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Vola's Dockside Grill
Vola’s Dockside Grill and the adjacent Hi-Tide Lounge provides a relaxed and casual style seafood restaurant, and a retro-cool, hideaway bar for tourists and locals alike. Named after Vola Lawson, a much-loved and iconic citizen of Old Town, Vola’s Dockside Grill embraces the simpler times and has been designed as a spot that feels as if it is as integral to Old Town as the cobblestone streets. Vola’s is a friendly, familiar place with a raw bar and the largest outdoor riverside patio in Old Town, where the food, atmosphere, service, and experience are always fantastic.
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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Clean menu provided to every guest
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
lemon-tarragon mayo, cucumber, buttered new england style roll
jumbo lump blue crab, creole mustard-green apple slaw, pickled jalapeo tartar sauce, old bay fries
Wine Down Wednesday
50% off on all bottles of wine $100 and under.
We had a lovely brunch outside, overlooking the Potomac. The weather, food and service was perfect. Vola’s is one of our go to places. It is always fabulous!!
Hi Julie, thank you for taking the time to leave us the incredible review! We are thrilled to know we are on of your favorite places to dine and look forward to hosting you again soon.
Lovely outside dining area. Tight seating but we got lucky and had a table by the water.
Thank you for taking the time to leave us the kind review! We hope to see you again soon on the patio.
We like coming every time we are in the area. Food is excellent and service is great. We like to sit by the window so we can enjoy the views of the Potomac and park.
Hi, thank you for taking the time to leave us the lovely review! We are delighted to know you had a wonderful time and look forward to seeing you again soon.
Food is average but staff is friendly and the location is ideal, right on the waterfront. And they have outdoor seating, which is nice to have on the water.
Hi, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We hope to see you soon to try some of our new dishes.
Our waiter, Franklin, was kind and attentive and checked on us just enough. The seafood stew was delicious!!
Thank you for the review! Franklin is great and we will share your kind words with them. Hope to see you again soon.
Based on what we ordered, fried chicken and fish and chips were very good. Lobster roll and corn and shrimp fritters were disappointing.
Server was super nice at first, but then went MIA. We only ended up with one round of drinks because he frankly never came around to ask us if we wanted more.
Hello - thank you for the review. We pride ourselves on both the quality of our dishes and our service and are sorry to hear that we fell short during your recent dine. We have shared this information with out management team and hope you'll give us another opportunity to impress you.
My only complaint, and the reason for low rating on Value, is the small size of the brunch cocktails for the high price. Next time I'll pass on the fancy drinks. No specified GF options but Walter was able to inform me on what could be made GF.
Hi, Kathryn. Thank you for the review and feedback. We will share this with the management team and hope you'll join us again soon!
Honestly, we were surprised. We've been to Vola's before, though not recently. Thought the place was a fine neighborhood hangout joint, but nothing spectacular. But this time...the food was outstanding. We split the trout dip, and my wife had the coconut shrimp and I had the grouper. Everything was really great, loved it all. Good beer list for my wife, adequate wine list for me. Service was a bit slow but nothing really to complain about. Altogether, I'd really recommend Vola's.
Hi, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We are thrilled to know you had a wonderful time with our dishes as we look forward to hosting you again soon.
Buck a shuck...can’t go wrong with that!!! We followed up 3 dozen oysters with a roasted butternut squash topped with bacon, sliced almonds and a maple syrup drizzle...on the specials menu!!! We finished up with fish tacos that were to die for!!! Matt was a great server and totally took care of us with great recommendations!!! We were in heaven with the oysters...the mignonette sauce was fabulous, if you like that!!! If you’ve never tried it, give it a shot!!! You won’t be disappointed!!!
Hi Erin, thank you for taking the time to leave us the lovely review! We are delighted to know you enjoyed all of our offerings, especially Buck-a-Shuck. We will be sure to pass along the kind sentiments to the team and we hope to see you again soon.
Dalton was a great server! And we enjoyed our lunch!
Thank you for taking the time to leave us the kind review! We look forward to having you again soon.
Good food and atmosphere
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Sean our server went out of his way to make a mediocre experience great!! His attention to detail and attentiveness were top notch. However that’s where it ended the frittered came out fried even though the menu says something completely different. My lovely partner ordered the salad and crab cake which were okay. But please how can you screw up a salad!! I had the fish and chips which was entirely too big a portion and rather bland
Hi Shayne, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We appreciate and take all feedback very seriously, especially when it comes to the quality and seasoning of our dishes as we pride ourselves on quality ingredients. We are sorry your experience fell short and will be sharing this information with our management and culinary team. Thank you again and we do hope you will give us another try.
My friend and I brought our adult daughters to Volas for drinks and a bite to eat. The food was average. My friend and I had the frozen pina colada's which were very good. My biggest concern was that when our check arrived, there were several items on it which we had not ordered - mixed in with our orders. When this was pointed out to our server, he didn't really seem concerned or apologize but did remove the items. We then asked for a copy of our check and it was never brought back by the server. Check your bill folks!
Hi, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review. We take all feedback very seriously as we always strive to provide our guests with an excellent dining experience. We will be bringing these issues to the attention of our management team immediately and we do hope you will give us another try.
Great service and amazing food!
Thank you for taking the time to leave us the kind review! We hope to see you again soon.
It was way too loud Saturday night at Vola's. It's my daughter's favorite restaurant, but we couldn't have any kind of a conversation. My older daughter couldn't eat her fried chicken because it was just way too salty. We've had that before. The calamari is salty. The shrimp you add to a salad is too salty to eat. Ah well. It's close to being a great restaurant, but the noise was off putting and please cut down the salt!
Hi Pam, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We take all feedback from our guests seriously, especially when it concerns the quality of our dishes and the experience we provide. We will be sharing this information with our management and culinary teams and hope you’ll give us another opportunity to impress you.
Both bartenders were very inattentive. Forgot to ring in an item I ordered, didn’t check on us nor ask if we needed anything. Received my food without utensils. The female bartender had a horrible attitude. They both were to consumed with tending to the guest on the other side of the bar that looked more like them, if you know what I mean. This by far was the worst service I’ve ever received. I’m a bartender myself and what I experienced was very unacceptable. We sat there for about 13 minutes before anyone greeted us, I timed it. Even then I had to ask for a menu.
In the industry I’m in we are taught to greet the guest within the first 60 seconds. Even if you are busy tending to other guest etc, you greet them and let them know you’ll be with them in a moment. I doubt I would ever return here. Typically you go to the bar because you receive better and attentive service, at least here this was not the case. Maybe a pre-shift meeting to go over the basics of hospitality and customer service would serve these bartenders well.
Hi, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We take all feedback seriously, especially when it concerns the dining experience we provide, and we are sorry we fell short during your recent dine. Our goal is to welcome all guests in a timely manner and steps of service are at the core of what we do. We will be sharing this information with our management team and hope you will give us another try.
Very good - grouper was excellent! Was a bit spicy for one of the clients, but otherwise, very good. Service excellent and friendly.
Hi Mary, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We will be sure to pass along the kind sentiments with the team. We hope to see you again soon.
Volas was a cozy spot for a winter Saturday night. The food was delicious. It was a bit louder/darker than I would have liked but it was a much better option than chart house and Blackwall hitch. Very fun and yummy!
Hi, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We are happy to know you enjoyed our dishes and will make sure to pass along the kind sentiments to them team. We hope to see you again soon.
The food was amazing !
Vday menu was so good !
Customer service was exceptional too !!
Thank you for the kind words! We hope to see you again soon.
Atmosphere is wonderful the staff is amazing and the food is always absolutely delicious
Hi Gerald, thank you for taking the time to leave us the kind words about our service and dishes! We look forward to hosting you again soon.
The server was very attentive , the food was fresh and very good. We had the fish and chips and I must say it is as good as you get in London. So for that you can stay local. 😊
Thank you for the lovely words! We are thrilled to know you enjoyed our dishes and look forward to having you again soon.
Outstanding service, amazing food and perfect cocktails. I am never going to forget that shrimp taco. WOW!!
Thank you for the kind words! We look forward to having you again soon.