Café 43

4.7
965 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Local Ingredients
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 965 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined a day ago

Parking is a little high considering many presidential library’s don’t charge to park

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Café 43 was amazing. We were visiting the Presidential Library and was reviewing website and noticed a restaurant and the menu looked very good. Made reservations for the day of our visit. The service was beyond anything expected and our waiter was knowledgeable of the menu, the ingredients and was an overall delight.
The Bloody Mary was very tasty and just a hit of spice. I had the Shrimp/Crab Spaghetti Squash and my partner had the chicken and corn pancakes. We each tasted the others and both were amazing.
To top off our experience she had Laura's favorite cookies and ice cream and I had the Bush's favorite banana/pecan ice cream.
The price was right and the food exceptional. We have visited all but 2 Presidential Libraries and hands down the Bush Library provides the best food choices.
If we lived in lived in the Dallas area we would frequent the Café 43 often.
Please give our compliments to the chef and to the waiter.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

A beautiful, peaceful setting was the backdrop for absolutely delicious food and adult beverages. The waitstaff was attentive without being obtrusive; our waiter made good recommendations when asked, and we all had a delightful time. The Southern Benedict was a standout, but everything was yummy. The only drawback was that we were too full to try any of the amazing-sounding desserts. The only drawback was having to pay for parking.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

If visiting the Bush Presidential Center, this is an ideal spot to eat as well as enjoy the exhibits.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

We stopped in Cafe 43 after visiting the presidential museum. Beautiful decor. Very refined with interesting paintings and lots of sunlight. The food was delicious and the service very friendly. Perfect end to our visit.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Except for the cold temperature of the room, everything was very nice.

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2018

We enjoyed the atmosphere and the lunch salads. Desserts were also a nice indulgence!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Excellent brunch. We’ve been there many times for lunch. Always an excellent experience. Bring just as good.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The atmosphere is lovely at this cafe that is part of the George W. Bush presidential museum on the SMU campus. Big windows overlook the campus and areas planted with native grasses, and the art on the walls includes a piece from Mr. Bush himself. Our service was outstanding, and the value is excellent as well. The food is very good, but does not reach the level of outstanding because of some little inconsistencies. My daughters loved the avocado toast that they ordered, but I was less impressed by my chicken served with a corn pancake. The flavors melded together well, but it all felt a little dry. Nevertheless, I highly recommend this restaurant for its inventive dishes made with local ingredients, the unexpectedly low prices on the brunch menu, and the convenience to the museum.

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2018

I was expecting something wonderful & ordered the Smoked Chicken Salad ... which all I could taste was the ‘special’ vinaigrette used to dress this salad. Chicken looked drab and was cold.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Cafe 43 was excellent! The service was wonderful, and the food was fantastic!

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2.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Cafe 43 is a unique brunch spot. However it is overpriced and not for the casual diner. Some people will like the Texas ingredients but it tends to be a little bland. Everything I have tried there has been very dry. They should try addiusome sauces to their meat dishes

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

My wife and I visited the Bush Library and Museum for about two hours then broke for lunch that was more than we expected. The service and food were excellent. We both had the lump crab salad served with a large avocado half filled with the crab plus greens and corn with bacon bits and a great vinegarette dressing, paired with a very good chardonnay. Enough to give us the energy to attack the museum for another couple of hours. It enhanced the whole day's experience.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

The menu was a dream list of Texas favorites. But the food was bland. Even salt and pepper didn’t enhance the dishes we each ordered enough to call them flavorful. But the location is stunning and the staff from host stand to wait staff was excellent and took great care of us. Just ramp up the flavors please.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

I was visiting in the Dallas area and the George W Bush Presidential Museum. I ate at Cafe 43 during my visit. I ordered the banana, peach,pecan french toast which was more like a bread/ cake. It was delicious . The waiter was very polite and the whole atmosphere was relaxing. Pricing seemed comparable to other area restaurants.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Food was amazing. The quality was really good an the price was cheap. Definitely recommend this place, especially if visiting the Bush Library.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

This is a very special place. It was my sister’s birthday, and we had a wonderful time. We never felt rushed, yet we received wonderful attention from the staff. I highly recommend Cafe 43.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. We will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

The food was incredible and so was the service, very reasonably priced. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone looking for a nice but fairly priced meal.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Cafe 43 is a Diamond Star culinary experience! The food is fabulous! The service is superior! The atmosphere is refreshing! I am so grateful to have dined at such an extraordinary restaurant! I am spreading the word!

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Great service, professional Staff. All four dishes were excellent. The only negative is the noise level. A busy place.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

OMG!!!! It was delicious!!!!!!!!!! I highly recommend this restaurant. Waitstaff was professional and kind, food was amazing and unique. They have their own pastry chef! Wow. Wow. Wow.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

What a wonderful place to sit down with friends and family after touring the Presidential Library! Great food, pleasant atmosphere, lots of light and impeccable service!!!!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Brunch was delicious! The menu had something for everyone. It was the perfect place to bring my brother from out of town for him to experience a taste of Texas.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

My husband and I had a delicious meal before visiting the museum. The wait staff were very attentive and helpful with the menu. I was happy they serve Gluten Free bread so I had lots of options. The room is very large and open with hardwood floors and floor to ceiling windows. Very beautiful but also noisy. There is nothing to absorb the sound. If you like loud noisy restaurants this is the place.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

My Mom and I had a delicious lunch here...She had the smoked chicken salad and I had the salmon salad. Both were excellent. We also splurged on some of Laura Bush's cookies with vanilla ice cream for dessert. Although we only had iced tea, they do have an excellent selection of wines by the glass. Bright, elegant space for a fun lunch date!

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Loved it! Such a treat and extra benefit when visiting the library!

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Never disappointed dining here; menu has been refreshed and the changes are appropriate for both the season and the setting. Prices are still reasonable.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Great experience at Cafe 43! Fabulous food, restaurant and service! Will absolutely return back even if not visiting the George W. Bush library.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Good spot to have lunch and take a break from the Bush Museum. We had the grilled chicken sandwich which was very good. Nice atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

My husband and I love the food and the staff here. Always a great lunch date. Mrs. Bush’s sandwich on the menu is the my favorite sandwich in town. :)

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Our favorite place for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Great service. Very civilized place. Menu is not extensive but I think there is something for everyone. And they have a fantastic Bloody Mary!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Wonderful restaurant! The food was delicious and the sercice was excellent! If you ever visit the George W. Bush Presidential Center (or are in Dallas for another reason), be sure to include this gem in your plans!!

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Pleasant place to dine and relax during a visit to the George W Bush Presidential Library.
Service was excellent, and the meal was delicious.

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

First visit to Cafe 43...definitely will go back! Try the pimiento cheese appetizer and blueberry cheesecake...YUMMY!

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Lovely option for lunch while at the George W Bush Museum.

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2.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Great service! Hamburger looked great, but tasteless. The grilled cheese brisket sandwich was spectacular! The crawfish pot pie was not good at all.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

A great experience for my out of town guests with our adventure to the President George Bush Museum! All of us had an enjoyable time with dining at Cafe 43 and the tour of the museum with the special exhibit entitled "First Ladies." An awesome adventure with the tasty food from the cafe and a time to relax in such a pleasant environment! Thanks so much!!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Great food. Always new things new items on the menu. Love the crawfish pot pies and the soups are always excellent!!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Always a special place to eat.

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