Vola's Dockside Grill
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
lemon-tarragon mayo, buttered new england style roll
peekytoe & jumbo lump blue crab, creole slaw, old bay fries, jalapeño tartar
Was sat by the door...every time the door opened it blew stuff off the table as well as being cold. Will never sit at this particular table again. Food is very good and we really enjoy the oyster selection.
We had a great time at Vola’s. The staff was super efficient turning the tables around quickly. Anastasia our server was friendly and efficient. The food was good. (Unfortunately the two draft beers we tried tasted off...)
Reservation was at 6:30 didn’t get seated till after 7. The waiter we had was great though.
Delicious food and drinks dockside with great service to boot!
Service was attentive, the food was good, my table was near the hallway with the bathrooms and there was a constant line near my table, with COVID that was a bit concerning.
Also, we had reservations and no priority was given for outside seating, we were told that 95 people were on the waiting list although we had reservations. I made reservations so I could eat outside on a beautiful day. The inside atmosphere lacked the ambiance I was hoping for my Easter Dinner.
I was pleasantly surprised to find dining here a rather nice experience. So one has another very good restaurant with a Potomac River view in Old Towne Alexandria. All of us found the food very tasty and portions were adequate. I did find the combination of patron sound level plus the background music enough to make conversation at times challenging for those at my table. Would recommend background sound be adjusted according to attendance amount. Of course, on a nice Sunday afternoon with excellent weather, warm and much sun, would expect much higher levels of patron attendance at both the restaurant itself and outside.
Jaleel (sp?) was best waiter ever at Sunday Brunch 4/4/20...kind and efficient but not intrusive, and ALWAYS with a smile! Excellent service and represents Vola's very well
Very disappointing food. My wife's fish in the fish and chips was undercooked and overdosed with a very thick batter. The fries were much too salty, though crisp. I love to order a grouper sandwich, but this one was disappointing. The kitchen tends to overdo the spice level on everything. Service was inattentive. On the plus side, it's a great location right on Alexandria's waterfront walking path. Great for people-watching.
We would like to apologize for this meal you and your wife had with us. At Vola's we take pride in making sure our guests leave wow-ed with our food and service, but this time it was not the case. We hope you join us again so we can turn your experience around.
Excellent food and service. The lobster roll was to die for. Great waiter who was very friendly and helpful. Dockside seating on Easter Sunday was perfect.
Came for a Bachelor party dinner and everything went amazing
We had a FANTASTIC time! Went for an anniversary dinner and couldn’t have been more satisfied. The crab hush puppies left us both speechless, and the lobster rolls were the best we’ve had in this area by far. Service was timely and not too intrusive. Would definitely recommend.
I understand it’s COVID. We sat in a back room that had artificial turf and looked like a doggy day care. The food was just food and nothin exceptional. Bloody Mary’s were bland. Tasted like tomato juice and vodka. No added spices. Will not go back. Old Town has a lot to offer and will venture to a different restaurant next time.
It was my visiting friend’s birthday. We decided to take him to a place near the wharf and Vola’s did not disappoint. We loved everything there. Will surely come back in the future
The food and service was amazing! Although loud at times, it was never to the point where it took away from the evening.
The food is consistently ok with the tourist trap feel. The drinks are good and the service is consistently very good.
First dining experience during the pandemic and had a lovely experience. Food was delicious and waiter was attentive and friendly. There is also close attention paid to safety and cleanliness.
Smoked fish dip was amazing. Cajun grouper is a must try.
Vola's is OK--just OK. The food was very good (pork belly hash; tuna poke) but the service was extremely spotty. Our server took our order -- he was great. But food is delivered by others and they brought each person's order at a different time. Getting utensils and napkins was a struggle too. And the noise level made it almost impossible to hear each other. I like restaurants with an energetic feel but this was over the top. Had the weather been better we would have requested an outside table that would have solved the noise issue. But the disjointed service really needs help.
Vola's is right on the boardwalk overlooking the river; it is definitely the place to go for a fun-filled experience on a sunny day. The service was excellent and as it was my first time there, the recommendations for food and drink were very helpful. I had the fish and chips, along with a tequila Bloody Mary and for dessert, shared a piece of Key Lime pie -- what a combo! Delicious. This is a busy but very upbeat, friendly place. I will definitely go back and recommend to a friend.
Sherry was amazing. Food was very good!
The happy hour and food were fantastic!! The bartender was super sweet and gave great service
Beautiful scenery & delicious food. First time I got to choose what kind of oysters I wanted.
Every dish was very salty, service was slow and inattentive, restaurant was so dark you could barely read the menu.
Thank you so much for the honest review, Josh. We are disappointed we were unable to satisfy your time with us and have shared your experience with our management team to ensure this does not happen again. We take great pride in our food and service and we apologize we missed the mark. We hope you will give us another opportunity to impress you.
Thank you for your review!
Fantastic as always. The weather was cooperative so we were able to sit outside on the patio which is sublime. Right on the water and with a view of the new waterfront Park. Really fantastic and not to be messed
Great night out with excellent food and service!
Thank you for your kind words Adam!
Everything was delicious in a beautiful setting. Service was great!
Thank you for your review!
Great lunch by the water. Food was fantastic. Great service.
Great food! Would go again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Outstanding service, food, and ambience. Had the weather been warmer, I would've really enjoyed sitting by the water, but the indoor table separation was perfect. Couldn't have been happier with the service - truly outstanding. Will definitely be back.
The menu has changed, much to my disappointment. The drinks are still good.
We would like to apologize for our menu not being to your liking Rick. We will share this with our team so we can see how we can improve.
My girlfriend and I had Sunday brunch inside at one of the high top tables near the window because it was a windy day. Otherwise, we might have chosen to dine outside overlooking the waterfront. The food was very good and so was the service. I enjoyed the crabcake sandwich with french fries and cole slaw and an iced tea. My girlfriend ordered the avocado toast. This is very cute seafood restaurant in Old Town and one of my favorites. Look forward to returning soon.
Thank you for joining us for brunch with your friends! It means a lot that all of you enjoyed the service as well as the ambiance.
My friends and I really enjoyed down here. Food and service was awesome
I truly enjoyed Vola’s and can’t wait to visit Alexandria again to go back!
Vola's has consistent, excellent customer service. Everyone on the staff from hostess and servers, to the support servers and assistant managers. Because of COVID and the nice weather, we always prefer to sit on the outdoor patio which has a very nice view and is also quieter than indoors. Overall, Vola's is a great restaurant with good food that is ideal for lunch, happy hour, or dinner.
Absolutely delicious food.
Pretty casual spot with better than you might expect food for the setting. Clear commitment to COVID-19 safety precautions. Can’t wait for my next visit!!
We had a great brunch at Vola's. I loved the oysters & lobster roll, and the cocktails were fantastic.
Food was way too salty and service too slow. I’m sure it is because they were too busy since they have expanded the dining room.
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We are extremely disappointed we were unable to provide a five-star experience and we have shared your feedback with our culinary team so we may continue to work to improve.
Server was friendly but left us alone for long amounts of time - guess when you aren’t ordering high cost drinks they leave you alone - food was good but nothing we can’t get elsewhere. The crab hush puppies stood out. Crab cakes, you will have to go to Baltimore or Annapolis to get the real deal on those. Hostesses were great and very friendly when you walk in the door. Because of the level of effort it takes to get to the restaurant - parking, walking, getting seated, and the pedestrian offerings, we more than likely won’t return.
We would like to apologize for this experience you had dining with us. At Vola's we take pride on making sure our customers leave more than satisfied but this was not the case. We hope you give us another shot so we can turn your experience around.
Our reservation was canceled. We arrived 8 minutes late. As a result, we had to do first come, first served seating which took upwards of 30 minutes. Dogs are allowed on the patio, which I’m allergic to, so we requested a table in the corner. The service was mediocre. Food was great. We’ll go elsewhere in order to have a peaceful, waterfront experience. It was stressful waiting and being seated.
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. This is not the norm nor is it acceptable at our restaurant as we pride ourselves on providing excellent service to match our dishes. We hope you give us another try so we can turn your experience around.
Vola's Dockside Grill does offer 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 4.6 stars by 1243 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.