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About Café 43

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.

2943 SMU Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75360
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;

Cross Street:
Bush Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(214) 200-4302

Website:
http://www.bushcenter.com/plan-your-visit/dining

Catering:
Upscale American cuisine focused on locally sourced,seasonal ingredients.

Parking Details:
There are several nearby parking garages on the SMU campus.

Public Transit:
From the Dart Mockingbord Station take the Mustang Express bus route 768.

Executive Chef:
John Maas

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.

Private Party Contact:
Leslie Cravens: (214) 855-4318

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Café 43 Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (38)
Quiet Conversation (29)
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Neighborhood Gem (15)
Healthy (14)
Scenic View (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Fun (11)
Authentic (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Cozy (9)
Tasting Menu (8)
Good for a Date (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
People Watching (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
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Organic (4)
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food in large amounts. The staff is exceptional. You get lots of attention without being bothered. My water glass was never empty. Raphael was delightful and very helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Organic, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Hot Spot, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Excellent service, food, and overall experience make it worth while during a visit to the Bush Center.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2018

If you are visiting the George W Bush Library, then it is a perfect place to stop for lunch. It is right at the library. However, I would not seek it out if not going to the library.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The food and service were excellent! The menu offered a varied selection. I would definitely recommend reservations.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We had six people for lunch and everyone's food was excellent! We had soup, salads, entrees and desserts and they were all delicious. The corn soup was outstanding. They are about to change the seasonal menu, but they said some of the favorites stay. I've eaten there several times and look forward to returning.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

My friend and I enjoyed our lunch experience. Service was wonderful! Our waiter was
attentive, friendly and efficient without being overbearing. And, food was good. Our
waiter was, I believe, Rafael.

Tags: Healthy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Lunch in the Cafe was the perfect ending to a most interesting time ion the Museum/Library for President George Bush 43.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Lovely lunch place. Red water goblets and lovely plated food. Very attentive and prompt service.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Glad I had the chance to experience Cafe 43. Everything was A-okay.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Went to the Cafe after our visit of the Bush Library. Great food for the price. And staff was awesome.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great service. Delicious food. Wonderful setting.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

The ambiance was so quiet and relaxed. Dining at Cafe 43 is a unique experience, because it is dedicated to our 43rd President. The service was unparalleled, and the food was great.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Casual, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Limited menu but had a great time. The food was good but would have liked sweet potato fries instead of regular fries. Nice ambience and not too loud. It was great having lunch right at the museum so that when we were finished we could just walk next door to see the Christmas decorations. Would definitely go again. Waiter was very nice as well.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We always make it a point to have a leisurely lunch at Café 43 when we visit the George Bush Presidential Center. The food is excellent without exception and priced reasonably. This time we had the chicken sandwich and the wood burger with bacon and cheddar cheese, and both selections did not disappoint. The assorted fruit served with each was fresh and delicious. Service was attentive and prompt as usual. A pleasant experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

A wonderful dining experience in conjunction with the beautiful exhibits at the Library.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

I have eaten there twice. Both times the service and the food was very good! The price was very reasonable. A good day . I

Tags: Business Meals, Late-night Find, Fun
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We were celebrating a special birthday and Cafe 43 and the Library were the perfect spot!
The food was delicious!

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Loved everything about Cafe 43. Plan to return next week!

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·Dined on December 11, 2017

We had a wonderful lunch after touring the Bush Library. We shared a superb cheeseburger, which was perfectly cooked, and Mrs. Bush's sandwich, which was also yummy, and fries. Also had a glass of William Hill Chardonnay. The service was perfect---attentive but not overbearing. We would definitely return!

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

A very nice experience. Attentive service and fantastic food.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great service, excellent food and, overall, a wonderful experience!!

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Our waiter, Bernard was friendly, helpful, attentive and patient. One of the ladies in our group is 92. Bernard went out of his way to help her. She was worried the soup might be too spicy so he brought her some samples to taste before she ordered. Really thoughtful and patient.
Lunch was delicious. Highlight was seeing Mrs. Bush!

We will be back. Thank you!

Chris McSwain

Tags: Vegan, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Romantic
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

This was my third visit. Every visit, I and my friends have had extremely friendly staff, great service, and we enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. You can actually have a conversation using your inside voice. Everything we have ordered has been excellent. We'll definitely be back...so many more menu items we want to try! Oh, and Mrs. Bush's cookies are to die for!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We all enjoyed lunch at Cafe 43. There was a nice selection of entrees
, salads, appetizers & sandwiches. The BLT & Mrs. Bushs favorie sandwich were hits. The chicken salad was delicious & the greens that accompanied the salad were dressed with a delicious mustard vinegarette that was very tasty
.

Tags: Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Bernard (I believe) was a wonderful server. Food is always on point and the atmosphere is perfect

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Delightful! Good food; excellent service; wonderful corner window view. I do wish, however, that parking could have been validated. With 5 people in separate cars, that added about $40 to the cost of the meal.

Tags: Seasonal, Fun, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Love love love coming here!

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Southern Benedict with BBQ PULLED PORK was excellent!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I was very comfortable eating lunch alone at this restaurant. It was calm and quiet even though many people were dining while I was there. The soup and salad were delicious. I was hoping a member of the Bush family would be there but none were.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

It had rained all day. The restaurant was cozy. Classy. Great lunch menu. Service outstanding. Food was great.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always a great meal at the Bush Center. Often busy, but never crowded. Great Texas menu, food quality, and service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Enjoyed the food and service! Excellent!!! Love the corn chowder, sandwiches and especially the banana pecan ice cream!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Impressed out of State friends with the menu and quality of food

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Staff was accommodating when we asked to delay reservation from 12:30 to 2:00. Service was prompt and cordial. Delicious soups!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Healthy, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Delicious food, excellent service. Will definitely go back!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 17, 2017

We have dined there several times before going to the George W. Bush Presidential Museum. Café 43 is very convenient combined with a visit to the museum. Or, you can dine there (and go into the museum gift shop) without having a ticket to the museum.

We have dined there about 6 times, and everything is always delicious and very pretty on the plates. The servers are extremely courteous and helpful.

Special touches by Laura Bush are evident in the table service, décor, and attention to detail.

I highly recommend Café 43.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Scenic View, Comfort Food
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food and atmosphere are the stars. The service is also usually excellent. On this occasion, however, I think our server was having a bad day. This is a lovely, elegant lunch spot. I highly recommend

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 15, 2017

This is a really great place. I am so glad we tried it. Wonderful food. The banana nut bread french toast was one of the best french toasts I have ever had. It came with bacon and peach sauce and berries. We also tried the cowboy cookies and they were delicious. Coffee was very good as well. Servers are very attentive.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 15, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Dallas! The atmosphere is 'classy casual' and comfortable. We love the variety of healthy options, and the wines and coffee are excellent. We recommend the beet salad, the chicken schnitzel and the vegetable lasagne, although everything we've ever had has been excellent. The waiters are kind, funny, and go above and beyond to please. If we lived in or near Dallas we'd eat there once a week!

Tags: Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great food! Great service! Great value!
Will go again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre
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