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Cascade Cafe - National Gallery of Art

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4th and Constitution Avenue NW, East Building, Concourse Level, Washington DC, DC 20565
(202) 712-7454
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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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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The Cascade Cafe was not as good as reviews had promised. Walking through the cafeteria a lot of the choices looked good, but there wasn't anybody working who was paying attention to customer demands, employees seemed overwhelmed, and some just sluggish. Trays were left out, it was filthy behind the counter at some of the stops, and some of the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The noodle bowls were huge, $12.95, only 5 shrimp, very little noodles, lots of vegetables and broth. It tasted good could be great. Gelato was expensive $5.15 for a little bowl. Tasted icy like ice cream, it was ok, but least tasty gelato I have ever had. Noodle bowl guy was not real friendly and difficult to understand, and he... More 

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England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Had lunch here when at Tue gallery. Seemed very pricey for what we had ( not sure rung through the till right) and pizzas were very soggy .

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Leesburg, Virginia, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

After some time in the museum, brave your way through the museum store and stop off for a treat. The waterfall and skylights are really beautiful and if you remember before you go in to the museum, you can point them out at street level and then be really impressed when you are in the cafe.

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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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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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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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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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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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  • 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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