An image of the Modoko logo

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Recently, something was brought to our attention.
A restaurant approximately 1,380 miles away, thoughtfully let us know that, they too, possessed the name KOMODO.
They humbly (and strongly) suggested that we change the name of our establishment as to not infringe on the identity of their endeavor. Our ownership and staff are known for our hospitality, adaptability, and resourceful thinking. Our loyal customers have come to expect this from us through our excellent service and innovative menu curation.

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We are all too happy to continue this attitude in situations like this. So, our name is changing. The rest stays the same.

KOMODO is now,
MODOKO

Meet Our Team

About UsLocally owned restaurant in Northwest Arkansas.

At Modoko we re-create classic dishes from Vietnam, China and Thailand using fresh ingredients for the modern local palate. We have a large covered patio, multiple rooms for private events with seating up to 60 and a chef's table with a view of our open kitchen.

Fresh CuisineWe are a scratch kitchen dedicated to fresh ingredients.

Our scratch kitchen policy highlights our passion for authentic Asian food. Our full bar features cocktails with hand-squeezed juices. We have 15 taps featuring local beers and ciders. Our wine list includes many different wines from a wide variety of regions.


Our food is à la carte and is meant to be shared. There are so many different flavors on our menu so we recommend that our guests order a few different dishes to really get a chance to experience the many different flavor profiles.

Modoko (formerly Komodo Modern Asian Cuisine) Featured in Citiscapes Magazine

Picture of magazine article featuring Modoko

March 1st, 2019

The dishes are served à la carte and family style, perfect for sharing with a small group, thus allowing everyone an opportunity to try a number of different items. The momentum and joy of sharing plates and conversation is undoubtedly my favorite way of dining, a gesture of goodwill as you crisscross chopsticks and utensils while laughing and making eye contact - a holistic and meaningful way to dine.

Case Dighero
Citiscapes Magazine

Source: Citiscapes.com

Modoko (formerly Komodo Modern Asian Cuisine) wins Best New Restaurant & Best Asian Food

Award ceremony picture of Chef Ryan and GM Reid

February 21st, 2019

Modoko (formerly Komodo Modern Asian Cuisine) was recently honored with two awards at the 2018 Best of Northwest Arkansas gala, hosted by the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. In their first year as a contestant, Modoko was voted "Best Asian Food" as well as "Best New Restaurant".

Best New Restaurant, 2018
Best Asian Food, 2018

Source: bestnwa.com

Modoko (formerly Komodo Modern Asian Cuisine) Featured in Celebrate Arkansas Magazine

Picture of magazine article featuring Modoko

December 1st, 2018

At Modoko (formerly Komodo Modern Asian Cuisine), quality trumps quantity, and the menu is straightforward and welcoming. “Our menu is simple and to the point — minimalist in nature like the food we serve,” Combellack points out. “Asian food is very honest, and we wanted to create an experience that’s approachable.” Modoko is locally owned and features many classic Asian dishes recreated with fresh ingredients for the modern local palate. The restaurant’s scratch kitchen policy highlights the staff ’s passion for authentic Asian food — true to the nature of what you might experience while traveling to or living in Asia.

Haley Bateman
Celebrate Arkansas Magazine

Source: celebratearkansas.com

NWA Alive takes a look behind the scenes at Modoko (formerly Komodo Modern Asian Cuisine)

July 25th, 2018

Aaron Peters, host of Northwest Arkansas Alive, takes a look behind the scenes of Modoko (formerly Komodo Modern Asian Cuisine).
Source: nwaalive.com/modoko/