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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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem. Impeccable service, creative entrees, local ingredients and local craft beer selections.

SB
Orlando
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive staff, lovely setting and most delicious food. A real treat to enjoy a meal with a friend and be able to talk and hear one another. I always bring friends and relatives to Café 43.

C
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, quiet atmosphere and decent food. A bit pricey for what you get and French toast appeared to not be made fresh - was still frozen in the middle. Mozzarella in panini sandwich was rubbery. Heuvos rancheros very good.

SW
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing!! Great service and plenty of menu options.

JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

variety on the menu with suggestions from the waiter, great customer service

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family in town❣️

DV
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal and wonderful service.

SG
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had been wanting to try Cafe 43 after hearing good things about it and it lived up to expectations - food and service were very good!

MW
Savannah
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have already recommend Cafe 43 to several friends! We had such a wonderful time while there. Isidro was our waiter and he was attentive, well mannered and knowledgeable. The ambiance of the space was wonderful and we felt like we were comfortably dining outside in the prairie without the heat and the bugs!
If it had been busier, we felt like the noise level would have been much louder with the high ceilings and hard surfaces. Not sure how to overcome that, as it's the interior architecture. I recommend going at quiet times, like 11:00 am Sunday.

CA
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose this restaurant due to the great reviews and because of the double bonus of seeing the George W. Bush Library museum. We had the spinach omelet which was prepared to perfection with a side of fruit and small salad. Just enough food and not too much. We spoke with nearby patrons who ordered sandwiches and loved their meals as well. Quality ingredients, prepared with care and photo worthy. The St. Germaine mimosa topped it off. Lovely.

T
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting the George W. Bush Presidential Library and planned to eat at Cafe 43 because we had had such lovely experiences previously. They did not disappoint. We each got a different menu item and all were fresh, creative, and tasty. The service was prompt and excellent. We loved the view from the floor to ceiling windows. Our guests were very impressed.

MS
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very enjoyable way to begin our visit to the Museum and Library. Service was superb! Everything was delicious, but the homemade ice cream was especially impressive.

JB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, sandwhich and a burger and very reasonble too. The service was excellent and a great view of the gardens. Perfect before visiting the Presidental library but it would be nice by itself too.

EG
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my friend's 80th birthday . The food was delicious. It was a bit too noisy but the service by Bernard was awesome. He made my friend feel important and even sang Happy Birthday in a soft crooner voice. He was excellent

J
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic restaurant for lunch. The food is amazing. The waitstaff are very professional and nice.

S
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place for lunch. We enjoyed Laura Bush’s favorite sandwich, and the corn soup. The artwork and setting make this a nice venue.

SK
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for lunch! I love taking out-of-town guests there after visiting the library! And my friend‘s daughter is starting SMU this fall, so another perfect time to entertain at lunch! Food and service wonderful!

KH
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the atmosphere and cold temperatures in this hot August heat! Service was above and beyond excellent and the food was delicious. My husband had corn chowder soup with crab that he said was amazing! I had a dinner salad with their fabulous homemade balsamic vinaigrette which was outstanding. We both chose chicken enchiladas for our entree. The portion was huge and did not disappoint. Their refried black beans were also very delicious. Iced tea glasses were kept full. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance and dining experience.

LG
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent attentive service! We were seated right away. There is original art on display and even one of President Bush’s! You don't have to pay to park and just take the walkway to the Cafe. The food was delicious. We visited the gift shop, too, but did not have time for the library.

DN
Savannah
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bloody Mary was tasty and the chicken
enchiladas were amazing.

MR
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delight to eat at Cafe 43 for lunch. The atmosphere is quiet and beautiful. The service is outstanding and the food was delicious. There were six in my party and all of us ordered different entrees and desserts. None were disappointed. It is a treat to eat at this restaurant. We will definitely be back.

JB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a salad and grilled chicken sandwich with fries and both were good, iced tea and service were excellent.

MB
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating at Cafe 43 is a special treat! The ambiance is wonderful for many different occasions. I feel "presidential" when I eat there.

m
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

My husband and I were disappointed in the quality of the food at this restaurant. It was billed as farm to table, upscale food. My husband enjoyed his Reuben corned beef sandwich, but the corned beef was simply packaged lunch meat. My lump crab salad came with a scoop of mayonnaise crab salad on the side of a small pile of mixed greens. It was ok, but tasted a bit fishy. Certainly not fresh. The pecan pie was tasteless, partially frozen, and the crust was tough and chewy. It was set on top of a strong bourbon sauce.

For the price and the advertised quality, this was a mediocre experience at best. The service was good, and we had a nice table next to the window. For your money, you could snack at the snack bar next to the courtyard, and eat somewhere else later.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A little loud for lunch conversation.

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good gluten free options

C
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant and always include it as part of the day when visiting the Bush Library. Food is always fresh and delicious!

MO
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the fourth time I have dined at Cafe 43 and it did not disappoint! The food here is always delicious and the service is always magnificent.

WV
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was subpar. Had the Snitzel. Boring breaded chicken with boiled potatoes. Corn soup was good but a little spicy. Wine disappointing.

LM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful room, delicious food, an excellent Brunch every time! (I have been here 4 times).

SR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Good service. Very average food with limited options for vegetarians.

OT
Shreveport
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Table by the window area is hot in the summer, would prefer shades drawn when it's very hot in the afternoon, so the sun doesn't come thru so directly.

N
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great lunch after visiting the Presidential Library. Excellent service and made my husband's 50th birthday surprise special with some of the famous Bush cookies! Thanks for a great lunch!

j
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was really good!! Had the avocado toast and the shrimp and crab with butternut squash. The service was also great.

K
Dallas
89 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We only go to Café 43 for lunch about once a year since it is so expensive, but we've had the same server several times and he makes it a pleasure to be there. Rafael G is simply the best and a delight to have around. Service is smooth and efficient, Rafael G is interested in us and always has something interesting to say, he made an older friend feel special on his birthday with a candle in his banana nut ice cream, he gives us time to talk and catch up without sacrificing service, etc. etc. The food at Café 43 is very good but the service from RG makes lunch seem special.

GN
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was pricey for the amount we received////

m
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a must for delicious food and great ambiance.

HM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is just what you would expect: great choices on menu, great food, atmosphere friendly and quiet, prices reasonable.

MB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our wonderful experience started off with a warm welcome by the receptionist/hostess. The waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and offered timely service. The atmosphere was business casual and was conducive to a lunchtime conversation. We topped our delicious meal off with berry cobbler and a scoop of vanilla (bean) ice cream. Can't wait to go back to have another lunch. Reservations highly recommended.

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