Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

4.8
1470 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Food was phenomenal! Very disappointed to have waitress tell us she loved Trump when we were not asking for her political views. I would go there again but leave if she was assigned to my table. Of course, I disagreed with her views and thought her uninvited political views were an upsetting interruption to our otherwise excellent but expensive dinner.

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Karl
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at an awesome location. Service was impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, incredibly delightful atmosphere and delicious food!! A must do in Herndon! Outstanding and thank you

DB
DarrellB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding service, ambiance, and food. As a bonus, they have outstanding martinis.

KM
KristinM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience1

Had the worst table in the house. No privacy our table for 2 was literally on top of another table. In fact the table was so small that my husband got up to use the restroom and knocked over glasses on the table because there is literally no room. The food was pretty decent. I will not be returning unless I were to get a completely different table.

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viprevlousch
Washington DC
98 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to do an Italian New Year's Eve lunch so we could be at home tonight! We were so delighted with the delicious food and the excellent service. This restaurant is a local gem. Highly recommended!

JH
vipJonH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Amazing service. Veal Chop never disappoints.

JV
vipJulioV
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best italian restaurant in metropolitan DC area. The veal chop is superb!

TK
vipTerriK
Richmond
24 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service, and ambiance - as always! Thank you!

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Kevin
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zeffirelli is a fantastic Italian spot in Herndon with amazing food, wine, and service. From the minute you walk in the door until the minute you leave, you are treated like family. Highly recommend the veal chop!

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CarlSivertsen
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a long time Herndon resident I always find the food, service and settings wonderful. If you live near Herndon, this is a place you need to patronize

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vipAFSEcats
Richmond
49 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A group of 5 had dinner here. We all loved our meals. One had the veal chop, some had pasta, some seafood. All the meals were excellent.
Dessert was also another hit! The panna cotta is my personal favorite - so creamy and light! Cheesecake is my sister's favorite and who wouldn't love the tartufo!
The staff are very friendly and you never have to ask for water refills. They pay attention without being intrusive.

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ewh410
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice lunch with colleagues. The lobster bisque, caesar salad, and salmon were so delicious, and the wine recommendations spot on!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service, basic Italian fare erring on the salt side of the scale.

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GermanP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grat place...food consistently great, and service first class!!

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vipredsun33
Washington DC
107 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really good meal last night. The seafood special (lobster, mussels, shrimp and oysters) was awesome. Service was very good.

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GloriaS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have not had anything to eat there that was not outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recently discovered the Zeffirelli last weekend. The service and food was amazing which prompted us to come back again. Highly recommend this place!

JL
JimL
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Zeffirelli is a neighborhood charm. You can always count on a good meal and great atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We made a reservation for 10 PM and on reaching the place the first person to greet started with, “the restaurant closes at 10.”

Immediately we were escorted by another person and were seated at one of the many empty tables.

We placed an order for the ministrone soup, eggplant parmegiano and the gnocchi pasta.

The soup was a notch higher than the ones tasted before. Definitely an 8/10

The gnocchi had an overpowering taste of Marinara. That itself was a meal for a one person. Maybe that’s how it’s done in Italy but that would not be something someone who is looking to have 2 or 3 course meal would prefer.

The eggplant parmigiano was incredible. Yes it did have the marinara element with the spaghetti on the side but overall the combination of the perfectly cooked eggplant and the marinara spaghetti was a win-win for me.

Since the kitchen was about to shut we didn’t have much time to place order for anything else. So we opted for the classic Tiramisu for the dessert. Well, this was the best part of the meal here. Wouldn’t say the best Tiramisu I have had.

- The overall experience was a 6/10.
This is only because the service was outstanding.
- Food: 6/10
- Ambiance: 7/10.
I felt like I was living in the Harry Potter era. Definitely a place for people who’d love to experience vintage vibes.
- Service: 8/10

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habslover24
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really good Italian food. Service was great. Enjoyed the experience.

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ReggieB
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came with my work team they have never heard of the place needless to say they loved it the food wine and service was amazing we plan on going back again next week highly recommended

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Marco
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday…Pablo was perfect…brought congratulatory champagne…his suggestion of the linguine with seafood, which included a 3 oz lobster tail…all in a creamy champagne sauce was incredible. Muchas gracias.

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vipBeanster
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Drinks were always refilled, food hot, and atmosphere was pleasant.

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vipluv2dine
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had one of the specials, stuffed porkchop with prosciutto and cheese with a mushroom sauce, and it was incredible, and a huge! I definitely have leftovers enough for at least one more dinner, if not two. My husband had the shrimp diablo with spicy marinara over linguine and really enjoyed it. We had the berries and zablaglione with an after-dinner drink for dessert, and it was delicious.

Beyond the great food, though, the wait staff is so incredible. They have a way of making you feel like family, always courteous, never rush you, always have a smile and friendly and easy to talk to.

Zeffirelli is truly a gem in Herndon. It never disappoints.

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vipDrTed
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time there. Great both times. Especially love Elizabeth our server. We will be back.

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vipLibbyW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is easy to go again and again…. Food is fabulous, service is impeccable and the ambiance is quaint and cozy. Family owned and run. We’ve had the same waiter each time over the years. Much better than chain restaurants! Check it out.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Super friendly and comfy.

JM
JudyM
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are from the Northeast where we are able to have outstanding Italian food. So, our dinner last night was a wonderful surprise. It was better than most other pasta dishes I have had. Everything we had was outstanding. The waitstaff was more than willing to help us decide what to have and we loved it all. Including all the waitstaff who were more than available at any time. And the wine they recommended was also great!! Thank you for an outstanding meal and company!!

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Rich
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a first class experience at Zeffirelli! We are trying out Italian restaurants all around Reston and so far Zeffirelli’s is the best! The ambiance is prefect, the service professional and the food absolutely excellent. Highly recommend!

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vipTrefies
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic

TL
ThomasL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as always. This was our first time back since Covid and glad to say it was just we remembered and expected. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. It’s our go to place.

KP
KathyP
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful evening at Zeffirelli's celebrating a family birthday. Everyone enjoyed their meal, the noise level was low, table was elegantly set with white linens and the service was excellent.

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vipShelby04
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary at Zeffirelli’s and had a wonderful dinner. As always, the food and the service were terrific. The servers always go out of their way to make sure you are pleased with everything. I can’t recommend this restaurant more highly.

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RCF1908
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They really know Italian! The food was AMAZING and the ambiance was spectacular! Lovely place and the staff are down right friendly and warm!

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mpls08
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A local gem, very accomodating for a larger group. The service was top-notch, very attentive without being obtrusive

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vipMoette
Richmond
102 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with outstanding service

RW
RobertW
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very attentive and efficient staff. Very clean and almost elegant room. Food was awesome

CS
CherylS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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 1470 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.