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Vola's Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge

€€ - €€€American, , Seafood
101 N Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3251
+1 703-935-8890
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good44%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (22 reviews)
“conch fritters” (15 reviews)
“deviled eggs” (16 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
101 N Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3251
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Three colleagues and I decided to try this place out because it was one of the only places available last minute on a Friday and we didn’t want to have to wait. Two of us ordered the fish tacos and we were both disappointed. It...More

Thank Randi S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We originally went to virtue across the street since we made brunch reservations. Unfortunately we made reservations for Saturday and the brunch is only for Sunday. Our waitress recommended that we come here instead since it is their sister restaurant. We were able to get...More

Thank thomas a
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Let me begin with the half priced happy hour. The orange frozen drink is the best. Had the deviled eggs, steamed little neck clams and calamari. Everything was fresh and delicious. What a great place to stop at once you get off the water taxi....More

Thank MsDevico
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love salmon and this place knows how to make a mean salmon dish. If you like salmon, TRY IT! I also had their hush puppies with a butter dip that I had never tried before with hush puppies. I was pleasantly surprised how much...More

Thank NikkiM_atl
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I visited on a fall Friday evening. The conch fritters are an acquired taste. I liked them, my wife did not. She did however enjoy the dipping sauce with them. I loved the King Street Seafood Stew! Good amount of heat with...More

Thank Ian M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just had a great munch at Vola’s, very relaxed, great food and service from Ken. Volcano buffalo wings are top class, calamari was really good and was cooked perfectly. If you are in the area, you should call in!

Thank Derek S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came in while waiting for a water taxi ride. Sat at the bar and got great service. The food was better than average. The chowder was tasty but it was a small portion related to cost. Drinks were decent pours. Friendly and fun atmosphere. Lots...More

AlexRestPart, Owner at Vola's Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Freplug, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback on your recent visit. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your service, entrees, drinks, and atmosphere. We would love to have a bit more insight regarding your experience so that we...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth waiting for a waterfront table for brunch. Place was slammed and servers were a bit frantic, but we made it thru. oysters hushpuppies Chicken & biscuits fish tacos all were very good - a couple of good local beers on tape and solid mixed...More

Thank Bill S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Obviously on a nice fall day before the cold sets in, people want to eat outside for the last time. Vola's had a 35 minute wait for a table for 2 outside and it was nice to be sitting near the water and having some...More

Thank corkscrewd
AlexRestPart, Owner at Vola's Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Corkscrewd, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback at Vola's Dockside Grill. While we are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience once your server was established, we apologize for the initial confusion as this level of service is unacceptable...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We sat outside on the dock area. The restaurant was very busy but we nevertheless had a thoroughly enjoyable late breakfast. Oysters were fantastic for a great treat. Pancakes also top class served with Blueberries and bacon. Service excellent overall in an busy environment.

Thank Stephen B
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Maria G
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Response from lowens002 | Reviewed this property |
13 May 2018|
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Response from DoctorCP | Reviewed this property |
It’s a higher table. Like a bar table.
19 April 2017|
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Response from Beth R | Reviewed this property |
and yes- half priced oysters Monday thru Friday 3-6 :)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 101 N Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3251
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
  • Phone Number: +1 703-935-8890
Named for Alexandria’s first female city manager Vola D. Lawson who gave 48 years to public service, this casual seafood restaurant and hideaway bar is located in Old Town and offers the largest dockside dining on the waterfront. Select from All-Day, Brunch and Hi-Tide menus featuring classic seafood and waterfront-inspired foods made with peak season ingredients. Popular selections include blackened grouper, shrimp & grits, crispy fried chicken, oyster & shrimp po’ boys, and conch fritters. Vola's offers weekday happy hour (3-7pm) as well as oyster happy hour (3-6pm), Mahi & Margarita Mondays, and half off wines on Wine Down Wednesdays. The Hi-Tide Lounge is a popular and unique venue for private events, and can accommodate up to 40 guests for a cocktail reception.
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