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Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe

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4th Street and Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC, DC 20560
202.633.1000
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10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Good for:
Families with children

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  • 205
    Excellent
  • 215
    Very good
  • 77
    Average
  • 30
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Give this spot a try, you will live it

My wife and I enjoyed a superb lunch at this spot recently. The food and sevice is very good. Everything is prepared expertly. The serving staff is much better than the checkout staff. The only problem is that there are too many great selections. Overall a great spot for a meal

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Barry L
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Columbia KY
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dessert
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Chanhassen, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

Wide variety of food our family had chicken tenders and fries, bison burger, and chicken enchiladas . Great coffee shop with lots of unique fun coffee drinks as well

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We stopped there after spending a few hours at the Air and Space Museum as we were told that the food there was great. I opted to go with the Bison short ribs over mash potatoes and it has to be one of the best cut of meats I have ever had. The Bison meat was so tender and it... More 

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Columbia KY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

My wife and I enjoyed a superb lunch at this spot recently. The food and sevice is very good. Everything is prepared expertly. The serving staff is much better than the checkout staff. The only problem is that there are too many great selections. Overall a great spot for a meal

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This restaurant has delicious food, but a little pricey. It IS in D.C., so it wasn't really surprising. I got Kung Pao, Super Slaw, and Lavendar Lemondade. All were very good. I ordered online, so I didn't have to wait, but there were a lot of people in the regular lines---all of which seemed peeved. It's pretty small, but very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We had the 5 regional platter and loved it. Very unique and delicious. Had lunches at the other museums and it just could not compare.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

In a city with lot of museums with $12 hot dogs abounding, Mitsitam stands out with vibrant flavors and creative arrangements of native cuisine!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

every time I am in DC since its opening, I have eaten at the Mitsitam. A very refreshing view of a menu. Have the soup and a side for under $10.00. So many people were having the fish and chips and missing the entire point.

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Rowlett, Texas
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We stopped here for lunch before seeing the museum based on a recommendation from a tour guide. He said it was his favorite museum food. He was right! The food selection was big - something for everyone - and celebrated Native Americans. My son loved the purple potatoes. The beef tacos and buffalo burgers were very good. The desserts were... More 

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Front Royal, Virginia
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118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Based on Trip Advisor reviews I decided to take my grandchildren here for lunch while we were in DC touring Smithsonian museums. We arrived shortly after the restaurant opened, and were the only people in the restaurant. We split an order of totopos (corn tortilla chips) with fish (lukewarm pre-cooked fish chunks), a guacamole side, French fries and 2 sodas.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

This place's online menu is just a beginning; there's a lot more available on site and it seems to change from day to day. There are dishes from all parts of the Americas (north and South) and most have indigenous overtones. The servers will help you with suggestions if you are unfamiliar with particular offerings and they definitely steered me... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4th Street and Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC, DC 20560
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > National Mall
  • Neighborhood: National Mall
  • Phone Number: 202.633.1000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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

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