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Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano
Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zeffirelliristorante.com
  • Email: zefl@aol.com
  • Phone: (703) 318-7000
  • 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
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private Parking is located behind the restaurant.
A word from Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano
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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "This restaurant did all the most important things right. The food was excellent. The manager was interested in our dining and came by several times. The staff was concientious if not perfect in service."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "...but not my last! First of all, our waiter was an Asia gentleman, and he was great! He knew the specials as if he cooked them, and he raved about our wine selection! For my first time, I was told to have the veal chop, which I did. Best chop ever! seriously....it was the best veal chop I ever had, bar none! The accompanying spaghetti in garlic and oil was perfect as well. TYop that all off with a perfect bottle of Amarone, and a double espresso for the road...a perfect 10!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Service was excellent. Long term employees and owners. High quality and professional. Not snooty. Pricey, but excellent quality food."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "The food, service and all was simply splendid. Roberto who has been there for over 20 years was our waiter and he is gracious and just a lovely man. Veal chop was extraordinary. Need to find time to get back there again soon. Bobby J"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We enjoyed a very special evening this week as we celebrated the retirement of my boyfriend's mother. The atmosphere was lovely and the service was impeccable. And of course, the food was amazing. Everything we had was delicious. Thank you for making it memorable night for a wonderful lady that has worked hard for many years. Eating at Zeffirelli is a very special treat."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "From the welcome at the door to the good night as we departed, it was an exceptional experience. The service was always right there but not pushy and the food was outstanding in every aspect--presentation, taste, texture."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "our 4th trip and not the last for sure. Great service and great food for a reasonable price make for a great date night!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Business lunch. Upscale and homey; not a chain restaurant, which was nice. Food nicely presented by attentive service. Attractive, eclectic dining room. Food was above average; nicely presented. Would certainly return."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The restaurant is amazing! From the calamari to the lasagna, it's a flavor adventure through Italy. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We arrived a little early, but the man greeting us said no problem and escorted us to a nice table, pulled our chairs out for us and made us feel special and Welcomed! Great Service and Great Food! Thank You for great dining experience."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We took friends for a good-bye dinner - sadly they are moving south. From the minute we walked in we were treated like we were special! Mike, our waiter was personable and efficient. We had a wonderful time and will be back again. It is one of the few places in the area that is not a chain, serves Excellent food as well as excellent service and is quiet! You can carry on conversations easily and you don't really hear Your neighbor. Highly recommend Zeffirellis"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We had a good time but we felt rushed when a large group of at least 15 people came in."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Ziffirelli seems to date back to the Revolutionary War, and the interior likely hasn't been updated since then. The place has crossed the line between charming and tired in terms of decor, look and feel. That said, the food remains solid and priced well. The service is attentive and classy. Nothing great here, but a nice meal served at a nice pace for a fair price. Nice, not great, is the operative word. Problem is, there's too much worthy competition at the same price and quality levels. It might help if the decor was updated."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Zeffirellis again did a nice job of providing a relaxing evening for my wife and I. If it had not been for the idiot that decided eavesdropping on our private conversation was an invite to discuss Obamacare it would have been perfect."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Zeffirelli serves the best Italian food I have ever had with impeccable service and reasonable prices."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere. The Merlot was good. The food was delicious. Good Start: The Veal Chop lived up to its reputaion. However, the price should be on the menu. $48 for a veal chop! Had I asked or seen a price on the menu I probably would have opted for one of the other more reasonably priced veal dishes. The gentleman at the next table was also shocked at the price of the veal chop that he ate when he got his check. OK Middle: The cappucino tasted like a second run through once used coffee gounds; watery & weak. The home made Tiramisu was very good; light and tasty. Sketchy Ending: Items on bill that we did not order or consume. I sincerely hope that this is not a common occurance at Zeffirelli's. Anyone else experience this?"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I came here to celebrate my birthday and everything went very well. Service was professional and all recommendations were superb! We will return!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Zefferelli's offers fine food, nice ambiance and an overall enjoyable experience for a special occasion dinner out in the local area."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Simply perfect Service timing and knowledge completely natural Food was excellent with generous portions The best Martini apart from my own Cannoli's are creamy and light"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Loved the food so came back twice within 4 days. Tried two different veal and pasta dishes. All were wonderfully presented and tasty - cleaned our plates. Service was good and not rushed but was missing the warmth you might expect at a local eatery. Would recommend portobello mushroom appetizer. Overall -cost was reasonable; quality of food high - worth the visit. Will come back!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The Valentines Day Fixed Menu was quite a surprise-not in a good way. My wife & I are vegetarians & had identified menu items we wanted to order. Upon arrival, we were forced to order from a special Valentines Day menu, which we weren't informed about & had a few vegetarian options. Our waiter did not appear thrilled when he found out we were vegetarian. I asked for an entrée portion of the agnolotti on the appetizer menu. They still gave me an appetizer portion for my entrée. My wife ordered a glass of Moscato. The waiter tried to push a cheaper glass of Prosecco on her saying that it tasted the same as Moscato & there was no Moscato left-both lies, as the table behind us received Moscato. This wasn't worth $65 per head. No more business."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We haven't been there for a long time, so we decided to go there for Valentine's Day. It used to be one of favorite restaurants to go 12 years ago. Should have known that we would limited to a fixed priced Valentine's menu. I would prefer to see the regular menu. Initially we were served with burned bread until we send it back and got some better ones. My meal was good and my husband liked his. The food was good but not great. The service was very lacking. I think we saw or waiter 3 times for the 2 hours we were there. I doubt that we would return there again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Third time eating here. Each time has been a great experience. Would eat here more often if prices were lower. Definitely worth a visit and great for special occasions."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "If you enjoy chain restaurants where the hostess hands you a buzzer for a 90 minute wait and the noise level is similar to a Caps game, then this place is not for you. On the other hand, if you want to pull directly into a parking spot, walk 60 seconds to the front door of a charming one-off building, be seated almost immediately by the host at a white tablecloth intimate table, enjoy excellent, attentive friendly service, converse with your date at a normal speaking level, and appreciate very good food and wine, then Zeffirelli is the place. But don't tell anybody, or else it will get too crowded!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Loved the salmon on the menu. Very flaky and flavorful."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Welcoming staff greets repeat customers with warmth and courtesy. Visiting Zeffirelli is like visiting family. The specials are always delightful and the veal chop is my favorite...anywhere."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Chilean Sea Bass with a citrus sauce was a special along with the Lobster Bisque and both were delicious. The server recommended a wine that was just right. I keep returning here with friends and I am always pleased."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "i am not an expert in italian cuisine but i love pasta and this place had great pasta. i had the veal ravioli and it was amazing. i'm coming back for valentine's day, such a nice place."
    Dined on 9/22/2013
  • "We love Zefferreli's and will always go back. The food is awesome and the price point exceptional. We went Sunday night during the playoff's and we were actually over-served. There were 2X servers to tables. It's OK to just match ambiance with service and not clear the table every 4 minutes"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "My salmon was cooked to perfection. Loved the quiet lunch so that we could visit with friends. Be very careful when you exit. The steps are hazardous. I don't see well and after a glass of wine, it would be an easy place for me to fall. The maître' d usually warns me."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "The service and ambiance were very nice, but about what you would expect and a nicer and small-ish restaurant. What really makes this establishment stand out in my mind is the unbelievable food. For me, Italian food tends to range somewhere between "fairly good" and "pretty good" with the quality of restaurant, wine, etc making it a nice choice for a date and an overall enjoyable experience. While none of those things are lacking here, the food makes this place. Zeffirelli's moved the bar for me, and may have ruined my ability to enjoy "pretty good" Italian food elsewhere."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Even though my reservation specifically noted a baby was part of the dinning party the restaurant's only highchair was taken earlier by another table. A restaurant with only one highchair is not baby friendly."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "There was a storm outside and only one other couple besides us decided to brave the elements to dine at Zefferelli's. But the wait staff never made us feel rushed and simply acted as if it was a normal night. Our veal chop and chicken parm were delicious, the wine by the glass very good and the scene outside the window provided a winter wonderland. I will say that although I noted in my reservation that this dinner was to celebrate my husband's birthday, nothing special was done for us to celebrate the occasion. But otherwise it was a lovely experience."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "What better place to celebrate Christmas Eve than an Italian restaurant? The appetizer (calimari) was out surprisingly fast. The entrees paled in comparison, notably late. The seafood dish was excellent with perfectly prepared scallops and mussels. The accompanying pasta was flavorful and winey. My companions were similarly pleased with their choices. Zefirrelis was a good choice for an Italian holiday meal."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "The food was fantastic, the pace was appropriate, the restaurant was full and the service was impeccable. i would recommend this restaurant to anyone, Fine Dining at a reasonable price."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We hadn't been to Zeffirelli's in about 20 years. The food and service were exceptional. It won't be another 20 until we return!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "this is a nice restaurant for couples and small groups, easy to hold conversation, the food is good, service is very good, and price is moderate."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The service is always impeccable at Zeffirelli but it doesn't quite make up for the watered down cocktails and average food. We always try to go to neighborhood, mom and pop restaurants to support local businesses but the food is over priced for the quality that you get. We may not return unfortunately."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Had dinner with friends on New years eve and it was delightful. Menu was great, wine list excellent but he best of the evening was the dinner. The lamb chops were by far the best that I have ever had.salute to the chef."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Zeffirelli's always has excellent selections, well prepared and served. The small size gives a feeling of intimacy w/o being crowed. Staff is helpful w/o being intrusive AND the veal chop is the BEST!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013