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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Pity michaelangelo does not cook

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

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

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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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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Reston VA
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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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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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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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  • 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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