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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, Dessert, Lunch

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  • 212
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    Very good
  • 79
    Average
  • 30
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  • 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
Best "cafeteria" Food ever !!

The only reason I call it cafeteria style is because you get a tray, make selections, and pay at the end. The food is restaurant great. There are different sections in this "museum cafeteria". So many people stop at the first and cheapest station = burgers and fries. I always go to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
yvonne p
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El Sobrante, California
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  • Families with children
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The docent at the Castle told us about this award-winning restaurant. We do have some picky eaters, but we decided to give the kids a new experience. Everyone in the group absolutely loved to food and the atmosphere. Entrees are around $20 with 2 sides, so it is around the cost of a Disney meal if you don't have the... More 

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El Sobrante, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The only reason I call it cafeteria style is because you get a tray, make selections, and pay at the end. The food is restaurant great. There are different sections in this "museum cafeteria". So many people stop at the first and cheapest station = burgers and fries. I always go to the Southwest Section - Buffalo, Salmon, and fresh... More 

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Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Not great but not terrible. Probably the best food you can get at a Smithsonian. I have had much better Native American Indian food. But not terrible.

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Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is definitely a unique museum cafe featuring food from across the Americas. There is a big variety, however few vegetarian entrees. It is also rather pricey and serving sizes are modest.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I tried the chipotle chicken taco. It was $17! Wasn't really a taco, it was on fry bread. I thought it was overpriced considering it was basically a chunk of bread with a stew on top. There were other more interesting things offered at this cafeteria, maybe I should have tried the bison burger.

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las vegas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Located in the Museum of American Indian this is a great place for lunch. Native foods abound. They are well prepared. A definite must if close by.

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Kent, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We read about Mitsitam in the Lonely Planet guide to DC and were interested to try it. The menu is arranged around 5 or so locales, ranging from turkey to salmon to tacos plus the ubiquitous burgers (which looked more interesting than usual). Looking for a light bite in late afternoon, my wife and I split an order of sliced... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

On a recent trip to DC I was looking for a great place for lunch on the mall. I had visited the National Museum of American Indian a few years back and had eaten at this cafe. It was good then, so we selected this cafe again for a nice lunch while visiting the museums on the mall. The food... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We stumbled upon this place as we were nearby the museum and hungry. What a great find! It was voted best museum restaurant and I see why. There are multiple food stations that you can choose from, each serving American Indian food from a different reach of the US. So hard to pick one! So we chose two and shared... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

My local friend suggested me to meet and have lunch at this place and it was a really good idea. Unique and wide range of food from different parts of North America. It is not cheap but has very good quality. Vegetarians can also find many things to choose.

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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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