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5411 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4052 (20th Ave NW)
+1 206-789-5100
09:00 - 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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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago

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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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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46 reviews
29 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
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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
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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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305 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 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 

Thank SugarloafView
Seattle, Washington
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Okay. To say I love Italian food is an understatement. My ex husband thought I was Italian. But breakfast? I simply had the scramble with wild mushrooms, fontina, arugula and white truffle oil and my daughter the Milano Milano. The food was so amazing I wanted to stay there until dinner and eat again. Run there as fast as you... More 

Thank Laura_Kayaks
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

From the homemade fennel salt (can I say OMG) to the worlds best ceasar salad I have ever eaten to the Pork Jowls with wild mushroom and truffle butter (don't think about it-just do it) - everything was a complete taste sensation. The most amazing food I have ever eaten! The service was superb. Super friendly and extremely nice.

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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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?