Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

4.8
1314 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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.6
Value
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 February 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 14 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Valentines Day

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Johnnychood
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good solid Italian food. Look forward to coming back.

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Ferrarri000
1 review
Dined on 13 February 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 13 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on 13 February 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
169 reviews
Dined on 13 February 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
42 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as always. Wonderful food and service!

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vipWendy1
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 12 February 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 11 February 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 5 February 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 4 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a nice experience and one of our favorite spots!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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LaurenA
1 review
Dined on 3 February 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 30 January 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 28 January 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 26 January 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 23 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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MichaelS
1 review
Dined on 23 January 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
1 review
Dined on 23 January 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.

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JonC
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on 15 January 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 13 January 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.

TK
vipTerriK
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service and food, as always! Thank you for a magical evening!

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BrlP
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

They didn't wipe down the items on the table between diners - covid! The salt/pepper mill and olive oil were not wiped down when I saw any tables being turned over during the time we were there. Diners handle these and then use their hands to eat bread - they need to be wiped down. The restaurant was very busy (New Year's Eve) and felt crowded and not adequately spaced, and the food wasn't as good as it's been when I went other times.

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AngieC
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing appetizers, entrees, and wine. Service as quick and attentive. Great date night spot. Very romantic atmosphere. Will definitely visit again!

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BradW
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have not been there for a few months, but it was outstanding as usual. Many different veal options, which I like. Grilled octopus appetizer was excellent. And the service was great. A very nice, quiet and white-tabletop restaurant. I'm sure they will be there years from now.

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midiweaver
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our go-to place for special occasions. Even the little square where it resides is fun. The food and people here are ethnic (yet an Italian ambiance and cuisine), fun, efficient, polite, engaging, and terrific. We love this place. They have some great wine pairing too, a smooth Italian Red rated 97, that'll knock your socks off!

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Beth
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The atmosphere was quiet and relaxing plus the food and service was very good.

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onasisf
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food and the service keep me coming back to this place. My guest had the Surf & Turf, I had the pasta Cleopatra. Both were perfectly cooked and the flavors were well balanced.
The server was on point throughout our visit and the atmosphere was very pleasant and relaxing.
I could dine here every day if I could.

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MOCCJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent every time we go. Even ordering Christmas Eve Dinner from here instead of cooking all day

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Spectacular service. Beautiful restaurant and nice servers as well. The food was top notch. Made my wife's birthday a terrific choice.

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vipRizzo
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always Always Always Amazing!!! I know a lot of places and this place is as good as it can gets!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always an excellent experience - one our our favorite spots for an elegant, romantic dinner - with outstanding food and service!

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KerryH
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great job at social distancing diners. Great service!

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vipShelby04
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary, and had a wonderful evening at Zeffirelli. Pablo was our waiter and he gave us VIP service. We absolutely love this restaurant!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and food

JR
JeffR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Great service. Great attention to detail. Highly recommend!

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KentL
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Zeffirelli's has been our favorite restaurant in the area for over 25 years now. They are consistently excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Haven’t been there in over 10 years and it was great to see the same great food and service. Only minor complaint would have been the slightly over cooked lobster in my seafood pasta dish. Will definitely be back soon.

JF
JamesF
Hungary
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic as always. We’ve never had a bad experience here.

FAQs

Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 318-7000.

Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano is rated 4.8 stars by 1314 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.