Cafe Modern

4.5
1227 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Fusion / Eclectic
Top Tags:
  • Great for Lunch
  • Scenic View
  • Creative Cuisine
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.
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Fusion / Eclectic
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Friday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(817) 840-2157
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Denise Shavandy
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
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.
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
University
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

View Private Dining Details
What 1227 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
5.0Dined 6 days ago

Fun lunch with very interesting, well prepared food. A little noisy once the cafe was full.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Went for Sunday brunch and loved everything we had. Started with the cheese board which had 3 different cheeses and great fixins. The pickled asparagus was especially tasty. Be sure to ask for bread because
the crackers while good give you only one option to put the cheese on. Then we had the burger and
the panko chicken cutlet. Both were good but we did wish we tried something more creative. Good
thing we had the cheese board. No for the best part, they make this cocktail called the Godfather with
Glenfiddich whiskey. It is the absolutely best scotch cocktail I have ever had anywhere. Finally the
service was super, very helpful, very attentive, friendly but not too friendly. Would very highly recommend
for a date. Very good value, drinks, appetizer, main dishes and coffee for well under $100 and the setting
is wonderful.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Overall a good experience. Food was very good. The colorful stickers on the windows camouflaging the beautiful view outside changes the atmosphere inside. Wish they were not there.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Our server Tim was courteous and efficient. Meal was delicious and served in a timely manner.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

I did not enjoy the flower murals on the windows. I realize it was part of the art exhibit, but one of my favorite things about Cafe Modern is the view. We’ll be back again!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on August 12, 2018

The food looked delicious, but everything was on the salty side and I like a lot of salt. Our server was great and had us taken care of well before our movie time, leaving us time to see the exhibit.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Normally this is a great spot when visiting the Museum. The food was luke warm and service inattentive.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Excellent dining as usual at the Cafe Modern. Such a varied and delicious menu that changes!!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The restaurant was packed due to the current exhibition, but our waterside table was ready and waiting for us when we arrived at the appointed hour. We ordered the Modern Eggs Benedict, and I truly believe they were the best I’ve ever had. In spite of the crowd, our lunch arrived in no time at all. We love the ambiance of Cafe Modern and have never been disappointed.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

We had a wonderful brunch experience. One of us ate very healthy and one not so much but we both got what we wanted, shared a little and left happy. Service was excellent, ambience delightful and even though they were fairly full, it was still quiet. I had a salad that was to be served with blue cheese and I asked for goat cheese instead and it was readily accommodated. We went to the movie at the Modern straight from the Cafe and enjoyed our day a lot.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

We live in Dallas but come here often. The Cafe is one of our favorite restaurants anywhere. The food is superb, the staff is friendly yet professional, and the setting is hard to beat. Whether for lunch or dinner, dining here is always a treat. We'd be regulars even if this delightful restaurant wasn't attached to a world-class museum...

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Excellent as usual! Delicious cuisine in an absolutely beautiful setting. Thank you for another fabulous meal!!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Capellini was salty for my taste as I eat very little salt. I spoke to the waitress suggesting it was a bit salty to me. She took my plate and within just a few minutes I enjoyed a wonderful less salty dish. Great service and the dish was delicious.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

A good setting for a business lunch. Unhurried, professional service.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on July 22, 2018

My friend and I wanted a nice brunch, so reservations at Cafe Modern were made. We arrived on time and were seated immediately. It took 20 minutes for the nice girl to bring us our drinks (2 mimosas, a coffee, and water). Upon refilling the coffee, every single server spilled on the table. I was disappointed in the menu this time as it was mostly salads and almost no “brunchy” items. My friend ordered the eggs benedict with the hollandaise on the side. An hour (!) later when it finally arrived half of the order had hollandaise on it. The server apologized, identified the mistake without our prompting and said “I can have them remake it if it’s a big deal” my friend ended up scraping it off because we were concerned she might not ever get to eat. Luckily there weren’t any allergens involved. The whole experience at the modern was not up to price point standards. Unfortunately I can not recommend cafe modern to anyone at this time. I’m also highly unlikely to go back anytime in the near future.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Good place for weekend brunch. Members of the Modern also receive discounts on meals, movies and the gift shop.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on July 14, 2018

This place was represented as a great date location. I looked at several pictures online that showed a great view of the water as the sun set. The reality was much different. There were cartoonish flowers on the glass window obstructing any potential view. I am sure this place was good at some point and the menu had some interesting options but was average at best based on the price.

I was disappointed and embarrassed to have chosen this as our date night.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

The Cafe was a great place to eat lunch with my friend after walking through the Murakami exhibit. The food was yummy, the waiter was prompt and the atmosphere was peaceful. Since we were a table of two our table was up against the wall of windows (great view of the water garden). Thankfully, we brought sweaters to wear since the air conditioning blows down next to the windows.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

This is the only way to end a day of museum visits in Ft. Worth. Sitting by the glass wall overlooking the water, will transport you to a place far away and you can let all of the art you've seen just soak into you. The service is always friendly, attentive and smooth. The menu changes often and is inspired by the current exhibition but I have always been thrilled. I also like the wines by the glass; good quality, affordable prices, perfect pour.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

We were in the museum to see the exhibit and decided to have brunch beforehand. Great menu options. The server brought a selection of warm and creative breads before the meal.

My wife had the Lox Eggs Benedict and I had the pimento cheese sandwich. Each was prepared perfectly and really hit the spot. The portions were exactly right; you don't leave hungry and there is not so much that you need a "doggy bag".

The room and the view are great; not crowded or noisy. Attentive wait-staff who do not hover.

This is one of our favorite resturaunts in Fort Worth. A hidden gem.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

A wonderful place to visit with friends over delicious food. Our service was impeccable.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Outstanding food and service. A perfect place to dine before the theater.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Met with my two best friends from a former employer. Great place to meet & catch up

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Enjoyed the Japanese dishes added to menu to celebrate the Takashi Murakami exhibit.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

An absolutely woderful environment. The view was nice, overlooking the water, the service was very good, and the food was excellent !

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Fathers Day lunch

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great ambience if you’re sitting by the windows. You must have a reservation to get in for brunch. Food and service was subpar. I won’t be back.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

My quiche at brunch was stone cold, so that was disappointing. Plus the whole room was like a freezer, so I should have brought a sweater. But you can't beat the ambiance.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great location, varied menu, polite and courteous staff. Be sure to make a reservation to avoid disappointment!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

It’s always a favorite for special occasions. Jesse is our favorite waiter. Table 57 is out-of-the-way in a little bit more quiet. Acoustically it can be a little loud looking out over the water.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The food and service could have been better. It seemed there weren't enough wait staff. I ordered eggs benedict and it was not warm. The bloody mary wasn't mixed, and the vodka was all on top.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

A nice addition to your visit to the Museum. Love the openness and the view. Looking forward to the next rotation of entrees.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

This place is too noisy and freezing cold. If you go, bring a sweater or something to wear while in there. You cannot hear the people sitting at your own table without raising your voice. The menu has a terrible selection. They expect anyone who eats there to be a health nut. Our service was decent, but nothing exceptional. I would not waste my money going there . It is overpriced and puts on airs it doesn't have.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We love Cafe Modern for after church brunch on Sundays. The service can be a little slow (we got our lunch 45 minutes after we arrived), but it's a pleasant place to hang out. The food is excellent. Just don't go if you're in a hurry.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I normally love Cafe Modern and it’s long been a brunch staple for me and friends, however it was just “Ok” this visit. My eggs Benedict were fairly tasty but both bland and blah looking in their taste and presentation. The breakfast potatoes tasted like undercooked potatoes o’Brian from “simply potatoes” or whatever in the grocery store refrigerated section.
Service was good. Coffee and mimosa tasty. Good company saved the meal but for $40, I expect better.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The coconut cardamom waffles had a sprinkle of coconut on them and at most 10 less than bite size pieces of fruit and hardly a spray of whip cream. Hardly as lusciously described as on the menu.
The breakfast potatoes were tasteless and the eggs Benedict was fair but definitely not worth a return visit.
There are much more appetizing spots in Ft Worth for brunch, but the view is beautiful.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Great brunch. Nice seasonal changes to the menu.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Cafe Modern is always good. We have never been disappointed in the quality of the food or the service. The menu is not extensive, but they've got something for everyone, including the best burger in town. The fare is fresh, local and seasonal. It changes with the harvest.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Beautiful setting, great waffles

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Amazing as usual... Always a treat to have bruch there.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
31

Tweets by Cafe Modern