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Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe

4th Street and Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC, DC 20560 (National Mall)
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Ranked #207 of 2,700 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $20
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Cuisines: American
Neighborhood: National Mall
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dessert
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Seriously people, if you are going to be in DC,even if you generally don't give a hoot about museums make the time to go here. A constantly evolving menu, with flavors you wont see anywhere else (at least in my experience.) How good is it, I have regularly attended the high brow foodie oriented FONZ (Friends of the National Zoo)... More 

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Groton, Connecticut
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32 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I often find museum cafes providing tasty and interesting menus. My visit is a mixed review. Upon entering the café, I walked about to read of the menu offerings. A large selection was available. I thought prices were a mix of affordable and overpriced options. I ordered the Buffalo Burger and what a disappointment! I've eaten buffalo burgers elsewhere, including... More 

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Front Royal, Virginia
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127 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Regional native food from around the county and more. I had the red, blue and yellow corn chips carne with fire roasted pork and a side of guacamole. A little on the expensive side for cafeteria food but decent enough to come back and try other regional favorites.

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Annandale, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Fabulous food and amazing variety means there's something for everyone here. The cafe is a self serve cafeteria which is divided into 5 sections corresponding to the five geographic regions of Native Americans in North and Central America. The familiar burger and fries are readily available while more adventurous palates will find plenty of choices.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Almost always packed, and always really good food. Real whole food, not highly processed, and large portions (plan on sharing a main and some sides for a more reasonably-sized lunch and still get to try a bunch of the unique choices). Pricier than most cafeterias, and much, much better!

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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28 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

This restaurant is located in the National Museum of the American Indian. First off, don't be put off if there is an extremely long line. The line today was at least 100 people but we entered the restaurant in 10-15 minutes. It moves fast. Secondly, this is not an elegant dining experience. The food is provided cafeteria style and the... More 

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Dover, NH
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38 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Certainly not inexpensive but worth it... It's A cafeteria style but one can able sample from different Native regional foods - from NW salmon, Buffalo to mesa to south American regions. I had chicken tacos on corn she'll with braised cabbage, beet "salsa" w jalapeños &then I tried (forgot which region) root vegetables. The chicken tacos were fine but found... More 

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Encinitas, California
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41 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

We stopped in for lunch while touring this excellent museum and were very surprised to find the amazing selection of food available. We had a wild rice dish, potato dish, and an amazing squash soup. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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East Lansing, Michigan
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114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We specifically stopped here for lunch. It has unique offerings from several geographic areas of North America. My husband had the elk chili on fry bread and I had the chicken on fry bread. It is a HUGE portion, but with two sodas it came to almost $40.00. You need to be ready to choose from several unusual possibilities if... More 

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SF Bay Area
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53 reviews 53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

It's a great concept: take native foods from different parts of the American (post-contact, for the main part) and offer them cafeteria style so patrons can sample a wide variety: there are a number of stations representing various regions, including the Northeast, the Northwest, the Plains, the Southwest/Mexico and Peru (hey, it's American). However, it is cafeteria style, so a... 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

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