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Modena

4.8
491 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

    $70.00 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 491 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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

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Tammy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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CarolC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 3 days ago

We hope to see you again soon!

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vipLuigi
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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MReyes
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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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 6 days ago

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
42 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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vipRoving1
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great for a quiet outdoor lunch. Very good food and attentive service.

Modena
Responded on September 10, 2021

We are glad that you enjoyed your meal and our patio!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bartender was great. His development is inspiring.

Modena
Responded on September 4, 2021

Our bar team thanks you for the compliments

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vipPeggyO
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Happy hour all evening is a great deal. Traffic noise outside, but we were happy to be there.

Modena
Responded on September 4, 2021

We will see you on Tuesdays!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just enjoyed another amazing meal at Modena! Everything was perfect from our agnolotti and gnocchi starters to our desserts at the end. The chocolate mousse was the bomb while the fig tart -- featuring some of the best fresh figs that I've ever eaten -- was sublime. Along the way, my mom loved her perfectly cooked veal milanesa and my pork dish was top notch thanks to its interacting symphony of flavors. The food at Modena really tastes as good as it looks! Add to that flawless service in a lovely setting and you have what my Italian mom describes as "culinary perfection."

Modena
Responded on September 5, 2021

Thank you so much! Please let your mom know that we are happy to cook for her any time.

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vipVivaandc
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional in all respects. Every dish from appetizer to dessert was delicious- not one miss. Fried baby artichokes and tomato salad starters - pork collar and gnocchi mains - ended with the fig tart. Pulling it all together was Petra our waitress who was a delight. I would rank Modena in the top 5 restaurants in DC.

Modena
Responded on September 4, 2021

Thank you for the kind words.

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vipJPAlex
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was beautifully plated, refined, and absolutely delicious. A real treat. We will be bak.

Modena
Responded on September 4, 2021

We can’t wait for you to join us again.

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CareenK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the four course tour of Italy and everything was perfect down to the balsamic and olive oil

Modena
Responded on September 5, 2021

We are thrilled that you enjoyed your meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Very overpriced for amount and quality of food. Wouldn't recommend.

Modena
Responded on September 5, 2021

We are very sorry that you were disappointed with your meal; that is not the experience that we hope to provide.

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nomnomnom
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were perfection, and the cocktails were also delicious. the best dish in my opinion was the Modena’s Brodetto.

The only problem was that we had outdoor seating and we were getting attacked by mosquitos, but the restaurant really couldnt do anything about that.

Modena
Responded on September 5, 2021

Thank you for the compliments.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Highly quality food, great sense of favors and special dining experience.

Modena
Responded on September 5, 2021

Thank you so much!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My fiancé and I went here to celebrate a special occasion. I have celiac disease and must be gluten free. The service was great and the server was very knowledgeable about gluten free items. They also have gluten free pasta and focaccia bread! I have not had focaccia in over 8 years, and it was delicious. The food was wonderful and the restaurant has a very impressive cocktail list, with mocktails as well. I would definitely recommend coming here for a romantic date, birthday, or special occasion.

Modena
Responded on August 28, 2021

We are glad we helped to make your special day memorable!

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vipSteve
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and great service.

Modena
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you for the kind words!

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vipSamS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Modena is fantastic. Each dish is well-conceived and executed; each is a crowd-pleaser. The service was excellent and spot-on. I would highly recommend adding Modena to your rotation list; the seasonal menu and the classics are pitch-perfect every time.

Modena
Responded on August 28, 2021

We hope to see you again soon.

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vipBrianB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each coarse was better than before. Appetizer was good, first plate was even better second plate amazing and the desert best ever. Wine list for any taste. Great meal

Modena
Responded on August 28, 2021

Thank you!

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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 491 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.