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About Cafe Modern

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.

3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Friday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
University

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(817) 840-2157

Website:
http://www.themodern.org/cafe

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.

Executive Chef:
Denise Shavandy

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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.

Cafe Modern Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (16)
Healthy (16)
Business Meals (16)
Romantic (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Afternoon Coffee (11)
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Authentic (10)
Casual (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
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Cozy (3)
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was paired very well with the venue. Adventuresome, unique, wonderful.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Always, always exceptional. Never disappoints. LOVE this place!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Fun, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Organic, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Special Occasion, Tapas
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

As usual, Cafe Modern had fantastic service and food. My wife and I so enjoy sitting inside a large, but cozy space, with a view out the floor to ceiling windows of the beautiful grounds outside. It's a sublime experience we never get tired of. It's a "must" treat, even if you don't take the time to enjoy the museum itself.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, People Watching, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 9, 2017

While the food was wonderful, because our soup and salad order took so long to arrive, my friend and I were unable to visit the gallery. We had driven from Dallas for lunch and a gallery experience.

Christy Frazer

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access, Authentic, Healthy, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We have eaten here several times and it is one of our favorite places for lunch or brunch while in the Arts District.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great ambiance, great prices, food was pretty but taste wasn't amazing. The flavor just wasn't there. We were underwhelmed by two of the three wines we had, but I would still definitely go back for the view and the atmosphere.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Romantic, Waterfront
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The brunch menu needs to offer more main stream choices

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had a great experience overall. We were promptly greeted and seated to our table by the water. It was a great view! Our server Daniel was very attentive and professional. We look forward to our next visit to the Modern in the near future!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Delicious. Very busy, with spotty service, yet in a beautiful setting. Much noisier than I remembered- to keep in mind for future.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great venue! Great Food! We had a wonderful time. Hope to go back soon.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great experience! The food was fantastic and the service was even better!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We love this restaurant! They do a great job with the food and really everything!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 1, 2017

One of the best places to dine in Ft. Worth. Always enjoy the cuisine and the excellent service at the Cafe.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I had the Melon Salad with Marcona Almonds and Bleu Cheese. While the salad was delicious, absolutely. There was only one small fig, quartered on the salad, and ten almonds. I added chicken to the salad and it was fine. There was only about two teaspoons of the blue cheese on the salad. The service was perfect. The setting divine, as always.

Tags: Waterfront, Disabled Access, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Always a treat to dine at the Modern! Food is good and the service attentive.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 21, 2017

What a beautiful location for our birthday lunch. The diverse menu never disappoints! Come for lunch and stay for a movie at the Magnolia. We love Cafe Modern!

Tags: Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Afternoon Tea
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Wonderful place for Sunday Brunch prior to an afternoon at The Modern and Kimbell.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Scenic View
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 (London)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Clancy, our server was, as usual, wonderful. Very attentive and made this occasion special.
Food was wondeful and brunch was great for the movie afterward.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Casual
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Our server was wonderful! She was prompt, so helpful with a really warm personality-and the FOOD!!! I had basil tomato soup followed by grilled marinated shrimp, creamy grits with bits of applewood bacon and crispy greens on the side.
Can't wait to go back! The nightime view of the cobalt blue lit museum reflecting off the water made the entire evening complete!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Delightful dining -- peaceful smbianceon the water. Special.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Cafe Modern is my favorite place in Fort Worth for Sunday Brunch. The menu is always interesting and delectable, the service is lovely and the setting is beautiful. It is without comparison.

Tags: Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 29, 2017

We eat here every time we visit ft. Worth. They change the menu and always have amazing meals.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 27, 2017

I went with a friend for a casual Sunday Brunch and was pleased with the nice atmosphere and good food. The eggs benedict were tasty and came served with excellent home style potatoes. It was nice to have a room with a pretty view and a noise level that allowed for easy conversation. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Excellent restaurant! My favorite restaurant in Fort Worth!

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Cafe Modern is a culinary cornerstone of the museum district. Service is outstanding and the menu varied and well prepared by the great chef.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 9, 2017

The food was creative, fresh, local and very tasty. We love this cafe!

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Food good. Service was also good. Nice place for lunch before you hit the
museums. Drinks are good.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Excellent rhubarb rosemary cocktail. Exquisite Quacomano Esquites.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Austin)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Very good food. Accommodated request for gluten free and dairy free meal. Attentive service.

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great experience! The food keeps getting better every time we go.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We dine here whenever we make the trek from Dallas to Fort Worth. We are never disappointed with our visits and enjoy the seasonal changes to the menu.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 28, 2017

The setting is beautiful; the ambiance serene; the food outstanding!

Our waitperson seemed new at the job and did not know the menu. She did not bring extra bread that we requested and she got my husband's order wrong. The mistake was quickly corrected. And the meal was so wonderful that these little inconveniences did not detract from the overall experience.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Food was excellent. Our waitress, Summer was very attentive. Our 9-year old grandson loved the Mac & Cheese!

Tags: Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Waterfront
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Great experience. Good food and service. Had a problem last time and Audrn cane through forcus this time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on July 25, 2017

This has always been a mother/daughter occasion and now we have three generations for this special outing. The food used to be so inspired we couldn't wait to see what was on the menu. I ordered fish and chips thinking my granddaughter might eat some. Unfortunately, she shared her mac and cheese with me as I sent my plate back. The batter was not cooked through, the fish had slimy skin on it and had not been cleaned properly. Usually dessert is a hit but it was a big dud. Our museum day tradition may not last much longer which makes me sad.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Outstanding service! The menu changes seasonally. Options for all palettes. The modern museum is the perfect backdrop for a great meal. Ask for a window table!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Healthy, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on July 19, 2017

I booked a table for 6 then had 9. I am always told if I have a table for 8, it has to be one check. This is unacceptable as there are 8 individuals eating. People now use credit cards not cash! I got 2 tables one for 4 and one for 5. The service was extremely slow and we had no time to order either coffee or dessert. Our reservation was for 12:15 and we went to the Modern Theater at 2pm. A glass of wine and a main course in 90 minutes! I would appreciate a call back re this review.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 18, 2017

We had read a review from a few days ago which wasn't very positive, so not sure what to expect this time - our last visit wasn't up to par but this one was EXCELLENT in all area - service, food, libations. We were so pleased as we've had such good experiences in the past - and this was back on track and beyond!! - We usually go for lunch after a visit to one of the museums - and will for sure be back again!

Tags: Fun, Scenic View, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on July 15, 2017

i had been before and had a better experience. this time, the food was just ok and the service was not good. Our server was so slow - she decided to stop and chat with another server with our ice tea order in her hand for a full 5 minutes. then cocktail order came another 5 minutes after that (15 min after seated). Ice tea refill was diluted with coke! very strange. In general, just felt like the whole place (kitchen and service staff) didn't care too much about making the food and service an excellent experience. It's a beautiful spot to eat with a great view. They need to step up their game to match the atmosphere.

Tags: Scenic View, Sunday Lunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Everything was good except one of our chicken wings came uncooked.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Fun, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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