Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

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1145 reviews
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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

Please see our Valentine's Menu at
www.zeffirelliva.com
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this authentic Italian find in Herndon. Great Veal Chops, pasta dishes, seafood and gritting de mare (Italian seafood stew). Love it!

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CM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's so good we limit our patronage to once a year on our anniversary. It's difficult to hold back and I always leave stuffed.

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K
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here. Wait staff was attentive without being over bearing. Food was very good. Seafood pasta special had mussels, shrimp, scallops and lobster tail. All cooked well not over cooked. We went early at 5:30 on a Friday and it was wonderful that they kept the lights up. We will be back.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here a few times and never disappointed. The staff is terrific- friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. The food is always delicious. Not cheap but not ridiculous. It is worth the money for sure. I recommend it highly.

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SB
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my wife to Zeffirelli for her birthday and it exceeded our expectations in every way. Presentation was amazing, food was spectacular and service was excellent. We wish we had known this restaurant well before now and will be back.

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MW
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great. A little pricey, but delicious. Service was good but I expected a bit better for the price. I would definitely go again.

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S
Dallas
30 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We started with the calamari and zucchini way too much batter and really not much flavor
For dinner I had shrimp scampi which was bland and tasted like spaghetti with shrimp and butter sauce
My husband has veal ossobuco which he said was delicious.
It was $40+ for his meal we just moved from Dallas and same meal would be around $30 so I feel it’s over priced even accounting for cost of living
I doubt we’ll go back

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NB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, attentive server, nice surroundings. We had a party of three and had lobster ravioli, veal lasagna and seafood pasta - all superb!

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R
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Zeffirelli’s! The atmosphere, friendly service and food are the very best!

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EH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Since it was Mother's Day, I'll give the restaurant a little slack, as this and Valentine's Day are super-busy days for restaurants...but, service was slow. They tried to keep up though. They were kind enough to comp my 2nd glass of wine. Food taste was good, but the cost was very high, so I would recommend they up their game in the tastiness area (four of us agreed), or lower their prices. Ambiance was nice, and the manager was nice.

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JM
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Arrived at 5:15 right on time. Appetizers & salads came in timely. But dinner did not arrive to our table until 6:40. We had to return to our hotel by 7:00. And had to take everything in take out containers. They did give us a slice of cheese cake a two cannolis. But cutting a steak with plastic knives is no way to eat it. If we had the extra time to sit and enjoy the meal at the table. It would have been a great dinner experience. Time was the major problem.
The rest of our experience there was very good. Anyone going to dinner on a Saturday should expect 3 hours to be safe.

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MD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service, food, and nice atmosphere. A very good experience. We will go back.

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JO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were their for our Anniversary. We had a quiet table for two. Our waiter told us he
has been there since 1991!
We shared a delicious burrata cheese with heirloom tomato appetizer. The bread they served was
delicious. We both ordered chicken piccata, which we both liked.

We were too full to order dessert, but were brought a mango and vanilla panna cotta with two spoons.
The glass of pinot grigo was a good-sized pour and fairly priced, as was the meal.

We are so glad Zeffirelli is still in business--it is nearby gem!!

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K
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All good , was going to get the Veal Chop but at $60 ??

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A
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A familiar place in Herndon that we like to return to with good food! We enjoy the food, nice wine list and enthusiastic service! Thank you!

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CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've always liked Zeffirelli: reliably delicious Italian dishes at reasonable prices; some nice specials (my wife had Rockfish); attentive service; and a pleasant, relatively subdued atmosphere. Perfect for a nice date night out -- but warning: you'll probably leave full!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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AE
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

It sounds like a nice place on paper but it is not the authentic Italian restaurant you would expect from the prices. Much better food elsewhere for half the price.

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RW
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and service!

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m
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always had a great service. Food is always fresh and tasteful. Will definitely comeback!

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BH
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service as usual was excellent- would have been nice if we had been told the prices for the specials

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great but on the expensive side. Food and service were great

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l
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food (calimari, salad and veal saltimbocca), service and ambiance, particularly with the live harmonica music in the background. I just wish I had left enough room for some tiramisu.

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MT
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go to place when flying into Dulles. Excellent food and the best service I’ve experienced. Had dinner here both nights I was in town

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NB
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great evening out with friends. The house specials were fantastic and the service was impeccable. Some of the menu items (and the wine list) were a bit pricey, but worth it!

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SR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was authentic and high quality. Great wine too!

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IT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance. The food was absolutely great and service was superb. We have been to thus restaurant many times for special events and never disappointed.

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JE
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. I will definitely be back.

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VK
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food are always amazing and this time was no different. They even gave us a panne cotta dessert for our birthday celebration!
Another fabulous dinner at Zeffirelli’s!

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G
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner for ‘date night’. The staff is incredibly attentive. They don’t rush you to order or to clear away. The food was delicious. I had the rockfish and crab special and my husband had their famous veal chop. And the tiramisu for dessert was light and airy and well made. The wine selection help was well appreciated!
Zeffirelli’s does not disappoint.

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S
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location for good meal, comfortable location

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AS
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. The Buratta and Veil dishes are my favorite.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zeffirelli’s was wonderful! The quality of service is the through the roof amazing and the food is the best Italian food I’ve ever had in my life. We will absolutely be returning for another wonderful experience!

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KM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant -- fantastic authentic Italian cuisine. A lovely experience.

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OT
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, classic northern Italian cuisine with attention to every detail. Excellent wine list and the service impeccable.

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F
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always excellent!

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s
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

best Italian food ever!

Great location, easy to park. Fantastic service and food outta this world!

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LP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always. Great ambiance. Great food. Great Service.

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LK
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, consistently good service, and great local neighborhood restaurant.

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TF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the fine dining feel of this classic restaurant. It is a bit pricey but well worth it for the food and the service. The hubby went with the Veal Chop special and I with the Cleopatra which is a lobster tail, mussels, shrimp and scallop over pasta delight. Add a lovely mozzarella appetizer and wine we had a delightful meal. I highly suggest reservations for a choice table.

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