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Modena

4.7
4.7
673 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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Booked 23 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.

Menu

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What 673 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

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  • District of Columbia

    Fit for Foodies

  • District of Columbia

    Italian

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  2. M

    Mibs

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.

  3. JB

    JorgeB

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. SM

    SeanM

    Milwaukee

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Great bolognese!

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. t

    tampafoodi

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    We had a very nice experience . Excellent service and the Burrata beet salad was deliciousas were tge ricoota raviolas. The only disappointmentwas in the secondi course where the duck entree was on the tough side. However the restaurant was quick to give us complimentary coffees and desserts. Next visiti would order the ravioli as a main course they were divine.

  17. M

    Mike

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, awesome staff and clean elegant ambience.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was outstanding as always and the service was phenomenal. Visiting this restaurant is always a fantastic experience.

  19. t

    timhart84

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food is fantastic. Almost the entire menu appealed to me.

  20. FC

    FrankC

    Fort Lauderdale

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a group of 6 and one of us was a sommelier and our experience with Ramon the somm and Petra our server was incredible. We ate family style and they curated our wine selection and we closed the place down. Will come back everytime we are in town

  21. r

    rick

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Service and food were average

  22. M

    Matthias

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4

    Excellent Italian-inspired food in a nice environment. We liked the food, but some of the dishes were really small, limiting the overall value. Service is great, but it was disappointing to see that our reserved table was not ready at the time we booked. We had to stand outside for 15 minutes to wait for the table.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    Frantic atmosphere Very loud Food creative but not very tasty Both entrées warm not hot

  24. P

    Prontomac

    Washington DC

    402 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    402 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We dined directly at the bar counter and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, highlighted by little windows into the very busy kitchen. Drinks, wine and food were all exceptional. Having spent a lot of time in Italy, I felt right at home with the cooking of Chef Melli…and we were able to view how actively he is engaged in the preparation of everything, along with his team. Overall, a very positive experience!!

  25. KG

    KaraG

    Edmonton

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful service and food!

  26. S

    Stevenson

    Washington DC

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Wonderful food! I particularly recommend the risotto with fave beans and fiddleheads.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Enjoyed the Taste of Italy menu for my birthday. Service was great and the food even better.

  28. TS

    TSO1

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2

    Great if your looking for nice gluten free Italian. Our server was not attentive and really ruined the experience for us. We wanted to order wine, but ended up not doing so, because he never came back to take the wine order. We waited a long time between courses because he didn't come to take the order and then the desert order.

  29. PW

    PeggyW

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Every time I have a meal at Modena it has been a feast to the palate, however this time was superb. The hamachi was a bite of the ocean melting in your mouth, the carpaccio with the savory wine sorbet a delicacy and the Ravioli with the twist of the Mexican truffle is unique, it shows the great creativity of the Chef! To enhance the experience, an excellent recomendatión of wine and the familiar and warm smile of Victor provided my party and me a delightful evening.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and wine/cocktail pairings. Excellent attentive service.

  31. e

    etiam

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2

    The food was good, especially the gnocchi. The personnel was very friendly. But the drinks were too heavy-handed, my initial requests of cocktail and dessert were not available, and the place was too noisy.

  32. j

    jgeats

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Largely impressed by food and service but not enough to justify cost, especially since we found portion sizes of pasta rather small.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Cannot say enough about our experience at Modena!! Victor, our server, was outstanding- he explained the details of the dishes and was extremely friendly and professional. The quality of food was spectacular! Every dish we had melted in our mouths, Especially the ravioli! Dessert was phenomenal, tiramisu had the perfect flavorings. Highly recommend to anyone looking for high-quality Italian food. Will definitely return to Modena!

  34. G

    Gastrophile

    Houston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wow... what an experience! From the moment we stepped in to the moment we left, everything was about perfect. The wine, the food (we all had different pasta dishes, they were all superb), the lemon and blueberry dessert with coffees were all about perfect. Serving portions were also just right. A perfect Italian finish to a jam packed day!

  35. AD

    AimeeD

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Everything tasted delicious. My mother raves about the food. Nice staff.

  36. E

    Excellent

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Delicious tasting menu in a very pretty room. The wine tasting menu was very generous.

  37. AD

    ArthurD

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic! Amazing service. Amazing chairs !!!

  38. KB

    KenB

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great service and help with the wine selection. Zach also told us about the home made Limoncello which was super delisious.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of my favorite restaurants in DC. The food is amazing and smaller portions. Love it

  40. JL

    JosephL

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Good fresh food, worth every dollar spent

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 673 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 23 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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