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Cafe Modern

4.4
1176 reviews
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$30 and under
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Fusion / Eclectic
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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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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Friday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(817) 840-2157
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Denise Shavandy
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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.
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Cross street
University
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Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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With its stunning location in the Modern Art Museum and its serene reflecting-pond backdrop, The Modern can host an impressive corporate event or the wedding reception of your dreams.

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What 1176 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Perfect spot for lunch with friend(s).
Food is always fresh and beautifully presented.
Wait staff is friendly and accommodating.
I love that it is not too noisy and one can enjoy a conversation.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We have dined at the Cafe Moderne for a number of years. The atmosphere is magic; the food quite good; and the service beyond reproach. This year, the experience was somewhat disappointing: The menu appears to have changed with the chef as well as some key personnel. For example, we ordered a salade nicoise, ($16.95) which somewhat puzzlingly, was served without lettuce. We had to order a salad ($8.00) to go with our salade nicoise! They ran out of their usually notable bread assortment and reverted to small nondescript dinner buns. The sparkling wine was served inadequately chilled. The dessert cookie selection was mundane and the cookies were almost stale. This was not the experience we are used to.

In summary: The atmosphere was still magic but the rest of the dining experience was not.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We went to the Modern for Mother's Day and made reservations for lunch at the Cafe. This was our first visit to the Cafe and it was wonderful. Great atmosphere, great food and great service. The Cafe was very busy and we had hoped to sit near a window but that was not in the cards for us on this visit. Slight disappointment but certainly understandable as it was Mother's Day that the Cafe was very busy. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Cafe Modern never disappoints. We like that the menu changes through the year. The service is always superb from the host/hostess to the servers and the others who ensure the experience is excellent.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was very noisy, I was expecting it to be quiet dining for an upscale environment. The waitstaff was amazing and went above and beyond their duties, was very impressed with their service.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Staff is wonderful and food is delicious! Favorite place to dine in Fort Worth.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I took my mother to Cafe Modern for Mother's Day brunch after making a reservation the week prior on Open Table. The cafe was only about 1/2 full and we arrived a few minutes early so I asked the supervisor for a nice table - meaning by the windows with a good view. He said sure and then proceeded to place us along a back wall near two very loud tables.
Colleen was our service person and she has waited on us in the past which was about the only positive about the meal. The menu does not appear to have changed and the coffee served out of a thermos was tepid. I doubt I will return which is too bad as the cafe has such potential.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food was good but the cafe itself is not my style. I totally understand that it’s in the museum of modern art and they’re trying to be modern but there was honestly no ambiance of any kind. The floors are dreary and the walls are greyish and empty. Also it’s not very baby friendly they barely had any high chairs available my 1 year old had to sit on a regular chair for the majority of our brunch. True I put 2 persons instead of 3 when making the reservation but that wouldn’t have helped me get a high chair cause there was no way to specify the 3rd person is a child. I did call the restaurant immediately after making the reservation and they said not to worry “they’ll figure something out” I guess that means just telling me no high chairs are available.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We had a great waiter who was on top of everything. The food was excellent. Yes, tad loud but it was day before Mother's day so expected. Would definitely go again!

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Food was good but service and atmosphere was a little haphazard. Table was dirty when they seated us, no salt and pepper, late refills on water, dressing on salad when I requested it on the side, quiche was not very warm when served. I’ve had much better experiences here so I’ll return. Just be aware it can be hit or miss sometimes

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Food and service were excellent as always.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Amazing little restaurant with lots of creative dishes and super sweet staff. We can not wait to go back. We enjoyed brunch and a walk around the museum. Great setting for photos also.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Brunch with my in-laws. We ate outside in the shade and it couldn’t have been more perfect. Our waitress, Summer was OUTSTANDING!!! We’ll be back

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Always excellent brunch

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

It was excellent. The food, service and cost make it an excellent choice for a meal.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We were out for the Friday night at the Modern and enjoyed the art and live music.
We had Dinner at the Cafe Modern and enjoyed the food, but next time we would just do the Musuem and Music.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Creative menu choices. Menu changes with the season to highlight local options. We had the spaghetti carbonara and the pork chop, both were good but neither were outstanding. The strawberry salad with champagne vinaigrette was a delicious surprise. Definitely check out the spring sale wine bottles. we got a fantastic bottle
at a fraction of the regular price. Fun date night after the visiting the museum.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

We ate at Cafe Modern to celebrate my wife's birthday on a night that also included going to a film that we very much wanted to see at Magnolia at the Modern and the Modern's First Friday event that featured cocktails and live music. We hugely enjoyed the entire experience. Dinner at the Cafe Modern provided a wonderful finale to our evening!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

This is by far my favorite place to bring out of town visitors and to meet friends for brunch. Menu varies so you don’t get bored and the food and service are always excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

What a classy place to have brunch on a Sunday! Excellent food in lovely surroundings, and all those museums in the walkable area make this a go-to restaurant next time we're in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Lunch at Café Modern is always a very pleasant treat. The food is interesting (& good!). The service is friendly. We like the room. Other customers seem to be having good times. We go there almost every time we drive to Fort Worth (from Dallas).

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Always a great menu with frequent updates and seasonal selections with interesting cocktails and exceptional service. This is a favorite spot for every generation of my family and every dining preference.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We're museum members and we enjoy walking the museum and then having dinner. It's nice setting for date night or meeting friends.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Excellent location in the museum district and two blocks away from Casa Mañana. They have a very innovative chef with a creative menu. (But don't go there expecting "meat and potatoes".} Their soups are always good, with a daily special in soups as well as entrees, and they have a well-rounded wine list.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Consistent. A variety of choices, great setting and excellent service.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had brunch. I ordered the Caprese Eggs Benedict which come with hash browns. Dish was delicious but cold. Made colder by placing the eggs on a cold tomatoes. But the potatoes were not warm either.

Our other dish was chicken with grits dressed too lightly with green chili pepper sauce. Tasted very much like chicken noodle soup. And was barely warm.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We were looking for a great Sunday brunch. The wait staff was fantastic! The food was good with many options from a bit exotic to downright classics. The prices were reasonable for the value. We will definitely be back!

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Cafe Modern's new menu seems geared towards the vegan/trendy set (as I heard another patron comment). The uninspired "lobster" bisque did not have any pieces of lobster. I was told that it was pureed, as one might do for an infant. My wife's chicken tortilla soup, though tasty, had a de minimis amount of chicken. The wine selections were nice. Service was adequate. The setting, as always, is fabulous, but cannot push Cafe Modern past its newfound mediocrity.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

A lovely setting. Daniel, the host, was very welcoming. Clancy , our server, was very attentive with great suggestions. Enjoyed the meal.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Sorry but you need to take the chicken and grits item off the menu. It was totally unflavorful. And the turkey sandwich was very bland as was the side salad of cabbage. First time I have ever been disappointed in Cafe Modern's food!! What gives?
I await the menu change.
Also, the noise level has become unpleasant. Not sure how that can be rectified.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Beautiful ambience. Interesting but small menu. Pleasant lunch venue.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Very nicely prepared, creative dishes. Service is attentive and pleasant. A great place for lunch in the Cultural District.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Cafe Modern is a great lunch spot with a varied menu, excellent service,and great ambiance.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

First time there. Daniel was our server. He was an outstanding server. Food was awesome sauce. Will be back

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1.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The food was surprisingly mediocre, especially the Asian bowl. They seem to be very creative with the menu wording but not with the dishes. The “modern” eggs Benedict was nothing spectacular and underwhelming. The Asian bowl was literally one “normal” slice of brisket one might get at a BBQ place, that was cut into smaller bite size pieces placed around a pile of rice and a smear of bbq sauce. A very unimpressive $15 brunch ítem.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

One of my favorite aspects of the restaurant is the view of the grounds of the museum. The service is usually very attentive and the food selections rotate seasonally and have unique flavor combinations. On this last visit, I tried the asparagus quiche and it was good. The new waffle was flavorful as well.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We love this place so I’m not going to say this place is the rating I gave it based on our meal last night. They just changed menus and it was 50/50. Maybe they’ll work on the kinks. However we do hope we never have our server again. She was zero help with wine selections and when she suggested items on the menu we questioned if she had even tried them for example she said the sorbet was creamy bc it had coconut milk and banana and I guess that can sound creamy but the texture was icy and crunchy like it has freezer burn.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

The best way to round out a day of museum visits in Ft. Worth.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

With the stunning Modern Art Museum as a backdrop, the delicious, creative menu, excellent service and comfortable space will enhance any occasion from casual to more formal.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We love the modern but this time...our reservation still meant waiting nearly 40 min for a table only to be seated by the check-in desk. Last few times it seems the overall management has gone down...waitstaff was awesome though!!!

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