Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

4.8
1343 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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Mickel
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
172 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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zeffirelli’s is neighborhood classic. But even though we have since left the neighborhood, we still return to Zeffirelli’s on occasion to indulge in the fabulous cuisine and service. No matter where we’re coming from, it’s always well worth the trip! Our recent visit was no exception.

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Manuelito
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our view of neighbors walking by the shops in the area. The music was relaxing and we can't say enough about the 5-Star food and service. This was our second visit and we are looking forward to returning often in the future.

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vipKathleenW
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive service and attractive presentation. We will be back.

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Melvin
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a small family gathering at the restaurant and great time was had by all. We will be back as soon as possilb.e

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DougJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great little restaurant, perfect for an important business dinner or a romantic night out on the town

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VirginiaS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A meal at Zeffirelli’s never disappoints. The ingredients are fresh, the sauces are delightful, and the wine list is not intimidating. The wine our server suggested was a great complement to the meal. The Burratta appetizer was a new concept for a few diners at our table and it made a great impression because it was simple, fresh and delicious. And for dessert, the berries and zabaglione cannot be beat. Sweet but not heavy. I highly recommend this restaurant for a great Italian dining experience.

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JerryB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both enjoyed ourselves and will be coming back. The service was exceptional.

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JohnL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

service and food was great it was a on the expensive side

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vipMoette
Richmond
93 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious food with outstanding service

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Grateful
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was so attentive and wonderful. I had not seen my dear friends in a year due to COVID and Zeffirelli's was the go to restaurant selected for a dinner long overdue. The food tasted great per usual. Not disappointing from beginning to end. Keep up the amazing service. Thank you very much.

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JPWorld1616
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another great dinner experience. It can get pricey but it’s worth it for this fine dining experience. We were there to celebrate our children’s excellent school grades. Dinner for 4 + 3 drinks, bottle of wine, and deserts came to $300. The food and service were outstanding. Our waiter was a true professional who knew how to be attentive without constantly interrupting. The food was prepared perfectly, I had the shrimp scampi and it was delicious. The pasta was cooked perfectly. Would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zeffirelli's never fails to disappoint. Great service and wonderful food.

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CharlesS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great place for a Birthday dinner! Had a great family get togehter and all enjoyhed. Food was great.

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JohnY
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We lucked out when we found Zeffirelli Restorante. The food is amazing and the staff were very attentive. Everything was top notch. We will definitely be back.

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vipMoette
Richmond
93 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Italian food with outstanding service. It was my first time there with my husband. We were enjoying outstanding service. Our appetizers fried calamari and escargot were on point. Entrees seafood pasta and veal chop were delicious. The veal chop it the best in town( better than some fancy steak house ). Dessert were delicious. Can’t wait to go back there again

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vipPinkShirtGuy
Washington DC
267 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time out in quite a while and it was a good one. Lots of great menu items including appetizers, cocktails and entrees. Restaurant was set up properly for social distancing and the service was excellent. Very nice, old school Italian.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful night celebrating a birthday. The wait staff was very attentive, and made sure everything was meeting expectations. Felt so welcoming. The food was all delicious, and they have a great wine list. Perfect ending was a special birthday panacotta and cappuccino. Will be back!

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vipnlkflyn
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing meal as always!!!! Great spot for a date night.

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MaryW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zeffirelli's was recommend to us years ago by some friends and it has become our favorite go to restaurant in the area for the complete fine dining experience. We love the quaint Italian decor of the restaurant. They have a great menu along with specials each day, however, if you are looking for something a little different, just ask, we have found that they will accommodate you if possible. It’s that personal touch, from the second you walk-in you are treated like you are someone special, from your maître to your waiters to the service team in the dining room, all make you feel appreciated. We bonded with our waiter, Pablo, from the first time we dined at Zeffirelli's years ago and we always request him. He’s like an orchestra leader and brings it all together and has never disappointed.

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WilliamM
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Great food. Excellent wine selection.

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Melissa
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and ambience. We are looking forward to coming back again soon. This is by far our favorite Italian restaurant in the DMV now!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was truly wonderful especially our waiter. He was very COVID conscientious while remaining attentive to our table. The wine was outstanding. Our party of four ordered chicken parmigiana, seafood w pasta, shrimp and linguine and the surf and turf w risotto. Along w salads and the calamari which was delicious. The parmigiana was typical but the other dishes were very good and the seafood was of high quality although the scallops were a tad well done. Overall I would definitely visit again. The atmosphere was quiet and perfect for what we were looking for in an over visit with good friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day

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Johnnychood
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good solid Italian food. Look forward to coming back.

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Ferrarri000
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overall it was ok. Wanted to try it since I’ve never been here. Food is way too expensive for what it was. Taste was nothing special. Service and ambiance was nice.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful and romantic Valentine’s dinner. Everything was top notch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ahhhhhhhmazing!! Veal was tender and soooo flavorful!

Lamb chops were succulent

Salmon stuffed with crabmeat was tender and tasty

Panacotta was delicate and just delicious

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vipFamilyof3
Washington DC
172 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the very best service, food and wine! Pablo and the entire team are so attentive and pleasant. They remember items we order, make sure we are always happy with our entrees. The best items on the menu are calamari, caprese salad, mussels, chicken picatta, lobster ravioli, veal porcini, filet mignon as well as all desserts!

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vipSabs
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Wonderful food and service!

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vipWendy1
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of very favorite local restaurants. Warm, cozy, elegant environment. Husband ordered delicious lamb chops and I had angel hair with Bolognese sauce. Delicious. Consistently a wonderful dining experience.

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RobertoM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Grilled Octopus was superb, Veal Ossobucco was the BEST I had ever have. We'll be back.

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vipCraigD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Still love this place! The food is outstanding and service continues to be top notch. First time I have taken my wife and she was blown away!

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 1343 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.