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About Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

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

728 Pine Street
Herndon, VA 20170
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Elden St. and Station St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 318-7000

Website:
http://www.zeffirelliristorante.com/

Parking Details:
Private Parking is located behind the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Francesco

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
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Quiet Conversation (12)
Business Meals (11)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Romantic (9)
Authentic (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Cozy (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Great Italian food in the suburbs -- a real find. Service as top-notch -- old world, not the rushed service that you find so often today.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Food was very good. Service was very responsive without being too attentive. Menu could have been more extensive, but otherwise adequate. The bread in the bread basket that arrived immediately was also very good. Location in the historic section of Herndon, Va. was nicely situated, and parking was convenient.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 17, 2017

This has been a long time favorite of mine and It will not disappoint you. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an amazing authentic Italian restaurant that offers a wonderful dinning experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 17, 2017

You want old school Italian...this is the place. Reminds me of Brooklyn, NY days.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Zeffirelli's was exactly what you would hope and expect. A classy old-style Italian ambiance with well executed, well presented dishes. The service was attentive without being cloying. The evening was a pleasant no-fuss experience of relaxed dining with no unwelcome surprises.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 28, 2017

We took our mothers here after taking the to a show at the Kennedy Center as both really enjoy Italian food. All the reviews we read give us the impression this was a good choice. The restaurant itself feels cramped, there was too many tables which makes it difficult to navigate with nudging someone in their chair. I can't imagine how the staff deal with it. Which leads me to the actual staffing. We saw 3 maybe 4 staff on the floor which explains why the service was so slow. There was a complete lack of attention to details, 3 people in out group didn't have wine but the glasses were left on the table. We ordered half portions of pasta dishes to try along with our main courses which came out after we had to remind the waiter.

This wasn't an over all experience I will repeat, it was ok but nothing about it neither the food nor the service said I want to come back. Maybe it was an off night for them but in this market you can't have off nights.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Excellent evening out. Well worth giving this place a try if you are in the area. The tables are a little bit too close together for privacy, but overall a very nice place with great staff.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Zeffirelli's never disappoints!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on May 20, 2017

This is used to be a favorite spot for us. We arrived Saturday evening and were seated wedged in between several large boisterous groups. The dining room is small and if appears the restaurants has squeezed in additional tables and chairs. We waited for almost 15 minutes for the server to come and take our drink order. We waited equally as long for the same grumpy server to come take our food order. If the restaurant wants larger groups they should hire additional wait staff. In truth the ambience here has been lost.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Zeffirelli's has long been a go-to restaurant for our family. We have enjoyed many dinners there with friends while celebrating birthdays, as well as date-nights when we prefer to enjoy a quiet meal to ourselves. The veal chop is the best I've eaten, the drinks are consistently good, and the staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and mature. There are many options available when it comes to deciding where to eat out . . . Zeffirelli's is consistently at the top of our list when looking for this type of dinner experience.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Please advise Veal Chop signature costs $ 54 per serving. It came as a shock when we got the bill for 4. The Veal Chop was delicious, but $ 54 seems steep compared to othere entrees.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 15, 2017

My go to place in Herndon! Great for business lunches. Fast efficient service, able to hold conversations, very good food.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The service was a little slow at first, but then it moved smoothly. It was Mother's Day. Also, no butter was brought with the bread but was then brought when requested. The bread was very very good! The food was excellent. We had the Branzino Zeffirelli and it was scrumptious . Also, the panna cotta for dessert was yummy. The presentation was spot on.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

This was our third trip to Zeffirelli's for various special occasions over the years. As usual, it did not disappoint. The Italian seafood dishes were outstanding, featuring large, sweet lobster tail and enormous but flavorful scallops. Prices are a little on the high side but well worth every penny - especially for a special occasion where you don't mind splurging a bit. The location is convenient, just minutes off the Fairfax Co Parkway, yet it is tucked away in a quiet little corner of Herndon. No doubt we will be back again in the not too distant future.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Enjoyed a revisit to one of our favorite local restaurants. Excellent food and atmosphere. Our occasion was a combined birthday and Mother's Day. Locals need to try this gem.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 2, 2017

We all enjoyed ourselves - great food and service. Will return soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Richmond)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Always love going to Zefferelli's. Food and ambiance is always great!!! Love that it is not a chain restaurant. Just a pleasant experience all the way around.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Zeferelli's is our go-to special occasion restaurant, as they are a little pricey for more than that. Having said that, I have never eaten anything here that was not excellent. The staff is attentive, friendly and efficient, they have a great wine list, and we like that it is located in an historic building.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Great food and service. Able to carry on a conversation while enjoying the meal.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 17, 2017

Service was very good, friendly and accomodating. Drinks and food were very good. Would diffinitely go back.

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Very impressed with food and service!! Will be back soon and often.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Good food, great service and romantic ambience. Pricey but a nice place for a date or special occasion. My husband would have liked pasta or spinach with his veal saltimboca but the veggies were fine. Salad (not included with entree) had very fresh greens and tasty light dressing.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Very professional and polite staff. Excellent food and good wine selection.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Great special occasion or nice dinner place
Very good Italian cuisine. Veal chop is outstanding

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 8, 2017

the food was outstanding as was the service. my wife had the Chilean bass special and I had the veal parm.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Our first visit to Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano was to celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary. We were greeted at the door and ushered to a quiet alcove table. The service was impeccable and the food outstanding. We were well attended to but not rushed and enjoyed a leisurely meal complete with cocktails and wine. All in all a great experience. We have lived in Northern Virginia for 27 years and regret that we didn't visit Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano sooner.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 25, 2017

We had such a good time! The server and staff were very nice, attentive but not pushy and the food was delicious! We had a great table near the windows at the front and there was soft jazz playing. We were with special friends and it was wonderful all around. Can't wait to do it again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 22, 2017

After a very long hiatus, I returned to the restaurant and very much enjoyed the excellently prepared veal marsala. The home-made tiramisu was the best I have eaten. The only negative thing I have to say is the food could have been hotter.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 20, 2017

Food was very good and service was outstanding. Great place for a dinner meeting or a date. Menu was true Italian and a good wine list. Can't go wrong here in historic Herndon.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Food was amazing. 100% italian. I loved the place.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Outstanding Value, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Very good traditional Italian food and a good wine list.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Service was great, attentive but not intrusive. Meal was awesome, Veal Chop was incredibly flavoraful, and tender; Cleopatra was saucy, yet all shell fish done to perfection. Just a great meal.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 10, 2017

What s find in Herndon downtown area
Ambiance and service was great
Food was excellent and everybody enjoyed it

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Very intimate setting, quiet sophistication paired with delightful specials. Love the grilled octopus.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 1, 2017

Needed a quiet place for a business lunch and Zeffirelli's fit the bill to a T. The service was prompt without being over-solicitous and the food was very good. I always worry about fish outside of a well-reputed seafood restaurant, but ours was perfectly prepared. Lunch hour at Zeffirelli's was very quiet, with only about 4 tables occupied while we were there. We were there for 2 hours, lingered over cappuccino and never felt pressured. My new favorite local business lunch spot!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 19, 2017

A superb meal from beginning to end. Francesco was attentive and charming. Every item we ordered salads, Mediterranean sea bass, lamb and veal were of the highest quality and cooked to perfection.

Wonderful time, thank you Zeffirelli's!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 18, 2017

The Manager was more concerned with how many people were in our party then providing good service. When we were seated we were not given menus. We eventually ask for menus. Our food was not hot,,, in fact my wife's was cold and had to be sent back to kitchen. Overall very disappointing experience. Would not recommend based on Managers attitude and food temperature. jb

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Always enjoy this place. I have come here for business and personal occasions. The food is always awesome and the service is fantastic. Would highly recommend.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 18, 2017

This restaurant was very cozy & romantic. Perfect for any type of date & special occasion. I came here for a late valanentines day dinner.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Over many years my husband and I have enjoyed Zeffirelli's as a special occasion dining venue. On Friday night, we did have a pleasant dinner there. The food was reasonably good; the waiter was professional, the atmosphere was quiet. However, perhaps we have gotten a little tired of the restaurant being so predictable. The "specials" are usually the same items from their menu - nothing new or innovative. The "spicy marinara" was not very spicy. The best part of the meal was dessert: tiramisu and tartufo, both very yummy. We do not feel inclined to rush back to Zeffirelli's. We wish them well, but are likely to try a new place for our next special occasion.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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