Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

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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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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
59 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
10 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
13 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
1 review
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
8 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
2 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
53 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
6 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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E
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We felt very welcome by the Hostess when arriving. The waiter may have been having a bad day. He did his job well , he just did not want to engage. One of the joys of going out to eat is the experience, the atmosphere,and by in large the waitstaff can make or break your whole experience. He was very short on conversation , it was not terribly busy. The food was good, cooked correctly and arrived warm. This was a special evening out as we were traveling. We chose this restaurant based on reviews , I would not need to come back based on the service and the food.

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JH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

While recommended to us, I'm not sure I'd do the same in return. Crabcake appetizer was hot on the top and cold on bottom. Wife's chick was overdone and dry. My steak was good and large (8+ oz?), but potatoe was about 1/2 oz. Not asking for a lot, but seemed very mismatched. Quite expensive for what what you receive.

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LP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wine and cuisine are fantastic. The service is wonderful as well.

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic meal... High quality seafood, great tasting pasta, sauce, and dessert.
Well priced as well.
Space was a bit crowded, and Caesar salad was over-dressed. But otherwise, it was a a great experience and we will definitely go back.

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JW
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is very good. Staff was responsive. Prices have increased to the point that it is not really worth the price. Average $75/person (1 glass of wine each) and not the more expensive dishes.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We had reservations at 8:30 We didn’t get seated until 9:30. Took us 15 minutes once we were seated for someone to take our order for drinks/food. Overall a HORRIBLE Valentine’s Day experience. Do not recommend. I would not go back to this place.

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C
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We booked for Valentine’s Night 8:15. The line was out the door. We couldn’t even get to the hostess and were told we’d have an additional 45 min wait despite the reservation. I gave 1 ⭐️ For everything here, but honestly I can only speak for their customer service. As a new resident in Herndon, this was my first experience with this restaurant. We eat out a lot, and try to support all the local businesses around here, but this place ruined our Valentine’s Day! We won’t be giving them a second chance.

To the wonderful staff next door at Red Kimono who took us, and several other diners screwed by this restaurant, in. Thank you. You all recovered our night for us with great customer service and delicious food. You can consider my family loyal customers for life.

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TL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here a couple of times a year, especially for special occasions. Our last visit was for Valentines Day (2019) and we were delighted to find only a slightly pared down menu and no price fixe 3 item menu as many restaurants do on Valentines Day. Even though it was VERY crowded and busy, service was excellent as was the food and presentation. And as crowded as it was, we were able to have normal conversation.

Highly recommended!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant. We were just very disappointed that nobody told us about the Valentin’a Day Menu that featured many of the items on their normal menu for $10-$15 more than usual per entree. The waitstaff were wonderful and the restaurant was spotless and had a lovely ambiance. We just really wish that someone would have told us about the menu changes when making the reservation.

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