Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

4.6
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1230 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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S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience! The food and service is first class.

J
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Disappointed in the dish I ordered: Shrimp, scallops, calamari over pasta in white wine sauce. Received 1 shrimp and 1 scallop. It was mostly pasta and handful of calamari. I said something to our waiter. He said that was what they normally serve for lunch. Nothing done. My clients meal was fine, but I left w bad impression.

NJ
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Went to Zeffirelli's Saturday night for my husband's birthday and I can't say enough about the experience!! Absolutely the best meal we've had in years. We each had the Lobster and seafood combo pasta with the Diablo sauce which was superbly prepared. We went with the waiter's recommendation for our wine and it was the perfect pairing. The tiramisu was decadent yet light and the service was amazing. All in all a wonderful evening and a memorable meal. We'll return soon.

G
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. The food was wonderful. I had the lobster tail with assorted sea food special.
And my girlfriend had the veal. Clams casino and buffalo mozzarella for appetizers. If I lived with n VA I would eat there every week-probably twice. Wendy was a new server for us and she was delightful. We learned of the loss of the former host and send his family our sympathy. Jeff got us seated promptly and even stopped by to make sure everything was fine. My favorite place to eat of all time

AF
Richmond
45 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Dined with family. The fish was excellent and so were the pastas. High caliber food! Great service. The staff was available but never crowded the table.

SM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service and welcome from one of the owners, Jeff. He took time to share good stories and introduce us to some of their favorite dishes. What a treat!

k
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zefferelli's is a little pricey but the food is excellent and so is the service. We very much enjoyed the ambiance too. It was a Wednesday night so that might have lent to the quiet dining room, however, the linens; drapes; and furnishings probably help even at busy times.

D
Portland
28 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Once again, everything was great! I have been here several times in my business travels and I‘ve never had a bad experience. The service is outstanding and so professional. Never have a bad thing to say.

KN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal dining experience! Great wine selection too!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always.

BW
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

It is very expensive for good food. It should be at least -$10 less for everything on their menu

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Reservation through open table was easy. Our reservation was ready. The service and food was outstanding

L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience! Would definitely recommend to anyone who is looking for a friendly staff, and amazing authentic Italian food.

F
Washington DC
159 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dinner and it was Valentines Day and extremely busy but the service and food were perfect! Our waiter, Pablo, is the best you will find around! The Italian menu is excellent and they will make any adjustments you ask for. The wine list is also great! We will be back!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The service was terrible. I had to ask for a wine list and try to catch our waiter every time I needed something. I tried to order an appetizer, and the waiter wouldn't take the order until we had decided on dinner. The food finally came out and the portions were small but served in large bowls, so it was difficult to eat. I had to transfer the food to smaller plates, and ask a waiter several times to take the empty plates off of our table. The entrees came out and they were awful. The lobster ravioli tasted like it came out of a box, and the salmon my boyfriend ordered had no flavor at all and was very dry. Not impressed at all, especially because it's pricey and stuffy in there. Would not recommend.

TK
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Zeffirelli’s is routinely a gem of a restaurant. Great service and outstanding food. It’s a bit cramped when it’s busy, which is a testament to what draws people to pamper themselves for an evening meal out. We love it!

M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Was very disappointed in the overall experience,, which may have been due to Valentines Day, because we were packed in like sardines. My husband and I have decided to make this a lunch place and no longer a dinner date. Food was mediocre but they do have a great wine list.

CE
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zeffirelli’s was fantastic. Unfortunately they had no record of reservations through opentable

LB
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Valentine’s Day

K
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent again.. we. One here every year for valentines

RP
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. The food and service were excellent!

JM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. I had swordfish. It was terrific. The service was excellent.

LG
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were given a great table in the window for my birthday. Food excellent as usual.

BC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn't visited Zeffirelli in about 10 years - had a fabulous dinner and outstanding service!
Enjoyed the grilled veal chop!
Zeffirelli's is a hidden gem!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

While the food was good the service was probably the worst I’ve seen in years. Not welcoming at all and very unfriendly.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

F
Washington DC
159 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
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
23 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
23 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!