Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

4.6
1081 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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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65 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent octopus appetizer and the best veal chop anywhere!

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BS
7 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was outstanding and the service perfect. 5 strars

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R
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Nice basket of bread to start, which included what we think was small bites of focaccia -- very good! The soup and salad were very good, the main courses good, and the dessert was fantastic. Very good wine list, with a variety of Italian wine options, which is what we prefer when eating Italian food. Nice team approach to service, and most servers were very friendly. Our main server sort of threw things down on the table and didn't say much. He had a lot to say, however, to people at two tables nearby, so assume they were regulars. We'll give it another chance and see how that goes. It's a bit expensive compared to other restaurants of similar quality, so this would be more of a special occasion restaurant for us.

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OT
28 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Foods are really excellent & delicious! Two Thumbs Up & Highly Recommend It! 👍👍😋

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DP
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I haven't had the opportunity to experience Zeffirelli's during times other than dinner. However, I'm sure you wouldn't be disappointed any time you dine there. I'm a transplant from California, and my favorite (food, service, ambiance, and hospitality) Italian restaurant there was located in Pasedena. I searched high & low in this area to find something to replace it, and Zeffirelli's has definitely answered the call.

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OT
17 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pablo is an excellent waiter. His recommendations exceeded our expectations. Great time.

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LC
6 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic in every way.

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YV
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As a Birthday choice for my husband, we spent 2 hours in traffic to drive to Zeffirelli’s for his birthday dinner.

The restaurant included areas for larger parties to quaint alcoves that were simply charming. The staff was impressively non intrusive and seamless in ensuring that nothing was empty on the table.

Our food- proportions, seasoning and presentation was well above my expectations. It times in table conversation I was comparing to other fine dining experiences we’ve had, and Zeffirelli’s checked all of my boxes.

To sum it up, I would definitely take the trip again!

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GF
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great all around. More upscale Italian food. Everything is fresh and perfectly prepared. The manager is both very amiable and good with paring a wine to your preference. Casual, relaxed, but a little touch of old world. I think Zeffirelli has been a Herndon landmark for as long as I can remember. I live closer, up the street, from Dante in Great Falls. But, I much prefer Zeffirelli.

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OT
11 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Old friends getting together.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been to a lot of restaurants in the area and Zeffirelli soars above the rest. The service is impeccable, with professional wait staff; constant but not overbearing attention; and a sense that you are being given a fine dining experience, not just a dinner. The food was outstanding. It is hard to find a restaurant with such fresh tasting, creative Italian. Wines were top shelf even by the glass. Overall the best dining experience we have had in our 20 years in the area.

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OT
255 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Very good service and the Tuscan wine was quite good...two bottles worth!

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K
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was fantastic, and the hospitality really showed when they gave us a kitchen tour. Really enjoyed the ambiance. It felt like we were in grandma's Italian home and dining with the family.

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S
4 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent upscale Northern Italian restaurant with outstanding service and food.

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b
66 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Anazibg lamb chops! Best I have ever had!

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food and an amazing staff.

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CB
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is by far the best restaurant I've been to in a long time. It was a choice I made for my sixth year anniversary with my girlfriend and she absolutely loved it. Excellent choice of food and the service was above perfect. Francisco took really good care of us and always stopped by to check in respectfully and quietly. We will be going back for dinner dates.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Traveled frequently throughout Italy. Ate at some of the best restaurant in Rome and Malen. Zeffirelli’s is at the top of that list but in Northern Virginia.

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P
12 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brother in for post thanksgiving, had a great time. Good food, quiet, so we could hear each other, and service was outstanding.

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

Our experience started by being seated in the corner of a back room even though there were at least 4 tables in the main dinning room available the entire time we were dining. The veal chop was tough with only 4 medium size bites for $57. The rest of the meal was good but not up to the level of the prices. The wine list was good and pricing was fair.

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DS
6 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome dinner. Best veal chop known to man.

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PJ
4 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always good.

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m
16 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the appetizer to the dessert ,it was top notch. Service is impeccable. What a gem in Herndon!! I will definitely comeback.

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SR
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food. Very good Service. Best Veal Chop I have ever had. I have traveled the world and this place is one of my favorites. Any time I am in the area I make sure to have at least one dinner here. I love the Veal Chop and all my friends and clients who have tried it say it is worth it. Friends have had the swordfish with crab, veal porcini, veal scaloppini, eggplant parm, and everyone really enjoyed their meals a lot. Absolutely worth making time for. Very close to Dulles if you are on a long layover, grab an Uber and have a great meal.

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h
21 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Whenever we are in northern VA on business, we make it a point to go to Zeffirelli's. So recently we were a group of 10 for dinner and made a new crop of fans for this restaurant. Several had the signature Veal Chop and couldn't stop raving about it the next day. Food is always delicious and well prepared. We appreciate the fact that meat entrees come with some vegetables. In so many resataurants of this caliber, one has to pay extra for the veggies. Portions are generous, but not oversized. Salads are easily shareable as are the desserts. Service is attentive but not intrusive. Great place for business dinners or dates as one can actually carry on conversations easily.

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RT
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have been coming to the restaurant for over 20 years, always great food and service, very friendly and professional. My Daughter's favorite dessert, the Tarimisu, apparently was made using a different recipe from prior years, she definitely prefers the original, but overall it was a great experience. I also not in the reservation that it was my Daughter's birthday and while we had a very good table reserved no mention was made of the occasion. Wasn't a problem, just letting you know.

Thanks,
Richard Thompson (Oct 26)

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Italian food (and this is from a Jersey boy). Awesome bread too. Very important!

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MC
7 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

we had a wonderful meal. My crabmeat stuffed mushroom appetizer was a treat, along with Saltimbocca Alla Romana - It's nice to get good Northern Italian food here in VA. The room is being refreshed with new paint, updated lighting which is so nice.

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TH
5 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Looked forward to a new restaurant for us, especially one rated highly. Special Mahi Mahi was excellent; veal scaloppini was tough and dry; ravioli was tasty; escargot was a disappointment with the same pesto sauce used on the ravioli. Tiramisu was bland - very little coffee flavor; chocolate gelato was good.

Mixed impressions about the restaurant. Waiter not very attentive; owner was hustling to make everything work.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

We’ve been going there for years and order the veal shank every time and leave there dreaming about our next visit. This time the food was sub par, cold and not very flavorful. The chairs are so old that the springs in mine were caved in and I asked if they would kindly change mine out. Which they did but that chair was the same. Our waiter also took his time taking our order. For what we spent, we feel we did not get our money’s worth

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JL
20 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Never let's you down. Consistently good. If you're a foodie, you'll be happy here, and you can have a decent conversation without losing your voice. Well worth a visit.

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j
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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b
66 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Always very fine Italian pastas. Superb veal chop!!!!!!

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RL
6 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a fabulous dinner. This is one of the best Italian restaurants in the DC Area. And that is coming from a full blooded Italian from New Jersey. Will definitely go back again. Ray L.

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AD
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible food, wonderful staff, fantastic ambiance. What more could you want?

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b
38 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

The food was good, but the place seems out of dated. and not suitable for private conversation.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

It was our wedding anniversary, but I did not make any special request or I did not know how to make one

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took my dad who is hard of hearing but a real foodie. He has a hard time enjoying restaurants if they are too loud. Zeffirelli’s has a quiet ambiance that made it easy to chat while eating. Food was amazing as always. Service was great. We will be coming back.

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MS
31 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful signature veal chops. Excellent seafood. Outstanding service and food presentation. Really good bread.

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BK
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

White tablecloth and cloth napkins, but not fancy. Good Italian food - pastas, chicken, seafood. Really good salads. Just a nice neighborhood place for dinner with friends.

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