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“great dinner during restaurant week” 4 of 5 stars
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Volterra
5411 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4052 (Ballard)
206-789-5100
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Ranked #694 of 3,089 Restaurants in Seattle
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Ballard
Cross street: 20th Ave NW
Transit: Metro Bus #17 and 18
Seattle
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“great dinner during restaurant week”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We had a wonderful 3 course dinner during 3 for $30 week in Seattle. Great choices---4 of us sampled the entire special menu and everyone got to compare. A good selection of WA wines added to the enjoyment. The entrees were creative and very good, but the desserts were worth a late night visit just for them.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Wa
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Another delicious brunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Brunch is my favorite meal and Volterra, an Italian-style restaurant, has never disappointed. It is in the Ballard section of Seattle, a little out of the way, but there are lots of other things to see and do in Ballard, once you get there. Recently we were there with a party of six adults and a child on a Saturday. The restaurant was not crowded. On Sundays it is more so as it is next to the year-long Sunday Farmer's Market. They do take reservations.

The service is unobtrusive and competent. They were happy to oblige us with something special for our young child, the birthday girl. We had a selection of different entrees, Bread Pudding with Gouda Cream Sauce and Asparagus Tips, Yukon Gold Potato Hash with Duck Confit, Wild Boar Sausage Eggs Benedict, and Wild Mushroom and Truffle Scramble were the standouts. The Challah French Toast is also delicious. Cocktails are inventive and varied. We were not rushed during our meal. Coffee and water were refilled quickly.

The dining room is elegant but not fussy. It never gets really loud so conversation is easy. Volterra is a lovely place for a special meal.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

We have never been disappointed when we visit Voltera. Food is wonderful, try the wild boar, and the service is always great. Dinners are great but did not care for Sunday brunch.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
215 reviews 215 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
“One of Ballard's Best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Volterra draws a loyal and steady crowd, offering consistently fresh and appealing food time after time. We like to combine several starters and share an entree, and our server helped us choose small plates to make the most of our meal. The antipasto plate was excellent, if a bit scant on some items, and their pasta was perfectly cooked. We appreciated the relaxed atmosphere and warm service. Definitely a place to return with friends!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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87 restaurant reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Fabulous vibe, great tastes, tucked away in Ballard”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Our personal favorite for fine dining in Ballard. Always yummy with great service and menu options. A great place to celebrate! A good balance of fish and meat dishes, with a lean toward contemporary Italian cuisine. Seating available in the bar, inside or outside (summer time is best!). Fresh bread with the fennel salt is just a peek into the savory treats prepared by the kitchen. Lots of fresh options on the daily tear sheet and a brief dessert menu complimented by a great aperitif selection finish off a meal. Four guests with a cocktail each, two appetizers, entrees, one dessert, one aperitif = $200 + tip.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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