Modena

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165 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 trolley of antipasti served family-style with six to eight 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.

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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!! Loved the food, the service was amazing and I highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipGPVDinner
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place, great food and incredible service. Can’t wait to return

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vipNildaG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food here was very fresh and many items made in-house made it particularly tasty. Loved the service and simplicity but thoughtfulness of the food pairings and presentation. I am looking forward to going back again for dinner next time.

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LSW20
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was decent, but the venue was very pretty. Definitely a nice place to go out to, but not enough to rave about personally.

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vipMichael
Columbus
69 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Just average food and service

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AMEF
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Italian restaurant with well thought out dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience4

Overpriced food for what you get. Pizza, which we had to ask them to prepare for us during dinner when it’s only on the lunch menu, was the only food with flavor. Both pastas we ordered were tasteless or left a bad taste of clams. Overall, a waste of money.

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AlanL
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding cooking but could use a bigger lunch menu. And for people who don’t eat pork, mor non-pork meat or pasta dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. The wine was spectacular! A lot of great options, the beverage director Dwight did a spectacular job!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner with 12 people. Food was amazing and service was great!

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TimB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

True Italian. Best service. Go there soon. Excellent wine selection.

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vipkitty2235
Washington DC
112 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

All good except pork which arrived as a pork chop NOT from absuckling pig. Exttremely over priced and not as described. VERY disappointing & offensively priced.

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Sunsfan
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Salads and first courses might be much smaller and more reasonably priced.

Good wine list. Quiet for dinner; easy to talk.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a great meal. Everyone and everything was wonderful!

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vipmomster
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I wish I could give 3.5 stars. The food was fine, but I was expecting better. The grilled artichokes were quite tasty, with a good texture. However, the carbonara, while fine, had pasta that was just meh.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful dinner with amazing service!

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vipMaryAnnC
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have a lovely meal. The food is excellent especially the tuna crudo! Can't wait to go back.

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BarbaraK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone tried to win the “nice” award. John was a star, even planting himself on the corner in frigid weather to hail a taxi for me. Great place. I’d go again.

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vipRpotato
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Modena, and we were pleasantly surprised. Charming and engaging wait staff, delicious food, beautiful atmosphere... it was a lovely experience. We were seeing a film at Galleryplace so dined on the earlier side and it was pretty quiet when we arrived. Had two delicious apps, the burrata and the grilled octopus. Tiny basket of fresh bread was also scrumptious. For primi, we had clam spaghetti (yum!), and for secondi, lamb (yum yum!!). We didn't have dessert but server snuck us some delicious tiny almond cookies that were heavenly. I really loved the modern twist on classic Italian dishes and look forward to coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing I could find to criticize. Absolutely perfect! Worth every penny.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Modena was delicious. My girlfriend and I went on Valentine’s Day, so we had the preset menu. I ordered the salmon “raviolo”, the filet mignon, and the pear & lemon tart.
The salmon “raviolo” was ok. Honestly, I decided to go out of my comfort zone, and it’s not really what I was expecting. If it’s something you generally like however, I’m sure you would have found it superb.
They were out of the filet mignon, so I decided on the bison, at the servers recommendation. I’m glad I did, because it was cooked perfectly, and the sauces were to die for. Absolutely delicious.
The pear & lemon tart was the perfect finish. It was light and favorable. The perfect balance of sweet and tart.
My girlfriend had the tortellini, the lobster, and the bombolini. I tried each, and they were all delicious as well.

The service was a little slow. We arrived at 9:15 and didn’t leave until around 11. I understand not wanting to rush us, and appreciate that, but we aren’t from DC and had an hour drive home. Also, we were sitting around between courses waiting, when by that time the restaurant was half empty. However the waitress had great recommendations and was friendly enough.

I would absolutely recommend this place for a date night or special occasion, because it’s a little expensive. But if you can afford it, definitely go. It’s worth every penny.

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vipSMSDC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Spectacular in every way! Every course was full of flavor and creativity - can't wait to go back!

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vipFoodInvestigator
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Melfi is an amazingly talented chef and artist. He leads a team of true professionals. A dinner there is always a treat! AMAZING!

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vipTennisace
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Modena is a gem. Fit for foodies. All of the courses we tried were delicious, with great ingredients and skilled preparation. Their pasta is not only home made, they also grind their own flour! And the sauces had wonderful herbs adding aroma and flavors. A trio of appetizers we tried was wonderful. The seafood and bolognese were outstanding, as was a pear tart for dessert. Our waiter was knowledgeable, helpful and friendly without being obtrusive. Overall, even better than some of the very good reviews we have seen in print.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fun and delicious lunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience.

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KeithN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely astonishing meal and service...I will 100% be back for more soon!

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vipKika
New England
52 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I’m giving 4 stars to the food because the bolognese pasta was way too salty! Someone needs to taste that sauce before mixing with the pasta.. the restaurant is very nice! The wine was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch was lovely. Grilled calamari was just perfect.

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Drew
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Long weekend stay in DC resulted in my wife and I going twice to Modena (by choice) as the food and service were superb! Wait staff made you feel like long time friends and we left knowing we experienced Italian dining in DC at its best. The antipasto cart was a great idea and all courses were high quality with great portioning. Wine was expertly chosen for us after a brief discussion of what we like. We set out to get different dining experiences while visiting DC but after our first night at Modena we knew we had to go back. Well done to the team at Modena and looking forward to coming back next time we are in town...

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vipsmackh1
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely good food and service. We ordered a variety of appetizers and small plates and the pork chop (iberico de bellota, I think. Really nice. Great service. Reasonable wine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love dining at Modena. I try different dishes every time I go and am never disappointed. It is a gem of a restaurant! Great job!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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vipSueK
Washington DC
153 reviews