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Café 43
Café 43

Café 43 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bushcenter.com/plan-your-visit/dining
  • Phone: (214) 200-4302
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
    Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: John Maas
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Upscale American cuisine focused on locally sourced,seasonal ingredients.
  • Private Party Facilities: Cafe 43 is available evenings for seated dinners of up to 120 guests and cocktail receptions for up to 150 guests. There are other private event spaces located throughout the Center.
  • Private Party Contact: Leslie Cravens (214) 855-4318

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bush Avenue
  • Public Transit: From the Dart Mockingbord Station take the Mustang Express bus route 768.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are several nearby parking garages on the SMU campus.
A word from Café 43
Café 43, located at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, is a contemporary American restaurant which features a locally sourced, organic, seasonal and sustainable menu for weekday lunch and weekend brunch. It is one of the most preferred venues in the city for private events in the evening for groups of up to 150 because of its stunning design, flexibility, private entrance and breezy terrace. Admission to the Center is not required as Café 43 has its own entrance. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Great lunch spot before touring the library. The food was delicious and very fresh with large portions."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "It is always a nice place to gather with friends to have lunch at Café 43 whether it is after we have seen an exhibit at the Bush Center or just to have lunch with friends for a special occasion like a birthday."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Our whole family enjoyed the meal. The food was excellent and a nice sized portion for brunch (not too heavy)"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Cafe 43 ranks at the top of museum cafes I have visited. BRAVO for the excellent food and service!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My wife and I took our Godchildren to Cafe 43 after touring the museum and visiting the gift shop and it was a wonderful dining experience for us all. Everything was great!!!!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Loved it! My sis and I took our Mom to the Museum and Cafe 43 for her BD. Quiet with no clanging dishes. Easy to carry on a pleasant conversation over great food. Prices very reasonable. The grilled lemon pound cake with honey and strawberry syrup and a dollop of marscepone was to die for. The homemade ricotta and tomato marmelade , the sandwiches and the salmon were all very, very good. Make reservations!! Its a small venue with a comfortable yet classy feel. We will be back!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Fantastic food and fantastic service. We had the pork schnitzel and the grilled chicken sandwich. Both were very flavorful and perfectly cooked. Can't wait to go back to try other items on the menu."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The menu was varied with many options from light fare to entrees. The only negative was the bread and flatbread served seemed stale and not so tasty. The dining room was filled and some guests were even eating outside in 100 degree weather! Downside is parking is $$$ and not convenient especially for my guest who was in a wheelchair."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Not good, at all, and I had been twice before and it was exceptionally good."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "This is a perfect spot for brunch and lunch to complete a day at the GWB Library! Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Fun experience eating with friends at cafe 43 but felt the cost of the food was a little overpriced for the portion size. We eat out ALOT and realize we are in Dallas but I feel the entrees were a buck or two overpriced. I got the veggie entree which was delicious and my husband got the smoked chicken salad which was also very tasty. The pecan ice cream was good but not great. Our favorite thing happen to be the bread on the table.....it was an assortment of chewy and crusty which we loved. The server was attentive and polite and overall we enjoyed our experience! Thank-you!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We had reservations, and the personnel at the front desk were very friendly and seated us immediately. Our waiter was informative about the menu selections. The dining experience was very positive; food and service were excellent. We would definitely recommend Café 43 to friends, and will definitely return ourselves."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "The cheese bread was outstanding. My omelet was one of the best I've tasted. Cafe 43 put my daughter's half sandwich in the cooler while we continued our library tour. Our visit was excellent from start to finish."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "A perfect way to complement our Bush Library and Museum tour! We had a relaxing and delicious lunch. Cafe 43 had a very nice menu to select from."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "A party of 2 women attended the Oscar de la Rente fashion exhibit at the George W. Bush Library and Museum and walked across to Cafe 43 for lunch. We were glad we had reservations because the cafe was very busy on a Tuesday. We had excellent food and service and enjoyed the ambience. It is very nice to have a place near SMU and the Museum where one can have a nice outing."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Enjoyed a lovely lunch at Cafe 43. Visited the Library Museum first then had lunch with a group of friends. The menu provided some different food choices. The three of us who dined each had a different item and it was all very tasty. The service was impeccable. I would recommend this restaurant for lunch."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "It was my 1st time to visit, beautiful location, friendly staff, great variety on the menu. Our one little gripe was our coffee wasn't refilled. We had to track them down. I will look forward to going back and trying another lovely dish."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Ditto everything I said above. I thought my salad was great and want to come back and try something totally different."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We had a lovely lunch at Cafe 43! I took my mother-in-law and some friends. The service was excellent and the food was delicious with beautiful presentation. I look forward to returning soon!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Had a wonderful lunch and our waiter was wonderful and helpful. Loved the breadsticks."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Everything was perfect in celebrating our wedding anniversary before our tour! Thank you!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "My guest noticed immediately that Mrs. Bush was having lunch in the restaurant at the same time. Was very fun for her."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We loved relaxing at Café 43 in addition to exploring the GWB Library. The service was excellent. It was too hot to sit on the outdoor patio but it would be wonderful in cooler weather. Laura's tomato/mozzarella/avocado sandwich was light and tasty. They don't rush you in and out... you can sit and enjoy the experience. This is not a fancy place with a fancy menu... just relaxing and enjoyable."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Reservations are crucial here, with the large numbers of pols, SMU people and museum visitors"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "A little pricey, great service and the food overall was good. I had a great time at the Library and the Cafe lunch made it that much more special. I would go again. Thank you for a great experience."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "The food was incredible, but so was the knowledgeable staff. The chef made multiple accommodations for my family's food allergies and our server was incredibly knowledgeable, patient, and not afraid to ask the chef questions we had about food prep or ingredients used. Our dishes were not only beautifully plated, but they were delicious, too. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I have high standards when dining out. Café 43 surpassed my highest expectations!! Our server, Marco, was polite and humorous (awesome), the cost of the meal (for 2) was less than $30 and the food was exceptional!!! The overall experience was top shelf and I plan on going back again and again!!! I do wish they would expand their hours of operation though!!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I was disappointed in my omelette. Too greasy - dill pickle as a side placed right beside fruit? My companion had excellent salmon."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Great spot for a wonderful lunch! Would recommend carpooling if just going there for lunch as parking is $7 per car."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The food in Cafe 43 is outstanding. The selections of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrees is very good. I highly recommend that if you are going to the Museum that you make a reservation and plan on having lunch at Cafe 43. It is a little pricey but again very good. Be sure and save room for George's favorite ice cream. It is DELICIOUS!! The Cafe is small so make a reservation unless you are willing to wait or eat on the patio which this time of year is quite warm."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Great addition to the Bush Library! Well received by many as indicated by the crowd!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "For a delicious lunch in a lovely setting, try Cafe 43 adjacent to the Bush Library/Museum."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Fabulous! The food was great, ambience perfect ! My 95 year old motherinlaw was delighted for this birthday celebration ! And the staff was wonderful-- they seated her when I had to drop her off in foyer while I looked for a parking place ! The only problem is parking and bathroom accessibility."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "A perfect combination...museum visit and lunch! I enjoy coming here with out of town guests. The food and atmosphere is delightful."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Had crab salad which was bland. Service friendly but rather slow"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The restaurant is simple but elegant. The simplicity of the décor makes the guests part of the visual experience. Nicely appointed tables; red stemware makes the setting pop. Excellent and imaginative menu."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "One of the best lunch menus I have ever seen. We had three in our party and everything we had was outstanding. Service was also outstanding."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This restaurant is in the Geo. Bush Presidential Library on SMU campus. It is a wonderful place to eat before or after a visit. The food is great and the decor is lovely."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the food, service and atmosphere. It was a great way to end our visit of the museum."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "A fantastic place to have lunch after your tour and a very special part of the entire experience. Loved it and recommend it."
    Dined on 7/3/2014