About Cafe Modern
Fort Worth, TX 76107
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.
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
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
The physical restaurant is very nice, probably one of the nicest in fort Worth. With walls of floor to ceiling glass looking over the reflection pond and courtyard of the museum. Food was good but nothing special when comparing to other restaurants in the same price bracket.
While the setting was perfect, with the restaurant overlooking the beautiful lagoon, the dining experience was far less than anticipated. I'll give the management credit for opening on a special occasion day, but virtually from start to finish, the meal and service were not up to par. The three course fixed-prix (which I do not recall was disclosed when I made the reservation) was less than appetizing. My wife had the vichyssoise soup with white asparagus and pureed spinach which had NO taste! I had the lobster bisque that while flavorful, the dish was served "luke warm". As for entrees, we had the prosciutto-wrapped halibut (again, the only flavor was that of the proscuitto) and osso buco (ample serving and very tender, but lacking in seasoning). The only other offering was mushroom risotto. The best was last: a serving of three tasty and small offerings of chocolate mousse, lemon tart and parfait. All in all: not what I had expected for a special evening. I will say the restaurant appeared fully booked and table rotation was very active the entire time we were there, so perhaps our disappointment was more due to needing a limited (though perhaps not ideal) menu and need for additional but untrained wait staff. Having said all this, we have dined there before on less-than-special dates and will try again on a less traffic-ed occasion.
Valentines date; perfect venue for a romantic Valentine's date. Go to the museum before dinner and then wine and dine your significant other!! They had a special Valentine's menu, but regardless the food is always fantastic. The device was great, we took our time and talked more than we ate. The drinks were great as well!!
Brunch wasn't as we expected as the menu is limited and the food average. The Thai soup needs a little heat. It had very little flavor. The waffles were nice with the infusion and the bacon perfectly cooked. The French dip was the best with a lot of flavor. Service is slow, but if you are there for the view, it's ok. It is VERY loud if you go around noon. If you want to visit, plan your time a little later.
Delicious cuisine that is seasonal, local and expertly prepared. Novel combinations of ingredients remind me of the innovative Michelin starred restaurants I enjoyed in France. For example, maple and bacon ice cream along side a molten chocolate tart! To die for. The ambiance is spectacular as well with large windows and an impressive view. We went with our family and friends of our children and all had a spectacular time. It's a great place to go when in the arts district. I give it my highest recommendation and will continue to drive from Dallas to frequent this venue.
It was a bit load due to Friday night bar group, but quieted down later. The manager was very helpful in allowing us to select a table less exposed to the noise. The food was interesting and tasty, as always. We especially enjoy the view over the reflecting pool with the reflection of neighboring buildings. Decent wine list, if not expansive, and our waiter directed us to very nice wines. We come here often after attending exhibits at the Kimbell. And I should note that Cafe Modern anticipated the Stock Show crowd and had an officer screening people so that only those going to the museums or Cafe Modern could park in their lot. Very helpful otherwise we would have been hard pressed to find parking. Thanks for that !!
Service was mediocre and so was the food.
I was actually quite surprised as I had been here before and had an excellent meal and sterling service.
The crab/ spinach omelet was set and not will seasoned. My friend's dish of the Latin eggs Benedict was tastier.
The waiter was not at all attentive and somewhat impatient.
Our table was lovely by the window and we had a nice visit. I am hoping this is the exception and not the rule ... overpriced for what we hadas well.
I had a delightful lunch with friends at the Cafe Modern. It was a busy Saturday, so it was good that I had made a reservation. I like the menu choices which are always a little different in a good way. The view of the serene pool of water just outside the windows makes for great ambiance.
My family has eaten at the Modern about twice a year since they have opened ( we don't live in the area). We have always been happy with the quality of food and the price. This weekend we ordered the queso fundido and were extremely disappointed. It was a quarter size of dried up cheese that wasn't the quality we expected. I had the pistachio and mixed greens with chicken which was good but not real impressive. My brother had the wagyu cheeseburger and said the blue cheese was a tad bit overpowering. Also, the basket of rolls and scones were dry and hard. We love the view, so we will probably go back, but if the food isn't up to par, we will just stay on the museum side.
Although we live in Dallas, we dine at the Café Modern about once a month when we visit The Modern or the Kimball. It's a great place for lunch and the view is superb. We always enjoy our meals here and the service is outstanding.
Sunday, noon, was especially crowded...admission to the Museum is free on Sundays...so book via Open Table or you'll have a long wait for a table. There's a smallish bar area where you might be able to snag a seat but it could be problematic on a cold or wet day (Sunday was cold but not wet)...outside seating is not available during these temperature aberrations.
My only criticism of the Café is the noise level. Table are close together and there's a lot of glass and concrete so little of the noise is absorbed by the décor. We were a party of 4 so we were seated in the center of the dining room...parties of 2 are usually seated near the windows and that helps with the noise distraction. I truly wish that some sound absorbing décor could be added to soften the racket level...particularly when you have a group celebrating a birthday or other event...their good time spills over to the rest of us.
Café Modern was a nice place to enjoy lunch prior to a visit to the museum. Our table was not ready when we arrived and it actually took them about 20 minutes to get us a table even though we had reservations. That was disappointing. The waitress was not good about taking our empty glasses and plates when we were done.
However, on the bright side, the food was delicious. I had the Asian Nicoise salad. The tuna was perfectly seared and the veggies were cooked, but still crisp. The rest of the group had eggs benedict and were happy with the choices. I will try this place again, but hope for better service.
The food, service and view were wonderful, as always, but the front of house was not on top of their game on Saturday. The restaurant was extremely busy, but I still did not expect to wait 45 minutes for a table with a reservation. More information and a little sympathy would have been much appreciated.
When I meet with family or friends In Fort Worth, my favorite lunch and brunch place is the Café Modern. The menu changes sometimes, but we were never disappointed. Friendly service, very good food, great atmosphere and of course the view! On weekends a reservation really helps. I used the open table service many times.
Lovely as always--the Modern never disappoints on service or setting. The food was fantastic--always wish for more vegetarian options. But, there is always something good or that can be modified (other than salads, which are fantastic too) for veg on the menu. Wine list is not extensive but offerings are excellent.
Had reservations for 2 months for a group of 4. Staff was not attentive. Received drinks after we received meal and potatoes were cold.
Never offered dessert or coffee.
This happened the last time we had appetizers and wine. We could not get anyone's attention because their friends were at the bar.
Beautiful view but will not be back!
I love Cafe Modern, especially on the museums's First Friday events when the exhibits are open late and music and beverages are available in the lobby. Makes for a very festive, exciting evening all in one location. Our meal this time had two big hits, an interesting dish, some mehs and one fail. The fried oyster appetizer was more fry than oyster, only the freshly marinated veggies underneath saved the dish. The bibb salad was under seasoned, and our server's only fail for not offering some fresh ground pepper. The duck breast and the sea bass were fabulous, perfectly cooked and beautifully plated. Exactly the quality I expect from CM. The curry vegetables perfumed the entire room with a heavenly fragrance, but the bite I had (tofu) while interesting was a little underwhelming. The scent was better than the flavor. The pheasant with dumplings was a complete let down. It tasted ok, but, if it was my cafe, I would not have let that plate out of the kitchen. When you are serving what is essentially chicken at an elevate price it should at least look better than mystery meat in a bowl. Great deal on the reserve wine list that night--much appreciated.
The dining room is attractive and busy, the dining crowd seemed to enjoying themselves as evidenced by the noise volume, which was a little loud for a museum café. Our server was attentive, and knowledgeable about the menu items. The wine list was more than adequate. The menu items, for such a small selection, could have been better executed. The warm cheese appetizer was disappointing and small. A spicy item did not have enough inherent flavor, a comfortable choice was a little bland. A starter salad hit the right notes, chocolate and fruit preparations excelled at dessert. Overall- good but not great. Pricey.
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