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Cafe Modern

3200 Darnell Street, Modern Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
(817) 840-2157
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Ranked #36 of 1,322 restaurants in Fort Worth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $13 - $29
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: University
Description: 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.
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87% Recommend
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English first
Ft. Worth
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The food here is just exotic enough. The different sauces and flavors make it a unique experience. The setting is lovely with the water outside and the decor inside is very nice. It's not a place I would feel comfortable wearing a tshirt and shorts in. It's fancier than that to me.

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Fort Worth
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191 reviews 191 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

The view makes this place. It is the only lake view restaurant in the city. The food is also good, service quick and effective and the prices reasonable.

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Fort Worth, Texas, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Take a break from the art and enjoy the delicious side of the Modern Art Museum! The Café’s comfortable atmosphere includes plenty of windows, allowing for wonderful views of the architecture of the Modern Art Museum. The experience is heighted by dining on the edge of the reflection pool, just inside the curved glass wall. The Café features fresh ingredients... More

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Austin, TX
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

The Café Modern features a menu of wonderful creativity and serves fine quality food. The silverware is attractively stylish and the names of cocktails from the bar induced broad smiles in our party. The Café looks out on a large basin bordered with silver trees stunningly mirrored in the water. The whole Modern Art Museum building is remarkable in its... More

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Austin, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Good food - a little pricey and not a big/varied selection. It was a nice place to sit and discuss the exhibit we saw though.

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9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

The Museum of Modern Art in Ft Worth is a great place to visit because of their permanent collection and special exhibits but a fantastic find is their restaurant The Modern it is for a very good reason one of the best restaurants at a museum. Very creative cuisine the salad today with a blue cheese vinaigrette over baby romain... More

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Fort Worth
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191 reviews 191 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

If they did not serve food, this would still be a wonderful place, just to sit. But they do have food. It is a chef-driven menu with a wide variety of reasonably priced items. The soups and salads make a light lunch while the entrees change regularly and are inventive but never heavy. No siesta needed after lunch at the... More

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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

What has happened here? New chef? No chef? Stopped by the Café for lunch on Friday expecting a pleasant experience. The place was not busy which surprised me... at first. My Thai Beef salad was put before me with a dressing that smelled so bad that it took my breath, and then my appetite, away. Despite the explanation--and yes-I do... More

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Austin, Texas
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127 reviews 127 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

If you are looking for unique cuisine with beautiful ambience and are willing to pay for it, this place is for you. I dined there for lunch on a weekday at 1pm. I was seated immediately even though the space is small and was almost full at that time. But noted the bar has open seating and I could have... More

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Vero Beach, Florida
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151 reviews 151 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We had a family Sunday Brunch at Café Modern today. Overall, it's a little pricey, but we really wanted to like this restaurant because the service was attentive, the surroundings were very pleasant and some of our food was delicious. We shared the cheese sampler appetizer and it was delicious with fresh raspberries, candied pecans, fig jam, crostini and six... More

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