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Cascade Cafe - National Gallery of Art

Downtown / Chinatown
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4th and Constitution Avenue NW, East Building, Concourse Level, Washington DC, DC 20565
(202) 712-7454
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Dining options: Lunch, Coffee & Tea, Breakfast

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great place for a break, decent food, fairly pricey

So after a few hours in one of the best museums out there, you should head down to the cafe for a coffee or a meal. The food is decent but fairly overpriced for what it is....but is sure is convenient so worth it. You can even get a wine or beer!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Variety of foods to meet every dining need in a large open area with enchanting waterfall cascading nearby and visible from all areas! Especially nice for families or large groups, although, a glass of wine or dessert and coffee with friends is equally as delightful.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

So after a few hours in one of the best museums out there, you should head down to the cafe for a coffee or a meal. The food is decent but fairly overpriced for what it is....but is sure is convenient so worth it. You can even get a wine or beer!

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Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015 via mobile

Have eaten here for many years in between the East and West wings of the National Gallery of Art. Good, fresh, well-prepared food with healthy offerings. Relaxing view of the cascades from above.

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tucson
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I only found this one because it was near the tunnel and museum shop. Very clean and bright. I figured it would be a quick, easy meal between galleries. The 1/4 chicken roast was OK...not much seasoning; green beans and tomato side and rice pilaf was similar. I figured it was the easiest way to get a healthy lunch before... More 

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Gainesville, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We've visited this cafe for the last twenty years whenever we come to the Gallery, which we adore. This trip, we found the food to be a bit fresher and healthier and with more choices than in past -- all a plus. We love the cascade fountain and sitting nearby adds a pleasant feel to this otherwise rather large and... More 

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Beverly Hills, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We had lunch here because of the convenience, and so were very surprised at how good the food was, as well as the level of service.The buffet (not something I normally like very much) is varied and fresh. Highly recommend stopping here to refuel.

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Ramat Gan, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We very much enjoyed lunch here, after a long visit in the Gallery. On the buffet were soups, cheeses, salads, salmon, and chicken breast. For dessert there were berries (almost all were strawberries, but I imagine this changes with the season) with cream or 3 miniature cookies. Desserts and additional drinks were served by a waitress.

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Wakefield
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

I like to eat here so I can watch the cascade across the walkway. There is a nice variety of food to pick from, and everything I have had here is tasty. This trip I had the baked chicken and green beans and red-skin potatoes. Nothing fancy but there are more exotic choices if you are looking to expand your... More 

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Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Many delicious choices for meals plus delicious gelato flavors (I chose cherry vanilla and pear) and fancy coffee bar. My hubby enjoyed his stacked roast beef sandwich too.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We stopped here, not sure how this museum food would be...but we were hungry! The choices were good. Prices were okay. My husband selected tilapia with rice; I chose pizza, and blueberry gelato. All was good! Beautiful fountain nearby! Glad we stopped.

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

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