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Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
National Mall
American, Native American, Central American, Gluten Free Options, South American
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4th Street and Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC, DC 20560
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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68 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a great unexpected surprise. Each station in the cafe represented a different region and everything we tried was delicious. I would have given five stars, but have to agree with other reviewers - it's way overpriced. My lunch was $30 and I didn't get that much food.

Thank Archer11
Jacksonville, Florida
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I really thought I'd love this place based on reviews, however, it was just okay. Fries and buffalo burger were cold. Got the peanut butter brownie and it wasn't very good. The meal was very expensive based on the quality of food.

Thank Lou E
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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It wasn't very crowded and the variety of food is impressive. The Buffalo burger was very good. The prices were a little high, but definitely worth checking out and so much better than the Air and Space cafe next door.

Thank barcb
Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice addition to the National Museum of the American Indian is the Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe located on the ground floor opposite the main entrance to the museum. Opening Hours are 11am to 5pm daily. This is appropriate and good overall concept for this museum, providing visitors with opportunity to experience a variety Native American cuisines representing various tribes... More 

Thank BradJill
Batavia, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There were several options for dinner and we appreciated the calm, quiet atmosphere we found here late on a Sunday afternoon. The dining area is beautiful, like the rest of the museum. However the food was very expensive and the quality was just average. There were a couple of naturally GF options but not many.

Thank dands238
Burbank, CA
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46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I admire the variety of foods offered at this cafeteria style restaurant but the price was too expensive. I think over $4 for a fountain soda is a bit much! I have had fry bread in the West and loved it. As these are not made fresh they are a bit chewy. I ordered the adoba chicken on fry bread... More 

Thank Mugspaw
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this cafe on a recommendation and I was not disappointed. Go for the Native American food selection - you can choose any 4 foods from different regions for a set price. I thought it was very good value, great to try something different and the food was really delicious. Others in our party were not as impressed as... More 

Thank Debbie R
bishops stortford
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The bison burgers and chips were available quickly which is good. It was also tasty - But is pre cooked so it's a little dry and had started to deteriorate slightly. On the plus side It's well priced - it's about the same price as a fast food joint but of a much higher quality so that makes it appealing.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are going to be on the mall, you're going to probably need lunch. All of the museums have somewhere to eat. This one is the one you would actually enjoy.

Thank David G
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Someone told me to try the "food court" at the Native American museum...it is NOT a food court! It is an AMAZINGLY restaurant! I was blown away with the variety and loved that all the dishes served are inspired by the diets of the Native Americans. Divided up into regions like Pacific Northwest ect. This could very well have been... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $20
American, Native American, Central American, Gluten Free Options, South American
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
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: 202.633.1000

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