Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

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$30 and under
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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

Please see our Valentine's Menu at
www.zeffirelliva.com
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GW
New England
104 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Past the urban jungle, beyond the concrete wastelands, there is an oasis of Italian deliciousness called Zeffirelli...just go.

F
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the ambiance was very nice. Our party of four could talk and hear each other in the quiet dining room. Our waitress was very friendly and informative about the menu and specials. We will definitely return.

TL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here for special occasions and have been her many times the dining is always special. This time we ordered off the menu and both had veal, which as always was fabulous. We also had the special fresh buffalo cheese and tomato appetizer. The buffalo cheese just melts in your mouth. We only wish the white wine by the bottle list was longer. We highly recommend.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed a really good meal, with great service. The dishes were well done but nothing life changing. An overall enjoyable evening.

LP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food, wine, and service was exceptional.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have a business meeting!

T
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was excellent. Enjoyed the grilled octopus and the house specialty veal chop. Our server was pleasant but trying to cover too many tables, including a large group.

AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

I expect not to be rushed at dinner, but having to wait a half hour for a menu is too long; as well, you cannot hope to get a drink refill or a new cocktail in a timely manner. But much more than that, if you are a stand alone Italian restaurant, you simply MUST make all your own pasta or at the least buy it fresh. You cannot use boxed pasta. The dishes were bland, the service was okay, but with so much competition out there, they need not to phone it in and assume old regulars will keep it open. Good luck, we will not be back with so many authentic choices out there.

EA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing, food is always outstanding and a great wine selection

VA
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A reliable go to for a nice quiet, quality meal. Would like to see a few new things on the menu.

RC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Our first time here. Loved it! Will come back soon!!

WJ
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first meal at Zeffirelli’s in several years. We were pleased to find that the food is still delicious, and the service is excellent. My husband and I enjoyed our special occasion dinner there.

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Room somewhat uninspiring and expectations not great but we were amazed by the quality of both food and service. An excellent dining experience.

b
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Zeffirelli always has excellent food. The grilled octopus is frequently offered as an added appetizer and is done beautifully. I usually get the veal chop (expensive but the best anywhere!) but they sometimes have grilled rack of lamb (4 DOUBLE chops) which is wonderful!

GW
New England
105 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Zeffirelli is an oasis of Italian goodness in a concrete desert.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

We had said it was our anniversary. It was not mentioned.

I had asked for a quiet table and we were right next to people where one person was very vocal There were lots of empty tables.

The Caesar salad was disappointing

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It's the real deal for Italian classics. The service is outstanding and the ambiance is nice, especially for a quiet dinner. The food was very good - plating a little dated but it is classic in style. Specifics: the sausage and pepper appetizer with their bread was outstanding, the gnocchi was a little chewy and the veal saltimbocca was slightly overcooked but the white wine sauce was lite and fresh. Tiramisu and tartuffo rounded off the meal. We did not think it was pricey/overpriced considering it is the DC metro area.

C
Richmond
33 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Zeffirelli's has been a staple in my evening dining experiences for almost as many years as it has been open. From the first visit to see if it was like when I lived in Italy to today as a super reminder of Italy, the meals, wine list and service have always been the best.
The Picata (both veal and chicken were selected in our group) was superb, a perfect balance of lemon and white wine smoothed by butter. Capers were just enough, not too many, not too few. Portion sizing allowed for a nice salad to start the meal (Insalata Mista for me), and a nice espresso based coffee drink for each diner at the finish. Deserts are also a pleasure, Panna Cotta is one of my favorites here, well balanced custard style firmness, a treat to polish off a special evening out. A very special meal, it was great spending time with friends from out of town at our favorite meeting place, Zeffirelli's!

l
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zeffireli's never fails to come through with flying colors! I have been going there on special occasions for over 20 years! The food is outstanding, the service great, (thanks Monica), the wine list impressive and the ambiance is very nice. It was very crowded when we were there Saturday night, every table on the main floor was full which was fine but despite the crowd, we wanted for nothing due to the very attentive staff. I had as I always do when I go there, the famous Veal Chop which was phenomenal. My only slight negative is, it is expensive; $60 with side of pasta or vegetables, and more expensive than I remember in the past. But all in all, a great night out, one that everyone should experience as often as you can! 5 star!

SL
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fave Italian restaurant in all of DMV. Dripping of Italy in every sense of the word, ambiance, the team, the food. Worth the trip to Herndon indeed!

GM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a wonderful experience we had at Zeffirelli's! We would highly recommend it! We were a bit surprised at the "specials' prices", but we didn't ask until the bill arrived, so that was on us. However, it will not hold us back from going again, it was superb in every way! Thank you.

H
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, great ambience. Perfect for a romantic dinner with a loved one.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zeffirelli’s is now my most favorite Italian restaurant of all time. Everything about was the best. Especially, the service and food.

VS
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We have been to this restaurant quite often, but this visit was our first in over two years. The setting, ambiance and service all were excellent. Our food, while ok, was a disappointment and marked a downturn from our previous experiences. On the other hand, the shrimp appetizer was very good as was a shared dessert. Overall, we give it a 4.

IM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, nice atmosphere at a reasonable price

LF
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Friendly atmosphere. Would gladly recommend to anyone who wants to enjoy a great Italian dinner.

J
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Went for our first time last night with friends. We found this place to be very expensive for what you get. They listed off several specials without giving a price ( I hate that) but they sounded delicious. I ordered the salmon with crab stuffing with lobster bisque sauce. I would almost believe this was a pre-maid , frozen entree. Stuffing was that cheap bread / crab? with peppers and salmon was so thin you could barely taste it . And to add insult to injury it was 37 dollars! The restaurant was pretty empty for a Saturday night . This restaurant can’t compete with the many really great places at this price point . Unfortunately, I think it s on its last leg . The waitress got 2 of our orders wrong and then charged us for the more expensive item we didnt ordder aftrt we sent iit back . it was nice to get out with friends so the company was great!

SC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was a WOW! Food good this time but have had absolutely delish meals there; so will def go back! Was surprised how many tables were passing around their smart phones playing videos on loud. Would have thought staff would intervene but clearly an awkward situation. Think once one table did it the others followed. Made the ambiance feel like local bar vs fine dining. That said will def try again.

CO
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

it had been several years since we'd visited. As always for us, the veal is the highlight. Although we didn't choose the "famous veal chop", we opted for veal scaloppini marsala and veal scaloppini Vitelli. Both were great. My one disappointment was that although I indicated that it was a birthday celebration, no acknowledgment of that fact was made.

GH
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary.

N
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was my birthday and I had wanted to get cozze which was on the menu. The food was excellent and the service outstanding. However I was seated practically on top of the table next to me. I have hearing issues so it was difficult to speak with my wife. This was the only thing that made the evening less than outstanding. Next time I will request a different table but I will return for the food!

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambiance,and would recommend highly.

TS
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing.. the service was good but went a little off track as our waitress got more tables...decided to have dessert but passed due to her not coming back to table. The presentation and the atmosphere was amazing

s
Nashville
44 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was delicious! I would go back! The staff was particularly wonderful!

JW
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The garlic shrimp appetizer was excellent as was the salads. My pork chop was a little dry but tasted great. The wine was very good and balanced with the food. My wife loved the tiramisu an I enjoyed the home made cheesecake. The service was excellent throughout. Well done.

HS
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Nice appetizer. Veal in my dish ok. My dates was tough....very though. She didn't have the nerve to send it back. I tasted it at the end and at that point the meal was over. I won't be going back.

JZ
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. The menu didn't match the website, but it didn't bother us. The couple next to us was upset that there wasn't a vegetarian menu. The staff explained that the menu changes frequently due to fresh ingredients and they could prepare vegetarian options. We ordered off the menu, our food was delicious - we will come back again next time we are in the area.

S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, atmosphere and service! The menu has so many options and the specials were delicious. Something for everyone.

SH
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The caprese salad was refreshing a great way to start our meal. The wait staff were welcoming and attentive . We had a very nice pino grisio by St. Margharita that was priced reasonalbly

JM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Bronzino which is charcoal grilled was delicious