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Café Modern, Fort Worth, TX

Café Modern

4.6
4.6
415 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 17 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

  • Lange Twins Dinner

    $140.00 per person

    Oct 25, 2022 only
    Join us on Tuesday, October 25 at a special tasting dinner with The Lange Twins. Chef Jett Mora and his culinary team will delight us with delicious creative dishes, perfectly paired with amazing Wines from The Twins. Guests should plan to arrive at 6:30pm for a welcome reception; dinner to be served at 7pm. Modern Membership discounts will apply to food and non alcoholic beverages.

Popular dishes

What 415 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dallas - Fort Worth

    Scenic View

  • Fort Worth

    Great for Brunch

  • Fort Worth

    Healthy

  • Fort Worth

    Great for Lunch

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  1. TT

    TTTSSS

    Houston

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    Love the place but the food took 1 hr and half of it was cold. Was very tasty, but even the check took forever. I will try it again and hope they just had a bad day.
  2. K

    Kris

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Lovely outside seating; waiter seemed unfamiliar with menu; service was slow; food was lukewarm
  3. T

    Turtle

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Dining outside at the Modern was magical, on a cool starless night. So oeaceful!
  4. TC

    TCUFrog

    San Antonio

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Our server was so knowledgeable about the menu and gave us excellent recommendations. Can't wait to visit again soon.
  5. a

    artwineroses

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They offer many interesting menu choices and a nice wine selection, all in a beautiful setting with friendly, attentive service. Everything we ordered was delicious. Cubano was a standout, crisply toasted with tender, flavorful meat and melting cheese. We finished with an outstanding purple sweet potato empanada and coconut ice cream - so good.
  6. NY

    NancyY

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed Brunch this past Sunday. The Bloody Mary was very tasty. The four of us each ordered something different and we were each well-satisfied with our choices. The burger was described as The best burger I’ve ever eaten by one member of our party. Our sever was attentive without being overly attentive. An enjoyable time!
  7. JG

    JimG

    Dallas

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Requested a table by the window in my advance reservation. Instead, seated in an obstructed view. While there seemed to be open tables with a view, they were unwilling to seat us there. Over priced for portion size.
  8. HK

    HoustonKid

    Dallas

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sensational setting and outstanding service only to be outdone by the amazing food. We went to Cafe Modern for a business lunch with a friend in from Atlanta. We started with the Fresh Summer Rolls followed by the Chinois Chicken Salad and Thick Cut Turkey Club. All fabulous and delish — Can’t wait to go back!
  9. P

    Paula

    Austin

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant with a wide variety of delicious options! Ambiance is beautiful.
  10. F

    Frumious

    Dallas

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The oyster mushroom ragu and pasta was delicious. I'm not vegetarian, but often get the meatless dishes here because they're so creative.
  11. L

    lisaL

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was wonderful, Jeanette was an amazing server, and the architecture and art created a setting for a wonderful evening.
  12. R

    Robert

    Houston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food. Charming chef. Charming service. Lovely room. My only thought is that it is a loud room.
  13. J

    Jewels86

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The restaurant filled very quickly for lunch on Friday, and there was a large private party in at the same time. Service got a bit hectic, but our wait person did let us know about the timing of getting our lunch. He was nice and kept us in the loop and we appreciated him. The food and the ambience were well worth a few minutes of waiting. It gave my friend and me a longer time to visit and catch-up with each other.
  14. MK

    MaeganK

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a beautiful lunch outside on the patio. The server, bartender, and managers were just wonderful. Everyone was friendly and helpful.
  15. CG

    CheesyGobbler

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    None of the four of us liked our food ! In fairness, my husband and I have eaten there on Friday evening twice this year and the food was delicious. So since the Modern was my choice for lunch, I was very embarrassed!
  16. JP

    JohnP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite places for brunch. My wife and I celebrated our 43rd Anniversary on Sunday. The modern is my favorite museum in Fort Worth.
  17. MB

    MaryBennet

    Houston

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The Cafe is always lovely and a great way to break up museum-hopping. The food is perhaps, though good, a little less interesting than it once was. The hostess and our waiter were entirely good and hospitable.
  18. JC

    JimmyC

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Modern is a great restaurant for a special occasion. Wait staff are knowledgeable and attentive.
  19. H

    Hillcountryhousegirl

    Dallas

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food! Wonderful server and a visit from the chef! Wonderful evening!
  20. t

    tennistipo

    New Mexico

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Classy, unique, and understated elegance, all describe the ambiance at Cafe Modern. The cuisine is consistently top-notch, and the service is always superb. Chef Jett Mora regularly greets his customers and expresses his appreciation for their loyalty. We always visit Cafe Modern when we're in Fort Worth. You should as well!!
  21. A

    Aaron

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great restaurant - the food was a little slow coming out, but the staff was attentive and always present. Every plate seemed like it was fussed over, which somehow reflected the nature of the artworks in the museum. The banana nut French toast was the star of the show, worth returning for that one dish. Great place.
  22. GG

    GoldenGirl

    Dallas

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a lovely luncheon. Our salads were great and the drinks were good as well. I always enjoy the serenity of the view outside the windows and appreciated our being seated there which I had requested. The food is a little different from other restaurants which is why I like it. I was sorry to see that the baskets of different breads which you used to serve at every table is no longer offered.
  23. AV

    AmyV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely setting and food! We really enjoyed our lunch.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always enjoy the cafe when we visit the museum.
  25. MH

    MargaretfromHouston

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Cubana was good, sort of dry, no sauces to speak of
  26. KV

    KellieV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Cafe Modern. My server recommended the Lobster Avocado toast, which also had Salmon roe and it was amazingly delicious. Also enjoyed a French Mimosa and a Chinois salad. Beautiful ambience and the friendliest of staff. Loved it. One of my favorite meals of all-time.
  27. s

    shotoguy

    Dallas

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My Gin and Tonic came without the necessary lime wedge, an oversight quickly corrected. I started with the roasted Brussels Sprouts (which are listed as a side). They came beautifully prepared in a pepper jelly sauce (just a tad too sweet) and were delicious. My entree was the tri tip steak with okra. It was flavorful and set upon a bed of cherry tomatoes and succotash. A nice presentation and the flavors came together wonderfully. A great meal.
  28. KL

    KirkL

    Milwaukee

    48 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Service was OK not great. Food was very average, nothing flavorful stood out. We were there for brunch, selection on menu was good, final product was just average at best with a premium price. Many other places in Fort Worth for brunch that far exceed this one at same or lower price point. Do not recommend.
  29. LC

    LauraC

    San Joaquin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food was terrific when we got what we ordered. The waitress tried to argue that I said chicken fried steak, that is a good I do not eat so my husband and I both told her she was incorrect. The beautiful hostess came and apologized to us which was nice. This restaurant is so lovely but the wait staff is so untrained. My hope is that they can train their people better!
  30. j

    johndiii

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good service and great food.
  31. FW

    FWCPA

    Dallas

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Not to my expectations, probably due to hype that I'd heard before coming to Cafe Modern. Overall, it was fair.
  32. L

    Lulu

    Dallas

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Modern is an excellent choice for Vegetarians and Vegans desiring an upscale experience. Lovely and creative options.
  33. JM

    JenniferM

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The prettiest dining room in Fort Worth also has the best food in Fort Worth! Everything we ordered was perfect and they offer vegan and healthy entrees in addition to fish and meat. This is the best culinary experience Fort Worth has to offer.
  34. F

    Fortworth1

    London

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    The food was, as ever, excellent. It did seem that the wait staff was a little overwhelmed and perhaps not up to the usual standard. We are regular visitors to Cafe Modern and will continue to be but hopefully more staff will be employed. We used to have the same wait staff for years - it is not the same anymore at all.
  35. RH

    RonH

    Dallas

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely brunch Beautiful setting
  36. GQ

    GeorgeQ

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    YAY you brought back the yummy menu. We had brunch there on Sunday and LOVED it! Everything was fantastic!
  37. BG

    BeckyG

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Delicious food. Much better than the hamburgers, hot dogs, and cold pizza offered at many museum food venues.
  38. GT

    GlendaT

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Modern Cafe never disapoints.
  39. R

    Rachelle

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Wait Staff! They made dinner so enjoyable! And, of course, the amazing food!!!
  40. J

    John

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Menu selection is small. Serving size is modest. No bread with meal. Food is moderately interesting.

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 4.6 stars by 415 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 17 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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