Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

4.6
1047 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
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RL
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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b
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
6 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
58 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
8 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Always great

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y
Washington DC
4 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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A
Washington DC
181 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

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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TC
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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GS
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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K
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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SF
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

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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d
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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CE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

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OT
Richmond
48 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place never disappoints!!! The food is excellent

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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SF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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BB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food was good and the service was excellent.

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OT
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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FH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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L
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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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GW
New England
74 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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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BR
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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SA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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MC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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