Cafe Modern

4.6
1267 reviews
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$30 and under
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Fusion / Eclectic
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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Private dining
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
Additional
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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ME
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We eat here a lot and normally have good experiences but on Saturday we would have been better off bringing sandwiches. The chicken breast was tough and salty. My wife couldn't eat it. My food was bland and cold even though it had "hot" on the name of the dish. The was waitress was slow and inattentive. One of the pieces of bread served to us appeared to have a bite out of it. They did give us a five dollar credit as a result. Way too little too late. For what they charge you expect an upscale dining experience. This was a disaster. In spite of the good experiences in the past, I doubt we will ever go back. I feel robbed of my money, time, and experience.

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JT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful.

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SG
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely meal, good service, and not as noisy as sometimes is the case here.

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W
Austin
23 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The art is everywhere including the restaurant. I've been to many art museum restaurants this is near the top of the list.

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OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was surprisingly enjoyable. From the view to the meal was much better than expected. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for outings with friends, dates and special occasions.

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SM
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided on Café Modern for a nice ladies Sunday Brunch. We were seated quickly and greeted by our waitress (Summer) She was very knowledgeable on the menu and very helpful with a substitution for someone that could not eat tomatoes. Food was delicious and presented beautifully. Definitely want to return for dinner.

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JP
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service and a wonderful view. The food choices covered all our needs which range from vegetarian, chicken only and beef. The service was spot on. Wonderful dining experience

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AK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Have been patronizing Cafe Modern for years and this last time was the only poor dining experience I have had. In distinction, my wife had an excellent burger and was highly satisfied with the food. I had the pastrami hash which is the worst single dish I have ever had at any restaurant. It was greasy and with only bits of what seemed potato chips mixed with the meat, the fried eggs overdone, almost crisp on the bottom. It escaped any definition of hash that I have ever been come across.

The service was only tolerable, as our waitress seemed to be rushed, and communicated it to us. When we asked for a dessert menu she brought a single whole menu, a common and annoying occurrence, which my wife called attention to by asking "Could you bring me one too?". The waitress replied dismissively "we do not have enough but I will see if I can find one." Since there were only four items on the menu, I fail to see why it can't be printed on a separate sheet, or recited out loud by the server, let alone why it should be such a chore to find two.

Usually I very much like dining with you and looking for better times in the future thought that I should share this experience with you.

With dining out, it's often the little things that count, like not having to ask for sugar when they bring an express, as if adding sugar to an express is a faux pas, or asking for salt for your french fries, another faux pas... At least, the server should anticipate such a request and offer.

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LL
Dallas
64 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the ambiance and the view of the reflecting pool, with lovely cocktails and wine prior to lunch. Lunch was assorted salads (they all looked good!) and a turkey sandwich with cheese sauce. Of course, we indulged in desserts of just the right size - the chocolate is the best! This is a great place for lunch prior to a visit at the Kimbell....

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L
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef is very creative in ingredients and combinations. Outstanding view and feel overall. I highly recommend it. I go several times a year.

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SM
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

soup was inedible. jalapeño topping made us choke. all other food mediocre. service terrible. had to ask for water refills. when we said soup was inedible waitress agreed and said oh, sorry, yes the kitchen told her....but never asked if we'd like a replacement item or to deduct the cost from the bill. the view is the only redeeming quality.

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NH
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food with great presentation is reason enough to dine at Cafe Modern. But there is more like a magnificent view and friendly staff. A definite on my list for a return.

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JR
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third visit to Cafe Modern. It never disappoints. The setting is unique and the food is outstanding - a lovely, memorable experience. I had dinner on this occasion but also highly recommend the weekend brunch.

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SW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place to share Fort Worth and enjoy the beautiful museum. Great service and delicious food.

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U
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & great service as always. Great for brunch. Wonderful atmosphere.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love having brunch here

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S
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant in the Modern, the modern art museum of Fort Worth. Our table was on a wall of windows overlooking a rock-bottomed pond —the view a knock-out sculpture of “Conjoined,” two lightning-struck interlacing trees. Food was good, and the atmosphere was terrific. Admission to the museum is free.

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BB
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

One of my favorite spots to enjoy culture, cuisine and quiet conversation. Food is always good but it’s the ambiance and gallery view across the water that bring me back time and again.

One down side, service is almost always moderate to poor. I’ve had many a server that simply do not anticipate customer needs (salt and pepper, refill on butter etc). Worse yet I’ve had many a server so disconnected that when they got my order wrong, failed to realize it and when I pointed it out seemed unconcerned. Literally did not care. This has happened more often then not.

That said I keep coming back as I love the food, view and ambiance. Just have a low expectation for service (which will avoid your experience being ruined) and you will love Cafe Modern!!

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MC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I love the cafe at the modern. The servuce is attentive, and the food is well prepared and presented.

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FT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We throughly enjoying our dining experience! The service was outstanding and the food was wonderful!

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CH
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is always consistently good. Will be glad when the flowers on the windows are gone. That ruined the ambiance of eating on the water....

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ST
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I especially love lunch or brunch at the Cafe Modern. The food is great and the setting is even better!

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming here, the food is always excellent

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t
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

To talk, get on the patio (which is freq too hot in summer, or cold in winter, but great spring and fall).
Our waitress, Reggie, was outstanding. Make your brunch resv for 10:45 if going to the art movie. They are hit big time at 11:00 if its a good movie.

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H
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always nice to come here, sit by the windows to enjoy the view, and take in the latest exhibit at the museum. Lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

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LG
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Would have given all 5s but wanted to see the view and the flowers on the windows distracted from the serenity of the water and greenery. I understand they may be removed in a few weeks. Otherwise was a perfect.

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i
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I have to say I was disappointed it took 30 minutes to get a drink and I was looking forwards to eating the flank steak from Farm 44 only to find they had NO more

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H
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 4ambience 5

Why would you cover up the windows overlooking the water so folks cannot see our. Food normally good. Today it was subpar.

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KF
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Used to love this place, but the menu and food has declined.

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OT
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful evening!! Everything was incredible. The food was so delicious and the service was beyond 5 stars. We will be back.

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Food was bland and tasteless. Nice views. Good cocktails.

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EI
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our reservation was for 1:30. We got there about 1:27 but had to wait til 1:40. It was a very popular place for a Sunday! Great service, but my meal arrived a good 5-10 minutes after all the others. I ordered the pimento cheese with avocado and heirloom tomato, but the tomato was a green one that really didn't have much flavor and was definitely not as juicy as I'd imagined. Whatever - I'd definitely return.

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L
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Modern's Wine Dinners are the best ! Always an interesting winery and fun stories about them.

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LV
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Cafe Modern! We go mainly at lunch and mainly for business lunches and I've never been disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful brunch, viewed the Murakami exhibit and browsed in the gift shop. We all agreed we couldn’t have asked for a better get together at a wonderful place. We will definitely visit again! I’m still thinking about that wonderful quiche!

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JC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a GREAT time at the Café Modern. I loved the view and how fast the food was sent out. Coffee was amazing as well as the food. Over all had a very very pleasant and enjoyable time. Thanks Café Modern for your service.

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome and unique dining experience!

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N
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Brunch with family members. Service was excellent. The summer selections were a hit with our group. Nice variety of summer cocktails we all enjoyed a different one and all were pleased. The Salmon Benedict was delicious and a very unique taste. I would definitely recommend for a pleasant experience.

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GW
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The experience was very good. The food and service were excellent. The textiles used in the restaurant area made just a little loud and clanky. The seating was comfortable. The outside water feature was nice but only a few tables are up close for a nice view.

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P
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a leisurely lunch here with friends. As always, service was excellent and the food was great. But I was sorry to see that the usual lovely view was obscured by an art exhibit that featured large flower drawings adhered to the windows around the cafe.

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