Zafferano Restaurant
Zafferano Restaurant

Zafferano Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.zafferanorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 02072355800
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 11pm

    Sunday: 12pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Miles Nixon
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Zafferano Restaurant
Zafferano first opened in the heart of London’s exclusive Belgravia area in 1995.

Since then, the awards and accolades have continued to pour in each year and the restaurant has achieved some of the best restaurant reviews written.

Zafferano has been acclaimed time and again for its honest wholesome take on Italian cuisine, with dishes like ‘Malfatti’ Pasta Parcels with potato and morel mushroom, Lobster and langoustine sautéed with ‘samphire’ and also Roast ‘Fiorentina’ T-bone Steak with herb salad.
There is also an elegant bar offering a selection of cocktail, aperitifs and digestive as well as a bar menu with a mouth watering choice of regional Italian favourites.
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Zafferano Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
166 reviews since 4 June 2014
Average Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambience3.9
    Value3.3
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
business meals (88)special occasions (72)fit for foodies (59)romance (52)outdoor eating (25)pre/post theatre (17)group bookings (15)sunday lunch (14)child friendly (12)brunch (10)good vegetarian options (9)outstanding value (7)disabled access (5)afternoon tea (3)Show More
  • grumps
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    An outstanding meal. Service could not be faulted from meet -and -greet to goodbyes.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • expensive dining
    patrick
    Dined on 25/9/2014
    Our dinner was quite ordinary - the fish was overcooked, the lamb was as I asked. The pasta course was run of the mill. wine was good but the whole experience was an overpriced one. I would not eat there again.
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  • A real and great italian restaurant
    CookEd
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    Everything is italian in this place, the staff, the quality of the ingredients,the excellence of the Chef. Excuse our english...we are french
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    business meals, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was good but service lacking
    Marita
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    We visited Zafferano a few years ago for a special evening, which was absolute perfect and were always looking for an opportunity to come back. We went on a Sunday evening with a couple of customers and the food was very good (expect the petits fours which tasted stale) but the service was anything but attentive. We had to ask for our orders to be taken even though we had made the wine selection. Even then the waiter wasn't able to take the order down but had to wait for the manager...... There was a lot of staff but it all seemed a little bit direction less and walking around looking busy without paying attention to customers.
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  • Lunch menu
    arantxa
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    As always a good selection. I go regularly to Zafferano. yesterday a bit disappointing as I requested my tuna to be almost rare and came quite done, so it was very dry. I will still come back as I think the food and service are excellent.
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    brunch, business meals, outdoor eating
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  • nijole
    Dined on 25/8/2014
    wonderful italian food and great service. excellent wine options
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bopbopbebop
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Party of four, we had a very enjoyable evening. food was great and wine was very enjoyable. Service is outstanding . on arrival they rushed us to the bar area which i refused as the restaurant is much nicer.
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    business meals, romance
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  • Simply Ousstandin
    mariosimonelli
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Food was perfect, timing excellent and service as much good as possible (unusual for italian restaurant.
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    business meals, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • Great food but...
    Michey
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Zaferano is a lovely restaurant and I booked it for a special occasion, we arrived early but were sat immediately and not asked if we wanted pre-dinner drinks at the bar, instead we were offered a pre-dinner drink at the table which we ordered. The menus and wine list were delivered quickly and we ordered after about 10 mins after a discussion about the wine with the sommelier. The starters arrived quickly which was good as we were hungry, but from that point on I felt that the entire meal was very rushed as out mains arrived very quickly after the starters, there was another tables wine bucket beside our table which was dripped on me each time they picked it up. I would return but would prefer a little more time between courses next time.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good restaurant
    Giacomo
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Being an Italian, I can confirm that Zafferano is a true Italian restaurant. I had a nice dinner. Pasta was particularly well prepared. The ambience was very good and the service excellent. I think I'll use it again.
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    business meals, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Outstanding food & service
    Foodporn
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I came here with my partner for dinner we were instantly greeted with warm smiles and taken to our table, which was perfectly situated slightly away from the main area to provide a more intimate and romantic setting. The staffs were all very knowledgeable about the food and wine and suggested some amazing dishes. I had the pasta with rabbit and porcini mushrooms, all were cooked to perfection with strong yet delicate flavours. From the offset the service was second to none we were made to feel special throughout our experience and combined with quality food and wine I will most certainly be returning back here in the near future!
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    business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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  • Perfect summer evening
    KBRNYC
    Dined on 31/7/2014
    Food, service, ambience - everything was perfect. Very relaxing with the perfect amount of attentive service.
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    afternoon tea, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent if Pricey
    JohnM
    Dined on 27/7/2014
    Excellent Italian food with interesting and different ingredients.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • average
    adrianrichard
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    acceptable food a little bland, certaintly in the main average. truffle pasta very good and in a class of its own. rest of the fare average. service ok/good friendly enough and competent.decor good .price 750 for 6 so not expensive. but not rushing back
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  • Excellent
    Foodbean
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    Excellent lobster linguine. Good service. Good wine list.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Great Outside Spot/delicious pasta
    fdb21
    Dined on 21/7/2014
    Great evening on an outside table to celebrate my wife's birthday. Lovely spot and definitely worth taking the outside option whilst the weather is good. Pasta was excellent; both with lobster and beef. Would recommend to anyone despite being slightly expensive. Overall a very good restaurant and I will return.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience
    nomdeplume
    Dined on 20/7/2014
    I took my parents here for their wedding anniversary. Both the food and service were impeccable. It was exactly what I was hoping for. The food itself was authentic Italian, but with enough creativity to surprise us. The wine list is also very impressive. I can't think of anything at all to fault. Similarly, the services was spot on and we were very well taken care of. The optional 13.5% gratuity is included in the bill, which is something that I really like, but I suppose some people won't like it. Keep in mind that they don't take reservations for the restaurant online! You *must* phone them to switch your reservation from the lounge to the restaurant. It is not immediately obvious that you must do this.
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  • expensive dinner for average meal
    DVCanada
    Dined on 18/7/2014
    I had the liver. 3 small pieces and 2 of these had not been deveined. I thus had to fight with it. I can show the chef how to cook liver!!!!!!
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  • Good Food but not good value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    I brought my mum there for a birthday celebration and wanted just a small cake for the occasion - was charged GBP40 for it, around 30% of our bill. Other than that, the food was good, though not great value.
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  • Yorks
    Yorks123456789VIP
    Dined on 26/6/2014
    My lunch started badly by being given the worst table in the restaurant ,,,next to the reception desk & exit ..despite arring at 12,30 when the restaurant was only 15% full There were apparently no other tables we could move to ....the service was slow ,,I had to ask to take the order 2 times before I could get the right person to take the order ....this was the patern for the rest of the meal ...slow service & having to try to intercept waiters to get some attention ...the food was ok nothing special ...the bill was outrageous ....again I had to ask 2x to get the bill paid ....
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  • Excellent Italian!
    ShanaVIP
    Dined on 14/6/2014
    It was our first visit and a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The food menu is not massive but good quality and sufficient choice with a stronger focus on seafood. The service was very friendly and efficient. The wine is massive and a treat for Italian wine lovers! I actually wnet through it before hand otherwise it could take a while to choose! There was a seperate truffle menu as well but on the expensive side.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Goodman
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Really enjoyed Zafferano. Great food and service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale and authentic
    globalTraveller2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Wonderful, subdued and professional atmosphere - real Italians, real food with interesting menu choices (both food and wine). Desserts were also lovely. The service was flawless. Great location for a business dinner: quiet but not without character.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Shocking
    sangfroid
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Booked a table for a late (1130) dinner on a saturday night. This was a birthday treat for my boyfriend, chosen by me as i had been to Zafferano before and enjoyed the cuisine. How horrified was i when we arrived (at 1134, i checked) to be told "the kitchen is closed, we wont serve you". I explained that we were in fact only 4 minutes late, hardly enormous, only to be told that the kitchen had closed at 1130 anyway. The attitude was rude and dismissive, to say the least. "Well, where should we go?" i asked, no response or care. We ended up in a cab to chinatown, sharing a greasy chinese with a bunch of drunken revellers. A birthday treat to forget!
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  • Just booked again for tomorrow!
    Piggles70
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Was there last night and enjoyed it so much, we booked again for tomorrow night. Food was superb, service could not have been better and we were seated (by request) on the lovely patio. This is a place that CARES; evident in every aspect. Saw several negative reviews, but forged ahead anyway because the menu was just too appealing. We saw NO sign of anything negative at all- and we were watching. Maybe a few people hit a rough patch?? No idea, but we're going again tomorrow evening and I'm already salivating.
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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  • Zafferano
    WYSYDGVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    First visit and overall experience very good as per other reviews It is by no means 'standard Italian fayre' in terms of the menu & food presentation The extensive wine as you would expect given the location has some wines as stratospheric prices but there's plenty of interest at more modest prices Will return
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Always a treat
    Calabasas
    Dined on 24/5/2014
    It feels like a family run restaurant in the heart of London. Great ambiance, not rushed to your table from the bar. Well balanced menu, portion sizes perfect. A restaurant you can keep going back to.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 24/5/2014
    Outstanding fresh Italian fare - attentive service
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  • A Classic Italian
    Steve
    Dined on 22/5/2014
    A real authentic Italian resturant with a good choice of menu using the finest ingredients. A great wine list.
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies
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  • Love it
    Pickle
    Dined on 18/5/2014
    Finally a place where food is amazing, service is outstanding and prices are correct.
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    brunch, business meals, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not to miss!
    luvchablis
    Dined on 16/5/2014
    I have lived in this neighbourhood for years, but have never dined here. What a shame, as I've wasted so much time on not experiencing this wonderful restaurant. Food was divine. Service was superb. Will go again. And again, and......
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old school cool?
    KianVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Zefferano's has some very good pasta, and we did enjoy the old school feel of it all, but it does seem to be more family and older folk focused. That's not a bad thing whatsoever, but perhaps not what we expected.
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  • bit of a rush...
    Rose
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    food excellent and nice buzzy atmosphere but we were very aware that they wanted table turned around as quickly as possible. First course came in about 5 mins when we still had not received wine order. Food was excellent just wish they were a bit more relaxed.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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  • Renchan1027
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    every time I visit UK, I go to this restaurant. Food is very delicious and service is perfect! It makes me feel very very happy.
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • Excellent food but shambolic
    Stuwethers
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    Service was very slow, starters took more than 30 minutes. Mains arrived 90 minutes after we had first sat down but when they did only 2 out of our 4 were ready. The third arrived about 5 minutes later and the fourth a further five minutes after that. A real shame as the food was great when it did arrive but not what you would expect for such a well regarded venue. To be fair when we asked for service to be removed they also gave us our deserts for free but still would find it difficult to recommend.
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  • Great Italian Restaurant
    Jules
    Dined on 24/4/2014
    Zafferano's has long been a favourite Italian restaurant of mine and since its recent refurbishment is even better than before with more seating space inside. The menu is wide ranging, with many traditional Italian dishes, and whatever I have ordered has always been well prepared from good ingredients. The wine list is extensive and dominated with Italian wines, ranging from the affordable to the expensive, with even 20 different Grappa's on offer! The service is good and attentive, without being intrusive - the head chef (Miles Nixon) even came to talk with us at the end of our meal. I would certainly recommend the restaurant for anyone looking for great Italian food in central London.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/4/2014
    We had our anniversary dinner at zafferano and it was absolutely delicious and we were made to feel really welcome. Would recommend it to everyone!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impecable service and good food
    arantxa
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Not my first time at Zafferano, and the service is always perfect. Food is really tasty, but it does come at a price. I wish they had a business lunch menu available, so I could come more often, but always a treat.
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  • All puff ?
    qualityingredient
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    This restaurant is for people who do not need to look at the prices on the menu. Having lived in London for 25 years and never been to Zafferano's I felt that I had missed out on on life ! Went there for dinner recently with family. Some dishes were very good (linguine bottarga lobster), but the pasta with black truffles on the truffle menu was dissapointing. Bland, with little aroma and overcooked too-buttery spaghetti. A shame when you're paying GBP 48,- per plate. We stretched a half bottle of a good GBP 60,- red between 3 of us. Total bill (PER HEAD) though was not much change out of GBP 100,- For pasta ! Decent food, but overpriced, for Belgravia showy clientele only really.
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  • A classic that never fails
    Steve
    Dined on 30/3/2014
    Beautiful octopus salad @ Burrata for starters went down very well. Two pasta dishes for mains were, as expected, impeccable. The cheese for mains, overall very good. The assiete of Chocolate was a bit bland. The disappointing part was the service, initially we were sat down and within 1 minute asked what we wanted to eat. After asking for more time we were ignored. Don't get me wrong the staff were very nice and very friendly but service was lacking, wine failed to turn up with the course, or not at all. Generally poor. That being said Zaffareno is still a must.
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    child friendly, special occasions, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.