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Taste of Italy Four Course Prisso-Fisso$80.00 per person
Multiple dates availableTake a trip to Italy with a Four Course set menu rotating daily based on local and seasonal offerings from our purveyors.
Restaurant Week Three Course Menu$55.00 per person
Jan 17 - Jan 29, 2022Our Three Course offering for Winter Restaurant Week 2022.
Restaurant Week Four Course Menu$70.00 per person
Jan 17 - Jan 29, 2022Our Four Course Winter Restaurant Week 2022 Offering.
- 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
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
This is my favorite restaurant in DC, and I want to explain why, with enough detail to be helpful to others who are looking for new places to eat. First of all: the food is exceptional. A lot of Prix Fixe places want you to spend 200 bucks walking in the door - Modena lets you order one or a few of the amazing things they have on the menu, or go Prix Fixe, and the chef's menu changes often.
The next thing I love is the amazing craft cocktails. This place is small compared to some other DC restaurant, but their lead bartender Dan is an innovator. He's always inventing new cocktails, and the go-to drinks on their menu are excellent.
Finally - they take great care of their staff, so the staff sticks around. Our favorite waiter, Vic, has been there since shortly after opening, and knows what we want without us having to ask.
Modena is great food, amazing drinks, and top-notch service. Give them a try!
We did the Italian Experience. Food was good quality but seemed a quite over priced for the dishes we were served. Added wine selection at $45 per guest and expected to at least get 1 red wine at a With our Italian Experience. Whites and Rose. Quite a let down.
Muy buena la comida y excelente atención. La parte externa es un poco improvisada sin ningún atractivo. En general muy bueno.
New year’s eve
I visited for the NYE dinner. Every dish we ordered were great! I would give them extra stars for the services if I can! All of them were very kind and accommodating. I’m definitely going back for upcoming special occasions!
Wonderful food, cocktails and ambiance. The menu was innovative but also offered comfort food items.
We went here to celebrate a birthday because it had outdoor seating available on short notice while other restaurants closed down. The food and service were superlative. I requested an off the menu pomodoro with vegetables because I didn't care for the other vegetarian options, and it was wonderful. One of my companions ordered the truffle gnocchi and it was one of the best things I've ever tasted.
I had always thought of this place as a business lunch fixture, but I'll definitely come back here for regular social occasions. The outdoor seating is a an ordinary plastic tent, but they kept it warm with heaters and had soft lighting for ambiance.
We enjoyed our dinner and the staff were very accommodating.
We had the most wonderful dinner. The food was excellent, the pasta home made, the portions perfect. Our server Petra was fantastic; knowledgeable, fun and friendly.
The restaurant design was such that the noise level was minimal with many soft surfaces absorbing the sound.
The wine list is very good.
Highly recommend for special celebration or a romantic dinner.
Excellent meal. We splurged for the feast of seven fishes 8-course meal with wine pairings. Everything was outstanding, including the service.
We enjoyed hosting everyone for our Seven Fishes meal, and are happy to hear that you enjoyed it as well.
Modena was a very enjoyable evening with excellent service and good food.
First courses were very good.
Monkfish was very tasty
Ribeye was ok
Wine choices were duperb
We will be back location is convenient and valet parking worked well
Thank you. We hope to see you again.
Went to Modena for Christmas Eve dinner and had the 3 course option.
We had several options for each meal, all very delicious. The server was even knowledgeable on GF options.
Everything tasted very good. We had the heirloom beet salad, arugula salad & grilled calamri as appetizers, the braised short rib (the best of all), the ribeye & GF tagliatelle.
Fantastic food, service and ambiance!
Thanks for the feedback. I will pass along your compliments to our team.
Modena just did it again: memorable evening thanks to incredible food! We will be back asap. Still number one in DC for ( affordable ) Italian food!!
We hope to see you again!
Food is carefully prepared, and nicely served, but not outstanding in taste. Given the high price point, it was not worth it for us. Only one item out of a dozen stood out: the fried artichoke appetizer.
We are happy to hear that you liked the crispy fried artichokes and disappointed that the rest of the meal didn't hit that same standard. We always like to hear how we could have done better.
Very good selection of Italian dishes. I highly recommend the beet salad and the in-house gelatos and sorbets. The seafood stew was good — large prawns and excellent white fish. The broth was over salty for my taste. Service very good.
Chef uses local ingredients to make the gelatos and sorbets daily. It's great to hear that you enjoyed them!
Best Polpette I have ever had. Best lasagna I have ever had.
The food and service was fantastic. Definitely recommend to others!
Fantastic food and excellent cocktails. One of the best Italian restaurants in my experience.
We were stated outside, but it was well heated and comfortable.
Service was excellent.
Will come back.
We are thrilled to hear you had a good time. Thanks!
Excellent food…the fried artichoke starter is amazing, efficient and friendly service. A lovely evening out.
We are happy to welcome you any time.
We were celebrating our engagement and my fiancés birthday, truly couldn’t have picked a better location. The food, ambiance and staff were all superb. 10/10 highly recommend.
Congratulations again, and thank you for the kind words.
Great dining experience. Excellent food and service
We hope to see you again soon.
Broke in a new waiter. That should not be the responsibility of customers. 1st visit there was great...not so much the 2nd time
We are happy you enjoyed the food, and are very sorry that your experience with us this time was lacking.
We enjoyed a lovely dinner at Modena on December 15, 2021. We had the beet salad and the arugula salad, and then duck breast and tortellini in brodo. Everything was delicious. Our server, Antonio, was professional and attentive without being intrusive. A very nice evening.
Thank you! We will pass your compliments along to Antonio.
We went out to celebrate a friends graduation. We ordered multiple items and the review is:
Outstanding desserts as well.
Had always heard of their desserts being amazing so no complaints there. Will probably be visiting again just for their desserts. Overall the food was not worth the price. Except the desserts which were beyond amazing.
The service was slow but in their defense they were really busy. Great ambience.
We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the dessert, and are very sorry the rest of the experience did not stand up to that standard. We would love to have you back. Best, Dan Landau-Smith General Manager
Tasting menu- mediocre. Server tried, appeared to not really know the menu. Somm was very engaging, some wine pairings questionable. Might go back for drinks but wouldn’t put on the top of my list.
The burrata was great. I had the tortelli and my friend had the lasagna. It was great.
It's always great to hear that people enjoy our food. Thanks!
Great food and service. Our server and sommelier--Chris and Rebecca--were friendly, engaging, and informative. They answered all of our questions, made great suggestions, and helped expedite our meal so we wouldn't miss an 8pm show.
The food was also wonderful. 10 out of 5.
Thank you so much! We are happy to hear your experience was fantastic.
The food was excellent, service superb. We sat outside so did have a lot of street noise (sirens!). Otherwise it was wonderful.
Thank you for the kind words.
We came to Modena for a special occasion dinner. It was a very lively environment with a great tasting menu and wine pairing. The sommelier was extremely knowledgeable and the service staff was outstanding!
We went to celebrate my son's birthday. The staff was so nice and so informative. They made sure that nothing would interfere with my son's nut allergy. The food was exceptional and creative. Would go there again in a heartbeat.
Great spot, under the radar gem! Would definitely go back
This was our third time eating at Modena and we continued to be impressed with the excellent food! The staff was very patient when we arrived late and accomodating of our 3 year old daughter.
Modena never disappoints, in fact it just keeps getting better and better. I have dined here several times, and am always happier than the last time. The octopus, over the romesco with the vinaigrette was almost like butter, so incredibly tender. The artichoke hearts were so creamy on top of a bagna cauda that surpassed anything I’d had in Rome. At Petra’s recommendation we shared a pasta. She said that the gnocchi were like pillows, she was not wrong! We added the perigord truffles, which took the dish to an entirely new level. We then had the pork cheeks which just about melted I’m my mouth, the cheesy polenta was devine. The brodetto was a perfect blend of rockfish, shrimp and calamari, the lobster broth was packed with flavors, perfectly portioned. The chocolate mouse was chocolate on top of chocolate, and then even more chocolate. The Nikki Laude is a truly smoked cocktail and the Hotel Cozumel was refreshing. The entire staff, from start to finish was super friendly and informative. I can’t wait to come back!
Thank you for the kind words. We hope to see you again.
The food was good but it was noisy, expensive and felt like the first day they were ever open. The waiter spilled beer on me and barely apologized. There were at least two other spills near our table.
The lunch menu offers great choices and the food was excellent. It is perfect for a lunch meeting.
Thank you for dining with us.
Zack was wonderful - very attentive and had perfect recommendations. Great ambiance and even better food. Inventive cocktails and a fantastic wine list. The burrata, gnocchi, and duck breast were stand out dishes for the table. Looking forward to date night here again soon.
We will pass along your compliments to Zack. Thank you!
Great atmosphere. Certainly a great option if you want to get bonus points for a romantic date.
We are happy to hear that you had a great time.
You cannot go wrong ordering anything from the Modena wonderful menu. What stood out for me was the Polpette and the grilled artichoke hearts. The drinks and the desserts are not to be missed. Wonderful experience overall.
We are happy you enjoyed our food from beginning to end.
We took our kids down to DC for some sightseeing and decided to take them out for a nice meal. Modena was perfectly located as it is across from the hotel we stayed in. We were warmly greeted and sat immediately. The wait staff was great. Very diligent. The food was all delicious. We left stuffed and happy. Definitely coming back.
Thank you! We are happy you had a great time.
Modena offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 216-9550.
Modena is rated 4.7 stars by 570 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.