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 Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Café 43 reviews from OpenTable diners
199 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (178)fit for foodies (71)special occasion (71)great for brunch (69)good for groups (55)neighborhood gem (53)scenic view (42)great for outdoor dining (39)kid-friendly (12)hot spot (8)romantic (5)notable wine list (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Great birthday visit!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Recently brought our 92 year old volunteer to visit the museum and cafe and she had a wonderful time. They made her feel as if she were Laura Bush for the day. ;)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mary
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The bread sticks and the dry, crispy bread were delicious. The hamburger and chicken and avocado sandwich on chiabatta were wonderful. So glad you are in the museum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Classy and Quiet, Great Food!
    LAM612
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    What first drew us was the menu and the use of local/Texas ingredients. Loved the classy, but not in a stuffy sort of way, atmosphere. Was quiet and easy to visit without having to talk over loud music, etc. The food was excellent. Have already recommended to several friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Café 43 is a relaxed gem.
    Goombaw
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Lots of museums have little cafés for patrons, and this is in the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. It has a distinct "W" and Laura flavor with local Texas fare. The waiters could not have been nicer or more accommodating our group of 8.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Museum, Great Restaurant
    Dubyafan
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Café 43 is a restaurant deserving of its setting in a first class museum! Visitors to the Bush Library have the opportunity to take in a marvelous presentation of American history during the Bush 43 years, and enjoy a marvelous meal while doing so. The menu is diverse, the service is great, and the food is outstanding. The beet salad was the best I've ever had (my momma would be proud of her adult son eating beets), and the salmon was delicious. Everyone at our table raved about the restaurant. It's a destination even if you're not going to the library.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Highlight of a Bush Library visit
    SNOB
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I've been there 3 or 4 times and every time was a delight!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Classic stop you must make ...
    foodismycalling
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Café 46 will be a memorable stop to add to your enjoyment of the Presidential Library. Great food in a comfortable, yet memorable setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant surprise
    jif1VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Really enjoyed our visit. Food was excellent. If you go, request Peter as a waiter. He was great!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good but room to improve
    Texasproud
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Nice dining area. My only complaint is the staff frequently moved tables around. This was not to accommodate larger groups as there was plenty of dining space. This interfered with the quality of the ambience. The food was good. I had the pan seared grouper and it was tender and flavorful. It needed to be warmer. My spouse had the hamburger and it was average. I give the meal bonus points for the dessert. The griddled lemon pound cake was a wonderful treat. It grabbed my taste buds at the first bite and didn't let go. My spouse had the peach cobbler and agreed the pound cake was superior.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • joyntexas
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    My friend and I were delighted to be able to dine outside. It was a different experience and very pleasant. We found the staff to be very friendly and observant to our needs. The pre-meal breadsticks were a welcome addition because we were quite hungry. We found the food to be of good quality and delicious. I would definitely recommend Café 43... and have already.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious meal -- soup to nuts!
    Wink0711
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    It was our first visit to Cafe 43, and my husband and I wanted a full meal. Mason, our great waiter, suggested we split the dishes we both wanted and was very knowledgeable about our requests for gluten free items. Each course was scrumptious: corn and crab soup, gazpacho (a surprise!), heirloom tomatoes drizzled with house vinegrette, crusted salmon over a bed of spaghetti squash melange, house made fresh mango sorbet, followed by fesh, delicious coffee. All were served with perfect timing as Mason kept an eye out for our progress. The restaurant uses local products and produce wherever possible. Our experience is worth repeating often with friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding venue!
    TammyR
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Excellent cuisine, service, variety. We enjoyed out late break in between our museum exhibits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Texas Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    A great lunch spot with some delicious choices! The Lemon Pound Cake dessert was worth every bite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch
    MimiVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    All of us were absolutely amazed at the quality of the food for a museum setting. I would definitely return for just lunch. Our waiter was solictous without being hovering. You have a fine dining establishment. Mimib
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Excellent dining experience! The peach cobbler was superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special place for lunch!
    CL47
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Enjoyable with class, nice atmosphere, unique menu and beautiful food presentation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breathtaking Day
    MsGLove
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Not only is the menu imaginative and well-planned, but the servings are generous. Served outdoors on a beautiful fall day, my lunch couldn't have been better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    A group of needle workers planned a day to see the Oscar de la Renta exhibit and have lunch. Open table reservations were easy to use. They had our tables ready on time. The wait staff was very accommodating. The food was delicious and was served in a timely manner. All in all a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Girlslunch
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    My second trip. Food was better the first time. Soup was wonderful. Halibut was not as good. Love this place but hope better next time. Service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Slow
    bball
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I don't know what happened but after our order was taken, we waited over an hour for our food. Many people coming in after us were served, ate, and left. I tried to ask the waitress several times but she did not come over to the table and just mouthed "it's coming". One time she looked at us and looked surprised. We only ordered sandwiches---nothing exotic. It took up so much time that we were then limited in our visit in the Library.
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  • Lovely place for lunch
    GayleK70
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Food was quite good. Very pretty restaurant. Service was excellent. The noise level was a little excessive but that seems to be the new norm.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh
    thedon
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Its rather overpriced, although I'm sure you're paying for the rent, not the food. The place was half empty & they still sat us in the sunlit table, so we had to keep on our sunglasses handy. We also came in the afternoon, so once we were the last table, the manager came & sat at the table directly next to us to check his twitter or whatever on his iphone. He chuckled a couple of times which made us feel he was eavesdropping... so we left. I wouldn't recommend it. Take your aunt there on her birthday & then hit the GWB museum; make a day of it. Our server was the only saving grace. He was very nice, attentive & the food was pretty good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ND
    gnat
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I have been twice now and cannot wait to return ... fabulous restaurant ... fabulous museum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Neighborhood Cafe
    tlw97j
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Our server Mason was helpful with food selections and spot on with his recommendations. He suggested the sweet corn soup that was delicious. He was prompt with the delivery of our meals and our water glasses were never less than half full. It was delightful to spot Former First Lady Bush also dining in the cafe. The desserts were delectable - we sampled 4 different ones and each was as tasty as the next.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Three of us dined at Café 43 for lunch recently and had wonderful food and a great visit. The waiter was accommodating in every way. I can hardly wait to go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food, slow service
    Amber
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our waiter was very good, making recommendations when asked, very attentive. The food delivery was a little slow, however, we were not in a hurry to go anywhere. It was overall a very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Check it Out at the Library!
    Queena
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Café 43 is lovely, with service reminiscent of a time when customers were treated with an extra measure of hospitality. The food was delicious, and the atmosphere is conducive to quiet conversation without having to shout across the table! A great place to people-watch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Treated my 83 year old mother to the museum and lunch at Cafe 43. We had a delightful experience. Planning on bringing my husband back on a weekend. also, it was my first experience using the automated reservation system. Loved it! The food was creative and very well presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic
    Din2luv
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The food was really good, as well as the service. Along with the library this is a much do for lunch. Will defiantly return soon!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday lunch
    Beth
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    There were three in our group and we had Avery enjoyable lunch Food choices were good and service was nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DianeVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food is fairly average. Always fun to see Mrs. Bush dining at the same time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful dining experience
    Beyondexpectations
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great food and service! We went for a birthday lunch and we were able to carry on a conversation and enjoy a leisurely lunch. Beautiful set up with outdoor views of the surrounding grounds of the Bush Library at SMU.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect lunch spot
    MMWH
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Our group of three ladies had a most pleasant lunch on the patio. Although the day was hot, there was a gentle breeze blowing, and we felt very comfortable on the covered patio. Food was delicious and the service was without flaw.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    TexasCR
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    My sister and I took our 91 year old mother to the restaurant for a birthday lunch and we all had something different. We all agreed that everything we ate was delicious and presented beautifully. We shared a "birthday cake" and it was delicious too. Nice service as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I Vote For Cafe 43
    ThePinkQueen
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    If Cafe 43 were running for office,I predict a landslide win! We went there while visiting GWB Library, and was wowed by its cuisine, the ambience, and the entire dining experience. We had a varied assortment from the menu, and it was all wonderful! The person who told us not to skip dessert was absolutely right,I may start with dessert the next visit. It was hard to believe the review that had no negative comments, but I have to agree, Cafe 43 is winning by a landslide!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.