Modesto Trattoria

4.5
1182 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 1182 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RobertF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic! Our server Tyler recommended a wine which was amazing. Overall experience was great

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kemu
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Generous portions and nice wine list. A bit cramped in a small location.

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NathanT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best chefs in Asheville. Will definitely go again.

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vipDebrah
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was terrible. Lacked flavor. Felt Very rushed. In and out in 45-50 minutes. Would not recommend or eat there again.

Modesto Trattoria
Responded 2 days ago

I am so sorry you feel this way, Debrah. Were you able to alert the manager on duty at the time? Surely we could have solved your problem tableside had we known the situation.

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ZachB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and ambiance was excellent. Would go back for sure!

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vipAnnMarie
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal and Tyler was an outstanding service! Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and unusual food and service!

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LynnG
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, atmosphere and food plus great menu choices.

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ChloeH
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious! We had a reservation for 2 at 8pm. We got there around 7:45, but still had to wait outside for our table until about 8:30 due to capacity of the restaurant. We were able to order a bottle of wine while we waited, so that was nice, but it was very cold out even with the heaters. Other than having to wait in the cold for an additional 40 minutes, it was a great experience once we got to our table.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service!

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bradc
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A friend and I met Saturday night for dinner at Modesto Trattoria. It was a rare opportunity to get out of the house after quarantining for the last 8 months, so we wanted to make it a special event. I'm a seafood lover and she's a pasta lover, so the food choices worked for both of us. The Trattoria has a nice, old world sort of ambience, and we got a table looking out onto the sidewalk so we could people watch. Modesto also has an extensive wine list and food menu, and portions are generous (American portions). Our server was very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. He was attentive but didn't hover (perfect). The dishes are novelle/Spanish cuisine. I love when chefs add their own unique touches to cuisine to improve it, and Modesto did not disappoint! for example: I ordered the calamari fritti as an appetizer before our main meal. The squid was fresh, tender and fried to perfection. But the chef added their own touch...fried slices of orange and lemon. There was a nice lemon aioli sauce and a tomato -based sauce that both complimented the calamari. I could have made a meal on that alone! For dinner I ordered the Putanesca on a bed of colorful fettucini. The seafood was fresh, tender and delicious! I would order it again. My friend was also just as impressed with the quality of her meal! I will be back again, and would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is a foodie and appreciates good food. We stayed beyond the requested 1.5 hour visit, so I want to publicly apologize to the management for that, though they courteously never said a word to remind us. This restaurant is an Asheville treasure and I hope they survive the pandemic. Bravo Modesto Trattoria!

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ZachS
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small space with great food and drink menu. We’ll be back

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for dinner on Valentine’s and we had an absolutely FANTASTIC experience. Our server (who I am completely blanking on the name) made our night. We came from Florida on a road trip and it turns out he was from Daytona, FL!! He ended our night giving us a cookie sampler dessert and small sparkler since we were Floridians. He is by far one of the best servers I’ve ever had and I’ve been in the service industry for 7 years. Now on to the food... I ordered the special of panko and crab encrusted blue NC snapper with risotto and sweet potatoes and my date had the lobster ravioli. Both dishes were absolutely superb and we would return in a heartbeat. The only small annoyance was we were seated at a half booth/table and there was a very small walkway between my chair and the other table. The servers were very polite when trying to get by but I did end up getting bumped several times throughout the night (mainly guests) but it wasn’t a deal breaker. They were following proper COVID procedures and social distancing so that was awesome to see as well. Overall, 5 stars.. go to this restaurant!!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Went for Valentine’s Day and looking forward to a nice evening. Started off by host asking us to limit our stay to 1.5 hrs so they could stay on schedule. That was odd. Ordered a drink and was asked to about a top shelf liquor when declined I was asked if I was sure and offered others (odd again). Requested water with lemon and told they don’t serve tap water- of course. However food was outstanding- very good! If the food wasn’t good I would say find somewhere else.

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vipLeeannv
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out to dinner with our friends, pre Valentine’s dinner. The food was delicious, service as good. We did not feel rushed at all. It was our friends first time there...they enjoyed it and will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
38 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner with super helpful staff, look forward to going back next time we get to town.

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vipmontford
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm and inviting atmosphere . Tiler gave excellent service

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vipMary
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place so much. The staff and food are exceptional. Ate here last night for my friends birthday. The bar made her a specialty cocktail and the service was impeccable. Love and adore Modesto.

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TylerM
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the coolest restaurant atmospheres I have experienced. Excellent service, and the food was delicious. I appreciated the variety of options on the menu as someone who does not love Italian food (I got seafood).

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vipKarenS
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was friendly and helpful in providing suggestions. The food and drinks were delicious. Definitely will be coming back!

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JohnaA
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating for gluten free dining; red snapper and pasta bolognese, for my partner, were excellent . Darren provided perfect service!

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victoriar
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food! We will most certainly go back next time we visit Asheville.

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vipJimbo
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good food. Server was very kind but you could tell he was in training. Octopus appetizer was very rubbery, but entrees were tasty.

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LiseE
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Hector and his team at Modesto didn't disappoint! Our meal was delicious and the service superb. Tiler, our bartender/waiter was exceptional - she had great recommendations on wine pairings, made some mean cocktails, and was an engaging and fun addition to our dinner. Modesto is such a lovely restaurant with a warm ambiance and outstanding fresh, house-made dishes, it's a treat to bring newcomers here and watch their eyes light up throughout the meal.

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vipBermuda88
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! Thank you for keeping us safe during the pandemic! It is such a treat to come and dine at your restaurant!

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vipLora7
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our second visit since Nov. Excellent calamari, pizza & salads. Veal chop was undercooked and raw. By the time they brought it out again others were done with dinner. Food was very good though. I had the lobster ravioli with scallops. Also just a suggestion they need to serve real bread! Both times here I had to order bread and pay for it which is really just cooked pizza dough cut into pita like shapes. Not very Italian!

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vipCarlosA
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Service needs improvement

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve dinner and the service and food were both outstanding

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vipMTLA
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Poor management and food quality. One of our meals was served partially raw. The restaurant didn’t take the other meal back to the kitchen and, as a result, we weren’t able to enjoy dining together. Very disappointing and unexpected.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

-Honest Review

Food and Service were great... can’t complain other than I wish that they offered wines from other regions... beggars can’t be choosers... especially when in an Italian Restaurant with an Italian theme. I was happy to get a reservation for New Year’s Eve and the restaurant accommodated us.

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vipwinechick
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Blown away!

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LeeH
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jorge was our waiter, he was wonderful! Made wine and entree suggestions! Food was wonderful! Will definitely come back during our next trip to Asheville

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. I love food, and have worked in nice restaurants. This was amazing! I couldn’t stop talking about the meal I had for days. If I see monkfish anywhere I go, I order it. It was FANTASTIC! I highly recommend this cute little place!

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HannaH
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was just passing through for a day and found this gem. The service was impressive and the food was incredibly delicious. The chef changes the menu often so it gives the menu a wonderful edge on new tastes and spices. Thank you for the amazing service and delightful food. I would recommend to anyone in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Was expecting more traditional Italian flavors, not South American Italian.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just great food, great service, great ambiance.
We can’t wait to go back and try more but everything we had was with a lot of thought and packed with flavor intensity.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Will be coming back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there to celebrate kids Bday. Pizza had good ratings and with COVID there are limits as to where to go. Food was delicious we tried the lobster soup and the octopus plus a pizza. Everything was delicious. A bit on the expensive side but overall would repeat for another night for sure.

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DeannaR
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We got reservations here day of so were happy to have gotten in during COVID. The place was so nice, loved the ambience & atmosphere! Our waitress was super nice but there were a couple of times we needed service and it took her a while to get back to our table. It happens! Not a big deal, still all in all a great experience and awesome food!

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vipelizabetht
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Excellent service

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 1182 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.