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Heard this was a great place to eat, but everything except the hot bar and salad bar is closed for the holidays. Building security employees were rude and unhelpful. Not much directional signage or indication of security protocol. Would recommend the cafe at the Museum...of the American Indian if you’re in the area.More
Go to wing 3, middle of the street. Show ID, get checked, and go down the hall and to the left into the cafeteria. Everything is kept clean, the people are nice. The number of choices you have is quite good for a lunch cafeteria,...as well as the other "food court type" choices that ring part of the perimeter (hamburger, fries, Mexican, etc.) They sell by the pound, so the average may be approximately one lb (about $8 lunch) not including drink. We went twice for lunch because of convenience (location near mall) and the lack of a line at the time!More
Date of visit: July 2019
ilcreations, Director of Marketing at USDA Headquarters Cafeteria, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2019
Dear Randall, We appreciate you taking the time to share your recommendation. You've made it easy for people to know how to find us. Glad we could be your oasis near the National Mall.
I asked the guard at the Holocaust Museum if their café was good for lunch. He steered me to this place instead. He said there’s a great selection, and it’s relatively inexpensive for being right off of the national mall. I tried it, and could...not agree more. I found the food to be fresh, tasty, and they priced lunch by the pound. (I believe it was $7,95/ lb today.)
You need to go up the steps to entrance three, and be prepared to share photo ID and go through the normal federal security scam. It didn’t take more than 30 seconds.
The place was well air-conditioned and the ladies room was clean.More
When visiting the sites and museums along the National Mall there are plenty of food carts and there are some restaurants inside the museums, but other than that not many real eating establishments. After reading the reviews here, we decided to try lunch at the...USDA cafeteria. It is the only government cafeteria open to the public so you will have to go through security. The USDA building is HUGE and the entrance for the cafeteria is at Entrance 3 on Independence Ave, right in the middle of the block. I gather that since this is the only cafeteria open to the public there were multiple school groups there so depending upon the time of your visit keep that in mind as that could hinder your time if you are in a hurry. The food was good and reasonably priced and they also take into consideration the environment by providing biodegradable food trays and various means of recycling. There was a variety of hot items to choose from...some Asian inspired food, traditional American fare, etc. There were also some quick grab options for kids like chicken strips and burgers, a salad bar and a deli sandwich area. Just too many items to list...overall a pretty good place to grab lunch.More