Cafe Modern

4.4
1544 Reviews
$30 and under
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. If you are enjoying a weekday lunch, or a relaxed weekend brunch, our genuine hospitality will ensure a memorable dining experience.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
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viplauraj
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything about Café Modern is almost perfect. however, twice someone in our party has solely ordered a salad/soup or appetizer prior to the rest of the group ordering just an entre'. Instead of that individual being served with their 2 part order in sequence, all the food was served together. So the dilemma.....should that individual enjoy their hot soup or eggs benedict first???? Not okay.

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DwainE
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service at Care Modern is fantastic. The food is always prepared to perfection. I really recommend the Modern for brunch on the weekend or Dinner on Friday night.

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TroyD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The setting in the museum is great, and the food is good. It is a little loud, but overall, it’s a nice experience.

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JaneS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food wonderful, love the setting of the restaurant on the reflective pond! And free visit to the museum also on Fridays! I think they should add another dinner night !

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AmyC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Good place to stop if you are in the museum or attending another event there. Food was pretty good - some interesting/good/different things + standard fare. Service was slow. I wouldn't travel to go - but if at the museum, would stop again.

Cafe Modern
Responded on March 6, 2020

Dear Amy, Thank you very much for sharing your feedback. We are pleased you had a good culinary experience. However, we’re sorry to hear that service did not live up to your expectations of, from the sound of it, our own high standards. Providing an excellent guest experience is extremely important to us, and we hope you’ll visit us again. Best, Mackenzie

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JeanH
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

We had 12:30 reservations and weren’t seated until 12:50. Then our waitress was nice but incredibly slow and/or distracted. We had 2:00 CASA tickets and told her that the front had been running late. Even so, at the end she stood holding our tickets with our credit cards while she talked to someone else.

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KJ12
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was lovely, as was our server. He was very attentive to our needs (to get to the concert), so that was a great help. However, we stood at the reception area waiting to be seated for over 15 minutes. Really? And the hostess was clearly visible, serving tables with drinks. Very disappointing. Once seated, we got our drinks relatively quickly, but it took a lot of time to get our order placed. At that point we were worried about making the concert, so we made sure our server knew. He was like a magician after that. Everything came quickly and the food was delicious. Very unfortunate that the hostess didn't view our visit as a priority.

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vipDowntowner
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Special Saturday dinner seating before a concert at the museum. Food and ambience were excellent. We were able to have a leisurely dinner and not have to rush to the venue for the event—just walked right around the corner. Highly recommend.

Cafe Modern
Responded on March 6, 2020

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. Our team is always thrilled to hear positive feedback from guests, so we’ll be sure to share your comments with them. We hope you dine with us again soon. Best, Mackenzie

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BruceP
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great for Saturday or Sunday brunch! A little noisy, but not unbearable. Ask for a table near the windows when you make reservations.

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vipPaula
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! My favorite restaurant in Fort Worth!

Thanks!

Cafe Modern
Responded on March 6, 2020

Hello Paula, We are pleased to hear that your time with us at Cafe Modern is always enjoyable! Thank you for coming back to dine with us, and we look forward to serving you in the future. Best, Mackenzie

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vipJeffH
Dallas
35 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of Fort Worth's finest 'room with a view' dining venues, the unique and outstanding menu and excellent service will make even the most mundane of events a special occasion!

Cafe Modern
Responded on March 6, 2020

Dear Jeff, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience at Café Modern. We’re so happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best, Mackenzie

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vipbird
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yesterday was noisy but good great tnx
Again ..I will be back

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vipJudyY
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing brunch. The food was delicious including the mini scones! Was beautiful to sit by the water and take in the view. Will definitely go back when I am in Fort Worth!

Cafe Modern
Responded on March 6, 2020

Dear Judy, We appreciate you taking the time to send this nice note! We’re thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the scones and will share your compliments with the culinary team. Cheers, Mackenzie

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ShawnM
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in all aspects. Will be going back.

Cafe Modern
Responded on March 6, 2020

Dear Shawn, We appreciate you taking the time to send this nice note. We’re thrilled to hear that you enjoyed time with us and will share your compliments with our staff. Cheers, Mackenzie

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AnitaD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening with friends. Wonderful view and service. The food was delicious.

Cafe Modern
Responded on March 6, 2020

Dear Anita, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience at Café Modern. We’re so happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best, Mackenzie

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SueC
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love Cafe Modern! Food is pretty good usually. Servers always pleasant, food can be a little slow in coming out. Noise level is high, acoustics could be improved. It is such a pretty place, the restaurant itself and of course the view is outstanding! We are always made to feel very welcome.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was tremendous. We started with the cheeseboard, and then had lovely brunch entrees. We are never disappointed at The Modern.

Cafe Modern
Responded on February 21, 2020

Thank you so much for taking time to share your experience at Cafe Modern,. We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

So loud and no straws. Straws are an accessibility issue and refusal to provide them (even upon request) means I won’t return.

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vipKimT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

I did take that they had a pre-fix menu before providing this review. The positive was that the staff was very attentive and professional. However, the food was awful. It was "warm" at best and no flavor. Also, to top it off we ordered coffee after our meal and it was cold. I honestly will go to spend time at the museum, however will skip the cafe for sure.

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Ike23
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place; food good; service good

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vipMPB1
Dallas
41 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great as usual. Service ok. Very loud.

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astarsfan
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for the Valentine’s Dinner special fixed price menu, and it was a wonderful first experience. We will definitely be back. We sat at the bar and had a drink, which was excellent. Great service. Excellent food. Personally I would think they could improve the ambiance with tablecloths and a few things, but that is just personal preference. It was an excellent evening and I look forward to trying it again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

While the service was great, the food was bland and not worth the money we paid. Additionally, there was unexpectedly a set menu for Valentine’s Day at $69 a person, which we didn’t see anywhere when we made the reservations a month ago. They also didn’t offer their usual menu items or cocktails. The cost was unexpected a forced $69 a person and the food experience was disappointing for such a high-cost place.

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TerriH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

It was a fixed menu for valentines. The only thing that tasted good was the soup and my wine. The entree was barely edible and the sampler desserts were horrible. With tip our bill was $260 for two people. Feel like I got robbed!

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MFN2
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Valentines Day. Worst service of any restaurant we’ve been to in years. Mediocre table location. Waiter slow to greet. Then slow to take drink order. Then didn’t understand scotch on the rocks order and didn’t know scotches. Then didn’t bring first round of drinks until after first course was served. And then only one drink arrived and had to go back for second. Ordered another round of drinks before main course was served, but it didn’t arrive until after dessert was served and nearly done. Also, no soup spoons with soup. Had to ask another server. Then bill was delivered with full tip included before tax was added. Food was above average, but the service over came the positive.

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BRENDANF
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food1service5ambience5

We always loved dining at the Cafe Modern. On Valentine's Day however, even though the food was artistically presented on the plate, we both became very bloated immediately after eating and had extreme indigestion. We wonder if there were many preservatives and additives in the food. We never had this problem in the past.

The service was excellent and the ambiance was lovely. The wine was also excellent.

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TxNessie
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I am always ambivalent about the Modern. I love the atmosphere and the service, while slow, is always polite and helpful. The food is the sticking point--the descriptions are lovely, the food seldom lives up to the description. This time I had the daily soup--it was good. I also had a bowl of grits--no seasoning--I had to ask for a salt shaker. Why, oh why, have they stopped putting them on the table. The food, believe me, is not so expertly seasoned that it needs no salt. One had my table had the quiche--it looked as if it had been around for a few days. She said it was edible but not really that good. So it goes. Another had the omelet and said it was very good. The side salad however had clearly been sitting in it's dressing for hours--wilted and soggy. So it goes. just good enough to keep me coming back but not good enough to stop the grumbling. Wonder if they care.

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AliceK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat early on Sunday morning to avoid crowds and noise.

Food is always great and interesting. We like the unique dishes and reasonable prices.

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JuliefromFW
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

View is lovely, service great. There was a large party there on our day, but staff kept up. Current menu has lots of great choices. However it was too noisy to have a conversation.

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CatherineB
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Continues to be our favorite restaurant in Ft. Worth. Very romantic and quiet. The food is well priced and innovative.Not to mention of the highest quality and flavor. The ambiance of the water and glass walls are incredible without being cold. Love, love ,love , Cafe Modern

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Alejandra
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Loved our dining experience. Only drawback was that I requested a table next to water with view and we were sat at the farthest end, next to the entrance. Not a big deal, but I was hoping for better.

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Fortheloveofjack
Dallas
35 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow--homerun with this lunch. We were looking for somewhere to celebrate a bit and this was the perfect place. Vegetarian options were delicious. And, the wine selection was yummy. Food here is fantastic!

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vipSpudmama
Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food with a seasonal menu. Service is attentive and friendly, but not pushy. Great for a relaxing brunch. It's hard to beat the view.

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fabulousdarling
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Had the mid eastern chicken salad and it was terrible. The seasoning was so off.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food

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SamT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

A very rude manager who publicly chastised me for my chair not being in the proper place. She does not smile and is symbolic of the bad attitude running the show at this restaraunt. It happened to be my anniversary and will never give back. Could have had a better experience at a McDonalds, including the food.

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JanaM
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful service, and a beautiful view for dinner. One of my favorite restaurants! I love the entree selections and combinations of food. We all had a superb evening!

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JamesC
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Setting is so lovely; service solicitous if a touch slow. Food really mediocre (Cubano; grilled cheese). We’ve had better luck w eggs Benedict on weekend brunch. We will come back but are stumped what to order next time

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MarthaU
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Service was a little slow (which is sometimes the case at Cafe Modern). Food is very good. Fairly good variety on the menu. Extremely loud as surfaces are all concrete or glass and the room was full. In spite of all this, we enjoy going and will go back again.

Cafe Modern
Responded on January 30, 2020

Dear MarthaU, Thank you very much for sharing your feedback . We're sorry to hear that we failed to meet your expectation. Providing an excellent guest experience is extremely important to us, and we hope you'll visit us again, and give us another chance to make it right.

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DorisB
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loved the food and the simple decor along with the view. The only disappointment was dessert. We ordered

pumpkin tiramisu. The creme had a waxy flavor , the pumpkin had an orange flavor, the

name was not a good choice, It led me to believe it would be tiramisu with a pumpkin flavor, wrong!

Cafe Modern
Responded on January 30, 2020

Dear DorisB, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We're sorry to hear that the Pumpkin Tiramisu did not meet your expectations and our own high standards. We have shared it with our team and will keep working to improve our service. Thanks, Roxanne McLarry

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