Café 43

4.7
1041 reviews
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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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Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Delicious menu.

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m
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe 43 staff was wonderful, ambiance was exquisite, food presentation superb, and was delicious. Restaurant was meticulously clean.

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T
Dallas
49 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Some of the crackers served with the bread basket were very stale. The waiter was not very attentive and never said thank you. The soups are outstanding; the sandwiches are generally very good.

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LC
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious and creative menu with wonderful ambiance. Great place for drop in lunches and good visiting!

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JB
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

We were very much looking forward to our lunch at Cafe 43.
Positives- Ambiance was amazing. Felt fine dining without being stuffy. Food was amazing. Service was efficient. Food presentation and taste was perfection. I had the brisket grilled cheese with fruit and my boyfriend had the burger with fruit. Taste was exceptional, mouth watering

Cons- unfortunately found what appeared to be a beard hair or short black hair in my sandwich towards being finished it. Which was unfortunate because the sandwich was delicious, just left a bad taste upon finishing what had been a great lunch. With both of us being in the hospitality industry did not want to cause a fuss, just wanted to bring to someone’s attention to avoid that happening in the future. My sandwich was comped which again, we did not look for as I had eaten most of it, was just wanting to inform someone. Server was extremely efficient with refills, taking order, etc. but lacked any personality or personal feeing.

Would highly recommend and would love to come back again.

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B
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was well prepared.

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JA
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have visited Café 43 a number of times and each experience has always been outstanding. Every menu item that my wife and I have tried has been well seasoned and presented. This time I enjoyed the baked flounder, which was served with a delicious sauce and tasty asparagus, and my wife had the corned beef sandwich on marbled rye, which had a generous portion of meat. The service was excellent as usual.

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g
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is always fabulous! Menu is outstanding and the service the best. We were there for four hours catching up with each other and the staff could not have been friendly or more accommodating. A must to visit.

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LM
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved having lunch here after visiting the Bush museum. Our table was welcoming when we sat down with the water poured in pretty red goblets and warm bread in the center of the table. There were many great choices for soup, salad or sandwiches; all with a unique twist.

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OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great meal after the Christmas decorations. The carrot soup was amazing. The service was perfect.

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DB
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service!! Delicious food! We’ve been here several times and our experience has consistently been GREAT!!!

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g
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful and the service was excellent!

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G
Dallas
51 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Reception service poor

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FP
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Omelette and hamburger rave reviews at our table; other two lunches were ok; very nice museum cafe.

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TS
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salmon and flounder were both very nice, and sandwiches were big portions.

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HK
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took the family out for brunch. Outstanding food at a reasonable price. The menu is simple and has some good comfort food and will have something for everyone. Would definitely make a trip and good for taking friends that are in town so they can experience the museum.

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DB
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent food and the service is always excellent. I always enjoy dining there.

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KH
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good and the service was exceptional! We all loved the fried avocado appetizer. We will come again!!

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DH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simple elegence with a relaxed setting. Food was perfectly prepared and beautifully displayed. The food flavor was perfectly balanced. Servers were attentive and friendly. We will dine here again.

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PC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable lunch with friends. Would definitely choose this place again. Just wished we didn’t have to pay for parking.

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LS
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a lovely place to gather and the food was outstanding!

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CG
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! Menu was so good it was hard to choose!

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VI
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the food, service and ambiance!! The only thing that could have made it better would have been to see Mrs. Bush!!! Love her!!!

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T
Dallas
50 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food, as usual, was very good. Good value. Waiter was just average--not very attentive. Great place to go before or after visiting the Bush Museum in the Presidential Center.

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C
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and service.

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DB
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come every year. We love to treat ourselves. The food is always excellent!

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EH
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super meal, along with superior service. Five Stars all the way!

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A
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The venue and food were wonderful. Three things keep me from giving the experience a 5-star review:
1) A little ant was crawling across the menu just as one of the members of our party started reading it. We shooed the aunt off the menu and onto the floor.
2) My daughter found a hair in her meal about halfway through it, so she stopped eating it. She didn't mention it until after we'd left, otherwise I would have sent it back.
3) Those kinds of things happen sometimes, so we weren't upset; however, what did cloud our experience was a waitress who didn't introduce herself, never once smiled and showed no sign of caring or interest in the experience of the customers she was serving. "Sour" would be an appropriate way to describe her. Perhaps she got some terribly bad news before coming to work that day, but she definitely did not serve as a good ambassador for the Café 43 brand. It was disappointing, especially since this was a holiday gathering for our group of five. Her grudging approach darkened the otherwise pleasant restaurant ambiance.

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C
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a nice lunch with beer and wine before touring the Presidential Library. The Lump Crab salad was delicious and was a good size portion. My husband had a sandwich, but I don’t recall the name. He ate the whole thing with zero complaints. Fast and fried service.

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JA
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable experience, very good atmosphere and food was excellent. The service was outstanding.
Would recommend the Cafe43 to others.

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JD
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Café 43 has a unique menu of distinctive dishes. The atmosphere and service are excellent and it is convenient to the SMU campus. I've dined there several times and have never had an experience that was sub-par. I highly recommend it.

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K
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An enjoyable experience while visiting the library. Food and service were outstanding.

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SM
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always good. Convenient for SMU faculty, staff, parents and students.

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best, especially at Christmas for a friend's get together luncheon. My panini was excellent but I had hoped for the Blt.

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MN
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful end to a day at the Library.
The menu had so much to choose.
The desserts all looked wonderful, but, the pear cobbler was outstanding!

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BM
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the perfect Sunday lunch after leisurely pursuing the museum. I made the reservation online via open table. My request for a window seat with a view was remembered. The service was very attentive and professional, not intrusive, quite professional. My husband and I enjoyed a glass of wine, shared an appetizer before we each had a different lunch entree. The food was delicious. I had the lump crab salad, he had I think a brisket sandwich served with fresh fruit. We really could not have enjoyed it more, and we will be back, bringing friends and/or family for a memorable meal. Thank you to the Cafe 43 staff!

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D
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is amazing! Not your typical museum food at all! Have dined here 3 times and we are never disappointed!!! Go here even if you’re not going to the museum! Food is top notch, service is great and the atmosphere is great! Going back in warmer months and sit outside.

Only downside is the parking.

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RF
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had reservations at 1:00 for December 7, 2018. We arrived to see a long line waiting to get a seat for the restaurant. To my pleasant surprise we were taken right to our seats. The food was delicious and they have a good Children's Menu. We all enjoyed the food and the attentive service. Great way to celebrate with the family after touring the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

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H
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Clean. Excellent servers. Bright lighted. Varied menu.

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a
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went through the library and then had lunch after it was so amazing and I can't wait to go back

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