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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
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch

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  • 82
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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
Enjoyed the fresh and unusual food.

We had an awesome lunch here. All the food was good and fresh. Only reason this gets a very good instead of Excellent was prices and tables were not being cleaned as promptly as needed for lunch crowd. Navajo taco on fry bread was excellent; buffalo hot dog was very good. Should have had side... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

cafeteria style with foods made by native americans broken up into regions. family enjoyed trying different foods and the variety. food expense adds up quick so watch what you put on your tray.

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Oslo, Norway
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We had a nice round around the monuments on the mall, and got hungry. Very few places to get a meal around the mall. Trip advisor rates this place quite high, and there are no reasons for doing so. Its a museum cafeteria, with cafeteria style food. It barely fills your belly, at a way to high price. Not something... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We had an awesome lunch here. All the food was good and fresh. Only reason this gets a very good instead of Excellent was prices and tables were not being cleaned as promptly as needed for lunch crowd. Navajo taco on fry bread was excellent; buffalo hot dog was very good. Should have had side other than fries though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

On of the best and most interesting restaurants in Washington DC. Tried the vegetarian dishes and they were very good. Best lunch stop in the mall area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Great quality food, amazing variety of dishes from each area of america, from great plains to meso america.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This is a little cafe inside the Native American Museum in DC. They have a great selection of interesting food. It is even zagat rated. I had a wonderful chili and a friend got a bison burger. I didn't care for the bison burger, but the chili was on a bread taco, and it was very good. I also had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The teenager had bison ribs with hominy, I had a chilled golden beet soup with puffed rice and cherry granola, and also tostones with ropa vieja, cotija cheese and a delicious corn and tomatillo salsa. Everything was delicious and flavorful. My only concern is the price - with fountain drinks and a snack bag of nuts, this lunch was $53.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Can be a bit confusing so it helps to look at the menu online first. Interesting food, especially for a museum cafeteria. Had the "indian taco" , buffalo chili over fry bread. Very tasty. A bit more pricey that you typically museum food, but is worth a try.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Mitsitam is a truly unique cafeteria within the Museum of the American Indian. This was my third visit and I continue to be impressed. Serving native foods from 5 regions within the Americas in addition to seasonal menu changes ensures a number of new and interesting choices for each time. On this visit, I stuck to the “Great Plains” region.... More 

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Additional Information about Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe

Address: 4th Street and Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC, DC 20560
Phone Number: 202.633.1000
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > National Mall
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
Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
Cuisine: American, Indian

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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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