Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

4.8
1374 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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HazelW
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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.

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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
8 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

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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
20 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
14 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
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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.

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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.

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ErnestR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good choice. Great food, service and atmosphere! One of our favorite places to go!

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vipSabs
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great food and great service. Three different entrees ordered by our table, three appetizers, two desserts. All winners!

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GeraldineL
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely wonderful food and excellent service! Will certainly come again!!

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vipAFSEcats
Richmond
47 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent veal Marsala dish. Always an enjoyable meal -never a disappointment.
And the Panna Cotta is my favorite!

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Mark
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food. Great service. Thank you for a wonderful Mother's Day dinner.

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CharlesS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great, as always. Due to Mother's Day, the menu was limited, but the entrees were great.

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TonyK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mother’s Day dinner 👍

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DanS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect meal with great service. Everything was delicious.

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Pam7
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Mother's Day lunch. Would definitely go there again.

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PamelaG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was slow and waiter was very impatient. Very disappointing. I will not be going back

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Mickel
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

I have been coming here for 15 years and have witnessed the steady decline of what used to be a great neighborhood restaurant.
My meal was prepared and served in a very amateurs' fashion and it was obvious there was no professional chef in the kitchen.
It used to be worth the high prices but definitely not now

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vipTomD
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food, can’t say enough about the staff. Very warm and friendly atmosphere in a beautiful restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely time. Our waiter was excellent and his recommendation of the veal chop was spot on. It was a tad salty but that did not stop me from eating every bite and nibbling on the bone.

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WadeP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being from Sterling all the way back to 1983 and a lover of Italian food, I am embarrassed that I have never eaten here until 27 April 2021. It is the best Italian food hands down in the area! Pablo was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. It was refreshing to get the food in a prompt fashion as well (not super rushed like Great American restaurants) The restaurant was nice and quiet inside, but did offer seating outside also. I cannot say enough about how great the experience was.!

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AnneE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely little Italian restaurant with great staff and great food. During COVID, they have been quite empty, but are usually booked solid, so check for a reservation if you go.

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Basco
Fargo
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really beautiful interior, and the food and atmosphere were incredible

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SisterOfWolvie
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nostalgic for me, to go back to Zefferilli and order the veal chop, while remembering the last time was there. Little pricey, but such wonderful service and such a nice menu. Well worth the trip.

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vipFamilyof3
Washington DC
173 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The very best Italian you will find in Northern Virginia. Pablo and the entire team at Zeffirelli are so friendly and efficient! The appetizers, entrees, desserts are all so great! The wine list is also very good and affordable. This is a relaxing meal where you feel like a VIP throughout!

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 1374 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.