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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 #244 of 2,635 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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Jackson, TN
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW 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
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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111 reviews 111 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

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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Top Contributor
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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Fairview
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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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Lebanon, New Jersey
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786 reviews 786 reviews
675 restaurant reviews
259 helpful votes 259 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

If you want something other than a pre-cooked burger and fries, this is your place. Food inspired by native cultures. But in a walk-up to counter atmosphere, so its still quick if you want it to be. Lady had the Bolivian style braised pork shank. Great flavor. A bit light on meat. Watercress and brown rice side was delicious. I... More

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