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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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Moultrie, Georgia, United States
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46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Provides a variety of Indian food dishes from different parts of the country. Fairly tasty, however a little pricey.

Thank Nani1995
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183 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a Zagat rated cafe so we had to try the food. As we are vegetarian, we shared a Nopolito and Roasted Chile Chimichanga, yucca fries, a black bean soup and 2 portions of Aztec rice. My son LOVED the Aztec rice with black bean soup poured over it. The prices were high (over $40 for the 2 of... More 

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San Jose, California
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60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was told that this is rated the best among the restaurants in the Smithsonian museums. It was definitely better than going to a McDonalds or something like that. The restaurant has several different stands for the various dishes. You can get authentic food from the Americas or more common foods like chicken strips. That part I did enjoy. However,... More 

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South Jersey
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182 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and my children loved this cafe. They couldn't get enough of the native tacos and fry bread. I, on the other hand, was disappointed. Prior to our trip I was so excited to be able to eat native tacos again (I crave them and can only seem to get them out west), and for the price (I think... More 

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved Mitsitam! After learning so much in the museum's exhibits, it was fun to see the range of choices in the cafe reflecting the different geographic regions and differences between American Indian nations' cuisines. I do wish we had been better prepared for the prices -- so much of the food looked amazing, but for lunch at a museum... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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63 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

...with a wonderful selection! The Mitsitam Cafe should be on your list of places to eat while you're wandering museums. The foods are all indigenous recipes and incredibly delicious. I had braised buffalo with a wild rice salad and roasted golden beets with a tall glass of hibiscus agua fresca. The pricing is fairly steep, but when you consider a)... More 

Thank WoodOK
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62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for lunch because we kept hearing how amazing the food was. The first thing we noticed was how over the top expensive everything was. We finally decided to try a buffalo burger and buffalo chili cheese fries. We shared the meal (and it ended up being $20+) and I was glad we didn't both order that because... More 

Thank chaosandcandy
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239 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located inside the American Indian Museum they serve rather unique A. Indian cuisine from around the continent. It is a refreshing choice compared to the McDs located next door; however, it is still very much a fast food courtyard.

Thank Mercury752
Potomac, Maryland
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21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We live in DC but frequently take visitors to Mitsitam or just go ourselves. There are numerous food stations, each featuring a number of selections from different Native American cultures. We love them all. Biggest problem is getting up to walk through Mall Museums after huge lunch. But be warned, it is not cheap and being cafeteria style, you go... More 

Thank corrfam
Washington, DC
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785 reviews
516 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been here from time to time in the past, but this time I really took note of the over-the-top prices. The food is different and some of it is good, but NONE of it is worth the price charged for a cafetria where you have to bus your own tray. A family of four could easily spend a hundred... More 

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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
Groups, Child-friendly, 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?