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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

4.8

service

4.9

ambience

4.8

value

4.6

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (37)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Great for Brunch (20)
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Good for Groups (14)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Fun (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Scenic View (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Cozy (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Authentic (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Seasonal (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Good for a Date (6)
People Watching (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
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Quick Bite (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
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Hot Spot (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Romantic (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Very pleasant, relaxed atmosphere. Perfect conclusion to our tour of the Bush Library. Food was delicious. Wait staff attentive but not obtrusive. Thank you for such a wonderful experience!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Cozy, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Dallas)·Dined 4 days ago

Great seevice. Great food. Great views. Great place to visit.

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 (Dallas)·Dined 6 days ago

Spent Valentine's Day lunch at Cafe 43 and thoroughly enjoyed the leisure and special menu for the occasion. 1st the crab mushroom spinach fondue was so delightfully light and scrumptious with the brioche toast points. We tried each of the entrees and shared. The blend of flavors were so delicate and all so fresh. Topping it off with pecan banana ice cream and rich hot coffee. Complimented with Llano wines and Dallas Blonde beer. Our waitress , Marsha was the best and fun. We never felt rushed. Would recommend it for any occasion. Bon Appétit!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Enjoyed our dishes esp the cheesecake dessert. Our waiter was terrific.

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Healthy, Afternoon Tea, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Café 43 is only open for lunch/brunch but worth fitting this into your schedule during the week or on the weekends even if not visiting the George Bush Presidential Library. Service was great and so was the food.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on February 7, 2018

We enjoyed the food and service. We were not rushed as we had lots to talk about.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 6, 2018

'43s' service was impeccable and the food was over the top good. I had the smoked chicken salad and my cousin had the chicken schnitzel. Presentation of both was beautiful, portions sizable and absolutely delicious. First visit but will return soon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Cozy, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Authentic, Fun, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 3, 2018

You cannot possibly go right at Cafe 43. Been going there for years now, and everything we’ve ever had was tasty, tastefully presented and served well. Sometimes it takes a bit longer than one might expect to get your food, but that can be a function of what has been ordered and how busy they are. The wait is worth it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We enjoyed the soup and sandwich lunch before our tour of the Library. It was delicious, filling and we even had left over take home. The service was excellent and friendly and we enjoyed the beautiful view. A delightful dinning experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent food and service.

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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Excellent restaurant with the beautiful George W Bush Presidential Library. Good menus, great food, unique eclectic atmosphere. GWB paintings are a plus! Staff is knowledgeable and provide excellent service.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Good food and great service
The view is lovely
Portions on the smaller side — husband hungry within a couple of hours.
Will return

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food4
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We enjoyed Café 43 -- the food was good, the 4 of us could hear each other speak, service by Rafael (our waiter) was outstanding, and the banana pecan ice cream favored by the former President and his wife was a delicious treat with which to end our meal. We really enjoyed our time at Café 43!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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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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 (Dallas)·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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 (Dallas)·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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 (Dallas)·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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 (Denver)·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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 (Dallas)·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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 (Dallas)·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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 (Dallas)·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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 (Dallas)·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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 (Dallas)·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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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 4, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (Dallas)·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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 (Dallas)·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
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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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 (New Mexico)·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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