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Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano
Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zeffirelliristorante.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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Diner Reviews
  • "In an area with many chain restaurant ranging from McDonald's to Ruth Chris', Zeffirelli's is the kind of locally owned independent we love to patronize. Located in the older, historic section of Herndon, it features a small but diverse menu that is not heavily dependent on traditional "red sauce" dishes. Fellow diner started off with an excellent bufalo mozzarella salad while I enjoyed an arugala salad with beets and oranges, tossed with a vinegarette and feta cheese crumbles. A basket of freshly baked foccacia arrived with the salads. We both chose veal dishes with meat so tender you barely needed a knife. Prices were reasonable for the quality and portion size. Entrees were accompanied by either the daily vegetable or pasta."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We chanced upon Zefirelli on our vacation stay at Herndon, not long ago. The place looked inviting, and it delivered. Attention was excellent, the waiters were most helpful and the food was excellent. Being lactose intolerant, I was a bit afraid of eating at an Italian restaurant, but the waiters' knowledge of the menu, coupled with great rapport with the kitchen staff provided my wife and myself with an enjoyable and unforgettable dinner. Would we return? Yes, I believe we would. In fact, I'm going to recommend Zefirelli to others."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "First time here. We're very picky Italian eaters, but I've been wanting to go here for awhile. The wait staff is very attentive and courteous. I mentioned our anniversary when making the reservation and the staff acknowledged it with a complimentary desert. We enjoyed a bottle of wine from Umbria where we had just visited a few months ago. The food was excellent, so good that I left wearing some red sauce. The after dinner cappuccino was fantastic, just like in Italy. My only negative review is the ambiance, the decor is in need of a make-over. I don''t think we'll bring the kiddos, but we'll definitely enjoy another date night dinner here."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My wife and I have been going to Zeffirelli for years to celebrate our anniversary. She typically gets a pasta dish and I almost always get their Veal Chop. We've never been disappointed in their food or service. I highly recommend giving it a try for a special occasion or just a night out on the town. If you add a bottle of wine to the meal it can get a bit pricey but it's well worth it."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food at Zefferelli's never disappoints whether it's from the traditional menu or a nightly special. parking is easy too."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Zeffirelli's is always a great experience. It works well for a quite dinner for two or for a large group. Great food and service."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The owner, who lives in our neighborhood, greeted us warmly at the door. As he was checking us in for our reservation he noticed we were celebrating our 45th anniversary, and immediately said "I have a special table for you that is private and romantic," and it was. The food was exquisite and delicious, and the service was very good. We had a leisurely (nearly 2 hrs) and very special dining experience, befitting our 45th anniversary."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had a nice graduation party celebration planned for eight persons. As we were a few minutes late picking some folks up at the airport we phoned and the folks were very nice and said to come along and not to worry about being a little bit late. The food and service were quite good yet again!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Ive visited this restaurant for over 20 years and since that time the quality of the food and service has not deminished one bit."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "It was late (9pm) before I could assemble the family that was home for Fathers Day, but we went to Zeffirelli's for diner. A couple of us had specials and a couple the standard fare off the menu. Each one loved their diner. But most of us also brought some home for another treat the next day. The price was reasonable and the abundance of food was significant. The wait staff was excellent from keeping water glasses full to the listing of multiple specials by the waiter. The food was out in no time. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great authentic itialian food. Homemade pastas and ravioli are to die for!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Great food and friendly atmosphere. The veal chop, and homemade pasta with Fra diavolo sauce was perfect! I look forward to coming back with another group."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The chef met my husband's diet restrictions and reduced the salt in the veal chop. He was quite pleased and cleaned his plate. He enjoyed the Montepulciano wine by the glass. The berries were quite nice. The canoli was overpriced ($8 for one canoli) and did not taste fresh."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "we have eaten there many times. Always good food and interesting specials. Tables for four(not by a window) are too small, we felt a little cramped. Still a good experience. Noise level rises with the number of people in the restaurant. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Had a group of 10 foodies go, and every single person loved the food. The service was also excellent. Definitely a fine dining experience. Be ready to eat a few courses and stay a while. Will keep coming back to this local gem!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We hadn't been to Zeffirelli's for a long time and it was great to get back. The veal chop was awesome! Our appetizer, ceaser salad, everything was simply terrific. Wait staff very attentive. Will definitely return take out of town guests as this place is a real winner!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I've dined at Zeffirelli's many times over the years. It's always wonderful. The food is exceptional and the services just as good. I've never had a bad meal or bad experience there! Well done!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Moses was an Amazing waiter. The chef came and greeted us. We were a party of 9-(6 children) service was outstanding) the mussels & sea bass couldn't have been better!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Zeffirelli's is everything a fine Italian restaurant should be: excellent food and service and a quiet, soothing atmosphere with just a hint of music in the background. The lasagna melts in your mouth and the tomato sauce was fresh and delicious."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We went to Zeffirelli's to celebrate our 30th anniversary. The staff was very friendly and welcoming and made our dinner very special. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "My wife and I went here to celebrate our anniversary. The food and service was excellent. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "The food is delicious, the service is impeccable, and the ambiance is downright inviting and unique. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Arrived about 20 minutes early and were immediately seated. Staff was friendly and helped to celebrate my wife's birthday with great food and even better dessert! "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Zeffirelli is a true neighborhood gem. Upon arrive we were promptly greater and seated. The service while we were there was excellent. The food was well explained and it had a friendly atmosphere and feel. Not sure if he was the manager or owner, but he stopped by frequently to talk to us and make sure everything was great. The food was very good as well. Lots of selection and very tasty. I would definitely return. Great place to have a date night. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I have dreamed of their veal chop since the last time I ate here! The veal chop has a life changing taste that you will savor. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Has been my local favorite for many years now and I will continue to return."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This was our 25th wedding anniversary. We played it low key. Zeffirelli's was just right. Perfect food, great atmosphere. It was busy since it was a Saturday night, and there were even quite a few tables with children (Mothers Day was the next day). All the kids were surprisingly well behaved. Noise level was subdued."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We picked this restaurant from Open Table, trying to find somewhere near our hotel that we hadn't been to before. It had good reviews, so we went. It was the best Italian Restaurant we had been to in a long time, and we can't wait to get back to Washington to visit again!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Living in Arlington it's a long trip out to Herndon so we need an excuse, collecting visitors from Dulles on a delayed plane was that excuse. It was a quiet mid-week night so we got excellent personal service, without being rushed. Couldn't resist my usual veal scallopine and wasn't disappointed, my wife lobster pasta was superb, she tells me. Too good to share! If you are in or near Herndon and enjoy Italian that's not pizza and standard pasta do go, you won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "I try to catch dinner at Zefferelli's a couple times a year. My wife canceled on me last minute so brought my 12 year old daughter who is a foodie. Great food and service as usual. Hear they are going to make some interior renovations to brighten up the place which is good news!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed dinner at Zeffirelli Ristorante during a recent trip to Herndon, Va. For starters, we had lentil soup and the insalata di rucola which consist of Baby Arugula Salad with Red Beets, Fresh Orange, Walnuts and Goat Cheese, Lemon Vinaigrette. The lentil soup was tasty, different from the middle eastern lentil soup that I'm accustomed to. Our entrees included Lasagna (all pasta made in house) and I had the Branzino both were very good. Last but not least the homemade tiramisu was fabulous...fresh and light. Our waiter was attentive without being overbearing. He was helpful and knowledgeable of the menu. If I am ever in the area again I would definitely stop in!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "My family and I dined at Zeffirelli's Sunday for my daughters birthday. The food is very good, service is attentive. We've been to Zeffirelli's a couple of times over the years and always find a good meal and good service. While it's not my favorite restaurant, it consistently provides a solid and enjoyable performance."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Dined at Zeffirelli's to celebrate a birthday. The food was great and the service impeccable. Perfection from start to finish."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Lovely setting in downtown Herndon. The food was fabulous. At our table all raved about the quality of the food. I loved my veal ravioli and salad fricasse. Will be back!!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We lived in Kansas City for 3 years and they have the best high end steak houses in the country. However, nobody has a veal chop like Zeffirellis! We went on Easter Sunday and it was very open, no crowds. The service is great, and good for business dinners, dates, special days. I would not call this kid friendly, a basic plate of Penne and red sauce is $18 so leave the kids home unless it's very special. Martinis are $13, very nice Italian wine list, tiramisu is top notch!! The Veal Chop is the speciality, $48 but the best in the country!! "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Have used this restaurant several times for "after" the business meeting. The food is excellent. The menu is not overwhelming. Something for everyone. Great wine list. Service is fast and dependable. They keep everything moving right to dessert."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "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