Modesto Trattoria

4.5
1275 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Led by chef and owner Hector Diaz, Modesto features a farm to table approach to upscale wood-fired Italian. The menu changes twice daily and includes a variety of fresh seafood, fine meats, and house made pastas. Pizzas are hand-tossed and cooked in a wood fired oven made in Italy. To compliment your meal, our bar offers over 30 exclusively Italian wines as well as a dynamic list of classic and cutting edge cocktails. Desserts are made from scratch, including our famous tiramisu, and we proudly serve SRO Coffee.

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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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1275 people are saying
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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Cheryl
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our celebratory dinner was delish! The music was great, the service very accommodating. The only issue was that the online menu wasn’t updated. However, the dishes we had made up for it.

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buck
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

This was recommended to us and we loved the food but our waiter wasn't not as attentive as the other waiters around our tables. It was tight quarters with the rain and moving people around.

The food was amazing and full of flavor and color.

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TomF
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The calamari was among the best I’ve ever had. Dinner was just OK. The eggplant parm was very different from what I’m used to, but I grew up in New Jersey with great Italian everywhere. The waiter seemed to turn off as soon as we didn’t order alcohol with dinner and asked for tea, which they didn’t have, or much of choice of local beer (in the beer Mecca of the east coast). He brought us tap water and didn’t even offer a choice of sparkling water. The neighboring table’s waiter was much more friendly and we overheard him interact with his customers, including offering sparkling water; ours had little character. Wouldn’t go there again and it was well overpriced.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

First let me start out by saying that I lived in Sicily for 3 years so I’m very picky about Italian food. With that being said I wasn’t overly impressed with anything I ordered. You had to pay extra for the bread in the picture, most mussels come with bread. This was supposed to be Mussels Fra Diavolo but there was no spiciness at all. They were just ok. I ordered the Bolognese for my main course and again, it was just ok. It was served with rigatoni noodles instead of the standard tagliatelle pasta. I’m a firm believer in certain pasta sauces belonging with certain types of pasta. Modesto puts their touches to the sauce and pasta choice. There was pesto at the bottom of the bowl and an abundance of Rosemary on top. Not an authentic Bolognese sauce but it was good. The outdoor seating area is a nice feature although I ate at the bar. This restaurant is a little on the pricey side so just be prepared.

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Wowchf
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around!

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vipdjdean
San Francisco
119 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We had a little room off the main indoor dinning. perfect service and food. Wonderful Italian wine list.

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GaryB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous evening. Fred Flintstone was our server. Met our every need. Thanks.

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vipJonD
Western NC
73 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Modesto is one of our favorites. Huge menu that changes daily with lots of pastas and seafood. Preparations of entrees are imaginative and taste great.

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Deborah
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We sat outside so it was a little noisy because of some building construction (certainly not Modesto’s fault). The average score for ambience was due to the same. The menu is pricier than most in the area - $19/glass of house cabernet, etc., but for a special occasion that’s okay. I had indicated on Open Table that it was on our anniversary, but got no mention or notice. Overall, great service, tremendous flavors, and a return soon.

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JohnB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Continues to be our favorite Italian restaurant in all of North Carolina. We make special 90 minute trips to Asheville from Hickory often just to dine at Modesto. The seafood dishes in particular are unparalleled.

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vipJillP
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience4

I have been enjoying Modesto for years. In the past wait staff were experienced and matched the quality of the kitchen. However, while treating old friends to lunch (who also love Modesto) we were all surprised by the indifferent waiter who appeared to be untrained. I do know that getting staff is huge issue right now so this will not prevent me from returning but I would want the owner to know.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Would like to get ice tea back. Also had to wait awhile for the food.

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MaryS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We sat outside so noise rating is relative. The best part of this experience was our waiter and the red wine. The fried green tomatoes were severely overbreaded and tasted like they had been prepared hours earlier. Appetizer portions are way too large which is really a turn off for me. The crab cakes were very good. Perhaps we will try it again for the pasta and some diners next to us had pizza which looked great and the tiramisu which also looked wonderful, yet again, too large a portion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Undoubtedly the best restaurant in Asheville.

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BetsyS
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We ate in the bar and found it tastefully decorated and very sophisticated. Waiter was outstanding and the food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I were visiting Asheville for our third anniversary and made a reservation at Modesto for our anniversary dinner. We were so glad that we did! The food was absolutely fantastic and cooked to perfection and the service was amazing. We will definitely be back!

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ElliottB
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Really bad expefience. Food was overcooked to the point of being inedible. The manager's reaction: Well, it was fresh, so there's nothing we can do. Thank you" And she walded away - no offer to give us another entree. And, at $12-$19 for a glass of wine, it's really expensive. We would never go back.

Modesto Trattoria
Responded on May 31, 2021

We took off your entree after you kept berating me. You made it clear you did not want another entree. Thank you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and very nice service

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GaryF
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Service was slow and inattentive...flys in the restaurant. Food was good.

Modesto Trattoria
Responded on May 24, 2021

Thank you, Gary. I am sorry about the service. Due to the pandemic and labor shortage, we are incredibly short staffed. We would like to make it up to you when you return. We also do not have flies. I am glad you thought our food was good! Thank you.

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Brandy1
Raleigh
30 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I'll start from the beginning. We had an outdoor table so there really isn't any ambiance when you are overlooking a street. The server asked what we wanted to drink and I ordered a glass of wine and my husband said he just wanted water and I said I wanted a glass too. So he comes back with a bottle of water and fills our glasses. Then we shared a Ceaser salad which was very good. My husband ordered the veal marsala and I had a seafood pasta dish. My dinner was delicious. I had to ask for parmesan cheese for my pasta as it was not offered. My husband's dinner, not so good. The veal was thick and chewy. Never had veal so thick before. It's usually served very thin and tender. He was not happy with it. We told the server and the next thing we know, he sends out a manager and she asks him a bunch of questions as to why he didn't like his dinner. Then she offers us a free dessert which we declined. Next we get the bill. I see that they charged us $6 for water and $2 for the parmesan cheese that I asked for. Never did the waiter tell us there would be a charge for water and NEVER in all the times I have dined out have I been charged for parmesan cheese! How ridiculous is that? At that point, I was just fuming. So I go and talk to the manager and express my concerns and she removed the charge for the water and cheese. Honestly, I thought she should have removed the charge for my husband's dinner too instead of offering us a dessert. And oh did I mention that our server disappeared after we expressed concern. Never saw him again and his tip reflected that. Then after the manager said she would update our bill and remove the water and cheese, another person brought our updated bill to us. Overall, just a bad experience and will not visit again.

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vipGeorgeM
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has always been a place to go and I go when ever I am downtown --

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Scooterbill
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fantastic crab cake appetizers and delicious seafood pasta entrees. We’ve eaten here many times and it has always met our high expectation.

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JohnW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Extremely large menu - it makes you wonder if anything is fresh. For a foodie this restaurant is not worth visiting. It is also way over priced for what they have to offer. Zero ambience. Ordered an expensive bottle of wine (too expensive for what it was - we are familiar with the wine) and it was corky. We were given many reasons for the corkiness. Ended up ordering another bottle of a different wine. Will never return to this restaurant again - Much nicer choices in Asheville with great food and they don't gouge you. Don't think that this restaurant will last too long.

Modesto Trattoria
Responded on May 24, 2021

We make everything fresh and small batch and have been here for 18 years. We will be fine.

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ShannonC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat! Always. Crabcakes are delicious.

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vipPantherfanjml
Western NC
25 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, some of it on the spicier side, and in unexpected places. Pizza was great, seafood carbonara was good but not amazing.. Veal Marsala was very good, and snapper was good. Crime Brûlée was very good, as was the apple dessert.

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yummy
Western NC
26 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We sat outside with friends that we haven’t seen for years. The food was great...I’ll get to that, but the service was dodgy. (After we left the restaurant we realized that it was understaffed) one of the problems around the country right now, post pandemic.

We ordered 3 appetizers: calamari, octopus, and crab cakes. They were all delicious. I could’ve stopped there and had a salad, but we persisted with entrees. I had eggplant Parmesan. It was nice and light and served with goat cheese on a large bed of pasta. There was a “pesto” of some sort top, which I didn’t care for and the pasta was just alright, even though the sauce was tasty....my husband order veal Marsala and raved about, our friends had fish...the gentleman had tuna and the lady had trout. They both enjoyed their food. We were full and a bit chilly as the wind kicked up and we sat outside, so no desserts. Next time

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SteveW
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Modesto's is a quality gourmet Italian restaurant. I'm bothered that I have to pay for water when tap water would be fine. I asked how large the pizzas were thinking one would be a good appetizer for the two of us. "Oh, 8-10 inches," the server replied. That seemed perfect as a starter but the pizza was a sizable 16 inches. Yet it was a great pizza with a sourdough crust. The veal marsala was one of the best I've had and I'm in the eighth decade. During the meal we met the pastry chef and being a CIA pastry graduate myself, I asked for a prelude and what her favorites were. She liked the tiramisu and my wife quickly chimed in about what she did about the raw eggs. Her response was what I wanted to hear. She doesn't use them and made the creamy part with mascarpone and whipped cream. So we ordered the tiramisu, the lemon rosemary creme brûlée and the warm caramelized apple bread pudding with ice cream all to sample. Our favorite was the creme brûlée. The tiramisu was strongly chocolate and a little too intense for us. When my wife couldn't decide which wine to choose the server kindly brought tasting samples of two. The restaurant has a small space and while we could choose our seat being first in, the seats were very tight. Because we were behind a structural beam, there was little noise to bother us. It was an enjoyable meal.

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MaryGraceandFrancis
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I had the BEST experience at Modesto last night. The food and drinks were incredible, but honestly the real MVP was our server, Fred. He was personable, funny and very sweet! We had to wait a few (very few, seriously) minutes for our drinks, so they bought us dessert. If you don’t take home some tiramisu to eat in bed later, you are missing out!!! Thank you Modesto and to Fred for a fantastic date night!

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vipPatriciaP
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience5

We go to this restaurant at almost every week and always have had an enjoyable experience not only with the food but also with the service; this time in the other had, the service was terrible and the food very mediocre. Pasta was cold, wrong order for one of our guest, a plate at a time so we all have to eat "alone";not a good experience.

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vipjzimmer499
St. Louis
25 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quite a nice dinner. Very creative twists on typically Italian dishes and well executed. Experience was comfortable and not rushed but prompt and friendly service. Look forward to going back if in Asheville.

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vipWahoo
Richmond
102 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our experience did not meet our expectations. Modesto has an excellent wine list neither of us could finish our meals. Service was excellent. Unfortunately, the meals themselves were passable but not great. My wife's octopus pizza was okay but had relatively little chopped octopus despite the size of the pizza. My meat ball pasta was also okay but the rigatoni was a bit undercooked. A decent meal, but we will probably not return.

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CactusKate
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were three good friends sitting at a high table in the bar. Our first visit to Modesto. Service was tops. We began our meal with the dolmades and a lovely Pinot. Wow! Great start. We totally enjoyed our evening.

Modesto Trattoria
Responded on May 31, 2021

Thank you CactusKate!

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vipDowntowndiner
San Diego
83 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super! The crab cakes were the best we have ever had! A nice light curry and pickled veggies complemented the super fresh crab. Also enjoyed the pork tenderloin Parmesan and the meatballs. Everything was great and our server Bridgett was lovely. Will be back when in Asheville!

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LynnP
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The food was good - the service was not. We wouldn’t go back.

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PamMc
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jack was our server and was knowledgeable about the menu and friendly.. not to mention efficient. We thoroughly enjoyed the Caesar salad with an unusual flavor and texture combination. Diners enjoyed veal chop with lemon risotto, seafood carbonara and trout with pork belly and mushroom risotto. Definitely will return!

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Mimi
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely wonderful. We had the snapper and the flounder and it was perfection! Will definitely dine there again when we are in Asheville.

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JeanD
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and extensive menu. Mixed between Italian and Mediterranean food, you won’t be disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Salty oysters

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vipFLnole
Tallahassee
7 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tylers service was fantastic

Drinks and food were great!

FAQs

Modesto Trattoria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (828) 225-4133.

Modesto Trattoria is rated 4.5 stars by 1275 OpenTable diners.

Modesto Trattoria does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://olo.spoton.com/5d9531f7dc454614bd507fa6.

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.