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Cascade Cafe - National Gallery of Art

4th and Constitution Avenue NW, East Building, Concourse Level, Washington DC, DC 20565 (Downtown / Chinatown)
(202) 712-7454
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

My wife and I were in DC and wanted to see the El Greco exhibit and Degas' Little Dancer statue at the National Gallery. The Cafe was featuring a special French buffet menu in association with the Degas -- a lavish 5 course spread including butternut squash soup, 3 salads (roast fennel and pear; arugula and beet; roast butternut squash... More 

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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It may sound ridiculous but this is by far one of the biggest museum cafe I have been to. Usually cafe in a museum is expensive and only has cold sandwiches. But this one has a large selection, even grill station, pasta station, salad bar, soup, hot buffet etc. Highly recommended if you are around National Mall. There aren't much... More 

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Reston VA
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227 reviews 227 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This is a cafeteria but it will satisfy all ages. The food isn't bad. While the $15-20 pricetag per person may seem high to many it is reasonable by Washington standards. My complaint is that the service line is SLOOOOOW. They need more staff especially on busy days. Prepare to wait.

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quebec
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21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

The cascade is in the basement of the museum which is A MUST to VISIT. Maybe I did the wrong choices but the cafe latte was bland, the sandwich bread was not super fresh and the soup was ordinary. walk across and try the cafe at the amercian indian musuem

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Durham, North Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

I had the Mediterranean option and one of the deserts for under $10. The quality was fantastic. Loved it.

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Reston, Virginia
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38 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Lunching at the National Gallery of Art's Cascade Cafe is such a pleasant alternative to the hubbub of the museum's food court. Tables are set around a fountain which provides the soothing background of falling water. Even the staff is soft-spoken. The cafe offers a themed buffet -- currently, an ample kinda/sorta French menu featuring herbed cornish game hen, three... More 

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Staten Island, New York
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66 reviews 66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This was by far one of the best meals we had. The buffet was wonderful, pumpkin bisque, poached pear and fennel cranberry appetizer, creme brûlée, wow. At Price, worth every cent!

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Bornem, Antwerpen, Belgium
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

First time in my entire life I "hated" my food. Vegetables tasted like coming straight from the fields. coke like swimming pool water, even the raisins were a disaster! Incredible!? 1 person out of 4 was pleased with her food... so we gave a 2/5.

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Ottawa, Canada
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74 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Met a friend for a quick lunch when travelling through DC. A lot of choice - had pizza and a salad. At least there were healthy choices...taste was OK nothing to rave about...prices were high for the product.

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Cooling our jets, feet and tongue after touring the Natl. Gallery for a few hours. Had some gelato and coffee and watched the people and waterfall cascade fountain. Great place to people watch, enjoy the art.

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Address: 4th and Constitution Avenue NW, East Building, Concourse Level, Washington DC, DC 20565
Phone Number: (202) 712-7454
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown

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