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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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Ranked #897 of 2,650 Restaurants in Washington DC
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
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Toronto, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

For a cafe within a museum the Cascade Cafe offers reasonable value for money. The location and the water fall along the wall plus the futuristic looking tunnel creates a very nice place for a short meal during the visit.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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47 reviews 47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

When you are spending your day at the National Mall, there are not that many restaurants nearby so eating at the National Gallery of Art's Cascade Cafe made sense to maximize our time. We had a large group so we stopped for lunch at 11:30 am which is always a good idea at any museum cafe. The Cafe's name is... More

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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83 reviews 83 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

If your group has a wide variety of taste, then this café should satisfy everyone in your group. They have burgers, pizza, pasta stirfry, fried foods, sandwiches and cooked entrees like roasted chicken, roast beef, etc. Selection of desserts, drinks and salads. Prices seemed kind of high but after having returned from Italy where everything but the price of an... More

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82 reviews 82 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The buffet was a much better choice at 19.00 than the "meal" at 14.00. The tomato quiche meal included 2 small quiche tarts lots of dark green lettuce and a little bit of a carrot salad. I am not a big eater but was disappointed with the size of the quiche tarts, which were not anything special!

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Libertyville, Illinois
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

While the eating area was pleasant and the location convenient, the food was very poor quality and over priced. I expect to pay for convenience in a situation like this, but this was rediculous. Some of our food was inedible. We spent over $45 for 4 drinks, 4 medium slices of mediocre pizza, and a dried out chicken fingers. It... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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60 reviews 60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This cafe (or cafeteria, whatever) offers quite an amazing variety of food selections, ranging from sandwiches, pizza, chicken, BBQ, and other selections - advise that you look at their menu. We all had sandwich combos including chips and drink for reasonable price, and VERY tasty and high quality. The other food all looked great, as well. It really was a... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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69 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This is a great spot to take a break from all the art upstairs and refuel. It’s nothing fancy. They call it a Café when it’s really just a Cafeteria, but it’s a fairly decent one. They have a pretty wide selection of food. There are salads, sandwiches, soups, pastas, pizza, rotisserie chicken, etc … I had a salad, a... More

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Hot Springs, Arkansas
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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

The food was edible and expensive. It is a buffet style cafe with a number of choices. The best features of the cafe are the water sculpture and the adjoining gift shop.

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

I admit not being into art at all but this place was recommended to me. I found the food selection very vast and the portions large. The waterfall is the added bonus to the decor and a nice respite on a hot day and if you have young children.

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147 reviews 147 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I have enjoyed getting a bite here since it opened when I was in college, later with DH, later still with young kids, and still enjoy it now that our youngest is, um, 18. Arrived today at 11:50, no crowds, food fresh, great curried lentil soup and sandwiches to share. Interesting breads for the sandwiches: rosemary roll, raisin and walnut... More

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