Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

4.6
1153 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Since opening in 1991, Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano has been established as a fine tradition in historic Herndon. The 100 year old building adds character and ambiance to Zeffirelli’s dining experience. Our formal service, candlelit tables, exquisite Tuscan cuisine, and fine wines set an incomparable atmosphere for our patrons.
KNOWN FOR ITS BEST VEAL CHOP IN THE REGION

Please see our Valentine's Menu at
www.zeffirelliva.com
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JW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The garlic shrimp appetizer was excellent as was the salads. My pork chop was a little dry but tasted great. The wine was very good and balanced with the food. My wife loved the tiramisu an I enjoyed the home made cheesecake. The service was excellent throughout. Well done.

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JZ
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience. The menu didn't match the website, but it didn't bother us. The couple next to us was upset that there wasn't a vegetarian menu. The staff explained that the menu changes frequently due to fresh ingredients and they could prepare vegetarian options. We ordered off the menu, our food was delicious - we will come back again next time we are in the area.

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, atmosphere and service! The menu has so many options and the specials were delicious. Something for everyone.

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SH
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The caprese salad was refreshing a great way to start our meal. The wait staff were welcoming and attentive . We had a very nice pino grisio by St. Margharita that was priced reasonalbly

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JM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Bronzino which is charcoal grilled was delicious

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SA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I always enjoy coming here for some date nights. Great food. Great service!

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BC
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found Zeffirelli’s while visiting Herndon, VA. This place reminded me of dining in Europe with attentive servers, candlelight and starched linens. It was quiet, so conversation was easy. And the food! It was wonderful. I had the saltimboca veal, my husband had the salmon, and both were delicious! Would absolutely visit again!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this authentic Italian find in Herndon. Great Veal Chops, pasta dishes, seafood and gritting de mare (Italian seafood stew). Love it!

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C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a refreshing difference to most restaurants with too loud music, inexperienced waiters and loud table neighbors. Thank you.

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CM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's so good we limit our patronage to once a year on our anniversary. It's difficult to hold back and I always leave stuffed.

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K
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here. Wait staff was attentive without being over bearing. Food was very good. Seafood pasta special had mussels, shrimp, scallops and lobster tail. All cooked well not over cooked. We went early at 5:30 on a Friday and it was wonderful that they kept the lights up. We will be back.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here a few times and never disappointed. The staff is terrific- friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. The food is always delicious. Not cheap but not ridiculous. It is worth the money for sure. I recommend it highly.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my wife to Zeffirelli for her birthday and it exceeded our expectations in every way. Presentation was amazing, food was spectacular and service was excellent. We wish we had known this restaurant well before now and will be back.

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MW
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great. A little pricey, but delicious. Service was good but I expected a bit better for the price. I would definitely go again.

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S
Dallas
30 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We started with the calamari and zucchini way too much batter and really not much flavor
For dinner I had shrimp scampi which was bland and tasted like spaghetti with shrimp and butter sauce
My husband has veal ossobuco which he said was delicious.
It was $40+ for his meal we just moved from Dallas and same meal would be around $30 so I feel it’s over priced even accounting for cost of living
I doubt we’ll go back

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NB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, attentive server, nice surroundings. We had a party of three and had lobster ravioli, veal lasagna and seafood pasta - all superb!

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R
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Zeffirelli’s! The atmosphere, friendly service and food are the very best!

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EH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Since it was Mother's Day, I'll give the restaurant a little slack, as this and Valentine's Day are super-busy days for restaurants...but, service was slow. They tried to keep up though. They were kind enough to comp my 2nd glass of wine. Food taste was good, but the cost was very high, so I would recommend they up their game in the tastiness area (four of us agreed), or lower their prices. Ambiance was nice, and the manager was nice.

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JM
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Arrived at 5:15 right on time. Appetizers & salads came in timely. But dinner did not arrive to our table until 6:40. We had to return to our hotel by 7:00. And had to take everything in take out containers. They did give us a slice of cheese cake a two cannolis. But cutting a steak with plastic knives is no way to eat it. If we had the extra time to sit and enjoy the meal at the table. It would have been a great dinner experience. Time was the major problem.
The rest of our experience there was very good. Anyone going to dinner on a Saturday should expect 3 hours to be safe.

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MD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service, food, and nice atmosphere. A very good experience. We will go back.

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JO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were their for our Anniversary. We had a quiet table for two. Our waiter told us he
has been there since 1991!
We shared a delicious burrata cheese with heirloom tomato appetizer. The bread they served was
delicious. We both ordered chicken piccata, which we both liked.

We were too full to order dessert, but were brought a mango and vanilla panna cotta with two spoons.
The glass of pinot grigo was a good-sized pour and fairly priced, as was the meal.

We are so glad Zeffirelli is still in business--it is nearby gem!!

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K
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All good , was going to get the Veal Chop but at $60 ??

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A
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A familiar place in Herndon that we like to return to with good food! We enjoy the food, nice wine list and enthusiastic service! Thank you!

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CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've always liked Zeffirelli: reliably delicious Italian dishes at reasonable prices; some nice specials (my wife had Rockfish); attentive service; and a pleasant, relatively subdued atmosphere. Perfect for a nice date night out -- but warning: you'll probably leave full!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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AE
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

It sounds like a nice place on paper but it is not the authentic Italian restaurant you would expect from the prices. Much better food elsewhere for half the price.

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RW
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and service!

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m
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always had a great service. Food is always fresh and tasteful. Will definitely comeback!

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BH
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service as usual was excellent- would have been nice if we had been told the prices for the specials

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great but on the expensive side. Food and service were great

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l
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food (calimari, salad and veal saltimbocca), service and ambiance, particularly with the live harmonica music in the background. I just wish I had left enough room for some tiramisu.

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MT
5 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go to place when flying into Dulles. Excellent food and the best service I’ve experienced. Had dinner here both nights I was in town

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NB
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great evening out with friends. The house specials were fantastic and the service was impeccable. Some of the menu items (and the wine list) were a bit pricey, but worth it!

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SR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was authentic and high quality. Great wine too!

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IT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance. The food was absolutely great and service was superb. We have been to thus restaurant many times for special events and never disappointed.

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JE
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. I will definitely be back.

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VK
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food are always amazing and this time was no different. They even gave us a panne cotta dessert for our birthday celebration!
Another fabulous dinner at Zeffirelli’s!

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G
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner for ‘date night’. The staff is incredibly attentive. They don’t rush you to order or to clear away. The food was delicious. I had the rockfish and crab special and my husband had their famous veal chop. And the tiramisu for dessert was light and airy and well made. The wine selection help was well appreciated!
Zeffirelli’s does not disappoint.

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S
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location for good meal, comfortable location

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AS
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. The Buratta and Veil dishes are my favorite.

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