Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

4.5
1035 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
  • 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
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 1035 People Are Saying
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4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.2
Value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

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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3.0Dined on August 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

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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4.0Dined on August 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Always great

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2.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on August 2, 2018

This restaurant had been highly recommended by someone we know, but we found it to be just good. The only dish that was very good was the sausage appetizer. I'm of Italian heritage, and I'm usually disappointed with sausage in Italian restaurants in the US, but this sausage was excellent. The dish was supposed to have peppers, but they were hardly there. The entrees of seafood over pasta were good, but nothing special.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

The service and the food was excellent. The atmosphere was romantic and the waiter was very knowledgeable about the food and wine menu.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Outstanding restaurant! We were seated right away. Service was excellent--attentive, not pushy--good suggestions for wine and food. Food was superior. Octopus was wonderfully grilled. Veal chops were excellent. Grouper special was superb! My husband is an excellent cook and doesn't like to eat out often because he can usually cook whatever we order better than the restaurant. Not the case here! We will definitely make it a destination place to visit.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

One of our very favorite places to dine. The service is outstanding and the food-delicious.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Always amazing
Food choices are varied and enough for all taste.

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Great food, as always. Maitre d was very welcoming; however, our server was the worst we have experienced at this restaurant (one of our favorites and in our neighborhood). We finally had to ask for a menu after waiting long after we got our drinks. We also had to ask if there were any specials (there always are) and ask for him to describe them. Very disappointing and very different from our usual experience. I will consider it an anomaly.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

What strikes you about Zeffirelli Ristorante, when you walk in, is a welcome mix of professionalism, tradition, and a blending of a touch of the contemporary. I made a reservation, for 1, and was promptly seated. It was a Tuesday night and they weren't full, yet had a healthy seating of customers. The wine list was impressive, yet I opted for no vino. The menu was well-balanced and had such tempting traditional options, I hope to return (I do not live nearby). I settled on a Caesar salad, followed by Vitello (Veal) Saltiboca alla Romana (with sage, provolone, covered by Prosciutto) and an accomplishment of linguine in marinara sauce. The Caesar was (refreshingly) well prepared and flavorful, unlike so many bland salads restaurants pass off as Caesar.
The Saltiboca alla Romana was magnificent. The blending of flavors, between cooked sage, provolone, Prosciutto, and the Veal (with a savory lite sauce) was masterful. My linguine was perfectly al dente with a delicious, yet not-to-heavy marinara sauce.
The bread you are served (in the beginning) is both traditional Tuscan, and Foccacia. I confess, I used the Tuscan bread to devour every last drop of the veal sauce!

I was too full to have dessert. My loss, as the dessert menu is some of the most captivating reading I have read this summer!

Lastly, the wait staff was professional, well-timed, and accommodating. Admittedly, the prices lean toward expensive, yet (in my opinion) you get what you pay for (it is the "total package."

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

I have been to this restaurant many times, consistently great Italian food , great service.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Amazing dinner at Zeffirelli's! We had dinner at this great Italian restaurant in Herndon on Saturday night - great crowd and the wait staff/maître d were all attentive and informative. I had the seafood special - with Lobster, mussels, shrimp and scallops over their linguine with red sauce and it was perfectly prepared, gorgeous and delectable. My fiancé had the chicken marsala and it was one of the best meals we have had in a long time. The bread is all homemade as well and great with the meal. The only negative was the Caesar salad we had as an appetizer was made with pasteurized anchovies and had a definite fishy taste - could not be eaten. We took a bite and sent it back. The dressing ruined an otherwise beautiful and beautifully prepared salad. Dessert was amazing as well with a decadent chocolate cake that we both shared .. and over all great experience with that one flaw!! We are moving out of the area, but will make an effort to get back to Zeffirelli's in the future.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

This place never disappoints!!! The food is excellent

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Best Veal Chop in the area.....every time!!!

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

We have not been to Zeffirelli's for a long time and were pleasantly surprised at the extremely high quality which has not diminished over the years.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Food was good and the service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Zeffirelli’s is consistently one of the best restaurants in the area and my favorite in Northern Virginia. The food is superb, the service impeccable and atmosphere wonderful. Waiters always know the best wine to pair with the food. I love this restaurant!!!!

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

This is hands down one of the best restaurants on the planet!! From the staff to the food to the environment.. THE BEST!!!!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

My husband and I dined here for our 1st wedding anniversary. We saw the great reviews, went in with high expectations, and were not disappointed. The service was phenomenal, food was delicious (though my lobster was just slightly overdone) and the ambiance was perfect for our special day! We will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Talk about a neighborhood gem, this is like having a diamond mine in your backyard! They aren't kidding when they say the veal of the best in the city.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

The food was fantastic, came recommended by a local. Highly recommend this place, outstanding.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

As Always, Zeffirelli's offers SUPERB Cuisine. This has been "our place" for my beautiful wife and myself for more than 12 years. To remain the quality and consistency for these many years it in itself a magnificent achievement. My sincere completments to the Chef, Waiters and Staff.

I guess you surmise from this review that we LOVE Zeffirelli's!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

I have eaten at this restaurant many times. It is always excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We had not been there in 20 years. It was as good as we remembered. It won’t be 20 years before we go back.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

We went to celebrate our anniversary. This place does not disappoint.

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3.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Great local non chain restaurant. Service seems to be declining as well as the famous veal chop which was a little dry. Delicious rack of lamb though so maybe the new specials are the way to go.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

It was my birthday night, went out with girlfriend it was delicious and quiet, we are definitely going back

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Great restaurant. Delicious food. Impeccable service. Heartily recommend this. My veal was almost fork tender and it was good; the most tender veal I have had in the metro area. I love this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

I've been to this restaurant a number of times 2017-2018 with my wife; small and large groups; as well as occasionally over the past 15 years. The food, service has been consistentily good over the years.

My only complaint this time, we had a group sitting behind us that were loud to the point that the Restaurant Manager should have asked them to quiet down, Other then that, my rating stands. Sayles

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Food is exquisitely delicious, two thumbs up & highly highly recommend it!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

While we enjoy going there on a regular basis, we were dismayed to see that their special “mothers day menu” was simply the regular menu BUT WITH EVERY ITEM PRICED HIGHER by several dollars! 😡 Very disappointed.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

As always, everything at Zeffirelli was delicious for a special Mother's Day dinner. Great staff and great food!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food, location and service was great! Highly recommend it if you are looking to try something different and cozy.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Outstanding. First time there. My girlfriend had been there before and recommended it. When you charge $54.00 for a veal chop It should be superb and it was. The clams casino were not made the traditional way as these were breaded. Still very good. Her veal piccata was delicious. I have eaten at other nice Italian restaurants in the area, but see no need to go anywhere else but here.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Zeffirelli’s is our favorite restaurant. The food is always good, the service is spectacular and their wine selection is wonderful. The Somalia is terrific and always has a very special wine to recommend. We are never disappointed in the food, service or wine.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Love the food here. It is an under rated restaurant and a good option for solid Italian food.

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