Café 43

4.8
1005 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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.
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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D
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is amazing! Not your typical museum food at all! Have dined here 3 times and we are never disappointed!!! Go here even if you’re not going to the museum! Food is top notch, service is great and the atmosphere is great! Going back in warmer months and sit outside.

Only downside is the parking.

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RF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had reservations at 1:00 for December 7, 2018. We arrived to see a long line waiting to get a seat for the restaurant. To my pleasant surprise we were taken right to our seats. The food was delicious and they have a good Children's Menu. We all enjoyed the food and the attentive service. Great way to celebrate with the family after touring the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

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H
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Clean. Excellent servers. Bright lighted. Varied menu.

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a
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went through the library and then had lunch after it was so amazing and I can't wait to go back

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D
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Pre museum luncheon with friends and our first visit. Corn chowder with lump crab was creamy and flavorful. Entrée salads were fresh, well dressed and appealing. Crab and shrimp served over spaghetti squash was exceptional, light and nicely composed. Mrs. Bush's house sandwich was very good and accompanied by a generous serving of sweet potato fries. Dessert menu was tempting but our holiday resolve prevailed.

Service was low key and unhurried. Several holiday lunches were underway but handled well by the staff.

Overall, a lovely experience.

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MA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful, we had the fried avacado, (who knew you could fry avacado), and the corn soup was outstanding as well.

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AC
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food. We had both soups. Butternut carrot and corn both incredible! My husband had the corn beef and it was a lot of meat perfectly done. I had Mrs Presidents favorite and it was very good too with yummy sweet potato fries. We loved it. It was our Anniversary lunch.

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KR
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent service/menu! Convenient for before/after visiting Presidential Center exhibits. Noisy.
Parking and handicap access are NOT good. Need better signage for parking in general. Handicap parking is too far from entry. I would also recommend offering parking vouchers. Because of the parking situation, I would not visit Cafe 43 again unless attending an exhibit or other function.

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OT
Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome lunch, , food, service & ambiance were top notch and we look forward to going back soon.

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AL
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe 43 never disappoints! The clever and tasty food and the warm service is such a treat!

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SW
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of six and drove into Dallas to visit the Meadows. #43 was a perfect place for lunch before we visited the Meadows Museum. Beautiful day with beautiful people.

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A
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely place to sit. The food is quite good, the service professional and non-intrusive, and it is quiet enough that you can have a good conversation with your friends at the table.

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DD
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service from Raphael. Food was very good. Nice environment. Not rushed.

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JH
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter and management staff were over-the-top. A great experience!

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RP
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My first time at Café 43 and found it to be a great place for lunch. A broad menu to suit almost any appetite and I'll certainly go back

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TW
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

This is my 2nd trip to the Bush Library in three years. I purposely made a reservation to come back to Cafe 43. Excellent work by the chefs again. Reasonable pricing and a lovely atmosphere.

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DC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Don't miss the fried avacado appetizer! It's heavenly!!! The atmosphere is wonderful and our server was fantastic. Entrees were all very good (the Salmon and quinoa dish was our favorite).

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C
Dallas
135 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We've eaten lunch here before and been pretty good, nothing special. This time 2 of us had to send our lunch back for something else. Don't order the brisket sandwich!! With so much delicious brisket in Dallas, you would think they could get it right!! It looked like it had been frozen, thawed, reheated and covered over by cheese on a soft bun. The brisket was so tough and dry that it was uneatable. Exchanged for a cup of chicken salad and it was good. Others stuck to salads and they were okay but nothing special. Two of our group didn't get what they ordered but kept quiet and eat it anyway. Our waiter got huffy when he had to take back our brisket sandwich and looked puzzled when he was told two orders were wrong. Our group of 8 probably won't be returning!

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CS
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite places to take out of town guests. The atmosphere is quiet and great for conversation. The setting is in the Bush Museum which is a special site in Dallas. The menu and food are always good. I’ve never had a disappointing meal. Finally, the service staff are friendly and always pleasant to serve! I’d highly recommend !

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TC
Dallas
30 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for lunch or luncheon meeting with fabulous service. A real gem

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PA
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting the Bush Library. We found Cafe 43 to have delicious food with great service and lots of smiles!

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t
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant - service is impeccable and food is amazing.

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S
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Parents weekend

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BC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

I got the avocado toast and my sunny side eggs on top were not hot which meant the yoke was kind of congealed and I found no real seasoning on the avocado toast portion of the meal which made it taste very bland. My partner got the gravy and pulled beef breakfast and the sweet BBQ sauce was very overpowering for a breakfast. I found service and atmosphere to be excellent. This was my 2nd trip, my 1st visit was a home run, my 2nd was very disappointing.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was exceptional. Thank you for a nice afternoon at a Texas treasure.

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TB
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good but not memorable. For the money I expected better. Smoked chicken salad with berries and pecans was very good but the zucchini noodle salad and the corn and crab chowder was just so-so. Soup was served lukewarm. Would probably not cool me back.

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JB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good, service was good, but not intrusive, atmosphere was pleasant. I would recommend it, but limited hours may be a problem for some.

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AB
Dallas
62 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful Sunday brunch. Excellent services with fabulous menu.

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r
Dallas
50 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

excellent, fresh, different takes on typical dishes. nice ambiance

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TY
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe 43 was very accommodating especially when we arrived early and some of our party joined later. They were terrific, and it's a great space and good food.

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LD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely lunch with friends! Food was very delicious and beautifully plated. Cost is reasonable.
Overall, this restaurant is consistently very good in all areas.

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GA
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice. Good service!!!

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AS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I ordered the Brisket Sandwich with fries. It was a good, typical type Reuben type Sandwich. My friend ordered a salad and said it was good, nothing special. We did treat ourselves to the banana ice cream for dessert and it was delicious! A nice, quiet lunch after our tour of the Bush library.

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MC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Happy that Gluten Free bread and desserts available...we had both and they were very good!
Read about the Smoked Chicken Salad, so ordered that, while my friend had Avacado Toast.
Setting was elegantly casual, but could use more sound proofing. Service very attentive, esp. with gluten free options...gluten free dessert fabulous! (Recommend: gluten free info on menu.)

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D
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

Every other meal here has been excellent. Saturday I chose the corned beef Reuben sandwich. It was virtually inedible because the sauerkraut was placed directly on the bottom piece of bread. it was completely soaked i and gooey in brine. Awful. And the wooden toothpick left a little splinter in the top piece of bread as well. I was extremely disappointed.

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R
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The room is beautiful. Food extremely good. Service impeccable.

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D
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe 43 has good food, excellent service and is quieter and less frenetic than many area restaurants are at lunch. The menu is diverse enough to satisfy a group and in a nutshell is American classics with a spin (either Texas twist, in season fruits or veggies or healthier than the classic). My mother-in-law uses a walker and is hard of hearing. The staff at Cafe 43 found us a quiet corner where she could hear me and stash her walker. Although she has been a die-hard Democrat for a number of years, had no interest in touring the museum, and wasn't "sold" on my idea of eating lunch there, by the end of our meal she was an enthusiastic fan. Dropping her off was easy and our entire lunch was smooth and enjoyable.

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PW
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cafe 43 was the perfect ending to a visit at the Bush library. Service was excellent, food was delicious, atmosphere was pleasant. We enjoyed our time there.

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m
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We regularly dine at Cafe 43 after church on a Sunday. The hospitality, service, ambiance and wonderful food make this a favorite restaurant for the two of us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drove all the way from Fort Worth in traffic to eat lunch at 43. It was amazing! From the corn chowder to the peach dessert. Everything was excellent. Thank you!

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