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La Volta
La Volta

La Volta Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Phone: (919) 838-8700
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Vincenzo Doria
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Davie Street
  • Parking: Valet
A word from La Volta
La Volta brings traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine to downtown Raleigh in a upscale setting at affordable prices. We offer an extensive wine list and all abc permits. Outside patio seating as well as private seating is avaliable. Catering available for all occasions.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
Diner Reviews
  • "The experience was awesome. The lighting we thought was a little to romantic for lunch. It was hard to read menu."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Both the chicken marsala and shrimp scampi were quite good. The insalata caprese had underripe tomato slices and balsamic vinegar on the mozzarella (which made the cheese rubbery). The worst part of the night was the service. Multiple servers and staff dropped items while removing them from tables, multiple servers had NO idea how to open a bottle of wine (and this was after a bottle of red was brought to our table despite ordering white wine)."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Delicious Food-ALWAYS! But dont expect to have any quick, personalized service. Make sure you go over your order, to make sure its correct. Out of the 8 times we have been to this restaurant, only one time did we have everything perfect-and that's because the owner and her family members were out waitstaff.....BUT-yes we keep going back because it is delicious, and we have no great expectations on the service."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The food as great..that is the only way to start the review. Appetizer was great and the pasta was immaculate. The special lobster and crab ravioli with shrimp was amazing. The service was great and the we didn't wait (had a reservation, but also still fairly empty around 8PM). More guest came in as we were leaving (just before 10)."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Close to Duke Energy Performing Arts Center and meal service was expedient. I had lunch before a matinee ballet. Server was cordial and competent. The food was very good. It was not crowded on a Saturday afternoon and I would gladly return before a matinee or evening theater performance."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The service was excellent, the food was delicious, the portions were generous, and the wine was served in goblets--I highly recommend this place!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere, great Italian food, excellent service and splendid entertainment by Greg and Kevin on First Fridays."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The shrimp risotto is excellent - very lemony. As usual the food and service were very good at La Volta."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We decided to try La Volta on a Saturday night which happened to be the weekend after Valentines Day. They presented us with a Valentines Day fixed menu to order from and were a little suprised because it was no longer Valentines day. There were about 9 entrees to choose from but they ran out of 3 of them so we were only left to choose from 6 entrees. We thought about leaving but we were STARVING and didn't know how lucky we would get at another restaurant. We both managed to find something we could order off the menu but it took over an hour to be served. They offered extra bread which was great but it wasn't that busy! Our server was O.K. He was apologetic but what was supposed to be a romantic dinner for us turned into a nightmare."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Service, food, and waitress was great as alway. Enjoy going back there all the time. Took some friends with us and they loved the place, food and service. Great place for dinner!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We were looking somewhat last minute for a fun place to get dinner but knew most places would be packed so I went to Open Table. When La Volta popped up with an opening I thought, oh good, I like it there. Then I read some reviews about bad service, etc. and hesitated but booked it anyway and glad I did. We used the free valet parking and arrived early for our 8:00 p.m. reservation, but were seated by the window right away, even though the restaurant was very full. The atmosphere was lively, big and small groups, a nice blend. Each of us ordered four different entrees, each delicious. We started with the calamari, which was crispy and light with delicious marinara for dipping. All and in a great dinner with great service!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We enjoy La Volta when we are headed to a concert. This visit the food was late coming out but that is the first time we have experienced this. The staff was very courteous and they give a discount if you are headed to a show or concert."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Four of us dined here; two of us enjoyed the food, all of us thought that the service was substandard. Our server was friendly, but incompetent. She refused to use a tray, so our drinks came out at various times, as did our dinners. She also messed up two of our orders...in spite of writing them down and then returning to check on things that we had already told her. Also, the cold green beans slathered with warm marinara sauce was gross and strange. The live music, which consisted of a singer playing an electric piano, was very nice...a redeeming feature of the dinner, in my mind. Finally, they somehow logged us as having missed our reservation, so I had to fix that w/ Open Table. Nice location; hope they fix their problems."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food was really good. My wife and I both enjoyed the food we ordered. The service was decent as well. Our waitress was very friendly and energetic. She was prompt with taking our order and checking on us every few minutes throughout our meal. This restaurant isn't "classy" or "refined," but I would still recommend it."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I've had a very nice dinner here before, with great food and great service. This time, however, the evening's crowd for nearby performances (a ballet and a play) were not scheduled, staggered and handled well, resulting in a backed-up kitchen, long delays, and unhappy diners (in addition to our table). I expect this was an off-night for this place, but I just can't see going back when there are so many other options in the area."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We arrived late and were not able to enjoy a full dinner due to time. Waitress was exceptional at helping us get appetizers and wine before we had to leave."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food was excellent as always, reasonably priced, friendly staff. Server was not as attentive as usual however probably because of the high volume of guests on Valentine's weekend."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Had good time and good food. Waiter was so-so, did not like to be asked menu questions or spend much time at table. Frequently had empty water glasses. Previous waiters at La Volta much better. Hope this is not a trend!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Not even sure where to begin this review...the unattentive service, the small portions, or the unprofessional staff and manager. Dining at La Volta was a huge mistake. There are too many other Italian restuarants in the downtown Raleigh area to choose from...this is not the one to try!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I were there on a date. The food was fantastic and the service was wonderful and friendly. Overall a great experience!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "I chose La Volta for Valentines dinner due to its reputation and close proximity to Raleigh Memorial Auditorium where we would see Les Miserables after dinner. everything was fine and the service was nice too. The antipasto plate was very good and the cannoli was one of the best I've ever had. The wine list was also quite extensive with an excellent Montipulcciano. The one downside to the evening was the very limited holiday menu which only had a couple true Italian dishes, including any veal dishes. my wife had a lobster ravioli topped with shrimp and I had a pork stuffed marsala with mashed potatoes. The dishes were good but limited and I would not go back again on a holiday for this reason."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great dining experience. Our waiter, Josh, made our evening perfect. Tbe food at La Volta is always outstanding."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went for valentines day- decor was super cheesy (I felt Olive Garden would have been more upscale)! Food was incredibly slow out of the kitchen- I figured they had forgot my salad it took so long and that the entrees were sure to come out any moment; and then when I was halfway done my salad the entrees came out. I had the "cupids" stuffed pork which really wasn't good so I ate the sides (which were ok) and the rest of my husbands lobster ravioli- which was decent ."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Horrible service, waitress didn't seem to care nor did we see her most of the night, food took FOREVER, people around us were dealing with the same issues, menu was limited and super pricey, This resturant has good food but lacks customer service and making their super expensive prices worth it. I will not recommend or return to this resturant... Think twice before you book a reservation here."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We've been there twice, and both times we've enjoyed our dinner, service and waitress!great place for dinner! Food is great!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We like to park and eat at LaVolta before seeing a concert at the Performing Arts Center. The food is very good and the service attentive."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Good place for lunch after Friday Faborites Symphony Series."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Had a wonderful evening, and really enjoyed the entertainment. Family sung along as we ate."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Loved our Saturday night date at La Volta. Fabulous Italian food and friendly and responsive service. Loved the ambiance of the room and piano playing in the background. Would go again and again."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Loved the pace the food wine list and service! Our waitress was grat!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We enjoy La Volta when we are attending a concert at the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center. Service is very good and is quick if you say you are there for a show. You can valet park at the restaurant and leave your car until after the show."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "When you eat at this restaurant, ask to see the owner. She is hot and she is a player!! I am from Miami and she would rank high in the player category! =) The food was excellent as well as the service! A wonderful place to enjoy some good Italian food. We had a wonderful time and we will back again next year when we come back to the Big Rock Sports annual show! Thanks again! Pete from Miami."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "We went to La Volta because our friends were performing there. Was pleasantly surprised by the great Italian dishes they served up. Portions were quite ample. Highly recommend the calamari appetizer and the Lemoncello cake for desert. Make sure you ask your server the price of the nightly specials so there wont be any surprises when the bill comes."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "I had the lobster and shrimp pasta. The brandy cream sauce was excellent, but the shrimp was very overcooked and tough. The waitstaff was very attentive. However, when they removed my plate, they took the used utensils off the plate and left it on the table. Of course, it smeared pasta sauce all over the table."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our meal, but will admit we were there for the live entertainment. When Greg & Kevin are performing, there's really no reason to be anywhere else in Raleigh. They are talented, engaging, and funny! Our waiter was fabulous. I wish I could remember his name. My husband and I both ordered a special because he made them all sound so delicious! We loved our choices (salmon for husband, and osso buco for me), so it was a wonderful evening all-around!!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Food was good, but we had to wait way too long after we were seated before even connecting with our waiter (the hostess had to find him for us), and my husband's coffee cup had a lot of coffee grounds in it (not a good way to end the evening). Most likely won't go back."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We were a group of 9 for a birthday celebration. The table was ready, we were waited on right away. The service was excellent and so was the food! Thanks."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "The food was excellent, and the atmosphere was conducive to a nice relaxing meal. We'll be back."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "The restaurant was beautiful, the service was amazing - our team was able to enjoy each other and relax. Very special evening - thank you for the outstanding service!"
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "We arrived in a great rush trying to make a show at Progress Energy Center after spending 90 minutes in I40 traffic between Chapel Hill and Raleigh. Luckily we had reservations and had called ahead to let them know we would be late because at 7 PM there were only a couple of empty tables. We were seated immediately and our waiter worked with us to get our food out promptly. Once we ordered he brought us a nice white wine and told us not to worry as he would make sure we made curtain time. The food was superb, and the wine was excellent.. Will definately go back under more relaxed conditions to savor the full experience."
    Dined on 12/18/2013