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Zafferano Restaurant
Zafferano Restaurant

Zafferano Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.zafferanorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 0207 235 5800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 11pm

    Sunday: 12pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Miles Nixon
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Zafferano Restaurant
Zafferano first opened in the heart of London’s exclusive Belgravia area in 1995.

Since then, the awards and accolades have continued to pour in each year and the restaurant has achieved some of the best restaurant reviews written.

Zafferano has been acclaimed time and again for its honest wholesome take on Italian cuisine, with dishes like ‘Malfatti’ Pasta Parcels with potato and morel mushroom, Lobster and langoustine sautéed with ‘samphire’ and also Roast ‘Fiorentina’ T-bone Steak with herb salad.
There is also an elegant bar offering a selection of cocktail, aperitifs and digestive as well as a bar menu with a mouth watering choice of regional Italian favourites.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Not my first time at Zafferano, and the service is always perfect. Food is really tasty, but it does come at a price. I wish they had a business lunch menu available, so I could come more often, but always a treat."
    dined on 10/04/2014
  • "We had our anniversary dinner at zafferano and it was absolutely delicious and we were made to feel really welcome. Would recommend it to everyone!"
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "This restaurant is for people who do not need to look at the prices on the menu. Having lived in London for 25 years and never been to Zafferano's I felt that I had missed out on on life ! Went there for dinner recently with family. Some dishes were very good (linguine bottarga lobster), but the pasta with black truffles on the truffle menu was dissapointing. Bland, with little aroma and overcooked too-buttery spaghetti. A shame when you're paying GBP 48,- per plate. We stretched a half bottle of a good GBP 60,- red between 3 of us. Total bill (PER HEAD) though was not much change out of GBP 100,- For pasta ! Decent food, but overpriced, for Belgravia showy clientele only really."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "Unfotunately, I have always booked this restaurant myself and I believe because i booked thru toptable they gave us a spot in the new area, with no tablecloth and really got rid of us as quickly as possible. We had our dinner served to us within an hour of sitting down and we each ordered a $100 plate each ( the seasonal White truffle Pasta) and a $100 dollar or more bottle of wine. Sorry, but really not what i usually expect from this restaurant!"
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "A great place for special occasion italian food. The outside space is great when warm and people watching is always good here over a proseco before the food. Excellent"
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "Beautiful octopus salad @ Burrata for starters went down very well. Two pasta dishes for mains were, as expected, impeccable. The cheese for mains, overall very good. The assiete of Chocolate was a bit bland. The disappointing part was the service, initially we were sat down and within 1 minute asked what we wanted to eat. After asking for more time we were ignored. Don't get me wrong the staff were very nice and very friendly but service was lacking, wine failed to turn up with the course, or not at all. Generally poor. That being said Zaffareno is still a must."
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "We have been dining at Zefferano's for the past ten years and are never disappointed!"
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "It was for sister's birthday so I wanted somewhere special. The food was tasty and though not overpowering the service was attentive (though it should have been as the restaurant was half empty at the time we went). We had a very good time overall but I could not go regularly as it was expensive for what it was. Two courses each, coffee and 3 glasses of wine between us for just under £130."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "Very good food and we enjoyed our meal. Nice locations. The service however was good at first but it dropped a bit during the meal. We waited for example for 30 minuts for the dessert."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "Firstly seated on the route of the waiting staff from the kitchen to the tables. It was very busy and I felt like I our table was in the way. It wasn't very comfortable at all. Our main course was veal served with lukewarm gravy on it. The rest of the food was ok but the bill was very expensive for the quality of the food and the table we were seated at was not acceptable. We will not return and would not recommend. We visited on a Saturday night."
    dined on 07/09/2013
  • "Had a lovely time at Zafferano - the ambience is pretty special. The room feels intimate but there is plenty of space between the tables. The menu is decent - not extensive and not ultra-original, but the food is high quality and there is sufficient choice. The wine list is truely excellent - a comprehensive selection within most of the Italian regions, whilst international names are also included. We will visit again for another special occasion."
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "The food the service and the ambiance was great. We really enjoyed it"
    dined on 15/03/2014
  • "I booked this restaurant on recommendation from a colleague. It was disappointing - I will not dine here again. Initially service was good but swiftly became overbearing. The wine was delivered and served at the speed of sound only, I can presume, to ensure we bought another bottle quickly! My starter (cured beef, rocket and goats cheese) tasted of nothing and my main course looked like it had come from a can; linguini, lobster, fresh tomatoes and chilli slopped onto the plate and tasted of, well, nothing! Ambience was good and perhaps I chose poorly from the menu. Not good value for money - sorry!!"
    dined on 04/03/2014
  • "Zafferano is a restaurant that we enjoy very much.Good ambiance, excellent food,good service"
    dined on 28/02/2014
  • "All good - note that if you order a "rare" dish, the meat is really close to rare!"
    dined on 24/02/2014
  • "Amazing birthday lunch here with my work colleagues.... Order anything with truffles!!"
    dined on 19/12/2013
  • "This was my first time at Zafferano. We had excellent authentic italian Food. The burrata was great (and normaly hard to get in a Restaurant). I will return."
    dined on 18/02/2014
  • "Alway a pleasure to dine at this excellent (must be at least my 10th visit!) Italian restaurant. My friends from Italy have also been very impressed. Friendly and attentive staff."
    dined on 20/02/2014
  • "Great evening with wonderful fresh Italian fare. Much recommended"
    dined on 15/02/2014
  • "Food very good, service (apart from the somellier) rushed and off-hand. We dined on Valentines night at 8.00 pm, crammed into the lounge. We had booked well in advance but not advised it was a lounge table until the prior day. Staff only interested in quick turnaround . Even on exit, coats were thrown at us to deal with the next group coming in. We were left with the feeling that the restaurant felt that we were priviledged to have been given a table and should be grateful for that. For an establishment of this price and quality of food (in which I have eaten several times) this was really a disappointing experience."
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "We visit London for a couple of days once or twice a year and usually try to fit in dinner at Zafferano's. I love the ambience and the extras like the bread and olive oil. this time we had lovely venison."
    dined on 13/02/2014
  • "This place has a very nice atmosphere unlike most Italian restaurants in London where all the tables are cramped and the noise is too high. It is a nice place where u can enjoy good Italian food and a nice comfortable place to sit and talk. I had the lobster linguini with chili and tomatoe sauce. It was very good. The crab salad is also really good, however the portion of the salad was really small. Overall the restaurant is really good andbi believe it is one of the best Italian restaurants in London."
    dined on 08/02/2014
  • "Good food, good location, disinterested service from the waiter and head waiter. Not planning on going back as there are other Italian options in the area that have great eats and offer a fun atmosphere."
    dined on 03/02/2014
  • "Food was excellent, but the service was poor. No one was interested in taking a drinks order, two orders for individual drinks went astray, the decanted wine was put to one side and no-one could be bothered to attend to pouring it. The section of the restaurant that we were in was also overcrowded."
    dined on 26/01/2014
  • "Amazing meal broad menu well informed attentive waiter Huge wine list"
    dined on 25/01/2014
  • "The pasta was pretty good but main courses left something to be desired. Pretty poor show of a restaurant at this price point to be serving plain mashed potato with the veal cutlet which itself was on the small side and charging £33. Obviously caters to a fairly old-fashioned and unadventurous clientele."
    dined on 24/01/2014
  • "The restaurant always provides excellent food with impeccable service. The staff are very friendly and felpful without bothering you The food is excellent and the wine list long with a good choice. Highly recommended"
    dined on 17/01/2014
  • "Good quality food. Big portions and attentive, friedly service."
    dined on 07/01/2014
  • "The staff was really attentive and the food very good. The burrata was amazing, and the special beef filet one of the best I had ever had, flavorful and so tender. Fellow diners were pleased with their pasta dishes as well. Very good wine list, and very good reccomendations from staff. Quiet and reserved place, great for intimate diners or for having a good conversation."
    dined on 06/01/2014
  • "The food was really nice although was a bit expensive. The restaurant had a good atmosphere and the food was amazing. The service wasn't very good and there was a bit of a kerfuffle with the cloakroom. All in all we had a lovely time though."
    dined on 17/12/2013
  • "This restaurant had a busy almost chaotic feel yet the food was pricey and 'fine dining' in style. It felt mismatched somehow and the service felt rushed . We had to ask for the wine menu and then no-one took our wine order. We eventually got our wine after the starters had already arrived. We felt rather 'unspecial' - just one of a number. Our bill for 2 people (3 courses, one bottle of wine) came to over £200 - although the food was very good it didn't feel like value for money. It was a busy restaurant and felt more like a local brasserie for the very well-off in the area! Won't rush back- disappointed."
    dined on 13/12/2013
  • "Nice and quiet area, beautiful restaurant,very good food, very efficient and friendly staff ,very fast service,so every thing is excellent! The only minor flaw is a bit of noise due to high voices,but this is certainly not too important!"
    dined on 07/12/2013
  • "This restaurant enabled my mum a d I to enjoy a lovely girly special lunch together whilst out Christmas shopping."
    dined on 30/11/2013
  • "Nice food,good service,but a little bit noisy restaurant.It was difficult to talk with other people."
    dined on 21/11/2013
  • "We had a family lunch and 5 of us in total (including 2 children). We walked in half an hour late, and there was no problem, the table was ready and so we smoothly directed to our table. We went to our table and received great service and all the attention the children needed. The food was a precise measure of what we needed, there was no need for more and no wastage either. The pasta to die for and the children loved the experience. We will be back..."
    dined on 15/11/2013
  • "I had wanted to go to this famous restaurant for some time. I knew it was expensive but I don't mind paying for quality. The ambiance was good and the staff attentive so a good start. The beetroot and cheese dressing starter was small, overly chilled and did not taste of cheese. I was asked if there was anything wrong and I explained my view but no comment was forthcoming so I was left wondering why they bothered to ask. The veal chop was well cooked but smothered in salty gravy. So not high quality food and which was really excessively priced. My companions said it used to be much better."
    dined on 12/11/2013
  • "The food is not as good since the restaurant/bar was enlarged"
    dined on 11/11/2013
  • "We've been going here for the last 10 years. It is always excellent - staff are friendly, the food is simple but spot on in terms of freshness and accuracy of cooking. Extensive and interesting wine list. This is not the cheapest place in Town but it delivers on every front. The Knightsbridge crowd make for very interesting people watching. There is enough collective wealth in that room on most evenings to run a small country ..."
    dined on 07/11/2013
  • "Had a fantastic meal at zafferano. The service excellent and the food e excellent. Would definetly go again."
    dined on 03/11/2013
  • "When I discovered Zafferano 5 years ago, food and service were both outstandingly good. The service is still absolutly wonderful; the food is now doesn't stand out. You could get equally good food from a top-level gourmet pub now, whereas previously Zafferano was far beyond that. The cuttlefish salad start was slightly tasteless; the sea bream main course could have used a bit more salt. On the other hand, the "cima di rapa" (turnip top greens) were outstandingly good -- like the old Zafferano. What we particularly appreciated was that we were left to converse for over an hour after we finished eating, without having the bill brought or any hint to leave, yet when we asked for the bill it came instantly -- wonderful service."
    dined on 01/11/2013