Volterra Kirkland

4.6
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$30 and under
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Italian
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".
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M
Seattle
54 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are always celebrating life . The lamb shank was fabulous. And our waitress was awesome love you all

CK
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was ok not great. We were seated right next to kitchen even though plenty of space available. Menu was not accurate regarding choices. No one said happy birthday even that was noted on our booking. Parking situation sub par.

MS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is delicious! We come from California and eat here every time we are in Kirkland.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!!

m
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely experience. We were quickly seated and welcomed warmly. Food was consistently yummy... oil soup (bean soup with oil drizzle sooo good) and polenta with mushroom app was too die for. Always recommend volterra! Another amazing evening dining in kirkland, yes you can have great italian in our neighborhood!

WS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a consistently quality experience. Friendly staff. Great value.

SR
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous menu and waitstaff! Thank you!

B
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. Wonderful service. We will come back again.

M
Seattle
55 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Tonight was an off night with the desert. The waitress was not busy but for got us at the end .
Got the chocolate cake and twice the inside was cold it look warm . Too much gelatin it had a funny taste
Our dinner was fabulous as ever. I think we will skip the desert nest time .

S
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Pasta super oily and buttery. Way too much truffle butter, not to mention portion was hige

H
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to celebrate my husbands 50th birthday. Our time was perfection from the moment we stepped to the moment we left. The hostess was kind and discreet about my pre dinner drink request. The staff was amazing—- I loved how all of the servers helped Each other out- we did not feel rushed and our tables were cleared constantly we never had to ask for anything. Dinner was amazing- 3-course meals app:polenta /mushroom , Caesar salad, lamb shank and the creamiest polenta, Wild Boar with fingerling potato’s and the most amazing gf chocolate cake. We enjoyed Sparkling wine and D2. Flavor was amazing, service impeccable , relaxed atmosphere. Will be back!

DO
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tables where we were first seated were too close together. We asked to be moved into the bar area where we had a much quieter high top table for two. The service people were very accommodating about the situation. It was my wifes birthday and overall a very nice experience.

TJ
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was excellent, although pricey. The service was good, but not as accommodating as I would expect at these prices....they have a taster menu with a bunch of selections and I had hoped to try one appetizer combined with a full price main course from elsewhere on the menu....nope, can't do that, so that was disappointing. The tables are also small (although adequate) and close together so you hear all your neighbor has to say.

A
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Cocktail (Vodka soda was weak or no existence of alcohol); Pasta dishes were warm, not hot as they probably waited on the hot line for a Wild Boar meat dish.

MW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always wonderful and the staff friendly and helpful

RD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A very pleasant dining experience; we went for our anniversary and we're glad we did. We're foodies so we have a very discerning palate; I found the crab ravioli a bit "fishy" as if the crab as a day or two old. My bride's melanzanie pouches were tasty, but the pasta was a bit thick for her taste and they were a tad overdone. Otherwise, a truly lovely evening with wonderful and friendly service.

AK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Christmas Eve dinner

EL
New England
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

As always, the food here is superb... flavorful short ribs was the choice for our party, and our young man had seafood fettucine. Atmosphere and accoutrements were also grand, down to the fine bread and olive oil. There was a minor service glitch, but they rectified it professionally and completely.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was fantastic and knowledgeable. Not overbearing. Food was excellent. Demi was a little salty

JD
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great service no matter the occasion. Love the wine list , cocktails and fresh innovative dinner dishes!

M
Seattle
55 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are enjoying Volterra so much . The chefs are fabulous and the service is outstanding.

NN
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Very good food. Extremely slow, inattentive service.

LL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely holiday dinner for our party of 8. Staff and management were gracious & accommodating. Food and wine were fantastic.

KL
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Volterra! The food and service is great! Some of the tables are a bit close to neighboring diners though. Overall a very good experience.

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great! Food was wonderful and service great!
Needs more decoration, a bit too blan!

OT
Seattle
31 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food, good ambience, price is not bad, table layout could use improvement

N
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place, had a great evening!

DM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Requested a table away from the service areas but it was obvious the request was ignored since the oinly table left was right in front of the service area and a table set for 5 was not offered and remained empty of customers all evening. We went there as the food is always good, but our guest who is hard of hearing had a very difficult time in conversation with those of us across the table from him. The head waitress who greeted us actually said they don't read the comments on the open table site and suggestedd that calling them direct might get us what we want.

MP
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is GREAT! Enjoyed the service of Andy. Will return fore sure!

BP
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good fixed dinner menus. Boar was tender seafood pasta very good.

K
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service. We will be back.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I went in for dinner and it was a delic

L
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was nice to get to try Volterra because of SRW. Food was good, but it would normally be too expensive for us.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always with great drinks, great food, great service. Nice options for restaurant week with full sized portions.

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We spotted this restaurant on open table for a Saturday night outing. The open table reservation worked great and we were greeted at the door, checked in our coats and taken to our table promptly. However the table was very small and squeezed in a corner and surrounding by a group of 6 very loud customers. The food is fine. The oil soup tasted good. The deserts did not taste as fresh made on the same day—may be one day old. Still ok but not great. We probably won’t go back again.

HR
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We tried Volterra on Friday on a recommendation from a friend and were so pleased! We liked the variety of menu offerings as some were so unique for an Italian restaurant. My personal favorite was the calamari appetizer. The calamari had a wonderful smoky flavor. You knocked it out of the park! I'll definitely be recommending Volterra to all!

IV
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided to try it for restaurant week. Great food and drinks. Wild boar entree was sensational. Polenta with mushrooms was creamy and very hearty. Tiramisu rounded out a perfect meal. With restaurant week prices this was a very good value for the money. Drinks are great and a wine list very extensive. Service was great and very friendly without being obtrusive. We’ll be back!

L
Seattle
35 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service, wonderful meal. All in all, a great dining experience.

BT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Disappointing visit- it was a cute place and service was fairly attentive, but the food didn't live up to the reviews and pricing. The mushroom soup flavor was excellent, but was ruined in texture and mouth feel by the large amount of oil partially emulsified within it.
The boar tenderloin was overcooked and hidden under a thick layer of gravy-like sauce.
The seafood fettuccine was so overly spiced I couldn't enjoy the flavor of it.
Dinner ended on a good note though- we enjoyed the chocolate cake and tiramisu, which was nicely moist.

F
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!

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