Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano
Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

  • 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.
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Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (35)special occasion (34)romantic (28)fit for foodies (18)notable wine list (14)good for groups (10)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Always Enjoyable!
    Walker707
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    My husband and I have dined at Zefferelli's about twice a year over many years. We enjoy the tasty food, attentive service, and the feeling that it is our special night out. The veal dishes are especially good, and we have our favorite desserts: tiramisu and tartufo. On this visit, the restaurant was crowded when we arrived at 7:30 on a Saturday, but business was thinning by the time we left at 9:30. Zefferelli's is a neighborhood restaurant with a classy atmosphere in which to spend an enjoyable evening!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yumbums
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Was our favorite place for birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine's, etc. this time the service was slow, the wine prices had been raised without any good but of value choices. Mussels were all gritty and the size of a dime each. They also would not accept our Restaurant.com coupon (as they have in the past). Too bad because we have gone here for years.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Zefirellis has always been a favorite restaurant. It seems to actually improve with age. We ordered Caesar salad, Buratta, lasagna, sea bass and clams in white wine sauce. We each raved about our meal. My clams were absolutely delicious. Also like the fact that the noise level is low. Of course we were there on a Monday. However 3/4 of their tables were taken. Great place for a celebration or simply a lovely dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • just outstanding
    cbslally
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The whole experience is fabulous, the staff are friendly and attentive without being obtrusive and very knowledgeable. The food is the best Italian we have had in a very long time, the veal chop is a masterpiece (and I am not a big veal fan) but anything you order is going to be a delight. DON'T SLEEP ON THIS PLACE GET THERE AND EXPERIENCE GREAT FOOD IN WONDERFUL SURROUNDINGS.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    rojo2000
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Excellent ambience in restored building and excellent service by waiter from Italy. They were very helpful with adaptations for our gluten-free diet, but did not have a separate gluten-free menu. They did have gluten-free pasta options, and the seafood pasta dish was tasty and al dente. The food was outstanding for an Italian restaurant in the USA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary Dinner
    xohmbie
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary the other weekend and everything was wonderful. Staff was great and so was the food! Will definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently High Quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our meals at Zefferellis never disappoints. On this latest visit, the rockfish (special dish) was cooked perfectly. My husband had one of his favorite shrimp dishes and was delighted ( as usual) by how perfectly it was done.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening
    CherG
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a small party for a 25th anniversary and the night was perfect. All the food was great, service was attentive and the food for 10 people came out fast in the middle of dinner hours. An added bonus was that we weren't squished back in some corner somewhere. There was plenty of room for people on both sides of the table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too much tomato
    mich
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Everyone's dish at our table was smothered in tomato sauce, thought to be what makes the restaurant Italian. I would have preferred a different sauce with my veal ravioli, and regretted that I didn't ask for one. I couldn't taste the veal.
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  • Veal chop heaven
    We8L8VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I always recommend ordering the veal chop...our out of town friends lapped it right up!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Herdon must
    wolvie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    if you are in the area you have to try this restaurant. A bit old fashioned inside perhaps- but excellent service and well prepared food. :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cleopatra
    Islanddawg
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Linguini Cleopatra is seafood and pasta done right. Very nice wine selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always satisfying....
    TheRealJayZ
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Once again, I brought another client to Zeffirelli's and they commented how impressed they were with the ambiance, food, and the first-class service. The entire staff goes out of their way to make sure that your eating experience is a memorable one. Squisito!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Little Italian Spot
    habersonthetown
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Fantastic little Italian restaurant with nice presentation and delicious food. Recipes were done to perfection and the service was first rate. If you prefer red wine the list is extensive but you will find the white wine list does not provide the same coverage. Perfect place for a nice dinner with your spouse of significant other or for a small business dinner. Prices were reasonable. We will definitely make this a regular stop on our nights out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed Review
    MHAfoodie
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This was a birthday celebration dinner and our first visit to the restaurant. It was lovely, our seating was perfect and the service was very good. I ordered the lobster ravioli which was very good. However, my guest ordered the seafood special and he said the lobster was tough and over cooked and the calamari was much too chewy. Unfortunately he did not enjoy his meal as much as I enjoyed mine. I am willing to give this restaurant another try and order the seafood special to critique the dish myself.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Herndon
    Magoo
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We have had a hard time finding a restaurant in the area to look forward to - one with a well thought out menu, a crew that really knows how to prepare it and a professional staff. We found Zeffirelli's and were very pleased with the experience. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going downhill
    Marriedanitalian
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Zeffirelli's used to be my favorite Italian restaurant but no more. Food and service are mediocre and worth the trip or the price. How sad to see such a great place fading away.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Problems resolved
    fussyfoodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Entrees were delayed. The waiter and the owner came by to explain that there was a delay and offered some wine gratis. They came back again and explained that the dishes had to be re-fired. After the entrees were served, the owner brought out the chef who had re-fired the entrees (not the one who cooked the original) and comp'd desserts for the table. I have been to Zef's many times. This is the first time that there were any issues but my guests were quite satisfied that they were informed of the problem and amends were made. This will not reflect negatively on my opinion of Zef's. The food was delicious and I will return again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over rated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Not the food experience I was hoping to find. Had the specials, shrimp tempura, Bone in Veal Chop and Tricolor peppercorn Filet Mignon. Other reviews were misleading. Waiters seemed to be trying to encourage customers to return in the future. I'm afraid for if they want repeat customers, Gordon Ramsey needs to take over for a week. I wont be going back. 911
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  • Wonderful Italian Food & Service
    Darduggle
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Three of us dined there on a Thursday evening to celebrate our friend's birthday. The restaurant was not crowded but we were greeted warmly as we entered and seated at a prime spot by the window. The waiter, Oscar was marvelous - warm, friendly, courteous and knowledgable. We had a three great meals from different parts of the menu - fish, veal and chicken. We split an appetizer (baked cheese and prosciutto) and were even presented with a free dessert for the birthday celebrant. We all left totally satisfied and happy. It is on par with one of our favorites - Il Pizzico in Rockville - except the rooms are brighter, parking is better and they accept reservations. We live in Maryland but we will find our way back there soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rude from the start
    NattieK
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have never experienced a ruder wait staff. It was as if our server was giving us the boot upon entry. And, my kids were very well behaved. If you don't want children at your restaurant, bring that up at reservation time, when a highchair is requested. Our youngest (1 year) did drop a fair amount of food on the floor, but she was mostly quiet (though you could hear a pin drop in the sparsely seated restaurant). When my husband took her outside to walk around while the rest of us were finishing our meals, two men came over with a broom and dustpan as the rest of us were still eating. Then, still cutting our food, we were asked if our plates could be taken away. Overall, it was ridiculous.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love Zeff's
    TheYC
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Brought my girlfriend and had another great meal. I had an arugula salad with thin slices of filet mignon. She had the veal marsala. Moses was a fantastic waiter and convinced us to try a prosciutto appetizer with figs and strawberry. Very glad we took his advice. In all, another great night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fwsully
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Excellent tasty dinners with great service accompanied by fine wines and desserts.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always good!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great food, Veal chop is the best I have ever had anywhere. I been going there since they opened. The service is always good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    happydiner
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Tucked away in Herndon, VA, this family-owned Italian restaurant was a wonderful surprise. The food was scrumptious, and the service was excellent. We would definitely go back and will recommend it to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top Choice in Herndon
    PuKu
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Zeffirelli's has become our go-to spot in Herndon for special occasions or just for some great Italian. The menu is not extensive, but the focus is on doing a few dishes well. They also offer interesting specials. On a recent visit, we started with mussels in white sauce. While tasty, the mussels were not very meaty. The main dishes, however, did not disappoint. I had the scallopini calabrese--tender veal cutlets in a wine and sun-dried tomato sauce that complemented the veal without being cloying. My wife had a special--a whole lobster garnished with green caviar on a bed of penne in a white wine, garlic, and cherry tomato sauce. Both plates went back cleared. From previous visits, the seafood San remo is also a fine choice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice food, rough service
    Wavo
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Although it was likely an isolated incident our waiter was not very attentive to the table, and it took us an hour to get our food. This did not seem to be the norm, as we got another waiter to help out, but it was a bit concerning.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Italian eatery
    Paula
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Happy we accidentally found this terrific restaurant. Food was excellent, service was flawless. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Food was bland
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I have had the veal chop and that was amazing. I had the pasta Sunday night and it was not. Ill try again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good local Italian
    Bobs
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Good service good food will dine there again. Deserts are outstanding
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sharon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This place is a landmark in Herndon. It has been consistently great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 601 reviews are from the Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano reviews archive.
  • Visiting Herndon, VA
    eatingisgood
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Herndon is a very new area to us. Our grandson has just moved there and there were 8 of us for dinner. I searched and found Zeffirelli Ristorante and made a reservation. We were all thrilled with the whole experience and can't wait to go back....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh pasta and great service
    Chicagofoodie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I was taking my husband to Dulles airport for a late evening flight, and we stopped here on the way for dinner. We shared a salad (split on 2 plates in the kitchen for us) and it was good. We ordered the lasagna, which was rich and had a million layers, topped with red sauce. We also had seafood ravioli - fresh pasta stuffed with crab and lobster served in a tomato cream sauce. They were both very good. We shared a piece of chocolate cake (again, split for us in the kitchen and served on 2 plates) and had coffee for dessert. The cake was outstanding, and the coffee was also exceptional. Service was impeccable throughout. The interior of the restaurant is a bit dated, but the service and food are wonderful. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dinner
    AB05
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We took customers out for a business dinner and the food and service were outstanding. The Veal Chop was amazing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Veal Chop in DC Area
    CCDublinVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I have dined at Zeffirelli's several times as I have traveled to the Herndon VA area and I have never been disappointed. The restaurant has a wonderful Italian atmosphere, the service is the best, and the food is unblelievable. I highly recommend the veal chop. It is the best in the DC area by far.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Such a romantic night.
    celebratfun
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Had a very lovely meal with my boyfriend. Special table with a view, romantic music, and excellent good. I enjoyed my veal piccata immensely and my boyfriend had wonderful ravioli. It was a wonderful memory and we hope to come back in the future. We really felt special.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The entire dining experience at Zeffirelli's is outstanding. From the moment you are greeted at the door there is no detail untouched. The food is great and the restaurant is a gem.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great independent restaurant
    AnnaMae
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem of a restaurant!
    PRnative
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • First time & we loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet