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Modena

4.8
474 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.

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
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 474 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was perfect and the service impeccable. Having dinner by myself was wonderful, they all made me feel at home!

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Vikas
London
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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JulieD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was exceptionally delicious, and service was excellent.

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MASJCS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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

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vipDiscerningDiner
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wonderful service. The homemade pastas were simply divine.

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Vikas
London
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

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EAHNapa
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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 5 days ago

We hope to see you again as well!

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vipDCCatLady
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 16 September 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 18 September 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 11 September 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The appetizers and pastas were excellent !

Modena
Responded on 14 September 2021

We are happy you enjoyed your meal!

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vipRoving1
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

Modena
Responded on 10 September 2021

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

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

The bartender was great. His development is inspiring.

Modena
Responded on 4 September 2021

Our bar team thanks you for the compliments

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vipPeggyO
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

Modena
Responded on 4 September 2021

We will see you on Tuesdays!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 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 5 September 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 31 August 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 4 September 2021

Thank you for the kind words.

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vipJPAlex
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

Modena
Responded on 4 September 2021

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

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CareenK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Modena
Responded on 5 September 2021

We are thrilled that you enjoyed your meal.

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

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

Modena
Responded on 5 September 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 28 August 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 5 September 2021

Thank you for the compliments.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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

Modena
Responded on 5 September 2021

Thank you so much!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 August 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 28 August 2021

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

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vipSteve
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and great service.

Modena
Responded on 28 August 2021

Thank you for the kind words!

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vipSamS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 August 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 28 August 2021

We hope to see you again soon.

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vipBrianB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 26 August 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 28 August 2021

Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic experience! From the attentive service to the beautifully prepared food, it was 5 stars!

Modena
Responded on 4 September 2021

Thank you so much! We hope to see you again soon.

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vipJohnL
Washington DC
276 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, Modena hit a home run! The dishes here are among the best creative Italian cuisine that DC has to offer. I've been to Modena several times now, and have yet to be disappointed!

Modena
Responded on 5 September 2021

Thank you! We will see you again soon.

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vipLuigi
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

One of the best Italian restaurants in DC!!

Modena
Responded on 28 August 2021

Thank you!

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JenC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our anniversary dinner and it was great. Our server Chris was so friendly and attentive even though he was very busy. The portions were small but the food was unbelievable so it was worth it. For our anniversary they treated us to a toast of Prosecco and a dessert with a note from the chef. We can’t wait to return.

Modena
Responded on 28 August 2021

Happy Anniversary once again. We hope to see you soon.

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Mhilt126
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We had the $55 restaurant week menu. The heirloom tomato and octopus appetizers were great. The hangar steak was outstanding as were several other courses. The risotto, the cod and the panna cotta not so good. Tiramisu was good. Service was great. Ambience good. Not sure we’ll be bad. Expected much better food.

Modena
Responded on 28 August 2021

Thank you for the feedback. We will pass that along to the chef.

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Ellie
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great consistency with the food. This was my third time there this summer, and it was great all three times. The drinks are consistently good. Same with the appetizers (love the balsamic tomato salad), and the pasta was out of this world. The fish was good. Beautiful presentation, not quite as good as the other courses, but very good. For dessert we had the sheep’s milk yogurt, which was wonderful as well. Altogether lovely and we will come again!

Modena
Responded on 28 August 2021

We love to hear that you keep coming back!

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Fractionsofzero
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal Second Week Offering of DC Restaurant Week. Amazing Wine Pairings. Brilliant Cocktails. Friendly & Knowledgeable Staff.

Modena
Responded on 28 August 2021

Our lead bartender, Dan, is happy to hear that you enjoyed his drinks.

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vipMelis
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I order the pasta with ragu.

Modena
Responded on 28 August 2021

Thank you for the feedback. We are sorry to hear that your meal was underwhelming.

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vipLikegoodfood
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a great restaurant. I went for restaurant week and enjoyed it so much that I came back again a week later. The food is beautifully presented, excellent portion
size, and excellent balance of flavors. The waitress Petra was great. She was helpful in helping decide what to get off the menu, friendly and prompt. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Modena
Responded on 28 August 2021

We are thrilled that you came back after restaurant week! We will pass your compliments along to Petra.

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Victoria
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It's an authentic Italian experience! Quality food, wine, bread and all. The only thing I did not appreciate is how the service was made, I was still drinking my cocktail and my first course arrive, I had to ask him to slow down since he had already order my main course. If I had follow his beat I would have been in and out in 45 minutes. Other wise I recommend!

Modena
Responded on 19 August 2021

Thank you for the feedback. We are happy that you enjoyed your meal.

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Buckie
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Great service—upscale attentive, gravy and inform. Delectable pasta dishes. Superb octopus and heirloom tomato salad. Lovely cod dish. And good desserts. Thank you.

Modena
Responded on 19 August 2021

Thanks for joining us!

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LauraT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Service was outstanding!

Modena
Responded on 14 August 2021

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The decor is clean and modern, great selection of drinks and the food was outstanding. Our waitress was knowledgeable of the menu as well as the different wines that Modena offered. We throughly enjoyed our meal and the staff was friendly. Modena goes on the list if restaurants I would dine at again and recommend to anyone and everyone.

Modena
Responded on 14 August 2021

Thank you so much! We look forward to cooking for you again soon.

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vipIlanaR
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So so so good

Modena
Responded on 17 August 2021

Thanks so so so much!

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TalitaP
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was lovely, there wasn't any course that we didn't love. Highly recommend the gnochi and the salmon raviolo!

Modena
Responded on 13 August 2021

Thanks for the kind words!

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vipGlobalDiner
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We visited for lunch during Restaurant Week, and it was a delightful introduction to both excellent cuisine and staff. We were pleased (amazed) to be offered a range of meat, fish and vegetarian options for each course, even in the 22$ Restaurant Week menu. The wait staff was charming and just attentive enough. We will definitely return often.

Modena
Responded on 14 August 2021

Thank you so much! Really appreciate your kind words.

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LaBiseRW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was restaurant week. Good choices. Five of us tried just about everything offered and not a bad dish among them. Our waiter Victor was great. One diner had some dietary restrictions and both the kitchen and Victor were wonderful about seeing everything was perfect for her. I would recommend Modena highly.

Modena
Responded on 14 August 2021

Thank you so much! Victor really appreciates your shoutout and we hope to see you 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 474 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.