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Vola's Dockside Grill, Alexandria, VA

Vola's Dockside Grill

4.3
4.3
1908 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 181 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–11:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat 10:00 am–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–11:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 935-8890

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Javier Rodriguez

  • Private party facilities

    Located on the waterfront in Old Town, Vola’s is a relaxed, fun seafood restaurant with a raw bar and a large outdoor riverside patio. Tucked in to a prominent corner at the base of King St, the Hi-Tide Lounge is a retro-cool hideaway bar that beckons with classic cocktails and fun frozen drinks.

  • Private party contact

    Emily Klassen: (844) 222-5954

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town Alexandria

  • Cross street

    King Street

  • Parking details

    There are several public hourly parking garages within two blocks of the restaurant, and hourly street parking is also available on adjacent streets.

  • Public transit

    The free Old Town Trolley stops in front of the Hi-Tide Lounge at the corner of King and Union Streets, just steps from our entrance. It carries passengers from that point to the King Street Metro station.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,908 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Scenic View

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Seafood

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Nothing special. Expensive for quality and serving size.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tulsa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Beautiful view of the waterfront.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vola's is one of my favorite places to go for waterside dining! The food and atmosphere is excellent and they have both indoor seating for inclement weather and outdoor waterfront seating on nice days. Did I mention the food is excellent too?!?
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    I was disappointed, the food wasn’t bad but the crab cakes were underwhelming. The crab dip was great however. The restaurant was very noisy…. VERY. The service also wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t good. I asked for another beer with my mail arrived, and I received it after I’d finished and didn’t want it anymore. It’s in a great location, but just moderate your expectations.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great hush puppies. I enjoyed the oysters. $$$ each Dinners were all great.
  6. SH

    ShanteH

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great atmosphere and great drinks (orange crush on the rocks). Our server, Dalton, was AMAZING!
  7. B

    Bamm7

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My girlfriend and I had celebratory birthday lunch yesterday as our first time dining here; we sat outside and really enjoyed our experience! The view is beautiful, the food and drinks were delicious and our server Marco took great care of us. We can't wait to come back!
  8. CH

    CliffordH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was great. My only complaint was that the crab dip was not hot. We asked them to heat it up and it still came back lukewarm.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    The food was great the service was great but it was loud and they put us right next to the door which was just a tad inconvenient. Otherwise a wonderful experience.
  10. I

    Indigo

    Philadelphia

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Vola’s is in a great location! I had the crab cakes which were amazingly perfect. This seems like a nice spot for waterside views in Old Town.
  11. MC

    MichelleC

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Francine’s service was EXCELLENT. Crab dip, lobster roll, and cocktails were delicious.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly waitress and the food was amazing
  13. JW

    JWng

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    New menu, favorite items removed. Ordered the chowder, bowl was small and not much in the bowl to enjoy. Told the server and was told that’s the way it is and she walked away. Service was not as good as it used to be. Won’t be going back.
  14. S

    Seagal

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Had a great date night. The food was great and so were the drinks. Our waitress Nicole was great and we'll definitely be back!
  15. k

    kkinva

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good was delicious, as usual. The grouper sandwich was a little disappointing though. I get it each time but this time it seemed like it wasn’t a whole piece, but maybe leftover bits - three small pieces. Anyway it tasted delicious, as did the crab dip, hush puppies, and shrimp and grits. The heat was excessive so we sat inside. It was very loud - nothing to soak up the sound. Next time I’ll probably either sit outside or go someplace a little quieter. But I have this same complaint many places, as I dint hear as well as I used to! The waiter was very good.
  16. EW

    ErrolW

    Omaha

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Was very disappointed in Vola's. The food was fine and the service was very good. However, it felt more like a tourist joint than anything else and the noise level was so high we could barely hear each other. Would definitely not return.
  17. CT

    ClaireT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We showed up early for our reservation and the restaurant still was not open yet. The hostess was very kind and let us sit at our table early and explained that our server would not be over until after they opened. Our server was very professional, courteous, and knowledgeable about the menu. Her crab hush puppy recommendation was spot on! My husband and I will absolutely be coming back.
  18. ST

    StaceyT

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    This was my first time and I will be coming back. Mainly because the vibes were great and Fano is the best! She paid attention to us and had great recommendations on foods to try. She genuinely made the list a wonderful experience. The food was ok, not bad. The drinks were good too. Nice location, but parking is not for the faint at heart if you don't like walking..the good news is its on the water and it's a nice stroll for you and your friends or partner.
  19. JP

    JessicaP

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We showed up a bit early, where dismissed pretty much told “there’s more tables in front of you”. Told to just wait. No clicker or text/call to inform us our table was ready. Never experienced this in any other restaurant. We had a reservation and no one cared to even tell us our table was ready! Ate elsewhere, won’t be returning.
  20. MA

    MAJESTIC

    Washington DC

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My absolute favorite place to take guests from out of town. So beautiful to sit outside on their patio and look out at the enormous changes that have occurred on the Old Town waterfront. Great food, service and drinks. And you can’t beat that view.
  21. TG

    TammyG

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Arrived before noon and had no wait for seating. Had a later Rez but arrived early. Had the peach mango sangria and my husband had a Bloody Mary. Both very good (had refills 😎) ordered the spicy muscles which were amazing! I had the avocado toast and husband the dockside scrambled. Pleased with both. Lunchtime got busy but not too crowded. The service was spot on and the staff was hustling with politeness and smiles.
  22. W

    Will

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Good scene, food was great, service was great. I would definitely return.
  23. BM

    BrazellM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My sister and I have eaten here several times and the food, service and atmosphere has always been excellent. This is a great place to sit outside and have Saturday brunch.
  24. C

    Curlygirl

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside. It’s wonderful to experience Old Town Alexandria with a waterfront meal. Food and drinks were wonderful.
  25. P

    Patty

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    Overall I really like Volas, but I usually sit outside .This time we sat indoors and it was terrible the amount of noise we as deafening.We could not talk to each other over the din.The food is good if you can look past that or sit outside.And the service was good.
  26. j

    jenh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter Taylor was great! We got the grouper sandwich and the shrimp and grits and they were delicious!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and tasty. I ordered the Shrimp sandwich and was excellent. The FF was Devine!
  28. CK

    CharlesK

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    While the food (a crab cake sandwich) was quite good, the restaurant tends to be quite noisy. It would help if the overhead music were turned down a good bit.
  29. LM

    LisaM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    The setting was pretty. The restaurant was crowded and loud. The tables are close together and the service was just okay. The grouper sandwich was good, the seasoning on it was tasty.
  30. J

    Josy

    New York Area

    81 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Friend visiting & wanted to be eating by the water, fan wasn’t working outside dining had to eat indoors. Service very good, fish & chips delicious, lobster roll good.
  31. L

    Lydia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Food is kind of salty and nothing really special or memorable. The only thing that made it memorable was dining by the dock and seeing the water. Our server was scatter brained and seemed really busy. She forgot our appetizers and our main entrees came out. She didn't even remember that she forgot about our appetizers until I brought it up, then she didn't seem to apologetic and acting like it was no big deal. We decided to cancel one of our appetizers and just have the shrimp appetizer while we enjoyed our main entrees. She said it would be out in 1 minute but we were almost done with our meal and then the shrimp appetizer came out. Again, no apology or showing any remorse for her mistake. Mistakes are fine, I understand because I used to be a server myself. But the least you can do with your mistake is sincerely apologize and offer a free dessert or comp the appetizer. But nothing was comped on our check and a manager didn't even stop by to apologize either. Probably never coming back here.
  32. l

    lightman

    Cincinnati

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Vola's has very good food and the service was good as well. The noise level was too loud and it was hard to carry on a conversation.
  33. SD

    SamuelD

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter, Taylor, did a phenomenal job and the food altogether was delicious. Looking forward to coming back again in the future.
  34. BK

    BrendaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside for brunch - excellent crab hush puppies. I had the dockside scramble and my husband had the eggs benedict. We both were satisfied with our dishes. Hot and fresh. They were offering$4 refills on some of their brunch cocktails. Great service!
  35. T

    Trin

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The crab cake hush puppies 10/10 recommended the noise level was 7/10 the service was alright food was good be prepared to spend at least 60+ depending on what you get Most drinks are non refillable expect for soda.
  36. MM

    MelanieM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, atmosphere and service were absolutely amazing!!!! Drinks were on point! I chose this restaurant on a humble for a double date and I’m glad I did, everyone had a ball! We’ll definitely be back!
  37. MW

    MichelleW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Vola’s is a hidden gem. The food was delicious, server was very attentive and the view by the water was refreshing.
  38. SU

    SandrU

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Good was not good. It was extremely noisy. I didn’t see a good variety of seafood. I’m not returning.
  39. J

    Justyne

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall1food4service5ambience3
    Whoever the host was, a light skin gentleman was rude. He didn’t acknowledge us, instead acknowledge another party. He didn’t ask if we were ready or who was in line first. He saw we were in line first. He quoted “I thought you guys needed more time.” Why he would assume, if he never ask. Had he had good customer service, I would give this place a second chance. But since he decided to ignore us & left a bad impression I will not return.
  40. LH

    LisaH

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I have eaten there before and love the location and views - was disappointed with size of oysters- they were good but very small. It was also very warm in the restaurant- it was a hot day and we hoping to cool off in ac. Excellent service

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 4.3 stars by 1908 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 181 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Vola's Dockside Grill

101 N Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Additional information

  • Cross street

    King Street

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town Alexandria

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–11:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat 10:00 am–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–11:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There are several public hourly parking garages within two blocks of the restaurant, and hourly street parking is also available on adjacent streets.

  • Public transit

    The free Old Town Trolley stops in front of the Hi-Tide Lounge at the corner of King and Union Streets, just steps from our entrance. It carries passengers from that point to the King Street Metro station.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Javier Rodriguez

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 935-8890

  • Private party facilities

    Located on the waterfront in Old Town, Vola’s is a relaxed, fun seafood restaurant with a raw bar and a large outdoor riverside patio. Tucked in to a prominent corner at the base of King St, the Hi-Tide Lounge is a retro-cool hideaway bar that beckons with classic cocktails and fun frozen drinks.

  • Private party contact

    Emily Klassen: (844) 222-5954

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