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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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Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Breakfast, Lunch

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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
Good, and relatively fresh food for this type of service

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Gainesville, Georgia
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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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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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Ramat Gan, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We very much enjoyed lunch here, after a long visit in the Gallery. On the buffet were soups, cheeses, salads, salmon, and chicken breast. For dessert there were berries (almost all were strawberries, but I imagine this changes with the season) with cream or 3 miniature cookies. Desserts and additional drinks were served by a waitress.

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Wakefield
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

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

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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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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  • 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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