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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 #238 of 2,644 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dessert
Neighborhood: National Mall
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465 reviews from our community

77% Recommend
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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 NEW

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
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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99 reviews 99 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
203 helpful votes 203 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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Palo Alto, California
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112 reviews 112 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We returned several times, just for two things: the fry bread (served with honey and cinnamon) and the "Mexican-style" hot chocolate (available from the café stand just outside this cafeteria-style restaurant). The restaurant is inside and on the ground floor of the Museum of the American Indian. There is good wheelchair access, despite a few narrow points. Re the hot... More

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88 reviews 88 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

A good selection of American Indian food. Bison corn cakes black eyed peas. Tomato and watermelon salad. Different types of food. Very good and tasty. Moderate to high price. Museum is free. You did not come to Washington not to be adventurous Great job

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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Every tour guide and book assured us Mitsitam was the place to eat among the various museums. It was supposed to be the most unique with the greatest value. As I live near a reservation, I was intrigued to see what the hype was about. I was expecting inflated prices; these cannot be avoided in the museum cafes. This takes... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The cafe has different food from the Americas that you can try. We tried the "Empanadas" and they were nice.

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Bergen County, New Jersey
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129 reviews 129 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

As a museum cafeteria, it's great. Wide variety of real food (Ceviche during Peruvian festival, two colors of cornbread for American Indians, etc.) at reasonable prices. Not a destination restaurant, but a great place for lunch or a break on the Mall.

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Savannah, Georgia
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93 reviews 93 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Now, I expect pricey food on the Mall, but $5 for a rice side dish and $4.50 per drink is quite steep. The food is delicious, but the only way to make a veggie plate is to order side dishes separately at high cost from different lines. That being said, the variety of food was impressive. Everything we ordered was... More

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Kenora, Canada
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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

After reading other reviews raving about the food we decided to eat here for lunch. It was very interesting just to walk around and read all of the menus from the different areas and cultures. We tried the Pulled Buffalo Sandwich w/ Chayote Squash Slaw - it was alright but drier than pulled pork - don't think that I would... More

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