Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

4.8
1332 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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Melvin
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
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
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
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
92 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious food with outstanding service

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Grateful
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
92 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
266 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.

OT
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
171 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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a nice experience and one of our favorite spots!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and tasty wine. Service was impeccable!! We will return!!

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LaurenA
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking to try some of the restaurants in downtown Herndon since we moved to the area recently. Zeffirelli is now going to be our go to place to eat when we want a nice meal. The staff was amazing and very attentive. The food was absolutely amazing. I cannot wait to go back!!

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vipSabs
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and fantastic service at Zeffirelli - as is usual for our visits there! Cleopatra seafood dish and Branzino were our entrees. Both excellent. Old world super attentive service. One of the best restaurants around and perhaps the very best Italian restaurant.

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gregs
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing, staff was very friendly, and all safety precautions were adhered too.

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SandraT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding and service was over the top! Perfect evening out!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date spot! Quiet, intimate. Food was excellent. Wine was good but overpriced.

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MichaelS
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service and ambiance was wonderful. Great menu with a verity of specials. All food was served in a timely.

Highly Recommended

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VincentPriceless
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This was our second visit to Zeffirelli in Herndon. We loved the food both times. The preparation was to my family's tastes: we lived in Italy for several years and grew to love the subtle and fresh taste of food there instead of the overly-sugary or overly-salty food that is ubiquitous in American culture. The food we were served at Zeffirelli was authentic enough to remind us of what we had in Italy.

The service was excellent both times we visited. Caveat was that our family visited early in the evening when most of the tables were vacant and there was a higher ratio of staff-to-customers. The staff were all welcoming and helpful to us both visits.

The restaurant has a very extensive menu and an even more extensive wine list that pleased my entire family.

The only negative is that the prices were higher than other fine dining restaurants in the area. Still worth a visit for once-in-a-while special occasions.

JC
JonC
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent management of COVID requirements. Love the food. Will return for special occasions and celebrations.

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RebeccaC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
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.

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 1332 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.