Modesto
Modesto

Modesto

  • 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: Vegetarian / Vegan, Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • 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) 772-8272x

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.
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Modesto reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (55)neighborhood gem (45)special occasion (37)romantic (36)good for groups (33)hot spot (19)notable wine list (15)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (6)great for outdoor dining (5)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Disappointing
    Erika
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I've been to Modesto before and it was always great but this time was very disappointing. We had the spaghetti squash pastries and they had absolutely no taste whatsoever. The braised short ribs (which I'm not sure were even short ribs) were tasteless, it had charred bits on it which is good but not supposed to be on braised meat and the breaded fried onions on top werechewy, not crispy and tasted a little old. Our server was very nice, but the night was a special occasion and it was just very disappointing. We left after forty minutes and only ordered three tapas. However, the creamy lobster bisque that we started with was very good, and the bacon wrapped dates were good as well.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Trying to Impress
    JEJR
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Had friends from out of town in and we're always looking for exceptional places to take them that are out of the chain family of restaurants. Modesto did not disappoint! From the time we were seated to the time we paid the bill, the service and selection was beyond reproach. The 6 of us ordered a variety of tapas from the fried cauliflower to the octopus, the green beans to the tuna and enough wine to enhance the flavor of everything that tempted our palates. It's not our first experience at Modesto and it definitely won't be the last. And our friends are coming back and want to come too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful experience
    DavePVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    This place is awesome! The food was outstanding, the service impeccable, the wait staff were very knowledgeable and all of their recommendations were spot on. Although I chose to dine in the dining room I was very tempt d by their happy hour menu. Incredible deals, I strongly suggest you stop by!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Our group was our family of 5 plus my daughter's three roommates. This was our second trip to Modesto because the first was such a hit. This one was just as good. We loved sharing so many different dishes and they were all so good. The wait staff was excellent. Even with 8 people at a round table, we were able to hear each other talk. Great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food was delicious! Service was awesome. One complaint was that you were out of a wine we wanted to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modesto is amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We absolutely loved Modesto. I don't think we left one drop of food on our plates. The service was outstanding and it was just a beautiful restaurant. We will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wilma
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Wonderful tapas, I was recently in Spain and Modesto is better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modesto - Great staff and food
    jtkerry
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Being a Spanish tapas bar/restaurant, the menu offered a variety of small plates of food to share (as you would appetizers in other restaurants). The food was outstanding, the staff and servers were attentive but not overbearing and the price was moderate. They paid attention to little things. It was a very pleasant experience. We went for our anniversary this last weekend and was surprised with a couple of glasses of brut. A note: This is a popular area restaurant. Reservations for dinner are a must on weekend nights. The few times we went without we couldn't get in. Haven't tried on a week night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always
    Safd
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Modesto is one of my wife's and my favorite places. Food is consistently excellent and our server did a great job recommending things even though we've been here a few times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas
    Goodeats
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The service was excellent and the food delicious. I have and will continue to recommend this restaurant to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will be back
    Susan
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Interesting mix of tapas. Unusual drinks. Great service from Megan. I only wish that that vegetable options were less frequently fried. However, we were happy to eat the meats!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not disappoint!
    NashvilleNewbie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I haven't been to Modesto in years and it was even better than I rememe. The service was great and the wine and tapas were outstanding. We had an 6pm reservation on a Friday night and it was practically empty when we arrived. But by 8pm the place was packed and a definite hot spot to be! I will not wait so long before I return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food!
    Katie28
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I went with my family, which included two kids under the age of 10. The food was amazing and there was something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    Toughbutfair
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We chose Modesto for something new, what a poor choice. From the tasteless sangria that had a few pieces of fruit tossed on the top (that weren't even pink from absorbing the wine) to the undercooked flatbread that tasted like it was from a rolled out can of dough (the put it back in the oven and returned our partially eaten meal) to the burnt and chewy eggplant and the inconsistently cooked and tough lamb we will never go back and would suggest others don't even bother. Our server didn't know the food menu or the wine list. Complete failure on Modesto's part to provide even a decent experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • St. Louis "Jewel of The Hill"
    Stever65
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This place is truly a exceptional find...The ambiance is very relaxing, but not too quiet...just enough mild noise to give the place an atmosphere of people having a really enjoyable meal in a well-run restaurant. Service is exceptional, very responsive (but not overly-attentive), always available with recommendations on both food and drink, and striving to make the experience delightful. The food...ahhhh the food...every tapa that we tried was excellent, but some standouts included the rabbit on puff pastry and the "pulpo" (baby octopus). I've also sampled several recommended wines and found them delicious. The mixed drinks are unique, and the beer selection is good for a non-brewpub. Good deals for Happy Hour too! A+.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing modest about Modesto!
    KUSHARK
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great tapas restaurant. Their tres leches desert was very good, but their bread pudding was the best I've ever tasted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good!
    Aflh2oVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Had another great meal. The peppers stuffed with chicken and chorizo were outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tapas in an Italian Neighborhood
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The restaurant is in the Italian "Hill" Section of St. Louis. The location has adequate parking next door and across the street. We sat in the bar area. The wine list is rounded with various Spanish and South American vintners at an average price point. We ordered the Kale salad and noted the Kale was chewy and could have used a momentary flash on the grill. The feta fried cheese balls were nice. The Lobster Empanada was excellent but the dough portion was much more than the lobster filling, needs to have either less dough or more filling for that portion size. The Calamari was a mix of whole calamari and tentacle rounds. The former were rubbery but the latter very good. It was a good dining experience in an established dining mecca area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DrLydiaGrayVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our server was fantastic and so was the wine, but the pallea, seafood salad, pulpo and ham were not good. Won't be back anytime soon.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Review
    Xman1026
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Food was OK...not too tasty. Definitely an adult-themed restaurant. Would not go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quality of food has worsened.
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have been going to Modestos on and off for 10 years and this is the first time that the food has made us not want to go back to this restaurant. We have tried other tapas places like Barcelona and have always returned to Modestos until now. Was ver disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Modesto
    MikeB
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Always enjoy the tapas. And the happy hour bites were great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flamenco night
    susieq
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This was my first experience at this restaurant and I wasn't disappointed. My husband and I tried 2 of the tapas and ordered the paella with chicken along with a glass of sangria. We've never had Spanish food and found the exotic entrees very tasty. We will visit again sometime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We made a reservation for 7:30 and they were packed took 20 minutes to seat us. The wonderful owner felt so made he gave us a a free plate of whatever we want very nice guy. Our waitress recommend the calamari since it comes out fast it was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME
    foodie49
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was amazing. I will definitely be back to try more dishes. I was with a party of 7 and our waitress did a great job serving us and keeping us very happy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modesto on a weeknight
    moderatefoodie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We enjoyed an uncrowded restaurant on a lovely summer weeknight. Our server, Lisa, was excellent, providing us with great information on menu items as well as ordering guidance. The food was very good and satisfying. We were also treated to a slice of birthday cake which fit our reason for dining out. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modesto almost the besto
    kcbsail
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Appetizer of crab fritters were excellent, the highlight of the meal. Shared regular paella which was good, not great, would try the full seafood version next time. Sangria was above average and worth the second glass, Make Modesto a destination, thinking you will enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was good
    tastymagazine
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Nothing about the food was super incredible. If you are in the area and looking for a good lunch spot, it may work. Nothing was new, nothing seemed incredible, nothing was worth ordering again on another visit. Also, we had a trainer training a server. We sat at a two person table and were sandwiched on both sides by the trainer and traineee. Very awkward.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Modesto
    NancwaherndonVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Hadn't experienced tapas before. Each plate was better than the last! It was all very good and brought out promptly! Kale was a great server!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Packed night...
    jEcEaTs
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Been to Modesto before and had a great experience! This time, although it was really crowded, our food still came out really quick and was delicious but our waitress was lacking. She was really slow and not very personable. They had changed the Manu as well so several of my favorites were no longer being served. Overall, it was a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 50 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 949 reviews are from the Modesto reviews archive.
  • Birthday Bibge!
    DaveNdana
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Took my friend out on an early birthday treat to Modesto's. Everything was great: service, food choices, ambience and dessert! The Rioja was a great compliment to all of our tapas selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night!
    TeamWR
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We were visiting St. Louis while on vacation and Modesto was the perfect place for our date night! We literally closed the place down! :) We enjoyed delicious tapas and great wine. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a night out!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New favorite place!
    Alethia
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal and Service
    STLfoodlover
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite place!
    Ihearttapas
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
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  • love this restaurant
    musicfaninmo
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Only rated lower this time because they ran out of basic bar ingredients for some mixed drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great tapas
    paulajeanVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We love all the delicious tapas at Modesto and it is always outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Entertaining
    lovemyfish55VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.