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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Good for:
Families with children

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Best Smithsonian cafe

Tired of the same old cafeteria offerings at the Smithsonian Museums? Then make your way to the National American Indian Museum for the most creative, unique, and flavorful offerings on the Mall. The chefs can talk you through the more uncommon items and I promise you will be pleasantly surprised!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
sharp70joc
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Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dessert
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Massachusetts
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29 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Tired of the same old cafeteria offerings at the Smithsonian Museums? Then make your way to the National American Indian Museum for the most creative, unique, and flavorful offerings on the Mall. The chefs can talk you through the more uncommon items and I promise you will be pleasantly surprised!

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New York City, New York
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

While not inexpensive, this place has a wonderful selection of food not commonly available elsewhere, freshly prepared and really tasty. The duck buffalo burger is so unique and delicious. Really, all their food looks great, best to go with a group of people so you can share and enjoy an assortment of dishes.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

If you have to have lunch while visiting the Smithsonian museums, this is the place to do it. The food here is fantastic. You enter, pick up and tray and can go to four different American Indian cuisine regions to select a main dish. If you get a combo with sides, you can pick sides from any of the four... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

The chef prepares food unlike any other museum. It's truly high quality food from across North America. They do have burgers and fries for the unadventurous. For more refined pallets, they have food from coast to coast. They have stations representing different regions of the continent. I have had the beef tongue and also the crusted salmon. Both were excellent.... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

This cafe is inside the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. The food here is good and it is authentic. We lived in New Mexico for 26 years so we know Native American cuisine. We had the Navajo tacos and they were delicious. As with all museum food, it wasn't fast-food cheap but it was worth it. I like... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I stopped here with out-of-town guests to visit the museum while enjoying the cherry blossoms, and we had lunch in the restaurant. The food is top notch--the buffalo meat and the salmon were outstanding, with numerous interestingly prepared side dishes. The dining area is clean and airy (we sat near the window), but the negatives were that the food was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

If I'm going to eat at a food court glad it was this one. Offerings were varied and unique takes on native foods. Buffalo, duck, trout, corn, fry bread- lots of choices. They also have chicken fingers for your less adventurous eaters.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

My husband and I liked this restaurant so much, we ate lunch at it twice in our 5-day tour of Washington DC. There's a very large variety of dishes, some based on Native American recipes, some based on typical American recipes like hamburgers but with ingredients grown by Native Americans. The Native American dishes are from all over North and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Authentic Native American food is such a delight. Of course it's pricey but definitely worth a try. It's certified green which is an extra plus. They have multiple stations that represents different parts of the Native American nations. We had salmon with wild rice and zucchini with almond. My husband had the fried bread with adobo chicken which was very... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We ate here after visiting the National Museum of the American Indian. Our group was 6 people and included 2 seniors and a 10 year old. This is a cafeteria style restaurant in the museum. The food focuses on native foods and is divided into at least four geographic area - Plains, Northwest, Southwest, etc. The line outside cafeteria was... 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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