Café 43

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$30 and under
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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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4.8
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4.7
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MW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MH
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you. Lovely experience and great food and service.

DG
Dallas
4 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.

BH
Denver
1 review
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.

K
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.

SB
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of town friends

CH
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

OT
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant with good food and service.

TL
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.

S
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch spot at SMU/ George Bush Museum.

CH
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great - such a treat after visiting the museum

GF
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have enjoyed lunch at Cafe 43 on several occasions when we bring visiting guests to President Bush's Library/Museum. The food and service are always exceptional! I enjoyed the wood grilled burger, cooked perfectly to my specifications. My wife ordered the shrimp & crab spaghetti squash, which was excellent. And our guests loved their delicious turkey panini sandwiches. You get 4 thumbs-up from this party.

PP
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed lunch with close friends prior to visiting the George W. Bush Library. Being adjacent to the Library made it a "no brainer" and very please with the quality of food, however, the menu could have been a litter more extensive. The only drawback to Cafe 43 would be if, you're not going to visit the Library, finding close by parking and the parking fees, which while reasonably okay, could make it costly if meeting others who have to arrive separately in their own vehicles.

LL
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding salmon salad! That being said, the whole party of 5 plus baby enjoyed their meals. I had to change our reservation number twice and received such courteous service and call-backs each time. It's always a treat to eat at Cafe 43, and the price is reasonable with outstanding food.

Only one thing, we did wish we could have had a cookie that didn't have nuts; our 7-year old is allergic, and he wasn't able to have his favorite dessert--how good the cookies looked, but they weren't for him.

SA
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and the atmosphere were all excellent. I am looking forward to returning to try the brunch.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Came for a grad lunch. Every I was great. Made reservations and confirmed the people. But last minute added one other person when we got there. I understand that was my mistake, but the hostess gave me a really hard time for adding another person. The food and their service other than. That was amazing.

FB
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Our food was average; none of it seemed exceptional, and the pie crust on my husband’s pecan pie was so hard he had to use a knife to cut it. The service was very poor. Our waiter never returned to check on us, and he wasn’t overly friendly. I had to stop someone and request more water, which is all I was drinking. The food arrived after a rather long wait. The waiter brought my husband someone else’s receipt rather than the print out of our own meal, and we watched him going through wadded up receipts to find ours. Overall, a disappointing experience based upon high expectations.

HM
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was great, but the wine list does not correspond to the excellence of the rest of Café 43, it needs a real upgrade, Hugh McClung MD

JL
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect luncheon at Cafe 43 to celebrate our anniversary! The service, food, and ambiance were unmatched. Thank you for your attention to detail and for making us feel special! Can’t wait to come back.

LR
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service!!!

K
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the prices are reasonable. The views were nice but could be improved with landscaping. Enjoyable place for lunch.

MB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe 43 is one of my favorite places to have lunch in Dallas. It is tied to the Presidential Museum and makes a lovely place to dine either before or after the tour.

MM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is lovely. The food is excellent. The service is outstanding.

BR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal, great environment. Nice to be able to have a meal after visiting the GWB Library

LJ
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food!

KM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service is quick. Clean. Friendly staff. You get a lot of food for the price. We had the Ruben sandwich and the grilled cheese/brisket sandwich. It was enough to have shared.

HC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable! Wish we could get the parking complimentary if we dine in restaurant

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a perfect lunch prior to the museum. We all loved our dishes.

A
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food.

g
Dallas
30 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best experience when I come to Cafe 43! Thank you for the outstanding service, food and experience. I cannot wait to return, AND that Avocado Toast was magnificent!

D
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our lunch while visiting the Bush library. Wonderful food and service! Highly recommend Cafe 43!

F
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We were seated near the kitchen and the smell of fish overwhelmed our brunch choices.

MT
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing service and a great top off to the presidential library visit

T
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Outstanding menu and the food was gourmet level delicious!! I would highly recommend stopping here for lunch!!

S
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We picked all of Mrs. Bush's favorite foods and we're not disappointed. Service and ambiance were sophisticated. We had a beautiful and memorable brunch.

KD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our parents to the George Bush Library/Museum for my Dad's 80th birthday. We celebrated at Cafe 43 and the food and service was wonderful. We would definitely go back. He really enjoyed the food and the museum.

n
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really glad we tried Cafe 43. The food was great! The drinks were great! Staff was very attentive. Everything was very clean and definitely added to our day at the library. We look forward to going back soon!!

JC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our lunch at Cafe 43 was a chance for us to enjoy a very nice meal while discussing what we had just seen inside the library. The noise level was low enough that we could talk across the table using only a normal voice level. The wait-staff monitored us and made sure we were doing well. We will be back.