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Modesto Trattoria, Asheville, NC

Modesto Trattoria

4.6
4.6
2202 Reviews
$50 and over
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (828) 225-4133
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic
  • Executive chef
    Hector Diaz
  • Neighborhood
    Asheville
  • Cross street
    Battery Park Ave
  • Parking details
    Parking is available on the street, parking garage, or private lots for a fee. M-S after 6PM and all day Sunday, parking is free.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 2,202 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville

    Great for fine wines

  • Asheville

    Good for special occasions

2,202 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely evening overall. Very nontraditional in the chef’s take on some classic Italian dishes.

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  2. ShawnO

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a birthday celebration for my mom tonight . The meal was delicious and the portions are enough for 2 people. Excellent service, our waiter was so patient and accommodating. Definitely will go back

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our evening at Modesto was lovely. my husband was pleased with their bourbon selection, as his favorite (Jefferson’s Ocean) was available. My Kettle One dirty martini was perfect. For our salad, we shared the Local Lions Mane & Wood Fired Escarole, which was an absolute home run. As an appetizer, we shared the SC Shrimp & Mahi Mahi dumplings., which were not so much dumplings, but tasted more like Gefilte Fish with dough wrapped around it (one of the items we did not really enjoy). My husband ordered the Arctic Char as his entree and I ordered the Wild Mushroom Pasta. My husband commented that the Char was excellent and the squid ink risotto was “amazing”. My Wild Mushroom Pasta was incredible! We splurged and ordered the Crème Brûlée and Tiramisu. Unfortunately the Crème Brûlée was loose and runny. The Tiramisu was a dream. Overall, we enjoyed our meal and would definitely return.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    highly suggest visiting this resturant especially if you’re visiting from out of town. Our server kevin was prompt, knowledgeable, and eager to make sure the experience was top notch. could not recommend more.

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  5. NCChas

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Modesto is one of our “go to” restaurants for taking out of town guest, definitely a crowd pleaser and a personal favorite!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were really disappointed with this upscale Italian restaurant. Nothing wow’d us. It felt very over priced for what we got. The fresh made pasta was just mid.

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  7. Robert

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and excellent service with a convenient location.

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  8. NoVAtransplants

    Richmond

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time at Modesto, and it was excellent. The salads and entrees were inspired! We had a shrimp and chicken marinara entree and a vegetable lasagna entree. Jason provided outstanding service from start to finish. There is nothing I would change about our dinner experience at Modesto.

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  9. McKenizeC

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was incredible. Our server, Eli, was amazing. We had a really lovely time until right before we were about to leave the host came over and asked us to vacate our table for the next reservation. It was 1 hour and 39 minutes after our reservation. We were finishing up the bottle of wine we had ordered. There were lots of folk that had arrived before us that were still enjoying their evening. I really hate that our experience was dampened by being hurried away after such a wonderful (and expensive) meal.

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  10. TomP

    New Mexico

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We remember Modesto pre Covid. Wonderful food, consistent, great pizza, moderately priced. Now over priced, food much too heavy, no pizza, drinks not tasteful. It’s just not the same for residents. Perhaps tourists will sustain.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and service. Thank you team Modesto

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  12. RaeG

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Very small and tight The food was very good, but not incredible to justify the price My service was not good-the server brought me calamari, and when I told him that wasn’t what I ordered, I had ordered the clams. He actually tried to argue with me and say that is what I ordered.. He then took it back disgruntled am grumbled that it would be a little while for the clams. That ruined the whole point of going to a nice dinner.

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  13. Rick

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    4 meals All losers My tuna crudo well past its sell date, Caesar salad totally crushed by early prep, no anchovies no Parmesan Calamari overcooked Waiter was good

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  14. Nana

    New York City

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best dinner I’ve had ever! Beet & goat cheese salad was perfect, as was the scallops entree with wild mushrooms. Pot au creme was fabulous end to a perfect meal. Highly recommend.

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  15. CindyB

    Greensboro

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Sadly, one of the worst meals we’ve had. Seafood carbonara was nothing like a carbonara at all. Scampi pasta was very al dente and detracted from the dish. We had eaten there once before a year prior and it was great. We invited friends this time and were very disappointed, especially for that price point. Great atmosphere but we probably won’t be back.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kevin , our server was absolutely amazing! So kind , so helpful with suggestions. It was a night to remember for my friends and I ! Will definitely be back and ask for Kevin !

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  17. TanjiF

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service! We come here from Charlotte every year for our anniversary!

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  18. Callie4A

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place was absolutely lovely. The food was delicious, the cocktails were tasty, and our waiter was very nice and informative. The only downside about this place is that it is very small. The tables are quite close together, and the tables themselves are little, so it makes it tricky to have multiple drinks and plates on the table at one time.

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  19. NCChas

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Modestos is one of my “Got To” restaurants in Asheville, always delicious and great service.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding meal! Gnocchi was amazing as was the dessert

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  21. AprilB

    Coastal Georgia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Lots of spice and flavors, perhaps too many, on the dishes our party of 8 was served.

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  22. JTRC

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    One of the more disappointing meals we’ve had in a long time. Food was average across the board. Service was good but not outstanding for the amount of staff in such a small restaurant. We stayed with the caprese salad, focaccia and wagyu meatballs. The tomatoes were ice cold and tasteless but the oil and vinegar sauce was very tasty. The focaccia was greasy from being pan fried before service and the “wagyu”meatballs were small, dry and bland. My partner had the scampi which was oddly served with a tomato sauce which she said was bland as well. I had the filet medium rare which was unevenly cooked and lacked seasoning as well. The risotto and veggies it came with were ok hit and miss as well. Risotto tasted good but was gummy and of the three veggies (only two of which I could identify) one was very good and the other two were awful and did not work with the dish at all. Overall we were very disappointed especially for the prices which were more comparable to NYC than what I’d expect for western NC.

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  23. Augustine

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was exceptional and as a major carnivore I decided to change and go for the wild mushrooms entree. What a wonderful treat and large size portion. I indulged and ate it all. It’s nice to have a chef that appreciates the ingredients and cook with love. Never missed the meat but the fish and meat looked great. Enjoy life!
    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on January 15, 2024
    What a lovely review, Augustine. We appreciate this - and you - so much. Your feedback was welcome and appreciated and we look forward to seeing and serving you again very soon. All the very best!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food with many choices. Our waiter was both charming, knowledgeable and efficient
    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on January 15, 2024
    Thank you kindly for this review and we hope you'll return to dine with us again soon.

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  25. TomC

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Table was a bit cramped into a very small space and was uncomfortable
    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on January 15, 2024
    Thank you for dining with us and for being candid in your review too, TomC. We truly appreciate it. We hope you'll return and dine with us soon.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was fantastic. Food was excellent and the staff was as excited to share the experience as we were.
    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on January 15, 2024
    What a lovely review. Thank you sincerely. Now hurry back and let us take care of you again.

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  27. AmyS

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant was absolutely delightful - the food was amazing, the service was fantastic and the ambiance is intimate and great for a date night. We had never been before even though we have lived in Asheville almost 4 years, but we will definitely be regulars now. We tried 2 appetizers, plus pizza and pasta, and I would order everything all over again. So glad we finally tried it!

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  28. Mbtray

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was extremely good, especially the fish dishes. They were creative, flavorful and fresh. We sat right next to the front door and it was very cold outside. It was hard to be comfortable with the door opening and closing. Our waiter got a few things confused with our order and was slow. It was very pricey overall and we get particular when we have to pay so much for a meal. The whole experience needs to be great for 5 stars and it wasn’t in this case. I would recommend to a friend but am not in a huge hurry to return.

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  29. Paul

    Western NC

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend this restaurant. Veal Tenderloin Marsala was excellent, but the shrimp pasta had little flavor. We have been here many times and this was the first time we were a little disappointed. Also the stuffed grape leaves are incredible. Service is always excellent.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    AMAZING food, presentation, service and the portions were very generous. The menu has a lot of variety. My kids and I enjoyed the whole experience!

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  31. JamesK

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service. Always a winner when you are in Asheville... the creativity of the food is what keeps me coming back..

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  32. Harriss

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu. Well thought out variety. I am not usually one who tries new foods but well worth venturing out of comfort zone. DELICIOUS!!

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  33. sandrah

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience. Our server was very helpful a the food was excellent! Would highly recommend.

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  34. SusieL

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really awesome place. Love their pizza, pastaand creme brulee!

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  35. JuanR

    Miami

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The dishes are extremely big , flavor is there Needs to fine tune sauces , wines glasses need update Angel hair pasta doesn’t belong in a Italian fine dining The place is cozy and warm Fish such as branzino or other will be nice Overall it was decent , it could be great with some adjustments
    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on January 15, 2024
    We truly appreciate your candid and kind review. We have shared your comments with our team. Come back. We'd love to serve you again, Juan. All the best.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meal was great. Service was excellent as well. I was a bit troubled by drink prices. Twenty dollars for a manhattan and twenty five for a glass of wine seemed excessive. It's always a bit loud but overall it's still a favorite

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  37. RickB

    Indiana

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was without salt. The pasta was pasty and tough. The seafood was not cleaned properly. My daughter prepaid for wine and dessert for us as a surprise and the restaurant did not tell us or give us the wine or dessert.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The chef had a unique approach to some traditional Italian dishes, and we loved it. Loved the Shrimp Scampi.
    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on January 15, 2024
    We're so glad that you enjoyed your dishes and experience with us. Come back to see us again soon. All the best.

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  39. WBTG

    Raleigh

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a huge selection of the Fresh seafood, great pasta dishes fantastic meats and a beautifully crafted wine list. It ain't cheap, but the service is great and the food is fabulous. 

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exquisite creative cuisine. Large fresh portions—always a lot of roasted veggies. We bring friends and it’s always great. Friendly knowledgeable wait staff. Small intimate space.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Modesto Trattoria is rated 4.6 stars by 2202 OpenTable diners.

Modesto Trattoria does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Modesto Trattoria

1 Page Ave STE 138B, Asheville, NC 28801

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Battery Park Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Asheville
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Parking is available on the street, parking garage, or private lots for a fee. M-S after 6PM and all day Sunday, parking is free.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic
  • Executive chef
    Hector Diaz
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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