Great food, service was very
Great food, service was very nice. What a wonderful addition to Kirkland. Reasonable prices.
A wonderful fathers day.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Service. Interesting
Excellent Service. Interesting cuisine. They listed to my table recommendation.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great experience in Kirkland
Our family of four had an outstanding experience! Our waiter was Paul and made the evening memorable. He had great recommendations and our service was impecable. We had the assorted meat platter for an app, ceasar and warm salad with white anchovies, wild boar with gorgonzola sauce, crab ravioli, pork jowls with wild mushrooms, and Fettucine with Prawns and Lobster. Paul treated us with tiramisu for a birthday dessert. We highly reccommend!!!
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is one of our favorite finds. The food is awesome, the service is awesome, especially if you re in Rachels section !
All of the waitstaff are very personable and knowledgeable about their food, wines, etc.
We have never been disappointed!!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Creative translations of classics
Kitchen was very accommodating to those with lactose challenges. Tasty, fresh herbs, greens, pastas. Roasted half chicken moist and tender. Wait staff a bit edgy, unsure if they were happy to be there.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our second visit,
This was our second visit, and we were pleased with our meals. The beet sald was wonderful. They did not have the special mushroom dish I had enjoyed the first time I visited, but the eggplant pouches I had instead were nice, although not quite as memorable. Service was friendly and attentive. It was fairly quiet there, since we went a little late. The first time we went the restaurant was more bustling, but the service was excellent then, too, with helpful wait staff.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Volterra is my new favorite!
I've been to Volterra 3 times in the last month and have always had great service and the food is delicious. I haven't had a bad meal yet. I recommend the wild boar, lamb, roasted cauliflower, beet salad, and the cheesecake! You will need to make a reservation if it's a Friday/Saturday night since they always seem to be really busy. I just live down the street and can't wait to go back again :)
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
2nd visit, complete culinary satisfaction in Kirkland. The dungeoness crab ravioli is divine, the roasted cauliflower in a Fontina cream sauce is unexpectedly tasty. The mandarin basil cocktail was truly yummy with the right balance of sweet and savory. Can hardly wait to return.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food and Service
We had family in town from Europe and they absolutely loved the meal in Volterra. Service was impeccable and food was great (Meatballs super, as always; Mussels were a big hit too). Our waiter knew the menu and was very attentive and made the experience even a real pleasure. Keep up the great work. As a Kirkland resident this is my favorite place to go.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our meal was great. Fresh
Our meal was great. Fresh food, the right amount of herbs and seasonings.
Would definately return for another great meal.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Some service tips
Better to have a set meal with your choices of appetizer, main course, and dessert with optional appropriate wine pairings with the courses. This is more elegant as it does not involve moving around large menu placards all over the small table before the food is served. It also makes it orderly thus easy on the server and the chef. Need to have more variety with vegetarian dishes. without being plain.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious taste of Italy
I would give this restaurant a solid four stars. Good food and great service made for a wonderful dining experience.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Date night gem
Beautiful ambience; cool and relaxed. Overall not too noisy, but can be loud at times. Excellent cocktail menu, good wine variety. Very good food- something for everyone.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just as good as the restaurnat
Just as good as the restaurnat in Ballard. Great Italian food, wine and ambience. Fun place to have dinner. We ate in the bar area with 2 other couples. Good times.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, bad service. I
Good food, bad service. I made reservations for my best friend's 25th bday dinner. Not only did I make note of it when I made the reservation, but I reminded the server when I got seated. I was hoping my friend would at least get a candle on the dessert we ordered or at least a verbal happy bday, but she got nothing.. despite seeing two other tables receive what I would assume to be a bday candle. That aside, my friend asked our waiter what an item on the menu was, and he asked her back, what do you mean what is it? My friend said, I don't know what that is so that's why I'm asking. The waiter didn't seem to know what it was and just said it was a pasta. In the end, our food was great but I wish it wasn't because I don't want to go back.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great evening out
We enjoyed our dinner the other night, the waiter was very attentive and made sure we were taken care of throughout the evening. I wish the tables rectangular length was slightly less, it made holding hands too much of a stretch which is why I didn't select for romantic. The wine list for bottle and glass was very good, and the food was excellent.
Will we go again? Definitely.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Why Go to Seattle?
Ambiance was eclectic as the minimal elegance of the small dining room adorned with white tablecloths and crystal clear wine glasses was overshadowed by a huge crystal chandelier near the front entrance. Service was top notch and attentive. Service ware was replenished as soon as a used plate or fork was removed. The amazing selections ranged from "wild boar tenderloin" wrapped in prosciutto and served over warn salad greens to fresh manila clams on fresh homemade pasta with a creamy Alfredo sauce was the best! The dessert selections were amazing! Prices reasonable: appetizer, salad, entrée, dessert and gratuity, all for less than $50/person.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous Night at Volterra
We enjoyed another fine meal at Volterra Saturday night. We enjoyed the caprese salad, roast chicken with mashed potatoes and the bow tie pasta and chicken. Our waiter was attentive and helpful as we struggled to settle on the perfect bottle of wine. Love this place! Decor is beautiful. Food is divine. Service - impeccable.
8/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
I took my college roommate for her birthday lunch on a weekday. They were not busy, which is sad because the food, wine list and service are all excellent. We talked for hours which would have been impossible had they been busy. Highly recommend.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great time with wonderful service
My husband and I had a terrific time at Volterra in Kirkland. Service was excellent and food was delicious. We'll definitely return.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food but bad service.
This was my second time at Volterra. The first time it was busy and we had a table of 6. Service was slow and not good.
The second and most recent time there were 3 of us and the restaurant was not full at all. Service was slow and not consistent with the servings of the meal.
Always having to ask anyone who walked by for things at both visits.
The food is good but the service not up to par with the food. ;-(
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely dining experience. Paul was our waiter and went out of his way to make out night special. We were here for a birthday and appreciated the occasion was noted with a complimentary dessert and a photo.
The cauliflower is a must! I had the crab ravioli...it could have been hotter, but it was very filling!
My only complaint was the whine of the kitchen equipment. Not sure if it was the convection oven or the hood, but a tinny sound could be heard throughout the meal.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service.
Great food and service. Volterra is definitely a favorite when we dine out in Kirkland!
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
An enjoyable experience
The entire experience lived up to expectations. Kirkland is a fun, vibrant and active community. The restaurant is in the middle of all the action. Although the dining area is intimate, its fun to watch people walk by outside. It keeps it interesting. The food was terrific and the service was excellent without being over-baring. Our waiter was very knowledgeable of how the food was prepared and helped us all to make selections we really enjoyed. I've paid more for less at other establishments. I'd recommend to a friend, no doubt.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Better than Italy!!
I love both Volterra locations. The food is always a treat, The wild mushroom polenta was perfectly creamy, warm, and comforting.
The pasta is always spot on.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I go to Volterra at least once a week.
In fact we just had our 25th Anniversary there!
We adore the staff and the place is phenomenal.
Pauli Paul is the best waiter?
Very entertaining and such a fun guy.
We lots of friends there.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Business Dinner Hit
Client was a serious foodie so when he suggested trying this place I knew it would be good. It was EXCELLENT. The server recognized a fellow lover of fine food and wine and all at the table had an engaging conversation about the wine and meal selections. It was a warm welcoming envrionment also and I would not hestitate to bring my family here for lunch or dinner.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dine here weekly, I always
We dine here weekly, I always order the herb crusted chicken.... it's delicious! Service is great! We love this place.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous food and service
We love it here. We used to drive all the way to Ballard so we are very glad they are in Kirkland now.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Volterra Kickland - great
Volterra Kickland - great find for lunch. The staff are awesome and the food decadent.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second diining experience here. No major complaints, except that it was a chilly night and the restaurant seemed cold, as well.
Two diners in our party had the wild boar tenderloin-it was tasty, but definitely not tender.
The braised pork cheeks and crispy chicken were very good, as were the accompaniments. The oil soup was fantastic..
Tiramisu was just okay. It would have been nice to be able to purchase a small bottle of seltzer/ sparkling water, instead of the whole liter.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious food, outstanding service
Some reviews on Yelp criticized the service here. But we experienced the total opposite -- wonderful service. Greeted warmly at the door, escorted to a lovely table, etc., but what really impressed me was the waiter who took lots of time to understand what we might like to drink. And let us try a wine before ordering it. And let us try another wine when my wife didn't like the first one. And checked back in with us a few times to make sure everything was great. Combine that with a special eating experience and I'm 100% sure we will be back again. Foods we liked: roasted cauliflower in a creamy sauce, lamb meatballs, smoked pork jowls, crispy roasted chicken. Bonus: they accommodated our gluten-free diner. THANKS, Volterra!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed by hard to please diners
Dined here for restaurant week and enjoyed a great meal. Great service and would return again.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Lunch Spot Too.
Hidden lunch spot...Happy Hour Lunch menu that starts at noon allows one to get a reasonably priced lunch with gourmet choices. Not a grab and run place but I'd much rather sit and enjoy wonderfully prepared items with great service than do a sandwich from someplace else.
For dinner-the wild boar and meats are prepared wonderfully.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went during restarant week... Even tho they were really busy, food was excellent. Pork cheeks were lovely.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
A perfect evening!
We were excited to try the newest Kirkland location, after having a wonderful dinner years ago in Ballard... and we were not disappointed. The food is right out of Tuscany with a great selection of wines..... and our server, Paul, made the evening one we will not forget. We felt like we had the best table in the house, which was in the bar. Both restaurants are somewhat "communal" in their seating (tables quite close together), so we were pleased to have the extra room in the bar. And, if you love manhattans, definitely try the "Perfetto"! Can't wait to go back!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not disappointed one bit...
First time to Volterra and it definitely lived up to my expectations. The restaurant is sleek and modern, which make for a higher noise level due the exposed ceilings, its still has a romantic feel to it. But the food, that's the real star. After having a hard time deciding between the Osso Buco and some delicious sounding pasta dishes, I opted for the Osso Buco and it was amazing! The flavors, the tenderness, it practically melted in my mounth. Can't wait to go again and try some of the pasta dishes!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful dining experience
I've now been to Volterra Ballard and Kirkland multiple times and the consistent amazing food and great service makes this my new favorite. I feel like I am eating in an Italian's kitchen. Waiters always take me out of my comfort zone in a way that makes me thrilled to try something new.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another good meal either here or in Ballard. Give it a try.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have been to Volterra for
I have been to Volterra for dinner when it was first opened. It has come a long way in improving its services. I went there for lunch yesterday and the noise level was low and we enjoyed our lunch very much.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had dinner Tuesday at Volterra in Kirkland and really enjoyed it. They have a wide variety of things on the menu which makes it a lot easier to enjoy dinner with my 10 year old and they were able to accomodate her special request. We sat in front of the kitchen and I was very surprised how quiet it was. A great meal.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
As Good as Ballard
Excellent all the way around. The tangerine basil cocktail is superb, and all of the dishes were well-prepared.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place, we loved it!
It was really great time we (me and my girl friend, both women) spent at lunch time. The food was so good, all the clue were very friendly and nice. I've already recommended this place for dating, girls-night-out, and/or other special occasions via Facebook. Thank you and we will be visiting again.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lunch was excellent, price amazing $15. Dessert was outstanding. I will be back.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Volterra at Lunch
The service is wonderful and food has wonderful combined flavors. Have gone back and will continue to frequent.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our waiter suggested wines, and they were very nice. The grilled beef tenderloin steak was very tender and tasty. My husband started with the minestrone soup, and then had the Osso Buco with polenta and wilted greens. The Osso Buco was tender and the sauce was reduced and flavorful. I started with the roasted cauliflower, which was yummy. Instead if an entree, I ordered the polenta with wild mushrooms. There is a generous portion of creamy polenta, which must have been in a large custard cup, then inverted onto the center if a plate. Around and over the top of the polenta are sautéed wild mushrooms, tender and tasty in a reduction sauce. The surprise comes as you get to the center of the polenta and discover a soft, melted cheese.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Two wonderful experiences so far
Food quality was excellent all the way around. Have not had a bad dish so far. Bread was high quality. 8 hours in advance we could not get a table between 6-8 on a Thursday night (so its fairly busy).
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, interesting menu, comfortable prices. Tables a bit too close for our taste (we could not avoid overhearing others' conversations). Will definitely try it for lunch.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good food
We visited Volterra for our 31st anniversary and were very impressed with the quality and presentation of the meal. A little disappointed that they didn't recognize our anniversary as I had requested when making reservations but all in all a very nice meal and we will be back.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and service
The food and service are very good. Good selection of both food and wine. However the restaurant was freezing cold. It was not very convenient to eat with my winter coat on. For end of November the restaurant should have been heated. Even my husband was cold and he is never cold. The tables for two are very very narrow and close together. We were lucky the restaurant was not busy when we were there, but if you have people seating on both side of your table it will be very awkward! It will feel like you're in fast food restaurant. I know the space of the restaurant is limited, but I would not enjoy spending that much money and have to be forced to listen to other people conversations and they listening to mine. Need to rearrange the space.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM