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Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe

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National Mall
American, Native American, Central American, Gluten Free, Indian, 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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Athens, Georgia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We adored this meal. Kids even tried new things. Service was responsive, helpful and worked to teach us about preparation and meal components. This was remarkable.

Thank ProfMomof2
North Potomac, MD
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48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This Museum's Cafe is one of the better ones I've been to worldwide. You would need to have seen the museum first to understand the various foods and their representations. There is also burgers, chicken tenders...etc for those who desire such. We had the vegetarian chimichanga which was excellent and a side of pineapple salsa which they call pineapple mint... More 

Thank EdfromPDR
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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124 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lost first review, this will be brief! This aims to be high end, and has, in the past met expectations. This time it was pretty awful. I got there at noon. Several quick entrees were available for pickup under heat lamps -- fish and chips, buffalo burgers & fries, etc. How long had they been there? Opted for a small... More 

Thank Soars37
Mitchell, South Dakota
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66 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Before visiting DC we were told that this restaurant has good food. I definitely agree that there is a great variety to choose from. We all enjoyed what we ordered, but we thought the prices were high, even for DC standards. My wife wanted to get the buffalo burger, but the person working in that area just kind of laughed... More 

Thank kekenkel
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We read many reviews and were excited to try the food at the museum, especially since the only other close option was the McDonald's at the Air and Space Museum. First, some of the options were sold out. The pork belly tacos were inedible, smelling and tasting fishy. I really wanted to like my quinoa crusted chicken, but it wasn't... More 

Thank jennmart74
Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
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86 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The reviews had said this was a little gem inside the Smithsonian's American Indian Museum and it certainly was just that! It was July 4th when we visited, so the place was packed for lunch, even after 2pm when we arrived. There was certainly an unusual array of foods, most of which were similar to more familiar dishes, such as... More 

Thank TravelbugMelB2015
Atlanta, Georgia
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489 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Who would have guessed that there was such a fantastic restaurant in a Smithsonian? The restaurant serves their take on authentic native American fare. Two people in the family had bison burgers. I enjoyed the restaurant's take on chicken tacos with some sort of fry bread. Plus the seating area is beautifully designed with lots of wood and light. Don't... More 

Thank panpanda
Limerick, Ireland
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72 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As restaurants go in state run buildings this is fantastic! Loads of dishes to choose from! These dishes come from American Indian tribes. I tried food that I had never before. Can imagine children might struggle with the menu. If on a budget $15 might be expensive. I thought it was fantastic!

Thank Janette M
Salem, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There's a huge variety of foods to choose here, from areas divided by geography. As pescatarians, we gravitated to the Northwest. Salmon was $24, a little steep but delicious. That came with two sides, so we took the salads. A Brownie was $5.45, big and substantial, and a Fennel Pie (like a whoopee pie but with very sweet pink filling)... More 

Thank abecedarius
Reading, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very unique choices for museum food. Way beyond the standard fast food, quick service selections at most "tourist" locations. Options for both kids and adults. If you are willing to pay a little more for quality, this is a good option and much less crowded than other stops on the Mall.

Thank jjr171

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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, Indian, South American
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?