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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
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.
My wife and I go out to eat a lot, and we are often a bit disappointed that the quality of food is lower than or equal to something we could have prepared at home. During our meal at Volterra, every dish met the bar of "better than we could have done", which I suppose is all you could really ask for.
Good food, good service, overall a pleasant experience.
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.
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