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Modena

4.7
534 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.

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

  • 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.
  • Feast of Seven Fishes Christmas Eve 8 Course Menu

    $135.00 per person

    Dec 24, 2021 only

    The Feast of Seven Fishes - an old Italian tradition - features an eight course tasting menu for Christmas Eve.
  • Christmas Eve Three Course Prisso Fisso

    $75.00 per person

    Dec 24, 2021 only

    Our Three Course Christmas Eve Tasting Menu.
  • New Year's Eve at Modena

    $95.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    A New Year's Eve Four Course Extravaganza.

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
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
What 534 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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Drome
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The lunch menu offers great choices and the food was excellent. It is perfect for a lunch meeting.

Modena
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you for dining with us.

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StephanieS
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

Modena
Responded 5 hours ago

We will pass along your compliments to Zack. Thank you!

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vipLANCEM
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Certainly a great option if you want to get bonus points for a romantic date.

Modena
Responded 5 hours ago

We are happy to hear that you had a great time.

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RashaH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Modena
Responded on November 28, 2021

We are happy you enjoyed our food from beginning to end.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Modena
Responded on November 28, 2021

Thank you! We are happy you had a great time.

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vipCarolynW
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 4 course anniversary dinner at Modena was perfect. Everything struck the right balance of familiarity and novelty - a perfect place to branch out from the ordinary. Our server, Zach, was knowledgeable and attentive; keeping the meal moving at a leisurely pace. Highly recommend.

Modena
Responded on November 28, 2021

Happy Anniversary again! Hopefully we will see you again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

A bit of confusion on wait staff, but food was delicious and beautiful venue

Modena
Responded on November 28, 2021

Thank you for the feedback.

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vipJohnH
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional! Each course was beautifully presented, with fresh ingredients and obviously gifted chef enabled all senses to be pleased. Service was outstanding. Our server, Antonio, made great recommendations to allow us to experience the chef’s creative touches on both dishes new to us (fried artichoke appetizer, for instance) and old favorites like ragu, featuring their handmade pasta. We have found our new favorite DC Italian restaurant. World class.

Modena
Responded on November 28, 2021

Thank you; we are happy to serve you any time.

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RO99
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It is an overall good experience. We tried the “Taste of Italy” tasting menu with the designated wine pairing. The pasta was not “al-dente” and it had a strange spicy after-taste which is not classic to the Italian way of preparing them. Perhaps a twist to the classical. Nonetheless, the lamb loin was the MVP of the night. It was cooked to perfection! The dessert, however, was one that could be easily found in a grocery store. Cheap and tasteless! The price is $105 per person if you would like the wine pairing. It is not worth the price!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Modena never disappoints! It’s hard to pick what is more impressive, the creative & fresh dishes or the outstanding service.

Modena
Responded on November 28, 2021

Thank you so much for the kind words.

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Sylviem
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. The waiter very nice and helpful.
We will definitely come back.

Modena
Responded on November 28, 2021

We hope to see you again soon.

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Hyzerflipped
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were outstanding. The wood grilled octopus was unreal, as was the hand-made gluten free oat pappardelle Lamb ragu dish. I would definitely visit again!

Modena
Responded on November 28, 2021

Thanks again!

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AndrewR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the four course fixed price meal with the wine sampling to go with it. It was delicious and the winds were really well paired. The service was excellent.

Modena
Responded on November 28, 2021

Thank you so much.

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vipcwmndc
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had our first lunch inside at Modena on a recent, quiet Thursday: it was excellent!
The seating was safely spaced in a formal dining room. Service was very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. The lunch menu had a wide variety of interesting options and a good selection of wines by the glass.
My fried artichokes were very light, creative, fresh and tasty as was my sea bass in balsamic and pear tart. My wife loved each of her dishes, too.
We will be back for dinner, soon!

Modena
Responded on November 28, 2021

We are happy to hear you enjoyed your lunch.

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CristinaR
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and our server was very knowledgeable.

Modena
Responded on November 28, 2021

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Petra was amazing. We loved the “Rosenven” squash. Amazing dinner

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vipEatoutoften
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We came for a celebration with another couple. The restaurant is very noisy. We were left without any wait staff for a long time. The menu is okay not great. I eat everything but my spouse has some dietary restrictions (no pork or seafood). Choices for him very limited. The salad/appetizers were very nice and flavorful. Portions on pastas were absurdly small, dishes flavors were very good but should not be considered a full portion Both men in our party left the restaurant hungry. That should never happen . Noise level so high that when asked if we wanted a 2nd bottle of wine I replied no, twice. But they brought one anyway. We turned it down. I would not rush back to this restaurant. They could do A LOT better with service, menu choices and portions.

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vipPeterR
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food with a decidedly modern Italian twist and flavor. I had polpetto to start, gnocchi for a main and bombolini for dessert with ricotta gelato. Service was efficient, friendly and prompt without being rushed. One of my favorites in DC.

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Zelda
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was way beyond expectations

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vipfoodlover
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing - service was equally outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt that everything was outstanding. Our waiter, Victor, went out of his way to make our dining experience wonderful. The food was delicious and beautifully presented.

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ChristopherT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic. The braised pork cheeks were amazing.

Modena
Responded on November 2, 2021

Thank you! We hope to see you again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

100% amazing, will absolutely go again

Modena
Responded on November 2, 2021

We can't wait to see you again.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nataly was the best. Thank you

Modena
Responded on November 2, 2021

We will let her know you enjoyed her service. Thank you for dining with us.

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vipSoozyQ
Cleveland
72 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, beautiful presentation and good service. Noise level was a bit high.

Modena
Responded on October 27, 2021

We are happy to hear you enjoyed your meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ask for Petra. Try the gnocchi

Modena
Responded on October 27, 2021

Thank you! We will pass your compliments along to Petra!

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vipLeslie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The very best place for fine dining if you're a celiac.

Modena
Responded on October 26, 2021

Thank you! We take allergies seriously and are happy we could provide you with a fantastic meal!

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kchoi
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was a 10 people birthday party for my daughter. They did have to wait for 30minutes before being served. I had to call Modena to get my party service. After that, the service was good and the party was having fun. Hope it was just one time incident! KC

Modena
Responded on October 27, 2021

We are sorry for the slow start to your meal, but thrilled to hear you had a great time!

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Mark
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is exquisite both in taste and presentation. And service is attentive and helpful.

Modena
Responded on October 27, 2021

Thank you for the kind words!

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vipGerry
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent, especially the quality of the food and the atmosphere. Most impressive was the service. Our server Chris was amazing and really made the evening memorable.

Modena
Responded on October 27, 2021

Thank you! We'll let Chris know that you enjoyed your meal with him.

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Carlomann
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Modena offered an outstanding experience in every sense. You are sure not to be disappointed.

All marks were on point: reservation punctually attended, a great table and atmosphere, attentive and prompt service, informed and caring; and truly amazing dishes that created a most memorable occasion. We ordered the burrata as appetizer which was utterly delicious, subtle and complex with a refined touch of explosive flavors as pomegranate fresh seeds, greens and delicately crafted focaccia are combined with the fresh and aged cheeses; we declined the entrees but opted for the pasta as main course instead. The delicate squash and ricotta filled raviolis were a really elevated version of a delicacy with a truly accomplished blend of ingredients and the right balance of flavors, texture with the brûlée torched caramelized crust and toasted squash seeds added a nice crunchy touch to the dish. By suggestion of our attentive waiter we paired our food with a bottle of exquisite Oregon Pinot Noir -single vine- which was perfect and well balanced. We appreciated very much our server suggestions!

As dessert, we had the pear tart which was the perfect closing choice for a delightful evening. You can really be witness to the evolution of a simple trattoria into the most accomplished elevated restaurant that Modena has become today. If you love creative and authentic Italian flavors with a most attentive service and attention to detail, Modena is a sure choice for fulfilling your expectations.

Modena
Responded on October 27, 2021

That last sentence is exactly what we are looking to provide! I'm glad we hit the mark for you.

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vipAmantediTavola
Washington DC
191 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A celebration dinner offered an opportunity to check in on the evolution of Modena. What we discovered was cooking of a very high order – the equal of other pricier Italian fine dining establishments – inventive but with a solid grounding in Italian flavors and technique. As often happens nowadays, the food tastes better than its menu descriptions which always baffle as to how it will all work. We shared four antipasti to start and each was a revelation. Carciofi fritti – almost pudding-like interiors with a crispy exterior with a bagna cauda that could have to tweaked to be a bit more piquant. Perfect octopus and squid dishes, paired surprisingly with sausage and salumi, each napped with a different spicy sauce. And a crudo of wonderfully fatty salmon, piqued with salt and lemon, that would shame a sushi restaurant. These were followed by light pillowy gnocchi with wild mushrooms lightly sauce with cheese and maybe a bit of butter and pasta water to which we added the supplemental black truffle shavings. This is a dish worth returning for. Finally, a newly introduced dish of large portion of very meaty, spiced duck breast in a sort of agrodolce cider gastrique with fall vegetables and an extraordinary dish of melting pork cheeks over a lovely locally sourced artisanal polenta topped with better chicharrons than one would find at many Mexican places. We brought our own wine which was very professionally handled by the manager, Dan. All of this combined with professional and attentive (but not obtrusive) service by Chris and other staff made for a memorable event and left us wondering when the next dinner here will be.

Modena
Responded on October 27, 2021

Thank you so much. We are thrilled to have provided you with such a memorable experience. We hope to see you again soon.

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vipJJ1660
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic Roman dishes prepared creatively after careful preparation

Modena
Responded on October 27, 2021

We look forward to hosting you again.

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BarbaraS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty food. A bit pricey given the portion size but I would go again.

Modena
Responded on October 27, 2021

We are happy you enjoyed your meal.

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Spectacular
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent!!! Nice & quiet ambiance, service was exceptional and the food was of high quality & tasty.

Modena
Responded on October 26, 2021

Thank you for dining with us!

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vipDee115401
Washington DC
92 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner at Modena with my friend. He really enjoyed it and both the food and service was great.

Modena
Responded on October 20, 2021

Thanks for choosing us for your birthday meal. We are happy to hear you had a good time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect at lunch today. I called and spoke with Dan who took my requests for greetings on desserts for the birthday celebrants.
Our corner table was perfect and made us less Covid-19-worried.
Our fantastic waiter (sorry I forgot his name) was spot on with his food suggestions. We were very happy with everything we ordered—fried artichokes.
Mushroom pizza, burrata, chicken saltimbocca and veal
Milanese with a side a bacon dressing— all perfectly seasoned and executed.
We ordered two desserts but were treated to 3 more making it a dessert tasting!
They really made this ordinary Tuesday really special for our group. I definitely recommend this place to everyone.

Modena
Responded on October 20, 2021

We are happy that you enjoyed your lunch. See you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was over the top good! Food was excellent, staff was knowledgeable, accommodating and overall wonderful. This place was good enough that I googled how to leave a review and changed my password to do so. Overall I had an excellent meal and experience.

Modena
Responded on October 19, 2021

We’re happy we left such a great impression! See you again soon.

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Ccurtis0207
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From valet to the food, the entire experience exceeded my expectations. Thoroughly impressed.

Modena
Responded on October 19, 2021

We are happy to impress. See you again soon!

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Anon
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience1

Food was very good. Service was slow. There weren't many diners, and don't see why it took so long. Also, very noisy on the street - but did appreciate the option to sit outside.

Modena
Responded on October 20, 2021

I am sorry to hear that your experience wasn't exceptional. We would love to have another chance to show you what we can do.

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FAQs

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

Modena is rated 4.7 stars by 534 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.