This restaurant now offers takeaway

Bring the restaurant to you. Order and pay for food directly on OpenTable.

View takeaway menu

Modena

4.7
401 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.

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.
  • Summer Restaurant Week $35 Three Course Dinner

    $35.00 per person

    Aug 9 - Aug 14, 2021

    PRIMI POLPETTE CITRUS CURED SALMON “RAVIOLO” CHILLED MELON GAZPACHO ARUGULA SALAD HEIRLOOM TOMATO SALAD SECONDI AQUERELLO RISOTTO “BARBER II” WHOLE WHEAT TAGLIATELLE SUMMER CORN AGNOLOTTI WOOD FIRE ROASTED POINT JUDITH CALAMARI OLIVE OIL POACHED COD PAN ROASTED AMISH CHICKEN DOLCI TIRAMISÚ AFFOGATO SUNDAE SHEEP’S MILK YOGURT PANNA COTTA “COTTON CANDY” APRICOT TART CHEF’S SELECTION OF SEASONAL SORBETTI
  • Summer Restaurant Week $55 Four Course Dinner

    $55.00 per person

    Aug 9 - Aug 14, 2021

    PRIMI POLPETTE CITRUS CURED SALMON “RAVIOLO” WOOD FIRE GRILLED OCTOPUS HEIRLOOM TOMATO SALAD FOIE GRAS MOUSSE PASTA SUMMER CORN AGNOLOTTI “BARBER II” WHOLE WHEAT TAGLIATELLE POTATO GNOCCHI AL TARTUFO AMATRICIANA SECONDI AQUERELLO RISOTTO OLIVE OIL POACHED COD WOOD GRILLED LOCAL HANGAR STEAK ARTIC CHAR PAN ROASTED AMISH CHICKEN DOLCI TIRAMISÚ AFFOGATO SUNDAE SHEEP’S MILK YOGURT PANNA COTTA “COTTON CANDY” APRICOT TART
  • Summer Restaurant Week $22 Three Course Lunch

    $22.00 per person

    Aug 9 - Aug 13, 2021

    PRIMI POLPETTE CHILLED MELON GAZPACHO ARUGULA SALAD HEIRLOOM TOMATO SALAD CHICKEN LIVER MOUSSE SECONDI AQUERELLO RISOTTO “BARBER II” WHOLE WHEAT TAGLIATELLE WOOD GRILLED LOCAL HANGAR STEAK (+5) SUMMER CORN AGNOLOTTI OLIVE OIL POACHED COD PAN ROASTED AMISH CHICKEN DOLCI TIRAMISÚ AFFOGATO SUNDAE SHEEP’S MILK YOGURT PANNA COTTA “COTTON CANDY” APRICOT TART CHEF’S SELECTION OF SEASONAL SORBETTI
  • RW Extended $55 Four Course Menu!

    $55.00 per person

    Aug 17 - Aug 21, 2021

    PRIMI POLPETTE CITRUS CURED SALMON “RAVIOLO” WOOD FIRE GRILLED OCTOPUS HEIRLOOM TOMATO SALAD FOIE GRAS MOUSSE PASTA SUMMER CORN AGNOLOTTI “BARBER II” WHOLE WHEAT TAGLIATELLE POTATO GNOCCHI AL TARTUFO AMATRICIANA SECONDI AQUERELLO RISOTTO OLIVE OIL POACHED COD WOOD GRILLED LOCAL HANGAR STEAK ARTIC CHAR PAN ROASTED AMISH CHICKEN DOLCI TIRAMISÚ AFFOGATO SUNDAE SHEEP’S MILK YOGURT PANNA COTTA “COTTON CANDY” APRICOT TART

Offers

  • Return to Happy!

    Multiple dates available

    Tue - Fri 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

    It's time to return to Happy Hour! Drinks and snacks $9 and under from 3:30pm to 9pm Tuesday and 3:30pm to 6:30pm Wednesday-Friday

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 401 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
D
vipDee115401
Washington DC
86 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Second time visiting and this time for my birthday. This place has amazing food and hand crafted cocktails and Italian wines. For my birthday in July on a Friday it was great food and service plus a happy birthday treat and song at the end.

T
Tess
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated my husband's 75th birthday at Modena- none of us had eaten there--but all of us will return. The food is extremely high quality, wonderful and interesting combinations and flavors beautifully presented. I am not a food critic so I don't have the vocabulary to describe the wonderful appetizers, mains and desserts--but I can say that if you appreciate good food , you will love this restaurant. The staff is extremely friendly and attentive--and made our outing a truly festive occassion. We highly recommend.

M
vipMonia
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This is a must. Absolutely outstanding food and excellent drinks. Great service. Try the Icelandic cod. Marvelous!
This was my third visit to Modena. I consider one of the best in the neighborhood and in fact one of the best ones in the District.

Modena
Responded a day ago

Thank you! We hope to see you again soon.

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My boyfriend and I chose To dine at Modena for our one night in DC , we got the 4course prix fix dining experience with the wine pairing and it was spectacular. The food was exquisite and the wines were perfectly matched. The service was fantastic; our waitress, the manager, and at least two other staff all delivered the food and wine to our table describing what we would be having. It was an amazing experience that we will not soon forget.

Modena
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for choosing us for your night out!

Report
OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Modena is amazing! The food on the 4 course tasting menu was fabulous and the wine flight pairings were perfection! Petra is the most professional and knowledgable server around. She loves what she does, shares detail about every aspect of your course and is knowledgeable about all the menu options. She made us laugh and was a special breed of professional server at the same time. We will come back here for sure!

Modena
Responded 4 days ago

We hope to see you again soon!

Report
p
ppdine
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The pasta was stellar. Very nice dining experience. More complex sauces would raise the level.

Modena
Responded 4 days ago

Chef John Melfi makes those pastas fresh from house milled flour daily - we are glad you enjoyed them!

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot!

Modena
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks so much!

Report
OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were phenomenal!

Modena
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks! We hope to see you again soon.

Report
NM
NatashaM
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So good. The ravioli was to die for and the service and ambience was incredible. They even gave us tiramisu on the house for my boyfriend’s birthday 🥳

Modena
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for the kind words, and happy birthday once again!

Report
MM
MMags
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is truly a great DC dining experience. The food is impeccable. Service is great. Ambiance is top notch

Modena
Responded on 15 July 2021

Thank you!

Report
P
vipPingwatcher
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first visit. It won't be our last. We arrived early for our requested table for 2 outside. (No traffic.) General Manager Dan Landau-Smith seated us immediately. The location met our "quiet table for conversation" criteria. The way service began (water, bread, menu, wine list) suggested this would be a professionally-paced, well-orchestrated evening. The tasty bits sequenced as follows: For the wife, Soave (white Italian wine), shared-with-me fried artichoke appetizer (lovely), chicken Saltimboca (creatively reimagined and delicious), blueberry tart (just large enough). For me, the Manhattan (cocktail from their drinks list - really good), Vermentino (white Italian wine), those fried artichokes, the ricotta ravioli (just added to the menu - great for Summer), chocolate mousse (a visual treat as well as an appropriate sweet ending), accompanied by grappa Marolo Barolo, and expresso. Portions were just right. Server Antonio took excellent care of us. GM Dan checked in on us periodically. From our outdoor perch, we also saw owner Ashok Bajaj walk by, greet customers, and check in with management. Overall, the evening was excellent. After dinner we were restored, and we continued to talk about how much we enjoyed the evening during our drive home. So, in summary, Modena is recommended, highly.

Modena
Responded on 15 July 2021

Thank you for the kind words!

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ordered the tour of Italy and it was amazing and the perfect amount of food and win. Our waiter Victor was very friendly and informative. Perfect dinner date.

Modena
Responded on 15 July 2021

We are glad to have you dine with us.

Report
NS
NoahS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great service and flawless execution on every course. Attentive staff in a relaxing yet hip atmosphere.

Modena
Responded on 11 July 2021

Thanks so much for the kind words. We hope to cook for you again soon.

Report
PM
vipPreMSGFunFood
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend and I stopped in DC on our way back from a road trip to the South. After a week of fried chicken and grits, Modena was a welcome change of pace. The homemade pastas were delicious and the charcuterie, especially the coppa, was fabulous. My friend was thrilled to see an icy cold Lambrusco on the wine list, a rarity except at the greatest restaurants. The service provided by Petra was unparalleled. And surprisingly, the price point was super reasonable for such a high-end experience. When in DC, make sure to stop by Modena!

Modena
Responded on 15 July 2021

Thank you so much.

Report
SH
vipShannonH
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food. Missed the wonderful tastes during the pandemic.

Modena
Responded on 15 July 2021

We are glad to have you back.

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Greetings,
Well, as soon as I pulled up I was able to get street parking right at the front door and did not have to waste time looking for parking, which is not always the case. Little did I know this was the beginning of POSITIVE TREND!!! My fiancé and I was GREETED IMMEDIATELY and was asked if we had a reservation, which we did. We were seated IMMEDIATELY and it was nice to know that making a reservation meant the establishment actually prepared for your arrival and had things waiting for you. It was such a PLEASANT SURPRISE! Also, as we were shown to our table every single staff member I maid eye contact with said hello. Getting all those SMILES made me feel like I was in the south getting some of that WONDERFUL southern HOSPITALITY . It was such a PLEASANT SURPRISE and just added to the WONDERFUL ambiance and climate of this fine establishment. I ordered the “Tour of Italy” in advance which is a 4 course meal and for a little extra you can have the recommended glass of wine for each course. If you love wine as we do you must select this option, it’s was worth every penny.

The cuisine was nothing less of PERFECT!!!!!!!! The chef is an AMAZINGLY CREATIVE person who definitely thinks out side the box. Your pallet will experience an ASTONISHING contrast of sweet, savory, chewy, crunchy and seem to be your main course and desert in one. I know this is hard to believe and yet we experienced this WONDERFUL and decadent PLEASURE in our mouths. Words cannot truly describe the experience and it must be experienced first hand. Please keep in mind that I am only describing the first course! The AMAZEMENT continues through to the final course. Who knew that food that looked so BEAUTIFUL could taste so EXQUISITE! Thank you to the staff at Modena for such a MEMORABLE experience and we look forward to another journey with you in the future. I really APPRECIATE the candle in my fiancé’s desert which really enhanced the celebrating of her birthday. Thanks again, Joe & Ana!!!

Modena
Responded on 9 July 2021

It was such a pleasure having you all with us last night. We look forward to cooking for you again soon!

Report
RC
vipRosemarieC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wish there was more space between customers given Covid.

Modena
Responded on 9 July 2021

Thank you for sharing your comments. We are following the recommended guidance for vaccinated individuals via the Mayor's Office and the Center for Disease Control. When you make your reservation next time please let us know and we'll be happy to seat you whenever possible away from other guests, or if you prefer, outside.

Report
MD
vipMoeD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was fantastic. Fantastic. Delicious. The service was great. We went there for our wedding anniversary and they treated us like royalties. Really enjoyed the experience. Thank you Modena management, staff and of course, chef.

Modena
Responded on 9 July 2021

Thank you so much! We love celebrating the special days with our guests so it was kind of you to share your special day with us!

Report
G
vipGr8champagne
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Returning to Modena is always a treat for those who can appreciate fresh food prepared in a savory tasting manner. The foie gras mousse with shaved truffle still melts in your mouth, with the explosion of the smoked salt. The Tortellini in Brodo-24 is a staple I hope they never remove from the menu. And Victor, our waiter, delivered impeccable service as usual!

DH
vipDebraH
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food and extraordinary service!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 The pasta alla Norma was the best I’ve ever had. The chef has a secret for making things moist AND crisp/done … the focaccia, the amaretti dessert cookies … and he is so approachable ❤️ You can watch him toil over platings thru the bar window. Don’t miss this DC gem 💎

Modena
Responded on 6 July 2021

We love the norma! Thanks so much for saying such nice things.

Report
OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The taste of Italy experience was unbelievable. Best meal and dining experience that we’ve had outside of NYC. Loved it!

Modena
Responded on 4 July 2021

Thank you so much! We hope to see you next time you are in town.

Report
R
vipRicksterlhp
Miami
121 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the wine through dessert simply outstanding! The heirloom tomatoes and grilled calamari were exquisite and the pasta was the best we had in DC. My tomahawk pork chop was superb! Nathan gave us great service along with the rest of the staff. Hats off to the Chef.

Modena
Responded on 6 July 2021

Very kind of you. We hope to cook for you soon!

Report
G
vipGodfather
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

You can't lose no matter what you order!

Modena
Responded on 3 July 2021

Such kind words. We hope to see you soon.

Report
MF
MichaelF
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service! Beautiful space and would definitely go back!

Modena
Responded on 3 July 2021

Thanks so much! It was such a pleasure to have you here.

Report
E
vipEllie
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

All was great. I might like a little Frank Sinatra next time - but maybe that doesn’t appeal to the younger crowd! Second visit and it was consistently great both times. Cod and salmon were a bit salty, but otherwise great!

Modena
Responded on 3 July 2021

Thank you for your feedback. We love Frank too. We can always go light on the salt, so please let us know and we will certainly make sure your food is prepared that way.

Report
AN
AprilN
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food-amazing! The portions-perfect! The service-terrific! The waiter was knowledgeable and helpful, and our server was so attentive. This will definitely be a restaurant I recommend to friends.

Modena
Responded on 6 July 2021

Thank you so much! We try out best and appreciate your kind words.

Report
KJ
vipKurtJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food. Beautiful restaurant.
Modern Italian/California cuisine in posh setting but staff make you feel relaxed and like visiting a friend. Antonio and Brian were outstanding in every aspect and guarantee our return and recommendations to our friends.
Must have dishes include Wagyu carpaccio and tortellini in brodo, or enjoy a tiny splurge and have the gnocchi with fresh summer truffles.
Finish with amazing lemoncello.
To borrow a line from the movies, this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship...and we are grateful.

Modena
Responded on 6 July 2021

Thank you so kindly Kurt. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Report
MP
vipMamaPeach
Seattle
31 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

Soooooooo loud. Great food and wine though

Modena
Responded on 29 June 2021

Thank you for sharing! Sorry weekend shifts seem to be quite a bit energetic of late!

Report
TT
TableTurner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter was outstanding, the food and drink recommendations were perfect, and overall it was a great experience. Can’t wait to come back!

Modena
Responded on 29 June 2021

Thank you for sharing! We hope to see you soon.

Report
J
Jujube
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Our server was great but the kitchen was a bit slow (especially with drinks) and the runners seemed a bit disorganized.

Modena
Responded on 29 June 2021

Thank you for sharing! We are staffing and training to meet the increased demand and appreciate your feedback.

Report
OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We sat at the bar. Dan was exceptional.

Modena
Responded on 27 June 2021

Thank you so much! Dan loves to make great drinks for his guests!

Report
r
viprobertb
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tonight's meal was better than it's ever been at Modena and we've eaten here a lot since it opened. Appetizer, main course and dessert were all a "12" on my 1-10 scale. From potato gnocci, and the salmon raviolo and the heirloom tomato salad, to the main course of the lamb loin and the cod, to the chocolate mousse for dessert, my wife and I couldn't find anything wrong or even suggest an improvement. Just a wow of a dinner!

Modena
Responded on 27 June 2021

Thank you so kindly. We really appreciate this and look forward to seeing you soon!

Report
SV
vipSVFoodie73
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Phenomenal!!!

Modena
Responded on 26 June 2021

Thank you so much!

Report
S
vipSarah
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food is creative, varied and delicious! Excellent chef! Big wine selection. Don’t rush through dinner here! Take your time and savor! Start with the artichokes or tomato dishes and roll into seafood or pasta or meat! Fabulous!

Modena
Responded on 25 June 2021

Thank you so much, we really appreciate your kind words.

Report
CM
vipCherylM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The dinner, service and ambiance were unreal! We dined outside. Lovely evening all around.

Modena
Responded on 25 June 2021

Thanks so much! We hope to cook for you again soon.

Report
RB
RyanB
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic! I felt so taken care of as a gluten free eater. Best food and service I’ve had in years. Do not miss this spot. I’d they have the heirloom tomato salad, do not hesitate to get it.

Modena
Responded on 25 June 2021

Thanks so much! The tomato salad is one we look forward to every summer, glad you enjoyed it.

Report
DM
DMVFoods
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Took us 30 min to be seated even with a reservation, food took another hour and a half.

Modena
Responded on 23 June 2021

Thank you for sharing, we appreciate all feedback.

Report
H
Hoover
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The chef's tasting menu with wine pairing is a rewarding experience. Kudos to Chef Melfi and Somm Brian for making us feel welcomed and wowed at the same time!

Modena
Responded on 22 June 2021

Thanks so much! We really appreciate it.

Report
LK
LindaK
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

The food was really wonderful! The service was extremely slow and not attentive.

Modena
Responded on 22 June 2021

Thanks so much for sharing. We take this feedback very seriously.

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were looking for a nice place to have dinner on our last evening in DC and cannot say we could have found anyplace better than Modena. The food was fabulous, the server was delightful and the food was out of this world! The heirloom tomato salad was absolutely amazing. We were tempted to order a second one! They accommodated us with seating in a smaller room because one of the individuals in our party is hearing impaired and has difficulty in large spaces with a lot of surrounding noise.

Modena
Responded on 22 June 2021

Thanks so much! We loved having you and hope to see you next time you are in town.

Report

FAQs

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

Modena is rated 4.7 stars by 401 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.