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Volterra Kirkland
Volterra Kirkland

Volterra Kirkland Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://volterrakirkland.com/
  • Email: info@volterrarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (425) 202-7201
  • Hours of Operation: Mon-Thurs 11:30am - 10pm
    Fri and Sat 11:30am - 11pm
    Sunday 11:30am - 9pm

    Happy Hour
    Daily from Noon-6pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Northwest
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We would love to assist you with catering for your offsite event. Please contact us and ask for Michelle for detailed information.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Garage parking
A word from Volterra Kirkland
Volterra features the bold-flavored, Tuscan-inspired menu of Chef Don Curtiss showcasing his innovative style applied to the bountiful harvest of the Pacific Northwest. Menu highlights include: Seasonal Tuscan specialties –truffles, squash blossoms, fresh porcini mushrooms are featured throughout the year. All natural, organic or free-range meats and poultry. Fresh, housemade pasta. Our extensive wine list features primarily Italian and Northwest wines. Volterra has received numerous accolades including: "Best New Restaurant" and "Best Italian Restaurant" by Seattle Magazine. "Best Italian Restaurant" by Seattle Citysearch, and "Best Chef Inspired Restaurant" by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Zagat "America's Top Restaurant's" and "America's Top Italian Restaurants". Rachael Ray named Volterra "one of her favorite restaurants on the planet".Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent choice for my husband's B-Day dinner. We'll be back when we're in Kirkland again."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Food was excellent -- We had the lamb Osso Bocco -- it was delicious --could have had more sauce, The tomatoe soup had good flavor. We had the lemon tart which had an intense lemon flavor -- I had the chocolate tort -- really rich -- it could be split. I will return."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary over dinner at Volterra in Kirkland - our first visit. The menu was varied and interesting, the wine list extensive, and our server, Antonio, was simple fantastic. The food was superb in every respect and the environment has a wonderful, friendly yet professional vibe. A great place for any occasion!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We had lunch here during the Restaurant Week....and it was delicious. My husband and I each got something different for all three choices so we could share and taste more items. Everything was amazingly good!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "I gave you 5 stars out of 5 on yelp. Everything was spot on!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Went here for the 3rd time in 6 weeks during Seattle Restaurant week and Dine Around Seattle. Had the creamy cauliflower, tenderloin, and tiramisu but the recent visit was chocolate hazelnut torte. All 3 courses were fabulous and great value. Quality of each entree was pretty consistent. However, my guests ordered osso bucco, The recipe during Seattle Restaurant Week was different from DAR week. Last March, it seemed like it was cooked longer and the sauce looked more gravy like. This past time, it looked like it was just braised and in a lamb broth. Service was great. Wait staff new the menu. Water glass filled frequently. Tables seem too close together... Go sit in the bar at the tables to sit next to a window. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Our meals were very good but I didn't care for how tightly they packed people in. The waiter could barely move in-between tables they were so close together. It didn't bother my wife, but I didn't like it. I also felt our waiter had too many tables to service - at times he was a bit slow servicing us, particularly when it was time for the check. Personally I would not be interested in returning. There are many good alternatives."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "The food was great and I loved the atmosphere, a great restaurant to have in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "My husband and I went for Seattle restaurant week. The food was great, portion sizes more than enough, and service was solid. When I told the server I wanted a drink that was well crafted but not overly sweet, he nailed it. Courses were timed perfectly and even though it was a busy Sunday evening we never felt rushed or hurried. We will definitely be back. "
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The good was amazing! There are few dining experiences where you have an opportunity to have a gourmet meal. Everything from the appetizer to dessert was remarkable. The service was quick and very accommodating. The restaurant was very busy the day we had lunch but it didn't feel overwhelmingly noisy. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "The food was excellent. I went as part of restaurant week for lunch so the value for the quality of the meal and service was unmatched. I went along with someone who is quit notoriously picky about food and she was impressed. The day I went looked to be the rare slow day, so we didn't have any issues with service or food taking too long. Overall, I highly recommend them when you want fine (but not pretentious) dining in Kirkland."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Food was very tasty. We had only an hour for lunch and the staff was very helpful in making sure we got out on time."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Volterra is my Favorite Kirkland Restaurant. We found it by chance on the Seattle Restaurant Week last year. We were thrilled then and were thrilled again this year on Dine Around Seattle Week....enough so that we have been back three times in the last month and a half. The food is always served hot, great tasting and gorgeous to look at not to mention the portions are perfect. I appreciate their use of healthy greens lightly sauteed, their polenta, lamb osso- buco was wonderful & the prawns were done to perfection. The desserts are ample portions. The Hazelnut Chocolate Torte...a taste of Europe. We will return often. The service was excellent. Helpful and considerate when we had to cut our lunch time short. Five stars from us!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Four of us went for lunch during Seattle Restaurant week and had a delicious three course meal. Service was great and we didn't feel rushed. I had the lamb oso bucco with polenta and the meat was so tender it almost fell off the bone. I would definitely order it again. We also ordered the tiramisu for dessert - not too rich or heavy, with great flavor - loved it."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Enjoyed appetizers, salads and beverages, but service lagged, pasta was boring, desserts an utter fail. The slow service and uncomfortable seats were the capper, we would not return."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Very nice seating area, but could get loud if full. The Arugula salad was excellent, just enough dressing to not overpower it. The Lamb Oso Bucco was fantastic, and the wilted kale & vegetables were cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The waiter was awesome and very helpful. The food was awesome. My steak made my mouth water and very very tender. My wife's Risotto was also top shelf. Everything about the experience was awesome. We will definitely dine there again."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Volterra is a find-- nice mixture of 'old favorites' and 'neat new ideas' on the menu; approachable size; full of positive energy; and a good value. We like both locations, but as we live in Bellevue, the Kirkland location is a great convenience, especially if I fail to plan ahead (oops!). I had the seafood special on Friday evening -- grilled Sea Scallops -- and my wife had an 'old favorite' (lamb with wide noodles). Two nice salads (the golden beets were especially nice), a glass of house wine, and (for her) a special treat for dessert. I requested a small change to the standard preparation, and it was flawlessly handled. First class service; free parking in the Library parking garage one block away. Wow- what's not to like!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "In a time where service often is secondary, from the moment we walked in the greeter was focused on us! The bartender was right there to get us started, and the staff was very attentive through our whole experience. Nice to be able to go to a restaurant , and feel that service."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I love the ambiance of Volterra and the food was awesome! I was disappointed in the service a bit. The server was either not very knowlegeable about the menu or didn't want to be there. It felt very much like we were an inconvenience to him -- which is a disappointing feeling. However, the food was awesome, the busser was always refilling our water glasses, and therefore I will not base my judgment of the restaurant on this one server. I will definitely come back and give the service a second chance!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The lamb is to die for, so are the prawns. Love the atmosphere. Very classy. The place is small though and reservations are hard to get."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "My husband and i had our anniversary dinner at Volterra and we were not disappointed. The wild boar and osso bucco were excellent. Everything was top notch. The wait staff was great. The only thing that I would complain about is that I think the tables are a bit too close together. Women on both my left and right side, put their purse and jackets on the seat bench towards me and I felt uncomfortable asking them if they could move there things because I literally almost had to sit on them to sit at our table."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "The food was generally good but not without some minor shortcomings. The Osso Bucco was well prepared for one guest and a bit fatty and gristled for another. All other dishes and desserts were well received. The service was well intentioned but a little unpolished."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "The quality of food was remarkable! We took advantage of the $30 Dine Around Seattle Deal! They went all out for us! Thank you!!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My friend and I go to lunch each month and selected Volterra for the Dine Around Seattle three course meal. I'd been to Volterra for dinner and it's a bit expensive for me and I go there for special occasions. The lunch deal was fantastic! We did order wine that cost about the same as our $15 lunch but it was worth it. This was the best lunch we've had in a long time! The Tiramisu was outstanding!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Did the dine Seattle for lunch and the food was exceptional. Lamb Osso Bucco was delish. And the chocolate torte, which I took home for later, was amazing. I have eaten at Volterra's a number of times and there is some variability. this was the best yet and at $15 for three courses, a bargain."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "This was my second time to Volterra. This time I brought my parents who can be picky about restaurants. They both left having enjoyed their meal and the overall experience. Our waiter was very friendly and attentive to our needs. The food was delicious. In fact, my mother couldn't stop talking about the cauliflower appetizer. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I made last minute reservations and took visiting family around 730 on a Thursday. The restaurant was quite busy and our group size meant we had a little wait. However, we didn't mind, the staff was very friendly and even gave us a free appetizer! The food was amazing! I got the wild boar tenderloin and it was so delicious; cooked perfectly and the sauce went really well with everything. I really enjoyed the cocktail I got at the bar and my father's favorite local beer was on tap. With the desert I had some questions about some dietary concerns and our easier was very helpful in finding the answers. Overall I loved the whole experience and will be back soon!!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Not good for large groups. The ambiance would be a lot better if they didn't try to seat so many people at the same time. Our food took over 45 mins to be served--on a weekday. Not a good place for kids, given the length of time it takes to serve food. Although, it was worth the wait."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The food was delicious, the waitress was very professional. I really appreciated that she only came to our table when necessary (to order, pour water, bring out food....)."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "It had some major ups and some major downs, but I'm glad I tried it out. The lamb with polenta and the oil soup were to die for. I would drive all the way back up to Kirkland for those things. For the price and quality of food, I would expect toilet seat covers, more space between the tables, and a better cocktail menu."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite Kirkland restaurants. The food and service are always top notch. Easy, free close parking and close to my favorite art gallery."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "A nice selection of lunch choices. I had the grilled prawn salad, the grilled cauliflower appetizer, and tarimisu desert. My friend had the Osso Buco."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Went during Dine Around Seattle with an out of town guest. Seated at a nice table for 2 but close to others. Service excellent but the two guys seemed shy but I was friendly and drew them out. Served water right away and ordered the tropical black tea which was tasty. Chose the roasted cauliflower in a cream sauce, wild boar with Gorgonzola mustard sauce and fingerling potatoes, and the tiramisu. Guest had the lamb osso bucco and goat cheese cheesecake. We both really enjoyed the distinct flavors in all the dishes. So delicious! Seems the chefs prepared the dishes and sauces with great care and attention. Food was presented nicely on the plates. I want to go back soon."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Great for dining with new or old friends or family. Food and service are both top notch. However be aware of close vicinity to the next table in conversational content."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "My friend and I recently took part in Dine Around Seattle, and chose to have lunch at Volterra. Neither of us had eaten there, but the menu sounded good. We weren't disappointed. Every course was delicious. The pasta portion size was large, and could have been split by two people. The chocolate hazelnut torte was fantastic! Both of us walked away stuffed, and we even had half our dessert to take home for later. I will definitely be going back to Volterra!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "The food and service was good. I will be back here again."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We were here for Dine Around Seattle, and boy do they not skimp on the food. Everything was wonderful, from food to service. I would highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "When Volterra first opened on the Eastside we were ecstatic. One of our favorite west side places within a short driving distance. We went four times in four months. Each time we went, the food declined in quality. The last time were there it was bland and boring. The appetizer far exceeded the entrée quality. Sad. We haven't been back in more than a year. A friend gave us a gift card and we went again on Saturday. The food was back to its westside quality. Our salad and both entrees were excellent and service by Joe in the bar was outstanding. We will go back again. Maybe even take friends."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "A great spot! Good food and great service (ask to sit in Steven's section). Good gluten free options. A busy spot so be sure to make reservations."
    Dined on 3/6/2014