Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

4.5
1102 reviews
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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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JH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

While recommended to us, I'm not sure I'd do the same in return. Crabcake appetizer was hot on the top and cold on bottom. Wife's chick was overdone and dry. My steak was good and large (8+ oz?), but potatoe was about 1/2 oz. Not asking for a lot, but seemed very mismatched. Quite expensive for what what you receive.

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LP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wine and cuisine are fantastic. The service is wonderful as well.

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Austin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic meal... High quality seafood, great tasting pasta, sauce, and dessert.
Well priced as well.
Space was a bit crowded, and Caesar salad was over-dressed. But otherwise, it was a a great experience and we will definitely go back.

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JW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is very good. Staff was responsive. Prices have increased to the point that it is not really worth the price. Average $75/person (1 glass of wine each) and not the more expensive dishes.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We had reservations at 8:30 We didn’t get seated until 9:30. Took us 15 minutes once we were seated for someone to take our order for drinks/food. Overall a HORRIBLE Valentine’s Day experience. Do not recommend. I would not go back to this place.

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C
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We booked for Valentine’s Night 8:15. The line was out the door. We couldn’t even get to the hostess and were told we’d have an additional 45 min wait despite the reservation. I gave 1 ⭐️ For everything here, but honestly I can only speak for their customer service. As a new resident in Herndon, this was my first experience with this restaurant. We eat out a lot, and try to support all the local businesses around here, but this place ruined our Valentine’s Day! We won’t be giving them a second chance.

To the wonderful staff next door at Red Kimono who took us, and several other diners screwed by this restaurant, in. Thank you. You all recovered our night for us with great customer service and delicious food. You can consider my family loyal customers for life.

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TL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here a couple of times a year, especially for special occasions. Our last visit was for Valentines Day (2019) and we were delighted to find only a slightly pared down menu and no price fixe 3 item menu as many restaurants do on Valentines Day. Even though it was VERY crowded and busy, service was excellent as was the food and presentation. And as crowded as it was, we were able to have normal conversation.

Highly recommended!

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TO
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Shame on you Zeffirelli's for your price gouging for Valentine's Day. Your marked up the menu items by 30% or more down reduced the portions. It would have been acceptable but our entrees were just OK - nothing special. Having lived in the area for 20 plus years this was the first time we went to Zeffirellis on Valentine's Day. Won't be going back for either any special occasions or just dinner out. Need to rethink your strategy.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked a reservation through OpenTable for V-Day and very much enjoyed the service from walking in the door to leaving. The service was impeccable and the food was just as great! They had a special V-Day menu that didn't have the gnocchi dish I wanted but said that they would make it for me. They also accommodated my girlfriend's vegetarian needs since a lot of dishes contain meat. I would highly recommend this wonderful, home-y, elegant restaurant to anyone! Bravo!

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C
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch at Zeffirelli's is a GREAT value. We went on Valentine's Day, and had the place (and the service) almost all to ourselves!

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b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wine pairings. Also very attentive service; professional with a smile.
Definitively recommend

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RC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The ambiance was cozy though loud due to several large parties... The sword fish with shrimp was Excellency and the Pasta with seafood ( jumpo shrimp , calamari, mussels, and scallops ) was delicious .... Our waiter was excellent- attentive without intruding..... Highly recommend!!!

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G
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food make this our number one destination. Every table taken with 2 large parties, and our food was perfect and served exactly when it should have been. If I lived in VA I would eat there multiple times a week.

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M
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

If you are going to take reservations, then honor them. We weren't the only people in the restaurant with the same problem. We walked in to a packed restaurant with no available tables. They pushed the 4 of us to the bar (um... not a bar, two stools pushed up against the service bar) to "wait until a table became available". The same scenario for at least 3 other parties. And there was a big party seated that was waiting for a server to even come to their table. Not acceptable if you are going to take reservations.

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LG
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was very patient and didn't rush us as we talked and relaxed with cocktails.
We ordered appetizers first and ordered our main entrees later, allowing us a very relaxed dinner.
They served me complimentary dessert and a liqueur for my 60th birthday.
Food was excellent as usual. The restaurant has a very relaxed and warm atmosphere.

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SW
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Intimate and cozy, great for both romance and business.

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Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall a really nice experience.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with family. Excellent food and service. The ambience, noise level and light was perfect!

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a lovely Italian restaurant. We split the stuffed clams as a starter then my other half had veal parmigiana and I had the shrimp monte christo all of the food was excellent. We started with cocktails excellent martini and wonderful selection of wines. We loved all of it. This restaurant was a 15 dollar Uber ride from the airport and well worth it.

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KS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent authentic Italian food

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b
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent octopus appetizer and the best veal chop anywhere!

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BS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and the service perfect. 5 strars

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D
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Northern, VA. The food and the service e are always great

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R
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice basket of bread to start, which included what we think was small bites of focaccia -- very good! The soup and salad were very good, the main courses good, and the dessert was fantastic. Very good wine list, with a variety of Italian wine options, which is what we prefer when eating Italian food. Nice team approach to service, and most servers were very friendly. Our main server sort of threw things down on the table and didn't say much. He had a lot to say, however, to people at two tables nearby, so assume they were regulars. We'll give it another chance and see how that goes. It's a bit expensive compared to other restaurants of similar quality, so this would be more of a special occasion restaurant for us.

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OT
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Foods are really excellent & delicious! Two Thumbs Up & Highly Recommend It! 👍👍😋

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DP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven't had the opportunity to experience Zeffirelli's during times other than dinner. However, I'm sure you wouldn't be disappointed any time you dine there. I'm a transplant from California, and my favorite (food, service, ambiance, and hospitality) Italian restaurant there was located in Pasedena. I searched high & low in this area to find something to replace it, and Zeffirelli's has definitely answered the call.

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OT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pablo is an excellent waiter. His recommendations exceeded our expectations. Great time.

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LC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic in every way.

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YV
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a Birthday choice for my husband, we spent 2 hours in traffic to drive to Zeffirelli’s for his birthday dinner.

The restaurant included areas for larger parties to quaint alcoves that were simply charming. The staff was impressively non intrusive and seamless in ensuring that nothing was empty on the table.

Our food- proportions, seasoning and presentation was well above my expectations. It times in table conversation I was comparing to other fine dining experiences we’ve had, and Zeffirelli’s checked all of my boxes.

To sum it up, I would definitely take the trip again!

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GF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all around. More upscale Italian food. Everything is fresh and perfectly prepared. The manager is both very amiable and good with paring a wine to your preference. Casual, relaxed, but a little touch of old world. I think Zeffirelli has been a Herndon landmark for as long as I can remember. I live closer, up the street, from Dante in Great Falls. But, I much prefer Zeffirelli.

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old friends getting together.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to a lot of restaurants in the area and Zeffirelli soars above the rest. The service is impeccable, with professional wait staff; constant but not overbearing attention; and a sense that you are being given a fine dining experience, not just a dinner. The food was outstanding. It is hard to find a restaurant with such fresh tasting, creative Italian. Wines were top shelf even by the glass. Overall the best dining experience we have had in our 20 years in the area.

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OT
Washington DC
256 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Very good service and the Tuscan wine was quite good...two bottles worth!

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic, and the hospitality really showed when they gave us a kitchen tour. Really enjoyed the ambiance. It felt like we were in grandma's Italian home and dining with the family.

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S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent upscale Northern Italian restaurant with outstanding service and food.

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b
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anazibg lamb chops! Best I have ever had!

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and an amazing staff.

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CB
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far the best restaurant I've been to in a long time. It was a choice I made for my sixth year anniversary with my girlfriend and she absolutely loved it. Excellent choice of food and the service was above perfect. Francisco took really good care of us and always stopped by to check in respectfully and quietly. We will be going back for dinner dates.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traveled frequently throughout Italy. Ate at some of the best restaurant in Rome and Malen. Zeffirelli’s is at the top of that list but in Northern Virginia.

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P
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brother in for post thanksgiving, had a great time. Good food, quiet, so we could hear each other, and service was outstanding.

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