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La Moderna

4.4
4.4
123 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

La Moderna artfully combines a full menu of modern Italian classics from la cucina (the kitchen), skillfully crafted cocktails and pizza, served in a sophisticated and lively space, with more than a touch of Italian flare.

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This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–11:30 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–7:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (305) 397-8419

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party contact

    Larry Mele: (305) 801-3971

  • Neighborhood

    South Beach

  • Cross street

    18th. St.

  • Parking details

    5 Floor of Parking Garage in the Building

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 123 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. AA

    AndyA

    Miami

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    Dinner with father and law and kids

  2. RM

    RichardM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    The worst dining experience I’ve ever had. I’ve eaten there before and everything was fine, but now under new management it was a disaster. In the past there was a vegan menu that no longer existed. When asked the waiter said that they would be able to accommodate vegan dishes. We were seated promptly and our order was taken. We ordered a bottle of wine that came shortly after we received our water, unfortunately we waited 45 minutes before the bread arrived. We had to ask the waiter and then the manager for our bread. The manager seemed to have blamed the oven for our bread dilemma. After a while the salad was served. The Mediterranean salad was fine, the only decent thing that we ordered, unfortunately the waiter never brought the olive oil that I requested more than once. The Caesar salad was tasteless. The eggplant parmigiana was terrible but the fettuccine porcini was worse, tasted like it was cooked in dishwater, perhaps it was. The black pepper was what made it almost palatable. We waited over an hour after the salad was served before the other dishes arrived. The manager blamed this problem on the computer. At this point I’ve had it and just wanted out, but not before I expressed my feelings, letting the manager, staff, and anyone else in the restaurant know just what I thought and what a disappointment this restaurant has become. The manager realized how bad our experience was, so we weren’t charged for our misfortune.

  3. D

    Dave

    Miami

    24 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall2food3service1ambience2

    Evening started out normally enough . Appetizers were good—service was pleasant until we began to ask where our pasta entrees were one full hour after finishing our first course. We had not seen the pleasant waiter in all that time. He told us the manager would have to answer that question, The manager could not sufficiently answer the question and didn’t seem to think it was a problem that we had waited one hour for pasta dishes, which I’m guessing take 8-10 minutes max to prepare? Pleasant waiter returns to tell us 7 minutes more until the pasta comes out with no explanation let alone an apology. Stood up to talk to manager who was directly behind me at bar. He turns out to be a Frustrated man who appears desperate to make us go away by telling us we can leave and the appetizers and drink are on the house. Though owning up to the mistake and an apology would have been courteous and professional and would have had us stay, neither was offered and we exited the restaurant.

  4. CT

    CTJohn

    Miami

    160 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    160 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Very happy to see Moderna re-open in Sunset Harbor. Very nice authentic Italian restaurant!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    La Mod was always billed as “contemporary Italian”. That means, not Italian-American. In its new iteration, the food has moved yet another step away from pasta with red sauce. More veg, lean unsauced meat and fish—those were our choices, but you will probably recognize many favorites on the menu. Very hospitable, seating in or out in the covered passage. Feb 2020 still in shakedown mode, but worth it.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    They took away every vegan option, but online it shows they have them. This is why we went. Every restaurant around was busy, they were not. Server almost pushed us out the door as if she was as saving us from dining there.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An authentic Italian restaurant. They have numerous types of fresh gluten free pasta. We had the bolognese with GF spaghetti and fettuccine porcini with GF fettuccine and they were excellent. The panna cotta was great, highly recommend.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    187 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    187 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Glad they've re-opened...was cold tonight and wanted some comfort food indoors :)

  9. AS

    AshleyS

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Had a really nice experience at La Mod. We went for Miami Spice but I ended up just getting some pasta that was really good. My husband got the Vegan Lollies and Broccoli and I had a bite. This was a great tasty dish. Also the calamari he got was light and good as well. Good experience overall. Would go back if we loved in the area.

  10. M

    Mary

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Excellent experience!!!!! There is nothing better than being attended by the owner 😊

  11. D

    Dani

    Baltimore

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb food always, high quality ingredients and great service. We have made it our go-to place to escape to Italy without flying there!

  12. SC

    SandiC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful experience at La Moderna and my friends were pleasantly surprised by their orders.

  13. MG

    MatiasG

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    A little bit pricey, even with the Miami Spice. If they ask you if you want bread, take into account they will charge you for it, even if they don’t tell you about it in advance. Waiters are friendly. The truffles and mushroom risotto was delicious and the tiramisu was pretty good. Overall a good experience.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    We went for Miami Spice, what a deal! Restaurant seems to be ran like a fine tuned machine. Couple slips on our food, but quickly and barely noticeably fixed. We were in no rush so nothing bothered us, other than the loud echo of everyone talking as the acoustics are really bad and the lighting was super bright. We will be back though! Swordfish was INCREDIBLE!

  15. LC

    LuzC

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2019

    overall4food5service2ambience4

    Experienced the very delicious vegan miami spice menu options! it’s a cute location with nice outdoor seating. food was fantastic but had a disappointing lag in service after our entrees came out. Nonetheless, would definitely visit again because the food was just fab!

  16. OT

    OpenTableDiner

    Miami

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service from beginning to end. We received a warm welcome from the host who made us feel at home. The recommendations from the menu were delicious and we can’t wait to be back! Thank you!

  17. NA

    NayeliA

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wow! The food was great, the service was spectacular and the ambience was perfect. Walked in the wrong door and ended up having the owner serve us all night. Awesome and super interesting guy. We went for Miami spice since they have a vegan menu and everything was perfect. Highly recommended.

  18. NG

    NicktheGreek61

    New England

    33 reviews

    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    The service was excellent ! The Caesar salad, and bread was really good, but unfortunately our entrées were not up to scratch. We both had the seafood pasta dish. The pasta itself was cooked to perfection, ( nicely el dente ) but the tomato sauce tasted like pure tomato paste with nothing added, and the shrimp & squid tasted like it had freezer burn, (I'm not saying it had freezer burn, I'm just saying it tasted that way.) which tainted the whole dish. We both added balsamic vinegar to our dish, which seemed to help !! Even though we felt let down with our main course, we may give it another try, but steer away from their pasta dishes.

  19. LE

    LEOB

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best authentic Italian food in Miami

  20. CC

    ChrisC

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2019

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    Server made an error inputting our entree order into the system which resulted in 1 dish coming out much earlier (15 minutes) before all others. The 1 dish was taken to the back to warm back up. Additionally, we had to ask for more water, as they were either understaffed or not paying attention. It was quality food but just average service.

  21. T

    Theodigio

    Montreal

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I absolutely loved this place, the service was beyond AMAZING, from the gentleman who sat us to the amazing waitress, everything was perfect. The food and the drinks were AWESOME! I loved it so much I even went back for takeout from there! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  22. a

    amdtwns

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2019

    overall4food2service3ambience3

    nice restaurant and good service, but the food was not good and it was very expensive!

  23. GB

    GinaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great awesome staff food impeccable and authentic... brought 6 quest and ll loved everything we had. We did family style to try everything sooooo delicious

  24. C

    Carlo

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall1food1service3ambience4

    WE WERE STUCK. There was no indication of a fixed price limited menu on the open table booking site. It wasn’t until we were seated and shown the menu that we were aware of the limited menu and pricing. We stayed because we had no other options on New Year’s Eve. We have enjoyed La Moderna in the past, but the choices were not great and the food was unremarkable.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall1food2service5ambience3

    Terrible New Year’s rip off. Stay away.

  26. MC

    MikeC47

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Great Italian in a great neighnorhood. Friendly service. Under appreciated relative to its excellence.

  27. n

    normanc

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We sat outside on patio. Was great. Will return

  28. l

    lauraw

    Western NC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The most delicious food and the absolute best service!!! Loved loved this restaurant!!!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service!! Nice clean setting. One of the best options in the area for a nice real italian meal!

  30. K

    Kristina

    Miami

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really nice romantic place and our server Pasquale was really attentive and nice even tho we had just Miami spice, he didn't lower his hospitality like they do at other places. All the food was great, simple but tasty like they do it in Italy. Butternut squash ravioli were the best ravioli I had! The texture was perfect.. Will be back for sure.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience3

    Decent Italian. Fairly quiet spot. Nothing spectacular but good.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2018

    overall2food2service4ambience3

    Party of 12, no one liked their entree.

  33. SB

    SoBeSparky

    Jacksonville

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The service was exceptional. Ricardo knows the menu, the wine list and his recommendations were followed in most cases. The food was very good, eggplant fresh and tasty, fettuccine noodles made on premises with balanced seasonings, and the cheesecake was to die for.

  34. J

    Jerry

    Pittsburgh

    110 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    A fine Italian restaurant. Helpful waiter and good food. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Convenient parking garage that is not too expensive for Miami Beach.

  35. LJ

    LostJacket

    Miami

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Very Nice restaurant, great staff, very good food, Try this place.

  36. MI

    MaryIvelin

    Miami

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2018

    overall2food1service5ambience2

    Honestly, the food was plain, boring, bland and tasteless. My friend who loves the vegan and vegetarian options (she doesn’t even cook with salt), thought everything was boring. Service was good tho. The best tasting items were the desserts.

  37. JB

    JudiB

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious restaurant and the service was spot on. Miami spice is going on and our fabulous waitress jucie was the best. She told us her favorites and we listened! She was right it was great

  38. SS

    StevenfromSetauket

    New York Area

    144 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    144 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Average Italian at best. Bartender was very nice. Arrived 7 minutes before happy hour was supposed to end ... manager would not let us order happy hour bar food, only drinks. We had to order off of regular menu.

  39. MR

    MRPINEAPPLE305

    Fort Lauderdale

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely amazing from the moment we walked in. Wonderful ambiance, incredibly crafted cocktails and the food was delicious. Will be back this weekend!

  40. t

    toydoc

    Miami

    90 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2018

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Food was nicely done. Orders came out awkwardly but were all good.ambience is good, parking on street plentiful. Able to eat well and share plates for about $60-75 a couple.

FAQs

La Moderna does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. La Moderna also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (305) 397-8419.

La Moderna is rated 4.4 stars by 123 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    18th. St.

  • Neighborhood

    South Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–11:30 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–7:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    5 Floor of Parking Garage in the Building

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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