My go to place for great Italian
Never disapoints me or my guests. It is a neighborhood gem of neighborhood gems!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Zeffirelli's is always excellent!
Zeffirelli's is always excellent! Both the food and the service. Whether it is one person are 12.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch or Dinner, it's a winner
If you are looking for something more intimate than the chain restaurants in the Town Center try Zeffirelli's in the heart of Herndon. It reminds you of when dining out was a special occasion. The veal chop and lamb are always excellent; the fish dishes have light enough sauces to let the flavor shine through. We no longer look at the wine list, preferring to go with staff suggestions based on our meal and our taste. Lunch is great for business or pleasure; lighter fair which can mean...room for dessert.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Don't let the fact that the specialties they advertise are veal oriented. My husband and I do not eat red meat and found LOTS to satisfy. We tried two very different dishes and loved them both equally. There were 4 or 5 other menu items we look forward to trying in the future.
It was my husbands birthday, so I had a cake waiting for him at home, so we went with the sorbet for dessert. They still put a candle it in to celebrate his special day. It was adorable!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everybody was friendly. Atmosphere was relax and service was great.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is consistently superb, the waitstaff is friendly and competent without hovering, and the atmosphere is cozy and elegant at the same time. Zefferelli's has been our favorite restaurant for any occasion for many years.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Zeffirelli never fails to please. It is our go to for a quiet yummy Italian dinner. If I had an Italian friend it would remind me of going to their grandmother's house for dinner. The food and service is always consistently spot on.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Classic northern Italian dining
Zeffirelli's has a well earned reputation for excellence of food, service and ambience. It's only a bit more expensive than the chain restaurants and so much better. The building itself, high ceiling and decor inside, and location at the center of old Herndon made our group feel comfortable, relaxed and special. The menu is heavy in veal dishes which were good, and the desserts were good too. Highly recommended.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining at Zeffirelli Ristorante is always like visiting with an old friend. We've been eating there for a decade or so. The restaurant consistently delivers terrific food dishes and never disappoints. The veal chop is simply the best in town, although a bit pricey ($48), but it is a staple for someone in our group each time we visit. The veal scallopine in lemon sauce is very tasty. My favorite dish is Lobster Diablo, which is mildly spicy and oh so delicious. The staff is first class and attentive to all your needs. The wine list is not extensive, but there are always good wines to be found at reasonable prices. We'll keep returning just as we visit our old friends over and over.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Last minute dinner plans turned out very special. Consistantly great veal chop!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
My first visit to Zeffirelli. Came with a lady friend on my birthday and we had a lovely, quiet and unhurried dinner in a romantic setting. Excellent wine recommendation went perfectly with the meal. We will be back!
7/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
nice but not very kid friendly.
Food and staff were great but place is not very appropriate for dining with children.
8/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
beat our expectations
Service was great.... food from the bread thru dessert were perfect. Had a bottle of rose that we loved. Will definitely be back!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
wish I was near
have moved from the Herndon/Sterling area and every time I get a chance to be near, I try to make it my dinner stop. after many years, Zif hasn't change, good food and service. It's nice to find a good place that keeps the same standards year after year, some items on the menu are gone, but new yum yum dishes are there... keep up the good work.
8/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Dining Experience
Our first visit and we came away with all positives. Food and service were top notch. Others in our party of 6 raved as well. A bit pricey but worth it.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A pleasant surprise
We have lived in the Reston area for over 25 years but never dined here until this past weekend. The food was delicious and offered something for everyone. Very traditional Italian restaurant with excellent service.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian restaurant
Food and service were great. Portobello Mushroom/crab cake appetizer was incredible. Decor was a little dated. Overall, I highly recommend Zeffirelli.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another good dinner at Zeffirelli. This visit was with a well-travelled business colleague that commented quite favorably on the meal.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Veal chop is the best around!
Dinner was awesome! The veal chop and the lamb chops were great!
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friendly, great service awesome food.
Couldn't have been more enjoyable evening, we weres elated emmidiatley our server was very pleaent but effieciant.
The Gerry the GM came over and check on us, had a great chat.
Will be coming back often.
Oh forgot the food,... My wife had the Buffalo Mozerella and fresh tomato app it was great, I had the Veal Chop for my main dish, it was spectacular.
8/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Attention to details showed
Attention to details showed from the service to the presentation of the food. The food was cooked and presented with care and flavored with the correct spices to make it a memorable experiece.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently the best in the
Consistently the best in the area without a miss on the menu with the star being the Veal Chop. The wine list is focused on Italy with perhaps many unfamiliar names - so ask for recommendations - it will be well worth it.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
I brought my staff to a lunch meeting at Zeffirelli's restaurant in September 2013. The restaurant is elegant, located in a quaint spot in old town Herndon, VA. The restaruant is clean, fancy, well kept and has a feel of old Italy. The staff were extremely accomodating - we were never left wanting. The food was very well prepared and at a great price. My staff have been there several times and have always had a very pleasant experience. I will be taking my wife to this restaurant for our next anniversary.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely night out
We don't go to Herndon often as we have lived in the area for so long and it just seems too close to home. But we decided to try Zeffirellis as we had not been for some years and were happy with our decision. We live in Fairfax Station so it is not a short drive but we felt is was worth the trip. The atmosphere is lovely and the service and food were also very good. The only issue I had was the price of the veal chop that my husband ordered....it was a little overpriced for the area. He orders a veal chop whenever it is on a menu and this happened to be the most expensive one he has ever ordered. And remember, we were in Herndon, not DC> But having said that we really enjoyed ourselves and we will return.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Superstar of the Menu
The superstar of the menu is the Veal Chop. It is predictably spectacular. In fact, it is *so* good, the rest of the menu lives in its eternal shadow. In the few times I have not had the Veal Chop, the other items I've tried are equally well-executed but admittedly that sample-set is small. However, if you only go for the Veal Chop, you will be getting a spectacular meal.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dinner experience!
I took an associate for a business dinner. Trief the seafood & pasta special and said it was excellent - mussells, shrimp and half a lobster in a champaign cream sauce. I had the house speciality Veal Chop - it was tender and flavorful, and the paprika sauce was wonderful. The service was outstanding. I recommend Zeffirelli's to anyone who wants an authentic Italian dining experience off the beaten path.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
a special recognition place
Zeffirelli's is a great place to take friends or colleagues for a great meal. The staff are attentive and helpful and the food is always very good. I looooove the veal chop. Medium rare, always melts in your mouth...nice subtle lemon back..a great place to go with a group for special occasions or recognition. Consistently a great meal and a good time.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delightful gem in Old Herndon
A year ago I didn't know Old Herndon existed, it's basically a postage stamp of "real" historic culture in a sea of affluent suburban growth just west of Reston Town Center ten minutes. Good parking, Zeffirelli's is a white table cloth, attentive presence with really good food. It's the kind of place families and couples come back to time after time, becoming a tradition. Super fresh seafood dishes, and specialize in lamb.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service with a smile
Our dining experience at Zeffrelli was fantastic. The server was very knowledgeable and helped with a wine selection to satisfy our group. This was a great occasion and I would 100% recommend this place to friends and family!
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food in a Nice Atmosphere
My veal dish was delicious, but it was not what I ordered. Either the server wasn't listening or I wasn't communicating well. I have been to this restaurant twice and both times I felt the server was trying to sell us something we didn't want. There is a difference between being helpful and being pushy. Other than the service, it is an outstanding local restaurant and I would go back again.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always worth the visit
This is a truly great Italian restaurant, and their advertising about having the very best veal chop anywhere turns out to be real. My wife and I visited on a busy Friday night and our experience was perfection. Everything coming out of the kitchen was nearly perfect, and the service is flawless. The food is genuine Italian, the wine list is exceptional and the service solution wraps everything up that one needs for an outstanding fine dining event.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Came to DC and had to find a place that could take a same day reservation for 12 AND be good. It was a Sunday night, so we were lucky to have found Zeffirelli's. Old World Italian service, modern italian cuisine. Through appetizers, salads, main courses, desserts and several bottles of wine, there wasn't a miss in the entire bunch. Everyone had a great meal. About half the group made some sort of requested change to a dish (I'm vegetarian, so I'm usually a problem whenever I go out with a group) and every request was accommodated and was right the first time when it came out.
Definitely a great find and I'll be back when in the DC area again.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our anniversary. We were seated in little alcove by front window, somewhat private. Service was good and food was very good. Honestly, the calamari was tough for our appetizer. The lamb and shrimp entrees were excellent. We usually go there for any special occasion.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were visiting the Reston area and wanted some great italian food. We found it here. The service was great and my friend ordered off the menu and the chef easily complied. The food was great - the wine was great. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants great food and service.
10/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
I always choose this restaurant
I always choose this restaurant to celebrate a special occasion. Good food and great service in a beautiful setting. Feels like you've been transported to Italy! .
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our dinner at Zeffirelli was out of this world. Although my husband and I typically do not order the same entrée (so we can taste different items) neither of us could resist the veal chops. They were incredible!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great restaurant. Very quaint. The waiters are Italian! Food is delicious. I was quite pleased with my ceasar salad and veal scallopine with lemon & capers. The desserts were to die for as well as the cappuccino. Sadly the restaurant was not busy at lunch and my guess is that it's just more of a dinner place based on the quality and quantity of food. Do not come here if looking for a sandwich, however know that you can get a salad & appetizer that will be quite good if you aren't up for a substantial meal! I'd also like to mention that we had a holiday party here previously for a group of about 25 or 30. The staff went out of their way to please our group. We had most of the upstairs, the service was excellent, and the food was delicious.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent authentic Italian
A quiet night, but we were made to feel special by the staff. Very good selections, excellently prepared and presented. If you like Italian we recommend Zeffirelli's without reservation
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Zefferelli's still very good!
We had not dined at Zefferelli's in quite a while, but we were pleased by our experience there on Saturday evening. My husband and I each enjoyed a veal entre, salad and dessert. The food was well-prepared, nicely presented, and very tasty. Service was fine, although the waiter forgot to ask if we wanted coffee and we had to call him back to order it. We had a pleasant dinner and left the restaurant comfortably satisfied. Will return again!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
The mussels were fantastic. I got the leg of lamb special. Perfectly cooked and flavored!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
another superb experience!
out 4th time there, dinner was superb -- always some great special dinner options from chef, great service also.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Charming & relaxed
Last minute plan and not disappointed. Quite relaxed meal, and the service as always was excellant.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always an eclectic experience
Unique interior contributes to the overall charm of the dining experience. When close to full, however, it is difficult to have quiet conversations. While not high-end italian gourmet, the food is bountiful, flavorsome and presented well. I have yet to have a bad, even average meal at Ziffirelli's - a solid 8 to 8.5 on a 10 point scale.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything about this restaurant was fantastic. It started with a warm greeting, followed by a excellent service. Our waitress was very attentive, friendly, and helpful. The food was delicious.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is some ofthe best Italian cuisine and service I have had the pleasure to experience. The food is fresh and excellent. The restaurant has old town charm and is great for special occasions. I highly recommend it.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Have spent all our special
Have spent all our special occasions in past couple years at this restaurant. Feel so comfortable and well taken care of when we are there.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
We visited Zeffirelli's for my birthday after having visited another Italian restaurant in Herndon the past two years. It was a wise decision. The menu at Zeffirelli's is more ambitious and better executed. They did an Italian take on snails that was less garlicky than the standard escargot appetizer, resulting in a delightfully delicate flavor. Ditto the tomato-based sauce on the Linguine San Remo, which did not overpower the shellfish and pasta the way most marinaras would. While the wine list was not extensive, it did offer good variety. We shared a bottle of nebbiolo, with strong cherry and floral notes, an unusual find in a neighborhood Italian place. We plan to return to Zeffirelli's again soon.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
After traveling twice in this area on business in the past month, Zerffirelli is the only restaurant I chose to return to. Great food that goes beyond the usual Italian menu, courteous service, good lighting, and a sound level that allows conversations -- all these are positive factors. I ate there once by myself and also enjoyed it; they didn't rush me, the way other area eateries did.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really Like this Restaurant
Love the homemade pastas, specials and flexibility in ordering and switching ingredients. A bit pricey in spots, but generally solid food, service and excellent ambience. Very good wine list...many bottles very reasonably priced under $45. I can't understand why it isn't typically more crowded than it usually is.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very nice find. Just wish the server would have told us that the veal chop special was $48. A little sticker shock at the end.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM