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Vola's Dockside Grill, Alexandria, VA

Vola's Dockside Grill

4.3
4.3
2014 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 54 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 2,014 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
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Scenic View

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Seafood

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  1. R

    Reggie

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my father's birthday and had a great time. Food and drinks were excellent. Our waitress Heather, did an amazing job. Will definitely be back! (We enjoyed the outdoor seating).
  2. SM

    ShannonM

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always lovely. Great food. Great environment.
  3. M

    Mick

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Frankie, our server was impeccable. Great meal!
  4. KI

    KI2014

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience for us and our pet.
  5. SO

    SonOfLuckinbillDancin

    Raleigh

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super good. Loved dining beside the water. Everyone enjoyed their meals and service.
  6. AP

    AmberP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was prompt and friendly. Cocktail was great. Food melted in our mouths Arrive at 1030am Saturday to beat the brunch crowd. Very impressed with all of the above. Will eat here again!
  7. n

    nickdevigns

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visiting with another couple and we went based off of locale and other great Yelp reviews and we really enjoyed the food and drinks, shrimp tacos, crab cake sandwich were excellent as well as their cocktails (jalapeño margarita and the hell and high water). The bar was also great place to carry on to afterwards. Highly recommended!
  8. MN

    MaharsiN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Food and service was good, and the outdoor seating was lovely! It was a cool evening, but they had the heat lamps on high so I was a little hot. They also do not provide the happy hour menu on outdoor seating, which would have been nice to know before arrival.
  9. SB

    SherryB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have thoroughly enjoyed each of our dining experiences at Vola’s ! The waitstaff are very attentive, pleasant and don’t mind sharing their favorite dishes with us. Being able to sit in such a close proximity to the water is very calming.
  10. LP

    LauraP

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food, great atmosphere sitting outside on the dock under the awning. Nice relaxing atmosphere. Good food and drink selection. No complaints!
  11. SO

    SonOfLuckinbillDancin

    Raleigh

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Iiiiiiiiiiittttttttttt Waaaaaaaaaassssssssss Greaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat !
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food4service4ambience1
    Just too loud inside to hold a conversation. Fun to meet up with friends for drinks, but too loud to hold a dinner conversation.
  13. EH

    EnidH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience1
    We were seated promptly. Server was excellent. Noise level was so high (we were inside) that it was very difficult to carry on a conversation. The food was good and served promptly. Next time I would try to get a seat outside so we could enjoy conversing with our friends. It would have been worth the wait.
  14. VS

    VSM12

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service with nice views of the river.
  15. k

    kimmieharrington

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Fano was awesome!
  16. CJ

    ChristineJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, delicious food. Had the crab hush puppies, crab dip and fish and chips what-a-melon cocktail was nice and light, matching the weather.
  17. VS

    ValS

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappointed here! In our group we had grouper and shrimp, hush puppies, shrimp basket, and oysters. Every thing was delish. Food was a little slow coming out but we didn’t mind. Enjoyed the company and people watching by the water!
  18. GO

    GraysonO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated very quickly. We had our 1 year old with us and the staff was very accommodating. They gave us a great table to accommodate our little one. Food was excellent as always!!! The stroller parking is so thoughtful.
  19. l

    lawrenceb

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food - really exceptional service from Marco.
  20. H

    Haley

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vola’s had great food, a fun atmosphere, and a beautiful view of the water. The service was amazing with Freddie and Freddie making sure we were taken care of all evening.
  21. JN

    JennyN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Wonderful location and ambiance, great staff! Classic location on the Old Town waterfront. We sat outside, which is for sure the place to be if you can get a seat!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great setting, excellent server, and delicious food.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Food and drinks were good. Great location along the river. Poor service. Music is so loud everyone is yelling. Bathrooms not well kept.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The food tasted like it was from Applebees. Very mediocre. Service wasn’t great and we had reservations and sat us in the worst possible spot. Bathrooms were a disaster. Never going back.
  25. SL

    SeafoodLover4real

    New England

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    I normally love Vola’s but last visit was disappointing. The service was slow, the shrimp tacos were disappointing and the bathrooms were unsanitary. They have to do better!
  26. GL

    GemmaL

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took our daughter and son-in-law that were visiting from NYC to brunch at Vola’s and everything was just amazing and delicious. We ordered oysters, crab dip, calamari, coconut shrimp, clam chowder for appetizers then we ordered, crab cakes, fish and chips, salad and lobster roll. Plus cocktails of course. We loved everything. We also received great service from Sophia.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was pretty good here, I normally go to the High Tide bar for cocktails but was pleasantly surprised with Volas brunch. The menu was limited but we ordered the pulled pork sandwich and avocado toast and were really impressed with both!! Simple quality ingredients and high flavor, was surprised and will be back!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Celebrating with a friend for my birthday. A nice and affordable place to do so
  29. T

    Thomc

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    perfect night on the waterfront. Family in town from Colorado and wanted hem to see the best of Old Town. Dinner was fabulous and the service impeccable. Grouper and Lobster roll were big hits!!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Derrick was friendly, attentive, and very helpful. The food was delicious and the view was awesome. Thank you, we loved our special evening at Vola’s!
  31. A

    Aggie

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    There was nothing about this dining experience that we would want to repeat. Our server was trying hard to do well but seemed very inexperienced. When I alerted her to a shellfish allergy, she didn’t seem to know what to do with that information. Our table was window side, but crowded by another table right next to us. Our table was steps from the entrance and check in stand, so people were around us throughout the meal and the door opening and closing with servers going back and forth to the outdoor area. The food was average. Somehow our calamari had a volunteer piece of fried shrimp with it. Really!! My salad was all chopped iceberg dull with two cut up cherry tomatoes, a couple of cucumber slices. One sectioned egg and a sprinkling of bacon and cheese. Dressing was fine and necessary. Fish and chips were also ok. The noise level was high and despite the windows the restaurant was dark. I would not recommend or return.
  32. DL

    DLWC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed our dinner! Started pouring on us while we were eating. Employees kept apologizing like the rain was their fault. They helped move those not protected under awning and then started drying everything off after the rain stopped
  33. SF

    SueF

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Quick service, good and drinks received faster than expected, fries are amazing, food presentation was beautiful but taste was bland. Noise level was unbearable, difficult to hear those at a 4-top. Despite all of the average comments, Vola’s somehow still seemed to be a great choice for our quick, end-of-summer dinner with a couple friends.
  34. M

    Martha

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Meh. The food tasted good but everything was friend, greasy, heavy. The reviews were so positive we went in with high expectations; if we hadn't then I think it would have been fine, but we were expecting better than "fine".
  35. VN

    ViolaNYC

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Went here with family, Sunday on a holiday weekend so I knew it would be crowded. Server was pleasant. Host was abrasive. And no one smiled . Except , for a man who changed out my dirty fork . I am assuming he was the manager.
  36. FO

    FOODIE

    West Palm Beach

    121 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    121 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Been here several times. Food is usually ok but the shrimp was really nice this time. Salad just so-so. A bit pricey.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Honey bourbon salmon was so freaking good! The crab dip was good but we were disappointed that it came with some big azz crackers that weren’t good. Wish they had chips or bread to go with the dip! Service was great also
  38. GW

    GretchenW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Great service, mediocre cuisine, excellent people/dog watching.

    Vola's Dockside GrillResponded on September 6, 2022Thank you for your honest feedback, Curtis. 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.

  39. AR

    AllenRH

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We were looking for a nice brunch location and liked this menu. I had dropped off my family to be seated and parked the car. When I arrived, the host staff was eating and did not greet me. I had to determine where my party was seated in the restaurant on my own. The waiter was attentive at first, but our order took too long to get to us and she did not check in with is and allowed our beverages to run dry. When we asked for her attention, she was not to be found, but other servers stepped in and helped. Our food arrived and it was very delicious, but some items are presented in a way we didn't expect. For example, several of us ordered the cheese grits, including as the base in an order of shrimp and grits. Instead of getting grits as we expected, it was served as a polenta like slab. It was tasty, but unexpected and the menu should help folks understand what they are ordering, particularly if it will arrive in a form different from what most would expect. Overall, the food was good, but took too long to get to the table. The service was lacking, as I never care for an experience where I have to ask for someone to find my waiter.
  40. TH

    TravisH

    Caribbean

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The salmon was tasty

    Vola's Dockside GrillResponded on September 6, 2022Thank you for your honest feedback, Travis. 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.

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 2014 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 54 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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