Zafferano Restaurant

4.6
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
1017 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
£26 to £40
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
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.

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Sun - Fri 9:00PM - 10:00PM

What 1017 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I quite enjoyed Zafferano. It seems genuine. Food is nice. Service is good. Having said that, it was nothing amazing for the price charged. I had a linguine with lobster. It was an honest dish and it tasted good. But nothing special. Same for desert. When I first arrived, they had reserved a tiny table on a corner with very little space left. As the place was half empty, I requested another table. I got another tiny table by the service entrance, which was a bit annoying. One good thing was the silence. We were able to have a nice conversation. For bread, entrance, main, desert and sparkling water (no alcohol), I paid around £160. Again, nice. Not amazing, yet costly.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants in London - five star service, great staff, food and wine list.

C
New England
58 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

excellent food, beautifully presented.. Good advice from the sommelier to match our choice of mains (sea bass and red mullet) Our table (#20) was poorly situated and felt like we were sitting in a service corridor.

c
London
10 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service and very attentive. The food is delicious and would love to go back.

SO
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food remains of superlative quality. Service is professional and friendly.

S
London
145 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I returned after a long time and didn’t find it as good as a before.Unfortunately we were seated near an area where serving staff passed between 2 rooms. It was busy and not particular quiet. Wine was ok very expensive for what we got.Food was ok. All in all There are much better Italian restaurants in London at a similar price point.

SC
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience3

We asked for a Rose wine by the glass. The price was not quoted to us and turned out to be £20 per glass. The beef carpaccio with truffle was £55 a plate. I asked for the ordinary carpaccio. This is on their online menu whereas the truffle one is not. The bill for two starters, two main courses and 4 glasses of wine was £322. There isn't a Michelin star in sight so very poor value and poor attention to my order.

c
London
27 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food, as usual. Looking forward to my next visit.

G
London
11 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not cheap but nice to have a change every now & again. Always reliable though.

MF
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around exceeded my expectations. I’ve had so-so dining experiences in London and found Zafferano’s to be one of the best meals during our visit. Thank you for a great night out and fantastic service.

KA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best Italian in London. Delicious pasta and lovely desserts.
Knowledge of the food/ ingredients from the waiters vary a bit.

MI
London
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly first class . The service and quality of both the food and wine were excellent. The restaurant has an ambience and a buzz about it and you need to work hard to find anything comparable in this part of London. We have been coming annually now for 5 years and it simply gets better with each visit.

RE
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yearly visit to London. Dinner with Francesco.

E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite local restaurants

LD
London
11 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food & ambience does not match the price tag.

GB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've dined quite a few times here and it's soon become my favorite restaurant in London. The menu is authentic Milanese cuisine and the execution is nothing short of sublime. The risitto with saffron is a must try. Same goes for dessert - they make their own gelato which is one of the best I've ever had.

B
London
9 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very consistent high quality service and great attitude towards guests!

PR
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A superb restaurant classic quality but throughly modern

S
London
8 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good but the service could have been better. Had dishes mixed up and they forgot our drinks

JP
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and overall experience pleasant but in hardly exceptional and not worth the prices.

AW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been coming to Zafferano for a few years and the food is always excellent. I particularly love the tuna. I won’t order this fish anywhere else. It’s cooked to perfection. The cheese cake with sour cherry ice cream is to die for. The staff are all so friendly and attentive. Always love eating here, especially as they don’t close between lunch and dinner. That’s a bonus as I like to eat lunch late!

P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Suitable & comfortable

Report
TW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch

Report
PC
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience4

I haven't been there for a quite long time, but the food and the service still great!!

DC
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice ambience, food and service both fine but nothing to write home about

JM
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I love this restaurant i.e. always great to pop for a lunch, however this past Sunday the service levels weren't up to their normal level. Perhaps it was due to me being on oy own or that it was a Sunday and the time slot of 14h00 resulted in the restaurant focusing on preparing for the dinner session.

After I ordered a bottle of wine and wine, I waited about 25-30 mins with little attention, so I then had to ask the staff to take my order. Post my meal, for approximately 20 mins I kept gesturing for the bill until it was finally presented.

The service level wasn't the normal Zafferano level - hopefully it's a temporary blip.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Terrible steak, and hugely overpriced.

SW
London
18 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very very nice to be back at Zafferano. Very friendly and efficient service. Set menu is great value, but sommeliers recommended wines we’re top prices.

r
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drink, knowledgeable and helpful service team. Wonderful.

OT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Excellent food but lack of attentive staff. Had to ask to order wine, then order food, and even for asking for the bill. Nice atmosphere

S
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation in London

DE
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and outstanding service

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Remarkable food quality. I particularly recommend the Fish soup and the crab and avocado pilaf appetiser. The tomatoes taste refreshing and the fish soup’s got an entire perfectly cooked fish filet and fresh shrimp in fine tasty tomato soup. The restaurant serves impressively tasty food that I would recommend to my other friends.

b
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

The good-
Outdoor seating
Service

The bad-
Other diners smoking outside next to you while you eat
Salads were bland and come with no seasoning, not even olive oil.
Veal Milanese was greasy on one side and dry on the other, unseasoned, very thin and almost all breadcrumb.

DE
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

food was reasonably good but we did not find the staff welcoming or friendly

c
London
27 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The rib of beef for two was spectacular! Perfectly executed.

OT
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good but service was very slow. Way too many kids so the noise level was high.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

r
London
15 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

A most saddening disappointment. There isn’t an aspect of the experience that I would not question. Food, service, heh (shrug). Price, high.

RS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Expensive but not madly so. Does a great job. (We're not convinced by the fish that comes in a plastic bag though).