Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

4.8
1387 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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

www.zeffirelliva.com
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAllanB
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a 5 Star Evening !! Best Veal Chop EVER !!

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LawrenceJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner to celebrate my Mother's 80th birthday.

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Herbie
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Believe this was our 25th year of celebrating an anniversary. This year marks 45 years of marriage and Zeff’s never fails!

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JamesT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Dinner for four last night was good - Appetizer, main course, desert/coffee and a bottle of wine; but service was painfully slow. We arrived at 7PM and walked out at 9:30 or a bit later. There seemed to be adequate wait staff on duty, but the wait was extremely long for everything including the check. I think most of the problem was in the back of the house.

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LarryB
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Zeffirelli’s since the 90’s. The food and service has never disappointed us, it has always been outstanding. It reminds us of restaurants we found in Italy. I highly recommend it for a great meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic Italian food and atmosphere.
It reminded me with some of Verona s old town restaurants.
The decorations outside inside is like classical old town Italian restaurant.
Very friendly manager and servants.
I requested next to the window table and they accommodate my request with a pleasure.
Elisabeth was so friendly, she recommended a very good red wine Montepuliciano good with meat dish or even a pasta.
The calamari and the mozzarella were so fresh and the main course ravioli and the steak with mushrooms so delicious.
Light and delicious tiramisu for desert, suggest by Elisabeth Taylor as she presents her self lol.
Enjoy.
Ciao.

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Luv2dine
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food and very good service. It was a dinner to celebrate our anniversary, which they knew because of open table, and they gave us a complimentary dessert.

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table2mouth
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service, noise level conducive to conversation.
Friendly staff. Pablo was excellent.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional find. Amazing dining. Delicious food. Best Italian we have experienced in a while!

MM
vipMaybeMBC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice atmosphere!

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vipHappyOne
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best. Great food and spirits for any occasion. Highly recommended for a relaxing and enjoyable meal.

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DavidM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service was friendly and efficient. Linguine with clams was terrific. Will return soon.

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vipMoette
Richmond
98 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best veal chop in town. Always delicious Italian food with outstanding service

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vipTimE
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The pasta was great but the mussels were terrible! No flavor, needs wine and salt, herbs, lemon, garlic!

Service is excellent as is ambiance. Pasta was delicious!

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vipMort
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was fabulous exceeded only by the charm and service from the entire staff

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vipHappyOne
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is awesome. Great wine and pork chop special. Highly recommended for any occasion.

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vipCarolV
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Food great and had our leftovers for dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service from the time that we walked in until the time that we left was excellent. Everyone there is very attentive and very kind.

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HazelW
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was really excellent will definitely back to Zeferrellis in Vancouver again.

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ChrisM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been going here every year for our anniversary since 2006.

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vipOkieKid
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took my mother out for a birthday dinner on a Monday evening and were treated to a wonderful outing.

The restaurant was quiet with maybe a half-dozen other tables occupied. The service was excellent; we were greeted warmly by the host upon arrival and asked who the birthday person was (I had noted it on Open Table during the reservation process), which was a nice and unexpected touch. Our server was gracious and attentive to our table at all times.

Two of us had the Veal Saltimbocca, one of us had Cheese Cannelloni and my mother had another dish (forgot which one). All of the dishes ordered were excellent, as noted by our waiter observing the empty plates!

We ordered dessert (cannolis) and coffee and my mother was treated to her own dessert and a singing of “Happy Birthday” by the waiters, which was another unexpected but welcome surprise. Overall, the experience was a big hit.

I strongly recommend this restaurant.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great evening out, cannot wait to return.

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JerryVS
Raleigh
27 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Visit was ok. Not being regulars or locals, we were met with an appropriate level of indifference. The food in general was good. The big disappointment was the very expensive veal chop. It supposedly is the brother to the Da Domenica veal chop, but it came nowhere close in terms of flavor. I had touted the veal chop to our companions before we came, and we were all disappointed. Otherwise decent food at a reasonable price in a nice setting with brusque service.

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DeborahS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing! They offer traditional Italian fare with a number of specials. I particularly enjoyed the fennel salad with goat cheese and white truffle oil. All of our dishes were incredible and the staff responsive and hospitable. Loved it!

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DavidK
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

11th anniversary was spectacular. My wife and I dont do fancy dinners often and we really enjoyed this whole experience. Service was excellent, food was amazing, Wine was delicious, and we were even treated to a complimentary dessert for our anniversary. Fabulous experience, will definitely return

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vipAllanB
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A 5 Star experience Attention to every detail You will not be disappointed !!!

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HeidiM
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have not been out for a long time and have not been to this restaurant for many years and it was just as good as we remembered. We will definitely be visiting again soon!

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CierraH
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was authentic, good serving sizes and the servers were nice

JD
JoeD
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Grilled octopus was extraordinary.

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GregP
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time there and I found it to be a very nice place to eat an awesome dinner. One of Herndon's best/finest restaurants.

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vipCbsprings
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous meal featuring veal chop Osso Buco and seafood. The clams casino and buratta mozzarella appetizer were very Tasty. The bread basket with homemade garlic focaccia bread is delicious. The pana cotta and creme brûlée were amazing.
Our server Vito was a top notch Italian waiter. Continually attentive refilling our wine glasses each time it was needed. The wine selection is extensive as well. Lots of great homemade Italian dishes from classic to creative. The best Italian we have had in the area. We’ve tried other Italian restaurants that have been recommended in Centerville and Vienna and none compare to Zeffirelli’s. Once you go you will be back. You will not be disappointed! Buon Appetito!

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DAVIDK
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary and we were looking for a special place. Had an excellent experience from start to finish. I would recommend Zeffirelli’s for any special occasion. Thank you to Pablo for his hospitality.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We have the mozzarella and tomato, which was amazing. For our entrees,
I had the stuffed pork chop and my date had the chicken marsala, and the pork was a bit over cooked but the chicken was perfect.

Probably and off night so overall, great place and I would go back to try their pasta.

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HerndonVA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very expensive for mediocre food and small portions. Nice but inattentive waitstaff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Mother in law was in town. She was super satisfied. Recommend highly!!!

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WilliamM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming staff excellent service, relaxed and yet attentive to our needs. The veal chop was excellent and worth the price
I would highly recommend this restaurant to others

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Stacy
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal at Zeffirelli! We sat outside and enjoyed a beautiful night, with amazing food and service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Italian gem in Old Town Herndon. I’ve been a Reston resident for many years, but just found this treasure recently. Delicious food, great service and environment. Highly, highly recommend.

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LalaC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, food and ambiance. Would go again.

KB
KevinB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Tomatoes were not so good. We had two veal dishes, although overall the sauces were excellent the veal could of been a little more tender for the price.

FAQs

Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 318-7000.

Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano is rated 4.8 stars by 1387 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.