Café 43

4.8
1236 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 1236 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
ambience
4.7
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Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Bluesky
Dallas
32 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was outstanding. Every detail was attended to. The food was delicious. The servings were very generous. The platings were beautiful. I can't wait to go back and try something else.

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Vicki
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful part of the total library experience

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vipStanW
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, many unique Texas dishes. A surprising find.

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KayK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love cafe 43. Food and atmosphere is outstanding.
Very relaxing! The omelet was cooked just right, delicious.
I like the quite atmosphere where I could have a great conversation with my friends.
The waiter was friendly and very attentive.
Can't go wrong eating at cafe 43.

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LindaK
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Relaxing atmosphere.
Delicious food, squash soup was outstanding.
Slow service but personable

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Alan
Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful small restaurant within the George W. Bush Presidential Library. Great food and service

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Vicki
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter left alone to talk. Great snd eonderfil food

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JackieR
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space, delicious food with options for everyone! Will definitely be back again!

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frienddiners
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

I was disappointed again with the quality of the food I was served. I got the lump crab salad and had to use a fork to fish the crab shell pieces out of my mouth.

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frienddiners
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I was disappointed. I did not like the food presentation = salad crammed into a jar. Salad was not tasty- rather dry.

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vipNola2DFW
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best kept secret in Dallas! A great business lunch always...

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JoyT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and excellent food! I loved Mrs. Bush’s favorite sandwich. I added bacon to it!

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JulieR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love going here and taking friends to Café 43. Always a great experience!
p.s. Food is fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
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
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day lunch

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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georgiaf
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
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
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
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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vipAmyW
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Bernard, was very personable and provided professional service. The noise level was appropriate for carrying on a conversation. The food was fantastic!

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vipRonC
Dallas
43 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
6 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
43 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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vipCindy
Houston
38 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
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

FAQs

Café 43 is rated 4.8 stars by 1236 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.