french fries and cole slaw and an iced tea. My girlfriend ordered the avocado toast. This is very cute seafood restaurant in Old Town and one of my favorites. Look forward to returning soon.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on March 23, 2021

Thank you for joining us for brunch with your friends! It means a lot that all of you enjoyed the service as well as the ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I really enjoyed down here. Food and service was awesome

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Aleeya
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I truly enjoyed Vola’s and can’t wait to visit Alexandria again to go back!

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PrivateAirOne
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vola's has consistent, excellent customer service. Everyone on the staff from hostess and servers, to the support servers and assistant managers. Because of COVID and the nice weather, we always prefer to sit on the outdoor patio which has a very nice view and is also quieter than indoors. Overall, Vola's is a great restaurant with good food that is ideal for lunch, happy hour, or dinner.

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SeeElleDee
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food.
Pretty casual spot with better than you might expect food for the setting. Clear commitment to COVID-19 safety precautions. Can’t wait for my next visit!!

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 4.6 stars by 1243 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.