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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
  • "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
  • "A little more space between tables and this would have been 4 or 5 stars across."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We had the wild boar tenderloin and the lamb osso bucco. Both dishes were excellent as were the desserts. However, the service is very poor. We arrived on time for our reservation, were barely greeted by the hostesses who seated several other people who came in after us before finally seating us at the loudest table next to kitchen 20 minutes later. Once seated it took 10 minutes to get cocktails, 20 minutes to get bread, and another 20 minutes to get dinner(plus arguing with the waiter in order to get the meat cooked the way I wanted!). There was plenty of staff, they were just that bad! I would recommend this place only for lunch when I have had excellent service. Both times I have been here for dinner, the service has been apalling."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The food was good as always! Our wait staff was outstanding and friendly. Just a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We went to Volterra for the 3 for $30 Seattle Dine Around and were not disappointed--they slayed it! The dishes were all regular size rather than a trimmed down version, so the value was terrific. I had a succulent Wild Boar and my wife had a falling-off-the-bone Lamb Osso Bucco. Our server was energetic, attentive and knowledgeable. The food brought out some wonderful flavors in a nice bottle of Antinori Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato-- Great job, Chef!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We love this place! The food is always exceptional, the service outstanding and just a great dining experience. There are many items on the menu I'd recommend, but one of my favorites is the Wild Boar!! We will return and have highly recommended this place on several occasions. Thank you!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Took advantage of 2014's Dine Around Seattle for a 2:30pm lunch on a Wednesday. The place was basically empty except a few folks in the bar. Had a nice table looking outside to the street. There was one server who was doubling as bar-tender so service was perfectly acceptable but a bit spotty. The food was outstanding. Roasted cauliflower in a decadent sauce for appetizer and Osso Bucco as entree. The Osso Bucco was incredibly rich and complex and multi-layered. Also generous portion. Took about half home. Lemon tart for desert - fantastic!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Food is good and restaurant was not too noisy which we like when we want to talk and enjoy each other's company. Great pasta menu - the crab ravioli was tasty."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We had a delicious and relaxing dinner served who provided just the right amount of service (not too attentive but there when needed). We'll return."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We went to Volterra for dinner. The server was very polite and welcoming. This is the only really positive thing to tell about that dinner. Salmon was overcooked and dry. Prosciuto was Italian supermarket-type of quality, not really premium. A waiter decided to empty the bottle that was on the ice bucket (filling our glasses almost to the top) and take the bottle with him because closing time was going to be soon and he wanted to speed up. So all our white wine became warm. Dessert was ok. Two other waiters started to throw all the clean cutlery from the dishwashers into boxes just next to us, so speaking was not even possible. I won´t come back."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Although I don't mind driving to Seattle, having a Volterra on the Eastside of Seattle is a big win. My friend and I dropped in for dinner the other night and had a great time. Really enjoyed the seasonal menu items, loved the hog jowl/mushroom/white truffle house-made pasta and the wine list was great. Had a great time!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Food is really good. We took 2 appetizers and 4 entrees for 4 adults. Appetizers were rather small. Entrees were medium size. Nicely decorated. I wish we did order salad as food was not enough for me to get fed (waiter suggested salads are big). Again, the food was very tasty. Little selection of sweet wines (which is common for Northwest). Waiter was very helpful. A little bit pricey, but it definitely worth its money."
    Dined on 2/23/2014