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Cafe Modern
Cafe Modern
  • Address:
    3200 Darnell Street
    Fort Worth, TX 76107
    Fort Worth Cultural District & TCU
  • Cuisine:
    Fusion / Eclectic
    Price: $30 and under

Cafe Modern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thecafemodern.com/
  • Phone: (817) 840-2157
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Friday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner Tuesday During Lecture season 'till November19th. : 5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Dena Peterson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: With its stunning location in the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and its serene, reflecting-pond backdrop, The Modern can host an impressive corporate event or the wedding reception of your dreams. From start to finish, our team of planning professionals will handle every detail of your event. Our staff will prepare your food with the same care and attention they provide our individual café customers, and will make sure your special event is nothing less than a masterpiece.

    For more information, rental costs, availability and menu selections, contact Café Modern.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: University
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Cafe Modern
Café Modern chefs blend seasonal, local ingredients inspired by culinary traditions from around the globe. Their artfully crafted cuisine is served against the backdrop of Tadao Ando’s world renowned building in the celebrated Fort Worth Cultural District. Whether enjoying a weekday lunch, Friday night dinner or a relaxed weekend brunch, our genuine hospitality will ensure a memorable dining experience.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "This is always a favorite and something is always special."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "great. wish they would bring back cheese tray. Love the food, drinks and staff are great. Thank"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We had a party of six for lunch at the Modern before heading over to the Kimball to see the Samurai exhibit. While not a terrible experience it was much less good than in the past. Service was a bit spotty and the food was mediocre with 5 of the people not really liking it. The Wagyu beef burger was the star but 3 Moroccan chicken salads were well below par with the salad being very uninteresting. Two ordered BLTs (though the first person who ordered was given a chicken salad but that was corrected) and the tomato is more a sauce than actual slices which neither liked. It wasn't that it was a terrible experience but it was certainly the worst experience out of the half a dozen times my wife and I have dined there and brought friends."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The Cafe Modern was a great dining experience and we were very pleased with the service and the menu! The food was very good and the service was excellent!! We were also pleased that a children's menu was provided and made dining with a child easier!! We had a great time, the only downside was that it was somewhat noisy!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "While my experience with Cafe Modern has always been good, I have to say the noise level was extremely high this visit. It was distracting and hard to concentrate on my conversation with my dining partner until the crowd thinned out. I wish something could be done to tone it down. And in the checkboxes above, there should be an option for "noisy." "Energetic" isn't the right word for my experience."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Come here regularly throughout the year, usually for brunch. Came for Father's Day. They had a special menu for Father's Day. Kid's Menu too. Service and food were fantastic as usual"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The brunch menu was varied and interesting--something for everyone. The Manly Quiche was savory and delicious in a puff pastry shell. The Eggs Benedict was also a hit. We will return soon!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Food ranges from very good to excellent. Ambiance is terrific. Service is consistently first-rate. Good choice for special occasions (Mother's Day; Father's Day, etc.) Can be noisy when crowded."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Overlooking a small, man made lake, the restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating. Menu is diverse. Something for everyone, while deliciously different. Service was immediate and food delivered quickly. Look forward to returning."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great spot for special occasions or to show off the Ft. Worth art scene to out of town guests."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great setting looking out on the water and grounds of the museum. The food was outstanding (piggie in a blanket and spinach artichoke grilled cheese). A nice experience, and lots more things on the menu we will try on future visits."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The chef keeps a tight handle on ALWAYS presenting GREAT food. We have been going there since it opened at the current location."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Absolutely lovely evening from start to finish. Love the museum venue."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "A great Friday evening pre-show dinner. Food was great. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "What a wonderful surprise to find a beautiful lunch spot inside the Fort Worth Modern museum of Art. Not only was the food delicious and the service impeccable but the water view is an added bonus. My sister in law and I both had the copper river salmon special which was very tasty but then we just sat and talked for a few hours because neither one of us wanted to leave our beautiful surroundings. Can't believe my daughter has been in school at TCU all this time and I never knew about this neighborhood gem !"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our brunch with a view of the man-made museum lake outside the dining area. The ambiance, service and food were all outstanding. It did get a little bit noisy just before we left as the place filled up. I would definitely recommend this cafe to anyone. The museum collection is just a few steps from the cafe, so we were able to walk off some calories after brunch. The first Saturday of the month is free at the museum, and we were able to take advantage of that perk."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We always enjoy ourselves here. Nice menu, good food, and open-air feel with all the windows."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Nice for brunch. Menu is small but interesting, could benefit from a bit bigger selections. Eg the only omelette was with sautéed spinach, not everyone's breakfast favorite. First Sunday is free admission at the museum, so drop by for brunch and a walk through the modern art museum."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Food and service are always excellent. Rotating menu provides fresh innovations regularly so food choices don't get stale. Ambience is so peaceful and relaxing that I can't think of a better place to decompress. The barman keeps coming up with fresh cocktail ideas if you like to experiment but the classics are always available. Nice wine list with multiple choices by the glass. All in all, one of our favorite retaurants in Fort Worth."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "This cafe in the Fort Worth Modern Art Museum is pretty spectacular. We've eaten in many museum cafes across the US and Europe, and would rate this among the best. The food is always interesting and well prepared, along with being beautifully presented. Chef Dina uses fresh, seasonal ingredients, sourced locally when possible. We're so lucky to live near the Museum and be able to eat there often."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "One of my favorite things to do is to go to the Modern and feel the tranquility that the outside view provides. The Cafe Modern menu pairs well with the ambiance of the museum and satisfies multiple palates. I will definitely go back again. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "It was lovely setting outside. The food and service was good."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Went fir an engagement dinner with a chef if all people - we were both surprised at the molecular gastronomy that did not stray from a great dining course at the expense of novelty. Red snapper was seared to perfection moist and the pea foam complemented the pancetta laced vegetables so well - staff was not only attentive they outright spoked us and made a special night an unforgettable one. At the end of the evening they even surprised the future groom with his favorite band playing in the background (rush) this is one happy couple!!!!!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Lunch was perfect! We overlooked the water feature. The tables were far enough apart that we could visit easily without disturbing others. The menu is varied and unique without being weird. The service was accommodating to our time constraints and was able to offer help with our food selections. I look forward to visiting from Dallas again soon!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "From the moment we entered the restaurant, the experience was incredible. The wait staff was courteous, friendly, knowledgeable, and kind. The food and beverages were superb. The scenic view was outstanding, and the price was very reasonable. I will definitely be going back to Cafe Modern again and again!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I had called ahead for a table of 4 for brunch at the Modern Café. I asked for the table to have a good view of the water. The location of the table was exactly as I asked. I had to wait a bit for friends coming in from Dallas; there was no problem. Promptly delivered my request for a cup of decaf coffee. When my friends arrived my waiter waited until all the welcoming conversation was over before coming to the table to explain the menu. The food came hot and wonderful. I normally don't eat a BLT but I had one that day. Excellent! It was a Saturday so they had the brunch menu; which was tempting with many great brunch items. My friends were surprised that Fort Worth had this kinda place. The said the drive was worth every minute it took."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Café Modern always pleases me. The food is just the right balance of trendy and traditional. You get appropriate portions for the price and quality, and entrées come with well-balanced sides. The only thing missing from the wine list is a nice German Riesling. If you like Eggs Benedict, you'll find the Modern Benedict to be one of the best you'll ever enjoy. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The French bellini was the best bellini ever. I love dining at Cafe Modern but this was something special. My young friend and I are former collegues. Both of us have lost our mothers, hers was much too soon. We decided to commemorative their lives, humor and importance to each of us by celebrating them over Mother's Day Brunch at Cafe Modern. We each brought a photograph of our mothers and our grandmothers, all in heaven now and placed them prominently on our table. It was a positive celebration that meant so much to each of us who otherwise would have been at home in less than celebratory mood on this specific day. Thank you for sending the email promoting Mother's Day Brunch, we made a memory we'll both remember for years to come."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We could not have had a more enjoyable special occasion brunch at Cafe Modern. Situated in a pristine location inside the Modern Museum of Art overlooking a horizon-view pond and sculpture garden, the menu was inventive, the service attentive, the libations delicious, and overall the ambiance was perfect. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Lovely Mother's Day brunch! Service was outstanding and the food delicious as always!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The fact this is inside the museum is one if the main attractions of the restaurant. The food is just not that great. It has been over a year that I have dined her and the same old menu items are still being served. Nothing exiting but the views. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I had lunch with an acquaintance from several years ago to update each other. We were seated at a window table and totally enjoyed our meal. The volume of noise was very low and our table was distanced from other tables, so we didn't feel like others were hearing our conversation. I always enjoy having lunch there and will definitely go back."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "The tranquility of the reflecting pool and the delicious menu are a perfect blend for a great dining experience. This is a "go to" spot for my family, looking for great service for more than just two, to celebrate birthdays and special family events. There is always something on the menu for our vegetarian, vegan and more challenged diners; with a flair for the delicious Asian infused selections. On a very hot Texas day, the cool modern interior, matches the cool and mesmerizing reflecting pool What a great way to enjoy a long leisurely lunch!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The food is always wonderful, and the setting is inspiring. I always leave feeling like I've had a special occasion."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "One of my favs for Sunday brunch. Good drinks, food and service."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "The food, the setting, and the service are always wonderful."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This is a lovely restaurant in a magnificent space, a place to enjoy. One does not usually equate museums and good food. In fact, most museum food is forgettable. Café Modern is an exception. It is a destination in and of itself. It’s almost as if they threw in the museum as an added attraction. Come dine in our beautiful room and, oh, by the way, there’s a world class museum here, too. The homemade breads are delicious. The appetizer and entrée selections vary, but remain consistently good. We normally skip dessert, but not here. It’s too good. We burn off the calories by walking the galleries. The wine list is well-curated and reasonably priced as well. All-in-all it ranks among the best museum food experiences in Europe or North America."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "This was the first time I have ever gone out for Easter. The food was fabulous and the desserts were heavenly. It was a wonderful change of pace."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Café Modern did not disappoint once again! Easter Brunch 2014 was wonderful! Our server, Clancy, was A-1! Absolutely a gem! The food was very good and beautifully presented."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I'm a fan of Café Modern. After viewing all the great art in the Museum District, this is the perfect spot to overcome sensory overload. The serene view of the large pool of water sets the stage and the food is always delicious. The wine list is not extensive but it does provide enough of a variety. The staff is generally attentive and professional, though sometimes a little slow to offer more wine, water and bread refills, etc. The food is carefully prepared and generally leans toward the healthy side. There are good offerings in the small menu to accommodate any mood. Go on! Take a little day trip and make this stop for lunch a perfect escape."
    Dined on 4/18/2014