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Pavilion Cafe

7th St. and Constitution Ave. NW, In the Natonal Gallery Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, DC 20565 (Downtown / Chinatown)
202 289 3360
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Ranked #520 of 2,635 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Lunch
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
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Swampscott, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I stumbled upon the Pavilion Café as I wandered through the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. It's on the left side of the National Mall (the sculpture garden is on both sides) if you're facing the Washington Monument. It's a lovely café with both indoor and outdoor seating and large windows. As one would expect with a café you... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

The prices were a bit high but considering where you are it wasn't too bad. My husband abs I shared a roast beef sandwich and a cup of fresh fruit. It was very tasty and was just enough to tie us over till dinner. The view was great the garden was beautiful. The people behind the counter were nice but... More

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Guest_Services_Inc, Customer Service at Pavilion Cafe, responded to this review

Brenda S- Thanks for visiting and leaving us a review! We're glad you enjoyed your meal and our location. Thank you for letting us know about the tables. We've forwarded your feedback to management. Hopefully we'll see you again soon! More

Ohio
Top Contributor
162 reviews 162 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This restaurant embodies the phrase, "a hidden gem". Tucked away in the sculpture garden between the Museum of Natural History and the National Art Gallery, it's a nice place to get away from bustling city surrounding it--at least when we were there. There is outdoor as well as indoor seating. Prices are good for being in DC and there's a... More

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Guest_Services_Inc, Customer Service at Pavilion Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving such a kind review! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and came back a second time. Hopefully we get to see you again soon! More

Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We were sitting at the archives trying to decide on lunch for our family of 4 and suddenly remembered this cafe from the "Jazz in the garden" party on Friday night. We were tired, hungry and kids getting grumpy....needed food fast. Walked into the cafe around noon and happily found no lines. A sample of each menu item was displayed... More

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Guest_Services_Inc, Customer Service at Pavilion Cafe, responded to this review

PMplus4- Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We're so glad you remembered us and stopped by. We will pass your compliments along to our staff and culinary team. Hopefully we see you again soon! More

Higgins, Texas
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

Was there last week, and I have been craving their red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting every day since. They were AMAZING!!!

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Guest_Services_Inc, Customer Service at Pavilion Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review! We're so glad you found us and our red velvet cupcakes. Come back and see us again soon! More

Peoria Heights, Illinois
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52 reviews 52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Was a really good place to take a quick rest from all the walking, was a little over priced but was still good to eat.

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Guest_Services_Inc, Customer Service at Pavilion Cafe, responded to this review

We're so glad you stopped by! Our location is great for a quick break while touring the city. Thank you for leaving a review and your feedback on our prices, we appreciate it. Please come visit us again the next time you are in the area! More

Northern Virginia
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised: I brought a group of ESOL students to the National Gallery of Art for a field trip and we all decided we needed to sit down after several hours. The group voted to eat here. Portions are large - several people split sandwiches and salads (both of which were fresh made and delicious). The pizzas were... More

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GSI_CustomerService, Customer Service at Pavilion Cafe, responded to this review

LovesHippos- Thank you so much for visiting us and taking the time to leave such a wonderful review; we’re delighted that you thoroughly enjoyed all our menu selections. ‘Fresh made and delicious’ salads and sandwiches are what we aim for and getting our pizza approved by 8-year-olds is an honor :) We hope to see you again soon! More

Charlotte, North Carolina
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46 reviews 46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

It is right in the heart of DC's "Mall" and is beautiful. However, you'll pay for convenience. A basic sandwich is $10, which I guest isn't too terrible, but not what I'm used to... I don't know what service is like during the week but we went on a Sunday for lunch and the line was ridiculous and the wait... More

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Management response:

CatintheHatt- We’re glad you chose the Pavilion Café for lunch during your visit but we’re very sorry to hear you experienced a long wait time! We value your feedback and thank you for taking the time to let us know. If there are any specifics you would like to discuss with our team, please feel free to email us directly... More

Mssachusetts
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We had lunch here to enjoy the gorgeous weather and cherry blossoms. The food is pretty unremarkable, but not as overpriced as it could be given the tourist location. Stick with the basics and enjoy the views.

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GSI_CustomerService, Customer Service at Pavilion Cafe, responded to this review

lbg217- Thank you for choosing the café for your National Cherry Blossom Festival outing and for leaving us your feedback. We take great pride in creating and offering unique seasonal items on our menu that are greatly affected by our customers’ feedback; if you would like to leave more details as to your impressions of our food, we would love... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 via mobile

Food was good and fresh but the service was horrible! We waited 25mins while watching our sanwiches sit on the line, waiting to be "heated and sliced in half." Maybe it was just what we ordered but ppl were ordering, picking up their food and we were still there. Another family waited 45mins for their meal! I say just try... More

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GSI_CustomerService, Customer Service at Pavilion Cafe, responded to this review

Helen N.- Thank you for visiting the café and offering your honest feedback; we apologize profusely for the length of your wait time! Our goal is to consistently provide flawless customer service and we certainly will keep your comments in mind as we train our staff members. If you wish to leave more detailed feedback, please feel free to contact... More

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