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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, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 256
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  • 269
    Very good
  • 92
    Average
  • 34
    Poor
  • 16
    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
Unique but I expected more

We came here based on the recommendation of a friend as well as our bus tour guide who mentioned that this was the best food in the area. I didn't want to be too harsh and give this 3 stars but if there was a "good" rating between "very good" and "average" then that's what I would give. I really... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Abby82_10
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Toronto, Canada
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all, it's a little pricey for a food court. However, it is the best food court food I have ever had. We had fry bread tacos and sweet potato donuts. It was amazing. This museum is also the newest, so it's worth a trip.

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Thank Lindsey Z
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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105 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not as blown away by the museum of the American Indian as I wish I were, but the cafeteria is many, many times better than any other cafeteria in the museums at the Mall. However, it is quite expensive. The choices are interesting and extensive, from regions throughout the Americas and usually very good. They also have choices for... More 

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Thank JeffreyPedersen
California
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the gems in visiting the American Indian Museum. Has great fish from Pacific Northwest, bison meat from plains, and nice vegetable dishes from the east. Good cafeteria atmosphere, can get variety of foods in combos

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Thank Liars N F
Toronto, Canada
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53 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here based on the recommendation of a friend as well as our bus tour guide who mentioned that this was the best food in the area. I didn't want to be too harsh and give this 3 stars but if there was a "good" rating between "very good" and "average" then that's what I would give. I really... More 

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Thank Abby82_10
KY
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in for lunch, very excited to try this after the terrific reviews. The promise is fun, but ends up being sort of average, and several sides were redundant in each area" I'd the cafeteria. The turkey burger was tremendous. The Wild Rice salad was, too. But many of the other dishes we tried were like any Southern mom... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian just to check out the food. It was a great surprise large portions for the price and lots to choose from at this cafe. We were a party of four and we tried food from various regions - loved the bannock and some of... More 

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Thank Neale J
Cape Carteret, North Carolina
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202 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not your usual American fare. This has a unique twist toward Old Native American foods cooked in an old world style. Because it is so different in its presentation I noticed some people were hesitant to try it. We did the Buffalo Chile and some vegetables and it was delicious. We would go back.

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Thank Harold J
Leesburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the best restaurants I've been to at a museum. Fantastic variety from different regions. Good options for adults and children. Would go back when we are in the area even if not going to the museum!

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Thank 4KidsLuvTravel
Wichita, Kansas
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28 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I kept hearing how this was some of the best food on the Mall so when we visited the museum, we made sure to each lunch here. I think if we had looked at the menu prior to our visit & planned accordingly, we would have tried something out of our comfort zones. But with all the different choices, we... More 

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Thank arentzfamily
Atlanta, Georgia
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64 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

I am so glad we went to the Mitsitam while at the National Mall. The food was different, but it was excellent and its located inside of the American Indian Museum. You have a choice of different cuisines offered in the cafeteria.

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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, Barbecue

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?