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Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe

4th Street and Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC, DC 20560 (National Mall)
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Ranked #231 of 2,623 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dessert
Neighborhood: National Mall
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77% Recommend
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English first
San Antonio, Texas
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Ate here around 1:15-1:30 on a Sunday. Cafeteria style eatery with various stations where you pick out your food. The food was creative but some of it seemed like it was left under the warming lights a little too long. I suspect the food would have been a lot better at noon or closer to their opening time. Had cedar... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We ended up eating here because we got out of the heat to cut through the museum to get to the national mall. My husband had the lobster roll which was on the small side, he loved it! One kid had the buffalo burger and the other had the chicken fingers with fries. Burger was cooked right and my boys... More

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Southeast USA
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110 reviews 110 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

Lots of options here and I dared to try novel things. The sides were the best part and if I return will be my full meal. The elk burger was tasty. Drinks are all rather pricey. For the price you will not be happy but consider it a donation to the museum.

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Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
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81 reviews 81 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Love the options of foods by region of US. Ask the cooks about spice...I had some zippy green beans! The cafe line was annoying but it was great not to wait for a table. One of the cooks let me try an item prior to purchase which was very kind and also made my decision easier. The kids were boring... More

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Seminole, Florida
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Even though we read reviews and new about the Zagat rating and the restaurant set up of portraying different food regions, we were very surprised at the amount of options available. Some of the foods we had in some way eaten before such as planked salmon, buffalo burgers, fry bread, turkey etc. But, nothing ever tasted this good. We had... More

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

While this museum restaurant does indeed have scores of items to choose from, based on the four choices we had I would not give this place a great rating. The food was just ok, nothing special, except for the outrageous prices. Given that it was so pricey, I would have expected the food to be world class. It really was... More

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Washington State
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69 reviews 69 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We had heard rave reviews about this place. They have some interesting choices in the various cuisines of the Native American. But most of it is not what Native Americans would recognize I'm sure. For instance, the turkey was maple glazed. The rabbit was chopped mixed with other ingredients, fried in a patty and served with a cherry reduction and... More

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Wailuku, Hawaii
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73 reviews 73 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I don't give many bad reviews because I usually go to Trip Advisor and look for well rated places. While the Native Foods Cafe is ranked #202 as of today (which isn't too bad for all of Washington DC) it is probably the highest rated restaurant in it's area. Unfortunately my wife and I were very disappointed in our meals.... More

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Stafford, Virginia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This was the museum restaurant. It had lots of selections so hard to choose from so many that looked so delicious! I had cauliflower and corn mash, blue cornbread, roasted and seasoned new potatoes, and a swiss chard and wild rice with cranberry salad. Everything was delicious! It is a little pricy though.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We went twice in two days. The first time we went around 11:30 on a weekday, we enjoyed an Indian Taco with buffalo chili, child got the chicken tenders and husband had several of their unusual options from around. You get to go to different stations and pick what you would like, which is nice so you can see it... More

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