Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

4.5
1162 reviews
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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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LF
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service. Friendly atmosphere. Would gladly recommend to anyone who wants to enjoy a great Italian dinner.

J
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Went for our first time last night with friends. We found this place to be very expensive for what you get. They listed off several specials without giving a price ( I hate that) but they sounded delicious. I ordered the salmon with crab stuffing with lobster bisque sauce. I would almost believe this was a pre-maid , frozen entree. Stuffing was that cheap bread / crab? with peppers and salmon was so thin you could barely taste it . And to add insult to injury it was 37 dollars! The restaurant was pretty empty for a Saturday night . This restaurant can’t compete with the many really great places at this price point . Unfortunately, I think it s on its last leg . The waitress got 2 of our orders wrong and then charged us for the more expensive item we didnt ordder aftrt we sent iit back . it was nice to get out with friends so the company was great!

SC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service was a WOW! Food good this time but have had absolutely delish meals there; so will def go back! Was surprised how many tables were passing around their smart phones playing videos on loud. Would have thought staff would intervene but clearly an awkward situation. Think once one table did it the others followed. Made the ambiance feel like local bar vs fine dining. That said will def try again.

CO
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

it had been several years since we'd visited. As always for us, the veal is the highlight. Although we didn't choose the "famous veal chop", we opted for veal scaloppini marsala and veal scaloppini Vitelli. Both were great. My one disappointment was that although I indicated that it was a birthday celebration, no acknowledgment of that fact was made.

GH
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary.

N
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

It was my birthday and I had wanted to get cozze which was on the menu. The food was excellent and the service outstanding. However I was seated practically on top of the table next to me. I have hearing issues so it was difficult to speak with my wife. This was the only thing that made the evening less than outstanding. Next time I will request a different table but I will return for the food!

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance,and would recommend highly.

TS
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing.. the service was good but went a little off track as our waitress got more tables...decided to have dessert but passed due to her not coming back to table. The presentation and the atmosphere was amazing

s
Nashville
44 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant was delicious! I would go back! The staff was particularly wonderful!

JW
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
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.

JZ
1 review
Dined on July 6, 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.

S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 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.

SH
1 review
Dined on June 29, 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

JM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The Bronzino which is charcoal grilled was delicious

SA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

BC
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 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!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 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!

C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 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.

CM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 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.

K
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on June 7, 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.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 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.

SB
1 review
Dined on June 3, 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.

MW
1 review
Dined on June 2, 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.

S
Dallas
30 reviews
Dined on May 31, 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

NB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 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!

R
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

EH
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 12, 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.

JM
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on May 11, 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.

MD
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

JO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 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!!

K
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

A
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on May 2, 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!

CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 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!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary

AE
1 review
Dined on April 20, 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.

RW
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely food and service!

m
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

BH
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 6, 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

OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

l
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on April 6, 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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