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About 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".
Kirkland, WA 98033
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Thurs 11:30am - 10pm
Fri and Sat 11:30am - 11pm
Sunday 11:30am - 9pm
Daily from Noon-6pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We would love to assist you with catering for your offsite event. Please contact us and ask for Michelle for detailed information.
Paid Garage parking
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Volterra Kirkland Ratings and Reviews
This was not my first time here. Usually the service is good and food worth talking about. However, we were very disappointed by the rudeness of the waiter and the poor preparation of food. Couple of people in our party were vegetarians and we mentioned it twice to our waiter. When the appetizers arrived they were not made veg. When we pointed it out, the waiter said that he can’t divine that there are vegetarians. There was no effort to make it right and we were forced to order another appetizer.
One of us asked for the manager at the front desk and it turned out that the manager was our waiter!
He did apologize when it was pointed out that he was being outright disrespectful.
Couple of dishes were not cooked right - shrimp had to be sent back for more cooking.
Net: Both the service and the food left a bad taste...
Went for Restaurant week and found the food and service to be excellent. The RW menu included appetizers, mains and desserts from their regular and tasting menus so you really got a great idea about the quality and kind of food they normally serve. We had the lamb shank and wild boar tenderloin and both were excellent. This was our first visit to Volterra, but will certainly not be our last.
We went in for dinner, but ended up sitting in the bar and noshing during a Sunday Happy Hour. The bartender was fantastic! The food & the drinks were spot on. We had an appetizer that was a dreamy mix of the lightest, fluffiest polenta I've ever had with a lovely mushroom ragu draped over it. I would go back for this alone! We've been to the Volterra in Ballard a number of times, and were afraid this one might not be able to compare. Happily, we were wrong! We'll be back often.
The restaurant week menu was creative and delicious for the most part. However, the crab ravioli was quite ordinary. And we had to hunt to find the beet pieces in the beet and arugula salad. The wait staff were too quick to remove our plates. They took the bread plates away while we were still using them. And asked me twice if I was finished my main even though I had a fork full of food waiting to eat!
Upon being seated was served water in a warm glass with water at room temperature. Had to ask for ice. Food was good but overpriced. Seating arrangements for two diners were awful. You could hear the conversations of other dines seated alongside you. Will not recommend nor will we go there again.
Let me start by saying, I wished I'd dined here sooner! We've lived in the area for some time but only recently dined at Volterra.
We were very pleased with our meals. Four of us had four different entrees and the dishes did not disappoint: wild boar tenderloin with creme de cassis, Gorgonzola mustard sauce, fingerling potatoes, seasonal market vegetables was my favorite, but my spouse really enjoyed the Braised lamb Shank (green olives, rosemary, onions, celery, Sangiovese demi glaze) served with creamy polenta and seasonal market vegetables. She thought this was some of the best polenta she's ever had.
The reason I gave the Value selection only 2 stars is because of the restaurant's new corkage policy: $30 per bottle.
I enjoy collecting, cellaring and pairing great wine with great food. Volterra is not the only culprit in the realm of unreasonable corkage fees, but my enjoyment of their well-prepared food is diminished by high corkage fees. I know there's a business case for alcohol being a profit point for restaurants, but at $30, I will rethink my restaurant options in the future.
We tried Volterra Kirkland for the first time during restaurant week, and overall we were happy we did. However, the size of the Caesar salad was smaller than small -- only a few bites. To be fair, when asked, the server did warn us to expect something a little smaller than usual, but this was small to the extreme. Very nice tasting but just too small. The wild boar tenderloin with mustard sauce was wonderful, and I would return again just to have this dish. Dessert, the lemon mascarpone custard, was also excellent. As a whole the dinner was a good value and the service was adequate. We would have preferred a lower noise level for an even better experience.
My husband and I had an early reservation at Volterra, so when we arrived the bar was full of happy hour folks and the dining room was empty. The night started off poorly when we were seated in the middle of two other occupied two-tops, mere inches from each other -- while the rest of the restaurant was empty. It was so uncomfortable, in fact, that the other two tables commented on it. Then, as we were inches away, continuously commented on what we were ordering and what they usually like, etc. (They were nice, but still, let's at least maintain the illusion of privacy. Even though we might as well be at one big six-top, we're not.) The polenta appetizer was very tasty, the mixed greens nothing special. My main, the crab ravioli, was oversalted and one of the raviolis was empty. Normally no biggie but that's an expensive dish for one fifth of it to not have its filling. My husband said his mushroom pasta was underseasoned the mushrooms rubbery. The one bright spot was our very charming server. Otherwise, I was very disappointed with the experience and won't be returning.
Disappointing. I had indicated in my confirmation phone call that this was my wife's birthday. No recognition of any form was seen. The waitress didn't welcome us or introduce herself. We learned her name on our receipt. While the wild boar and beef tenderloin were done perfectly we thought the seasonal vegetables were unsophisticated- more colour than anything else- slices of red, green, yellow peppers. Come on guys we put those things on pizza. Meatball appetizers were filling, but why do they have to be unadvertised spicy? Lemon custard desert accompaniments were fine although the custard could have been a bit more lemony. As for limoncello. Come on guys, forget that syrupy Seattle stuff. Buy some real Italian liqueur. While I'm at it we feel your tables are simply too close together. There are 7 two-person tables in a row each closer than 30". Our reservation was for 5:30, as was the case for two other couples. We were all placed alongside one another. The other 4 tables stayed vacant for some time. We all commented to one another that we could have been seated with a vacant table between each pair allowing a little more privacy to start. In terms of closeness it really spoiled my appetite to have a server squished up against my table almost in my face as he served our neighbours. He wasn't a thin man. As I said - a disappointing evening. We usually give a 20% tip. Not that night.
The quality of the food, while not bad, was a noticeable step down from the various times in the past we have come. We suspect that it was a new chef, with less training. The dishes were not up to par with the usual standards. Again, they weren't bad, just not as good as normal. She needs a little more training and seasoning.
The tables are so close it is difficult to hear your dinner partner speak if others nearby are talking. We went there for an anniversary dinner, I had to stop my husband in mid sentence because I couldn't hear him over the waiter talking to the people at the table next to us. Food was good, but not worth putting up with that.
We tried the 3 course tasting menu, crab ravioli: rich, tasty, very crab flavor, small plate perfect for 1st course, Wild Boar Tenderloin with Gorgonzola Mustard Sauce: also tender and flavorful, Lemon Mascarpone Custard was delcious, cheesecake-like! Favorite item we ordered was the Tagliolini with Pork Jowls and Wild Mushrooms: pasta was amazing and the pork jowels were better than bacon. We'll definitely be back. Our only unpleasant experience was the width of the tables made it hard to have a conversation. Next time we will sit at the bar or next to each other to be able to converse. Server was friendly and wine-knowledgeable. Overall a very good experience.
Excellent food. Messed up order several times. Wrong entree, had to wait for right one. Forgot one dessert. Pellegrino not cold so arrived well after other drinks. Not great for non consumers of alcohol. Staff pleasant and tried to make it right. Would give them one more chance, because food was good.
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