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Café 43

4.8
895 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Great for Lunch
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Worth the Drive
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
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Phone number
(214) 200-4302
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
John Maas
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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.
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Private party contact
Leslie Cravens: (214) 855-4318
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Catering
Upscale American cuisine focused on locally sourced,seasonal ingredients.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bush Avenue
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Parking details
There are several nearby parking garages on the SMU campus.
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Public transit
From the Dart Mockingbord Station take the Mustang Express bus route 768.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 895 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Quiet
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

It was a fantastic meal. The Reuben sandwich was very fresh and my friends felt the same. A nice relaxing atmosphere.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

This was my first time to eat at Cafe 43 and it was so good! The food was fresh and delicious. The servers were very helpful and attentive. We will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Very pleasant atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff, good selection of food options, and well priced. I had the chicken salad served with tasty wheat toast and extra tasty chicken mix. My fiance said his corned beef sandwich was the best Rueben style sandwich he has had in years. The caramel brownie with ice cream desert is rich rich rich-share worthy for sure! We would definately dine here again.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

For a "library restaurant," this was a pleasant surprise. There is a varied menu, including starters, salads, sandwiches, entrees, and desserts. The corn soup with crab was delicious and a lovely start to our meal. Presentation was also quite nice. Service was okay, but our server seemed to be having a bad day, as he had very little interaction with us. Other servers seemed to be much more engaged with their guests. Would definitely go back, but hope for a friendlier server.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This was a three-generation lunch gathering: my 88-year-old mother and my younger daughter gathered for lunch prior to visiting the First Ladies exhibit. My older daughter joined us after lunch to visit the museum exhibits. The lunch experience was excellent!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Brunch on Saturday❗️

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

For there for brunch when it opened and it was empty, so service was fantastic. Not a typical museum restaurant - lovely venue.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Café 43 for our girlfriend outing to see the First Lady Exhibit then a leisurely lunch was a perfect setting. We each ordered a different sandwich and everyone's meal was exceptional. We were able to stay and visit for 1 1/2 hours and did not feel rushed. Our server was excellent with a great personality.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Really enjoyed the food and service was excellent. There was a large group and the room was very noisy

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The food was out of this world. Excellent options for all. The BLT and the Laura's Favorite sandwich was outstanding. I highly recommend you save room for a scoop of homemade banana pecan ice cream!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Cafe 43 is a great place for lunch. They have a varied menu with great choices and the service is unbelievable

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Excellent, Delicious, beautiful decor, understated Elegance with Southern gracious charm. Just what I would expect from President and Mrs. Bush.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

We arrived 15 minutes early for our reservation & were warmly & enthusiastically greeted & seated by charming receptionist. The waiter was cordial, very informative & accommodating. The food was fresh, VERY appetizing & visually appealing. Definitely, a FIVE-star presentation & execution.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Classy place with great food and view of gardens at moderate price. Food is fresh including fresh brewed iced tea. It's not a huge menu, but everything is well prepared. You don't have to pay admission to GW Bush Library to dine there. However, parking will be a hike - but worth it.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I initially received the incorrect order which took some time to correct. Once I received the correct food, it was good.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

5 of us went to Cafe 43 for Easter brunch. Had a very nice dining experience. May brother loved the peach and banana French toast on pecan bread. Shrimp and grits were delicious. My husband got the southern Benedict and really enjoyed it. Mimosas made with grapefruit juice were a nice change to the traditional mimosa. Would definitely eat here again & go back for a tour of the Bush library. :)

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great service, food and wonderful to tour the Bush Library and Museum after lunch. Made Easter Sunday brunch peaceful and delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The food is always excellent. The portions are perfect. This is the ideal spot for lunch when enjoying a visit to the Bush Library/Museum.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Enjoyed a fantastic lunch with friends visiting from South Africa. The service was perfect and the food outstanding.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The service has always been outstanding at Cafe 43. The quality of the food is very good. However, we have eaten at Cafe 43 several times and the menu never seems to change. I would like it to get a little more creative and have entirely different menus with the seasons.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

We enjoyed lunch before our museum tour. We enjoyed that also.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

food and service were excellent. The restaurant was a very nice addition to our visit to the presidential museum

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The bread was ok but the food was excellent! Our server was very friendly and accommodating.
I had the Corn soup and spaghetti squash which i highly recommend. I will be back soon for sure!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food was very good and the service outstanding. Very friendly and attentive wait staff.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

I took my brother and friend from Chicago there after going through the museum. We made a reservation and were seated promptly. The food was delicious as always and the service friendly and attentive. It is a gem!

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2.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Very disappointed. Brisket was riddled with lumps of fat. Inedible.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

It was good; the waiter needed more training.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Cafe 43 never disappoints and it's always a treat to eat and enjoy good food & service!

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Unique location at the Bush Museum. The food is great, and the waiter was very friendly. I wish it were open in the evenings, as well.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

It wasn’t busy which gave the staff a little more time on their hands. It became intrusive with them hovering around and taking plates before we were really finished. Food was very good.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Best Corned Beef (Reuben) sandwich ever! Laura's favorite sandwich was also excellent

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

one of our favorite restaurants in dallas for lunch or brunch. bright happy décor, excellent menu and everything on the menu tastes sensational. Service is always excellent.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Had Sunday brunch, servers kept our water glasses full and food served at once for large party as well as hot. My Dallas daughter said food was nothing special- but everyone left full and happy.
Bon Appetit!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Very pleasant, relaxed atmosphere. Perfect conclusion to our tour of the Bush Library. Food was delicious. Wait staff attentive but not obtrusive. Thank you for such a wonderful experience!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Great seevice. Great food. Great views. Great place to visit.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Spent Valentine's Day lunch at Cafe 43 and thoroughly enjoyed the leisure and special menu for the occasion. 1st the crab mushroom spinach fondue was so delightfully light and scrumptious with the brioche toast points. We tried each of the entrees and shared. The blend of flavors were so delicate and all so fresh. Topping it off with pecan banana ice cream and rich hot coffee. Complimented with Llano wines and Dallas Blonde beer. Our waitress , Marsha was the best and fun. We never felt rushed. Would recommend it for any occasion. Bon Appétit!

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Enjoyed our dishes esp the cheesecake dessert. Our waiter was terrific.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Café 43 is only open for lunch/brunch but worth fitting this into your schedule during the week or on the weekends even if not visiting the George Bush Presidential Library. Service was great and so was the food.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

We enjoyed the food and service. We were not rushed as we had lots to talk about.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

'43s' service was impeccable and the food was over the top good. I had the smoked chicken salad and my cousin had the chicken schnitzel. Presentation of both was beautiful, portions sizable and absolutely delicious. First visit but will return soon.

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