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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 #531 of 2,623 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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Ohio
Top Contributor
153 reviews 153 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
182 helpful votes 182 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

Hellertown, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
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
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
21 helpful votes 21 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
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
20 helpful votes 20 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

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Dropped in after the St Pat's Day parade with a big crowd - 7 kids and 7 adults. Luckily we found seating in this very pleasant greenhouse type building in the sculpture garden - quiet and simply done with a view of the art and ice skaters. I guess it was just right after the loud parade. Given the many... More

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

A friend took us here while in DC. We were amazed at the beautiful setting, surrounded by art, ice skating rink and a small cafe with delicious ala cart sandwiches. Our friend had a glass of wine but I did not check the prices. We were told in the summer they have water art that reminded them of a small... More

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