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Zefferelli's Spaghetti Joint

1136 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC V6E1B2
Tel: (604) 687-0655
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 11:30AM - 10:30PM, Fri: 11:30AM - 11PM, Sat: 5PM - 11PM, Sun: 5PM - 10PM
  • Zefferelli's is a sophisticated, warm spot upstairs on Robson Street featuring a menu of rustic, authentic Italian cuisine.

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Worst of the Year
By thetruthhurts of West End, Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 6, 2007 - 11:39pm [Dine in]

Never go to Zefferelli's. Upon arrival, I was pleased with the ambiance; they have what looks like a lovely antipasti bar and a calm, unpretentious look. We were told that there would be 30 minute wait (Thursday night on Robson at 8 PM) and chose to seat ourselves in the two small tables adjacent to the kitchen. Our server came after a few minutes and prompted us to order, explaining that even if a table opened after our having had appetizers, we would not be moved. We ordered wine (the Pinot Noir by the glass, which was weak and lacked body) and asked for more time. He returned, dropping the wine at the table and walking off. I grabbed him to ask questions regarding the menu, which he answered. He didn't tell us the specials. I ordered a caesar salad and my partner ordered the Antipasto Misto. My salad was mediocre but edible, the antipasto was lackluster and the mussels conatined within were extremely fishy, to the point that my partner, a Chef like myself, felt as if he might be sick later on. We received our entrees about 20 minutes later, and as I pushed my 3/4 full salad plate (I'm a very slow eater) to the center of the table to make room, our waiter whisked it away. Our entrees were horrendous. Mine, the tortellini with bleu cheese and bacon dressing, tasted exactly like my companion's, the duck sausage linguine. Both tasted exactly like bland perogies-saltless, flavorless, and starchy. The linguine was an egg noodle from a box. It was incredibly disappointing. After waiting for 15 minutes plus with our napkins on the table, our waiter came back. I told him both entrees were not good, and explained why, asking for the bill. He said "oh," and walked away. Another 15 min later I stopped the manager and explained to him the situation, asking again for the bill. His response was that he "had been told already" and that he'd get the bill. We paid for our salad, antipasto, and wine and left.

Never go to Zefferelli's.

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Only worth if you use an Entertainment Book coupon
By k-eats of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 6:03pm [Dine in]

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.

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Hold the salt!!!!
By ToddGack of West End (19 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 9:13am [Dine in]

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.

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Beats Italian Kitchen hands-down.
By AussieFoodiesInVan of Denman & Robson (13 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 10:40pm [Dine in]

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.

Will return.

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Not wowed, but I`d go back
By 54321 of Richmond (26 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 5:34pm [Dine in]

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.

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Nice Lunch
By nelsongourmand of West End (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 28, 2007 - 9:56pm [Dine in]

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.

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A decent experience
By kar of burnaby (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 5, 2007 - 10:42pm [Dine in]

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.

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Olympic Pricing? Too Salty
By killer23d of Richmond, BC (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 22, 2010 - 12:02am [Dine in]

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.

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One of the best Italian expereinces you'll have
By Illhaveapaleale of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, October 4, 2008 - 7:40pm [Dine in]

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.

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Pleasantly Surprised
By discover of kerrisdale (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 1:17pm [Dine in]

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

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Simple and Effective
By PrincePatron of Van (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2007 - 7:13pm [Dine in]

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.

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Great Restaurant all Round
By akaak of burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 1:14am [Dine in]

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.

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