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Volterra

5411 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4052 (Ballard)
206-789-5100
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Ranked #718 of 3,432 restaurants in Seattle
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Ballard
Cross street: 20th Ave NW
Transit: Metro Bus #17 and 18
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English first
Seattle, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

our experience has been very inconsistent. our last meal was disappointing for the restaurant quality you would expect. we will not go back. our service was excellent, but the food was mediocre. we have had this experience before, but because we also had a good meal we tried it again.

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013 via mobile

Wine selected was Grimaldi Barbera and was amazingly good. Additionally, we shared the Duck Confit appetizer. All members of party raved. This is a must place! Server was attentive, and every table was full.

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Gunnison, Colorado
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Enjoyed this Italian joint in Ballard. Our waiter was kind and friendly and we had delicious main courses. Lots of great options and the wine was wonderful too!

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Seattle, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Sat outdoors and had a lovely quite lunch with fresh roasted beet, aruglula salad.The server was just right

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seattle, wa
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

I have to say, being italian born and raised, I did not expect the food to be as good as indeed it was. everyone of the 5 dishes we tried was excellent, and as far as food goes the restaurant deserves 5 stars. that said, the overall experience (it was our 15th wedding anniversary) was terrible. First, the indian/pakistani lady... More

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Seattle
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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Three of us wandered in looking for at least a decent meal and a place to relax away from the crowded streets of a neighborhood street festival. We got so much more! Our server was delightful, friendly, helpful and offered just the right amount of being there and not being there. The roasted beet and arugula salad is especially good,... More

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los angeles, CA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Came here after reading all the wonderful reviews. Food was good although it was a little salty to my taste. The place was not too busy on a Sunday afternoon. I had the fritatta and my friend had wild mushroom with pork jowl pasta. We tried to ask about the pork jowl and how the dish was prepared. That's when... More

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California, Kentucky
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

Great experince..but hostess is short and rude...try and be friendly on the phone...your restaurant won't stay hot forever.

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Seattle, Washington
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

We have eaten at Volterra in Ballard (Seattle) many times. Visited recently when they had a special for free "corkage." This was nice, but not necessary as they have a good wine list with adequate selections for most tastes. The food is very good and consistent. I don't find it to be authentic Italian, but still the selections are interesting... More

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Seattle, Washington
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

I had the rabbit ragu and it was spectacular. The atmosphere is quite and and good for conversation. My mother had the lamb shank and it was also amazing. They know how to slow cook food with complex flavors and it doesn't get any more tender and rich.

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