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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

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (31)
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Authentic (12)
Healthy (10)
Scenic View (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Cozy (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Fun (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Good for a Date (5)
People Watching (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
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Disabled Access (3)
Seasonal (3)
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 (Dallas)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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·Dined 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great service and the salad was delicious!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 13, 2017

I’m a big fan of café 43. It’s just that our server was having an off day.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

A slight slip in service and food preparation since my last two visits. The orange segments in the chicken salad had large seeds which were not removed. Service was slow to refill water and tea glasses. Also, one of the servers was wearing strong cologne - a huge turnoff while eating food. Butt he overall experience is lovely, as is the view.

Tags: Scenic View, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

We enjoyed a delicious late lunch of creative Texas cuisine. The soups were excellent as was our meal. The staff was courteous and the atmosphere was quiet. This exceeded our expectations! We have already recommended this to our friends and look forward to another dining experience when we return again to the museum. It was instrumental in us becoming members.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Everyone was very nice and the food was delicious, but the waiter was difficult to understand and we got chicken salad instead of the green salad with strawberries and chicken. Perhaps I wasn't clear; I didn't refuse it because the chicken salad was in a cute squattie mason jar and it worked out fine. My college-aged son was a bit disappointed. Desserts were yummy!
We had a great day at the exhibits and loved the coffee in the courtyard.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Tea, Casual, Healthy, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Cafe 43 did not receive the modification from open door of my reservation from 2 to 3. The reception from the host and hostess was not warm or welcoming. It is exciting to invite guests to experience Cafe' 43 and one should expect the host to welcome guests. The restaurant was not busy when we arrived nor when we left.. The hosts did not acknowledge us as we left. While the table staff was attentive the waiter did not give us his name or ask if it was our first time visiting.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We took our 83 year old friend for her first visit to 43 and the Presidential Library at SMU. She loved every minute and every bite. Thank you

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Had a great time visiting the library and seeing Portraits of Courage! Brunch was awesome!!!!

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

My adult daughter is a budding painter, and was very interested in the Wounded Warriors Exhibit. My Sister was visiting from Colorado & both are major George W Bush supporters. My husband & I had never made it to the Presidential Library, so the four of us enjoyed a very relaxing, informative, nostalgic & stirring day. Everything is displayed and presented with impeccable, well thought out detail. We took a break at mid day and visited Cafe 43 for a very delicious lunch (with reservation-highly recommended.) Since we are retired, we visited during a week day, so we didn't see any children, but there are many child oriented, interactive experiences available. All four of us are pleased to give our experience the highest ratings.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on September 27, 2017

The waiter was nicely attentive but patient with us. We had a nice conversation over delicious fresh salads. We had chosen the cafe because we had plans to see Geo W Bush's Portraits of Courage exhibit which we did see after lunch. It was an impressive and moving exhibit.

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Fresh contemporary look and feel with a great view and the food was creative and simply delicious. All the ingredients are local farm to table. I recommend it and will be back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The tortilla soup is delicious! Had the BLT...the sweet bacon was awesome! Definitely will go back again.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 20, 2017

The atmosphere is bright and elegant. We were very pleased with the wonderful wait staff and we were asked if there was anything else we needed - at the appropriate times during lunch. The bread and cracker basket was delicious. When I mentioned that the pimento cheese was too spicy for me (but I have a ridiculously low tolerance for spicy food) - the item was taken off the bill. The shrimp enchiladas were very flavorful, as was the black bean/corn side. I am sorry that we were too full for dessert. Next time I will start with dessert first!

Tags: Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee, Notable Wine List, People Watching
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Cafe 43 provides a very relaxed, yet modern dining experience perfect for business or casual gatherings. The food is consistently rated "excellent" by my guests and colleagues, and the service is at the highest level. Always a much appreciated experience that enhances your business meeting.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 11, 2017

BLT had incredibly sweet and smokey, sugar-cured bacon on rustic wheat bread. Smoked turkey with smoked gouda sandwich featured generous slices carved from whole turkey breast, smoked in-house. Delicious lunch with friendly impeccable service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Everything was great -food, service, atmosphere! Wouldn't change a thing -except maybe the parking situation. Keep up the good work! Would recommend!!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Day out with my sisters to see the Bush library and enjoy a good meal at Cafe 43. Great food and service. Try the banana pecan ice cream you won't be disappointed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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