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Volterra Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.volterraballard.com
  • Phone: (206) 789-5100
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm
    Lunch: Saturday - Sunday: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Don Curtiss
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, 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.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Volterra Drawing Room is a beautiful, intimate private event venue located next door to Volterra restaurant and is an ideal location for small to mid-size events. We offer the same award winning cuisine, exceptional service and extensive wine list as Volterra.
  • Private Party Contact: Michelle Quisenberry (888) 352-7279

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 20th Ave NW
  • Public Transit: Metro Bus #17 and 18
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available on Ballard Avenue and Shilshole Avenue. Paid parking in the Ballard Landmark Garage. Enter on Leary Way with access to Ballard Avenue puts you 1 block away from Volterra. Please note, access to garage entrance on Ballard Avenue is only open until midnight.
A word from Volterra
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, house made 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
  • "Had our latest dinner at Volterra. So happy to see the polenta with wild mushroom ragu still on the menu! This is one of our favorite dishes ANYWHERE! Tried the lamb meatballs for the first time and it was delicious. The fresh pastas - tagliolini and tagliotelle - were perfectly prepared. They are offering a citrus, white Sangria, which was the only thing that disappointed. If you like Sangria, it doesn't taste like Sangria at all. But our waitress took care of us - had the bartender make one of our favorite drinks (pegu club?), which was perfect. Actually, our waitress, Cassie, made everything right. We will ask to sit in her section the next time we have dinner at Volterra. She has the perfect balance of knowledge and fun personality."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Our server, Jess, was quite good. She stopped to visit with us when she had the chance and we enjoyed the meal more so because of it."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "AT Volterra on the 5th, the service was extremely inexperienced, slow and ultimately ruined the evening. All the fish courses "sold out" prior to our ordering or as we found out 20 minutes after ordering the other remaining fish dish, "sold out" before she could put in our order. Then when we ordered the shrimp pasta, it came as the shrimp main course. She was not able to handle making a dish dairy free (for a severe allergy, not pickiness) and order the correct meal. She did not apologize for the mix-ups nor was there any attempt to take off the charge for the meal, which was a 4th choice. The restaurant was almost empty, and it is clear Volterra had its junior staff working and did not order enough food to cater to its customers."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The quality of the food and service is consistently good. We have dined here for over 14 years. It is our go-to restaurant for an upscale dining experience we know we can count on. The Tuscan-based cuisine is delicious, the preparation excellent, and the quality of the basic ingredients always high. The noise level depends upon the time (earlier is generally quieter) and dining location (main dining hall being the loudest). But it is never oppressively loud."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "First time here for breakfast and I would definitely come back again. Food was great and nice menu choices. Service was flawless. What more can I say?"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was delicious, preparation spot on, and offerings unique while still being recognizable! Coffee and Hash Browns by people who know it's the details that carry the day. Mushroom, Truffle Eggs Benedict, and various scramble egg combinations for four, all very happy diners. Will be back to try lunch and dinner, it was hard to choose from the interesting and varied menu!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Everything was fantastic! The food here is always very good. For appetizers, the meat plate from Salumi is excellent as well as the Burrata cheese. The wild boar is really good as well as any of the pasta dishes."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Loved the roasted cauliflower with Fontina, and the pasta with foraged mushshrooms. Had some superb wines we were not previously familiar with. Best meal we've had in Seattle since moved here a year ago."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Waitress, food, and ambiance on the patio were all exceptional. Brought my parents to celebrate my mom's birthday, and she absolutely loved it. Reminded us of great memories traveling in Europe together."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Excellent food and atmosphere. One complaint - we ordered 2 glasses of wine and we were disappointed w/ the size of our pour. Our waitress knew the people at the table next to us and would pour nearly double the amount we received. We didn't like that the waitress played favorites."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Really nice place for a date with a woman who likes Italian and wine. server was excellent as well and food came out at correct times."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We were a group of five people and everyone really enjoyed their dinner. The service was professional, attentive but not intrusive. The desserts were outstanding."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We had tickets for a show at the Tractor and decided to make an evening of it. We'd walked past Volterra on many occasions and decided it was time to try it out. It turned out to be perfect choice for the kind of destress-from-a-long-week, start-the-holiday-weekend kind of evening we needed. The atmosphere was convivial, but quiet enough for conversation. The server was knowledgeable about the wild mushrooms in my dish, and about mushrooms in general, which was fun. And the dish, pork jowls and wild mushrooms over pasta, was delicious! We spent over two hours, what with cocktails, dinner, wine, and dessert, and never felt either rushed or like we were waiting around. And then it was an easy walk to our show -- no need to re-park the car!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My mom and I had interesting food in a quiet, peaceful atmosphere. She really loved the duck and yukon gold potato dish that she had, but all the food was excellent."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The main course was a total disaster. The Spicy Sausage Escarole and Penne Pasta was a big flop, missing everything from flavor to technique, the pasta wasn't cooked properly, the whole concept of the dish sounded good but fail big time in execution, there was no creamy sauce, cheese or something to bring the ingredients together, there was just bunch of water at the bottom of the plate of the saggy uncooked pasta some weird beans and missing any kind of seasoning. It wasn't spicy at all!! I made the comment to our waitress who only checked on us 25 mins after our main dish was served and when it was time for dessert. After telling her about the food she only offered a free dessert with a nasty comment about this one not being Bland!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We have been to Volterra in Kirkland many times and have been very impressed with the food and service. Today I took 2 friends for a Mother's Day lunch celebration to Volterra in Seattle. It was extremely disappointing! The WORST service Ever. We waited 30 minutes to get coffee, then another hour to get food. Our waitress comped the coffee - thanks very much! We won't be back!!!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My wife and I wanted to treat ourselves to an excellent meal and Volterra delivered! Upon arrival we were surprised with how beautiful the restaurant was, and quite impressed with the friendliness of the staff and their knowledge of the menu. We requested the server to pick an appetizer for us since we couldnt decide which to get on our own,she picked the Polenta and Wild Mushroom, this was an amazing start to what turned into one of the best meals we have ever had. We ordered the pork jowls pasta dish, and the wild boar tenderloin to share for dinner, we were very happy to see the kitchen had split our meals for us, portions were very large and the food was beyond decadent. I cant say enough great things all I can say is YOU MUST EAT HERE!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Ordered the wild boar which turned out to flavorless, including the sauce and veggies. The salad had too much dressing for my liking and "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend here for his 25th birthday and it was fantastic. He had the eggs Benedict and I had the duck hash, both highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "This was my 4th meal at Volterra. This time I took 3 foodie friends and we shared all of our dishes. The pasta dishes were exceptional, especially the dungeness crab ravioli. In fact all of the seafood we ordered was exactly right: clams and sausage appetizer, halibut entree, crab ravioli. However, the meat dishes were unmemorable. The consensus was: Satisfying though not inventive. Sadly, they have small tables and use enormous dishware so when the food arrived, our four top with wine, water and bread on the table was overcrowded. Also, our waitress was attentive at first was seldom seen throughout the meal. We asked a couple of times for a coffee refill during dessert and it never came. My friends were underwhelmed but I'll likely return."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We found this restaurant through the SRW and we had a wonderful moment for a little price. We will come back to this restaurant for sure on our next trip to Seattle"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We had not been to Volterra for a while and long overdue! Food, service, ambiance and noise level were all fantastic!!! Will come again soon!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The ambiance, service, drinks, bread are amazing at the start of the meal. The food leaves much to be desired. Our salads tasted as though they had been made hours before and had been stored in the walk-in fridge. Not to mention some wilted greens.The appetizer I got, mushroom polenta was good, but the polenta and Ragu were two completely different temperatures (polenta way too hot, ragu almost cold). This was confusing to my palate, And the taste was lost:-(The pasta my husband got was average (sausage, escarole, white bean). The ratio of ingredients was off, and the taste was bland. Too much penne, not enough sausage tossed in broth with plenty of white beans. We both really wanted the food to be better! Not sure when/if we will be back. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I've never been to this restaurant before, went for restaurant week. Great food, great service, I would definitely go back"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "First time to dine there after a trip to Florence and Tuscany. The food was superb and rivaled meals in Tuscany. Portions large and generous. Could have easily split the 3-4 course meal. Service attentive. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "For Seattle Restaurant Week, tried out Volterra for the first time. My companion and I each ordered cocktails, which came to us after the appetizer. Our bread arrived after the cocktails. Tables around us seemed to have their service timed better,though we had the same server, and even the same orders (only a few choices for the special). My cocktail was perfect, but husband's drink was awful. He politely sent it back, and ordered a beer. To their credit, the restaurant took the bad cocktail off the bill without our having to ask. Server wasn't rude, but not friendly, either. The food was impeccable, quite delicious. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "we had a nice dinner at the ballard volterra. as we live in kirkland , home to volterra's sister restaurant, we are occasionally there so this was the first time to the original in ballard for a couple years. we had great apps and entrees and service despite the reality it was quite busy rainy tuesday night. we 've always appreciated volterra too because it was one of the very early "good " restaurants to lead the ballard transformation."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Since my dinner was completed before 6:30, the restaurant was not full and hence quiet. The food was excellent as was the service. The latter is not always the case for a woman dining alone. The servings were generous and one half of the wild boar came home with me. It was a steal during restaurant week and so good I'll go back and pay full price for a terrific dinner. I do not drink wine so can not comment on their list but it is long. I did appreciate that they had several good beers on draft. "
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Very good food. We went here for restaurant week, which is a great deal. I had a pesto pasta dish, and my wife had the roast boar. The pasta was great, but the boar was out of this world. Tiramisu and chocolate torte for dessert are definite crowd pleasers."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "All in our party noted how Volterra has held up so well after years of praise. We had a fantastic dinner at a great price. Usually one or both of these slide after a restaurant experiences a few years of success."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "After years of raising kids my wife and I have returned to sampling Seattle's food scene. The three courses for $28 Seattle times thing is perfect for us to explore new cuisine and find new places we want to share with our friends. Voltarra, housed in the same space as former favorite Burke's was a fine start. My cauliflower appetizer was truly great, and the wild boar with a Gorgonzola cream sauce was unique and tasty. I chose the only super Tuscan wine served by the glass, and that matched up nicely with my meal. Service was completely professional and friendly too. I left a generous tip to reflect our appreciation. All in all, I'd send any of my friends here with complete confidence they'd enjoy their evening."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Volterra has become one of favorite restaurants in the city. The food is interesting and delicious. The service has been consistently helpful, knowledgable and very friendly. In my most recent visit on 4/5/14, I brought out of town friends who were equally impressed."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "A great dinner with perfect dining atmosphere. Just enough buzz to make for a fun and enthusiastic evening without being too much. Food very tasty. I ate the pork belly which was divine, others in my group a Had the menu at full range and reviews went from good to gorgeous!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The service, food, and wine list was great. the only issue I had was that my husband and I were sat next to a mom and young child. It made it a little hard to have a romantic birthday date night. the mom and child were creating a story thru out the entire dinner. Next time I think it would be nice to sit in the bar area instead."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Love this restaurant. Very easy to eat Gluten Free, helpful waiter with good input for for GF diet. Food always fresh and delicious."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We enjoyed the Challah French Toast (w Bananas Flambé) - Goldie Locks would approve! Not too sweet - just right! We decided the next time to order one of those with a few sides such as eggs and bacon for the perfectly rounded meal."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Not only the food was of amazing quality, but the portions were very generous compared to other italian restaurants, especially during the 30$/meal deal. keeping such a high quality speaks a lot about the restaurant. From an authentic and sophisticated italian and expert cook...."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the portion sizes were perfect!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Have visited twice – once just for appetizers and once far a three course dinner. Appetizers, entrees, and desserts were all distinctive and delicious. I refuse to make this good review any longer, as I want to be able to get a reservation whenever I wish."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "usually use the 3 for 30 as a way to test and rate our choice of restaurants. Had prawns and they we just ok. little flavor/taste. Side vegetables just ok. not the nicest presentation"
    Dined on 3/5/2014