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Volterra

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5411 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4052 (20th Ave NW)
Metro Bus #17 and 18
206-789-5100
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4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 43
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Eat on the patio

It was stifling hot inside and we insisted on being moved to the courtyard. So happy we moved! The dinner was very enjoyable. The bread was delicious and quick in coming as we were quite hungry. The meal was excellent, the wine fabulous and the service memorable. Would definitely visit again when... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
maggiegust
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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62 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This restaurant serves authentic Tuscan food. I know because I was just in Tuscany in June. All of the ingredients are fresh and high-quality, the pastas are perfectly prepared al dente, and the service is attentive and friendly. I was especially pleased when I showed them a picture of a bottle of Brunello that I had enjoyed in Florence and... More 

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Seattle
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66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Volterra is a favorite among the locals for a nice anniversary or birthday dinner or going out with another couple. Never had anything but delicious food and the service is impeccable.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

It was stifling hot inside and we insisted on being moved to the courtyard. So happy we moved! The dinner was very enjoyable. The bread was delicious and quick in coming as we were quite hungry. The meal was excellent, the wine fabulous and the service memorable. Would definitely visit again when in Seattle.

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Toronto, Canada
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88 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Lunch in the leafy Volterra terrace in Ballard was the perfect way to relax on a lazy Wednesday afternoon. Fresh crusty bread with olive oil and salt went perfectly with the strong and robust taste of the Volterra House red. The lunch special of Halibut Fettuccine in cream sauce was excellent as was my son’s Salad with Grilled Chicken. Service... More 

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Seattle
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Face it -- even the most mediocre sit down lunch in Seattle will run at least 10 bucks. So a two course Prix Fixe lunch at Volterra for 16 bucks is quite a deal. I had the lunch special of tagliatelle pasta with a filet of beef in red sauce and tiramisu for dessert. My brothers had the pork jowls... More 

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Syosset, New York
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55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Delicious Italian food.Fresh bread came to the table. We shared salads. I had spaghetti and shrimp that was a bit spicy, but in a good way. Fetticcini with roasted chicken was good. The only problem was no air conditioning. They did have fans set up but it was so hot. So uncomfortable to eat.

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20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We have the opportunity to visit the Ballard district in Seattle from time to time and to try the area's wide array of restaurants. A few years ago, I read a glowing review of Volterra, and resolved to go there "some time" -- but never "got the chance" until recently. We had a one-night stay at the Hotel Ballard up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Popped in for lunch... Sat at the bar... Brent made us a fabulous grapefruit mojito to start. The Dungeness crab ravioli was the bomb.com and I had the fettuccini with prawns. It was light and delicious. The perfect way to get a snack in without weighing yourself down. We will definitely come back again and again.

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Seattle
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This restaurant has a lot going for it. There is nice atmosphere, good service and high quality entrees, sides and desserts. We were rather dismayed at the pricey entrees and small portions. We left hungry, actually. Please increase entree portions by 20-30% and we will return.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

With an annual trip to Seattle we have built up a collection of favourite places to eat. After an amazing dinner in early 2014 Volterra joined this list. A couple of new members joining our group we had all raved about the Volterra experience. This made it all the more disappointing when returning last week the standard of both food... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5411 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4052
    (20th Ave NW)
  • Public Transportation: Metro Bus #17 and 18
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Ballard
  • Neighborhood: Ballard
  • Phone Number: 206-789-5100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?