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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/Brunch, Lunch, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dessert

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  • 201
    Excellent
  • 210
    Very good
  • 76
    Average
  • 30
    Poor
  • 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
Most recent review
Excellent food on the a National Mall

Unique food stations with outstanding lunch selections make this a great lunch spot on the mall. Had this Bison chili which was well prepared. Others in our party raved about the fish tacos and carved turkey. Expect to spend $15 per person, but the unique fare and excellent preparation make it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
Ashaffer1
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Clearwater, Florida
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dessert
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Clearwater, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Unique food stations with outstanding lunch selections make this a great lunch spot on the mall. Had this Bison chili which was well prepared. Others in our party raved about the fish tacos and carved turkey. Expect to spend $15 per person, but the unique fare and excellent preparation make it worth it.

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Dayton, Minnesota
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12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Located in the Smithsonian's Museum of the American Indian, this is a surprisingly good place to eat lunch. There is a great variety of foods to choose from, representing a wide range of native food traditions of the Western Hemisphere. We liked the buffalo chili, wild rice salad with watercress, and pulled buffalo sandwich - and the fry bread was... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I have been coming here for years. It's my favorite restaurant on the National Mall (of which most choices are hot dog carts or cafeterias, really). I'd give it five stars but I can't because the items seem over-priced, especially for the portion sizes and the fact it yes, still is food service cuisine. That said, you can choose dishes... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

It is perfect for families and a decent meal on the Mall, which lacks places to eat. Very nice buffalo steak!! It was funny because I took a little of everything from the Mexican place and a nice steak and when I sat down next to a family that had some regular food they all abandoned what they had already,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

This place offers unique selections for a change of pace. Yes the prices are a little high but you don't pay admission for any of the National Museums .

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Lake Jackson, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Husband had bison burger and fries and it was great. I had potato soup with ham and a Brussels sprouts side, also good. Prices high, but that's expected at the museums.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Who would have thought you could find food this delicious in a museum! Native dishes from North, Central, and South American Indians make it hard to decide. Plus they have burgers, fries and chicken strips for those less daring. Typical cafeteria atmosphere does not detract from the great food. The prices are a little high, but the profits go back... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Felt more like they took a bite out me. Boring fare, despite the hype, with very inflated prices. Came out of there feeling ripped off. I want to grab a sandwich and run, not get reamed. The museum exhibited very poor judgement in putting this "upscale" eatery inside its building. Any traveler or tourist who wants to get robbed need... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

A little pricey, but good. The white Mexican hot chocolate hit the spot. They have a variety from small snacks to wine. They have cuisines from different parts of the Americas. It's inside the museum of the American Indian on the bottoms floor. I liked it. Nice place to take a break from museum hopping

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

A healthy pause while visiting museums and the Capitol. People are adorable and very thoughtful. Food is delicious and healthy : vegetables, salads... if you want to avoid junk food, run there!

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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

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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