Modus Ristorante
Modus Ristorante

Modus Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://modusristorante.com/
  • Phone: 4168619977
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Bruce Woods
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: York Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: VALET PARKING AVAILABLE SATURDAY (EVENINGS)
A word from Modus Ristorante
Introducing: Modus Ristorante, the plush new Financial District spot for upscale Italian Modus Ristorante, a new restaurant in the Financial District, might serve Italian food, but refreshingly, no one’s anxious to label it “rustic.” Behind Modus is Sam Genkov, owner of the 16-year-old District favourite Bravi Ristorante, and chef Bruce Woods, formerly of Brassaii. No stranger to high-end Italian cuisine, Woods worked at Il Posto in the late ’90s, becoming executive chef and co-owner of Centro after taking over for Marc Thuet. Modus’s menu shows Woods back in his element, re-imagining recognizable Italian classics as fine-dining creations. Behind the restaurant’s 300-bottle wine program is sommelier Ruben Elmer of Profile Wine Group, who has also previously worked at Canoe and Auberge du Pommier. The list offers 10 reds and eight or nine whites by the glass, with a heavy focus on Italian, Californian and South American wines.
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Modus Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4.2
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (13)fit for foodies (9)special occasion (7)good for groups (7)notable wine list (6)great for outdoor dining (5)romantic (4)neighborhood gem (4)hot spot (2)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Mixed feelings
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Walked by it many times but finally went in. The food was great but it caters to the downtown office set and there was a very noisy cocktail party in the bar with smokers spilling out through and blocking the entrance. So, while the service was pretty good and the food and wine offering exceptional, the ambiance was, unfortunately, much less than it could have been. If I ever go back it will only be if there isn't a large noisy group blocking the entrance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Unsatisfied
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I took a client out to lunch, we both ordered the salmon. It was embarrassing! For $30 a plate we got a tiny piece of salmon, a few inedible sprouts which took the place of a bed of lettuce and ONE yellow bean. Completely misrepresented on the menu. The salmon was very average, nothing special. I take clients out all the time and this restaurant was over priced and we left hungry!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OK
    Samantha9
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Came here for a business meeting but there was a bit of a delay with our lunch and it was too loud that we couldn't hear conversations being held at the table. Overall the food was good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A solid performer in a tough crowd
    Ivebeeneverywhereman
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Nice ambience. Small but varied menu - I was able to order halibut that was not on the menu for the day - and everyone in my group of three found an appealing choice. All were pleased with their choices. Halibut was as good, or better, than I've ever had. Wine list covered all price points although prices were probably 20-30% higher than I'd expect. Wine steward helped me find a couple of $95 Italian reds that I was quite happy with but I would rate them as $25 retail quality. Overall, I'd return but limit my wine purchases!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Food was delicious but portions were a little small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere, great food
    Valeria
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I enjoyed my stays, a great place to meet and great food. My waiter was rushing. It's pricey. .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • June 21
    JimboVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This my 3rd visit to Modus. My first meal was excellent, one of the best gnocchi dishes I had ever had. The 2nd visit was not as good, the lamb was chewy, the gnocchi average. So this was the tie breaker. The majority of the food was under seasoned, including their famous meatballs - but it was the service that sealed the deal. Waited about 30 minutes for them to clear our dishes after we were done our mains, and I am pretty sure we were one of the last tables in the restaurant. When they finally came to clear, we waited another 10 minutes after that to even take a dessert order, and that was after I tracked them down - they were busy setting up the restaurant for the following day's service. At these prices, I expected a lot more.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Octopus I have ever had!
    GELAT0VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I have had Octopus in both Italy and Spain, and for my money Modus has the best I have ever had. The serve it as an appetizer Galithian style with potatoes, Tomato, tender, great flavors, A+! Bravo!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Never disappointed when going to Modus...excellent food (you have to try the tuna tartare and seared scallops: spectacular!). Never had a disappointing meal. Presentation is off the charts and service is always solid. Love the design of the space. Open and elegant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 180 reviews are from the Modus Ristorante reviews archive.
  • Enjoygoodfood
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Excellent meal. Wait staff friendly and helpful in a professional manner. I was with clients and they were made to feel right at home. Another fine evening at Modus. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    I loved the atmosphere, unfortunately the waiter forgot our food and when we did get it my guest dinner was cold, she ordered a chicken salad, we were told it takes a long time to cook the chicken, but the their were two tables who came in after us and they were served very quickly, our meal took half hour after we ordered and we had to ask about it. Not too happy as I was treating a client.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok food, odd service
    visitor2yyzVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    The food for the restaurant was simply ok. Nothing wrong but nothing exciting. It felt like a restaurant that used to be better and is living off of its reputation from the past. I'll pass next time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, poor ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Great food, good service. Not great ambience. Dividing front bar section from interior restaurant section, with drapes, ineffective. Was very noisy which spoiled the atmosphere. Too bad, as the chef is great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Perfect Spot
    Foodies4ever
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Modus Ristorante was the perfect spot to have lunch and reminisce with an old friend. The restaurant is perfectly located at King and York and has a beautiful ambience, with floor-to-ceiling grey satin drapes used as wall dividers. I was easily able to make a same day reservation for noon. The reception area is very inviting and the staff were very pleasant.They helped take our coats and brought the coat check tags right to our table. The wait staff were excellent, very helpful and friendly, and took the extra time to help us to decide between a side of Argula, Rapini, or Citrus marinated fennel salad. My friend and I shared our dishes of Honey and hazelnut crusted salmon and Potato and braised lamb ragu gnocchi. Both dishes were delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modus has become my new favourite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Modus has become my new favourite restaurant to take clients for lunch. Great menu, well prepeared and presented food , with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks for a wonderful evening!
    jmw81VIP
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    We had a fantastic experience at Modus - the food was absolutely delicious and very well presented (we had the beet salad, scallops main and antipasto platter) and the staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Beautiful restaurant and run by a very nice man named Sam who we had the pleasure to meet and spend time with throughout the evening. Will definitely be back and keep Modus in mind for a special occasion, thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Get together
    Luba
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Got together with a group of collegues at Modus as it came highly recommended by a friend. She was right! The service was excellent, the wine list exceptional and the food was just fantastic. I would recomment this reseraunt to anyone looking for a elegant place to take friends, family or clients.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Restaurant
    Enjoygoodfood
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed a lovely evening at Modus Restaurant. Everyone was extremely attentive and made us feel truly welcome. The soft lighting, candles and decor created a romantic atmosphere for us, however my husband had been previously in a business scenario and the restaurant works equally well for that. Food was excellent - Tuna Tartar and Octopus salad appetizers were great and lamb shanks for the main course were outstanding. Great wine list - server was extremely helpful in helping us pair wine for our food. Would definitely recommend this restaurant and will most definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Diner
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    My husband and I dined at Modus for a "date night" + a theatre show later. We had a very good experience at Modus: very friendly but non intrusive staff, also very knowledgeable. Food was superb! We would go again :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only Positive Surprises
    Joanne
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Our dining experience was excellent from the moment we were seated to coffee and dessert. The food was excellent - we had the lentil and sausage soup, tuna and the mushroom risotto - all beautifully prepared and presented. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the wine and recommended the perfect choice for us. The service overall was attentive, conscientious but not intrusive. The ambiance was lovely as well. We will return again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Italian restaurant
    stimur
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Does not worth the money we've spent in there. - It started from the very beginning, when they could not explain how to find them over the phone. - Kept us waiting for 30 minutes to be seated. Even though we had a reservation and they had a lot of free tables.Receptionist simply forgot about us. - The worst steak in Toronto. It was over burnt piece of meat surrounded by veggies, with the same coarse burnt taste. And it costs $45, seriously ? Notified their manager about it and left. minus one restaurant in our area.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Valentine's Day
    neonthoughts
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Took my girlfriend for Valentine's Day and if we weren't sharing a hotel room with friends, whew...it would have went down. The food was absolutely ridiculous. The ahi tuna was seasoned perfectly with just enough sear and the ravioli would gave my Italian grandmother's a run for it's money (don't tell her that though). The wine list was impressive, we ended up going with a 2010 Merlot. Even though we were pretty full after dinner,we thankfully decided to split an apple tart and wash it down with a glass of Port. Perfect finish to an outstanding meal. We'll definitely be back next time we're in the Toronto area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, average service
    JeffFromTO
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went for Valentines day dinner. The food was good quality (especially the appetizers) and came out promptly. The service was brusque and ordinary. None of the staff made an effort to build much rapport with us, and the waiter had to be reminded about our drinks before they arrived. The experience wasn't dreadful, but it also wasn't what I expected given the price of the meal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious but patience req'd
    Gotjosh
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    A delicious menu fancily plated along with an amazing wine list adds combines to make it worth while the slow service in this faded dark street level downtown restaurant. Went here for Valentines day and it was nice but average in many respects.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very very good dining experience
    RHiller
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I had dinner at Modus on Valentine day. The wild mushroom soup and the appetizers were good to very good. My sea bass was excellent and it was probably one of the best fish dish I have had in the last few years. It was just cooked perfectly. My wife's pasta was also very good. Service was excellent as our waiter was attentive but not intrusive. The dishes were served to us all within reasonable time intervals. Overall, it was a very very good (almost excellent) dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We both enjoyed our appetizers, Shrimp and Carpaccio. However, my husband had to send back his cornish hen as it was underdone, my gnocchi was ok. We sat with our finished plates in front of us for at least 15 minutes before we finally had to ask to have them removed. We skipped dessert because we just wanted to leave.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Valentines
    TimmyD
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    A very nice restaurant for a special occasion such as valentines. The food was well presented with great flavours. loved the atmosphere and ambience, we will go again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uneven Presentation Disappoints
    John
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Waiter lost interest in us when we did not order a bottle of wine. Martini tasted “watered down” as if it had been standing while the ice melted. Ravioli were ordinary. Dessert wine was charged at $12.00 when menu said $10.00] Cheese plate dessert seemed to hold very little and not much for the price [$18.00]. Canadian coffee was served lukewarm. On the plus side, Ahi tuna tartare and mushroom soup were very good as was the Chilean Sea Bass special for the evening. Nevertheless, we were disappointed and would not return or recommend this place because of its uneven presentation generally, notwithstanding its acceptable ambience and noise level. If you decide to try this place, be prepared for surprises not to your liking.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was very good but
    TheodorVIP
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    The food was very good but it should not take 35 minutes to get an appetizer
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Colleague's 15 year anniversary
    DKTO
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    This was a great spot to celebrate a colleague's 15 year work anniversary. There were 8 of us and we had a beautiful side room all to ourselves! The decor and ambience was great and allowed me to say a few words of reflection and congratulations without a loud crowd drowning me out. It helped to thatour reservations were 11:45am, so we were a little ahead of the business crowd. Great wine, food and setting. Modus is the triple threat....and my best kept secret!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I would definitely go back!
    Isabelle
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I thought the menu was a bit pricey but the food was excellent and that to me means it was worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive and inattentive
    Wylieguy
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Was there for a business lunch. Our waiter was largely absent and had to be flagged to order wine, order meals, ask for pepper etc. After ordering wine, he finally came to take our order...Three of us selected fish, at which point he told us that the fresh fish delivery didn't come...I don't suppose it would have occurred to him when he gave us our menus and before i ordered the wine to mention this fact? The meals took quite some time to arrive at which point what was supposed to be a leisurely lunch turned into a rush as a result. Net net, the food itself was quite good, the ambiance itself pleasant but the service was inattentive and unprofessional...particularly when the tab is $100 a head.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible Service for Two
    norontfoodie
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    I had lunch at Modus while in Toronto for business. I had a bad feeling as I detected a sneer from our waiter when we chose still water over sparkling water sold by the bottle. The antipasto was delicious and prompt. The pasta was delicious, but we waited for it for over an hour. No condiments were offered. Empty water glasses sat unattended for over 30 minutes. The half-hearted apology blaming the kitchen was a cold comfort (and untrue - I watched larger parties who arrived after us eat before us). I have eaten in the best restaurants in Toronto (including neighbors in the Financial District) and this was the worst service that I have received in recent memory. Perhaps I needed to put my Prada bag on display to get the waiter's attention.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Meal. My guests
    Enjoygoodfood
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Excellent Meal. My guests had pasta, seafood and lamb dishes All very well prepared and presented. Excellent choice of wine to pair with the meals. Great ambience in the restaurant. Service prompt and courteous. Overall great dining experience. One of my guests said it was the best meal she had in months. Kudos to the chefs and staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business lunch
    Josh
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    Great place to take a customer for lunch. Upscale feel, professional and efficient service. Menu options for all tastes. Good food, well presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent for a business lunch.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Pricey but food was very good. Service was efficient and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely spot and yummy food
    Delicious
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    But the restaurant was empty. Not sure why. Food was delicious. Decor is lovely. Service was obviously perfect - only one other table to serve....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went for a lunch with clients.
    Adam
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    Went for a lunch with clients. Very busy and we were 10 minutes late but the table was ready and waiting. Service was a little slow, but the food was very good and it had a very good wine list. Overall a good experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noise level was too loud. Service
    NotSatisfied
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Noise level was too loud. Service was not good - didn't seem organized.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Fish & Pleasant Surroundings
    YYZGUYVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    I have lunch @ Modus at least twice a month but seldom have the opportunity to enjoy dinner there. The food, particular the fish is very good. The service Thursday evening could have been better, though was not bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.