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Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe

) #138 of 2,596 Restaurants in Washington DC $$ - $$$ American, Cafe,
4th Street and Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC, DC 20560
+1 202-633-1000
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good40%
  • Average15%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fry bread” (98 reviews)
“buffalo chili” (38 reviews)
“tacos” (87 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Native American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4th Street and Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC, DC 20560
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Reviewed 3 days ago 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have come here just for lunch with no intention of visiting the museum. The food is very good and the menu unique. Cafeteria seating area is pleasant.

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here because of the reviews, bad mistake. It is probably one of the worst meal we had in DC. On top of over priced, over cooked, tasteless food, it was also greasy. The guy gave me the food didn't know what sauce it...More

Thank Josephine M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the few times that TripAdvisor has led us astray. The food is cafeteria style in different sections, so there is good variety, but the food we had for lunch for was ~$70, which was only $10 less than the far superior...More

Thank JamesSMc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had heard about and seen the restaurant while in the museum so one of days we decided to come here for lunch. If you have food "allergies" such as gluten issues, it is pretty friendly. There is a nice variety but it isnt great...More

Thank timmp
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Cafe has a surprisingly nice range of food to choose from, pricey - but a nice change from Mall's general burger fare. Worth it to try it out and have a more quiet meal spot.

Thank xenonian
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had heard from one of our bus tour guides that the cafe at the Native American Museum was special so we decided to take the plunge and eat there for lunch. Our 13 year old was not happy, but we decided the educational experience...More

Thank linettekm
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had heard that the cafe at the American Indian museum was better than the others so we stopped by on our way through the museums. Other than a lot of buffalo, I didn't get the sense that the culinary diversity was much more than...More

Thank Kevin L
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13 October 2016|
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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
13 October 2016|
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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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
American, Cafe, Native American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:30
10:00 - 17:30
10:00 - 17:30
10:00 - 17:30
10:00 - 17:30
10:00 - 17:30
10:00 - 17:30
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
  • Neighbourhood: National Mall
  • Phone Number: +1 202-633-1000
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