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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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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Exceptional

Great choices. Kid friendly and many options for adults. Spacious. Reasonably priced. Superb compliment to gallery.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Paris, France
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Paris, France
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Great choices. Kid friendly and many options for adults. Spacious. Reasonably priced. Superb compliment to gallery.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The Cascade Cafe sells gourmet cafeteria fare by weight. The price is on the high side but the quality is good and the dining atmosphere is uniquely great.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Th setting is spectacular. With the limited catering options you are not spoilt for choice. buffet was not great, luke warm so undercook vegetables, service is not very profession. Even the plates were not polished and had dishwasher marks. The place deserves to have better catering outlet.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Just a basic cantina without an once of ambition.... The place is worthy of a good class proper restaurant

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The Museum is such a fine institution that it is a shame to have a cafe that ostensibly seems up to caliber. I have eaten there many times and the experience is so frustrating as although it is a buffet with a good sounding menu....one can twiddle ones thumbs forever trying to be served or get ones check. A horrible... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I am listing this under the Cascade Cafe because I can't find an entry for the Garden Cafe, also at the National Gallery. My wife and I went last week and it was wonderful. A French restaurant has been set up in honor of the showing of Degas' Little Dancer. The setting in one of the Gallery's gardens is beautiful.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

Museum food is nothing to brag about, however the gelatos and small snacks in front of the big cafeteria are absolutely Devine! Mostly European waiting for their afternoon code and deserts- and the kids- noatter what section of the museum we visit we always end up at the cafe and the book store.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

A wide selection of foods, all delicious. Easy to navigate different selections. Pleasant table settings. Prices moderate. Enjoyed a salad with chicken and a soup and sandwich. Provides you with rest and energy to get back to the galleries!

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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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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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  • 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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