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Café Modern, Fort Worth, TX

Café Modern

4.5
4.5
313 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

Please note the possibility of changes in menus and hours due to COVID.

Café Modern, led by Executive Chef Jett Mora and General Manager Jamie Holderby, provides warm hospitality, creative cuisine and seasonal menus rooted in Texas ingredients to guests. The menus features comfort food with global influences and a beverage program showcasing local spirits. Café Modern offers seating indoors and on the expansive outdoor patio.

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Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Global, International

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Hours Tue–Thu, Sat, Sun 10:00 am–5:00 pm Fri 10:00 am–9:00 pm Lunch Tue–Sat 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Fri 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (817) 840-2157

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jett Mora

  • Neighborhood

    Fort Worth Cultural District & TCU

  • Cross street

    University

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Women in Winemaking - Ancient Oak Cellars

    $189.00 per person

    May 19, 2022 only
    Stay tuned for details

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 313 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dallas - Fort Worth

    Scenic View

  • Fort Worth

    Great for Brunch

  • Fort Worth

    Healthy

  • Fort Worth

    Great for Lunch

  • Fort Worth

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. J

    Jessica

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Overall really good. I had a much smaller portion of the same food I ordered the last time I went but our server was great and we enjoyed our brunch. Also, it's fair to mention that I had plenty of food it was just a major difference.

  2. JG

    JerryG

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great meal and great ambiance. Try the French mimosa!

  3. L

    Lloyd

    Los Angeles

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Highly recommend, new menu, excellent service, really positive experience

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Graduation dinner celebration

  5. TS

    TonyStark

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Great atmosphere. The chef is very personable.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Truly, a fantastic date afternoon or evening with your wife.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    The food was almost not edible. The cost was set at $72 per person. Had the cost been half that it still would not have been a decent value. We asked for more bread and we’re told there would be an extra charge. The service was VERY slow.

  8. JL

    JoyfulLiving

    Dallas

    43 reviews

    2.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3

    My husband and I celebrated Mother’s Day at Cafe Modern. He ordered the beef entrée which came with soggy tortilla chips and a minimal amount of beef. He doesn’t like salmon and the other choices were vegan. He was more than disappointed. I ordered the salmon entrée and it was good. We both had the asparagus salad which was good. For dessert we had the lemon custard and it was good. The menu choices were limited by too many vegan choices. We have enjoyed dining here when the full menu is offered on non-holidays. However, these $72 per person meals did not satisfy for a holiday celebration.

  9. RC

    RichardC

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Find somewhere else!!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I'm absolutely obsessed with the food and ambience. The food is exceptional and it's my favorite restaurant in Fort Worth. Seriously AMAZING food!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Wonderful and creative menu and will definitely want to come back again. The menu was creative with fresh ingredients and we came back for Mother’s Day!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an exceptional experience for dinner Fri May 6. Great atmosphere, service, drink , and food. It could not have been better. Thank you.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely! Great food, very accommodating service & the MOST delightful server! My new fav for lunch!

  14. FW

    FWM25

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Interesting flavors. Unique patio view.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious and the restaurant is very nice.

  16. TC

    TylerC

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Service and atmosphere were outstanding! Thank you!

  17. LB

    LucyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Cafe Modern has superb, delicious food in an elegant but casual atmosphere. The service is fantastic. I highly recommend Cafe Modern.

  18. s

    shotoguy

    Dallas

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A wonderful meal at Cafe Modern. The salad was the low point: no pop or crunch. But the chicken entree was great; well prepared with accompanying Brussels Sprouts leaves and other elements that more than made up for the salad. The rice pudding desert was really beautiful and well balanced.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Beautiful setting. Food better than expected. One of best views in DFW. Quiet.

  20. H

    Hotrod

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great experience, I really like the staff and food. Will be coming back. I would have liked for them to have filet minion.

  21. T

    Trende

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5

    Visited on Easter. Didn’t know there was no menu that day, only brunch buffet. Shocked at the price. $56 a person. The food was mostly average to awful. Cold, tough pancakes. Desserts terrible. Won’t go back if this is any indication of the quality of menu food items. Great service and my $6 mimosa was the best part of my meal.

  22. RR

    RyRy

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3

    So disappointed by Cafe Modern. We love the museum and went for Easter Brunch but there was so minimal options that we went somewhere else after but still paid $160 for two people to eat the “buffet.” The buffet consisted of one table with two tubs of very undercooked pasta, a tub of mashed potato’s with vegetables mixed in and a tub of pancakes. There was a table with an omelet station with only 5 ingredients options that came out undercooked as well and a meat slicing table with two basic meat options. There was a mini dessert table with a single plate of picked-apart fruit, still probably the best thing about the whole meal. A glass of cheap wine was $12 and the mimosa was probably the cheapest drink for $6. $56 per person for the buffet, no drinks included. Terrible food for an outrageous price, never going back.

  23. RO

    ROBINM

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place for Easter Brunch. Fantastic food and amazing atmosphere. We would definitely visit again and recommend to friends.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1

    The worst food as ever!!! The omelette guy doesn’t know to cook omelette 😳😳The food was awful! Not worth coming back!

  25. MW

    MarkW

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3

    This was an Easter brunch buffet and looked appetizing, and beautiful but tasted terrible. Our reservation was at 10:00 am when the restaurant opened. The quiche was served cold, and was stiff and hard, not creamy at all. The thinly sliced steak was extremely rare and tough. The ham had a lot of black crust on the edges which the server partially sliced away before serving my portion. Sadly, the ham tasted tough and dry. Then the macaroni and cheese was also very dry and not creamy at all. The desserts were beautiful but a taste disappointment as well. The tiny portion of strawberry shortcake served in a shot glass was tasteless. The mini brownie was a one inch cube size and tasted average. The 3rd dessert was a vanilla dessert, crumbly graham crust with caramel sauce, and also was one inch sized as well, and very bland. The price was an outrageous $55.00 per adult. When I looked on the Modern Art Museum website there was no mention of the buffet on the restaurant website. When I made my online reservation, the meal choice simply said, “a-la-carte”, so that is what I thought would be offered, just the regular a-la-carte menu. The restaurant was closed a long time due to covid. All in all , when the new chef Jeff Mora came to the restaurant, the menu has been a huge disappointment, both in selection and taste. The previous chef and the old menu was outstandingly superb; I wish the old chef was still there. I have been eating here for about 10 years. I also have eaten here 4 times since the new chef came on staff, clearly hoping the menu would get better, but sadly not yet.

  26. LB

    LauraB

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    A quiet and serene setting that evokes thoughts of art and poetry, Cafe Modern is a delightful space. We both had the mushroom risotto. It was not bad but not memorable. The mushrooms were of s many varieties and dried that some were very tough to chew and some would not digest. The date pudding and crème brûlée pie were heavenly. Service - excellent and coffees fantastic. The price of 86.00 for the two meals was quite steep and not a price the typical museum visitor could pay, I think. I was prepared for 50.00, so had some shock. No I won’t return for lunch, unless it’s an unusually special occasion I’ve saved up for.

  27. KO

    KarynO

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The patio is a lovely, peaceful place for a meal, and the food, service and weather were all excellent.

  28. WM

    WilliamM

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    The service was excellent; however the food was good but didn't feel it hit the mark. A lot better restaurant to go to in the Fort Worth area.

  29. JH

    JeffH

    Dallas

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A beautiful and delicious place to meet friends for lunch,

  30. CS

    CynthiaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We got a table overlooking the water. Our waitress was friendly, upbeat and very helpful. The food arrived in record time, and everything was what we ordered. My omelet and salad were delicious and my husband's burger and salad were also outstanding. The noise level was low when we arrived at 11:30am, but got louder as more people arrived. Our experience was five stars and we have recommended the restaurant to friends. We may even come with them!

  31. c

    cat97c

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Service was great. Dessert was delicious. The special lettuce wrapped jerky appetizer was out of this world delicious. Main entrée was pretty good but slightly pricey for the portion size. Noise level was too loud. View was elegant looking out over water. Everyone was friendly.

  32. c

    cskgreen

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the view over the water. Nice ambience. Service was 10/10 the food was delicious. We ordered several appetizers loved each one the mezza Mediterranean hummus and babaganous were great. Cheese and olives great amd fav was the meatball dates and chorizo. I ordered the salmon and it was so good loved the miso glaze and the crispy spinach was a fabulous touch. Definitely recommend.

  33. 3

    3cherubs

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely contemporary vibes. Did feel like a special dining experience.! Our server Karin was great! Have recommended to others already.

  34. BC

    BarbaraC

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always fantastic food and attentive service. Thoughtful and knowledgeable regarding food and menu. Ambience is unparallel and one of the best places to take an out of towner. Stellar in all ways. Never disappoints.

  35. S

    Susanp

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great table for 2 by windows, service was outstanding, from hostess to servers to helpers. Husband needed gluten free. Easy and delicious. Is one of our favorite lunch sites.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The patio seating was lovely on a beautiful spring day!! The food was delicious. I shared the pork belly benedict plate and it was plenty. The coffee was very flavorful, a great cup of coffee!! Outside was much quieter than inside so a good place for conversation. Overall a wonderful experience!

  37. c

    cabernetplease

    Dallas

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    We love weekend brunch here - great food, beautiful location, execrations service (and amazing cornbread!)

  38. GQ

    GeorgeQ

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Cafe Modern has not been as good as it was before. We are considering having a new favorite place rather than come to cafe Modern. It used to be a treat but the food is not as good. Menu is always the same.... I miss the fluffy waffles! Now they have the multigrain ones that are like cardboard. They did however have some good gluten free cornbread that was very nice. We used to attend the dinners as well but now you can not get any information about them beforehand. Very disappointing!!!!

  39. F

    Fortworth1

    London

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always, a wonderful dining experience! We have friends who visit from New Mexico and the Cafe Modern is always our “go to” location for brunch. Never disappoints

  40. s

    scottc

    Dallas

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had never eaten dinner there but the meal was as outstanding as our previous lunch and brunch experiences.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Café Modern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (817) 840-2157.

Café Modern is rated 4.5 stars by 313 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Café Modern

3200 Darnell St Fort Worth, TX 76107-2872

Additional information

  • Cross street

    University

  • Neighborhood

    Fort Worth Cultural District & TCU

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Hours Tue–Thu, Sat, Sun 10:00 am–5:00 pm Fri 10:00 am–9:00 pm Lunch Tue–Sat 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Fri 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jett Mora

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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