Café 43
Café 43

Café 43

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bushcenter.com/plan-your-visit/dining
  • Phone: 2142004302x
  • 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 2148554318x

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Café 43 reviews from OpenTable diners
195 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (172)special occasion (69)great for brunch (67)fit for foodies (51)good for groups (47)great for outdoor dining (44)scenic view (43)neighborhood gem (37)kid-friendly (12)romantic (6)notable wine list (5)hot spot (5)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Charming
    Carol
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Needed a place to grab a bite to eat before our tour of the presidential library and what a pleasant surprise. The food was delicious, the presentation at the 4 star level, and the service good. Would go there again just to eat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great place for lunch after visiting the Bush Library and museum.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So peaceful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We sat outside where there were only 4 tables and it was so peaceful and quiet! We loved it!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Smoked chicken salad with fruits was delicious. Nice breads to go with it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anne
    Anne
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Lovely restaurant with good menu and a perfect addition to the Bush Center experience
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    Susan
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We had a delightful birthday lunch with friends after viewing a special exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. The restaurant manager, Brian, came by to chat with us. Our waiter brought a complimentary birthday dessert. It was very enjoyable, and we'll go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    Bushie4ever
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Loved it. Interesting menu. Bread is so good. Cucumber gazpacho fine. Especially liked the grilled lemon pound cake.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outing With Granddaughter
    Gailee
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I had a reservation. Arrived a few minutes early, was greeted very pleasantly and said our table would be ready in just a few minutes. Our waiter was very attentive, but did not over do it. Our food was very good. My granddaughter was very pleased and she is pretty picky.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice setting but service was slow
    Acskater
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Nice setting and convenient to library. service was slow. Corn Soup didn't have much flavor; turkey panini was good. Host was very nice.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice experience
    LikesTheGnocchi
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    A very nice way to cap off a museum visit. The staff was extremely courteous. The menu is interesting but uncomplicated, with healthy options and locally sourced choices. The food was very good--friends had hearty sandwiches and I had gnocchi with vegetables. Only drawback: the dining room can get loud. But overall, a pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nifty lunch spot
    AnnieVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Great lunch spot before touring the library. The food was delicious and very fresh with large portions.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Katyvisitors
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Although my group of 3 preferred a Pinot Grigio, and it wasn't on the menu, our server accommmodated us with a lovely Oregon Pinot Grigio. The salmon in salads and my entree was excellent, but I wasn't impressed with the spaghetti squash side. Hot peach cobbler was "down home" good. Cowboy cookies to take home are a must! Lovely decor.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LHdiners
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegent presentation of food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Our whole family enjoyed the meal. The food was excellent and a nice sized portion for brunch (not too heavy)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Museum Cafe
    Fashionista
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Cafe 43 ranks at the top of museum cafes I have visited. BRAVO for the excellent food and service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe 43 Experience
    BuzzyTreats
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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!!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch with George and Laura....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • parttimegent
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch dining
    Deedee
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Not good, at all, and I had been twice before and it was exceptionally good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent for a day out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This is a perfect spot for brunch and lunch to complete a day at the GWB Library! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe 43 experience
    Bamagirl
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 50th Wedding Anniversary Luncheon
    WALuncheon
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very enjoyable!
    Bella1
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • George
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Day at Cafe 43
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • RealtorJean
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Ditto everything I said above. I thought my salad was great and want to come back and try something totally different.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patty
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 8grandchildrensofar
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Had a wonderful lunch and our waiter was wonderful and helpful. Loved the breadsticks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Celebrating Our Anniversary
    AGSWIN
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Everything was perfect in celebrating our wedding anniversary before our tour! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DianeVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My guest noticed immediately that Mrs. Bush was having lunch in the restaurant at the same time. Was very fun for her.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Add to Library experience!
    TaGo
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe 43
    luvez
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Reservations are crucial here, with the large numbers of pols, SMU people and museum visitors
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice restaurant...
    Drew48
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous for those with Celiac
    DallasCeliac
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • High Standards
    MustangRidge
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodlover
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I was disappointed in my omelette. Too greasy - dill pickle as a side placed right beside fruit? My companion had excellent salmon.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall