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Volterra

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Ballard
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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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Today
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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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/Brunch, Reservations
Good for:
Casual Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 38
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
So disappointing!

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... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
Millie_MM
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 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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Bend, Oregon
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I can only second what several of the previous reviewers have written. The food and service are very good. They have a large wine list and a full bar. Reservations are a must even if you plan to dine early. If you are not familiar with the area, then I recommend driving to it in the daylight to see where... More 

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Mountain View, Arkansas
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911 reviews 911 reviews
502 restaurant reviews
424 helpful votes 424 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015 via mobile

We dined at Volterra during our stop in Seattle on our way back to Portland from our visit to Victoria over Canada Day weekend. We were staying at the Hotel Ballard so it was a short walk to Volterra. We were seated in the garden dining area. My wife ordered the lobster ravioli for her entree. I had the fish... More 

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Seattle, Wa.
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57 reviews 57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great food and good wine. Gets busy though so make reservations on busy evenings. The menu is pretty much all very good. Wine list is good and decently priced. Parking is hard to find so plan ahead for that.

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Seattle, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

One of the most consistent restaurants in Seattle! The food is always amazing and the service is great!

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Bellevue
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66 reviews 66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 via mobile

when I returned from 3 weeks in Tuscany several years ago one of my first meals back was here, I exclaimed it was as good as any I had in Italy. What a difference a few years makes. The food was fine I suppose, but bland and listless. I don't think the menu has changed in several years. That would... More 

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Kirkland, Washington
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We like Volterra for its selections and its ambiance. We don't eat boar every day and their's was a taste treat; service was attentive and the room hummed with conversations. Parking can be problematic.

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Northern California
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155 reviews 155 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

A great find in Ballard. Outstanding, very interesting Italian food in a very, very comfortable environment. We had some kind of special bean appetizer, salumi plate, linguine with clams, lamb ragu and noodles. Very authentic and yet contempo. And then a totally different style of zabaglione. Not your mother's zabaglione but excellent nonetheless. Excellent wine choices (by the glass as... More 

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Kennewick, Washington
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368 reviews 368 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Fabulous food! Roasted wild boar, rabbit tortellini, polenta with wild mushrooms...really? Yes. It was all so good and with such great sauces we were hard-pressed to not pick up the plates and lick them. A nice martini and good wine selection as well. The service and atmosphere was very nice as well. They do some happy hour specials, but I... More 

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Puyallup
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Thank you Volterra for wonderful dining experience this evening. Our server (and supporting staff) was informative and attentive to us! The food was good, but nothing memorable. The hierloom tomato caprese appetizer was good (loved the chilled tomatoes), but a bit bland. I would have enjoyed a bit more basil and a touch of balsamic. The Beet Salad was delicious.... 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

Questions & Answers

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