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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".

121 Kirkland Ave
Kirkland, WA 98033
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Northwest

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Thurs 11:30am - 10pm
Fri and Sat 11:30am - 11pm
Sunday 11:30am - 9pm

Happy Hour
Daily from Noon-6pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(425) 202-7201

Website:
http://volterrakirkland.com/

Catering:
We would love to assist you with catering for your offsite event. Please contact us and ask for Michelle for detailed information.

Parking Details:
Paid Garage parking

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Ala Carte Menu will be offered in addition to Christmas Eve Specials
$25 per person cancellation fee will be charged for cancellations after 12/21/17

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Two Seatings: 6pm and 9pm
Pre-Fixe Menu ONLY- $85 per person.See Menu at volterrakirkland dot com
$25 per person Cancellation Fee for cancellation after 12/25/17

Volterra Kirkland Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (20)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Special Occasion (18)
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Creative Cuisine (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Cozy (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Authentic (9)
Casual (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Romantic (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Seasonal (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Healthy (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Bar Seating (4)
People Watching (4)
Business Meals (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Organic (3)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 7 days ago

Very noisy; tables were set such that I heard neighbor's conversation more than my own.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Food is good, service is good, paying $3 for refills on soda isn't where you should be making your money.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Excellent food and drink. Wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable. Great location for a quiet dinner for two or a celebration with friends. Food is excellent as always!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Simply a treasure from beginning to end as we entered the restaraunt, ordered and ate. Wonderful experience.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Groups, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great service - Russell took great care of us. And the handmade pasta was the bomb!

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Went for a birthday dinner. The atmosphere was nice, and our waitress was very pleasant and attentive. We went for the tasting menu. My father raved about the crab ravioli, polenta with mushrooms was alright, nothing special. Chicken was pretty good, as was wild boar, although the sauce was overwhelming (but good). Dry fried potato wedges and bland grilled peppers did nothing as a side for the boar and the sauce, and did even less for the shrimp entree. Shrimp was also bland, didn't go with tasteless potatoes, and overall wasn't an impressive dish at all.

Desserts were the best part, loved the panna cotta, nice texture and strawberry sauce was just sweet enough. Very light and moist tiramisu, and the chocolate dessert was also excellent.

Overall for 200+ for four people, no wine or other drinks from the bar, next time we'll chose another spot to dine.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I love this place and the food, and the staff is very friendly.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Fantastic!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Volterra has become our favorite Kirkland restaurant. Food is excellent, and so is the service. The servers are very personable, and good at their job.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Always delicious. Nice atmosphere. The food is consistently high quality and very fresh.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Outstanding service and meal. We celebrated my wife's birthday and it was a great mix of romantic and vibrant. Well done!

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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...

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We tried the tasting menu because all the offerings looked SO delicious we just couldn't decide. The portions were very LARGE for a tasting menu. The attentive staff made the evening even more enjoyable!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The wait staff was very attentive, yet not intrusive which was very much appreciated. Fern took great care of our table of two. Thank you.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great food, excellent wine selection, and really nice staff.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We enjoyed the tasting menu very much. Smaller servings and many delicious choices.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We went to Volterra for Seattle Restaurant week. They had a great selection to choose from on the 3 course menu. My wife had wild boar and I had the lamb. Both were prepared perfectly.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We had a double date for restaurant week. I had high hopes for trying out this restaurant, but the food was overly salted, and the service wasn’t very friendly. I enjoyed the company I was with, but I won’t return.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

It was a wonderful evening. The server was very good and knowledgeable.....

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 26, 2017

A very nice "go to" place. Excellent and helpful service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Enjoyed a 3 for $33 dinner at Volterra Kirkland. Several of our favorite Voltetra dishes were on the special menu (e.g., crab ravioli, lamb shank) and servings were smaller for the special menu, which we prefer. The dark chocolate cake was yummy!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Ate here on Seattle Restaurant week. Lamb shank excellent. Beet salad had only three small slices of beet.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 23, 2017

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!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 23, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Our first time at Volterra. We like to try new places during restaurant week. We will be back for sure!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Hot Spot
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Excellent meal and service. one small thing the "roast beet salad" had only one slice of beet in it but the salad was nevertheless very good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Restaurant Week menu was a fabulous value. Lamb and boar were both outstanding. Nice portion sizes.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Excellent food!!

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Service was very slow and not we are used to Volterra.

More of an issue of understaffing than competency of the waiter

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Excellent food, great service, and good atmosphere conducive to casual conversation.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We were here for Seattle Restaurant week and had great food and service. They offered choices to fit any palate and all at our table enjoyed our selections. We will definitely return.

Tags: Healthy, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food was delicious!, nothing left on my husbands and mine. Warm cozy place to celebrate our anniversary <3. Already craving to go back!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Organic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

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