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Vola's Dockside Grill, Alexandria, VA

Vola's Dockside Grill

4.4
4.4
2080 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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 2,080 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Great for scenic views

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Seafood

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    The food was excellent, no issues there. We did have to wait a while when we had a reservation. There wasn’t enough staff to wait on all the occupied tables. And we had to ask for forks even after receiving our food since none was provided to us.
  2. JW

    JasonW

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food; we will continue to come back for more.
  3. AM

    AdamM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The food was good, ambience was good, view was great, but the service was the star of the evening. I don’t remember his name, but he was great.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    I mentioned it being my friends birthday in my open table reservation and told the server and confirmed to have pumpkin cheesecake for my friend. Randomly our server changed and I reminded him as well. The cake was never brought and I had to apologize to my friend. Additionally I was charged x2 for my beverages and had to call the server over to point out the overcharge which was awkward as well. The service was so poor I was compelled to give feedback upon leaving, only to find people waiting and no hostess to be found so we left and continued on with night. 10/10 would not recommend.
  5. NT

    NicoleT

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had the grouper sandwich, very tasty. Made a reservation cause it’s alway crowded on the weekends. Try the gin cocktail for a easy drink. Service was great.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and even better food.
  7. R

    Roberto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends loved the food! One of them told the manager they had better food there even better than the food from yesterday (thanksgiving dinner). That was a compliment!
  8. AW

    AlbertW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server was very friendly. The food was very good.
  9. MD

    MichaelD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very casual, excellent place to meet up with friends and family for informal gatherings
  10. L

    Laura

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good food, great friendly staff. Will definitely return!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Great view! We tried several different items off the menu for a memorable Thanksgiving meal and they were all very tasty! I would recommend Vola’s to anyone going to old town.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Vola’s! One of our absolute favorites in Old Town - the food and service is always outstanding!!!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time. Service and food was excellent.
  14. T

    Tori

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Vola is situated in a very nice part of Old Town with great views of the water. However, the food is pretty expensive considering the quality and taste. We ordered bread with the crab dip and the bread tasted stale. The shrimp po boy and fries were great, so no complaints there. The cocktails and wine were average to just above average price for the brands being sold.
  15. b

    brunch

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside near the water. The heaters were on, it was a nice sunny day. The crab dip was great and I had the Salmon which was cooked perfectly. Derrick gave us outstanding service!
  16. j

    jcjc

    Washington DC

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific food and service with a wonderful backdrop of the water. Definitely headed back.
  17. GC

    GloriaC

    Washington DC

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the food and the ambiance! Staff is always professional and courteous.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great night out, our table was ready as soon as we arrived for our reservation & we had no pressure from the staff to quickly order - instead we were checked on often, had great appetizers, drinks and dinner, all the staff were awesome & we had a relaxing and fun time!
  19. M

    Marth

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is so good and the customer service is even better! I had a great experience!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our 37th anniversary. It was a little more casual than we expected (was our first visit), but we will definitely be going back! The crab cakes were awesome and the grouper and shrimp…so delicious! We had the crab hush puppies as an appetizer and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. Great food and experience!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    Il locale è molto carino e la posizione ottima, ma la qualità del cibo è scarsa per il prezzo che fanno pagare. Non ci tornerei
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and good food. A little loud,
  23. DK

    DeniseK

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A must do place to eat! Crabcake’s were amazing. We ate outside and it was great.
  24. FD

    FrancesD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ronnie was an outstanding and fun server. We really appreciated the great service!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    This is a high-volume restaurant in a heavy traffic tourist/destination area. You should expect loud conversation and music, streamlined menu and higher than average wait times on busy nights. It’s a great location with outdoor seating and gorgeous views if you can get a table outdoors. The wait staff and kitchen were great! Our group had lobster rolls and calamari which were both nice. My friend said her lobster roll was the best she’s ever had, and that’s from a New Englander.
  26. DG

    DebbieG

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Sat outside on a beautiful Fall day. Fantastic!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great for a inexpensive date.
  28. OT

    OldTowner

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Saturday brunch on the water. The server was attentive although very busy and the food (dockside scramble) was wonderful. Got a free sangria email coupon when I got home. An all around pleasing experience.
  29. ER

    ERae

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    The food wasn’t very good. And it was very expensive for poor quality. They also put us in this weird private beachy room
  30. CT

    CTH076

    Phoenix

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was great, food delivered quickly. We ordered 4 old fashions that the menu said came with a smoked cherry, sounding great. When asked about why there were no cherries in our drink, we were told that the bartender didn’t have any, so he went next door to get some for us….after we had finished our drinks. Strange and a bit disappointing.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shout out to our server (I think his name is Tayler) for excellent service, above and beyond!
  32. MB

    MichaelB

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    We had a reservation, but when we arrived they said they were busy and did not have any table available except for one in the walkway by the door. The table was freezing every time someone opened the door. There were no lights anywhere by this table so we could not see our food. Our server was the old bright spot of the experience. We do not recommend this restaurant.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Enjoyed the food! Menu is simple but delicious. Excellent service.
  34. LU

    LizU

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed our lunch! The ambience was great, staff was friendly, service was good, drinks were good, I unfortunately didn’t love my food though.
  35. LD

    Love2Dine

    Washington DC

    53 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Great oysters, missed the mark on service. On a sunny Saturday, Vola's may need to up the a.m. staff. Slow to see us at our table, very slow to bring drinks. Both of us ordered oysters, but only one serving came out...it took 15 - 20 minutes for the other serving. Ordered a glass of wine which did not come for 15 - 20 minutes. Told the server to skip the wine and bring the check. She brought the wine, but not the check :-( When we received the check the wine was indeed still on it despite my asking to skip it. The busser is the one staffer that had some hustle. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt that it was busy, but I would be hard pressed to return.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Foood was crazyyyy good. My girlfriends cheeseburger was trash tho!! Crab hush puppies and the salmon is amazingly good
  37. E

    Edward

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Tasty food and good service. Burger was delicious. The accompanying fries were few, but crispy.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Freddie is the best server there who did a great job with our orders!
  39. AC

    AllisonC

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite restaurant and as always, amazing service!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They forgot I had a reservation and I didn’t have a table as a result.

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 4.4 stars by 2080 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


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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