Modesto Trattoria

4.5
827 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

I ordered a glass of wine when asked for our drinks orders. I was the only one out of my party that ordered wine. Halfway through dinner, I had still not received my drink so I told the waitress I no longer wanted it. She insisted I could have a half of a glass. I agreed, assuming it was complimentary for her mistake. When the bill arrived, I not only got charged for the wine but 3/4 the price. We were offered a free dessert because we were celebrating a special occasion. We asked if we could use that free dessert towards the price of wine because we were so full. She asked and the manager said no. It was terrible customer service. It's not about the money, just principle and how the situation was handled.

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BH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

They have two creapy old men to seat you. They turned me off to start with. The waiter was very good. He was a tall man and did a really good job. I gave him cash tip so he didn’t have to split it with the creepy guys. The pizza was ok, but nothing special. But the mushroom pasta was excellent. I would not go back unless everything else was closed.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, Superb, Must, if in Asheville. Food was creative, flavorful, with generous portions. Our waitress, Victoria, was GREAT! Menu changes based on fresh available ingredients.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the vibe and food was fabulous!

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RB
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Great overall experience Will come again next time in Asheville

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JA
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went early before the Asheville symphony concert and Service was a priority. Modesto did not disappoint with smooth efficiency. The veal was deliciously prepared and would recommend. Overall it was a most enjoyable evening

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j
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

VERY busy evening. Seating inside and outside. "Royal" greeting @ door and pleasantries
continued during meal from staff. Orders taken as requested. Succulent mussels! Great roasted veggies. What more could one wish for when dining out? Made it a great dinner
experience.
Thank you.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and a great waiter.

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AH
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant, so yummy and so many choices on the menu. The wood fired octopus is the best I’ve ever had. The service is outstanding and you really feel treated.

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LG
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Wine and food were delicious. Server was generous and patient as we sampled a few wines before deciding. He disappeared midway thru, so it was a bit irritating to try to finish up.

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B
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for a wedding and took a chance with Italian. We had a delicious, very fresh tasting meal. Really enjoyed our experience

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Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Excellent food and very creative. Cocktails were just what we needed to start relaxing.

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I
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good. Food was delicious! Service very good also. Large amount of options in the menu. Difficult to make a selection!

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LP
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is always a top choice when we are in Asheville; comfortable, casual atmosphere with great service and food

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TD
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall, I enjoyed very much. The flounder was wonderful. The appetizers of tuna was delicious. The carpaccio salmon was excellent. The service was solid. The Rustica pizza was a disappointment...great crust, but the toppings failed to meet the target.
Need to fix the HVAC or be ok using it. The restaurant got overheated when they shut the doors.
I will be back.

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GS
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time in Asheville, so we used Trip Advisor for a restaurant recommendation. Modesto was highly rated, so we made a reservation. Excellent choice! The service was as outstanding as the food! It's not a big place, so you're not likely to walk in at 6:30 on a Friday or Saturday night and hope to be seated. However, on a nice day/evening there's additional outdoor seating. Also, the bar area is very small.. not ideal if you're going to have a few drinks while waiting for your table. I would absolutely recommend Modesto to my friends. The menu is great and the food was amazing! Book a reservation, you won't be disappointed!

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Denver
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

excellent food,diverse menu good service, reasonable prices nice to sit outside when the weather is good

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g
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent and being able to sit outside made the experience even better.

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Tampa
40 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food well prepared great service

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B
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, good service and reasonably priced, however it was very small so reservations are a must-have.

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Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I have been here quite a few times. Saturday we took my brother-law and wife and we had such a fantastic time! The food and drink was excellent and the waiter was awesome! What I really like is that we never felt that we were rushed. Great place!

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RC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and attentive service in an upbeat atmosphere.

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Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always, always, superb dining at Modesto, its our favorite restaurant. But don't go there :)

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m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Asheville has many restaurants, and of these some are well known and can be hard to get a reservation. This trip, we went to some of these establishments, but Modesto is the one that blew me away. I had the lobster ravioli with scallops. Best meal I have had in quite a while. The waiters were great, heck, they laughed at my jokes. It is a sophisticated Italian restaurant across the street from the Cambria hotel. From the outside you would never guess what great food they have. They should have a line out the door! I wish I had this place in my home town!

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Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pizza was great.

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JM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

My daughter wanted to take my wife and I out to a nice meal to celebrate my art show the following day. Unfortunately, our previous good experience at Modesto was not matched. We were all very disappointed in the overall organization of the establishment. Waiters seemed stressed with too much to do. Everything seemed chaotic. The drinks were delayed. And the main courses were extremely disappointing with little flavor and not much attention to presentation. The food arrived late.

Two things were positive. The appetizers we order were decent and flavored nicely. The most enjoyable part of the evening was our wait person, Victoria. She was extremely personable, professional, and understood our assessment yet did not blame anyone else in the restaurant. She was also funny and very approachable. Excellent for hiring her!

We are residents of Asheville and will need to take some time before or if we return.

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BS
Western NC
17 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh ingredients, a creative menu, and super service. We ate on the terrace on a warm night and loved it. What could be better? Do not hesitate to give Modesto a try.

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New Mexico
141 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We were visiting Asheville and made a last minute reservation at Modesto Trattoria. The food was authentic and very good, as was the service. We were please to find out we could bring a bottle of wine and pay a corkage to enjoy if with dinner.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Pasta was significantly over cooked, waiter tried to argue with us regarding exactly what Chicken Piccata is, they served chicken Marsala dirty wine glass. What else can I say. A franchise would have been cheaper and better value. I expected a lot more from them especially at these prices

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We have dined at Modesto a number of times, and had consistently enjoyable experiences. The ambiance is lovely, service attentive but not overbearing and the food delicious. We were surprised and disappointed that the veal was a bit over cooked this time, but otherwise we had a lovely dinner.

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LH
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing food, but had to wait an additional 20 minutes after our reservation time.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Victoria (Tori) was fantastic!

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Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Great service. Small space so a little tight on space. Overall a wonderful meal.

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TD
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Modesto never disappoints!! One our our AVL favorites!!

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k
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Modesto was across the street from our Hotel in Asheville. We decided to give it a try. We were luckily graced by Victoria who gave us her amazing input on the menu offerings. Farm to Table local seafood, meat and veggie fare, handmade pastas and incredible pizza's were being delivered to grateful diners. My husband and I started with the Spanish Grilled Octopus which was as tender as it was flavorful. We had handmade pasta and seafood dishes, I with the Shrimp Scampi, and my husband with mussels, calamari and shrimp. Both cooked to perfection and flavors not overpowering but certainly not dull. In fact we enjoyed our meal so much we returned the following evening with our friend. We made a reservation (one of the few restaurants that still take reservations for less than large parties downtown) and requested the lovely and knowledgeable Victoria. Another delicious meal and feeling like a part of the Modesto family will certainly bring us back the next time we visit Asheville in the fall. Cheers to a place that though small in size delivers Big Flavors and friendly 5 Star service. Modesto, Please NEVER change!

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N
New England
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Greeted very cordially and seated promptly. Had a wonderful waiter, Michael.

Have had outstanding meals there many times, but less so this time. On the strength of my other trips there, I would certainly recommend it and would go again.

Cappucino's were excellent!

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h
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time dining at Modesto. We truly enjoyed it the first time so we came back to celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary! We'll definitely return. Great food!

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered off the menu a tad and got the Veal Parmesan, it was absolutely fantastic!

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Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Rachel is the best server.

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g
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

The location is good but the interior is TOO narrow. You are eating on top of each other. The food was good but not great. Also, they do not allow any changes/subs for their menu items so this does not work well for vegans or veggies. While waiting outside to be recognized for a table, wife had to endue listening to staff talk about moving people quickly through dinner to accommodate all the reservations.

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