Café 43

4.8
1253 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 1253 people are saying
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vipHeather
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service, as always! Thank you for another great experience, and my parents enjoyed it as well. :-)

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PaulD
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rafael was great - Reuben sandwich and cowboy cookies are excellent

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JackieM
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had lunch while we were touring the George W Bush Presidential Library. The food and the service were were exceptional.

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LauraH
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive wait staff. Atmosphere had modern, clean lines. Healthy options; farm fresh ingredients.

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Christie
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

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AshleyK
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal. We were seated early which was greatly appreciated, and our server tended to our every need. Great meal to accompany a great day at the Bush library!! Thank you so much!

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KarenT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food; innovative! Nice wine choices! Great hostess !

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KarlS
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upscale museum type presentation.
Chicken enchiladas were tasty, decorated with avocado slices.

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DebbieS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken salad was delicious! As was the bread before the meal.

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Suzy
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, wonderful food, beautiful view, and friendly staff.

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BrendaD
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grilled chicken sandwich and chicken salad were excellent. So glad we started our George W. Bush Presidential Library visit at Cafe 43!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was very surprised that there were only two other tables occupied. We’d heard that you had to have a reservation and did.
Bernard was great and took our picture next to one of George’s original paintings.

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Lino
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. The food was great and the service superb. Obviously a great deal of thought and care went into every detail of the Cafe.

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RobertP
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just 2 ladies celebrating their October birthdays! Happy Birthday to the lady that has hers tomorrow! Next time, the museum and library included. Delicious and fabulous lunch!

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JessicaH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Whether you are a local or just visiting Dallas, this is a must do! Besides being in one of the most beautiful areas in Dallas, the food here was exquisite. The ambiance is bright, clean, and peaceful. It's a perfect place for brunch with the girls, a business lunch, or a family outing. It's definitely a more pricey place for lunch, but the food is so good, I don't care. Can't wait to go back!

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vipJackO
Dallas
39 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had visitors from Kansas, and we all were impressed with the excellent food
preparation, and attention from the waitstaff. Everything in this restaurant was first class. Generous proportions, top notch service, and a great value. We will continue to bring our out-of-state guests to Cafe 43.

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BettyBabe
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service for a museum cafe! The chowder had just enough spiciness, Laura’s sandwich was extra large and a delicious blend of flavors, and the waiter steered us to try the banana pecan ice cream that we were Leary of… it was excellent! Highly recommend

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vipcdknewyork19
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Attentive staff, a fantastic setting and wonderful food make this a great place to dine. I loved the views as well.

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ClaudiaC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, nice illumination, good food, maybe increase dessert selection

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CherylP
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect location to celebrate a special birthday! Delicious food, outstanding service and minimal noise, which made visiting with a table of six friends easy and enjoyable!

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vipLnmore
Nashville
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Great atmosphere and neat place. Food wasn’t great.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We ate brunch at Cafe 43 on a Saturday. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We had the chicken enchiladas and the southern Benedict breakfast.

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Foodiegirl
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have had lunch at Cafe 43 at least half a dozen times. It is consistently excellent. Nicely varied menu, excellent service, and a comfortable ambience, I usually combine lunch there with a trip to the Meadows Museum.

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vipLeRoy
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience - excellent service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff and service were exceptional. This is a great place to have business meals.

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vipGaryE
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent service, excellent atmosphere, close to campus

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OpenTable Diner
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, extremely attentive staff, and delicious.

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TEMIII
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Visiting son at college. Toured exhiyand had lunch! Very nice afternoon.

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vipDallasgirl
Dallas
31 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe 43 is a quiet haven in the center of town. When dining at a museum restaurant, you expect mundane. Cafe 43 is always several steps above average with high quality offerings. The wait staff always goes above and beyond. Most restaurants are feeling the pinch of the pandemic worker shortage. Cafe 43 hasn't seemed to miss a beat. My favorite lunch dish is the corn soup. It is superb! Nowhere else in Dallas compares and I would rate it above the best I've had in California (home of Brentwood corn). In Texas most corn soups and chowders are way too heavy on the cream and way too light on the corn. Cafe 43's is actually mostly corn (as it should be) and the complementary delicate crab dusting on top is a nice touch, visually and taste-wise. On different days I've moved on from the corn to a variety of other dishes, but I always start with the soup! A quick look at the lunch menu on any given day may read like any lunch counter from the 70's, however the difference is in the execution and the quality of the ingredients, whether it's the corn soup or the pimiento cheese or the chicken salad. I could rave on and on!

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Carl
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well worth scheduling time for either a meal or a coffee & dessert when visiting the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

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AnneK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It would be nice if you did not have to pay for parking when dining at the restaurant.

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BeBe
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe 43 is always delightful with good food (Congrats to Laura Bush), good service and great ambiance. I personally love eating there and enjoying the library. Nice, pleasant place to have brunch or lunch with good friends.

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twn1
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet, sophisticated, nice menu with quality meals.

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LewisF
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This dining experience was absolutely priceless I had the corn soup the salmon and you have got to get President and Mrs Bush’s ice cream for dessert WOW

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mmltex
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I had the chicken salad. It was very dry and tasteless. The bread accompanying it was very, very good and the salad fresh and crisp. My companion had the pulled pork. It was okay, but not very much cole slaw so the sandwich was a bit dry. The fries were lackluster. Overall, we were somewhat disappointed with the food, but loved the experience. The waiters were wonderful!

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BarbaraR
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, efficient and friendly service, food was delicious.

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Daggie97
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommend dining but a little surprised a military discount was not recognized; as well as in the gift shop.

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MichelleZ
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little cafe for lunch. They had a lot of food options...great service! They have a lovely covered patio for dining when the weather permits!👍

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KarenM
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food is always good but prices could be cheaper.

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NatalieS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sandwiches were DELICIOUS. SERVING SIZE WAS MORE THAN GENEROUS. staff was very friendly and efficient. The original art adds an interesting ambiance.

FAQs

Café 43 is rated 4.8 stars by 1253 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.