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5411 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4052 (20th Ave NW)
+1 206-789-5100
16:30 - 22:00
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Sun 09:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 16:30 - 22:00
Fri 16:30 - 23:00
Sat 09:00 - 23:00
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Seattle, Washington
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We really love this restaurant and save it for special occasions like our Anniversary and early Valentine's Day. We have never had a bad meal, the service is top notch and the environment is quite nice. In the summer one can eat outside in their patio. KD

Thank Heronknd
Shoreline, Washington
Level Contributor
83 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having walked by Volterra a bunch, the wife and I finally stopped in. On a Friday night, in Ballard, with no reservation. We were able to just walk in and get seated at 7:30. That's unexpected, and we wondered why the restaurant was so empty. The food was ok, but not particularly memorable. The salami starter came with three different... More 

Thank Andy C
Level Contributor
25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Watch out! They give you fresh bread with olive oil and special salt--after you have already ordered! Of course you will will want one of their fantastic salads, and a pasta or main, and then a dessert; but you will explode! For this reason, my very successful plan on my last visit was this: order salad and dessert. It was... More 

Thank Claudia K
Santa Cruz, California
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68 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Stopped into Volterra about 2pm mid holiday week with a party of 4 near the end of their lunch run. Our waiter was great as was the service! Our food came fast and the Tagliatelle with Lamb Ragu that I had was wonderful! We had the "Lunch Special" with Pasta and a dessert and finished with their Tiramisu. We will... More 

Thank showkit33048
Seattle, Washington
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

When you have to argue with your waiter and the manager to make a substitution on a menu because they don't have the item, it is disappointing. What a way to begin a dinner with good friends! And if you're having an early dinner on a Saturday night, and they list crispy herb chicken on the menu as a special... More 

Thank Pippiduck
Mooresville, North Carolina
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Told by the proprietor that they were only open for happy hour, then that they did not serve the type of food that I was looking for. Really, Italian resturant, Italian food-not rocket science since I have lived in this town for 10 years and have eaten here on multiple occasions and was very intentional in my selection. To say... More 

Thank loujeaniab
Ashford, Washington
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Have been to Volterra several times and this most recent with visiting Italians...prawns, ravioli, lamb were all good. Food is generally heavy but for American-Italian food quite decent. Banana bread pudding was exceptional!!

Thank Rainier66
Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

This place is amazing. Very good food and great staff. I highly recommend going here. I've gone here several times during several different seasons, and it's always a pleasant experience.

Thank danielphilipray
Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

My friends and I went here for dine around Seattle week. I had the beet salad, pork belly and banana bread pudding. It was very good. It wasn't the best dish I've ever had but I would go back to try others for sure. I love the location although parking is terrible (to be expected). Volterra would make for a... More 

Thank KeliRae
Abergavenny, United Kingdom
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306 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Read the menu online, noticed some reviews were critical but wanted some pasta so off we went. No ambiance, the restaurant part is a large square room with too many tables and stained ceilings. Wine prices are extortionate - $14 for a small glass of average sauvignon blanc. I had the pork jowls with wild mushrooms and truffle oil. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: Ballard
  • Phone Number: +1 206-789-5100

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