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Permanently Closed - Modesto

4.4
1206 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Modesto Tapas Bar and Restaurant is St. Louis' first Spanish tapas restaurant. Tapas are a time-honored and cherished part of Spanish cuisine. The tapa (from the verb tapar - to cover) originally was a slice of bread or cured ham placed over the mouth of a wine glass. As the popularity of the custom grew, so did the variety. In Spain, tapas are much more than a culinary delight - they represent a lifestyle - an opportunity to share good times with friends in an unrushed, carefree manner. At Modesto guests are encouraged to do the same.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Happy Hour (bar and patio):
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:30

1/2 Price Wine Wednesday's
(1 bottle per table, $40 min. food purchase)
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Phone number
(314) 772-8272
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Carlos Hernandez
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Catering
The staff at Modesto Tapas Bar and Restaurant will be happy to cater your special event. Call (314)772-8272 for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Edwards
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Parking details
Modesto has two parking lots for your convenience - one is located adjacent to the building and the other is directly across the street.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.4
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4.3
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4.2
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4.1
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on August 19, 2016

Ashame this restaurant is closing. It was my absolute favorite. But we were told the staff would remain the same for the new restaurant to take it's place.

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4.0Dined on August 17, 2016

this restaurant is closing Today- to be replaced by a new venue in several weeks from the same owners

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2016

Our experience is irrelevant because Modesto is closing as of tonight, 8/20. The owners will introduce a new concept restaurant in September. So many of us who were frequent Modesto patrons over 15 years will miss it, but we will embrace the new.

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2016

I've always had excellent meals here. Their take on Spanish Tapas is very good. Sadly however they are closing and going a different direction. Some sort of take on a pizza place, just what St Louis needs is another pizza joint (place) and of all places on 'The Hill'. Good luck with that!

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2016

Excellent as always. Too bad it's going to become yet another pizza place.

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2016

Looking forward to the new restaurant- same owners and staff. New food!

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2016

My favourite tapas bar in St Louis and I'm gutted that it's closing down tomorrow.

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4.0Dined on August 15, 2016

Good Spanish cuisine. Friendly. Had a nice wine list but a bit depleted as they are closing their doors in 2 days.

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2016

Enjoyed the food, wine and company. Sorry to hear the change in format, but look forward to see how the restaurant does with the change to a pizza restaurant.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2016

We wanted to have dinner there for our anniversary before it changed formats. Everything was excellent.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2016

It's a shame that Modesto is closing on the 20th of August. I truly believe its vibrant scene and its delicious menu will be missed by all!!!

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2016

As always delicious! Very sad they are closing !

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2016

My friend and I went before it closes. Hate that it going away and being replaced by PIZZA. I have celebrated many occasions there...falling in love with my wife, book-club with the girls, shoulder for friends in sorrow, just because happy hours and many more. Wish the restaurant good luck in the next journey

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2016

Wanted to get in one last time before they close. Thanks, Modesto! Server was very informative on wines, etc--just a bit frazzled; it was busy.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2016

This was the first place I took my wife when we were dating. We are so sad to see this place go. Hope the new pizza place is just as good.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2016

We love Modesto and are sorry it is changing formats.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2016

We loved Modesto! Especially great for groups (you can try more things!). Very sad it's closing.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2016

This place is fantastic!

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2016

The variety of food is great. The food was delicious. The service was at times indifferent and not overly friendly.

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4.0Dined on July 23, 2016

I had never been to Modesto prior, however, my wife had been once. We went for our 40th anniversary. The restaurant was clean and you could tell the management took pride and care in the surroundings. The food was delightful and much better than I anticipated. Even though we enjoyed the restaurant and our dinner, there were problems that bothered me. We were seated right away and told our waitress would be Elaine. She took our order and brought us our first dish. Then Karen came over and said she was replacing Elaine. Karen was very busy and didn't pay much attention to our table. The 2nd plate of potatoes, came by itself. It took over 15 minutes before the 3rd and 4th dish arrived. 30 minutes after this, our final dish arrived. Even though I had stated in my reservation that it was our 40th Anniversary, no mention of this was every made by management nor our waitress. Also, after dinner, I went to use the men's restaurant and it was dirty and awful. My wife said the Women's restaurant was clean and fine. We will go back to this restaurant, however, management needs to sharpen their attention to details. Overall, the food was delicious and presented a good value. Service was not good and there was no reason for this as the restaurant wasn't that busy.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2016

Food is always fabulous. Love the wine and cocktail list.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2016

We always have great meals at Modesto. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. There is a nice variety of tapas that can be shared and enjoyed!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2016

Perfect place for a group of friends. They have a small sectioned off room for 4-6 people that is great for small groups. The bacon wrapped dates will change your life :) We each ordered two items and shared and kept ordering our favorites until we were full.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2016

Went to Modesto for our 14th anniversary dinner - everything was terrific - happy hour in the bar, great food! Thoroughly enjoyable!

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2016

The restaurant has always been a favorite, however the hostess was lacking in customer service.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2016

We love Modesto and dine there at least once a month. There are tapas specials every night and because they are tapas, I.e., smaller quantities than an entre, we tend to order specials with favorites so every meal is unique.

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2016

Enjoyed our dinner at Modesto. Recommend the rabbit sausage and shrimp croquettes. Service was fast and solid.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2016

Consistently excellent food, and wonderful servers and hostess that always make you feel like family.

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2016

Everything was terrific. My only complaint was the cheese in the dates was overpowering and far too rich.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2016

Modesto Tapas is our "go to" spot. The Chef's are out of this world, the wait staff is VERY attentive. You are greeted as you walk in the door and always made to "feel at home". Love this place !!!

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2016

Fantastic food, attentive service.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2016

Our waiter was very professional and accommodating. He always dropped in at just the right time for beverages and to order more plates.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2016

Great appetizers and outside seating :-)

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2016

The food is really fantastic and it's far the best Spanish restaurant in St Louis. It's however, not particularly Spanish, in that it's missing many favorites and generally flavors have been a bit adulterated (for Midwestern palates?). Regardless, it's still the best bet in the region.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2016

Always a fun time and excellent food - dishes complement each other. Love it!

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2016

We had a great dinner and tried so many delicious plates. It was fun to share everything with friends and family. Andrew was a great server. Can't wait to try it again.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2016

I came here to celebrate my wife's new job. I made a reservation for ten people a week in advance. People that I had invited cancelled and I updated the reservation to 6 people. The restaurant was easy to work with and accommodated the reservation changes without any issues.

Upon arriving we started with cocktails. Everyone was satisfied. Nice selection of local and imported beers, several cocktails, and very nice selection of wines.

We then ordered several tapas to share at the table. Bacon wrapped dates, pork belly, steak, goat cheese and bacon flat bread. Everything was wonderful. There are so many delicious choices.

Dessert was ordered next. Oh my god, the chocolate bread pudding is on a whole other level, so rich and tasty. You have to try it!

Overall, the place was clean, the ambiance was nice, the food was amazing, the service was fantastic. Kudos to Modesto Chef and staff! Very well done and worth your trip.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2016

Definitely save room for the bread pudding! One of the best things I have ever eaten! Been here several times and service was sub par this go around. Always unique specials.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed. Everything was delicious and service was not overbearing. More of a food style where you go to enjoy the people you are spending time with not just for the food.

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2016

I took a client to this restaurant and the idea was good but the food was just so so.

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