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Pavilion Cafe

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7th St. and Constitution Ave. NW, In the National Gallery Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, DC 20565
+1 202-289-3360
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10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Good for:
Outdoor seating

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  • 17
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food

The food here was very good. The pizza and the pastries were really good. It is bit expensive. The ambiance was good and the pool near by is a bonus.!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 22, 2014
Kula1209
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Lunch
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London uk
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

After visiting a number of museums we felt the need for food and refreshments. The cafe is a great use of space and could be so much more. We were very polite to the person who we ordered our food from but she hardly acknowledged us and was very abrupt in her manner. We paid and sat down and then... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
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109 reviews 109 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We stopped at the Pavilion Cafe on our last trip to DC as we were in the middle of the mall and it was lunchtime. There was quite a long line, but it moved fairly quickly. The food was average and it took a while to get, but it was better than stopping at a roadside cart for a hot... More 

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Guest_Services_Inc, Public Relations Manager at Pavilion Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Christy, Thank you for stopping by the Pavilion Café. We're glad you enjoyed some of our tasty snacks during your trip. We agree, the outside view is a must see! Please stop by and see us when you're in D.C. again. Cheers! More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

While walking through The National Mall we came across this quant little restaurant near the skating rink. The food looked reasonably priced and we went to order and the employee acted like we were bothering her. She was extremely rude and curt with us. Her attitude was completely reprehensible. At least the food was decent and the atmosphere was affable... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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50 reviews 50 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Portions a tad on the small side but I guess it is central DC. HOWEVER - service was excellent and when there was a misunderstanding in the order because of language differences it was handled superbly by two young ladies there (Dilu and Sumutra - not sure of the spelling of the last) so we went back a number of... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The food here was very good. The pizza and the pastries were really good. It is bit expensive. The ambiance was good and the pool near by is a bonus.!!

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Greenville, South Carolina, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The location is just behind the ice skating rink and the aroma of soup and other delicatessens consistently drifted out across the rink which is why we opted to drop in. Excellent service and the food choices were gourmet. For kids there is PBJ and grilled cheese. Nice ambience.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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128 reviews 128 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I'm not sure how I had visited DC so many times and never known about this charming indoor/outdoor cafe. But I'm so glad we found it, because we really enjoyed our lunch outdoors on an abnormally warm day in November. The food was surpassingly good too! We split some sandwiches, and I can say that the apple/cheddar sandwich with apricot... More 

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Ottawa
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75 reviews 75 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Set in a park filled with art sculptures, this cafeteria style restaurant offers a variety of sandwiches and salads that are ordered while standing in line. When ready, a hand gizmo buzzed to let you know to pick up. There are many sitting areas set up outside as well as numerous tables inside. We had the Montreal beef sandwich and... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Pizza's, sandwiches and salads. Quick service and lovely location. So helpful to have a good restaurant on the Mall. Pool and fountain just outside. I had a spinach, kale salad with craisens and blueberries. Lovely.

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Wyckoff, New Jersey
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128 reviews 128 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

After strolling through the Sculpture gardens we needed lunch. Decided to try the cafe. The queue was long but moved along. You had to wait a bit for food but I don't think it was that long a wait (this is not macdonalds). Our salad and sandwiches were a hearty portion and it was delicious. We sat outside and enjoyed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7th St. and Constitution Ave. NW, In the National Gallery Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, DC 20565
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Federal Triangle
  • Neighborhood: Federal Triangle
  • Phone Number: +1 202-289-3360

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?