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Café Modern, Fort Worth, TX

Café Modern

4.5
4.5
382 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 11 times today

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 382 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
  • 4.1Value

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. F

    Fortworth1

    London

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.
  2. RH

    RonH

    Dallas

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely brunch Beautiful setting
  3. GQ

    GeorgeQ

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    BeckyG

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    GlendaT

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Modern Cafe never disapoints.
  6. R

    Rachelle

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    John

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    Leif

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall1food2service5ambience5
    The Cuban was good---but sloppy to eat and @ $23 way too expensive, and a $22 burger? The salad my wife had was excellent, but such a small serving. The Tart was excellent. We missed not having the gratis corn-bread muffins as starters. They were outstanding and built one's appetite.
  9. CM

    CathyM

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Nice atmosphere and delicious food. Service was very attentive but very slow.
  10. CF

    CarlosF

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really enjoyed new menu. The swordfish was excellent. Only thing better than the food was our waiter Dan. Dan really made the meal that much more enjoyable, and even helped get us information regarding movie ticket times. The noise from first Friday at the modern was a little intense, but we were given a nice table far from the noise. Note, concrete and glass materials combined with high ceilings are excellent visually, but horrible acoustically.
  11. P

    Paula

    Austin

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food as always. The service was amazing!
  12. MC

    MCWinDFW

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food. Prices have gone way up. Leisurely service but friendly. Noisy at lunch!
  13. TB

    TracieB

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Nice place for brunch before a show at Casa Manana.
  14. S

    Sherry

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the staff at Cafe Modern offers the highest quality of cuisine and service. Their attention to detail offers the best possible dining experience for a very reasonable price. We are never disappointed.
  15. DR

    DanielR

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seth was our waiter and he did an excellent job. He was knowledgeable about the menu and gave good recommendations. We had a table by the window looking out over a vast reflection pool. The evening was wonderful.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious! We had the cold borsch soup which was refreshing with the watermelon juices and with a touch of hot spice. For dessert we shared the s’mores tart which was amazing. The presentation was like art - too pretty to eat but the flavors were perfect deep dark chocolate with a smoked marshmallow finish and caramelized black and white macaroon. The service was exemplary with the perfect amount of attentiveness and privacy. Highly recommend!!!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came with a friend for lunch and the exhibit. Delightful summer menu . I had Tomato, Peach and Panzanella salad, and Gazpacho both delicious! My friend had Burrata salad with peach mostarda with grilled toast and arugula salad, Excellent as well. Wish I could have had wine but it was lunc😃
  18. JB

    JaneB

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Very slow getting food High prices for the amount served
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    50 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    This place is normally outstanding. Done with appetizers waited waited finely asked a server walk by. She went back and brought them out. Mostly cold and had likely hung out under a heat lamp for a while. Servers having an off day. It happens but at this price point?
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food!
  21. TZ

    TravelingZooVoucherFun

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It a lovely location. Great food. Except for the poor acoustics that lead to a high noise level, it’s perfect.
  22. CC

    CynthiaC

    Dallas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    I do not like your food. I haven't enjoyed anything there really but my friends like to go there. The angel biscuit was so crumbly I could not butter it. The bacon was about raw. The ice cream sandwich was terrible. The cookie part was hard and the ice cream was scanty.
  23. RF

    RangerFaninFtWorth

    Dallas

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Beautiful venue and excellent service. The chicken-fried steak was a bit disappointing and we won't order it a second time. The hamburger was outstanding! Definitely a repeat. The omelet of the day was good but a little on the spicy side (too many hot-pepper pieces!) One of our favorite dining locations in Ft. Worth. But, the noise level gets pretty loud when busy. We went for Sunday Brunch and table conversation was difficult.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The new Chef is outstanding
  25. AM

    AlexandraM

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    We ordered simple dishes, and waited much too long for their arrival. Portions were small, over-priced, and not particularly flavorful. Big disappointment. Will never go back.
  26. b

    breezykitchen

    Dallas

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We have been regularly dining at Cafe Modern and very much enjoy the delicious dishes prepared by Chef Mora and his team. However we found everything in the menu surprisingly overpriced this time.
  27. MM

    MarioM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely setting, especially during hot summer days, with views of the outdoor pool from refreshingly cool dining room, delicious food, and friendly service.
  28. DV

    DanielV

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The reservation was on time and the staff was great. Friendly servers with excellent suggestions and very helpful information. The food was well designed and well prepared, excellent taste and balance. The recommended dessert was perfect to compliment our meal. My wife and I would definitely recommend and plan to return when in Fort Worth.
  29. F

    Fortheloveofjack

    Dallas

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chef has a really nice menu. We were torn between many items on the menu and finally ordered a few and loved them all. Curry soup was especially tasty, but also the catch of the day was delicious. I did a review of the modern less than 6 months ago and gave it a moderate score because they did not have adequate vegetarian items on the menu That has certainly changed in a super positive direction and what we ordered was great and very interesting. I’d say it was an amazing lunch. The only negative was the cocktails we had before our lunch —would’ve been a lot better if the champagne/ bubbly had been fresher. Small thing and all the rest was fantastic!!!!
  30. JL

    JanineL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can never get over how pretty Cafe Modern is and I love coming for lunch or dinner.
  31. JH

    JeffH

    Dallas

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and creative menu served by professional servers in a unique contemporary atmosphere.
  32. SD

    SusanD

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Miss the old Sunday Brunch. There were no startes and the entree selection was all breakfast stuff. I did get the burger and was good. Miss the little baskets of breads and scones. I will try again for regular lunch menu.
  33. L

    Lulu

    Dallas

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Jett is amazing and so creaitve......and visionary. There are wonderful Vegetarian and Vegan options!
  34. G

    Good

    Dallas

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A bit noisy... Food and service were GREAT!!! Thanks
  35. JS

    JimS

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was great. Food was good and tasty with some good choices.
  36. LC

    LauraC

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great time with my daughter! I got the grain bowl which was super tiny. I was hungry and it wasn’t enough. Thank goodness she got the papardelle and it was really filling and plenty! I finished hers 😆
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit back since Covid and we weren’t disappointed!! I loved the oatmeal with all the flavorings added, but I believe my side of bacon stole the show! It was absolutely fabulous! It reminded me of my grandfather when he used to make his own bacon in his smoke house ❤️❤️!!
  38. GT

    GuiTexzan

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Exceptional food and nice ambiance. Average service didn't dampen my experience, but might upset diners who are used to higher standards of fine dining.
  39. m

    melissah

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful setting. Great salads. Nice lunch spot
  40. LG

    LubbockGirl

    Dallas

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful venue, delicious meals, impeccable service. Terrific.

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 382 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 11 times today
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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