Zafferano Restaurant

4.6
921 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
  • Notable Wine List
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 921 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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m
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The welcoming staff and the elegant atmosphere make it always a very pleasant experience.

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GI
Greensboro
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Zafferano is a hidden gem in the Knightsbridge neighborhood of London. Our food and drinks were excellent and the ambiance was nice. The restaurant has an intimate feel and seems to attract a diverse clientele (lots of business dinners, but also families and couples). We started with the smoked tuna carpaccio appetizer, which was tender and smoked perfectly. I also ordered an amaretto sour (my go-to). It took a little longer than usual to get but it was perfectly prepared. In fact, my husband declared it the best amaretto sour he ever tasted. Compliments to the bartender. For dinner, I had the tagliolini with crab, which was tender and well-proportioned. I was able to eat the entire dish without feeling too full. My husband had the pumpkin gnocchi, which were perfectly cooked. We finished with the tiramisu, which was prepared in a non-traditional way inside a wafer-ish shell but was delicious. The only complaint we had was that we did have a couple of crab shell pieces in our tagliolini dish. That one negative aside, the meal was perfection.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

It was good food, but extremely overpriced.

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NM
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

I have been a regular customer for 30 years
Booked Sunday lunch for family

Was not allowed a table at window

Table was still unused when I left 2 hours later

Very curt service

Very sad

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T
London
17 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely restaurant and service and food was excellent. It’s in a expensive part of London and the prices per course were very high.

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f
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience from start to finish. Will definitely return.

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K
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service one of a kind, food perfect as always!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great italian food in the middle of London

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D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good. Happy to return .
Good food, good valued lunch menu . Expensive wine by the glass.

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really really nice. Great experience from start to finish. Very welcoming and friendly staff. Food is excellent.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. Charming manager who was really accommodating when we asked to change table Linguini pasta with lobster was delicious and we really enjoyed the sea bass as a main course. The panettone special served with zabaione cream was so nice. Service was impeccable.

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A
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the scrumble eggs with truffle and rib of beef...everything was amazing!

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. Great pasta dishes but don’t expect classic ones. Staff are very friendly and professional. I ‘d like to thank our waitress Georgia who really went the extra mile to look after us. We will definitely go back soon.

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect and beautiful restaurant. We treated ourselves and had white truffle risotto and fillet of beef with truffles both outstanding. Great wine list. This restaurant is not cheap but worth every penny.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed so much.
We will definitely come back again.

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

Best Italian Restaurant. Great attentive and friendly service, delicious food. The milanese was the the best I have ever tried.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Bad food, bad service, we did not feel welcomed. The food was expensive and not worth it at all. I would never recommend this resturant to someone.

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KS
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

People next table were so drunk and loud we couldn’t even hear each other. They started staring at us and discussing something and laughing at us. Then they got up and started hugging each other just by our table. When I said to one of the waitors that this is unacceptable for this kind of restaurant, the staff didn’t even think to apologize and move us to another table. When paying the bill we complained to the manager and weren’t even offered some compliments or a discount for all the inconvenience caused. All we got was: “you should’ve asked to move tables. We would happily do it for you.” In a an expensive restaurant this should be offered by the staff. The staff was not friendly overall, not one smile, constantly pretended they couldn’t hear anything we were saying when ordering.
Food was just OK.
Never coming back.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flawless experience as always for my daughter’s birthday

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DM
London
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good, staff attentive a lot of extras. Warm atmosphere. Great package!

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Switzerland
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Nice place, good food but inattentive service

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, fantastic food and friendly service! We had tonnarelli with prawns and tagliolini with white truffles which were outstanding, as a main course rib of beef, also delicious and to finish we had tiramisu. Highly recommended.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Romantic nice place expensive delicious food. Amazing truffle taglietelle!

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WC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian restaurant which maintains a consistently high standard

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TH
London
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

we found my (9 years old) daughter's drink glass has a crack.
We ask to change it as it's not safe.
The waiter did apologise, but she seems didn't really care.
As my father was restauraner in H.K. Hawaii, Tokyo.
we are very surprised the waiter's attitude.
Otherwise, it was ok

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D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
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
11 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
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
6 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
New York Area
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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