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Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe

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$$ - $$$
National Mall
American, Native American, Central American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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4th Street and Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC, DC 20560
+1 202-633-1000
10:00 - 17:30
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I had enjoyed the Museum of the American Indian several times before but hadn't ventured into its restaurant, and this past visit, I'm SO glad we did! An incredible variety of authentic Native American dishes await, featuring fresh veggies, fish and meat. Many vegetarian options available, refreshing fruit beverages and deserts for any sweet tooth! Foods are labeled with what... More 

Thank Katie D
O'Fallon, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had lunch here after visiting the museum. The food was some of the best we've had in the Smithsonian. I liked how the menu is based on native cuisine. I had bison chilli that was great and not too spicy. My husband had a bison burger that he liked. Our son had so,egging similar to a taco that he... More 

Thank Karolyn_24
New York City, New York
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I read about this cafe in a few D.C. guides and since lunch options are limited on the mall it is definitely worth a stop. We had the bison chili fry bread taco and a bison brisket sandwich as well as a dessert fry bread. All was super delicious. Not he cheapest but also not that expensive, about $36 for... More 

Thank dawgdok
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great place to finish a day at the museum. Everything was fresh,tasty and different. I would go there if I lived in DC.

Thank Ann P
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Turkey and rice burger with fries was quite good, but over $18.00. Was told it would be ready in 12 minutes, but waited over 20 minutes. Great Plains taco very tasty as well.

Thank organizedplanner
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

After having read so much about all the different roots, meats, spices, fruit, and vegetables used by Native Americans... to eat tacos, fried dough, fried chicken strips, and bison burgers? Yes, there was also meat and fish, but it was very pricy. I found it pricy. I expected more diversity and flavor. Sorry.

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Durham, NC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

This is the cafeteria in the Native American Museum near the capital. Atmosphere-wise, it's a museum cafeteria. Food wise? Wow! It's great! There are regional specialties from all parts of the country. Personally, I can recommend the "Indian Taco", which was bison chili over puffed, fried flatbread. Delicious. (My mouth is still watering as I think about it). But as... More 

Thank NCDoc
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

When in the area, this is a great place to eat. We walked over from the Air and Space Museum, as the food there was horrible. In the Mitsitam, there are many nutritious and delicious options to choose from. The prices are high, as they seem to be everywhere in DC and certainly are in museaum cafes everywhere, but at... More 

Thank Hilltraveler
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

An interesting variety you may not be used to. Safe way to be adventurous and healthy. Refreshing. Current set up by region, but I understand that there may be some changes coming to include some comfort options like fry bread!

Thank Kris E
Tenterden, United Kingdom
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75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Great choices of Native American foods. Good juices and extras.Service very good and portions big! Great value

Thank Douglas R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
American, Native American, Central American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?