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Modena

4.8
325 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

  • Ala Carte Menu

    Multiple dates available

    Please select this option if you are not interested in any of our tasting menus
  • Ala Carte

    Multiple dates available

    Choose this option if you don't want to try any of our experiences.
  • Five Course Custom Chef's Tasting Menu

    $85.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Let us know your likes, dislikes, loves as well as any must try dishes, in addition to your dietary restrictions and Chef John Melfi will create a special tasting menu for you. Your experience can be customized for vegetarians, gluten free, etc. Please leave your preferences in the notes section of your reservation so that we may customize for you! All Tasting Menu Reservations must be made by 6pm. Unfortunately, after 6pm we are unable to create tasting menus.
  • Seven Course Custom Chef's Tasting Menu

    $110.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Let us know your likes, dislikes, loves as well as any must try dishes, in addition to your dietary restrictions and Chef John Melfi will create a special tasting menu for you. Your experience can be customized for vegetarians, gluten free, etc. Please leave your preferences in the notes section of your reservation so that we may customize for you! All Tasting Menu Reservations must be made by 6pm. Unfortunately, after 6pm we are unable to create tasting menus.
  • Chef's Exclusive Five Course Tasting Menu

    $85.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Take yourself on a culinary adventure directed by Chef John Melfi. Immerse yourself in the best of the season from local farms and the sea. Please no substitutions and we ask that the whole table participate.
  • Chef's Exclusive Seven Course Tasting Menu

    $110.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Take yourself on a culinary adventure directed by Chef John Melfi. Immerse yourself in the best of the season from local farms and the sea. Please no substitutions and we ask that the whole table participate.
  • 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.

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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff 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 325 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.5
Value
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful with food allergies!

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vipMarieM
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

The manager and the receptionist were good. The waiter was terribly sluggish and didn’t appear to know much about the menu. We ordered the chef’s tasting menu. The smoked salmon was not fresh, the cod smelled very fishy, the dashi broth was lukewarm and the tortellini was dry and cold like it had been seating on the counter for a while. The wine glasses were cloudy and chipped. I could go on and on. But I know I will never be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience5

Please! Make sure the hostess treats customers good. My waitress was outstanding, but one of the hottest was rude. However, the food was exquisite.

Modena
Responded 20 hours ago

Thanks for the feedback, we appreciate it1

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Great food and nice outdoor seating.

Modena
Responded 20 hours ago

Thanks so much! Hope to see you soon.

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vipDCReviewer2013
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had a wonderful meal here. Love the food and service. All at a decent price point for fancyish dining in DC

Modena
Responded 20 hours ago

Thanks so much! We really appreciate it and hope to cook for you soon.

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vipRobW
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was excellent. Sommelier was very helpful in choosing reasonably priced wine. All around great experience.

Modena
Responded 20 hours ago

Thanks so much! We love all kinds of wine at Modena!

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vipJenniferV
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant! Wonderful, knowledgeable staff and delicious food and drinks. Will definitely be back.

Modena
Responded 20 hours ago

Thanks so much! Hope we get to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional food, incredible service.

Modena
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks so much! We hope to see you soon.

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vipOLLIEL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We came in here to celebrate Mother's Day and we couldn't have picked a better restaurant. The place is contemporary, well decorated, and great interiors overall. We bought a Prix Fixe dinner and it was almost perfect! All food courses were great, cool plating with the exception of the second course/pasta. We felt that the taste was just mediocre. One of the best highlights was meeting up with the Executive Chef - John. He was very pleasing and friendly. We told him of some food and taste suggestions that he openly and gratefully received. He even agreed to take a photo with the celebrant, which is really thoughtful. Lastly, I would like to give credit to our waiter, Victor, for the knowledge that he shared with us regarding the food and some Italian history. He was very friendly and attentive. I would highly recommend this restaurant and am looking forward to a future visit.

Modena
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for sharing. Chef loved meeting you and we hope to see you soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, and a perfect experience for mother’s day! Our waitress Petra was fantastic; knowledgeable on the food and wine and then just pleasant to talk to! Can’t wait until another special occasion to go again.

Modena
Responded 4 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There's very few restaurants in DC that could offer a different menu, Modena has en exciting menu and every dish us cooked at perfection. My guests, European, were very impressed and they even lived the desserts. Thanks Modena for balancing great food and impeccable service. Definitely my favorite restaurant!

Modena
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you so much for the kind words!

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nancye
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Was pleasantly surprised for a traditional "downtown" spot.
Food was amazing, wine is overpriced and they brought the wrong bottle, waiters don't appear to have a good knowledge of the wine selection.
We purchased a pasta dish off of the tasting menu (not regular menu), small appetizer portion for $22 seemed a little crazy.
Good place buy pricey.

Modena
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for sharing this feedback. We will be working to further the wine education and training for the staff. We do source all of our grains locally and organically, make our own flour from scratch each day as well as the pasta so the cost is a little higher than average but we hope the flavor and quality is worth it.

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vipJohnW
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are foodies who do not live in Washington and had never been to Modena before. This was the best new restaurant experience we've had in a long time. Outstanding in every respect. We'll be back.

Modena
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for sharing, please come see us next time you are in town!

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ChrisW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Phenomenal in every respect! The food was outstanding, the service first-notch and the ambiance the very best!

Modena
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so kindly for these words, we hope to cook for you soon!

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EGRN
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience4

The servers were quietly arguing with each other, and the manager Brian was arguing with his staff over table arrangements, seating etc. The mood was very tense. Also other staff were arguing in Spanish, I guess they thought we didn’t understand it. This lasted for the majority of our meal, and made the experience uncomfortable.

Modena
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for sharing this feedback, we will address it immediately.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing. Food, service and view were exceptional

Thank you very much, Modena

Modena
Responded 7 days ago

You are very welcome! We hope to see you soon.

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DanielaD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed the 5-course tasting menu, but the dessert was a bit disappointing. After being wowed by every single dish, a couple of scoops of gelato with melted chocolate really didn't impress us, especially since the restaurant knew ahead of time that this was our 25th wedding anniversary. Other than that, we really enjoyed the food and the ambiance, the service was great and the wine pairing was good.

Modena
Responded on 8 May 2021

Thank you so much for the feedback, we take it all to heart

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vipShirleyH
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

How is this not a Michelin Star at this point? Chef continues to refine and improve this menu. Four of us enjoyed the 5-course tasting menu (with a few swaps to accommodate allergies). Amazing from start to finish. Impeccable service. Fabulous drinks. The blueberry sorbet with freeze dried apricot intermezzo was honestly the best thing I ever ate.

Modena
Responded on 5 May 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words. We really appreciate you and hope to see you soon@

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience!!! We are vegetarians and Natalie was a great help to identify the right dishes. Would love to see a few more appetisers on the menu besides burrata and salads. Gnocchi was superb :) Overall we all had an awesome evening!

Modena
Responded on 4 May 2021

Thank you so much! We appreciate the feedback.

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MonicaP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

I really enjoyed my experience... the food was great and prompt.. loved the ambience... Will be back

Modena
Responded on 4 May 2021

Thanks so much! Hope to see you soon.

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vip2disappointed2dine
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Chef’s Tasting Menu was fantastic!

Modena
Responded on 4 May 2021

Appreciate this very much, hope to see you soon.

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vipPeterR
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Truly excellent interesting food and tremendous friendly service. Had an incredibly delicious Spring Vegetable Risotto and a honey bergamot chamomile gelato for dessert.
Very nice outdoor dining. Highly recommend it!

Modena
Responded on 4 May 2021

Thank you for your kind words, we love this risotto ourselves!

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vipGeorgeC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best Italian anywhere ! Period !

Modena
Responded on 6 May 2021

Thanks so much! We hope you come back soon.

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rippleffect360
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service and ambiance!

Modena
Responded on 4 May 2021

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

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JessieM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I treated myself for my birthday and could not be happier with my decision. Each plate was beautifully presented and explained. Fresh and thoughtful ingredients. Alcoholic drinks are on point and with a selection big enough for every palate.

Modena
Responded on 27 April 2021

Thank you so kindly for your words, we hope to see you soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

We did the 7-course tasting—this was our second time. First time was great but we were disappointed the second time. Courses were just ok and the overall experience was poor.
Service was very slow—it took 15 mins for us to get water and courses were spread out too far. Ice cream came out melted as well. Probably better to stick to a la carte.

Modena
Responded on 27 April 2021

Thank you for sharing these comments, we are working diligently to address them and hope we can repeat your first experience soon.

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BethB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ended up with a semi-private room (I think it was also being used as a holding space for take out orders). It was lovely, and the food was amazing and the service was extremely congenial. We were not rushed in any way. Highly recommend for a special night out, or even for a regular up-class evening.

Modena
Responded on 27 April 2021

Thank you for sharing, glad you enjoyed your dinner and we hope to see you soon!

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pattygolfer
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect experience. Great, knowledgeable and personable staff from the GM, bartender, servers and all. Food was so delicious. I had the foie gras mousse and gnocchi. Both best I ever had. The Chef rocks!
I can’t wait to go back!

Modena
Responded on 27 April 2021

So kind of you to share these words, we hope to cook for you again soon.

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btiktak
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience1

This restaurant scores a 4.6 on Google. With respect for anyone giving the ratings. If you are looking for an upscale restaurant with good food and decent service this restaurant is at best mediocre. At forst me and my wife had a bit of a laugh about the complete disarray organized staff running around searching which drink had to go where or what plate was ordered where. Later unfortunately we experienced ourselves the tasting menu: 3 times the same salad in a 5 course meal, 2 times tasteless and raw asparagus and a chocolate mouse desert that was served completely frozen. We had the wine pairing menu ordered and had to request twice to poor another wine because it was simply not good. We had every dish a different waiter at the table who had no idea of what went on at our table.
We are not snobes, we are however enjoying good restaurants. Modena has the guts to ask for 350$ for a night for two, i have to say it was in that regard simply awful and we will never come back.

If you enjoy good restaurants in DC don’t bother going to Modena.

Modena
Responded on 24 April 2021

Thank you so much for sharing your comments. We take all this criticism to heart and will be working diligently to address your concerns.

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vipGregg
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was great and the atmosphere was very nice. Our only complaint was the waitress. She found it necessary to joke and make fun of everything even questions we had about dishes. It was like we were at a local tavern or chain restaurant. Will definitely go back but will not sit in her area

Modena
Responded on 27 April 2021

Thank for sharing we appreciate the feedback.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had some plans cancel last minute and had the chance to experience the 7 course tasting menu with wine pairings. The entire meal was divine. If it wasn't such an indulgent experience, I would go back again tonight! I cannot recommend this enough.

Modena
Responded on 23 April 2021

These are such kind words. Don't stay away too long!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, excellent food, beautiful restaurant!

Modena
Responded on 23 April 2021

Thank you for the kind words! We hope to see you soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an all around wonderful experience at Modena! Fabulous, fresh dishes and superb service by Petra! Petra was professional, knowledgeable, warm with a great sense of humor. She recommended delicious dishes. We laughed and left the restaurant well fed and happy.

Modena
Responded on 17 April 2021

This is so kind of you to share, I will pass this on and we hope to see you soon.

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KSfromCali
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was beautifully presented and tasted just as good. Wonderful evening

Modena
Responded on 20 April 2021

Thank you so much, we hope to cook for you again soon.

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Butterflyc72
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the atmosphere and unique dishes. Our server was very helpful in making our selections. I wish they would have alternated sides of the restaurant though to seat guests as they only used one side. Would have cut down in the noise level. Overall, I would go back!

Modena
Responded on 17 April 2021

Apologies for the higher noise level during your dining. We are happy to seat you next time away from the other guests, just let us know!

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vipFran
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I got the duck and it was amazing! Definitely worth the price. Also, the resturant had some of the best bread that I've had recently. Arrive a little early if you want to try and find street parking.

Modena
Responded on 16 April 2021

Thank you so much, hope to see you again soon!

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KyleP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Modena never disappoints. From the time you arrive, you’ll be met with top tier customer service and some of the best food that your tastebuds have experienced. We love the tasting menu because you’re in the hands of the chef, who never disappoints. We love this place!

Modena
Responded on 13 April 2021

Thank you for your kind words, it is much appreciated

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Likz2Eat
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a terrific restaurant serving fine continental food by a great wait staff. From appetizer to main course to desert, each bite was delicious. Definitely will go back and many thanks to our fine waiter who was both very knowledgeable and attentive. Modena is what every great restaurant should be.

Modena
Responded on 13 April 2021

Thank you so much, we hope to see you soon

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PaulD
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Great overall dining experience

Modena
Responded on 13 April 2021

Thank you for sharing, hope to see you soon.

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SaraB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I dined at Modena for my birthday and it did not disappoint! From the impeccable service to the delicious food, we were so pleased with the entire experience. I highly recommend the Roasted Pork Ragu. Our server, Petra, was top notch! I can't say enough about how knowledgeable and friendly she is. We don't live in DC but will most definitely revisit Modena when we return! Thanks to everyone there for making my birthday special!

Modena
Responded on 13 April 2021

Thank you so much, we passed your appreciation onto Petra and she hopes to serve you again soon.

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FAQs

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

Modena is rated 4.8 stars by 325 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.