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Vola's Dockside Grill, Alexandria, VA

Vola's Dockside Grill

4.4
4.4
1854 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

9:00 PM


Booked 65 times today

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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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
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Scenic View

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Scenic View

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Seafood

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great server was Wendy! Had a great meal and time. Will return!
  2. RB

    RyanB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Horrible service, poor food. Will not be back and would not recommend
  3. ML

    MaryL

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ordered: grouper and shrimp meal, lobster roll, and crab dip. All food was genuinely delicious, no complaints! Server was attentive and helpful, host staff kindly sat us early despite how crowded it was.
  4. N

    Nancy22204

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was early evening of the 4th of July and the place was jumping:noisy and chaotic. However or reservation got us a table looking out on the wharf and our waiter was attentive if overtaxed. There seemed to be a shortage of paper towels (which they use as napkins). Food (shrimp tacos and ceviche) was tasty. There was a long line for the bathrooms.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Freddy was great!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Tiffany, was wonderful and the food was delicious. Couldn’t ask for a better experience.
  7. LW

    LynnW

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This food was amazing. We had an awesome server and she was very open about what she thought was good and what she thought was not as great. She steered us right!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service2ambience2
    Saturday, our service was okay. The server was not attentive and didn’t acknowledge my friend’s bday. Even when I specified on our reservation. Bald guy with an accent. But the food was amazing. Thank you.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    We were sat 30 minutes past our reservation time. Inside was quite loud but the waitress was very nice and service was quick. Food was pretty good, meets the price point. Overall, would recommend for a casual meal IF they honor their reservations better.
  10. CP

    CarlaP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was great! Crab dip was excellent! We had Shrimp Creole Fettuccine, Po’ Boy, and Shrimp Tacos. All were excellent with very generous portions. The Jalapeño Margarita was fantastic as well.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great service…..food was amazing. Bathroom lines L O N G.
  12. o

    onewhoeatsoutalot

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    A very casual atmosphere. Seated right away and food was delicious. However they were out of ingredients for a drink that I wanted. Noise level was super loud but we were inside. It’s definitely a fun lively bar atmosphere with tables near it. There was ample outside dining so we may try that next time. Overall good experience.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was great as always. Service was pretty slow, took about 20 min to order after we ordered drinks. We went early so it’s wasn’t that crowded.
  14. D

    Dinnerwithfriends

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Table for 4 was very sticky. Could not tell if it was because the coating on the table was coming off or because it was sticky from previous diners. Waitress wiped it down with the sanitary wipes but it did absolutely nothing. Next time we will ask for a different table. Food is good . The table, however, had an “ick” factor
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite places in old town
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We had a reservation at 11pm but were told the kitchen had already closed. It is obnoxious and frankly unacceptable for restaurants to take bookings for after the kitchen closes.
  17. B

    Brian

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Nice venue and view with indoor and outdoor seating. Casual food and bar with good service.
  18. D

    Donna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Today was my 5th time eating at Vola's outside. Have enjoyed it each time. I've ordered the shrimp tacos twice and would recommend them. Shakila was our waitress today, and she gave us excellent service! She recommended the key lime pie for dessert, and it was delicious! I'll be back again.
  19. J

    Jenn

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Loved having lunch right by the water. Definitely sit outside if not too hot for you. They have a shaded patio which was very comfortable. Food was great! Service a bit slow but they were busy. Will definitely be back! Great food!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience3
    Nice. Just make sure you get there early to get a seat outside.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food and service was great, location is along the river front but the noise level was a bit loud for us old folks....
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food, great service, and great atmosphere!
  23. R

    Rebecca

    Portland

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner and service was amazing! Made a reservation and got right in.
  24. GC

    GloriaC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visit with guests. Everyone loved food & service was great considering how busy it was
  25. PM

    PaulM

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service!
  26. r

    ronnie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    I was surprised by how good the food was. It was very good and filling.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Place is very loud wasn’t a bother for me but just mentioning it. My server was nice and tried to help. Place is not worth the price. Food portions are small. Crab cakes are supper tiny (about the size of reeese butter cup) they r tried to fill the plate with French fries and the slaw to hide how small the crab cakes are. The food is bland and has no real flavor. Really disappointed I wish I would of chose one of the other restaurants in the area. Don’t waste your money.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Service was absolutely terrible
  29. SD

    StephanieD

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Outdoor seating on the water is lovely! Service was friendly. We started with the cheddar-jalapeño hush puppies, which were crispy and tasty. My friend enjoyed her grilled grouper sandwich, but my fish and chips were not good. The cod was SO heavily battered it was hard to find the fish. Plus, the batter was raw in places and overcooked in others. The coleslaw was also strange — tasted like mustard, which wasn’t terrible, but not expected and not my favorite.
  30. JS

    JadrankaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The rain spoiled the enjoyment The food was good , great location and an exceptional service Fun place!
  31. BL

    BrittL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very nice anniversary lunch
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We arrived and opted for inside dining because it was getting hot outside. We were seated awkwardly in a high top table that was directed behind another table looking out at the water . Behind was us was the waiters station for printing bills so it was tight space and distracting at times. We enjoyed the Peach Sangria, Berry Sangria and share a Strawberry Daiquiri. The food kept us distracted for sure. For appetizers we had the 1/2 pound of peel and eat shrimp (served hot) with melted butter and cocktail sauce and it was a winner! The smoked fish dip was mouthwatering and we had it with both crackers and bread. The bread made it feel like a meal alone. Entrees we had the grouper plate and crab cakes. Both were plentiful, seasoned well, and delicious. Dessert was a slice of heaven … I meant key lime pie. Our server was attentive and timely with all our requests. It was a great lunch for sure !
  33. TM

    TracyM

    Baltimore

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Father's Day lunch. Waitress was great! Food was just ok. Crab dip was a little runny. Crab cake was very small and flavorless. My husband enjoyed the Chincoteague oysters. He also like his fried shrimp. Seating area/tables are packed together.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went her with my husband and daughter for Father’s Day and we loved it!!!! We sat outside and the food was good and the waiter was very nice. Would definitely recommend!!!!
  35. JS

    JoeyS

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience2
    Fish and chips were poorly breaded. Been there twice, food is pretty average but overpriced. Mocktails are amazing though.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love Vola’s and had some friends in town so took them. The food never disappoints, had to wait a bit for it because it’s always busy in there and the service was great!
  37. S

    Simimax

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Food was 3.5/5, but it was pricier and louder than I would have expected!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Wanted a view of the water for not too much $$&
  39. AK

    AKHM

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very chill restaurant
  40. MC

    MichaelC

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    View outside was nice, with live music playing in the background but could be loud at a times. Food was nothing special more of a bar food type, which I was expecting more high end seafood. The waiter was not tentative and did not know much about the wine selection. Come for the view now the average food.

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 1854 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 65 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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