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Modena

4.7
4.7
698 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Modena presents Italian-inspired cuisine that takes heavy cues from seasonal and regionally sourced ingredients. Modena balances classic cuisine with a modern approach, all enhanced by Chef John Melfi’s passionate and creative touch.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm All Day Menu Tue–Fri 2:30 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 216-9550

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    John Melfi

  • Catering

    With advance notice, limited off-site catering is available: https://knightsbridge.tripleseat.com/party_request/9553

  • Private party facilities

    Featuring high-style Milano design and ample private dining options with Executive Chef John Melfi in the kitchen. https://knightsbridge.tripleseat.com/party_request/9553

  • Private party contact

    Brian McGahey: (877) 578-6401

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    12th and H street NW

  • Parking details

    Valet available from 5pm to 10pm Friday and Saturday only pending staffing.Limited street parking is available. Ample garage parking nearby at City Center one block away on 11th ST, open 24/7.

  • Public transit

    Metro Center is the closest metro stop, it is located at 12th and G street and our front door is one block away at the corner of 12th and H street.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Taste of Italy Four Course Prisso-Fisso

    $80.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Take a trip to Italy with a Four Course set menu rotating daily based on local and seasonal offerings from our purveyors.

What 698 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • District of Columbia

    Italian

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  1. 2

    2atee

    Caribbean

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, not rushed, very enjoyable
  2. PH

    PaulH

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was excellent. Server was a bit cheeky and condescending to us. His wine recommendations were not good.
  3. DV

    DavidV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Overall service was very good and the food as well. However, the portions were small for the amount of money paid.
  4. JM

    JMAC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and amazing service from Antonio. He provided excellent recommendations on wine and menu options. Service was excellent.
  5. C

    Chip

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful experience. Crack staff and delicious food and drinks.
  6. DR

    DaveR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A special dinner with family traveling to DC. Food was spectacular. Much attention to details. The menu is quite broad, hard to decide. Each dish was perfect The server, Petra was exceptionally professional, friendly and very knowledgeable about each item and wine. She helped us decide what to order and was very accurate in her descriptions of each dish. She was entertaining and very friendly without being intrusive. She facilitated a delightful occasion with Grace and humor. This restaurant is phenomenal and is recommended in the highest ways
  7. a

    arbydee

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Try the Calamari. It’s very good.
  8. KS

    KikuSkier

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Warm welcoming service. We had the tasting experience. Food very good although dishes came out perhaps a bit too rapidly. Ambience is good but a bit more “corporate.” Overall I recommend!
  9. G

    Gerry

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional service and fantastic food! Great wine list too.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Waiter was outstanding
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect, as always. We are frequent visitors and this place never disappoints.
  12. PD

    PaulD

    Birmingham

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great tasting menu!
  13. SA

    StanleyA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food is delicious and beautifully crafted. The ingredients are fresh and chefs are very creative in plating. Dishes are different than typical Italian restaurants, its more towards fusion/new Italian style, so the portion is less.
  14. C

    Caitilin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Parta was a wonderful server she made our experience lovely and she was also lovely and honest. Food was great, drinks were great! We also got a Chance to meet the chef, he was polite and humble. Definitely will come back here on my next DC visit.
  15. DP

    DadsPaying

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good for business dinner. Our team of 6 had a wonderful experience. Thank you!
  16. S

    Shannon

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to celebrate our engagement. We sat with Petra and she was outstanding as always! The food was amazing per usual and the wine pairing was VERY well done. 10/10 would recommend this place and be sure to ask for Petra!
  17. SC

    SCOTT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We just found our new favorite Italian restaurant in Washington DC... quite possibly in the entire United States. Modena compares and often exceeds the quality we have experienced in the finest restaurants we have visited in Rome, Milan, and the Amalfi Coast--it was that good. The service was flawless, the food was amazing, the restaurant itself is quiet without being subdued, and the entire experience was, in a word, superlative. The menu is constantly changing so I expect that there will be a whole new array of delights for us to try out the next time we visit, and there DEFINITELY will be a next time (hopefully soon!). Five stars--highest recommendation.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Server immediately told my very pregnant wife about how someone he knew recently had a miscarriage. Incredibly off putting and inappropriate, and added to anxieties we have felt. Despite specific agreement from the server ahead of dinner, server refused to separate check as agreed. Will not return.
  19. LC

    LaurenC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Despicably overpriced. I can’t get over how much I spent for such a small volume of mediocre food. Never again.
  20. W

    Wishdog1

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first meal while in DC. Too bad for all the meals that came after. Not only was the meal impeccable but the service from Ramon was top notch. His recommendations, and input made the meal even more special. We started with the salmon, shared the lamb ragu, duck breast, lamb loin, and finally the chocolate mousse for dessert. It’s a must go if you are in DC. Took a couple pics but the duck and lamb were missed. Too eager to try them!
  21. M

    Margaret

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great gluten free options. Food was delightful as was the staff.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely Stellar meal and service. Excellent gluten free and dairy free menu options .
  23. EB

    EleB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Superb food and service. The menu includes hard to find dishes that are sophisticated yet traditional in their very essence.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was visiting Washington DC on business and came across this restaurant for a business meal. The food and wine list completely exceeded any expectations we could have. My guest and I all had a great time and really enjoyed ourselves. The staff was very friendly and helpful!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ask for Petra! Good is amazing! Service is amazing! Ambiance is amazing! Also try the sitter restaurant Annabelle and ask for Andrea!
  26. CA

    ChelseaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic food and lovely ambience. However, our server was apathetic, removed, and a bit sarcastic (but not in a fun humorous way). Did she provide a fine dining experience? Yes. However, it was evident she did not want to be there. In some respects, it sullied our experience. I do not have expectations of an overly friendly server, but I do expect to be welcomed, have my questions answered, and an occasional smile? Yes.
  27. M

    Mibs

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    My sister and I went to celebrate her graduation and had THE most enjoyable time because the service and the food were as top tier as it gets. Each plate came out with edible flowers and went back to the kitchen licked and empty (not really). We ate every drop. Delicious and we WILL DEFINITELY be back.
  28. JB

    JorgeB

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We had a good experience. Food and service are really good and we enjoyed our time. However, it’s the little details that decreases overall value: we had a broken chair in our table, the ambiance seems old and does not match the restaurant concept and price.
  29. AD

    AmalD

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Solid as usual! Modena is a reliably delicious and elegant restaurant. The staff are all consummate professionals, wine selection excellent, menu interesting and ever changing.
  30. B

    Bart

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Dinner out, was good. Our server was outstanding, the food was all good. Would recommend to others.
  31. A

    Alydia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They served me gluten free bread, and they make their gluten free pasta from scratch. It was delicious and I felt confident in eating there as someone with celiac.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the best dining experience out since I was diagnosed with Celiac's. The staff members were very knowledgeable and accommodating to both gluten and nut-based allergies. The gluten free food was indistinguishable in quality from non-gf - the gluten free house-made pasta was so tender and the texture was perfect (not tough or gritty one often gets when having to eat gluten free). They even have fresh-baked gluten free bread! The gluten free desserts, and the wine selection was also great as well. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough to fellow Celiac's and their friends - if you want a fantastic meal you can feel safe and confident enjoying, this is absolutely the place to go!
  33. d

    dinwiddie

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Modena continues to be one of my favorite restaurants. My dinner companion, a former work colleague of 25 years. And dear friend, arrived a few minutes before I did and said that everyone came to the table to greet her (I think they were curious because normally I bring my daughter to dinner there). As usual the food and service was fantastic. I brought two bottles of wine with me and they quickly decanted both while we had a discussion about them. There is a reason that I always choose Modena when I venture back into D.C. and want to take anyone somewhere special.
  34. F

    Fiona

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was delicious! I wish i had more on my plate but i understand quality over quantity. Service was superb and the staff were so funny and kind. Would definitely go here again.
  35. SM

    SeanM

    Milwaukee

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great bolognese!
  36. JS

    JasonS

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved our experience here. Everyone loved their food. The waitress had a great sense of humor and really elevated the experience. The service in general was superb. My fried artichokes were delicious and went great with the salad they were served with. The scallops were also very good and went great with the mushrooms on the plate. I would definitely repeat.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very nice wine list and helpful sommelier. Menu sufficiently short but also diverse to cater for all tastes (within mediterranean cuisine). Very good food I would mark it at least at 8 out of 10
  38. SK

    StevenK

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. Dining area was a bit cramped but other than that, there was nothing for which I would complain.
  39. MD

    MargeryD

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Delicious, creative food, very attentive service, but the we could hardly hear each other. It felt incongruous as the food was so elegant but the noise commensurate with a packed stadium. I would recommend friends to go very early or very late.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our server, Petra, was exceptional. The ambiance, for our table of three was very good, but the restaurant did get very loud past six-thirty. I ordered the duck breast and I found it to be overdone. I was actually surprised when I wasn’t asked how I would like it cooked, and I received it medium instead of rare or medium rare. Those were the only blemishes on an otherwise stellar evening. My primo course (fried artichokes) and pasta course (lamb ragu) were exquisite, and the panna cota dessert course was to die for!

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
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Modena offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 216-9550.

Modena is rated 4.7 stars by 698 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 20 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Takeout from OpenTableNew

This restaurant is currently not taking orders. Check back soon.

View takeout menu
Google Map for Modena

1199 H Street NW Washington, DC 20005

Additional information

  • Cross street

    12th and H street NW

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm All Day Menu Tue–Fri 2:30 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet available from 5pm to 10pm Friday and Saturday only pending staffing.Limited street parking is available. Ample garage parking nearby at City Center one block away on 11th ST, open 24/7.

  • Public transit

    Metro Center is the closest metro stop, it is located at 12th and G street and our front door is one block away at the corner of 12th and H street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John Melfi

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 216-9550

  • Catering

    With advance notice, limited off-site catering is available: https://knightsbridge.tripleseat.com/party_request/9553

  • Private party facilities

    Featuring high-style Milano design and ample private dining options with Executive Chef John Melfi in the kitchen. https://knightsbridge.tripleseat.com/party_request/9553

  • Private party contact

    Brian McGahey: (877) 578-6401

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