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Cafe Modern

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American, Cafe, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Contemporary
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3200 Darnell St, Modern Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX 76107-2872 (University)
(817) 840-2157
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Houston, Texas
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119 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely museum cafe with excellent wine list and menu. Sunday is free day at the modern so their brunch is busy and it is hard to get the desirable waterside table. Staff are personable and attentive.

Thank marymorr
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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78 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very chi chi in the Modern Art Museum. The setting can't be beat, the ambiance was a bit brash, nothing to absorb the load chatter of the conversations all around. All the food looked tasty and was well plated. We split the burger, it was delicious.

Thank GlobalTouristedolson
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is far and away the very best museum cafe of my life! And I've y been to quite a few. This one, however, rates so highly that I would say go there just for brunch or lunch. the view of the reflecting pool is amazing, the flatware artwork in it's own right, and P.S. the food is amazing. Go!... More 

Thank Celia B
Arlington, Texas
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340 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ever found a place so incredible, that you just want order EVERYTHING on the menu. I did. It was at Cafe Modern. So, I did! I called ahead, made a reservation, explained that the desire to order one of everything was on my Bucket List. The staff were overjoyed to help me celebrate this event with my family and, it... More 

Thank happytraveler4209
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88 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Modern Cafe is one of our friends' favorites and it's easy to see why. The ambiance is relaxing and beautiful , the food is superb, the service is excellent and the prices are reasonable for such a delicious dining experience. And the wine and drinks are always excellent. The food is fresh and imaginative and the bread is a... More 

Thank Katiebug38
Westlake, Ohio
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55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On my travels to Fort Worth to visit family, I met a woman from Dallas who highly recommended this restaurant (and the museum). My family and I both were anxious to try Cafe Modern. We were aware that the restaurant was pricey (lunch for three was $80 before the tip). The restaurant was at about one-third capacity on the day... More 

Thank tuffc00kie
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55 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I came to Cafe Modern for a friend's graduation brunch. The atmosphere is chic with floor to ceiling windows. The restaurant gets packed. Granted, it was Mother's Day. We had a large group and the waitress didn't really check our side of the table. I was by the younger kids, so maybe that's why. The food came out and almost... More 

Thank Amy D
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263 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cafe Modern is a beautiful place to dine. My recent visit was disappointing in several ways. My cocktail was heavy handed with the bitters. My entree, a spring roll, although beautifully presented, was difficult to eat and not as pleasing to my palate as I hoped. Our seats, next to the window, were blasted by the air conditioning. We should... More 

Thank txmeg
Seattle, Washington
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127 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Our first lunch at Cafe Modern was so fabulous that we had to come back for our final meal in Fort Worth as well. We were seated, the first time, right on the water; the view could not have been better. I am vegetarian, so we ordered the edamame hummus which was visually spectacular and insanely delicious. We split the... More 

Thank Albiart
Seattle, Washington, United States
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49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

Hope you receive this with a smile. We were visiting a friend of 50 years, who is perfect in every way. My wife is also a perfectionist and my friend was giving us the art museum tour. Both of them dressed "perfectly" of course. So lunch after the Modern Art museum tour was in the perfectly convenient place, with the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$13 - $29
American, Cafe, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Contemporary
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Scenic view
Open Hours
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3200 Darnell St, Modern Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX 76107-2872
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Fort Worth
  • Phone Number: (817) 840-2157
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?