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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A nice respite from the art gallery

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States
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Wakefield
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107 reviews 107 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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Columbus, Ohio
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23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

After a day of site seeing with the kids, we stopped at this café for lunch. It felt like we were waiting for an eternity for our food and as far as I could tell - nothing we ordered required much preparation or cooking. As a consolation, this café does have bar service and we enjoyed a nice bottle of... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

It used to be that enlightened art establishments contained enlightened eating facilities. Not so here. It's as if the same corporate chain of food services that populate American campuses and corporations was hired to feed museum goers. The good news: there's choice The other news: it's the same mediocre stuff seen in cafeterias across America. The DC area is full... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

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
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3 helpful votes 3 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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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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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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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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  • 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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