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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
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast

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  • 232
    Excellent
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    Very good
  • 86
    Average
  • 31
    Poor
  • 15
    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
Nice to have something different

A great find amongst the otherwise bland museum cafe offerings. Different food stands offering cuisine from different American regions. Yes you can get a burger ( buffalo), which is probably the poorest dish on offer. The salmon and Turkey were both great. However the stars were the numerous side... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
Bob M
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Dallas, Texas
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50 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This the best food on the mall! Offering a variety of cuisines the food is fresh and fabulous! Countless offerings to satisfy all diets!

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Lubbock, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

A friend told me that this cafe was one of the best ones in the downtown DC area to eat at, so we tried it once and went back again due to convenience. While you can get in the Native American Museum free, you do have to go thru security check to dine at the establishment. You have to get... More 

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New York City, New York
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104 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

It used to be really great when it first opened some years ago. Was back there last year and quality was not as good but price was much higher. Too bad.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

A great find amongst the otherwise bland museum cafe offerings. Different food stands offering cuisine from different American regions. Yes you can get a burger ( buffalo), which is probably the poorest dish on offer. The salmon and Turkey were both great. However the stars were the numerous side dishes. My vegetarian daughter had 4 of these as her meal... More 

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Media, Pennsylvania
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186 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Still the best on the Mall, not what it once was, a shame because it's unique. We enjoyed our lunch but left hungry in favor of a bigger dinner later. And it's definitely tourist trap prices. Go if you've never been before, because it's unique -- that is, unless the line is long. And be patient, as crowd flow is... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Had a bison burger and a side wild rice and watercress salad, the burger was cold and not very impressive but the salad was good. They have bottles of beer and some wines to drink. It kinda reminds me of a college cafeteria that you can go to different lines and pick what you want. The prices are pretty expensive... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

One of the most interesting meals we had. This is a hidden culinary experience among the museums. This place is cafeteria style with 5 stations showcasing native foods from 5 regions of the Americas. We were a party of three. The food was expensive. For the Northwest region, we ordered the sampler with Bison, roasted salmon and three sides. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The selection of foods is very interesting and the quality is so high for a cafeteria style venue. We had a sampler with bison skirt steak, salmon and three sides and it was great. They also had a pulled bison sandwich that our son had that we awesome.

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Spartanburg, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

A great variety of really good food. I recommend the smoked turkey breast, duck fat potato hash, fry bread taco, and buffalo hot dog. Big seating area. And, did I mention the restaurant also has a cool free museum attached?

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Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I would rate this place higher, for sure but the bill almost gave me a heart attack. I told each of my 5 kids to get a GLASS of water, a dessert and a meal....they all did that as well as my husband and myself. The total was $150 something. That was the most expensive lunch we've ever had. The... 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, Indian

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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