Zefferelli's is a sophisticated, warm spot upstairs on Robson Street featuring a menu of rustic, authentic Italian cuisine.
Lunch at Zefferelli's is usually a solid bet, good service, a decent selection of wine and tasty food. Our party arrived (with a reservation) and were promptly seated. The place was perhaps half full. Service was quick, if brusque. I ordered the spagetti ragu. The food took some time to arrive, considering the place was half empty. The noodles were way too el dente, almost crunchy. The sauce was incredibly salty, I must have drank 5 glasses of water during and after the meal. In light of the past great meals there, I would not suggest avoiding the place, I hope it was just a one off.
service was excellent, friendly, knowledgable, and prompt. Mushroom appetizer thing was fantastic, would have licked the plate if i was alone in the restaurant. Entrees were ok. Had veal parmesan by special request, it was a little burnt on the bottom but it was tasty nevertheless. Husband had some roasted veal dish, he wasn`t really impressed with that either. pasta sides were really good so next time I`ll probably order a pasta dish insetad.
My sisters and I went to Zefferelli's on Thursday night and made a reservation beforehand. Turns out one wasn't needed as the restaurant was less than half-full. Atmosphere is okay, really just a bunch of tables and a few lights strung up at the windows. Our waiter was pleasant enough and knowledgeable, however he neglected to tell us the specials (we ended up having to ask ourselves) and he pretty much vanished after our food came.
Our food was good overall. I chose the fettucine with chicken, leeks and a tomato cream sauce. My one complaint was that the fettucine stuck together a bit, like it was overcooked. One of my sisters had the delicious chicken parmesan. The other sis had pasta with prawns in a pesto sauce which was quite tasty.
Would I visit again? Yes, probably. The food was good enough for a repeat experience.
Food: Nothing special. I mean, come on, it's pasta. I had the Linguini Putanesca -- way too salty, but it did come with five large prawns. Anton's is way better.
Service: Okay. No complaints.
Value: I have a hard time paying so much for pasta. Portions are smaller than Anton's. Fortunately, I had a 2-for-1 Entertainment Coupon. I would not come back to this place without a coupon.
Ambiance: Cozy little room.
I took my gf here for her bday recently.
Loved it. Better than Italian Kitchen by far.
The food was devine (we are big garlic fans), the serves were a great size for the price (wine list is overpriced and it cost them here). The pasta dishes are simply massive. if you can finish one you are an eating machine. Forget that place out in east van with the line up (you know the place), this is quality AND quantity.
Service was prompt and very friendly. they were happy to make small adjusments to the menu and supply oil and balsmic on request.
I decided to try Zefferelli's for a late lunch and to warm up after a long day of shopping. I was quite pleased with it all. The place was nearly empty (it was 3:00 pm) and the service was prompt and attentive. I was seated next to the window and enjoyed looking down on Robson Street as I sipped on a perfect Manhattan (OK, it's hard to mess up a Manhattan). The background music was pleasant and cool and not too loud (Madeleine Peyroux, Feist). The Cobb Salad was one of the best I've had with perfectly cooked bacon, avocado, chicken and barely (if any) dressing. The tables were nicely appointed but the entry-way and bathroom could use some work.
Same as the other reviewer mentioned, the place is extremely busy. Nonetheless, both the host and our server had been very attentive. I guess they were working for long hours so I didn't expect to squeeze a smile out of them. I would rate the service for a 4, but they never mentioned about the "split charge" and automatically charged us for our shared plate. Moreover, the 17% gratuity charge was simply outrageous; no wonder this place had a shorter line-up compare to other places in the nearby location.
Food wise, they lean on the salty side. I've tried other Italian places and this was by far the one with the strongest taste.
Price wise, I feel I am over-paying a little for the 17% surcharge. Therefore I didn't leave any tips at all.
The restaurant environment itself is great, but next time when I am in; I will be using my Entertainment book.
My friend and I decided to come here for dinner tonight after walking past this place numerous times while shopping on Robson street and always wanted to try it out. We weren't expecting much, except for good service and good pasta. Both were a huge disappointment.
Service: When we walked in, the room was basically empty except for maybe 5 tables and this was at 6pm on a weekday. Still we had to wait about 3 minutes before being approached and seated. Normally I wouldn't have any problems with this, but not when the staff was just standing around chatting. Once seated our server came by with the menus. She didn't introduce herself and just proceeded with telling us the specials and abruptly left when she was done. She came by later asking if we wanted any drinks. We ordered our drinks. However, we were also ready to order our appetizers and entrees. My friend had to yell out our appetizer of choice to her because by the time i finish saying my drink she was already leaving the table. When ordering our entree, my friend didn't know how to pronounce one of the words so she said spaghetti and pointed to the one she wanted. She had to repeat herself a couple times because the server seemed disinterested. Instead of paying attention to us, she was looking out the window. Also, we would have liked more bread because we were both hungry, but was never asked if we wanted more, nor did we get a chance to because our plates were cleared before we had the opportunity. We paid with cash so we had to ask for change and when I did, my friend said she made a face at me. Let's just say I wasn't very pleased.
Food: Nothing to rave about. Food was a little bland. Portion size was decent, but overpriced for the taste value.
Overall, I would not come back here again. The service was a huge turnoff. For the price of what i'm paying for dinner I expect top service. I tried many restaurants around town in this value range and this was tops in terrible service. The food could have made up for it, but unfortunately, it didn't leave much to desire.
I would have thought that a place on Robson would be overpriced with small portions but that was not the case. The appies were well priced and good sized and the entrees were the same. It was very tasty as well, although I wouldn't say it is any different from any other Italian restaurant. None the less, I would still recomend this place as it doesn't follow the Robson trend
My fiance and I were told about this restaurant by friends and when we went here for dinner we could see why. We were greeted and treated as a priority with little to no wait time. They made sure that we were seated at a table of our liking and provided us with outstanding service by attending too our needs in a timely order.The atmosphere reflected an athentic italian flavour in everything from the dinning room itself to the decor surrounding it. The food was of excellent value, one of the best downtown. The portions were huge almost enough to share if you have an appetizer, and the food quality in itself rivals tastes of some of the more fancy expensive italian restaurants. I would definatley recomend this restaurant to anyone who loves italian food especially pasta.
Robson Street has a nice energy and buzz and on a warm evening with good food, it's a nice slice of life. Took my mother to Zefferelli's for her birthday at the recommendation of a coworker. Very nice ambiance, very decent food, and prompt service. My mother enjoyed the the food too. I'll be going back. Al dente the way it should be with their pasta dishes.
Zeffirelli's is nothing new but it isn't exactly behind the times either. Vancouver has been popping up a horde of box clone restaurants with paper cut hostesses and university student faux hawked waiters that can barely spell 'szechuan beef' let alone serve it.
This restaurant though has always had a mature staff and stable menu, you can go in, be seated and just sit down to eat. I read some other reviews arguing the price, did you look at CinCin's prices down the street? They are easily double and it isn't for the food quality.
Yes there are cheaper italian restaurants in the city but on Robson? Forget about it. You pay a premium for location and that translates into the price we pay for the food, nothing new there.
One thing that is new though is the menu which is long over due, we have been going there for years and the new update is both refined and enriched. The veal milanese is incredible!! You wouldnt expect to find a dish like this here but considering the restaurant is surrounded by CinCin and Fortes it is expected I suppose.
I think anyone who takes the time to sit down and review a restaurant is generally a little more critical than most and for all the faults that this restaurant has (not unlike most in our city) there are some shining gems both on the menu and amongst the staff.