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Modena

4.8
505 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

    $75.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

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

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 505 people are saying
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vipLeslie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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Mark
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Carlomann
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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vipAmantediTavola
Washington DC
191 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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vipJJ1660
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic Roman dishes prepared creatively after careful preparation

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BarbaraS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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Spectacular
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipDee115401
Washington DC
91 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Modena
Responded 4 days ago

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 6 days ago
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 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 4 days ago

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

We had an outstanding wine recommendation, and the food and service was excellent. Thank you Matt and Petra!

Modena
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for joining us. We will pass along your compliments.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was great. The food was ok. Every dishes was too salty.

Modena
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for joining us. I will pass your concerns along to the chef.

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Tammy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent services! Food is first class. My son’s birthday. Everybody loved it!

Modena
Responded 6 days ago

Happy birthday again!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is phenomenal and Petra is the greatest server in all the land.

Modena
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks for joining us and Petra for your meal!

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CarolC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Modena staff were very helpful and accommodating with changes to our larger party on a busy night. The space is beautiful, and the food was delicious!

Modena
Responded on October 13, 2021

We hope to see you again soon!

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vipLuigi
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The “green “ room is not as nicely decorated as the one entering to the right. I would hope you could do some better decorating to match with the amazing food and remaining restaurant.

Modena
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for the feedback. We hope to see you again soon.

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MReyes
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant is compact but beautifully decorated. The waiter was appropriately attentive. The food was delicious but small size servings, especially for the entree, which did not equate the price for the food. However we had a lovely date non the less.

Modena
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for the feedback.

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TiffanyW
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Modena! Multiple people greeted us at the door and all our questions about the dishes were throughly explained.

The food itself was absolutely delicious — the flavors were rich and deep, and the pasta was (obviously) freshly made. Portions were okay; we were filled by our portions but the prices were a little higher for the amount we got. However, the quality was definitely there and it shown through the freshness of everything.

The desserts were more impressive in presentation than in taste, but still very good. I appreciated how the lemon budino was not too sweet and it looked so beautiful! We were there for a birthday dinner, and they surprised us with the tiramisu and chocolate birthday card — so kind!

Overall, the food was better than the desserts (which is more important for a restaurant in my opinion) but everything was enjoyable to eat, and the service was phenomenal.

Modena
Responded on October 10, 2021

We are happy you loved our food! We hope to see you again.

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MeredithG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant, tenderly prepared dishes —a lovely sense of being in Italy! — and a superb wine list. We were well looked after from start to finish. It was a joyful evening.

Modena
Responded on October 6, 2021

You are welcome for an evening in Italy any time you want!

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

Delicious food and beautiful atmosphere

Modena
Responded on October 6, 2021

We hope to see you again soon.

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vipLaura
Washington DC
109 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was flavorful and creative, especially dessert. Loved the Lemon Budino! We ate outside and the privacy screen was appreciated, so we didn't have to see pedestrians and cars nearby.

Modena
Responded on October 6, 2021

We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our patio.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience with our 3 teenage kids. Beautiful presentation and portions were small enough that we could order a variety of things to all try. Every course was terrific. Highly recommend Modena.

Modena
Responded on October 6, 2021

Thank you for the kind words.

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vipFrancis23
Fort Lauderdale
22 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Victor was excellent! The Food excellent. Congrats the Chef. Will be back!! Grazie!!

Modena
Responded on October 6, 2021

Thank you too! We will pass your compliments along to Victor.

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LeslieC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Host and staffers ensured we were greeted warmly and seated promptly.
Food was excellent! Explained to our waiter, Nathan, that my wife and I were vegetarian and he happily recommended some some excellent choices.
It was my wife’s birthday so we splurged for the chocolate mousse. It was heavenly! All I could do not to photograph my food.
The restaurant strikes a delicate blance between casual and fine dining.
Make reservations; you won’t be disappointed!

Modena
Responded on October 6, 2021

We hope to see you again next time you are in town.

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vipRoving1
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food. Nice outdoor setting. Attentive service.

Modena
Responded on September 30, 2021

Thanks for dining with us!

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Waukwar
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The artichokes are fantastic. The ravioli is unique and delicious.

Modena
Responded on October 6, 2021

Thank you for continuing to choose us!

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FrankM
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pizza crust was thin and crispy and such was very tasty. Sea bass with white beans was outstanding.

Modena
Responded on September 30, 2021

You are welcome back for more pizza anytime!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was perfect and the service impeccable. Having dinner by myself was wonderful, they all made me feel at home!

Modena
Responded on September 28, 2021

We were happy to host you - see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is indeed a hidden gem. We absolutely loved the ambiance and the food was amazing. Be warned that the portions are small but everything about this place is worth it. Love love love!

Modena
Responded on September 30, 2021

We will hopefully see you soon. Thank you for your support!

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vipVikas
London
28 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Modena manages to make evening dining on the pavement outside the restaurant surprisingly pleasant in spite of the busy junction at 12th and H. The food is wonderful as usual though I wish they had more vegetarian choices.

Modena
Responded on September 28, 2021

Thank you for the feedback, and we are happy you enjoy our patio space.

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JulieD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was exceptionally delicious, and service was excellent.

Modena
Responded on September 28, 2021

We are happy you had a great meal.

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MASJCS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great for and cocktails. Service was generally good as well as well as entertaining but could slow as it got busy. I look forward to returning. Client CEO really enjoyed dinner

Modena
Responded on September 28, 2021

Thank you for joining us.

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vipdavidf
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night! Thank you!

Modena
Responded on October 5, 2021

Thank you for joining us!

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vipDiscerningDiner
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wonderful service. The homemade pastas were simply divine.

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vipVikas
London
28 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Modena is really extremely good I’m vegetarian and my wife is not and even I enjoyed the chilled Gazpacho soup (available for lunch only) and the summer corn ravioli. We visited on two successive days and we are very choosy about restaurants!

Service on both days by two separate waiters was also really very good.

Modena
Responded on September 28, 2021

Thank you for the kind words, and we look forward to seeing you again for lunch soon!

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EAHNapa
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are visiting and we’re looking for a meal close to our hotel. The food was so incredible and I am so glad it was close! We had corn ravioli, spaghetti with eggplant, and gnocchi. The flavors and execution were fabulous! Good cocktails, great wine list and exceptional service. Hope we can go back before we leave.

Modena
Responded on September 23, 2021

We hope to see you again as well!

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vipDCCatLady
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish, Modena was an incredible experience. We were cheerfully greeted at the door and shown to a delightful corner table that was almost like being in Italy. Our server guided us through the menu. The tomato salad was just as delightful as she promised, while the artichokes’ sauce was savory while artichokes remained crisp. She told us her “pasta story.” What amazing lengths the chef goes through to make all of his different pastas! That corn ravioli will live in my memory forever. My dining companion had the Brodetto which had a lovely assortment of seafood, had this lobster broth that I would have gladly slurped all day. We shared the house made tiramisu and fig tart for dessert. While very different from each other, they were both delicious without being heavy. We had a couple of cocktails to start that were refreshing followed by wines that Petra suggested that accompanied the meals perfectly. The entire staff was attentive without being obtrusive throughout our dining experience. I will be returning very soon to try more of Chef’s creations and to feel spoiled by everyone that works there!

Modena
Responded on September 18, 2021

Thank you for joining us! We are happy you had such a memorable experience.

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vipBenitaF
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The appetizers and pastas were excellent !

Modena
Responded on September 14, 2021

We are happy you enjoyed your meal!

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FAQs

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

Modena is rated 4.8 stars by 505 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.