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Modena

4.8
312 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.
  • SICILIAN WINE DINNER With Giuseppe Pellegrino

    $85.00 per person

    May 20, 2021 only

    Join us as we host virtually the winemaker for Cantine Pellegrino. Olive Oil Cured Sardines, Pellegrino "Gibele," Zibibbo 2019 Sliced Cara Cara Oranges, Shaved Fennel, Taggiasca Olives, pane fritto, calamansi vinaigrette Pasta Alla Norma, Pellegrino "Albaria," Frappato Rose 2019 Housemade Mezzi Rigatoni, Eggplant Confit, Pine Nuts, Roasted Peppers, Capers, Ricotta Salata Olive Brined Grilled Swordfish, Pellegrino "Tareni," Grillo 2019 Romanesco Zucchini Salad, Toasted Almonds, Roasted Red Pepper Romesco, Lemon-Infused Sicilian Olive Oil, Mountain, Oregano Sicilian Pistachio Cannoli, Pellegrino "BIP Benjamin," Marsala Superiore Riserva Oro D.O.C. Dolce Sheep’s Milk Ricotta, Valrhona Chocolate Chips
  • 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.
  • Mother's Day Prix-Fixe Menu

    $75.00 per person

    May 9 - May 10, 2021

    Treat your Mother to a special Four Course Meal with highlights from the best of the spring season at Modena. PRIMI: GRILLED CALAMARI, CURED SALMON “RAVIOLO”, FOIE GRAS MOUSSE, DEVODIER CULATELLO CLASSICO, BURRATA, FRIED ARTICHOKES, HEIRLOOM BEET SALAD PASTA: TORTELLINI IN BRODO, WILD BOAR RAGU, SHEEP’S MILK RICOTTA RAVIOLI, ‘BARBER II’ HOUSE-MILLED WHOLE WHEAT TAGLIATELLE, POTATO GNOCCHI SECONDI: JUMBO LUMP CRAB OMELET, EGGS BENEDICT, GRILLED ORA KING SALMON, BRODETTO, PANSEARED SCALLOPS, BLACK GARLIC MARINATED LAMB LOIN, ACQUERELLO RISOTTO, GRILLED WAGYU SIRLOIN DOLCI: TIRAMISÚ, DARK CHOCOLATE MOUSSE, BLUEBERRY & LEMON TART, SORRENTO BUDINO
  • 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 312 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 20 hours ago

Thank you so much for the kind words!

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vipJohnW
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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ChrisW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Food, service and view were exceptional

Thank you very much, Modena

Modena
Responded 20 hours ago

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

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DanielaD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 2 days ago

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

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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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

Appreciate this very much, hope to see you soon.

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vipPeterR
Philadelphia
10 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 6 days ago

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 4 days ago

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!

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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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing and the food was incredible

Modena
Responded on 13 April 2021

Thank you! We hope to cook for you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef John Melfi"s technique and his creativity it's printed in every dish. Last night I had a wine suggested by Victor and it's a blend that Brian McGahee (general manager and sommelier) came up with in a Californian winery:"Raymond Cabernet Sauvignon" it has a smooth vibrant taste, another reason to go back to Modena! A simple dinner they turn it into a special event food, wine and service, could not be better!

Modena
Responded on 6 April 2021

So kind of you to share this, we appreciate it!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for making my birthday dinner so magical! Chef Melfi put together a fabulous tasting menu for our small group and we enjoyed every single bite! The wine pairing was spot on as well. We couldn’t have anticipated a better experience—from our phenomenal waitress, the super accommodating host, perfect ambiance, and of course the food—we’ll be returning, without a doubt!

Modena
Responded on 6 April 2021

Great thank you so much! Always a pleasure to celebrate special nights with our guests!

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MichaelV
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was terrific. Petra G. is a wonderful server. Very knowledgeable and a great personality. Highly recommend.

Modena
Responded on 6 April 2021

Thanks so much, really appreciate this and will pass it on!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the custom 5 course menu! The service was great, we were given the food in a timely manner, but not too quick that we hadn’t finished the prior course

Modena
Responded on 6 April 2021

Thanks so much, we love doing the tasting menu!

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vipVeronicaH
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a nice experience the food and wine pairing was excellent. Friendly and attentive staff, highly recommended. Took a while to sit me despite my reservation but it was worth the wait.

Modena
Responded on 3 April 2021

Sorry to have kept you waiting, really glad you enjoyed though and hope to see you soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and ambience!

Modena
Responded on 4 April 2021

Thank you so much!

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MukeshB
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The dining room on the right side was less crowded and beautiful with high ceilings and wonderful ambiance. Food was very good but not up to par with some other elevated restaurants for the value. We wanted to be surprised for the five course tasting menu with pairing which was fun but the waiter never came and told us what we as being presented. We asked and then he would tell us. The wine pairing was good. Unfortunately I received all white wine for the first four courses and would have been nice to have a red in there. Overall I would not mind going there again and order off the menu in the future. Atmosphere is worth it.

Modena
Responded on 30 March 2021

Thank you for the feedback!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food but portions are too small to just order one entree. This is no Maggiano’s so don’t expect leftovers. I definitely recommend the Tortellini & meat balls.

Modena
Responded on 30 March 2021

Thanks for sharing! We do design the meals to flow in Italian style, which is a three course dinner of antipasti, pasta and secondi. Hope to see you soon!

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vipGerry
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time here and I'll add "consistency" to my last outstanding review. The menu is fantastic and the service is wonderful in all respects.

Modena
Responded on 4 April 2021

Thank you so much! It's our pleasure totally.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to take your favorite person to show them a great time. Food is some of the best in DC and the staff is the best! Thanks Victor for making it a great night.

Modena
Responded on 26 March 2021

That’s so kind, we appreciate this.

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vipGerry
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time dining at Modena and what a wonderful experience! Although the restaurant was very busy, the service was outstanding. Not only was it fast and efficient, it was, well, gracious. Moreover, the food was amazing - a prefect blend of classics done well (the lasagna will be the best you have had in your life!) and imaginative variations in salads and seafood dishes. The atmosphere is warn and inviting - even with pandemic distanced seating. I highly recommend this place for any occasion, but especially for a "date-night" as we emerge from the long winter of limited dining options. One final note: for some reason I do not understand, the pricing at Modena is much less than one would expect.

Modena
Responded on 23 March 2021

It was so kind of you to leave these words and we greatly appreciate it!

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vipMoniqueY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around excellent food, service and ambience. Outside dining was quite comfortable.

Modena
Responded on 23 March 2021

Thank you so kindly, we really appreciate this!

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vipChristineD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful experience! I came here for my birthday and got the chefs tasting menu! The waitress Petra was wonderful so helpful and funny. The chef was fabulous too. Overall ambiance was so peaceful and tranquil. The food was next next level. Each dish was better then then next. Highly recommended! This place was 5 stars food, service and ambiance!

Modena
Responded on 21 March 2021

This was so kind of you, we really appreciate your kind words.

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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 312 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 bookings at the moment.