Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

4.6
1069 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(703) 318-7000
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Francesco
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Elden St. and Station St.
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Parking Details
Private Parking is located behind the restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1069 People Are Saying
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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was fantastic, and the hospitality really showed when they gave us a kitchen tour. Really enjoyed the ambiance. It felt like we were in grandma's Italian home and dining with the family.

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

Excellent upscale Northern Italian restaurant with outstanding service and food.

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b
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Anazibg lamb chops! Best I have ever had!

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food and an amazing staff.

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CB
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is by far the best restaurant I've been to in a long time. It was a choice I made for my sixth year anniversary with my girlfriend and she absolutely loved it. Excellent choice of food and the service was above perfect. Francisco took really good care of us and always stopped by to check in respectfully and quietly. We will be going back for dinner dates.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Traveled frequently throughout Italy. Ate at some of the best restaurant in Rome and Malen. Zeffirelli’s is at the top of that list but in Northern Virginia.

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P
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brother in for post thanksgiving, had a great time. Good food, quiet, so we could hear each other, and service was outstanding.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

Our experience started by being seated in the corner of a back room even though there were at least 4 tables in the main dinning room available the entire time we were dining. The veal chop was tough with only 4 medium size bites for $57. The rest of the meal was good but not up to the level of the prices. The wine list was good and pricing was fair.

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DS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome dinner. Best veal chop known to man.

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PJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always good.

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m
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the appetizer to the dessert ,it was top notch. Service is impeccable. What a gem in Herndon!! I will definitely comeback.

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SR
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food. Very good Service. Best Veal Chop I have ever had. I have traveled the world and this place is one of my favorites. Any time I am in the area I make sure to have at least one dinner here. I love the Veal Chop and all my friends and clients who have tried it say it is worth it. Friends have had the swordfish with crab, veal porcini, veal scaloppini, eggplant parm, and everyone really enjoyed their meals a lot. Absolutely worth making time for. Very close to Dulles if you are on a long layover, grab an Uber and have a great meal.

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h
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Whenever we are in northern VA on business, we make it a point to go to Zeffirelli's. So recently we were a group of 10 for dinner and made a new crop of fans for this restaurant. Several had the signature Veal Chop and couldn't stop raving about it the next day. Food is always delicious and well prepared. We appreciate the fact that meat entrees come with some vegetables. In so many resataurants of this caliber, one has to pay extra for the veggies. Portions are generous, but not oversized. Salads are easily shareable as are the desserts. Service is attentive but not intrusive. Great place for business dinners or dates as one can actually carry on conversations easily.

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RT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have been coming to the restaurant for over 20 years, always great food and service, very friendly and professional. My Daughter's favorite dessert, the Tarimisu, apparently was made using a different recipe from prior years, she definitely prefers the original, but overall it was a great experience. I also not in the reservation that it was my Daughter's birthday and while we had a very good table reserved no mention was made of the occasion. Wasn't a problem, just letting you know.

Thanks,
Richard Thompson (Oct 26)

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Italian food (and this is from a Jersey boy). Awesome bread too. Very important!

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MC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

we had a wonderful meal. My crabmeat stuffed mushroom appetizer was a treat, along with Saltimbocca Alla Romana - It's nice to get good Northern Italian food here in VA. The room is being refreshed with new paint, updated lighting which is so nice.

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TH
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Looked forward to a new restaurant for us, especially one rated highly. Special Mahi Mahi was excellent; veal scaloppini was tough and dry; ravioli was tasty; escargot was a disappointment with the same pesto sauce used on the ravioli. Tiramisu was bland - very little coffee flavor; chocolate gelato was good.

Mixed impressions about the restaurant. Waiter not very attentive; owner was hustling to make everything work.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

We’ve been going there for years and order the veal shank every time and leave there dreaming about our next visit. This time the food was sub par, cold and not very flavorful. The chairs are so old that the springs in mine were caved in and I asked if they would kindly change mine out. Which they did but that chair was the same. Our waiter also took his time taking our order. For what we spent, we feel we did not get our money’s worth

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AS
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Never let's you down. Consistently good. If you're a foodie, you'll be happy here, and you can have a decent conversation without losing your voice. Well worth a visit.

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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b
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Always very fine Italian pastas. Superb veal chop!!!!!!

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RL
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a fabulous dinner. This is one of the best Italian restaurants in the DC Area. And that is coming from a full blooded Italian from New Jersey. Will definitely go back again. Ray L.

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AD
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible food, wonderful staff, fantastic ambiance. What more could you want?

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b
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

The food was good, but the place seems out of dated. and not suitable for private conversation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

It was our wedding anniversary, but I did not make any special request or I did not know how to make one

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took my dad who is hard of hearing but a real foodie. He has a hard time enjoying restaurants if they are too loud. Zeffirelli’s has a quiet ambiance that made it easy to chat while eating. Food was amazing as always. Service was great. We will be coming back.

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MS
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful signature veal chops. Excellent seafood. Outstanding service and food presentation. Really good bread.

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BK
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

White tablecloth and cloth napkins, but not fancy. Good Italian food - pastas, chicken, seafood. Really good salads. Just a nice neighborhood place for dinner with friends.

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MS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have been dining her for years. It never disappoints, the food is always excellent and they have a terrific wine list. The service is spectacular.

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J
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Old school Italian. My colleague was sad when we told him we were eating Italian, he only thinks pasta when he think Italian, but when we left, he was singing a completely different tune!
As to be expected, their olive oil is top notch and delicious on the homemade bread.
I had the Linguine con le vangole and it was possibly the best I have ever had. One colleague had the pappardelle and the other had chicken marsala, they both raved.
Service was great. Location in old town Herndon is convenient for a business lunch and all around, it was a terrific meal.

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TJ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food & service this made it a wonderful evening.

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DS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food is very good, and presented very nicely. Wait staff is excellent and very attentive; without being overly so. Atmosphere is pleasant.

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r
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The food and overall atmosphere was very enjoyable. However, I felt that my boyfriend and I were treated differently due to our age. We are in our early twenties and the service we received was notably different from the service that other tables with older guests received. When we arrived we were not given a wine list, greeted by our waiter, or given any water. It was 10 minutes before
a waitor came over and filled our water glasses. I know that does not seem like a long time but this waitor was clearly specifically assigned to fill up water glasses and the restaurant is not a large space (part of the charm). I watched the waitor refill and fill other tables several times before he gave us any attention. Then after 15 minutes we were finally greeted by our actual waitor (not just the waitor who was filling up water glasses). When I say greeted I am being generous because the only thing he said was “are you ready to order”. He did not read us the specials as he had done at the other tables or ask us if we wanted anything to drink. At this point my boyfriend and I had enough time to look over the menu so we were in fact ready to order but I asked him to bring us the wine list so we could order our wine first. After he returned with the wine list we then ordered our wine, appetizers and entrees. There was a long wait on the wine and finally our appetizer came out to the table (still no wine). I don’t understand why the appetizer was brought to our table before the wine because the dish was a cold dish and he could have waited and brought it out after or with the wine. The rest of the meal was thankfully uneventful as the waitor only returned to our table to ask us if we wanted the check. The service we received would not bother me if we weren’t at such an “upscale” place however I expect the service to be half decent when I am spending $100+ on a meal. Would I recommend Zeffirelli’s to my parent’s and their friends, yes. Would I recommend it to anyone my own age, no.

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D
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Awesome homemade Italian food. Great wine list and exceptional service. Francisco was a wonderful server that offered many ideas and terrific wine pairing. Gracious folks from the time we entered the restaurant. A definitive return before weeks end.

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P
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was amazing! I’m so glad that I found an excellent restaurant without traveling to DC. I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves Italian food!!!

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CN
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Great food. Decent value. Okay service. Too many loud kids.

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R
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s tough to find a place that’s quiet enough to talk but with good enough food to satisfy my family. Zeffirelli’s delivered! We took my 94 year old mother (5 of us total) who was in town visiting. We couldn’t have been treated better. Pablo and the crew were awesome, as was the food. All salads were fresh, greens crispy, and dressings very appropriate to the kind of salad. The Veal Chops were outstanding, as was the salmon, veal saltimbocca, and shrimp scampi. Bread was warm and fresh. The tiramisu was light and oh so tasty, and the chocolate gelato rich and creamy. And the best of all, we felt like extended family to those who prepared and served us our delicious meal. We will be back.

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S
Richmond
59 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Disappointed with the branzino. It was not a whole grilled fish. The chicken parmigiana was very ordinary. Service was excellent though

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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Always great

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y
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

We've been to your restaurant since 1995,food is not getting better.
Too man tables.

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