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Zafferano Restaurant
Zafferano Restaurant

Zafferano Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.zafferanorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 0207 235 5800
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    dined on 27/08/2014
  • " wonderful italian food and great service. excellent wine options"
    dined on 25/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 23/08/2014
  • "Food was perfect, timing excellent and service as much good as possible (unusual for italian restaurant."
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 08/08/2014
  • "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!"
    dined on 02/08/2014
  • "Food, service, ambience - everything was perfect. Very relaxing with the perfect amount of attentive service."
    dined on 31/07/2014
  • "Excellent Italian food with interesting and different ingredients."
    dined on 27/07/2014
  • "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"
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "Excellent lobster linguine. Good service. Good wine list."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 21/07/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 20/07/2014
  • "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!!!!!!"
    dined on 18/07/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 01/07/2014
  • "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 ...."
    dined on 26/06/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "Really enjoyed Zafferano. Great food and service."
    dined on 10/06/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 10/06/2014
  • "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!"
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "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 "
    dined on 05/06/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "Outstanding fresh Italian fare - attentive service"
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "A real authentic Italian resturant with a good choice of menu using the finest ingredients. A great wine list."
    dined on 22/05/2014
  • "Finally a place where food is amazing, service is outstanding and prices are correct. "
    dined on 18/05/2014
  • "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......"
    dined on 16/05/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 10/05/2014
  • "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. "
    dined on 06/05/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 02/05/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 01/05/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 24/04/2014
  • "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!"
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 10/04/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "A great place for special occasion italian food. The outside space is great when warm and people watching is always good here over a proseco before the food. Excellent"
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "Very good food and we enjoyed our meal. Nice locations. The service however was good at first but it dropped a bit during the meal. We waited for example for 30 minuts for the dessert."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "Unfotunately, I have always booked this restaurant myself and I believe because i booked thru toptable they gave us a spot in the new area, with no tablecloth and really got rid of us as quickly as possible. We had our dinner served to us within an hour of sitting down and we each ordered a $100 plate each ( the seasonal White truffle Pasta) and a $100 dollar or more bottle of wine. Sorry, but really not what i usually expect from this restaurant!"
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "We have been dining at Zefferano's for the past ten years and are never disappointed!"
    dined on 29/03/2014