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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 #194 of 2,717 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $20
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Cuisines: American
Neighborhood: National Mall
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dessert
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Paris, France
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

A healthy pause while visiting museums and the Capitol. People are adorable and very thoughtful. Food is delicious and healthy : vegetables, salads... if you want to avoid junk food, run there!

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Malvern, PA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

On a recent day trip to Washington, DC, we wanted to visit several Smithsonian museums. Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe is located in the National Museum of the American Indian so we thought it would be a great place for lunch. Prior to going, I checked out the massive menu (with foods from 5 regions inspired by native groups: Northwest Coast,... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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108 reviews 108 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I am cheap and picky - yes a bad combination for travel. We spent $36 on lunch and it was awesome. The cafeteria style restaurant is impossible to figure out without helpful pointing in the right direction. Do not enter by the coffee shop. Enter on the other side and grab a bright yellow tray but do NOT buy the... More 

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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I always grab lunch here when I'm in DC. It's cafeteria style; grab a tray and build your meal from a selection of Native American dishes. It is pricey, but the food is fresh and delicious. I love relaxing and looking at the adjacent garden.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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41 reviews 41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

The food and atmosphere are what make the restaurant stand out. In order to fully appreciate the restaurant, however, you need to have a diverse palate (Which I have, as I enjoy the food here). Some of the food here is really unique. It's not that it isn't good, but the seasonally-changing menu is different, and the picky eater(s) in... More 

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136 reviews 136 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

As I wrote in the museum's review, we found the food to be delicious and went out of our way to return on two extra occasions for lunch. The share platter with cedar plank salmon and bison and a variety of local vegies was super. Some fare didn't look so appetising as it had been sitting in hot boxes for... More 

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Ashburn, Virginia
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68 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

A superb, convenient way to experience healthy, tasty foods of American Indian influence. Prices were a bit high for cafeteria-style served food, but the overal experience was very good. A large space, conveniently located on ground floor of the National American Indian a Museum. Tremendous variety for vegetarians and meat-eaters. A rare experience the visitors to the American Zindian a... More 

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53 reviews 53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

While the museums on the mall are free, the food is not. At the Native American museum's Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe you get a amazing variety of foods that were very good, but the prices almost tipped the balance for recommending it. I had the northwest wild caught Salmon, and the Buffalo Chile, both were very good, the Salmon was... More 

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Manassas, VA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This is a great place if you have a diverse tastes in food but with entrees around $10+, it does get pricey. All Smithsonian restaurants are pricey, though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Seriously people, if you are going to be in DC,even if you generally don't give a hoot about museums make the time to go here. A constantly evolving menu, with flavors you wont see anywhere else (at least in my experience.) How good is it, I have regularly attended the high brow foodie oriented FONZ (Friends of the National Zoo)... More 

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Additional Information about Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe

Address: 4th Street and Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC, DC 20560
Phone Number: 202.633.1000
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > National Mall
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
Cuisine: American

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