Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

4.7
1293 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

Please see our Valentine's Menu at
www.zeffirelliva.com
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RebeccaC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special event for my husband’s birthday... wonderful experience! The staff were excellent: attentive, helpful, perfect timing. The ambience was lovely, as always. The food and wine were superb. Last year we celebrated at the chef’s table at Filomena. This was better! Better service, better food, better treatment. They gave us the best care.

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vipTerriK
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food, as always! Thank you for a magical evening!

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BrlP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

They didn't wipe down the items on the table between diners - covid! The salt/pepper mill and olive oil were not wiped down when I saw any tables being turned over during the time we were there. Diners handle these and then use their hands to eat bread - they need to be wiped down. The restaurant was very busy (New Year's Eve) and felt crowded and not adequately spaced, and the food wasn't as good as it's been when I went other times.

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AngieC
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing appetizers, entrees, and wine. Service as quick and attentive. Great date night spot. Very romantic atmosphere. Will definitely visit again!

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BradW
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have not been there for a few months, but it was outstanding as usual. Many different veal options, which I like. Grilled octopus appetizer was excellent. And the service was great. A very nice, quiet and white-tabletop restaurant. I'm sure they will be there years from now.

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midiweaver
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go-to place for special occasions. Even the little square where it resides is fun. The food and people here are ethnic (yet an Italian ambiance and cuisine), fun, efficient, polite, engaging, and terrific. We love this place. They have some great wine pairing too, a smooth Italian Red rated 97, that'll knock your socks off!

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Beth
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was quiet and relaxing plus the food and service was very good.

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onasisf
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and the service keep me coming back to this place. My guest had the Surf & Turf, I had the pasta Cleopatra. Both were perfectly cooked and the flavors were well balanced.
The server was on point throughout our visit and the atmosphere was very pleasant and relaxing.
I could dine here every day if I could.

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MOCCJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent every time we go. Even ordering Christmas Eve Dinner from here instead of cooking all day

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular service. Beautiful restaurant and nice servers as well. The food was top notch. Made my wife's birthday a terrific choice.

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vipRizzo
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always Always Always Amazing!!! I know a lot of places and this place is as good as it can gets!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent experience - one our our favorite spots for an elegant, romantic dinner - with outstanding food and service!

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KerryH
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job at social distancing diners. Great service!

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vipShelby04
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary, and had a wonderful evening at Zeffirelli. Pablo was our waiter and he gave us VIP service. We absolutely love this restaurant!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food

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JeffR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Great attention to detail. Highly recommend!

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KentL
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zeffirelli's has been our favorite restaurant in the area for over 25 years now. They are consistently excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Haven’t been there in over 10 years and it was great to see the same great food and service. Only minor complaint would have been the slightly over cooked lobster in my seafood pasta dish. Will definitely be back soon.

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JamesF
Hungary
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. We’ve never had a bad experience here.

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Tony
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been dining at Zeffirelli's for years. Wanted to post a review to help others during this uncertain time. Food was amazing as usual. The fish special was perfectly cooked and my wife's pasta was delicious. They have implemented measures to keep everyone safe and comfortable. Tables where they actually sit people are 6 feet apart. All employees are wearing masks. They even have some outdoor seating out front at the moment. We strongly recommend visiting for a meal! Even if you want take out.

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vipLGaye
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A nice place for a special evening. They are handling social distancing very well.

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vipFamilyof3
Washington DC
166 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always so great to visit this restaurant. The entire staff, especially Pablo, are excellent and so professional! The appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts are fabulous! We always enjoy a long relaxing meal. Fantastic calamari, mussels, veal, chicken, seafood, caprese and more! Excellent wine list also!

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MOCCJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

One of the nicest, if not the nicest restaurants in old town Herndon. Not a chain but individual service and food specialties. A little on the pricey side for some orders but worth it if you wan to have a special night out with someone special.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal staff, exquisite food and overall fine dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anne V, the server added so much to the already excellent meal. When the food and the service is top notch, it’s an truly memorable event. She knew, and offered great suggestions, was very attentive. Great night.

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midiweaver
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful typical Italian dining with white table cloth, and an excellent red wine recommended. Food was excellent. It was my wife’s birthday. It was a wonderfully tasty, and pleasant experience. Highly recommend.

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viplawroo79
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience2

Good food/service, but the decor could use an update.

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AnneS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great experience , never disappointed

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ShellyM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was amazing the food was great the servers were awesome the environment was very warm. Overall great experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family get together and as always this place was impeccable ! Amazing service and kindness, amazing foods and drinks, the ambiance is amazing I feel like I’m in Italy when I’m there! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Best food I’ve ever had everrrr!

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Terri
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious. Always feel well-taken care of by the staff. If nothing on the menu is catching your eye, just tell Pablo (my waiter) the types of things you like, and he'll have the chef whip something up for you! Pablo is also great at picking out wines...

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vipFlashattack
Washington DC
244 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

When in the neighborhood, Zeffrellli is the restaurant of choice. You will not be disappointed.

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Etiquetteiskey
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The food was pretty good but does use normal restaurant time saving products. Highly respected in the community. The wait staff was a little crude at times when we were looking for $$$$ level service. The main waiter made our dinner better with his little added benefits here and there. We may return one day but not this weekend. We certainly understand why they are a local favorite and do recommend trying it out for yourself.

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vipHungN
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was superb! Unlike other restaurants, Zeffirelli is able to mix and match that favorite protein with a sauce or pasta to meet your needs. Totally enjoyed the food and sauces. Clam casino had to be cleaned with bread to enjoy the delicious sauce.

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StevenM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good and the service was as excellent as it always is. It was good to get back to the restaurant.

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vipTuscan
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine, quiret, great service too.
This place was a pleasant surprise as we went out for dinner during the CoronaVirus .
Very clean and friendly.
I suggest less sauce on the veal chop but, personal preference.

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vipFamilyof3
Washington DC
167 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing authentic Italian food and wine!! The very best service by Pablo and the entire team! Lamb chops great, ravioli, mussels, calamari - all super! Always ending with such good coffee and dessert! They are also doing a very good job with COVID safety.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

I decided to take my wife here for our one year wedding Anniversary thinking it would be a romantic and authentic Italian restaurant. Food was sub par. We ordered the fried calamari and zucchini and it was very bland. We also ordered cheese sticks and when those came out they were cold on the inside and not melted. I had took one bite of it and ask the waiter to send it back to have fresher ones. When they brought them back they gave me the same cheese stick I took a bite out of and they were saturated in oil. The reviews seemed good so we decided to check it out but unfortunately were let down.

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AMA441
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Top notch crew. We have never been disappointed over the years. Linguini with clams, grilled/charred octopus appetizer. Don't forget the cappuccinos to top it off.

FAQs

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

Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano is rated 4.7 stars by 1293 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.