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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
  • "Beautiful restaurant,wonderful food and atmosphere!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Easy brunch while at the museum, would not make a special trip if not."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "After a few visits, you will feel "conjoined" to this place and enjoy the eponomous sculpture."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We loved everything about our experience at the Modern--the food, the service and the view across that expanse of water--lovely in every way. Highly recommend!!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We had a lovely lunch with a beautiful view of the reflecting pool and grounds. Only the bread basket needed work. The corn bread was good but the rolls were dry/stale. Service was great but not intrusive."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "A reflecting pool, glass walls, architectural splendor make one's surroundings much more than just a resturant. The food was good as well with one of the best appetizers I have ever had. It was a lovely treat."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant -- one of the best museum restaurants ever."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Definitely worth a trip by itself, Cafe Modern is a cornerstone to a trip to any or all of the Big 3 FW museums (Kimbell, Modern, and Amon Carter). Whether preceding, at mid-point, or at conclusion of art viewing, Cafe Modern gives an experience unrivalled by almost any American art trip (save, on a good day, Danny Meyer's high-end version at NY's MoMA). Recent experience with new brunch menu was rewarding, especially a new Turkish-inspired egg dish which I can't pronounce and their always excellent take on Benedict. This much relaxation usually comes with a healthful massage fee."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Great food in a spectacular setting. The Cafe Modern has a good variety of foods that will appease any seasoned diner"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Uncommonly slow service with other tables arriving later and being served before our server attended us."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I had the special- artic char with rice, asparagus and roasted tomatoes. It was delicious; I ate the whole thing. We also split the flourless cake which was dense and rich like a truffle. Delicious. Service was great. You have a beautiful view of the water and Modern Museum. I would definitely eat here again."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The atmosphere and service were above excellent. The wine list was also commendable."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I am so glad a friend suggested we book a table. It would have been very difficult to be seated without a Rez. Tasty food: wagyu beef burgers, chili and meat loaf sliders."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I have been a strong fan of the restaurant since it opened. The food has always been delightful and inventive. This time I went back to an old menu standard, Moroccan Chicken Salad. The chicken was dry and tough. I sent it back. The new salad the waiter brought was modestly moister but still disappointing. The waiter whirled away without allowing me to chose another entree, which I was prepared to do. I will try the Cafe one more time. If it disappoints again, we are done."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Great creative dishes, but service has always been slow...i believe the table to server ratio is off, when you have their attention they are good."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The Lamb salad was not l what I expected . It was what I really wanted. It was not a mound of lettuce and other expected green vegetables with small pieces of lamb distributed in or over it, etc. I was two generous oblong patties of perfectly seasoned lamb cooked perfectly on one side of the plate, three or more slender pieces of the heart of romaine diagonally across the center of the plate and a white starch that I can not identify on the other side of the romaine. The starch was not remarkable. I enjoyed it very much, and plan to order lamb at the Modern again soon."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Two friends joined me for brunch on a Saturday.....coffee was fresh, egg dishes delicious.....sweet potato sup was divine....and chickpea fries are a must try!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great view, great ambience, great service, great food. You can see the collection, have dinner and drinks, and then take in the movie, all on Friday evenings at the Modern!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Met out-of-town friends here to show off our favorite lunch spot. The food was delicious as always but service was not up to par. Something must have been going on in the kitchen! Though we didn't complain, our server eventually apologized about the timing and announced that complimentary soup was on its way. We appreciated that he was aware of the problem and took action. All in all, our group had a wonderful time. I also appreciated that we were seated at the table I had requested when making our reservation!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Lovely venue. After several years, still fresh, with great service and excellent food. The view across the water gives you the feeling you are somewhere on vacation -- Definitely will return."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Went there for brunch on a Sunday for my wife's birthday. Made reservations, but there really was no reason to as there was plenty of open seating. I specifically chose this spot due to their kid's menu choices. My daughter can be a picky eater, but she was able to find stuff she liked and she loved it. My wife ordered the Eggs Benedict, which she had never had, and she really enjoyed it. I ordered the sticky bun pancakes and they were amazing! They had something for every taste and everything looked great. They had quit a drink offering menu for a cafe, and the ones we had were very good. Loved the atmosphere. I highly recommend them for brunch and can't wait to try them for lunch."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "If you are going to the museums in Fort Worth, this is a quiet place with good service to have dinner after the visit."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The food was classy but no flexibility for diet restrictions which made it difficult to get a complete meal. The service was effusive and helpful. The Modern scene was wonderful."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Always a wonderful experience. We love Cafe Modern."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Below Average food for a 5-star price - simply that. You won't get what you're paying for."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Toured art exhibit and had wine before dinner in lobby with jazz. Dinner was awesome and service great. Tends to be noisy, but that seems related to the design of museum. The view and staff made it a very nice evening. Will return. Steve & Marisa"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This comfortable café in the Modern Art Museum has a charming ambiance. Sunday brunch was fresh and delicious with an attractive presentation. The signature cocktails are wonderful! The servers are efficient, attentive, and gracious. Reviews that I had read were negative regarding the service; however, we found the staff to be exceptional! With a pleasant view of the beautiful museum architecture, and a lovely outdoor patio, Café Modern is a nice place for a relaxed weekend brunch!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Shrimp & grits are exceptional. others had eggs & salads -also delicious. At 12:30 the crowds & noise can mess up the conversation."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I've had lunch and dinner here. This was my first brunch and it was wonderful. Cafe Modern is a great location and real treat, the food and service are wonderful. Enjoy."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We went there for Valentine's Day and it was fantastic. The menu is always eclectic and delicious. The chef is as much an artist as anyone at the museum."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Delicious! Unusual flavors treated the palate to something new! Sumac dressing on salad was delish, turkey chili was fantastic, and even the tiny scones and mini bread rolls were something to delight. Highly recommend making reservations in advance. Gorgeous view and outdoor patio dining available."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My wife and I went here for Valentine's dinner. Hostess station attention was lacking, and the woman who walked us to our table just darted off towards a table, it took us a moment to realize we were to follow her. Our server was very nice though, she even brought us a wine that they were not supposed to offer per their pre fixe menu. Other than that though, our overall experience was less than expected. It might be a good spot for a quick lunch when you are visiting the museum, but not for a special occasion. Especially not for nearly $200."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Unique &varied menu. Everything was very tasty. Found the service a bit slow. But-in their defense there were extra people from a gun show and closing weekend of an exhibit at the Kimball as well as those just out because of the first nice weather in weeks."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "An excellent experience! Menu options were varied and all sounded wonderful. When our food arrived, we were awed by the lovely presentation. Better yet, the food was delicious!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "I do wish Cafe Modern would address the excessive noise level. If the dining room is full, one can not carry on a conversation with other guests at the table."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "The quality of the food matches the quality of the art . The menu is modern and the glass dining room is striking. The Sunday brunch was a great complement to a day visiting the museum."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Main complaint was how long it took to seat us. Made a lunch reservation in the morning but that didn't seem to make any difference. There were quite a few walk up groups ahead of us when we arrived and all of them were seated before we were. Whether that was equitable or not, in certainly looks like making a reservation is a useless exercise for this restaurant. No, I did not confirm any of this with the hostess."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Good food, attentive service, and a convenient pre-concert location balance a crowded and NOISY dining experience. Hard surfaces everywhere: concrete walls and floor, flat ceiling, and glass windows explain the din; however the convenience of being in the building where an event takes place explains repeated meals here. When it's warm, outdoors is the answer--but not on last day of the Stock Show!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My husband and I took our eight-year-old son to Saturday brunch at the modern Café. We made reservations and they promptly got us in and seated at a table right by the window with the a great view. The menu is very thoughtful and foodie friendly, however not so out there that everyone couldn't find something they like. The turkey sandwich is excellent as well as the meatloaf sliders. Also, try the hot tea it's very interesting and cute."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We had a pass for a menu item and tickets to the museum. We were able to check in at the cafe and eat and the waitress provided us with a card to pick up our tickets for the exhibits. It was a smooth process. The food had enough of a twist to make us try something different. The food was good. We sat next to the windows so we has an excellent view. My only qualm was the floor and seat had food crumbs so I had to clean my chair before I sat down and did not feel comfortable to place my bags on the floor. However I did notice other people did so it may have just been my spot. I think the view and food were worth the out of town trip we made to the restaurant and museum."
    Dined on 1/30/2014