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Modesto Trattoria, Asheville, NC

Modesto Trattoria

4.5
4.5
1763 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (828) 225-4133

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Notable Wine List

  • Asheville

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Asheville

    Notable Wine List

  • Asheville

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was absolutely amazing the food was the best Italian food we have had in the states and Kevin was an outstanding server and he really made the occasion unforgettable!!!
  2. SH

    SHBob

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious. Needed the availability of some kinf of bread to help clean the sauces from 5ne plates!
  3. GS

    GenieS

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Sicilian Caesar sale and the Chicken Carbonara were excellent, as was the service.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, amazing waiter! Will definitely be back!

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded 4 days agoThank you so much for your kind words and we are so happy we pleased you!

  5. PG

    PaulG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great as always. This is favorite restaurant in Asheville.
  6. H

    Hilary

    Western NC

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was fabulous! Everything from our delicious food, to our fantastic waiter, Kenny to the setting. What a perfect night! It is now a favorite spot in Asheville! Will definitely be back!

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded 4 days agoThank you so much, Hilary. We hope to serve you again soon!

  7. NP

    NickP

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The service was terrible. I think it was just our waiter, though. He was extremely rude when someone in our party asked to make a minor substitution. His answer was so rude we thought he was initially joking about no substitutions. It was fine if the substitution couldn't be made, but his delivery was extremely off-putting. The food was also okay. The eggplant parmigiana was underwhelming, but the mushroom pasta dish and chicken carbonara got a thumbs up. I wouldn't recommend this place because it was quite overpriced for the quality.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded 5 days agoNickP, I am sorry you were offended by the delivery of the server. I will be sure to address this in staff line up.

  8. TM

    TimM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Service was decent but the food is average at best and way overpriced. We won't be coming back.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was amazing!!! Food good but disappointed with oysters !!!

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded 5 days agoThank you, Anonymous. May I ask what was disappointing about the oysters?

  10. RC

    RebekahC

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, delicious dinner, great service and a treat to be at Modesto!!

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded 5 days agoThank you so much, RebekaC!

  11. RS

    RonS

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Service was extremely slow. We usually like to dine in 1 and one half hours. We were in Modesto over 2 hours. Other patrons came in after us and were served and gone before us. However, food was excellent. Would come back again.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded 5 days agoRonS, Thank you for dining with us and we are so glad you enjoyed the food. We strive for excellent food and service, and sometimes the service can be interpreted as slower. We hope to see you soon!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extensive menu of inventive interesting food and drinks.
  13. JL

    JessyL

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really fantastic food and excellent service. The decor was lovely and outdoor seating options were really great too. Perfect spot for a romantic dinner.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on July 26, 2022Thank you so much, JessyL, we hope to serve you soon!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience2
    Waiter was fine and nice, but our service was lacking relative to his other tables - likely because we were sat in corner. The greens in the chop salad were wilted and brown. Great wine selection and main courses were fantastic.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on July 26, 2022I am terribly sorry about your salad, as that is not up to our standard. I hope you come back and let us show you fantastic service and food!

  15. SG

    StevieG

    Miami

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    I'll start out with the good: Food very good and well plated. Service: Terrible. Server inattentive and forgetful. Management (chef) nickled and dimed us. They had veal marsala on menu but not chicken marsala. I asked for chicken marsala and was told that they could do it. The veal marsala was priced at $29.00. Most of the chicken dishes were priced between $25.00 and $28.00. I also asked for some extra marsala sauce on the side. Told the server I didn't want extra mushrooms, just extra sauce. When meal arrived no sauce on the chicken but a small dish on the side with sauce and mushrooms. My wife said after we finished eating that we should come back but only if we could make sure to get a different server. When the check arrived the charge was $37.00 for the chicken marsala and also $3.00 for the sauce. Told server that I thought that the charge (especially for the extra sauce) was exorbitant. She said that that's what the chef charges and nothing could be done. By being pennywise and pound short they will not get by business again and I will not recommend Modesto. Too bad because as I said earlier, food was very good. Steve
  16. JA

    JustAvisit

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food. Friendly and helpful service. Food came out a little too soon when apps along with salad then entre too soon. Place is a bit loud. Would certainly go back.
  17. B

    Bears

    Western NC

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    It was too hot to sit outside so they sat us at a table near the door. We requested another table but would not give it to us. The tables were empty for over an hour. The hostess seem to have a little bit of a attitude. When your paying the high food prices there should be some flexibility. We are locals and usually celebrate a birthday but going to Modesto. Yes the good is delicious!
  18. G

    Grace

    Western NC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience1
    I used to love this restaurant and bragged about it to the friend I brought for dinner. Unfortunately, the food has definitely gone downhill. Everything was soaking in olive oil, the octopus wasn't well grilled and seared, but seemed boiled or at least cooked with no searing at all. It was served with a large helping of julienned vegetables which might have been delicious except that they too were soaking in oil. My other dish, the "roasted" grape leave, would also have been tasty, but didn't seem "roasted" at all. They were also extremely oily and served with the same glop of overruled veggies. These were both appetizers, but came on large plates and were huge. I couldn't finish either one. My dining partner's seafood carbonara looked good with mussels and shrimp, but had a large slab of swordfish on top which kind of took over the meal. A disappointment. This is the second time I've had overly oily, literally dripping food at Modesto, but I came back because I thought the last time was just an unlucky night. Since it happened again, I won't be back. In addition, the interior of the restaurant smelled dank and cheesy; we elected to eat outdoors.
  19. SM

    StanfordM

    Key West

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience4
    Our entrees came out late and both were over done. My medium rare ribeye came out medium well. Same with my wife’s lamb chops. Our entrees came out late and both were over done. My medium rare ribeye came out medium well as did my wife’s lamb chops. Our waitress offered to have the meals recooked but we passed.
  20. r

    robertm

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great restaurant with interesting and eclectic menu. Service was good and knowledgeable. The portions are quite large.
  21. M

    Mary

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Extremely condescending server who tried to upsell us 7 times throughout the meal. The food was not good and way too overpriced. Very disappointing.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on July 19, 2022Mary, I am sorry for the condescending service and the aggressive upselling. We do like to show our patrons exactly what we have to offer, of which we are very proud, and that came off wrong. I wish we were able to fix our mistakes with the food while you were in house dining with us.

  22. CI

    CaItlinL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was wonderful and the service was wonderful. The caprese salad was to die for and Tyler was and exceptional server. It was a great way to celebrate a birthday and a nice spot for 2.
  23. AB

    AnneB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience5
    The food was so delicious and fresh as always. Unfortunately, Darrin, our waiter, put in the wrong food order for me so my friend had almost finished her lunch by the time my correct order arrived. He did apologize but it was disappointing. Timing is everything!
  24. K

    Kate

    Charlotte

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We were excited to visit Modestos after tasting the food on a food tour. When we arrived we were seated promptly but waited 16 minutes before anyone came to our table to even say hello. We were not the only couple to experience this. All of the couples in our section waited a good amount of time and one got up and left. After observing the way they were running the seating process. The servers did not have sections and were running all over the place. Having worked in the service industry myself, I know this is not a best practice and leads to delayed service. Once our server got to us the service was much better. The food though was disappointing. They talk about how they specialize in seafood but the seafood we experienced was over cooked, fishy tasting and rubbery. On the dish I had the scallops were so over cooked I had to use a knife to cut them. We will be going back but will stick to the regular pasta dishes like the eggplant Parmesan.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on July 19, 2022Kate, Thank you for your substantial review. We have gotten several unfortunate reviews from that evening-- we are definitely going through some growing pains, but it should have been better. I wish we would have had time to serve you better and had time to fix the issues with the food. Please visit us again and let us show you just how we like to serve great food and great service. My email is andrea@diazrestaurantgroup if you would like to speak more.

  25. S

    Server4life

    Naples

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    Rude hostess, over seated server, poor management and over priced food. Clearly they know they can get away with this due to being a tourist town and they don’t have to rely on loyal regulars. I owned and operated a restaurant for over 18 years and have worked in the industry for over 40 so I carefully picked this place for a special occasion and was thoroughly disappointed. The only positive was we shared their screw up with Asheville homeless population.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on July 19, 2022Server4life, I apologize truly for your experience, as that is not how we like to convey our food or service. We do rely on local regulars very much so, so I hope we can solve this issue for you at another time. We hope you come back to dine with us in the future and let us show you how we operate.

  26. P

    Piper

    Jacksonville

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Tiler waited on us again. Really fantastic food , service and wine selection. My favorite restaurant in Asheville.
  27. KC

    KarenC

    Savannah

    45 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    We were sat at a table were people walked around on three sides, very annoying. Food was good but overpriced. $17 for a glass of wine was ridiculous and the bottle probably cost $30. You had to pay bread for bread service in an Italian restaurant? Service was Just OK
  28. BR

    BatonRougeFrank

    Exclusive

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals we had in Asheville. We had a great waiter who knew the menu, both food and wine. After dinner, I request an odd cocktail I like and the bartender was able to make it perfectly. We sat outside and the evening weather was perfect. It was very nice to have dishes that featured ingredients that are difficult to find that are well prepared.
  29. e

    ekelsey160

    Naples

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The food was excellent but the timing of our main course was staggered by a considerable amount leaving one of us to start without the other. They should have held up until both dishes were complete. It effected what was otherwise a very good experience
  30. B

    Bunny

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I are Asheville residents and choose to eat at Modesto whenever we can. The food is some of the best in Asheville. There is a wide variety of choices and all are excellent quality and preparation.
  31. LM

    LindaM

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious. Our favorite restaurant in Asheville.
  32. LM

    LindaM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was excellent as was the food!
  33. c

    cinspin

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food and service !
  34. LS

    LindaS

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience1
    The restaurant is small and very noisy. Metal chairs on a stone floor is a prescription for noise disaster. The food, including the pizza, was average in our opinion. We went in knowing it was rustic Italian, and were disappointed. Our server, John, was beyond outstanding. What a star1 He is what kept the experience from being really lackluster. And sorry, charging $2.50 for a tiny ramekin of grated parmesan is ridiculous.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on July 19, 2022LindaS, I am so sorry you found the food disappointing. Please know that we would have fixed any issues in house while you were dining with us had we known. We are happy you enjoyed John as your server, he is fantastic. We hope you dine with us again and see how we can properly serve you really great food.

  35. H

    Hedybell

    Western NC

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Started with wood fire romaine which would have been great if it wasn’t so spicy. Moved on to veal medallions and pasta bolognese which were both fantastic !! We will go back for that. Inside is small and we had reserved a table weeks in advance. Upon arrival we were offered a high top or a small table next to a noisy bridal party..this was disappointing. We ended up sitting outside which worked out ok.
  36. W

    Westie

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Each person ordered something different and every meal was outstanding. The menu selection was so good that we have to come back to try more.
  37. E

    Eliana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Atmosphere was excellent. Service was impeccable. Tyler was excellent, very knowledgeable about the menu as well as the wine, and gave excellent recommendations.
  38. CL

    CadenceL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Outside of the calamari the everything was dull. Everyone’s dish in my party was bland and under seasoned. Classic dishes lacking flare.
  39. M

    Michelle

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience4
    As locals we enjoy the benefit of so many fine dining options. At Modesto the meals are generally very good. BUT... our last experience was not. The "special" wine turned out to be $23/glass. We were not told the price. The Chicken Parm arrived with a pile of pasta on top and hardly any sauce. I asked for additional sauce. Our bill reflected an upcharge of $5 for the extra sauce. Our waitress never mentioned the prices. Dinner for two with a total of 5 drinks was over $200. Ouch.
  40. J

    Jude

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Decided to go here on our last day in Asheville, everything was great! Brigitte our server was fantastic. Probably the pest italian place in town.

    Modesto TrattoriaResponded on July 9, 2022Thank you! Brigitte is a great employee and I am so glad she made your visit great

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

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 1763 OpenTable diners.

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 10 times today
Google Map for Modesto Trattoria

1 Page Ave STE 138B, Asheville, NC 28801

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Battery Park Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Asheville

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • 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

  • Executive chef

    Hector Diaz

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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