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5411 Ballard Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107, United States
5411 Ballard Avenue NorthwestUSWashingtonSeattle98107
$$$Italian Restaurant, BarToday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am – 9:00 pmTuesday 11:30 am – 9:00 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 9:00 pmThursday 11:30 am – 9:00 pmFriday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmSaturday 9:00 am – 10:00 pmSunday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
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Upscale Northern Italian cuisine & an extensive wine list served in warm but stylish surroundings.- Google
"Dungeness crab ravioli and the wild boar were both amazing."
"Don't leave without having a serving of the chocolate orange cake."
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Steven S
a week ago
Ignore the idiots whining about price and not knowing the Italian names for the wines, they can go eat at the Olive Garden. This place is not inexpensive, but then again the food is wonderful and pretty seasonal. I have been coming back here for years, it is still my favorite restaurant in all of Seattle. If they happen to have Braised Ox Tail on the menu, get it.
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John Masterson
2 years ago
We were looking for a nice Italian meal in Ballard before a movie. Volterra was nearly packed on a Friday night, but they had one table available for us. Volterra, how you disappoint me. Let me count the ways. 1) We were glad to get a table, but the hostess/greeter was glum and abrupt, distracted perhaps. No charisma. Not a good start. 2) We waited for at least five minutes before water or anything resembling service arrived. It was getting awkward because wait staff passed us by many times, seeming to avoid eye contact. 3) Finally, a barrel chested waiter injected himself into our conversation with the announcement that two of the specials were sold out. 4) He proceeded to wow us with his knowledge of Italian wine, but it seemed haughty and not helpful. He recommended an expensive bottle of something none of us had ever heard of. We opted to study the wine list a little longer. 5) The list is basically in Italian -- family and regional names of grapes, so good luck making a rational choice. 6) A second server joined us briefly to help us decide, and she said the $11-per-glass house Chianti was a "modern" interpretation and lots of people like it. We ordered it. Later, the original waiter brought us some bread or something, and we asked him what he thought she meant by "modern" in the context of chianti. He replied with something like, "I have no idea, and besides, it was her word, and it would be weird for me to explain what she might have meant." 7) The wine arrived, server #2 poured us each a glass. The wine was fine, but it was a stingy pour -- they could probably sell eight glasses per bottle. 8) When our food came out and barrel-chested server #1 heard we'd selected the chianti, he pursed his lips and looked down. No comment, visible disdain, like we'd really screwed up, and maybe insulted him. 9) One in our group had a chipped plate. No big deal if you're enjoying yourself otherwise, but it sorted of added one more feeling of negativity. 10) The food was okay. Nothing remarkable about it. My pasta dish was basically eight bits of stuffed tortellini in what could have been canned chicken broth. Bottom line - overpriced and lame. Gave us the discouraging sense that we'd wasted a Friday night.
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Jessica Tupper
3 years ago
Volterra has ambience. Tiled floors, mood lighting, stained glass. For dishcrawl we had bolognese with polenta, which was tasty but in need of a greater texture variation. I actually liked it best with bread, which surprised me. I will return with more people and more pasta.
Tommy R
10 months ago
I'm just not into rare pork products regardless of how fancy you try to sell it. Majority of the trichinosis in US Last year game from wild boar.
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Jed Higginson
8 months ago
One of my favorite restaurants. Dungeness crab ravioli and the wild boar were both amazing.
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thecolor cypher
2 years ago
Delicious food at an "expected price". An expandable environment based on your day or evening's desire with prompt polite service. They have a small bar, (sperate from an indoor dining area) and an outdoor patio with a private function area. It's a strange layout, but once you've been seated you'll not remember the walk through until you leave. ;-) All in all, we've been several times and will return. :-)
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Sam DeLiso
2 years ago
Wonderful rotating and seasonally appropriate menus, great wait staff, and a lovely ambience to their restaurant facilities.
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Doug Anderson
a year ago
WORTH THE SHORT DRIVE FROM DOWNTOWN SEATTLE as it's possibly the best restaurant in the area. OK, Wild Ginger is probably the best but this is a mighty close second.


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