Cafe Modern

4.5
1253 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
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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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SW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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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
4 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
3 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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CC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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EF
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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F
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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SS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

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!

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KH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

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J
Orange County
43 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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

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P
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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GP
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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K
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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BY
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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...

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P
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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SM
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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