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Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe

4th Street and Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC, DC 20560 (National Mall)
202.633.1000
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Ranked #234 of 2,651 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $20
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dessert
Neighborhood: National Mall
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Georgia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The cafe in the National Museum of the American Indians offers a variety of native peoples' food choices with regional emphasis. How about fry bread, buffalo, salmon, wild rice salad, along with more traditional items like french fries........and pretty tasty too considering the cafeteria style delivery. Staff were not friendly and also not surly - just workerbeelike. Prices were a... More

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mybeach101
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89 reviews 89 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Foods I have never found any other restaurant. Huge selection and many entrees use ingredients like pone, or prickley cactus. The soups are unique and delicious. Prices are not low, but this place is such a treat. The cafeteria is a part of experiencing Native American History. There are some regular fast food and American dishes as well. I had... More

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Lancaster, Ohio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

I was attending a rally in DC on the west lawn and had forgotten to order a catered lunch. I took a brisk walk to the Mitsitam Cafe and was glad I made the effort. I bought an Adobe beef sandwich, and a sweet potato and kale sandwich (to share with friends) and a quinoa salad and 1 water for... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The food in some of the other museums around the Mall in D.C. is pretty mundane fast food fare -- McDonalds, Boston Market, etc. -- so we were very happy to discover this cafe within the National Museum of the American Indian. The museum itself was a bit disappointing inside, but the food was quite good and featured different styles... More

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Spencer, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

If you like good and distinct food - try this cafe which is organized by 'native' foodstuffs and offers regional specialties.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Try this Zagat-rated restaurant if you're anywhere near the Museum of the American Indian, and you won't be sorry. My daughter had buffalo burgers, and they were some of the best she'd ever had; and my Maple=Glazed Turkey was incredibly good. I wish that there was a side dish to go with the turkey, as it was priced high enough... More

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Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The Baked Squash and Trout were so unbelievably good. The squash made me feel like I must be in heaven, no kidding. Also great was the bread pudding. I would make a point of eating here again, very good food. I actually bought a cookbook too because of the amazing squash that I wish I could make as well as... More

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Cranbury, New Jersey
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148 reviews 148 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We stopped twice the first time we shared the quinoa salad and the wild rice salad. Both were delicious light and refreshing. The second time we had the northwest sampler which was more than enough to share and probably could have been large enough for 3. The salmon was delicious. I choose the wild rice salad again together with the... More

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Jackson, TN
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

Buffalo sandwich um good. Black Eyed Peas and other dishes were also unique and tasty. Southwest Taco is a must try. All this under a Smithsonian American Indian Museum.

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Leesburg, Virginia
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101 reviews 101 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
204 helpful votes 204 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is the place to go if you are touring around the mall area. I take visitors, friends, and kids to the cafe at the Native American museum. Why do I like going here? The food is cooked fresh. No pre-wrapped sandwiches. They have chicken strips and french fries for the kids. They have different food from different Native American... More

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