Vola's Dockside Grill

4.4
1530 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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1530 people are saying
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Lashawn
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The experience this go round was by far one of the worst. We have been here a bunch of times and the food and service are always on point. The waiter brushed us off, our food came out wrong multiple times. So many mishaps.

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MaryO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place, food was very good. I sat at a high top and I’m short so it was hard to get up and my legs dangled. So just be specific in what seating you need. Oh, and out door seating is first come first serve. Reservations inside only.

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LuckyLosso
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, the staff got us seated quickly and the food was on point!

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PatsyP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food is excellent. Sit outside by the water for a perfect dining experience.

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Monica
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Spent 15 minutes trying to flag my waiter down. The hostess on the deck could’ve been more friendlier. The food was okay but I’ve tasted better from them.

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SeturahF
Savannah
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Friend’s birthday. They gave her a complimentary dessert which was a nice touch.

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Joanna
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food there was amazing! My brother is allergic to seafood so he got a burger which he enjoyed. I loved the old bay French fries! My family got the coconut shrimp basket and the salmon and I got the crab grilled cheese which was also amazing. We went on a Friday night so it was really loud! But the food was really good!!

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Ryan
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Vola's is great. Our waiter was outstanding and the food was very good! My spouse's salmon was a bit overcooked and it took a while for our oysters to come out, but they were delicious. We also came on half off wine bottles on Wednesday, which made it even better value. My rockfish over potatoes special hit the spot perfectly. We'll definitely be coming back!

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vipGregC
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food, excellent service. Had the Grouper and Shrimp combo and while good taste, fish serving was very small for the price. Nice locale and good seating choices.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I made dinner reservations four days out and politely asked for a table by the water. This was for a special occasion for our family. Unfortunately, the young host did not reserve a spot and offered a table by the wall, away from the table. The wait for a table I asked for was about an hour. I was very disappointed because I was looking forward to this. Not sure if I will return soon.

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AngelaR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went for happy hour. Good service. The specials were good. We ordered tasty treats like crab dip,crab egg roll, and crab hushpuppy's which had a bit of spice. The drinks were phenomenal! Rum punch, painkiller both great choices. I had the shrimp po-boy. The shrimp were seasoned well however, too much bread for me, my friends ordered oysters and crab cake sandwiches they enjoyed. I would recommend!

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Jennifer
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Definitely a great spot for date night, families, and out of town visitors to stop by. Beautiful view of the Alexandria waterfront.

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DesireeW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waterfront, Ada's. Vola's, Blackwell Hitch; great customer service and nice ambiance.

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VictoriaB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The menu is very Cajun. We had a great seat by a window but the returant was very loud. Our server was very good.

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CLA77
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Mostly fried options- not much in the way of grilled or healthier options. A little noisy - hard to have a conversation.

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ZellM
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

All was good here except for the very beginning of our experience. I had a reservation and showed up on time. For some reason, the hostess on duty felt that it was okay to walk me over to a separate part of the restaurant that was completely empty and seat me there by myself as I waited for my party to join me. Not cool at all, and I expressed that to my server who was kind enough to find a seat for me in the main restaurant where I could sit with other people around me. After that, everything was great. The server did a great job and the food was excellent. All in all, I would definitely come back to Vola's --- I would just hope that a different host/hostess was on duty.

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vipRestaurantBird
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Alexandria Restaurant Week at Volas's! Good reason to venture into Old Town. We love their regular hush puppies--and these special crab hush puppies were superb. You can actually taste the crab. . .and there were eight per serving--very generous. Hubby's entree was Roasted Jerk Chicken, which was incredibly spicy, including the vegetables, almost to the point of being overwhelming. But he cooled it down with two beers and enjoyed. My entree was Pineapple Glazed Salmon, with a number of toppings. Very well prepared, also spicy but not at the same level. Desserts: tasty strawberry shortcake (also a great antidote to the chicken) and great chocolate mousse.

Vola's tried its best for service. Started with a table that had ants all over it (we sat outside) but were graciously moved to another. At several points during the meal, flatware was picked up but not replaced, a second beer was ordered but did not arrive, two managers came by frequently to check on us, but it was beginning to feel a little too much. Glad we came early (5:45), by the time we departed (7:35) both outside areas were filled. . .and this was a Thursday.

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RoyH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had a very good experience at Vola's. The food and service were excellent. The only negative experience was that there were too many flies.

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JanetK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Showed up at reservation time and was told it would be another hour and that they did not take reservations for outside dining which was specified in special requests (Really? No mention of this and during COVID????)
Hostesses we’re not accommodating, finally offered outdoor seating in a roped off area where evidently there WAS a reservation for a party of 15, so we could only have it for 30 minutes. Our party of 3 walked away in disgust, went to Ada’s down the water and we’re seated outside quickly, had great service and spent our $300 elsewhere on a FABULOUS meal and GREAT service without all the raucous frat style noise and horrid service.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on August 30, 2021

We are truly saddened that your experience was not as great as we would have liked. However, kindly note that in the "special notes" section of our open table reservation page, we have a disclaimer which says "all reservations are for indoor dining. This is visible on the front page before booking the reservation. We recommend reading that section carefully prior to booking, as each restaurant has unique policies when it comes to online reservations.

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SeafoodLover4real
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First, I love the vibe there. The playlist was fun - great sounds! The waiter was not only cute but very helpful to us as we made our meal choices. Overall a great time.

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vipLaurenM
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful first dining experience! The staff was friendly and the food was delicious. The drinks were great and the Old town atmosphere was perfect !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience5

The food was amazing. I wish we could have enjoyed what we ordered. Service was painfully slow. We could bet stay so had to cancel one of the entrées. We tried to be understanding of the pandemic, but we noticed others around us getting their food and drinks served timely.

Vola's Dockside Grill
Responded on August 23, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We’re sorry to hear that your dishes didn’t arrive in a timely manner. We take this feedback very seriously and will share with our management and culinary teams. Thank you again and we hope you’ll give us another opportunity to exceed your expectations.

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vipChristineC
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This place neds more than 4 food items for happy hour!

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SuDC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Inside dining was very noisy. Food was mediocre. Waiter was very friendly but not attentive.

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vipAlfieW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

This place is my favorite weekend go to! Service is great!

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DaShawn
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great environment and food. The staff was great and polite. I would definitely be coming back again

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Darcy
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The table service was great. The management was not. I

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IyeshaW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view, food, drinks, and customer service was awesome.

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vipBARCA
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything above us is always excellent sitting outside on the patio is a dream. Highly recommended

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vipPdiddy
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I truly enjoyed my experience at Vola's Dockside Grill. The service was superb and the food was excellent. My pineapple sangria was delicious. I also enjoyed the music as I looked out on the water. What a fabulous resturant and the area is simply amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

We ordered fried calamari, half of the plate was fried onions instead of calamari. We informed the server about the issue but nothing was done to remediate the disappointment.

The burger that was ordered was mediocre, the fish was tasteless, without flavor. The bun of the burger was soggy.

Our waiter was good but the food itself was mediocre. I truly wish my experience was better because I indicated that the dinner was a special occasion.

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3diners
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Pineapple glazed salmon was delicious! Devin took good care of us!

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AreejJ
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The fires were extremely salty and the coleslaw didn't taste fresh or good. The price for the peel and eat shrimp was pretty outrageous. That being said, the shrimp was yummy and so was everything else we got. The oysters, drinks, coconut shrimp platter, grouper sandwitch were all really good. Our server (Russian lady) was amazing and even got us a pecan pie cake to celebrate our anniversary. The pie wasn't that good though. These were small cons, I will def be back here! Drinks were great too!

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DanielleL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I had put in my reservation that we were celebrating two birthdays and nothing was done!

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Tricia
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

food was disappointing but its a nice place to eat outside on the waterfront. the bloody mary had a thick ring of Old Bay seasoning around the rim and was so spicy I could not drink it... it has horseradish in it I was told later. The smell of the Old Bay was unpleasant in a drink. The eggs benedict were average... I have had much better.

the waiter was pleasant and helpful... a big plus. They did a great job accomodating the 12 of us... terrific staff.

So overall not too bad but it wont be a favorite of mine. I might go back for a wine and starter dish.

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vipVirginiaLady
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a terrific lunch here with family. Even though it was a rainy day, it was still lovely to look out the window and see the Potomac while enjoying delicious oysters, cocktails, and my favorite - the coconut shrimp! Our server was great to work with, really enjoyable lunch!

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David
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit BUT we’ll be back again, SOON! Great Service!

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JamesS
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food has been consistently good as has service. Our waitress arrived recently here and provided the best service and conversation we have experienced in a long time. Will dine again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite locations

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vipChristineC
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I went there because it was oyster day. I wish they would clean the oysters before shucking them.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Vola's Dockside Grill using the Order Online button. Vola's Dockside Grill also offers 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 1530 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.