We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe

$$ - $$$American, Cafe,
4th Street and Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC, DC 20560
+1 202-633-1000
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good37%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“rye bread” (94 reviews)
“wild rice” (36 reviews)
“salmon” (83 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
American, Cafe, Native American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4th Street and Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC, DC 20560
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (891)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 832 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

We read a lot about Mitsitam Cafe and decided to have lunch here instead of the Air and Space museum. Lots of different foods to choose from. Some might be more exotic than we were willing to try. We chose the bison hotdog and fry...More

Thank Erm106
Reviewed 4 days ago

The cafe was recommended by a family member for unique, native food interpretations. There are a number of counters featuring foods from different regions. You grab a tray, order and collect your food at the counters. Lunch flavors were enjoyable but, holy cow, the price!...More

Thank Whimsee
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were not overly impressed. Someone we passed in the botanical garden recommended we have lunch here. It was really crowded and the food was extremely expensive. We didn't feel the quality was worth the price.

Thank ilovegaylord
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A selection of foods from native tribes throughout North America. Chimichanga was AMAZING! Try a fry bread!

Thank teamsnardy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

High-priced like all the DC free museums, the soup I chose was only luke warm but fairly tasty. 4 dollars for a cup of tea seemed a bit steep.

Thank Nick C
Reviewed August 19, 2017

this is a museum cafe. busy. food is interesting, as someone else said it could have more spice, but it was a lot better than other museum cafes.

Thank sarahantrim
Reviewed August 17, 2017

We sought out this place during a day of site-seeing based on very positive reviews from a number of sites. I have to say that I was a little bit disappointed. I had the vegetarian tacos, a brownie and a bottle of water and it...More

Thank marlydanger
Reviewed August 15, 2017 via mobile

This is a cafeteria. They have different stations where you can go pick out what you want. Being that this is a Native American spot it was natural to go straight for something fry bread related. The Navajo taco filled the plate and was tasty....More

Thank mauiwolf
Reviewed August 9, 2017

On one of our tours, the guide mentioned that the only place you could have a bison burger in Washington DC was at the Mitsitam Cafe housed inside the America Indian Museum, so I decided to try it. The Cafe is located on the first...More

Thank egchora
Reviewed August 4, 2017

I had always heard very good things about the restaurant at the American Indian Museum. My food was mediocre and it was expensive. I will skip it next time I visit.

Thank Miriam450
Nearby Restaurants
The Capital Grille
1,666 reviews
.36 miles away
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Pavilion Cafe
92 reviews
.30 miles away
Capitol Cafe and Salad Bar
67 reviews
.36 miles away
Nearby Attractions
National Gallery of Art
7,616 reviews
.25 miles away
National Air and Space Museum
18,480 reviews
.16 miles away
7,387 reviews
.32 miles away
United States Botanic Garden
2,239 reviews
.21 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
October 12, 2016|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from KSL1224 | Reviewed this property |
The style is kind of mix and match. The Northern Woodlands is the best bet for the picky kid, but you may want to mention burger and fries and not necessarily that it's bison. There is also turkey dinner that if the child... More
October 12, 2016|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from chinesesun | Reviewed this property |
There are certainly fries, maybe a grilled cheese. Pizza sometimes. But you should take him there and be prepared to say something about this section has the traditional food the Native Americans from Central America... More
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$15 - $20
American, Cafe, Native American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4th Street and Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC, DC 20560
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > National Mall
  • Neighborhood: National Mall
  • Phone Number: +1 202-633-1000
  • E-mail
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing