Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to Main Content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. Dallas - Fort Worth
  4. Dallas
  5. Downtown
Café 43, Dallas, TX

Café 43

4.8
4.8
1353 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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

Popular dishes

What 1,353 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
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dallas - Fort Worth

    American

  • Dallas

    Best Service

  • Dallas

    Best Value

  • Dallas

    American

Sort by

Filters

  1. MR

    MariR

    Naples

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visited for a birthday lunch while visiting the Meuse. Very friendly hostess who accommodated us early. Drink menu was good. We had the Texas Mimosa which has Deep Eddys Ruby Red vodka, Prosecco and orange juice. Yummy!! The corn soup very good with a little Bite to it. I had the lump crap salad which was just the right portion and husband had a grilled chicken sandwich that was huge and served with sweet potato fries. Skipped dessert. Service was good, our server was a bit dry, didn’t speak much which was a bit strange but maybe he was having a bad day.
  2. MW

    MikeW

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall, a good experience. Menu was full of options and many of them healthy and delicious. Service was good, food came out fast. Would go again.
  3. JH

    JenniferH

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful interior, very classy. Our server was professional. The food was the star, excellent quality and quantity. Very simple menu which we appreciated. Highly recommend.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, quiet atmosphere, lovely experience! Will return again soon.
  5. KU

    KristenU

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting the Presidential Center and celebrating the New Year.
  6. SS

    SusanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful including the hostess, server, management, food quality, atmosphere. Thank you so much!
  7. W

    Wadski

    Dallas

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, great service, outstanding staff.
  8. GH

    GaryH

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our family has a tradition of going to Cafe 43 on Christmas Eve. It is always a very enjoyable experience. Great service, great food!
  9. BG

    BobG

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Waiter had good recommendations. Not very friendly parking. Came just for lunch, and parking was $6.50.
  10. MB

    MichelleB

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe 43 is a wonderful place to have a meal. Veronica greets people at the desk with a smile and is very efficient in her position. Sherry was our server yesterday and was outstanding!
  11. SA

    SusieA

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The perfect place for lunch with a first time visitor to Dallas in a very cold day. We, along we her son, arrived towards the end of the lunch service but never felt rushed. Soup and the salmon entree were delicious and we finished with coffee.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe 43 is always an amazing dining experience. The service is wonderful and the attention to detail is impeccable!
  13. LZ

    LauraZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food Excellent service look forward to eating there again soon.
  14. NA

    NeilA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nothing to complain about here!! Great food, great service, good times. No TV's - what a concept!!
  15. DG

    DustinG

    Indiana

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Surprising food quality and stellar service. Recommend Cafe 43 for work lunches near SMU/Bush Library.
  16. MK

    MKT56

    Dallas

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    While the lunch food, ambience, and service were fine; there is not a chance that we are coming back when the restaurant won’t validate the parking ticket!! Paying $8-10 for parking, after paying for lunch, was ridiculous and unacceptable!! 2 others who dined with me agree wholeheartedly!
  17. KH

    KathrynH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food, service and ambiance were wonderful. Highly recommend Cafe 43.
  18. JA

    JeffA

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time to eat here and it was great again!
  19. DS

    DonyaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious gourmet food for very affordable prices. Excellent end to a great outing ;)
  20. R

    Richard

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service, excellent food, but a little pricey.
  21. f

    foodie

    Dallas

    135 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    135 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I love the atmosphere and the service in this restaurant. The food is solid. Would prefer to have more healthy options. It is outstanding for a pleasant meal in a lovely atmosphere that I can hear the people I’m speaking with.
  22. DM

    DanM

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Bernard is a great waiter. The setting was perfect
  23. j

    junekid

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service from our server, Bernard was excellent. There was a nice variety of items for lunch. Mrs. Bush's Favorite Sandwich was delicious. Seemed like there was a mix of business lunches and tourists eating.
  24. AW

    AmyW

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good. Food and service were great. Loved the salad and the cookies were delicious!
  25. TZ

    TraceyZ

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and fresh, delicious lunch. Nice atmosphere.
  26. j

    jrh59

    San Antonio

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best lunch I have ever had in Dallas. Perfection
  27. DG

    DeniseG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    The overall experience was good. Our waiter forgot about us and we sat without being able to order our food for about 20 minutes, so my co-worker had to flag down the manager to take our order. Other than that, it was a great experience.
  28. I

    Inkicat

    Pittsburgh

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe 43 is located in the Bush Presidential Library, so the location was perfect for our visit to the library. A good friend that lives close to the SMU campus recommended Cafe 43 and it was great advice. Our meal was excellent and the staff was very professional.
  29. D

    Debbie

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a beautiful day to sit on the terrace and enjoy my Aunt's birthday lunch! The food was very good. I had the salmon salad and my Aunt had the chicken sandwich. We enjoyed both!
  30. GB

    GaeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a delicious meal after our tour of the museum. I expected high quality from the Bush family and it was all and more than I anticipated! The staff was courteous and the food outstanding.
  31. AM

    AnnaM

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Cafe 43 is a wonderful spot for lunch with or without a visit to the Bush Museum. Sit on the terrace if it is a nice day. The location is peaceful and the landscaping is very pretty. The menu is small and mostly focused on "lunch" items of sandwiches and salads; although, it does have a few other choices. The Cowboy Cookies are a must-try if you like cookies. The staff is very accommodating. Note: parking is $5 in the designated parking lot across from the museum, even if you are a member of the museum. The surrounding parking lots and garages are also pay-to-park. No valet parking or street parking.
  32. J

    Julie

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food at a reasonable price. Beautiful views and you will feel like you are out in the country. Certainly recommend this restaurant.
  33. DH

    DanielH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It is a beautiful room, the food was good, and we all had a great time. One thing you might consider is shades or curtains. As our lunch progressed, some of us had the sun in our eyes. It would have been good to be able to adjust curtains to avoid this.
  34. AJ

    AubreyJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Entrees were delicious and the noise level was ideal!
  35. AA

    AdrianaA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Limited but smart selection options. We order two appetizers and and two main course and everything was delicious. Our server was attentive and courteous. We had a nice lunch. I would recommend if you are visiting the museum and find yourself craving a nice meal.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed our time at the cafe. Very good food, reasonably priced.
  37. EJ

    EdJudyH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend this outstanding lunch venue during visits to George W. Bush Library and Museum.
  38. CH

    CindyH

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful place for lunch. I love that you can have a conversation without loud music! Food is always great!
  39. G

    Gina

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is so delicious and great variety and beautifully presented. Plus, it has good atmosphere and easy to visit because it is not too loud and the tables are comfortably spread out. Highly recommend!!
  40. JR

    JohnR

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Lovely setting as part of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Staff very welcoming and well-trained for excellent service. The dining space could get noisy when filled with customers. We were the first to arrive. Food was very good, except the lump crab salad was minced, not lump and tasted a bit "fishy".

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 1353 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 4 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

  • 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

  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information
Copyright © 2023 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo