Find French cuisine, cool vibe at Café Moderne


MENU

Café Moderne serves basics such as salads, sandwiches, quiche and crepes. Most items on the breakfast and lunch menu cost less than $15. Beer and wine are available. The French eatery was not open for dinner during our January visit but planned to add dinner hours.

ATMOSPHERE

As the name implies, Café Moderne’s dining room feels like a contemporary art gallery. Art lines the white walls, and the décor is crisp. There are a couple of tables outside on the sidewalk, and there’s a small counter at the entrance.

OUR FAVORITE FOOD/PRICE

I liked La Normande ($14), a savory crepe packed with salmon and brie. We also tried the Norwegian salad ($11), which included fresh greens but a few too many capers.

REASON TO GO

A cool vibe and authentic French food.

SERVICE

Friendly, although Café Moderne seemed a bit of a work in progress during our visit. When we attempted to order croissants to accompany our espresso, we were informed that the café had no pastries — and we’re pretty sure pastry chefs across the pond shuddered. Meanwhile, a couple wandered in shortly before 2 p.m. only to be told the kitchen had closed for the day. Because hours vary from those on the café’s website, we’d suggest calling before making the trip.

NOISE LEVEL

Quiet. The dining room was empty during our weekday visit, and music played at a moderate level.

KID FRIENDLY

Yes — depending on what sort of modern painting you want your children to see. At least one nude adorned the wall during our visit. Otherwise, the atmosphere is casual and the food is reasonably priced.

CAFÉ MODERNE

533 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561-822-3688

Hours: Call to check — hours are variable. M-W, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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