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Café 43, Dallas, TX

Café 43

4.8
4.8
1480 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–2:30 pm Brunch Sat 11:00 am–2:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (214) 200-4302
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    John Maas
  • 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
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    Bush Avenue
  • Parking details
    There are several nearby parking garages on the SMU campus.
  • Public transit
    From the Dart Mockingbord Station take the Mustang Express bus route 768.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,480 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dallas

    Best Value

  • Dallas

    Healthy

  • Dallas

    American

1,480 Reviews
  1. Julie

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe 43 is a safe place to dine. The service is great as well as the food. An extra, you can visit the Bush Center exhibit before or after you dine. The exhibit is about freedom and the various forms of it.

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  2. Paul

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was a great place to grab a nice meal while touring the GW Bush Presidential Center. The food and service were both very good and it was a very pleasant ambiance.

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  3. ginaG

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always one of the best meals! Interesting menu with high quality ingredients!

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  4. Bunbury

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe 43 is a delight. The menu has a lot of variety, from avocado toast to salads to sandwiches and chicken dishes. Everything is flavorful and fresh. The servers are professional and helpful and the ambience is cheerful and relaxing. I love the vegan soups.

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  5. DaveE

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a wonderful meal. We ordered the salmon salad and it was terrific. What a beautiful way to start a lovely afternoon.

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  6. AthenaH

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely lunch. Some shared the feta dip and crab salad. It was lovely and quite delicious. We will be back! Thank you for a wovderful meal.

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  7. KelleyW

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience, food, service and atmosphere all Top Notch! KW

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our 3rd visit, and we loved it! The food was absolutely incredible, from start to finish! The prices were not outlandish, and the service, second to none! Highly recommend!

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  9. Stephann10

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Menu included a number of delicious options. I had an amazing vegetarian sandwich with fabulous French Fries. I would make a reservation to insure that you get a table.

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  10. HelmuthL

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a very good place to go for lunch close the SMU campus

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  11. JeanK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The chickpea entree was excellent. Is the Almond Sauce recipe available?

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent restaurant. If the restaurant would validate parking I’d have business lunches there once a month. I suspect others would too. An extra $20 for parking (two parties) makes it a bit expensive.

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  13. WesM

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time & won’t be out last. The food was excellent! Customer service was alert & on top of it.

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  14. SusanD

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I chose to have the First Lady's favorite sandwich. The filling in the sandwich was somewhat mushy and did not taste very good. The bread had been buttered and then grilled. For me, it was way too much butter---too greasy. The sandwich was also very large. I would rather have had a fresher sandwich--not mushy and on healthier whole wheat bread.

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  15. MoJoSt

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The roasted beet salad was outstanding. The Turkey panini was good, but did not stand out. Service was excellent.

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  16. RaynonaH

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quiet day to the cold, rainy weather so the perfect day for long visit over delicious food. Great service and I would recommend!

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  17. SherM

    Dallas

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Such a relaxing place for lunch! Beautiful surroundings, great food, and easy to get to. My only issue is paying $10 for parking. I thought that was a little high.

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  18. rickygee

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best kept secret in Dallas. Excellent all the way around. We went there just to have lunch. Our waiter, Manny, was top notch!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The only issue was the blinds should have been closed without having to ask as the sun was coming in on several of the ladies in our party.

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  20. NYClients

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is always exceptional. One of our favorite places to dine for food, views, venue. Artwork is particularly lovely- we just realized one of our favorite paintings- was done by President Bush! Staff is beyond compare. Attentive, warm, friendly- whether you are dining at Cafe 43 or make a dash to the gift shop- the staff is so fabulous it makes for a great experience on every visit. Only negative: parking. It would be swell if they would validate parking in the restaurant- or at least a discount if you are dining- meeting folks there means we each are paying $10 to park and that discourages more frequently dining at our favorite lunch/brunch spot.

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  21. NancyG

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed lunch. The pastrami sandwich is a very large portion. We suggest there should be a half sandwich option

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  22. TraceyZ

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Warm, welcoming service team. Crab salad was awesome. Restaurant is quiet, despite a number of full tables.

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  23. WendyT

    New Orleans

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful lunch before our visit to GW Bush Presidential Center. Mrs. Bush’s recipes and beautiful artwork offer a stunning backdrop for a great meal. Delicious corn and potato soup, beet salad, turkey panini, and sweet potato fries. Freshly brewed iced tea and great service from Manny rounded out a memorable experience.

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  24. MiMi

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything I've ordered here has been exceptionally good. The ambience is friendly elegance, as is the service in a lovely setting with windows looking out onto the campus.

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  25. Dinner

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A beautiful restaurant with impeccable service. Highly recommend!

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  26. Katherine

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Not downtown, location was confusing. Missed the whole “inside the GW Bush Library part” Brunch was not good Sandwiches were good! They Dont validate parking so not really worth the 10$ parking fee

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  27. SarahK

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an absolutely delicios lunch. The portions were large so plenty for leftovers.

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  28. FrankK

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the food and the service. We will come back again

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  29. DeanW

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lots of choices. Everything we tried was delicious. After touring the library, a perfect place to relax and dine before driving home. So convenient and really good food. Wait staff were attentive and helpful.

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  30. Louise

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We don’t get to Dallas that often but when we do, we make a point to eat at Cafe 43. The food is excellent and it is a very pleasant dining event. We also enjoy visiting the Bush Library. Thank you.

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  31. DinerJ

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, service and ambiance were perfect! Enjoyed it all.

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  32. JRMC

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good menu--taste-wise and selection-wise. Service was attentive. It is just too loud. A large group in the back were celebrating and it was difficult to hear amongst our table...all agreed. There appears to be nothing to absorb the noise.

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  33. BarbP

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent and moderately priced. Service was excellent, as well. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful.

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  34. georgiaf

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is noisy, but other than that, everything was great! I have been several times before. I will definitely go back and have recommended to others.

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  35. PanDu

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Atmosphere allowed us to visit and able to hear each other. We were seated by the window and had a nice view. Staff was friendly and helpful and very polite. Brian had a special greeting at our table as he recognized our name and knew my son. Very thoughtful. Food was delicious. Lovely birthday celebration for my friend

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service with outstanding food quality and variety. Been here several times and it is always top notch.

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  37. Jacqueline

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant. Never disappoints. Great gem.

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  38. BlessedW

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was impeccable - attentive without being obtrusive. The ambiance was delightful for the sunny fall day we visited. And we absolutely LOVED the Whipped Feta Cheese with honey, pistachios and pomegranate arils. My daughter was recently diagnosed with ALS and we are trying to make happy memories for her. My only complaint is the bathrooms are really not very comfortable when having to deal with a wheelchair. Thank you for a delightful visit.

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  39. RiffRaff

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great pleasure to have lunch here!! Thank you!!

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  40. RonC

    Dallas

    134 reviews

    5.0

    134 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What a wonderful experience. A great cafe located inside a presidential museum. The menus are extensive and wonderfully prepared and served by impeccable servers. Ms. Bush’s Sandwich is fantastic. Breakfast and brunch will make you a favorite repeat customer. Our favorite restaurant.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

Café 43 is rated 4.8 stars by 1480 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Google Map for Café 43

2943 SMU Blvd., Dallas, TX 75205

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Bush Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–2:30 pm Brunch Sat 11:00 am–2:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    There are several nearby parking garages on the SMU campus.
  • Public transit
    From the Dart Mockingbord Station take the Mustang Express bus route 768.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    John Maas
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (214) 200-4302
  • 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
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