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Vola's Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge

101 N Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3251
+1 703-935-8890
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good44%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (26 reviews)
“conch fritters” (17 reviews)
“deviled eggs” (17 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 6 days ago via mobile

Started as a quiet Monday evening, but got more crowded during the evening. Surprisingly tasty seafood dishes. Great service. Everyone was full. finished off the evening with a mini concert by glass-harp outside the entrance.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 1adamn1003
Reviewed 1 week ago

As a resident of OT, I've eaten here frequently..I usually get the mussels which come with awesome garlic bread..it's fantastic....I must add that the manager's of the restaurant are superb...they really go above and beyond if you have an issue..great place that also allows dogs..big...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank brittany h
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love the tacos! Mahi Mahi tacos with great salsa. The beet salad is outstanding. The place is lively and the service is wonderful.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank juliesK3624SF
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The atmosphere is very friendly and service is excellent. Dining outside is wonderful when the weather allows for it. It is fun to watch the ducks swim by while boats are cruising the Potomac. Food is good: don't expect gourmet style, but it is fresh...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Coco B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The clam chowder was excellent. My husband had fish tacos and I had crab cakes. Reasonable prices and friendly service. Great views of the Potomac.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Sharleen N
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

The food and service were average. There were 5 of us and three meals came out incorrectly. None of us like spice and asked for that sauce on the side, but it was on the sandwiches. The piped in music was very loud. It may...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank l2vsquared
AlexRestPart, Owner at Vola's Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2018

Dear BoardingPass652173, Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback regarding your recent visit to Vola's Dockside Grill. We are very sorry to read about your experience with the dishes you ordered as this is not the quality of service we strive so...More

Reviewed 4 November 2018

On a rainy Washington day we took the train then shuttle to old city and after a fantastic art gallery tour found Vola's in the same complex. Fronting the Potomac river the restaurant is named after an important local resident, activist & council member. Service...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Paul U
Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile

I was attending a conference in Alexandria and had heard about this place at the end of King St. it was reasonably priced and had a water view. I made it there in time for their Oyster Happy Hour and from there on out it...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank PJJ33
Reviewed 22 October 2018 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

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 454randiw
AlexRestPart, Owner at Vola's Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2018

Dear Randi, Thank you for taking the time to bring this to our attention. It is through feedback such as yours that we are able to improve upon areas requiring special attention. While we are happy to hear you enjoyed the view and beer, we...More

Reviewed 15 October 2018 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

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank thomasblaze9
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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.
20 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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
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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