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Modena

4.8
247 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.

We've added partially enclosed tents complete with heat to accommodate guests all winter long that choose to sit outside.

Everyone who visits Modena will want to partake in the platter of antipasti served family-style with three to six selections available daily until they run out. Items will range from chilled Octopus Salad, Artichoke Scafata, Marinated Peppers, and other local seasonal items like fresh beets. One will explore Pasta Fagioli with pipe pasta, local Coco Rubio beans and Piennolo tomatoes, a dish from Melfi’s grandmother’s collection. Our trolley will return in 2021!

For a sweet ending, Amaretti cookies will be offered as they are a mainstay throughout Italy and a wonderful finish to the meal.
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Experiences

  • 3-course Prisso Fisso Menu

    $50.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    We offer a 3 course seasonal menu for $50 every night. Wine pairing is $25 additional. Selections vary with whatever is freshest each evening. The menu is also available for Pick-up for only $45 by visiting our website to order.
  • Five Course Chef's Tasting Menu

    $95.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Let us know your likes, dislikes, loves as well as any must try dishes, in addition to your dietary restrictions and Chef John Melfi will create a special tasting menu for you. Your experience can be customized for vegetarians, gluten free, etc.
  • Seven Course Chef's Tasting Menu

    $135.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Let us know your likes, dislikes, loves as well as any must try dishes, in addition to your dietary restrictions and Chef John Melfi will create a special tasting menu for you. Your experience can be customized for vegetarians, gluten free, etc.
  • Ala Carte Menu

    Multiple dates available

    Please select this option if you are not interested in any of our tasting menus
  • Spring into Italy Tour, Week Four Emilia-Romagna

    $70.00 per person

    Mar 30 - Apr 3, 2021

    Join us for our tour of Italy with a four course pre-fixe for $70 per person, add a wine pairing for just $30. SHAVED CULATELLO Grilled Piadina BRUT ROSÉ, JEIO ‘BARBER II’ HOUSE-MILLED WHOLE WHEAT TAGLIATELLE Beef, Pork & Veal Bolognese, Parmesan ‘Vacche Rosse’ SANGIOVESE, TENUTA ARCENO “CHIANTI CLASSICO” AMISH CHICKEN SALTIMBOCCA Yukon Gold Potatoes, 24 Month Prosciutto, Lemon-Caper Butter SANGIOVESE/CABERNET/MERLOT, SAN POLO, ‘RUBIO’ TORTA TENERINA Honey-Chamomile Gelato PORTO BRANCO, FERREIRA
  • Spring into Italy Tour, Week Three Sicily

    $70.00 per person

    Mar 23 - Mar 27, 2021

    Join us for our tour of Italy with a four course pre-fixe for $70 per person, add a wine pairing for just $30. EGGPLANT "PARMESAN" Japanese Eggplant, "Sugo Finto," Crispy Capers, Whipped Sheep's Milk Ricotta BRUT ROSÉ, JEIO SPAGHETTI ALA SIRACUSANA Anchovies, Capers, Preserved Lemon, Panne Fritto, Roasted Vesuvio Tomato ORVIETO CLASSICO SUPERIORE, BARBERANI “CASTAGNOLO” WOOD FIRE GRILLED BRANZINO Orange, Shaved Fennel, Picked Herbs, Taggiasca Olives Espelette Pepper, Salsa Verde VERMENTINO, PRELIUS ALMOND GRANITA Sicilian Brioche, Wildflower Honey PORTO BRANCO, FERREIRA
  • Spring into Italy Tour, Week Two Piedmont

    $70.00 per person

    Mar 16 - Mar 20, 2021

    Join us for our tour of Italy with a four course pre-fixe for $70 per person, add a wine pairing for just $30. FRIED ARTICHOKES Bagna Càuda, Meyer Lemon, Picked Herbs BRUT ROSÉ, JEIO CAULIFLOWER AGNOLOTTI Perigord Truffle, Toasted Pine Nuts, Tarragon, Brown Butter ORVIETO CLASSICO SUPERIORE, BARBERANI “CASTAGNOLO” BRAISED VEAL TONNATO Veal Shortrib, Whipped Potatoes, Charred Cippolini Onions, Crispy Capers, Tomato Sauce SANGIOVESE/CABERNET/MERLOT, SAN POLO, ‘RUBIO’ GIANDUIOTTO Charred Meringue, Toasted Hazelnut Brittle PORTO BRANCO, FERREIRA
  • Spring into Italy Tour, Week One Tuscany

    $70.00 per person

    Mar 9 - Mar 13, 2021

    Join us for our tour of Italy with a four course pre-fixe for $70 per person, add a wine pairing for just $30. FOIE-GRAS MOUSSE Cocoa Nib Granola, Mandarinquat Preserves, Cherry-Walnut Tuile DAGUENEAU ‘LES JARDINS DE BABYLONE’ PASTA FAGIOLI Conchiglie, Local Cranberry Beans, Roasted San Marzano Tomatoes, Calabrian Chilis, 36 Month Parmesan 'Vacche Rosse' SANGIOVESE, TENUTA ARCENO “CHIANTI CLASSICO” BISTECA ALA FIORENTINA FOR TWO Sauteed Spinach, Roasted Garlic, Charred Lemon, Cippolini Onions, Red Wine Jus SANGIOVESE/CABERNET/MERLOT, SAN POLO, ‘RUBIO’ CASTAGNACCIO Valrhona Chocolate, Chestnut Honey, Toasted Pine Nuts, Ricotta Gelato PORTO BRANCO, FERREIRA

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
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 247 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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4.5
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place from the service to the food. Everything was delicious and I would highly recommend if you want to have a unique experience with someone special.

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vipsidhe7
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet night, but great food and service.

Modena
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks! Can’t wait to see you soon

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EnadF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

Modena
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much really appreciate it

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vipCameron
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate our anniversary. Our 7 course chefs tasting menu was a culinary delight! Tailored to our preferences with each course another flavor combination to delight! The server was attentive but not overbearing. The evening was so special because we had time to relax an enjoy our meal without pressure of time. Favorite courses were the gnocchi in broth, the smoked salmon salad, the beef tips, and the 7 kinds of chocolate desert! Lots of food but small portions so the tasting wasn’t overwhelming.

Modena
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for sharing this. We hope to see you for your next culinary adventure soon!

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deeznutsDC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

So we did the 7-course experience but were seated in the more casual area vice the nice side. The casual area was a little drafty, but after a while we got used to the room temperature. If I'm paying $125 per person I should be seated in the best place in the house. Nonetheless, the food and service were excellent. I would do it again but ask to sit on the other side.

Modena
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for sharing this! We'd love to have you back soon and we'll put you at the best table this time.

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vipAmalD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. 7course dinner. Delicious wine and cocktail. Beautiful decor - cozy and warm -a nice night out during a cold, pandemic night.

Modena
Responded 3 days ago

Really appreciate this, hope to see you soon!

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vipTricia
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The people and food at Modena are everything. Can’t rave about it enough. The salmon raviolo is a must.

Modena
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you so kindly for this. We Hope to see you soon.

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KyleP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Three words: Maple Bourbon Budino. Overall we really enjoyed every dish that was served. We’ll be back soon!

Modena
Responded on February 16, 2021

Thank you so much we appreciate it!

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RobertL
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The V-Day Prix-fixe menu was an amazing way to enjoy a rare date night and special evening. The choices/options were well done with 4-6 options per course and pricing at $85 was very reasonable for the experience. The Calamari and the Salmon appetizers almost stole the show from the start. The pasta course was GOOD, my wild boar ragu was excellent. My partner enjoyed her Brodo but I felt the stuffing was too mild versus the very savory broth. The Secondi were amazing. The lobster was terrific Saltimbocca was super impressive in tenderness inside and crispy outside and very well balanced. The deserts...just wow. I only wish I had/could have ordered an extra tiramisu to try it. Really interesting cocktails also, next time I go back I'm trying the Niki Lauda for sure. The Enzo was REALLY unique and I enjoyed it.

Modena
Responded on February 16, 2021

Awesome! We can't wait to see you again!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and service! Petra was so friendly and welcoming. Easily one of the best restaurants in DC. Highly recommend the lobster and tortellini!

Modena
Responded on February 16, 2021

The tortellini is one of our standards! Hope to see you soon.

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vipehenley00
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible, as always at Modena! This was our second time dining, and we truly enjoyed everything we ordered. They have great cocktails and wine choices, we always enjoy the Gin Caravaggio when dining here.

I have celiac disease and the waitstaff here is very knowledgeable/courteous/helpful as to what items I can/cannot have (almost all items can be made gluten free). The Salmon ‘Raviolo’ is a must (gluten free) and the Ragu was also delicious (also can be made gluten free), although I do prefer the Bolognese. They make gluten free pasta in-house and you can tell -- it's the best gluten free pasta I've ever had! I learned the chef's girlfriend also has celiac disease and as a result is extremely aware.

The only thing that could make my experience better as someone with Celiac is if they offered gluten free bread (which they currently do not have).

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vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kit our waiter was exceptional! Additionally the pre fixe menu was perfectly priced and properly proportioned. Minus the weather a great Valentine’s date with my wife.

Modena
Responded on February 16, 2021

Thanks so much! Excited to see you soon!

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vipsascha
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time there for Valentine’s Day, food and drinks were fabulous and all staff very kind and professional. Will be back again :)

Modena
Responded on February 16, 2021

Really appreciate this feedback!

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vipMareB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Modena for Valentine’s Day dinner. We had their four course meal. Amazing food and amazing service. They have an outside seating that is covered and heated good for the cold weather dining. Highly recommend this place and I am glad I reserved with them this year.

Modena
Responded on February 16, 2021

Thanks for visiting us and we hope to see you soon!

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MatthewB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot, great service great food. Went for Valentine's day was a great time

Modena
Responded on February 16, 2021

Thank you kindly, we look forward to cooking again for you soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had Valentine’s dinner with my girl. They had a four course dinner. It had so many unique options and everything we picked was perfect! The presentation and taste both excellent! The best meal I have had! The waiter and other people assisting were phenomenal! I have absolutely no complaints but only praise for this place! Loved my night!!!!

Modena
Responded on February 14, 2021

Thank you so much! We'll see you soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every item was amazing (4 courses per person), including the cocktails. Service was impeccable from our waiter (maître d’ even stopped by to ensure our experience was up to par). Quick service but absolutely did not feel rushed. Ambiance is intimate and beautifully planned. Could not recommend this restaurant any higher considering they managed to deliver such an experience despite Covid restrictions. 5/5 stars.

Modena
Responded on February 14, 2021

Thank you so kindly, we look forward to cooking for you soon!

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Patricia
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambience at Modena are all wonderful. I highly recommend! Your water glass will never be empty - a small, yet huge, indicator of finely trained staff who want your experience to be perfect. Go - you’ll be glad you did!

Modena
Responded on February 14, 2021

Thank you so kindly, we really appreciate this!

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Dandelion
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First. I was greeted by the most handsome, high spirited man. Just him alone, created a wonderful start for my husband's birthday. We felt comfortable from the start. Petra recommended the best plates to try however she was delighted to inform us that we could not go wrong no matter what we chose. The barber 2 whole wheat tagliatelle (tortellini) ravioli, heirloom beet salad, polpette. duck leg confit were heaven. Dessert: bombolini and sorbet.

The teal design with artistic chandeliers and artwork gave it a romantic flair. If the bathroom offered texture and wood grain designs. I am impressed. Yes. I am returning next month.

Modena
Responded on February 13, 2021

Thank you so much we really appreciate it!

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vipmonicab
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Modena was such a find for my husband and I. The entire dining experience was amazing. The cocktails were delicious and innovative. Served beautifully in their proper glass which is such a treat. And the food is delicious down to every detail. Beautifully prepared and presented. Their restaurant week menu is superb but we’ll be back to try their regular menu which sounds just as wonderful. And I liked the coat service as an added touch to dining out a little more special. It’s all in the details and Modena has it covered!

Modena
Responded on February 9, 2021

Really appreciate your kind words!

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EdinBethesda
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great food...went for Restaurant week...odd pricing (a reasonable $35 for 3 courses but $55 for 4, which basically didn't add much food because portion smaller). Excellent quality, nice waiter, very slow to bring more bread but was good to have a high quality meal in Covid world.

Modena
Responded on February 9, 2021

Thank you for the feedback, appreciate it. The pricing for 4 courses is higher because of the offerings on that menu, such as Wagyu Carpaccio and Sea Scallops. These items are more expensive for us to source. Hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely superb dining experience. Top notch service, delicious food, and superlative presentation. We wouldn’t change a thing and have already booked another meal at Modena.

Modena
Responded on February 5, 2021

Thank you, we really cherish these comments and hope to see you again soon.

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TiffanyB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing I really enjoyed being out with my besties. Great food, great company and even better ambience.

Modena
Responded on February 5, 2021

Thank you so kindly for these words! We look forward to seeing you soon

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TM17
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We selected this restaurant as part of the DC restaurant week. What an incredible choice! The attention to detail in presentation and taste in every dish was incredible. We selected the Raymond wine to go with the meal, as the sommelier participated in blending the wine for the restaurant. Victor was our server and he did an excellent job explaining the dishes, following up on our choices, ensuring our experience was top notch. What a pleasure. Do try!

Modena
Responded on February 9, 2021

Really appreciate your compliments and look forward to seeing you soon!

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Excelsior
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Winter Restaurant Week lunch during the pandemic - Tony took care of us with great service. We felt safe throughout due to excellent mask compliance and distancing throughout the dining room. Food came out quickly, was delicious and well presented. Highly recommend the duck, the tagliatelle, and gnocchi. My girlfriend also enjoyed a port-based cocktail from the drinks menu. Appreciated the bread on the side, served with flavorful olive oil as well. Restaurant week lunch proved to be excellent value! Would definitely return.

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TonyS
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food taste was good, but not enough food for the price. Unable to taste alcohol in cocktails that were also overpriced. $8 for water.

Modena
Responded on February 5, 2021

Thank you for sharing your concerns, we will address them immediately

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AdaobiU
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall one of the best restaurants I've been to in DC! My friend and I decided to go for RW - great ambiance, amazing (!!) food and terrific service. Will be back!

Modena
Responded on February 2, 2021

That's very kind of you, can't wait to see you soon!

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vipDenzelMog
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Modena was very nice dinner, Italian, experience. The Butternut Squash Soup, was just excellent and highly recommend it. The pasta dishes were very tasty, and recommend the gonococci.

Modena
Responded on February 2, 2021

Thank you so much for your feedback!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service for restaurant week! Well definitely return.

Modena
Responded on February 2, 2021

Really appreciate this, see you soon!

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vipmartin
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. First time there and will be back very soon.

Modena
Responded on January 29, 2021

Thank you so kindly! We are excited to cook for you again soon!

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vipLK45
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. Felt very safe. Will be back!

Modena
Responded on January 29, 2021

You are so kind! We can't wait to see you again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

It was cold sitting outside and the food was really just okay. I only liked the appetizer and the food got cold very quickly. I think it is overpriced.

Modena
Responded on January 26, 2021

We really appreciate your comments. It was a cold night and we wish we could have accommodated you inside where it would have been more comfortable for you and better for keeping the food warm. The Mayor's office has just reopened indoor dining at 25% capacity and we would love chance to make this up to you.

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robertl
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Last night before closing to inside dining - So the two items I wanted to try were not available. But the alternate choices were excellent. The chef commented that due to the situation certain items were out of stock. Love the place. Service was a little shaky. Asked for a rusty nail on the rocks with twist. Got a mostly scotch drink - asked for a little more drambuie - and the twist and then it was perfect. A refill later was again not quiet right. The server recommended a red wine to go with dinner. It was perfect - but it did not arrive until after my dinner was done. Will be fun to go back when it is fully functional.

Modena
Responded on January 26, 2021

Thank you for letting us know. We hope to see you again soon and make sure your experience is perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful dinning experience, didn't think it could get better, but it did! Invited friends and they were amazed by the exquisite food Chef Melfi crafts, every dish created with different techniques and the best ingredients, can't wait for my Christmas Dinner! The service is impeccable, the choice of wines that Victor suggested were perfect. Thank you Brian and please my appreciation to the food runners, the service would not be perfect without them!

Modena
Responded on January 26, 2021

We really appreciate this, it makes our day!

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vipjamesh
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at Modena was impeccable, as always. I had the pork roast, which was delicious, and my dinner companion had the duck, which he raved about. I highly recommend Modena.

Modena
Responded on January 26, 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words! We hope to see you soon!

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vipFrankP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible feast. Felt like a king for my birthday. Chef put together amazing blend of flavors.. An explosion of taste! Great service and felt Covid safe.

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vipsidhe7
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite, especially the tagliatelle and wine list

Modena
Responded on December 15, 2020

Thank you!

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vipWahooWildcat
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Tasting menu was great value. Wine pairing on point. Phenomenal dessert.

Modena
Responded on December 15, 2020

Thank you much, really appreciate this!

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vipBillyT
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again, our go to in DC. BETWEEN THE MANAGER, Bartender and the beat wait staff you can’t go wrong. Oh, and one of the beat young chefs we know anywhere. Flavors, balance, complexity all marry up into a moveable feast. Can’t wait for the feast of seven fishes Christmas Eve. Highly recommending. Never had a bad meal and we are there typically every other week.

Modena
Responded on December 15, 2020

Your praise and your company is always valued! Can't wait to see you then.

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NicoleH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful waitress. Delicious food. Lovely dining room. Best gluten free pasta in D.C.

Modena
Responded on December 15, 2020

Thanks so much, we love making the gluten free pasta!

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FAQs

Modena does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Modena also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 216-9550.

Modena is rated 4.8 stars by 247 OpenTable diners.

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.