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Volterra Kirkland
Volterra Kirkland

Volterra Kirkland Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://volterrakirkland.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: Paid 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
  • "Volterra is just a great place to relax for dinner and you can't beat the environment. The servers are wonderful and really take care of customers. Happy hour food is excellent as well."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Delicious food and excellent service. Excellent cocktails too! Unfortunately we were in a bit of a hurry but the restaurant was very accomodating and brought us food promptly. I had the caprese salad, and I thought it was fresh tasting a delicious. I had the wild boar which I really enjoyed, but when I tasted my husband's pasta, I knew we would be back again to try some more dishes. The pasta was tender and tasty, with a bit of zip. I would go back again and bring friends."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant. Volterra is quickly becoming a favorite. Great for small groups. Some of the tables are a little close together and would not be ideal for a "romantic" date or quiet conversation. Food is always excellent. Can't go wrong with the daily specials!! Awesome."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "My wife and I went for the first time tonight. The service is over and above outstanding. The menu is unique and full of a wide variety of choices. One thing I love about tonight is that my wife could not decide between two pasta dishes so our waiter said he would get her 1/2 of both which he did. I ordered the Vesper martini and the bartender is a real professional, it was perfect, twice. I made my reservation through Opentable and added a note that it was my wife's birthday. At dessert time our most excellent waiter knew about it and brought out our treat with a candle. I think Volterra is the best value in Kirkland. There is plenty of free parking. Go there."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Our first visit to this local gem was great. My only critique was a bit of a wait for the entre. I love Italian and Spanish wines and there was no shortage of choices here. We will be back."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "... as usual. This is wonderful restaurant (both in its original Ballard location and now in Kirkland). Great food and interesting specials. Always willing to accommodate special requests or dietary needs. They remember your name and are genuinely happy to see you when you arrive (we do once a month or so). Attentive, but not intrusive service. Good value. Would that the rest of life could be organized this way!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "This is the second time my husband and I have been to this restaurant and it did not disappoint. It was a quiet Monday night, the service was friendly and the food was great. My daughter is a vegetarian, so they adjusted a pasta dish to her needs. The crab ravioli was great. I loved the pear and gorgonzola salad. My shrimp pasta was the least interesting, but very good nonetheless."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Second time coming to Volterra, but my third time trying their food. I tried their Lamb meat ball couple years back at Taste of Seattle, and I was already impressed. I went there again March this year during 30 for 30, which I ordered the Lamb Shank as my main course. The shank was nicely done, tender and juicy with just the right amount of herbs to bring out the natural flavor of the shank. I was also offered a generous portion of Tiramisu, made in-house and was one of the best I have had. My third experience with Volterra was just as good as before. Greeted by friendly staff. From bread to dessert, we enjoyed everything. We had the Pork Jawl Wild Mushrooms pasta and Lamb Ragu Pappardelle. You should definitely try them yourself."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Have been to this location several times. I highly suggest the polenta appetizer. So delicious- every time. The beet salad is also yummy. This time I got the chicken dish. Good menu staple."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "My husband & I have been going to Volterra in Kirkland since they opened and I think they have really hit their stride. I think they had a few bumps at the beginning, but the food & service over the last year has been consistently high in quality. I took a group of friends there for a happy hour and they all raved about it and are now frequent customers. Our dinner last Saturday was excellent. We had the fettuccini with prawns and the pasta with wild mushrooms and pork jowls. The sauces were light, but perfectly seasoned, just the right dish for a hot summer night. The caesar salad and tomato panzanella salad were also spot on. Also they have very creative cocktails. Overall, all elements were fantastic."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Thought the Marlin was good (nothing special) but the Pasta (Crab Ravioli & Polenta and Wild Mushrooms) was very average. However, the Manhatten and Martini was memorable. The Service was awesome, but the seating is very tight and noisy to the point where we had to listen to the conversations on both sides of us. I would go to the bar next time and enjoy their incredible cocktails. Might try the pork or beef options next time."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My wife and I flew in for a Family wedding on our anniversary and wanted a place to have a nice dinner. I fond Volterra online and it looked interesting. It met all our expectations for a great night out. I had the wild boar which was very good, but most of all the service was excellents."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Visited based on recent feature of Ballard location on Check Please. First, it was great to see that there are still professionals in the food service business. Our waiter noted he had lived in Italy and knew the wine regions, he made a great food and wine suggestion. Food was fabulous, I had pork cheeks, companion had seafood medley. Volterra is a bit noisy and table spacing tight, not the place to go to propose, however if you like buzz and an urban feel, this is a great choice. Only real downside to the evening was my parking ticket from those wonderful folks at Diamond, I thought the garage was dedicated to the restaurant and therefore buzzed right past the pay box, started to realize my dilemma when I asked about validating parking!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We really enjoyed he hazelnut gelato as well as the linguine with clams."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I keep going back to this restaurant hoping it will be as good as it was a few years ago. Unfortunately, the food isn't as flavorful as it used to be and the time it takes the kitchen to prepare it isn't worth the wait. The appetizers are still very good though and their rosemary lemon drop is excellent so I'd definitely recommend getting a quick bite and drinks."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Great food, great device, great wines and drinks. The pork cheeks were amazing."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Took my wife to Volterra for date night.... We truly enjoyed ourselves as well as the whole dinning experience. We live in Kirkland and will deffently be returning!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Rather disappointing overall. A good wine list and good desserts were its saving graces. The eggplant raviolis were too chewy and the sauce had way too much garlic. The mashed potatoes tasted like they came from a box. The main courses came were over sauced. This is not by any stretch of the imagination a Restaurant worthy of a Tuscan name, sorry to say. Waitstaff was nice."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Wonderful menu selections. great food and service."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Went to dinner with friends Monday evening and ordered the Mahi off the special menu. It was not good. Very fishy tasting which means it was not fresh. If I was with my family, I would have sent it back. My beet salad was yummy and the gelato dessert we had was also very good. Should have stuck with Anthony Bourdain's advice to never eat seafood at a restaurant on a Monday, but I expected more from Volterra."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "This is an exceptional Italian restaurant. The menu, service, wine list, ambience and all around experience is excellent."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I expected a little better, especially more Italian entrees.."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Well, the last time the pork jowl pasta was a little truffley for my tastes, and the server mispronounced mascarpone, but aside from that everything was amazing as usual."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant 4 times in the last 6months, big group, small group, twice with just my boyfriend. Love the location and the food. The service staff makes it difficult to want to go back. We had a Greek guy once, a Hispanic guy another time, a woman once who was probably the better of all. They are void of any personality, take your order (as quickly as possible, you'd think they are being timed). They drop off your food and you never see them again. You have to flag a couple of people to flag your waiter so you can pay your bill and go home.... Service gets a big huge F. Too bad, because the food is great."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "My husband and I dined there this past week. The service was excellent and it was a nice quiet place to enjoy a night out. I was able to get a small portion of pasta and then a salad, too. It spicy Italian pasta dish was excellent. My husband had a steak dish and it was excellent, too. We will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I have been to Volterra several times, both at the Ballard and the Kirkland locations. Very nice atmosphere, superb food, nice wine list and a fun place. Good for a business meeting (on a weeknight) as well as a romantic dinner or with a larger group. The food is superb - northern Italian, innovative, great choices."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I took my friend for her birthday and we had a very nice dinner. Each of us had the wild boar and it was delicious. The sauce was perfect. We thought the food was outstanding."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "This was our second visit and brought along our out of town visitor. Again great service and great food. Although I enjoyed the recommended pork cheeks I still prefer the spicy sausage pasta dish from the first visit"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We had visited Volterra when it first opened and were a little disappointed with this location compared to Ballard but our most recent visit was wonderful. Every dish was outstanding and full of flavor, the service was great as were the cocktails!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "This was my first time there for lunch and i was taken aback by how empty it was. usually for dinner it is impossible to get a table. they don't have a brunch menu, just a regular lunch menu but if you have been having a hard time getting a table for dinner, definitely give it a try at lunch. You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The evening started slowly because our server did not notice us for about 10 minutes. A different (super nice) server noticed us - took our drink orders and sent our server over. The tables are close together so private conversations are difficult. The food more than made up for everything though! The asparagus was perfect - the mashed potatoes were amazing - the New York strip was cooked just right and the gorgonzola/prosciutto/onion topping was very flavorful! We will definitely go back. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We were there on a Friday night, they were busy and it was noisy. Not too noisy, but be aware it's not a quiet romantic spot. Our food was good, we had the cauliflower with fontina cream sauce (yum), the beet salad (also yum) and I had the wild boar which was fabulous. My friend had the special pasta which was good but not great. Our entrees took a LONG time to come out, a surprisingly long time. But since we'd had an appetizer and a salad (and the complimentary bread) and were busy chatting we really didn't care. And our entrees came out hot, which is key. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Always great food. The mashed potatoes are AMAZING! Beef tenderloin...perfection."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Brought business colleagues here because of past great experiences. All was as great as remembered with exception of Linguine with Clams. Disappointed with dryness and unbalanced seasonings. One guest had signature wild boar and it was great. Just an off night on the pasta. Will go back, but maybe choose something else. Roasted beet salad fantastic! Service by Seth was attentive and patient. Overall a good evening."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Mothers day at Volterra in Ballard was HORRIBLE in every way. It took guts to take friend to the Kirkland Voltera but it was great. Must be a result of the different management."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "The crab ravioli was dissapointing but the rest of the meal was great!"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "So, we made reservations but our friends got there a few minutes before we did. They were offered the choice between several tables but ended up choosing the bar side. That was a mistake. The last time we were at the restaurant side, and both the food and service were great ! This time, the bartender was multi-tasking as a waiter and bartender. The service was quite odd. He must not have heard me order a Negroni, even though he had a pad to write everything down. Sort of deteriorated from there. The food saved the day."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We've been to Volterra at least five times in the last 18 months. Whether it's in the bar or in the restaurant, the food is exceptional. The cocktails are inventive, fresh and elegant. It's comfortable. We have every reason to keep going back. p.s. the lamb meatballs are to die for."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We went to celebrate Mother's day and our son's visit departure. We previously had dinner and lunch here. All our meals have been excellent for presentation, taste and ambiance. The service was very attentive and helpful. We have nothing but compliments to the staff and chef. The prices are moderate and fair for the quality of the meal."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great spot in busy downtown Kirkland for Italian. Homemade pastas, varied menu, and above par, excellent service. Will definitely return for the clams/sausage appetizer alone ! Only complaint is the tightly packed in tables which make conversation and comfort difficult. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014