Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

4.7
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1205 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

CELEBRATE VALENTINE'S DAY WITH YOUR SPECIAL PERSON AT ZEFFIRELLI'S, WE OFFER SPECIAL VALENTINE'S MENU, PLEASE CALL FOR DETAIL AT (703) 318-700, SEATING FROM 4:00-4:30 PM, 6:00-6:30 PM AND 8:00-8:30 PM

Friday, 14 February, 2020

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect location to celebrate our anniversary, food was amazing and the service was outstanding👍🏼

F
Washington DC
154 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding food, wine and service! The best Italian in the area. The manager, Jeff, treats the customers like guests in his own home by going around and talking with customers and making sure they are enjoying their meal. Our server, Pablo, is so knowledgeable about all of the food and wine and makes excellent recommendations. We have already made another reservation for February because we had such a great experience. My husband is gluten free and they have several good choices - again recommendations by Pablo. My chicken picatta was great and the mussels as an appetizer so fresh and tasty!

H
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Unfortunately the quality of the food has gone down substantially since we were last here, 2 yrs. ago. Chicken Picatta was not even browned, there were maybe 6 capers on it and the lemon sauce tasted like condensed cream of chicken soup. There were 5 green beans, 1 slice of carrot and a tablespoon scoop of dry polenta which were my “side of veggies”. Shrimp scampi had no flavor, you could tell shrimp had been frozen, and the pasta under it was way over cooked to point of being mushy. Crime brûlée was cold and hard. For the prices they charge it just is not worth it. Spacing is also very crammed, and room is noisy.

BM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! Food never disappoints! Highly recommend!

TB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as usual. Veal chop is the best you’ll find anywhere.

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, on our favorites list

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R
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous real Italian food. Very good service and welcoming host staff. 100% perfect.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went out for a wonderful dinner with family, lovely food and great service.

H
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We always have a great experience at Zeffirelli's and this was no exception. Highest recommendations for the menu, food and our server. My only distress was that, although, I made the reservation and asked for certain seating, it was not available when we arrived, on time. I fully realize this was New Year's Eve but I cannot help that. The owner, Sayed, is gracious and considerate and I noticed that he made sure that everyone, even sudden large parties were taken care of properly. He is on the floor constantly, taking care of everything. When I returned to my table, after the restroom, prior to our leaving, he had already brought our coats to us. I cannot give high enough praise for Zeffirelli's.

DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Was a bit disappointed. The cost was pricey / high and the food was good to average.
Not sure I would go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I don’t usually go out on New Year’s eve as service and food everywhere is usually subpar. I was pleasantly surprised Zeffirelli’s pulled it off given how busy. Congratulations! Will be back soon.

TS
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had anniversary dinner here..it was packed and crowded but the food was impeccable, the service was excellent and the kitchen staff was spot on. This restaurant has become one of our favorites.

PE
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Don't pick a really busy night like New Years Eve. Zeffirelli's is obviously a very popular place and it seemed as if they had a challenge keeping up. We still highly recommend.

DL
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Great food. This is the kind of place you want to support.

R
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere! We love Zeffirelli’s!

P
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It’s a a shame we had to sit so close to a noisy table- I felt they were practically on top of us. The occasion was our 25th wedding anniversary (we told the management in advance) and we would have preferred a quieter 6:30 seating . Barely enough room between tables for the wait staff to maneuver. Staff and food and decor were wonderful as usual. I just don’t know why our romantic dinner had to be invaded by the party at the four top 18 inches away.

JC
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great option for good upscale restaurant in Herndon.

GW
New England
109 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Past the urban jungle, beyond the concrete wastelands, there is an oasis of Italian deliciousness called Zeffirelli...just go.

F
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the ambiance was very nice. Our party of four could talk and hear each other in the quiet dining room. Our waitress was very friendly and informative about the menu and specials. We will definitely return.

TL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here for special occasions and have been her many times the dining is always special. This time we ordered off the menu and both had veal, which as always was fabulous. We also had the special fresh buffalo cheese and tomato appetizer. The buffalo cheese just melts in your mouth. We only wish the white wine by the bottle list was longer. We highly recommend.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed a really good meal, with great service. The dishes were well done but nothing life changing. An overall enjoyable evening.

LP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food, wine, and service was exceptional.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have a business meeting!

T
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was excellent. Enjoyed the grilled octopus and the house specialty veal chop. Our server was pleasant but trying to cover too many tables, including a large group.

AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

I expect not to be rushed at dinner, but having to wait a half hour for a menu is too long; as well, you cannot hope to get a drink refill or a new cocktail in a timely manner. But much more than that, if you are a stand alone Italian restaurant, you simply MUST make all your own pasta or at the least buy it fresh. You cannot use boxed pasta. The dishes were bland, the service was okay, but with so much competition out there, they need not to phone it in and assume old regulars will keep it open. Good luck, we will not be back with so many authentic choices out there.

EA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing, food is always outstanding and a great wine selection

VA
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A reliable go to for a nice quiet, quality meal. Would like to see a few new things on the menu.

RC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Our first time here. Loved it! Will come back soon!!

WJ
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first meal at Zeffirelli’s in several years. We were pleased to find that the food is still delicious, and the service is excellent. My husband and I enjoyed our special occasion dinner there.

RB
London
10 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Room somewhat uninspiring and expectations not great but we were amazed by the quality of both food and service. An excellent dining experience.

b
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Zeffirelli always has excellent food. The grilled octopus is frequently offered as an added appetizer and is done beautifully. I usually get the veal chop (expensive but the best anywhere!) but they sometimes have grilled rack of lamb (4 DOUBLE chops) which is wonderful!

GW
New England
109 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Zeffirelli is an oasis of Italian goodness in a concrete desert.

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

We had said it was our anniversary. It was not mentioned.

I had asked for a quiet table and we were right next to people where one person was very vocal There were lots of empty tables.

The Caesar salad was disappointing

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It's the real deal for Italian classics. The service is outstanding and the ambiance is nice, especially for a quiet dinner. The food was very good - plating a little dated but it is classic in style. Specifics: the sausage and pepper appetizer with their bread was outstanding, the gnocchi was a little chewy and the veal saltimbocca was slightly overcooked but the white wine sauce was lite and fresh. Tiramisu and tartuffo rounded off the meal. We did not think it was pricey/overpriced considering it is the DC metro area.

C
Richmond
33 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Zeffirelli's has been a staple in my evening dining experiences for almost as many years as it has been open. From the first visit to see if it was like when I lived in Italy to today as a super reminder of Italy, the meals, wine list and service have always been the best.
The Picata (both veal and chicken were selected in our group) was superb, a perfect balance of lemon and white wine smoothed by butter. Capers were just enough, not too many, not too few. Portion sizing allowed for a nice salad to start the meal (Insalata Mista for me), and a nice espresso based coffee drink for each diner at the finish. Deserts are also a pleasure, Panna Cotta is one of my favorites here, well balanced custard style firmness, a treat to polish off a special evening out. A very special meal, it was great spending time with friends from out of town at our favorite meeting place, Zeffirelli's!

l
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zeffireli's never fails to come through with flying colors! I have been going there on special occasions for over 20 years! The food is outstanding, the service great, (thanks Monica), the wine list impressive and the ambiance is very nice. It was very crowded when we were there Saturday night, every table on the main floor was full which was fine but despite the crowd, we wanted for nothing due to the very attentive staff. I had as I always do when I go there, the famous Veal Chop which was phenomenal. My only slight negative is, it is expensive; $60 with side of pasta or vegetables, and more expensive than I remember in the past. But all in all, a great night out, one that everyone should experience as often as you can! 5 star!

SL
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fave Italian restaurant in all of DMV. Dripping of Italy in every sense of the word, ambiance, the team, the food. Worth the trip to Herndon indeed!

GM
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a wonderful experience we had at Zeffirelli's! We would highly recommend it! We were a bit surprised at the "specials' prices", but we didn't ask until the bill arrived, so that was on us. However, it will not hold us back from going again, it was superb in every way! Thank you.

H
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, great ambience. Perfect for a romantic dinner with a loved one.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zeffirelli’s is now my most favorite Italian restaurant of all time. Everything about was the best. Especially, the service and food.