Zafferano Restaurant

4.6
896 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Notable Wine List
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation

Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 11:00pm

Sunday: 12pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
020 7235 5800
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Daniele Camera
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine
What 896 People Are Saying
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D
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Went to this place based on Opentable reviews and the high star ranking. We ordered starters i.e with crab, some other salad, beef tartare. The crab salad - the crab was from the tin/was preserved so not fresh i.e most highly ranked places have fresh crabs. Moreover, this salad is overpriced, you can get a fresh crab for 25 pounds in a good place. The vegetable salad was worse than Zizzi's veg salad to be honest.

Then, the mains. The Risotto was undercooked and the rice was crunchy. The funnies thing was when the waiter said that this is their special dish.... in the end it was not near anything special, again go to Zizzi, it will be better. The lobster linguini was alright, nothing special, you can get better lobster linguini in other places like Harry's Dolce Vita.


I would rather say this place stands next to Zizzi, Ask Italian but no near to high-level Italian. I would not come here again, as it is overpriced for what they provide. Suggest going to other places and spending your money there. I am not even sure how people dine there, and how this restaurant keeps good reviews to be honest. That is a big surprise and a big question...

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TK
London
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Several rooms with steps and passages between. We ended up at the rear beside a kitchen door in a dark space. Felt out of it.

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MT
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual Zaffreano didn't disappoint, the food was exceptional and the staff friendly, efficient and helpful.

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MM
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful food, but a bit too noisy for our taste. Difficult to hold a conversation.

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Z
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had not been back for many years but the food and service were again outstanding. Excellent! Will definitely go back again soon.

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AC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Wine by the glass very disappointing, although they did replace it without question. Otherwise an excellent meal.

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Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner at Zefferanos. The atmosphere was upscale without being stuffy. The service was excellent. They kept an eye on our table, cleared our plates, served our courses, poured our wine frequently but weren’t overly hovering. We started with the crab avocado salad. It’s very mild in flavor. I might have added something to give it a presence. The lobster pasta was delicious. My husband had the carbonara pasta which was more like dumplings with carbonara sauce inside. He loved the flavor. We shared a veal Milanese. A generous portion which was also delicious. We would return if ever in London again.

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a
London
15 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A cut above any other Italian restaurant in London ans I have been to most top ones.

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m
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always try to eat at Zafferano when in London. Always exceptional!

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H
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food good, but not exceptional.
Restaurant looking a little tired and in need of refurbishment.
Overall, not as good as it used to be a few years back when I last visited.

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

V good except the couple beside us having a v aggressive conversation during dinner. Glad to see the reintroduction of petit four after dinner after a prolonged absence!

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EJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zafferano is consistently amazing! Great food, great service. Always 5 stars!

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MF
London
20 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always reliable - good service . Truffle madness in the autumn if that’s your thing. Good cellar.

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E
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb. Highlights were the fresh pea soup and the lobster spaghetti.

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LT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfull food. Staff very gentle. Amazing experience.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Family and friends -
Great place to get togetjer

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D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always good ! Fabulous Flowers arrangements. Nice young staff.
Generous extras!

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r
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Evening with Great food will definitely go again

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Very slow service and pretty expensive but nice food

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food, and a pleasant ambience, but a little over priced. Wine particularly expensive compounded by 15% service charge

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F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always very good. Service excellent. Food is always good had the steak for 2

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B
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE this restaurant - without doubt one of my favorite in London and a must when I fly in from NYC. Everyone in my family loves it too from my mother and husband to my 20 something children!

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PC
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Ambience and service were very good. Lobster tagliotteli was freshly made and delicious. Tiramisu dessert was made in a unique style and tasted amazing.

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S
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If I had time I would have clicked all the boxes. Z is our favorite restaurant in London!

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GL
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time back in over 15 years and we were not disappointed. The perfect 35th anniversary dinner, great food and fine wine. Thank you, we will be back.

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a
London
12 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

good but overpriced - I didn't feel like it was value for money

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AS
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Steek was grateful and lobister spaghetti, totally makes me so happy

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B
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love coming back here! Food and service are excellent.

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SM
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Wife and i took our eldest Grand daughter for her first visit to Zaf after a day trip down from York to London and shopping in Harrods. we had pre booked for 5.30pm arrived at 4.50pm and was welcombed despite being early. The food was fantastic and our Grand daughter (10years old) ordered a fillet steak with mushrooms and really enjoyed it saying it was one of the best steaks she had eaten, my Wine had Tuna again she couldn't fault it and i had the biggest Veal Milanese i have ever eaten, we had starters and fantastic puddings, caught the 9pm train back to York feeling very happy. Visited Zaf many times however this was the best. To make it extra special the manager gave my Grand Daughter a box of macaroons to take home for her mum and younger sister.

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VR
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Mediocre, over priced food with horrible service. Go somewhere else.

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c
London
19 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, especially the summer truffle tagliolini!

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

Over priced...kids pasta (£16) with butter was salty my daughter didn’t eat it and my wife pappardelle was salty and dry no sauce .
The only good dish was the risotto.
Bill came at the end 200£ and we was still hungry...sorry I don’t recommend that place for a someone who knows about food

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MD
London
9 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As ever, delicious food, exquisite wines, friendly and professional service

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food fabulous, service impeccable and staff made it a fantastic and special evening

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S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian! Definitely one of the best Italians I have ever tried. Friendly staff, professional service and amazing food. Highly recommended.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zafferano is a restaurant that we enjoy very much.Good ambience,excellent food, good service

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SW
London
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Uninspired cooking, very poor value for money even given the location, patchy service - more charm than attention to detail, dull selection of wine by the glass, quite a miserable atmosphere and glum looking senior staff. you can eat so much better than this even in knightsbridge - trading on reputation?

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FE
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had lunch here. Very good value for money. Very satisfied.

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Service was amazing and very attentive. However inside lacked atmosphere. Sad to see so many people on their phones at dinner and not speaking to one another

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top-notch food and Service. I really liked the Crab and avocado salad and I loved the Pappardelle with Porcini mushrooms special and their cheesecake is to die for.

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