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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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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
A must stop on any visit to the National Mall

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
tarheelblue89
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Charlotte, NC, USA
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Charlotte, NC, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

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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Haverford, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We heard a lot about the food here and finally decided to try it out after seeing office workers leaving with take-out boxes from the Museum of the American Indian. Although it is expensive, this is par for the course -- everything is expensive in the National Mall area -- and it did not disappoint. Nice vegetarian options too. Heavy... More 

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Centreville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The variety and quality of menu options at Mitsitam Cafe is outstanding. The restaurant is cafeteria style and when busy can become a bit chaotic so grab a tray as you walk in and then rotate around the many stations that present native cuisine by regions of the world. We gravitated to the Pacific Northwest where a mammoth plate of... More 

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Winnipeg, Manitoba
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Probably the most interesting café at the Smithsonians! Serves food from a variety of different Indian areas in the US! Be prepared to try something new and different! A great concept to try different food! Expensive!

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Fort Morgan, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Never thought I could give a 5 star rating to a museum cafe, but this ranks as one of the best ethnic foods restaurants I have ever dined at. Such an interesting and diverse buffet selection, reasonable prices for high quality food in an expensive city, and so delicious! Also a beautiful contemporary design.

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oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

It was a fun experience to check out this restaurant located in the National Museum of American Indian Smithsonian Institution called the Mitsitam Café. They have interesting dishes from different regions of the country. Entrees were $17-25 depending on if you got sides w/ them or not. Fresh and well made. Had choices like buffalo chili, burgers, salmon, salads w/... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We had a very tasty meal at Mitsitam. We got the 5 nation sampler which had plenty of food for the two of us (we split a flatbread as well). Because it's a cafeteria, they can serve a lot of people at once, making it convenient if you're in a hurry to get to your next museum or monument. The... More 

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Jacksonville, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We had already planned to visit the National Museum of the American Indian and we had a relative who live locally that this was the BEST food on the Mall. My niece was absolutely right. We both ordered the Fry-Bread Indian Taco for $12.50. This is NOT like any other taco you have ever eaten. Buffalo Chili on Fry Bread... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

The cafeteria in the National Museum of the American Indian is anything but cafeteria food. It is sectioned into native cuisines by region; each has a different style and flavor. We enjoyed the elk burger from one region, the chicken enchiladas from another, and the roast turkey from another. Of course fry bread is a must. An assortment of yummy... More 

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Shermans Dale, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

I made a visit to this café 6/6/2015. I always try to plan my itinerary in advance and was looking for a restaurant that was different from the norm but was within the Washington Mall area. I had read over your online menu and was quite excited on the choices. Well after walking for many blocks due to the construction... 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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