Café 43

4.8
1222 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1222 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time celebrating an early Mother’s Day after attending the new exhibition at aThe Bush Center Out of Many, One.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day lunch

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service while enjoying the quiet outdoor terrace overlooking the gardens and SMU campus in distance.

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georgiaf
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were very good. We were able to sit outside since it was a beautiful spring day. It was an enjoyable and leisurely lunch that we both enjoyed.

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MaryL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe 43 is always a treat! So glad they have re-opened! Barbeque pork sandwich, smoked chicken salad & of course, Mrs. Bush's sandwich are all favorites. Mrs. Bush's dessert (ice cream, pecans and a crumble) outstanding. Waitstaff is always attentive, and many of the pre-COVID staff has returned.

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vipRonC
Dallas
41 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

There’s nothing special about the cafe itself. It’s all in the menus. There’s nothing to dislike and everything to love that can be chosen from the menus. The Southern Benedict is the hallmark of exquisite taste. Servers are haughty but very fast, efficient and attentive. While there, you should take advantage of a wonderful presidential library regardless of your political persuasion. I strongly recommend a walk after eating through the presidential gardens designed to like wild nature of the Texas Hill Country. The only drawback is parking. The cafe will not validate so you have pay. Not really bad, but the machine is confusing and people often have to wait until an attendant strolls out to help.

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TheC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From reservation, to planning b’day celebration, to service and food it was an a exceptional experience. Would highly recommend!

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KarenM
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad Cafe 43 is finally open again. Very clean restaurant and restroom. Large glass windows allow you to see the SMU campus. Staff is as good as always and the food is too. I had the Shrimp entree and the banana pecan ice cream for dessert. Brought have of the entree home. Entree was $17 and the ice cream was $6. Check out their menu. Price’s are affordable.

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vipIcouldeatitalianeveryday
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

I’m so glad this place is open again. Nice place for lunch, food is unfussy & delicious.

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Lmass
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good to be back at the cafe and on the premises of the Bush Center. Thank you for accommodating the Friday afternoon docents. Thank you Brian. We will be back. Service was impeccable.

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LindaV
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and tast food. Always enjoy lunch at Cafe 43!

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vipSusieW
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad Cafe 43 is open again. It has been one of my favorite places to dine in Dallas.

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vipMichaelA
Key West
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Attractive dining area with many widows to the outside grounds, tasty food that was a notch above the ordinary in thought and execution. Attentive service. Cool that it is part of the Best ah Presidential Library!

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ChristinaW
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our gals luncheon. The atmosphere at Cafe 43 and food were exceptional.

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CandiceJ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience and the food was phenomenal. Bernard (our server) was fantastic!

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Calandra
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The salmon and wild rice is probably one of the best dishes I’ve ever had! Don’t leave without grabbing a bag of Mrs. Laura Bush’s famous cowboy cookies... delish!

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DonS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was great as expected. One of our regular choices.

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vipRonC
Dallas
41 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent food and wonderful service.. our server was fast, efficient and attentive. Highly recommend. Home cooking at it’s best.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive waiter and delicious food. We shared a yummy hummus appetizer and each had a bowl of the lentil tortilla soup. Great flavor and generous portion size. This is a great spot for an elegant lunch!

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MelissaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance and food were wonderful as always. I love the seasonal menus and the view of the grounds.

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EilD
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice setting for lunch while visiting the museum. The food was excellent. The staff was friendly and prompt.

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John
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Friendly and prompt service, good selection on the menu, enjoyed the Tortilla/Lentil soup.

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Cindy
Houston
37 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We were visiting Dallas for a wedding and decided to take in the Bush Library. We received a confirmation email from the Library which also suggested Cafe 43, so we decided to give it a try. We three had the smoked chicken salad, the avocado toast, and the steak and eggs for lunch. All three entrees were tasty and the service was excellent. We can highly recommend this restaurant and will return on our next visit to Dallas.

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MLBP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had out of town guests visiting from Maryland. They loved touring the library and Cafe 43 was perfect for lunch. They nicely accommodated our large group of 9. Food was fresh and delicious with generous portions.

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vipNola2DFW
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best kept secret in Dallas...Great for a business lunch or brunch with the family!

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vipTomM
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've never been disappointed by the food or service at Café 43, and I say this as no particular supporter of the president of whose library and museum it is a part. They seem never to miss a beat in terms of quality, attention to detail, etc. Highly recommended.

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vipRonC
Dallas
41 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Cafe 43 is a perfect restaurant for an after church dinner or a great place to celebrate an event or just having a great meal. The menu is extensive and quite reasonably priced. The pan fried chicken is unbelievable. Servers are quick and personable without being intrusive. A real gem.

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MargaretW
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant atmosphere, service was excellent and all out dishes were delicious.

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MaryH
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you. Lovely experience and great food and service.

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vipDGHGB
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not only a nice treat before or after visiting the library, it's also a destination restaurant. Terrific cuisine and service. Too bad they are only open for lunch.

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BethH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect place for an elegant meal near SMU and the Park Cities. The lentil tortilla soup was delicious, as was the maple bacon sandwich.

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Kicknkirk
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this spot as it is quite and the service and food are delicious. Overall a great spot if you want to have a good meal and conversation at the same place.

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vipScottB
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best experience in the city. Perfect for family brunch and special occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of town friends

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vipCatHat
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food, great service. Although this restaurant is associated with the George W. Bush Library and Museum, it could well be a stand-alone restaurant and do very well

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treasure and the food was excellent and good value. Will return many times

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
28 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant with good food and service.

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TheresaL
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the shrimp and crab with spaghetti squash, served with a lemony butter sauce that was amazing. My friends ordered two different salads that looked amazing. You won't be disappointed.

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vipSpudmama
Dallas
28 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch spot at SMU/ George Bush Museum.

FAQs

Café 43 is rated 4.8 stars by 1222 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.