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Modesto Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.modestotapas.com
  • Phone: (314) 772-8272
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

    Happy Hour (bar and patio):
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    Mirasol Mondays
    Pan-Latin tapas specials and $5 Traditional mojitos all night

    1/2 Price Wine Wednesday's
    (1 bottle per table, $40 min. food purchase)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Executive Chef: Chef Carlos Hernandez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The staff at Modesto Tapas Bar and Restaurant will be happy to cater your special event. Call (314)772-8272 for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Brendan Marsden (314) 772-8272

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Edwards
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Modesto has two parking lots for your convenience - one is located adjacent to the building and the other is directly across the street.
A word from Modesto
Modesto Tapas Bar and Restaurant is St. Louis' first Spanish tapas restaurant. Tapas are a time-honored and cherished part of Spanish cuisine. The tapa (from the verb tapar - to cover) originally was a slice of bread or cured ham placed over the mouth of a wine glass. As the popularity of the custom grew, so did the variety. In Spain, tapas are much more than a culinary delight - they represent a lifestyle - an opportunity to share good times with friends in an unrushed, carefree manner. At Modesto guests are encouraged to do the same.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Great atmosphere! Food was delicious. Each tapas plate was better than the last (except for the pork belly - very tough)! Good for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. This is a great place for a date night or an adult celebration - I wouldn't bring children as there is a lot of activity."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was our 4th time at Modesto's and we have not been disappointed. Always good food and they keep favorites on the while adding new items. Always a good place to get something different and exciting."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had a small group for dinner. The restaurant honored our reservation and we were seated promptly. One in our party had significant food allergies and our server went above and beyond the call of duty to identify the ingredients in different meal offerings so that she could choose wisely. All four of us had great meals!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I get to Modestos a few times a year and it is always excellent! The Bistec a las cabrales is so amazing! I never skip the paella. It's nice to see some of the best things still on the menu and a few changes as well! Great wine, great food! Love the Tres Leches! I tell everyone how great Modesto is! Will come in more often!!!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "WE just to enjoy go there hmm I feel service has changed not so friendly any more.. the food was ok. Felt very rushed rushed."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Only rated lower this time because they ran out of basic bar ingredients for some mixed drinks."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We love all the delicious tapas at Modesto and it is always outstanding."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We went on Monday to see The Flamingo Dancing, it was great. The food was very good, all small plates, so we ordered several different things. The stuffed dates wrapped in bacon was really a hit, and the bread pudding was yummy to say the least. Our server was a very sweet girl who recommended various dishes, that were also great. A nice and different experience."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This was our first time...we will definitely be back. All food was great, nice presentation. Food came out in stages, even all the small plates were spread out so we could really appreciate each dish and nothing got cold. It was a bit more expensive than we originally expected but well worth it."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We spent time in Spain for our 20th Wedding Anniversary and we loved the food. So we wanted to capture that feeling again, so Modesto was perfect!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Tasting and sharing make entertainment out of a meal. We were a party of 7 wanting time to talk between courses. Only one bottle of featured wine available, but we found another variety excellent for 2 more bottles. Small plates were generally excellent. Especially liked stuffed peppers and lamb sausage. Also mussels on special. Server knew her menu and was cheerful and accommodating. It is noisy, however. Hate to have to shout to be heard."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Did not try the tapas small plates, because I wanted paella--but the small plates passing by LOOKED delicious. The paella was excellent, as was the ensalata mixto for a starter. Nice wine selection. Only downside was a screaming child two tables over, but we were dining early (not so likely later in the evening), plus that is not really the restaurant's fault. Will definitely return!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Early Father's Day celebration at Modesto Saturday night with our son, his fiancée Fay, and our grandson, Aiden. It's not the quietest restaurant but food and service were great! They did not have our reservation correct though which I addressed earlier in the day at the confirmation call. They didn't attend to it so we had to scramble for another chair when we were seated."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Modesto offers traditional Spanish tapas nested in a traditionally Italian neighborhood. Its offerings are extensive and interesting. As a vegetarian, I had several options to choose from. We tried the fried cauliflower in truffle oil (a must-have!), the grilled asparagus (nice), the tortilla espanola (could use a more garlicky aioli), and the baked goat cheese (neither wonderful nor terrible). I will definitely head back to try some other options (and for that cauliflower...mmm, that cauliflower). The ambiance is lovely -- great for a date or a get together with friends. Be aware that they permit smoking on the patio, so if you don't enjoy eau de tobacco with your fine dining, request an inside table. Overall, a great experience!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "So much fun and the food is incredible! Something different on The Hill for sure. Definitely recommend. Our server was helpful and the bartender knowledgeable. Just GO!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "From the first time I discovered Modesto by accident, it's been my favorite place to eat. The menu is varied and superb, the staff is always friendly, helpful and attentive. My most recent visit was for my anniversary, and it was perfect! I will go back again and again to this stand out restaurant."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I love Modesto. The paella, avocado salad, cauliflower, empanadillas were all delicious! We are vegetarians and had plenty of choices. I recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Modesto creates a perfect ambiance to visit and celebrate with family / friends. It is a great feeling to share food and conversation over time and not feel rushed with either. Great wine too ! And very nice gluten free selection. Thank you. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Love the food, ambience, service was perfect, sangria and paella were the best in town. It is just a great place to go to have a wonderful meal for something different!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Tapas create the challenge of planning which dishes go together well. Random picks of what reads as good, don't necessarily mix well with the palate. Most dishes were tasty; some were too hot, some needed a little spice, some were too oily. Dessert was interesting but had too strong a taste of sesame and burnt torta."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Lots of variety and great food. Also like the changing menu. Disappointing service but it might be limited to just our waitress "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The goat cheese with tomato paste was sad. And when one advertises goat cheese, they expect more. The paeilla, while flavorful, was overcooked and did not seem to have hardly ANY of the seafood listed on the menu. I feel like I got simply ripped off on that one. The calamari is good, your citrus shrimp salad is good, your mixed mushrooms are okay, the (red) wine was good, the lamb was excellent and prepared perfectly (kudos), and the bread pudding was impressive. Just such lame paella (del mar)! Huge let down. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Pleasantly surprised by a flamenco show. Had well made drinks at the bar. Ordered several tapas that were all very good. Next time we will be more strategic with our ordering."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "This restaurant is great. For anyone who has lived in other cities in the US, you will be hard pressed to find decent restaurants in St Louis. (St louisians think their restaurants are great but that is because they have no other comparisons since they have never been any where else but St Louis). Great menu selection, decent pricing, eclectic wine menu, decore has a good vibe to it. We dined with another couple and among the 4 of us we ordered a total of 10 dishes (remember this is a tapas menu so think appetizers for everything). All 10 scored an A."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The wife and I love to hit up Modesto whenever we get the chance. Dinner before The St. Louis Symphony presents Ben Folds show presented the perfect occasion. As always the food was great and the sangria roja was superb. We both highly recommend saving room to split the Cinnamon ice cream and bread pudding topped off with a espresso. I guess our only complaint is how they did the seating. We were the first people to be seated for the evening. The next two groups that came in were seated right next to us. Why not spread it out some at the beginning of the night when it is still very quiet in the establishment? This wasn't a deal breaker but it was rather awkward until the room started to fill with background noise (approx. 40min)."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Excellent food. Be sure to try the sangria and the dessert (both the braes pudding and churro a are outstanding)."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had a group of 6 celebrating a birthday. When I made this reservation I noted for the server to do something special and also noted it to the hostess when we arrived. Unfortunely it was not communicated to our server. I think our server was somwhat new. It took a very long time for our server to first address us to ask for our drinks. We were sat in a little cubby so maybe we were out if sight out of mind. The good was good it's just the service was not that great."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Good Tapas, Good prices. Nice night with friends out...."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Went back during a visit to St. Louis with colleagues and happy to taste that Modesto still makes for a delicious night out. The tapas were executed well and the wine list has something for everyone and a nice selection of cocktails. Only thing that was a bit off was one of the paellla dishes which was a touch dry. We all left happy and full."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This is a great small plates venue that just happens to be nestled in the famous Italian "The Hill" neighborhood of St Louis. We were visiting St Louis for marathon weekend. We love small plates and Modesto caught our eye on Yelp. Our experience was fantastic. Modesto serves up really good, fresh, and tasty cuisine. The venue is great and the service is impeccable. What a great find. We will return to Modesto in upcoming visits to St Louis!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Upon arriving to Modesto at 7:30 for our reservations at the same time, we were told it would be a few minutes. Then another group of 3 walked in and got seated right away along with 3 other groups. By this time it had been over 15 minutes. After talking to the hostess we found out one of those groups had a reservation for 7:15 and were late. I do not find it fair that just because they were late they get to be seated right away and even though we were on time we had to wait--so much for reservations. The food however was great! We ordered one of the dishes twice because it was so good! Delicious!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I love Spanish food and Modesto has a great representation of traditional and locally prepared tapas selections. I really like their paellas and feel that they bring authentic flavors and selections in their menu. I certainly recommend them to anyone who wants a different cuisine with a special spanish flair."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My wife, daughter, and I have a great evening here. Unlike what was noted in another review, each item we ordered was delivered in just a few minutes."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We recant went to Barcelona and visited several Tapas bars and Modesto had a better more interesting variety than anything there."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The rabbit sausage was killer as was the peppers, empanadas and bread pudding and flan. Go enjoy"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "My friend and I came in Wednesday night with this being our first time to the restaurant. The food was GREAT!! But the best part that will have me coming back was our server Megan. She was super personable, knowledgeable with her menu, and was just over all a warm and friendly person who made us feel like we had known her our whole lives. So I will be back and asking for Megan to be our server cause she sealed the deal with finding a new favorite restaurant to visit frequently."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "A group of six of us went out for a friends birthday and loved the experience! I really recommend this for a group because we were able to try a lot of different dishes."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We four, grandparents and teenage grandchildren, love tapas, and Modesto's is a great place to enjoy same. It's great fun to share each others' selections and try new flavor combinations. We've been there previously and will go again."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We always have fun at Modesto and love to take people who have never been because it is such a unique experience. They had some new menu items this time--some we would have again, some we would not. But that is the nature of little plates or tapas. Didn't care for the brussel sprouts or the short ribs. Brussel sprouts were not that tasty and short ribs were a little too over done. Some of the pieces on the lamb skewers were tough. But as usual, all the other items were great."
    Dined on 3/1/2014