Cafe Modern
Cafe Modern

Cafe Modern

  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Cafe Modern reviews from OpenTable diners
104 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (78)great for lunch (58)great for brunch (57)fit for foodies (53)special occasion (45)neighborhood gem (27)romantic (24)great for outdoor dining (23)good for groups (15)notable wine list (8)hot spot (7)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Truly Excellent
    KikiVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The Cafe Modern is superb on all measures. The food is excellent, the service warm and friendly and the view overlooking the reflecting pond is perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful setting, wonderful brunch
    Fwtraveler
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Really enjoyed brunch at the Cafe Modern. Service was good. Menu choices excellent and food delicious. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always pleasant.
    DelightfulVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    It is a treat to relax over a pleasant lunch in this setting. Food is a bit unusual and very good indeed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Both the food and service were very good as always. I requested a table for six by the window almost three weeks in advance, but that did not materialize. In the future it would be nice to have an email back to let us know that a request can not be accommodated, or a phone call to see if we could come earlier or at a different time to try to make things work. Thanks for your time and consideration.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday brunch
    Schoo
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    love the cafe modern on Sunday. It was very busy and a large party made it quite noisy but not a huge problem. Service was fine but a little slow on the water and coffee refills.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but pricey
    RikGuy
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Nice range of choices but probably too pricey for another visit. Entrees around $28 to $32 about $10 too much. Tasty stuff though, no complaints there.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Museum cafe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Highly recommended by a friend...menu had just changed & contained lots of mediterranean and asian items...not what I expected. Food was good & service was just okay. Noise level was extremely high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the Modern
    AB79
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants in town for lunch... not only is the food amazing but the service is great and the view is spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant surprise
    TravelingFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Looking for something different for lunch with a great view? This is a great place to start. Food was perfect, menu was unique and refreshing, and views are relaxing. Only knock on this place was I found the service to be slow and a bit disorganized. Not a deal breaker...the food and menu make up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crisp Fall Meal
    JennVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We took the kids for brunch after church. They have a good kids menu, and we both enjoyed our meal. We had indian lentil spiced soup and Moroccan chicken salads. The dining room overlooks the reflective pond - gorgeous on our Fall sunny day. It was packed, but noise was minimal. The kids enjoyed the freedom the grassy area gave them. We didn't eat outside (this time), but will definitely return to explore more of the menu and sit outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • susie
    Susie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Always fun to dine @ The Modern. Beautiful views, great wait staff good food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Suzie
    Suzie
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Wonderful lunch spot! The view is unforgettable...the food is excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovely
    cabart
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We took out mother out for a well-deserved break, and it was very good. The food was yummy and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • poor food flavor
    Particular
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My buttermilk gazpacho had no seasoning. The flavor was buttermilk, herb, and very strong onion . It gave me indigestion. The curry chicken salad had an enormous bed of romaine lettuce that looked as if it had been put through a lawnmower. No time was spent to remove the white ribs which made up at least half of the lettuce. The other ingredients were put on top. This is a salad technically but not one with any care. The ingredients may well have been placed on separate plates or brought individually. None of the items were "seasoned".
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food is always fantastic. The staff is very friendly. I love the variety of dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The best
    Picky
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Elegance without pretentiousness. We are regular brunch goers, but have also had lunch and the happy hour/appetizer prior to a movie. Moderate prices and not the loud hubbub found in so many hot spots in town. It's a drive for us (25 mi) but well worth it. We enjoy taking our friends we haven't seen in years for brunch and catch-up conversation. No one ever makes us feel we have to leave and vacate a table, though we rarely stay for more than an hour or so. PS: dress can be anything from shorts/flip flops to business casual-no one minds
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BRUNCH AT THE MODERN
    LINDAVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Excellent venue for brunch with varied food choices and nice service
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All around great
    cg57
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food was inventive and very good. Ambiance cannot be beat. Fort Worth should be filling this place up every night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch at the Modern
    LINDAVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Excellent and varied menu; food beautifully presented and delicious. One of Fort Worth's best brunch venues
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Layla
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We enjoyed brunch at Cafe Modern prior to seeing a movie at the Magnolia this past Sunday. The service was friendly and efficient, and the food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great out-of-the-ordinary venue
    superscan769
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Cafe Modern is a extraordinary place to eat, drink & spend time with someone special. Visually compelling, great design for itself & for its surroundings (although the bare cast concrete doesn't damp sound very well, so it can be a bit on the loud/noisy side for conversation), and the back lawn with the reflecting pool & outdoor sculpture are also excellent. Definitely worth a visit, especially on one of the "First Friday" events.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hermannsburg
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had a Sunday birthday brunch with 6 people. We had to call in the morning and change the reservation time and number of guests, but no problem. Service was good, food was great. Cool place for special occasions, the Modern is just a beautiful building, a very special place in Fort Worth.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Bruncj
    Talefeather
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Our reservation was for 10:30a.m., we were seated promptly and greeted by a pleasant server. Coffee was perfect, mimosa delicious and the food was not enormous in portion (a plus in my book). I ordered the Scottish French toast, my husband ordered an omelette with smoked chicken and pepper jack cheese. Both dishes were visually appealing and we're well executed. The overall ambience was quiet and serene, overlooking the shallow pond feature behind the museum. We will be going back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful date night
    FWfun
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Dinner at the Modern on a Friday evening followed by a film at Magnolia at the Modern. Perfect evening. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect pretheater venue
    Divefan
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    An ever changing menu with great fresh food. Ask about the free mimosas/bloody marys on the weekend when you show your ticket stubs.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Food and Energy
    ThinMint
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I love the water so the view was spectacular with the sculpter in the background. This place was fantastic and the food was very very flavorful. It was a great place to go on a date, have a special dinner, or just hang out. I recommend this restaurant highly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Menu
    Aledo99
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The restaurant is very peaceful in a beautiful setting. There are many tables by the expansive windows overlooking the water and small park. And the creative menu is constantly changing to include local produce, cheeses, and meats. We have never had a dish that we did not like, and most are exceptional.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place for Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The service and food couldn't be better. I had to speak to the manager to comment on the high quallity of his staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Exceptional
    DiscerningDiner1
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Love the seasonal menu, unique and delectable offerings, and the great space. It never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Mule
    dininfine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great Mule cocktail! They could have noted that I was there, since I had a reservation and told them I was there. But I got an email saying I had not shown up. Otherwise, we had a good experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great seafood & beautiful view
    Seafoodlover
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The swordfish and mussels were wonderful. Veggie sandwich... not so much. Very nice ambiance. A bit pricey for s lunch. I asked for a special request (dessert) for birthday, but never received anything. The waitress was not very attentive ...didn't even clear our plates before receiving entree. But overall was a good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fantastic!!
    DiscerningDiner1
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    That says it all! This is a great restaurant with consistently excellent food, service, and atmosphere. Perfect place for a business lunch, Sunday brunch, or Friday night date. You can't go wrong here!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Safo
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Excellent food with nice vista of the reflecting pool of the Modern Art Museum. And quiet too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Better for Lunch than Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The small portions of food were acceptable but not worthy of five star prices, as $35 for a little garnished fish filet and $20 for a decent shot of single malt (about twice that much for top shelf) is a bit excessive for a "café"; however the wait person was extremely attentive and personable. I would probably go back for lunch but would recommend Del Frisco's for the same money (or less) when looking for a nice dinner out with the spouse and an ambiance that doesn't include being surrounded by people in shorts and flip flops.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • not inspired
    lepe
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The Modern is a gorgeous, wowing museum. The cafe doesn't quite match up. Menu is uninspired. No vegetarian options as even the guacamole has bacon in it. Drinks not well made. The food appeared to have been sitting out for a while (really dried out roast chicken). The main seasoning appeared to be salt. Even the dessert menu was same old, same old. Don't worry though, you'll pay so much for the meal that you'll think you've had a one of a kind, gourmet dining experience. I would be willing to go back for brunch. It's supposed to be great. The museum itself is one of the best structures and collections I've ever visited.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was Blown Away
    BlakeRealtorDFW
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food was fantastic, creative, and simply delicious. The most unique entree, Watermelon and Shrimp salad. Presentation matched the beautiful modern artwork we had just seen in the Museum. The cucumber/dill soup is excellent. My compliments to the chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brunch with house guests
    favoriteFWvisit
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We have eaten at this restaurant many times. The ambiance is great. The menu is very interesting and well thought out. The food is good, but not always quite up to the menu. The service is attentive and friendly. It is a charming place to have lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice experience
    pickyeater
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    views are calm and scenic. Food was overall good. My black cherry pork was tender and good, vegetables over cooked and over seasoned. The shaking beef was too salty.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 66 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 538 reviews are from the Cafe Modern reviews archive.
  • Special Brunch
    TexanVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Cafe Modern delivers on gourmet brunch fare and unique setting. Chosen for our mom's 93rd birthday, our variety of Egg Benedict dishes were all excellent. Other members of the family complimented the Peach French Toast as well. The architectural setting and view are superb, but may contribute to a higher than normal noise level. For some, Cafe Modern's menu may appear limited, but rest assured what is offered is done with perfection.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's always good!
    nmcn26
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Be sure to book a table because it's a small restaurant that fills up fast. Local, seasonal menu with great choices. Ordered fried green tomatoes and the BLT, both were delicious. My date had the grilled cheese which was also good. The wait staff is friendly and attwntive; service is fast.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.