Modesto Trattoria

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$30 and under
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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 1000 Faces Coffee.
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Nashville
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service and dinner were outstanding. It is a small place so a reservation is essential. Lively ambiance!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food!

AD
Mississippi
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Innovative, delicious dinner with excellent service.

J
Louisville
32 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was great ! There were so many options on the menu, it was hard to pick. I was very happy with the Shrimp encrusted Flounder.

PM
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a GREAT experience - excellent food. Missed seeing the owner Mr Diaz this time. Will definitely return, perhaps on Dec 8th. Cheers to all J Munoz

d
Salt Lake City
12 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The food is always very good at Modesto and the menu is quite extensive, esp. for a small restaurant. The only downside on this visit was an overly involved server. We sat at the high top at the bar and Alex was too present in our experience and conversation. We appreciate good service, but felt he was way too much of a presence. He meant well and only wanted to be helpful and informative, so we understand. Next time we’ll wait for a table. Still our top choice for dinner!

c
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Ted was fantastic and suggested the most perfect dishes! The seafood risotto was to die for.

RT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very impressed . Wonderful service.
Looking forward to returning

L
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It appeared that there had been an issue with opentable and overbooking the restaurant. I will say that despite this situation, we were still seated and served graciously. It is always a nice dinner out at this restaurant.

JC
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

The food here was good. I got the lobster ravioli. My husband got the Spanish mackerel, but it was loaded with bones which he was not expecting. He got frustrated with taking them out of his mouth. We got what we thought would be a lovely window seat in the front room to the left when you walk in. It was such a cramped space with way too many tables/seats for the area. Every time the waiter came to the table next to us we had his back side right in our faces and vise versa for the other table. It was very uncomfortable.

G
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful as always. Server was knowledgeable about the menu and made some excellent recommendations. His service was attentive.

LA
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent... good portions and efficient service.

BD
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex, Our fabulous waiter, made all the difference. He recommended dishes that were unique and that we loved. We were entertaining out of town guests, and they loved the restaurant. The food and the ambiance was terrific.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff awesome! Food ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! Everything!

B
Charleston
71 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ended up sitting at a high top table next to the bar area. Service was excellent. Loved the food.

JJ
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good here. We both had fish and it was great. Excellent service by staff that have worked here for a long time. Very special place.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and service was excellent to match.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Very friendly attentive server. Food was disappointing, fish overcooked

OT
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good experience. We are as regular here as any other favorite restaurants in the area.

OT
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant! The food was amazing- the chef had a wonderful menu of Italian cuisine with a twist of flavors. Our waiter Alex was knowledgeable about the food and very personable. Will definitely return!

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant! The entire dining experience is top notch, no complaints. The food is outstanding with service to match!

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

GG
Oklahoma City
26 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside, the street scene is lively in front. The server was adorable, extremely knowledgeable about the menu and wines with which to pair each dish. The grilled Caesar salad was great. I had a special for that night, clam cacio a Pepe, it was fabulous. My friend had vegetable lasagna. It was delicious. We would both eat here again

BS
Western NC
30 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An Asheville gem. Excellent food with friendly efficient service. We enjoyed the terrace on a fairly quiet street. Try the Crab Cakes and risotto with a glass of Italian red wine. What could be better.

P
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food is always delicious at modesto. The chef knows really well how to prepare fish dishes. Part of the experience is the food and drink, the other part is the atmosphere and service. Tonight (which is an outlier) the service was not as good as in the recent past. There is always room for improvement. Our waitress was inattentive, lacked warmth and personality. Did not mention that we were there celebrating an anniversary. Swing and a miss this time. We'll try again.

NS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A very welcoming atmosphere along with delicious food next time in Asheville a must !

J
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming back here. Alex was superb as was the octopus! See you in February!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing (lobster ravioli and seafood risotto) and quick. It was on the table less than 10 minutes after we ordered. The server was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. We enjoyed our entire experience, including dessert and one of the best decaf americanos I’ve ever had.

E
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Excellent service. Large portions. We were in Asheville for a long weekend and found this place by luck. Would definitely go again and recommend to anyone.

OT
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very nice experience from the beginning of the evening till the end. They’re very attentive and the friendly staff were excellent. Kudos to chefs Hector and his incredible staff..

OT
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and great service! Best Italian in Asheville!

SP
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best octopus appetizer ever, amazing pasta dishes. So glad we found this gem while in Asheville!

d
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

My wife salmon was a little over done. Otherwise our favorite

AE
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was real busy and service was therefore slow. But the food was excellent.

OT
Western NC
18 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food overall was good but........ took about 25 min to have water brought to the table. Also they are VERY NON-ACCOMMODATING to any menu adjustments or substitutions. The waiter thought he was doing me a favor for bring a side of pasta instead of potatoes... give me a break.
Food was good but too much hassle ordering. Other restaurants are as good if not better and are more customer friendly. That said, I do not plan on returning.

H
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great crab cakes, but carbonara dishes were excessively watery

OT
Charleston
44 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We ate outside, service was top notch starting with the host to the waiter who took care of us. Food was terrific with the exception of a veal dish where the meat had not been pounded or cut thin enough to be tender. Everything else was outstanding from the charcuterie starter to panna cottage dessert. Would definitely return.

a
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply excellent; food, service, friendliness, all top-notch.

M
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great ambiance!

m
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

My dinner was too seasoned .... nice piece of fish too doctored .., everything not close enough to the real food ....