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Volterra restaurant was inspired by the warm, traditional, largely-undiscovered Tuscan hilltop town by the same name. Located In the middle of Italy, within the triangle formed by the cities of Pisa, Siena, and Florence, it is where restaurant owners Don Curtiss and Michelle Quisenberry were married in the summer of 2004.


Volterra’s flagship location is located in the heart of Historic Ballard – one of Seattle’s hottest neighborhoods – nestled among unique restaurants, bars, boutiques and across from Ballard’s popular Sunday Farmers’ Market. Volterra Kirkland opened in September 2012in the heart of downtown Kirkland just one block away from the waterfront.


Volterra features the bold-flavored, Tuscan-inspired menu of Chef Don Curtiss showcasing his innovative style applied to the bountiful harvest of the Pacific Northwest.

Menu highlights include:

  •  Seasonal Tuscan specialties –truffles, squash blossoms, fresh porcini mushrooms are featured throughout the year.
  •  Natural, organic or free-range meats and poultry.
  •  Local and/or organic ingredients
  •  Housemade pasta
  •  “Oil” soup- named one of the “Top 10 Legendary Dishes in Seattle” by Seattle Metropolitan magazine
  •  Chingiale al Gorgonzola- wild boar tenderloin roasted and served with a gorgonzola and mustard cream sauce
  •  Filetto di Manzo- natural beef tenderloin, grilled and draped with Lardo Colonaia and served with a garlic, rosemary, Chianti demi glaze sauce
  •  Tuscan Chestnut Honey Panna Cotta with fresh local berries
  •  Extensive gluten free menu options including housemade gluten free pasta, bread and scones
Beverage Program
  •  Volterra’s wine list features select Italian wines along with regional favorites and has received the Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence” every year since opening
  •  The house cocktail, the Limoncello Rosemary Drop, was created to celebrate the owners’ wedding and features housemade limoncello.
  •  Volterra’s signature cocktail list, including Fresco, the house non-alcoholic cocktail,was created by Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen to highlight Curtiss’ Tuscan-inspired cuisine. Volterra hand-shaken cocktails will also incorporate seasonal fresh ingredients and herbs.

A large wall of windows, neutral color palatte combine with modern textiles to create comfortable, eye-catching banquette seating. Exquisite alabaster light fixtures give the dining room a warm, inviting feel. With its open dining room, welcoming bar, and outdoor patio, the restaurant is roomy, yet intimate. Features include:

  •  Murano Glass and Swarovsky crystal chandlelier upon entrance
  •  Black-and-white photos taken by Curtiss on the couple’s Italian honeymoon flankthe walls in oversized, rich dark wood frames.
  •  Three original paintings by Dale Chihuly are featured in the bar area
  •  “Blue Volterra” painting by upcoming artist Piper O’Neill was commissioned for the space
  •  Chefs Counter seating for 6 guests
  •  Complimentary parking in the underground parking garage. Entrance through the alley.Opening Date: September 2012
Key Individuals
  •  Don Curtiss – Chef Partner/Owner
  •  Michelle Quisenberry – Managing Partner/Owner
  • Size: 2500 square feet

Seats 90 ( 65 dining room seats  25 seats in the bar )


  •  Recommended
  •  Children welcome. Kids menu available.


  •  Complimentary parking in the underground parking garage. Entrance through the alley behind the restaurant.

Address & Contact


121 Kirkland Avenue Kirkland, WA 98033


47.6754158, -122.20547



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Opening Hours


Lunch from 11:30am-2:00pm, Dinner from 5:00-10pm


Lunch from 11:30am-2:00pm, Dinner from 5:00-10pm


Lunch from 11:30am-2:00pm, Dinner from 5:00-10pm


Lunch from 11:30am-2:00pm, Dinner from 5:00-10pm


Lunch from 11:30am-2:00 pm, Dinner from 5:00-11pm


Lunch from 11:30am-2:00 pm, Dinner from 5:00-11pm


Lunch from 11:30am-2:00 pm, Dinner from 5:00-9pm

Happy Hour: Daily from 12:00-6:00pm in the bar


21 July 2019
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