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Modena

4.8
276 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

  • Five Course Custom Chef's Tasting Menu

    $95.00 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!
  • Seven Course Custom Chef's Tasting Menu

    $135.00 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!
  • Ala Carte

    Multiple dates available

    Choose this option if you don't want to try any of our experiences.
  • 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
  • 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

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 & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer 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
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 276 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
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.

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Butterflyc72
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 6 hours ago

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 April 10, 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.

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KyleP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 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!

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Likz2Eat
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 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.

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vipPaulD
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great overall dining experience

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SaraB
1 review
Dined on April 9, 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 4 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing and the food was incredible

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 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 April 6, 2021

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 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 April 6, 2021

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

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MichaelV
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 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 April 6, 2021

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 3, 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 April 6, 2021

Thanks so much, we love doing the tasting menu!

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vipVeronicaH
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on April 2, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and ambience!

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MukeshB
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 27, 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 March 30, 2021

Thank you for the feedback!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 26, 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 March 30, 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
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 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 April 4, 2021

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

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 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 March 26, 2021

That’s so kind, we appreciate this.

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vipGerry
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 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 March 23, 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 March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Modena
Responded on March 23, 2021

Thank you so kindly, we really appreciate this!

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vipChristineD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 18, 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 March 21, 2021

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

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vipMichaelK
Washington DC
122 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the second of Modena's Taste of Italy series. This time the region of Tuscany. Once again, the food and service were excellent. I enjoyed the wine pairing, and, once again, it was fabulous. The Taste of Italy series is excellent and we recommend it highly.

Modena
Responded on March 21, 2021

Thank you so much! Hope to see you soon! We're doing Sicily next week!

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vipLuigi
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Outstanding food, once again. When looking for an exceptional Italian restaurant Modena is the place to go.

Modena
Responded on March 16, 2021

Thank you so much!

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MarkF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had 2 chances to eat out in DC this weekend... we chose Modena over 3 other places.... absolutely glad we chose it for all the reasons listed.... blown away !
Thank you !. when back to DC, we will return !!!

Modena
Responded on March 16, 2021

Thank you so much! We'll see you next time you are back in town.

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KendraW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I never write reviews on restaurants. My dining experience at Modena requires an exception. Everything about my meal and experience at Modena was amazing. The staff, the food, the ambience was impeccable.

Modena
Responded on March 16, 2021

You are too kind, thank you so much for this.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect date night. Well worth the price!

Modena
Responded on March 16, 2021

Thanks so much! Hoping to see you soon for another fun night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and customer service, on par with Michelin star restaurants

Modena
Responded on March 16, 2021

Thanks for these kind words, we hope to cook for you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Modena has the best Chef in DC, all of his dishes are executed perfectly and he seals them with his love for food.
Perfect impeccable service, they don't charge you extra, and you will dine in a relaxed atmosphere.
The decor is sophisticated, lovely music and everybody offers you a warm smile!

Modena
Responded on March 13, 2021

Thank you so much for your kinds words. We hope to see you soon!

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vipsidhe7
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't get enough!

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Fractionsofzero
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable Weather today allowed me to dine comfortably in the spacious outdoor tent arrangement without the need for the adjacent propane heater to even be turned on. This was my first time enjoying a Happy Hour in over a year.

Modena
Responded on March 10, 2021

So glad you enjoyed our new Happy Hour and we hope to see you soon!

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vipMichaelK
Washington DC
122 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous "Taste of Tuscany" pre fixe dinner last Tuesday. The food was excellent, and one of us enjoyed a fabulous inexpensive wine pairing. Service was impeccable. We are booked next week for the Piedmont region's food.

Modena
Responded on March 12, 2021

Thank you so much, looking forward to continuing our tour with you.

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viptoutoften
Washington DC
154 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Modena is a wonderful Italian restaurant that should be at the top of everyone's dining list. Food is divine, service is perfect and is terrific for lunch. Highly recommend!

Modena
Responded on March 12, 2021

This was so kind of you. We can’t wait to cook for you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Petra, Brian and the whole staff was phenomenal!! The food was AMAZING. We did the 7 course tasting with the wine pairing and everything was absolute perfection and a work of art. I would go back here 100000000%

Modena
Responded on March 9, 2021

Thank you so much, we're excited to see you soon!

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NicoleH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. The restaurant is so beautiful inside. A delightful way to spend an evening downtown.

Modena
Responded on March 9, 2021

Thank you so kindly, we hope to see you soon for another delightful evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

I came here for my 21st birthday and it was quit the experience... Our server Victor was excellent and on point, informing us in detail what was in every dish. The thing I loved the most was the vibes and the energy. Everyone was so welcoming and attentive to us I will definitely be coming back!

Modena
Responded on March 6, 2021

Thank you so much! We look forward to seeing you soon.

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vipGodfather
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and ambiance are always fantastic!

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vipsidhe7
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Starting to be a regular here, but tried the 5 course tasting menu for the first time and it was great, perfect portions, good wine pairing, wish I had done the 7!

Modena
Responded on March 3, 2021

Always great to have you!

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vipJohnL
Washington DC
273 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed another outstanding meal at Modena! From start to finish, every dish was top-notch. Service was also excellent. For reliably creative and satisfying Italian cuisine, Modena delivers!

Modena
Responded on March 10, 2021

So kind of you, we really appreciate your words.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Usually I don’t leave reviews but this place deserves twice 5 star!
Don’t even remember last time I had such a good Italian food!
Chef is really talented and creative, service is impeccable!!
Decor and ambiance make you feel you want to stay here all night long.
Service is friendly and very professional at the same time, grazie Antonio

They had run out the soft drink I ordered and without esitate, bartender stepped out to buy for me the soda I ordered!!!
Small things make huge difference, specially in restaurants business and They know exactly what’s hospitality mean and how to make people feel important. I will definitely be back

Modena
Responded on March 3, 2021

Thank you kindly for your words, hope to see you soon

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Bill
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great 5 course tasting menu plus yummy drinks among the best meals in town

Modena
Responded on March 2, 2021

Thank you so much for this, we hope to see you soon

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FAQs

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

Modena is rated 4.8 stars by 276 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.