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Modena

4.7
570 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Modena presents Italian-inspired cuisine that takes heavy cues from seasonal and regionally sourced ingredients. Modena balances classic cuisine with a modern approach, all enhanced by Chef John Melfi’s passionate and creative touch.

Experiences

  • Taste of Italy Four Course Prisso-Fisso

    $80.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Take a trip to Italy with a Four Course set menu rotating daily based on local and seasonal offerings from our purveyors.
  • Restaurant Week Three Course Menu

    $55.00 per person

    Jan 17 - Jan 29, 2022

    Our Three Course offering for Winter Restaurant Week 2022.
  • Restaurant Week Four Course Menu

    $70.00 per person

    Jan 17 - Jan 29, 2022

    Our Four Course Winter Restaurant Week 2022 Offering.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 570 people are saying
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vipcraig
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in DC, and I want to explain why, with enough detail to be helpful to others who are looking for new places to eat. First of all: the food is exceptional. A lot of Prix Fixe places want you to spend 200 bucks walking in the door - Modena lets you order one or a few of the amazing things they have on the menu, or go Prix Fixe, and the chef's menu changes often.

The next thing I love is the amazing craft cocktails. This place is small compared to some other DC restaurant, but their lead bartender Dan is an innovator. He's always inventing new cocktails, and the go-to drinks on their menu are excellent.

Finally - they take great care of their staff, so the staff sticks around. Our favorite waiter, Vic, has been there since shortly after opening, and knows what we want without us having to ask.

Modena is great food, amazing drinks, and top-notch service. Give them a try!

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vipBhankey2001
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall2food2service5ambience4

We did the Italian Experience. Food was good quality but seemed a quite over priced for the dishes we were served. Added wine selection at $45 per guest and expected to at least get 1 red wine at a With our Italian Experience. Whites and Rose. Quite a let down.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Muy buena la comida y excelente atención. La parte externa es un poco improvisada sin ningún atractivo. En general muy bueno.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New year’s eve

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Cait
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited for the NYE dinner. Every dish we ordered were great! I would give them extra stars for the services if I can! All of them were very kind and accommodating. I’m definitely going back for upcoming special occasions!

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LindsayK
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, cocktails and ambiance. The menu was innovative but also offered comfort food items.

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meredith
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We went here to celebrate a birthday because it had outdoor seating available on short notice while other restaurants closed down. The food and service were superlative. I requested an off the menu pomodoro with vegetables because I didn't care for the other vegetarian options, and it was wonderful. One of my companions ordered the truffle gnocchi and it was one of the best things I've ever tasted.

I had always thought of this place as a business lunch fixture, but I'll definitely come back here for regular social occasions. The outdoor seating is a an ordinary plastic tent, but they kept it warm with heaters and had soft lighting for ambiance.

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Elis
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner and the staff were very accommodating.

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vipICEMaiden
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most wonderful dinner. The food was excellent, the pasta home made, the portions perfect. Our server Petra was fantastic; knowledgeable, fun and friendly.
The restaurant design was such that the noise level was minimal with many soft surfaces absorbing the sound.
The wine list is very good.
Highly recommend for special celebration or a romantic dinner.

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Hangry1
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. We splurged for the feast of seven fishes 8-course meal with wine pairings. Everything was outstanding, including the service.

Modena
Responded on December 28, 2021

We enjoyed hosting everyone for our Seven Fishes meal, and are happy to hear that you enjoyed it as well.

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vipGuyC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Modena was a very enjoyable evening with excellent service and good food.
First courses were very good.
Monkfish was very tasty
Ribeye was ok
Wine choices were duperb
We will be back location is convenient and valet parking worked well

Modena
Responded on December 28, 2021

Thank you. We hope to see you again.

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vipBostonian
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went to Modena for Christmas Eve dinner and had the 3 course option.
We had several options for each meal, all very delicious. The server was even knowledgeable on GF options.
Everything tasted very good. We had the heirloom beet salad, arugula salad & grilled calamri as appetizers, the braised short rib (the best of all), the ribeye & GF tagliatelle.

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EBart
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service and ambiance!

Modena
Responded on December 28, 2021

Thanks for the feedback. I will pass along your compliments to our team.

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vipLuigi
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Modena just did it again: memorable evening thanks to incredible food! We will be back asap. Still number one in DC for ( affordable ) Italian food!!

Modena
Responded on December 28, 2021

We hope to see you again!

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ZugH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience3

Food is carefully prepared, and nicely served, but not outstanding in taste. Given the high price point, it was not worth it for us. Only one item out of a dozen stood out: the fried artichoke appetizer.

Modena
Responded on December 28, 2021

We are happy to hear that you liked the crispy fried artichokes and disappointed that the rest of the meal didn't hit that same standard. We always like to hear how we could have done better.

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JaniceS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good selection of Italian dishes. I highly recommend the beet salad and the in-house gelatos and sorbets. The seafood stew was good — large prawns and excellent white fish. The broth was over salty for my taste. Service very good.

Modena
Responded on December 28, 2021

Chef uses local ingredients to make the gelatos and sorbets daily. It's great to hear that you enjoyed them!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Polpette I have ever had. Best lasagna I have ever had.

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OliviaK
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was fantastic. Definitely recommend to others!

Modena
Responded on December 28, 2021

Thank you!

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vipAnupamT
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and excellent cocktails. One of the best Italian restaurants in my experience.

We were stated outside, but it was well heated and comfortable.

Service was excellent.

Will come back.

Modena
Responded on December 28, 2021

We are thrilled to hear you had a good time. Thanks!

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vippalisadespam
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food…the fried artichoke starter is amazing, efficient and friendly service. A lovely evening out.

Modena
Responded on December 28, 2021

We are happy to welcome you any time.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our engagement and my fiancés birthday, truly couldn’t have picked a better location. The food, ambiance and staff were all superb. 10/10 highly recommend.

Modena
Responded on December 28, 2021

Congratulations again, and thank you for the kind words.

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vipMonicaD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Excellent food and service

Modena
Responded on December 28, 2021

We hope to see you again soon.

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vipquotadriven
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Broke in a new waiter. That should not be the responsibility of customers. 1st visit there was great...not so much the 2nd time

Modena
Responded on December 28, 2021

We are happy you enjoyed the food, and are very sorry that your experience with us this time was lacking.

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vipNellP
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely dinner at Modena on December 15, 2021. We had the beet salad and the arugula salad, and then duck breast and tortellini in brodo. Everything was delicious. Our server, Antonio, was professional and attentive without being intrusive. A very nice evening.

Modena
Responded on December 16, 2021

Thank you! We will pass your compliments along to Antonio.

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SareesS
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

We went out to celebrate a friends graduation. We ordered multiple items and the review is:
Decent
Decent primi,
disappointing gnocchi,
outstanding duck,
average salmon,
Outstanding desserts as well.
Had always heard of their desserts being amazing so no complaints there. Will probably be visiting again just for their desserts. Overall the food was not worth the price. Except the desserts which were beyond amazing.
The service was slow but in their defense they were really busy. Great ambience.

Modena
Responded on December 16, 2021

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the dessert, and are very sorry the rest of the experience did not stand up to that standard. We would love to have you back. Best, Dan Landau-Smith General Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Tasting menu- mediocre. Server tried, appeared to not really know the menu. Somm was very engaging, some wine pairings questionable. Might go back for drinks but wouldn’t put on the top of my list.

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RosieC
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The burrata was great. I had the tortelli and my friend had the lasagna. It was great.

Modena
Responded on December 16, 2021

It's always great to hear that people enjoy our food. Thanks!

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PatrickF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Our server and sommelier--Chris and Rebecca--were friendly, engaging, and informative. They answered all of our questions, made great suggestions, and helped expedite our meal so we wouldn't miss an 8pm show.
The food was also wonderful. 10 out of 5.

Modena
Responded on December 16, 2021

Thank you so much! We are happy to hear your experience was fantastic.

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SouthernCrust
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent, service superb. We sat outside so did have a lot of street noise (sirens!). Otherwise it was wonderful.

Modena
Responded on December 16, 2021

Thank you for the kind words.

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AnyaT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We came to Modena for a special occasion dinner. It was a very lively environment with a great tasting menu and wine pairing. The sommelier was extremely knowledgeable and the service staff was outstanding!

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mike
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate my son's birthday. The staff was so nice and so informative. They made sure that nothing would interfere with my son's nut allergy. The food was exceptional and creative. Would go there again in a heartbeat.

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AdamO
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot, under the radar gem! Would definitely go back

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KatherineL
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third time eating at Modena and we continued to be impressed with the excellent food! The staff was very patient when we arrived late and accomodating of our 3 year old daughter.

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vipDCCatLady
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Modena never disappoints, in fact it just keeps getting better and better. I have dined here several times, and am always happier than the last time. The octopus, over the romesco with the vinaigrette was almost like butter, so incredibly tender. The artichoke hearts were so creamy on top of a bagna cauda that surpassed anything I’d had in Rome. At Petra’s recommendation we shared a pasta. She said that the gnocchi were like pillows, she was not wrong! We added the perigord truffles, which took the dish to an entirely new level. We then had the pork cheeks which just about melted I’m my mouth, the cheesy polenta was devine. The brodetto was a perfect blend of rockfish, shrimp and calamari, the lobster broth was packed with flavors, perfectly portioned. The chocolate mouse was chocolate on top of chocolate, and then even more chocolate. The Nikki Laude is a truly smoked cocktail and the Hotel Cozumel was refreshing. The entire staff, from start to finish was super friendly and informative. I can’t wait to come back!

Modena
Responded on December 10, 2021

Thank you for the kind words. We hope to see you again.

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vipdisappointed
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was good but it was noisy, expensive and felt like the first day they were ever open. The waiter spilled beer on me and barely apologized. There were at least two other spills near our table.

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Drome
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The lunch menu offers great choices and the food was excellent. It is perfect for a lunch meeting.

Modena
Responded on December 5, 2021

Thank you for dining with us.

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StephanieS
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Zack was wonderful - very attentive and had perfect recommendations. Great ambiance and even better food. Inventive cocktails and a fantastic wine list. The burrata, gnocchi, and duck breast were stand out dishes for the table. Looking forward to date night here again soon.

Modena
Responded on December 5, 2021

We will pass along your compliments to Zack. Thank you!

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vipLANCEM
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Certainly a great option if you want to get bonus points for a romantic date.

Modena
Responded on December 5, 2021

We are happy to hear that you had a great time.

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RashaH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You cannot go wrong ordering anything from the Modena wonderful menu. What stood out for me was the Polpette and the grilled artichoke hearts. The drinks and the desserts are not to be missed. Wonderful experience overall.

Modena
Responded on November 28, 2021

We are happy you enjoyed our food from beginning to end.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our kids down to DC for some sightseeing and decided to take them out for a nice meal. Modena was perfectly located as it is across from the hotel we stayed in. We were warmly greeted and sat immediately. The wait staff was great. Very diligent. The food was all delicious. We left stuffed and happy. Definitely coming back.

Modena
Responded on November 28, 2021

Thank you! We are happy you had a great time.

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FAQs

Modena offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 216-9550.

Modena is rated 4.7 stars by 570 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.