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Café Modern, Fort Worth, TX

Café Modern

4.5
4.5
603 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

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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

What 603 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dallas - Fort Worth

    Great for scenic views

  • Fort Worth

    Great for brunch

  • Fort Worth

    Innovative

  • Fort Worth

    Healthy

603 Reviews
  1. NanciJ

    Dallas

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service outstanding! Movie was a bonus!!!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant, chef came out to see if we liked our food, food was perfect!

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  3. Chase

    Austin

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Service seemed a bit chaotic with no fewer than 6 people visiting the table to bring food and take orders etc. Forgot one item and had to remind them. Service was extremely slow given the number of people. Maybe if they had more defined responsibility it would be more efficient? Wine list was just ok. Not many new world wines. I would recommend a few moderate to high end Napa Cabernets. The jerk chicken was spicier than I expected and very small portion which was ok because I couldn’t eat it all due to the spice level. Probably won’t be back for dinner service but perhaps lunch is better.

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  4. CubanCupcake

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    The food was okay, the location was great, the service was rather spotty. The waiter was slow to respond to a request for butter and bring us our check. The waitress taking care of the tables around us topped my tea while our waiter was MIA. He was not very attentive and almost ignored us. Too bad because we were looking forward to visiting this restaurant. Not sure we will return.

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  5. Barbara

    Dallas

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Modern never disappoints. Terrific food, fresh, innovative, always ask about any specials or sharables. Flawless service and a gorgeous view. A Sunday brunch treat. Beautiful experience.

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  6. JALM

    Dallas

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent but the acoustics are needing some control with large groups & all the hard surfaces in the museum !

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  7. Maggie

    Dallas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    Iwe ordered wienerschnitzel . Side dish which was supposed to be potato salad consisted of 1 small fingerling potato cut into 4 slices !! This is ridiculous no matter how you look at this . It offended me as a customer . There was plenty of serving of dressing for arugula salad . Wienerschnitzel was dry , curled like french fry . I complained about this dish and received free dessert .. but I would rather have good meal instead . It was my go to restaurant to invite my guests .. but now I am afraid to do it again . I raved about this place .. and felt hortible when this dish was placed in ftont of me and my guest . Total miss .

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  8. CLOTZ

    Dallas

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently good food and service! We love the ambience.

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  9. MichelleW

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love everytime I go. The experience is always welcoming

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Gabby was fantastic she made us feel special and mixed up some great gin cocktails for us.

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  11. RSM2008

    Dallas

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to have a very quick Saturday lunch at the Cafe just before our show and it was wonderful. Salads came quickly and they were delightful. The blue cornbread was an absolute fabulous one. Highly recommend!

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  12. MichelleW

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Modern Cafe is a beautiful dining experience that allows you to relax and enjoy time with family or friends

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  13. Fred

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Menu was varied and interesting. Wine and cocktail lists offers broad choices. Waitress and hostess staff outgoing and helpful

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  14. JeffH

    Dallas

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A room with a wonderful view, unique and outstanding food served by friendly professionals, Cafe Modern is a favorite place to dine while attending events at the beautiful Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

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  15. Triciam

    Dallas

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall4food3service2ambience5
    My husband’s soft omelet a wonder to behold; my burger, good but not great. My virgin Mary, delicious! Service was pretty slow… but in such a delightful setting, who cares?

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  16. SaundraS

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You can always count on having a creative and tasty meal here. Service is always good.

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  17. CherylM

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Outstanding menu and execution. We loved our entrees and overall great experience. One snafu was delivery of another tables food to ours.

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  18. LindaM

    Dallas

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is creative and well executed. Lovely, light fried onion rings (air fried?), tasty chicken salad with light ginger sauce, wontons and candied peanuts; fried green tomato sandwich and crispy French fries - all delicious. Excellent, friendly service from Gabby in a cool, comfortable ambiance. Highly recommend Cafe Modern!

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  19. CharleneS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The peach cobbler was the star of the show. The brunch menu could have a little more variety, but overall the menu was good.

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  20. Travel4food

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went at brunch on a Sunday, so much busier than other visits. Seated promptly and as always, the food was excellent. The atmosphere is lovely. We are regulars and will continue to be.

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  21. Lennie

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Limited menu. Quite noisy. Our server was outstanding. Wine selection was very good. Food was just fair.

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  22. Otto

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chicken curry sandwich was outstanding. Peach cobbler with ice cream was perfect.

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  23. JanetC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, view and atmosphere. Waitperson was helpful, attentive but not intrusive.

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  24. CarolynT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    I had been to Cafe Modern once before and I remember enjoying it. This visit, however, I was not impressed. Although, they have a great variety on their menu and some specials, I found the food mediocre and expensive. I ordered curry chicken salad on a croissant which came with a side of leaf lettuce and some pale looking tomato slices. The croissant was partially burned, and there was a very small scoop of chicken salad inside. Most of the plate was covered in leaf lettuce which did have a very nice light vinegarette. The cost was $18.00. My friend ordered a rice bowl with salmon. The waitress said they were out of salmon. So my friend asked if they could substitute chicken. It was so bland, she asked the waitress to bring her some ginger which they did. The cost was $20.00.

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  25. JanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love eating at Cafe Modern. Food is always lovely and the service is quick and attentive. It is so relaxing to sit at a window table and enjoy the water view.

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  26. Paula

    Austin

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant! I highly recommend this amazing place to dine!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    70 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    When the new chef came in (and was there) the food was excellent. Been a few times over the last year - meh. But … location location location.

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  28. susand

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent...and the ambience was great. Such a beautiful location!

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  29. MarkF

    Dallas

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    This is a nice setting on the lake. Food is varied and pretty good. Some throughly enjoyed the meal. Others found some of the flavor either too much or different. This is a good brunch venue. Would like to see more breakfast items as plates rather than ala carte.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The restaurant was beautiful and the food was great

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  31. tmax521

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The museum and the cafe never disappoint. I remember the day they opened in 2002. I always order the Chinois salad. It’s exactly like the ones I was served in Santa Monica and Vegas, delicious!

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  32. Fred

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Broad, interesting menu. Delightful and helpful staff, including management.

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  33. Susanp

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are fairly frequent diners at Modern at the brunch. I love the atmosphere and service. We’ll go before programs at Kimbell. Time works perfectly: church, brunch, KAM program at 2. I love it.

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  34. JimmyA

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Service was a little slow, but the server was very kind, offered great suggestions, and had a great attitude. Food was very good.

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  35. Fred

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice menu selection. Chosen entree was excellent. Waitress was knowledgeable and welcoming. Guests were happy with site selection.

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  36. JellicleGirl

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    It's always a pleasure to have lunch at The Modern, and we will return for sure. The chicken salad was overdressed, too sweet, and with very little chicken. Our server assured us it was a Wolfgang Puck classic, so I wonder if it was prepared correctly. If so, I'm disappointed in Wolfgang Puck. Also the menu is pretty limited. I think it used to offer more options, but I could be wrong as those were the pre-pandemic days. Aside from that, the service was efficient and courteous. Ambience is wonderful. The Modern is a DFW treasure.

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  37. JenniferS

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Have been to Cafe Modern a few years ago, so my comparison is to that first visit. I was a little underwhelmed by the food and atmosphere this time. The rice bowl was bland and dry and the plating was colorless. The Fried green tomato sandwich had all the components for a great meal, but would have been more pleasant to eat as a grilled cheese with greens and fried green tomatoes on the side. Nice flavors, but nothing stayed between the bread and it was messy to eat. Maybe we just ordered wrong this time, but it did not measure up to my expectations. It is convenient if you are visiting the museum.

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  38. BJF2

    Austin

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    We weren't waited on. Sat there for 20 minutes. finally asked the host to get us a server. Food took a while also, but it was delicious when it did arrive.

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  39. Wood

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding brunch! Lovely ambiance, great food, attentive server. Will be a frequent and recurring customer.

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  40. DD123

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, interesting food in a lovely environment:)

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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 603 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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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