Vola's Dockside Grill
Join us for lunch, happy hour, dinner, or weekend brunch! Vola’s ‘All Day’ menu is based on chef-grade simple, classic seafood and waterfront-inspired foods made with peak season ingredients all while enjoying our expansive patio.
*Although we try and do our best to accommodate all seating requests, all reservations are for Vola's Inside-Dining only.
Fun place. Food was delicious. Waitstaff was incredible. Just wish it wasn't so loud.
Good food. Imani was excellent
Fast, courteous service with great food. Great location right on the water. We had a very pleasant casual
dinner. We will go back.
Vola's is a fairly new restaurant (they said open for two years), but I think it has a bright future. Situated close to the water, and the Torpedo Art Factory, it is VERY well located. The service was attentive, and accommodating. The seafood was fresh and tasty. We strongly recommend coming here to eat!
Great location. Good food. Good service.
I had the blackened grouper sandwich that was delicious!
Very good food. I had the crab cakes, and my date had the mussels. Good selection of drinks. My one complaint was that our waiter was hard to find when we wanted a refill on wine. I would come back again.
Yes and no! Location is great! Food was really bad yesterday! (Fish tacos). They massed up my reservation, instead of checking, host cancelled it. Waited for the manager later to get it fixed. Best view at Old town right on the water!
We arrived at noon on a Sunday. After that they were crushed with people. We sat outside. It was cool but with heaters it was fine. Much quieter sitting outside. We ordered coffee and juice and it took over 15 minutes to get served. The food came not too long after that. The food was very good. My granddaughter got a fried chicken sandwich which she devoured. The rest of us got Vola's breakfast: 3 eggs, bacon or sausage and hash browns. Eggs cooked perfectly the way each of us wanted. It was hot. I will say after it took so long to initially get our coffee our waitress was right on top of refills. We will return and tell others.
Best breakfast you can have in Alexandria. Servers are friendly and efficient. Reasonably priced and a great view thatbis getting better.
Food was good and service was incredibly fast. The outdoor patio was closed because it was too cold. Inside was packed, with tables practically on top of each and the music was blaring. Nothing much to the decor - very plain and industrial. I would come back to sit on patio, otherwise I’d eat elsewhere.
This was good bar fare. The waiter was outstanding. He made the experience delightful. My husband and the couple we were with agreed. Walter was a good part of the experience realizing the mood at the table, we weren’t rushed and he was attentive and did not disappear.
We ordered the crab dip and he quickly replenished the crackers when we ran out. We ordered the conch fritters and shrimp and grita and both types of tacos. I had the shrimp tacos and they had a nice bite.
We had originally hoped to eat outside but heard that was first come, first serve basis. Luckily our seating was inside because it was extremely windy.
We will be returning on a sunny day for light fare.
Vola's is one of our favorite restaurants, we go 2 or more times a month. One of the best things about Vola's is the staff is very friendly, what we call "California kind of service". The hostess is always so nice and our waiter on this visit was very cool too:-) The food is always excellent! Their lobster roll is my husband's favorite.
Seated promptly. Food was delicious. Sat by window & enjoyed watching people go by, entertaining. Will go back.
Our server , Don, was excellent and made our dinner even more enjoyable.
The food was delicious! The seating was a little cramped, but it is minuscule to the service and the food. We will be dining here again soon.
Great food and service. Couldn’t ask for a better dining experience.
Great service and ceviche.
The food was incredible! We enjoyed the hushpuppies and crab cake sandwiches. Thanks for a wonderful visit!
Staff is awesome and food is great! We came in the winter so it was a little quieter but the patio still had heaters if you wanted to sit outside.
Imani was outstanding
Loved the view and going during the week, we had a nice table by the window. The tables are close together and our neighboring table was too close. We moved to the bar area. That we disappointing but we still had a great time.
They do a nice job every time. Spouse has many food allergies and they are able work around the challenge.
We are frequent diners for dinner on water. This was our first experience for brunch to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Outstanding breakfast. I didn’t think it was possible, but I found a new favorite at Vola’s. Love those crab cake eggs Benedict. One favorite we never skip are the Hush Puppies. We keep trying but never find a hush puppy that comes close to Vola’s.
I would definitely recommend Vola's and plan on going back. Our server was great, we just would've liked to see her a little more often. In her defense, it was a busy Saturday night. The food was very tasty and I plan on going back for more in the future!
Food was excellent. I had fish tacos, homemade salt and vinegar chips, and hush puppies. I would order them all again.
Good cocktails, too.
Service was very slow especially with our drink order, which took forever.
I also appreciate that the owners are big supporters of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and it makes me happy to patronize businesses that support good local causes.
This was our second Valentines Day here establishing our tradition. The Service from the front door to the table was excellent. The special menu was delicious with the flourless chocolate cake being outstanding! I joined the oyster club and look forward to more frequent visits at the restaurant and the bar especially once the flourless chocolate cake becomes a regular offering. We will return soon for the buck-a-shuck while in season as well.
Loved Vola’s. Food awesome! Service awesome! Great choice of foods!
Food was average. We had a great table and great service.
If you’re there for brunch the Bloody Mary is great, just spicy enough! My friend had the Triple P, was so good (and sweet) she had another. The Elderberry and Prosecco got good reviews too, my other friend said wasn’t to sweet, so just right for her. We had the chicken and biscuits, was fabulous! Shared an order of the French toast, also fabulous!! Service was perfect, great view. A hidden gem in old town. We will be back!
Always a great dinner. We ordered the deviled eggs and jalapeno mac n cheese. All wonderfully seasoned...drinks were yum. The fried chicken is humongous and tasty. Shrimp n grits were great as well. It's a bit pricey but exactly what you'd pay anywhere in Alexandria...Vola's however is absolutely worth it!
Oysters were delicious, but sides weren't. Fish tacos were better last time. Paper towel napkins are awful. French fries are covered with spicy seasoning and are ruined by it. Over-priced. Waiter was the nicest guy, but not enough for us to return.
Great oysters and po boys!
Very pleasant SUnday afternoon spot. Service by Angelina was terriffic. Food -- ample nd tasty.
LOVED the mac and cheese. BF had the grits and loved them. Very considerate waiter -though he may have been a little more responsive to get our dinner order in, but we were happy to slow roll it. I had the fish tacos, which were okay - they came fried instead of broiled/grilled/blackened, so I would have preferred that. I loved that I was able to get some brocolini instead of fries. Overall, a good night, and I am satisfied with the cost. Enjoyed our seat by the window, even if the construction outside isn't quite nice to look at.
My friends and I go to Vola's for regular Friday lunches. We love the food, the service and the outlook to the river. Great oysters and always a good, and changing selection.
We met up with 2 other couples for Friday night Happy Hour. We had happy hour apps and drinks. All of the apps were good, especially the carb dip, and calamari. I really liked my mix drink- it was the Jasmine because I like flowers flavors. The waiter was great- he was very attentive and in good spirits. He didn't act annoyed by our Happy Houring like I've gotten from other restaurants. The restaurant and staff accommodated us very well and we had a great time. After our friends left we went back because my husband loves the lobster roll and he didn't want to order a meal when our friends just ordered apps. We'll be going back soon🙂
Tried Vola's during winter restaurant week and it may be my new "go to" neighborhood restaurant. The oysters were incredibly fresh and flavorful. I ordered the shrimp and grits and they were other worldly, so creamy and loaded with shrimp. My dining partner had the salmon and it tasted as fresh as seafood can. It was served with very healthy servings of broccolini and rice, both delicious. My only criticism is the noise level. Background music is fine, but it was almost at club level volume which along with diners chatting, kitchen and wait staff noise, made enjoyable dinner conversation a challenge. I am not sure I would go on a weekend again unless I knew an adult was in charge of the volume.
We love this restaurant. Outstanding in every way. Inside in winter and outside in summer. We come often!
Great location. Great food.
Much on the menu is tempting, and what I ordered (grouper sandwich with grilled broccolini) was delicious! I can't wait to return!