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Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe

$$ - $$$American, Cafe,
4th Street and Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC, DC 20560
+1 202-633-1000
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good37%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“fry bread” (99 reviews)
“buffalo chili” (38 reviews)
“tacos” (88 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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1 - 10 of 831 reviews

Reviewed today

The cafe was recommended by a family member for unique, native food interpretations. There are a number of counters featuring foods from different regions. You grab a tray, order and collect your food at the counters. Lunch flavors were enjoyable but, holy cow, the price!...More

Thank Whimsee
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were not overly impressed. Someone we passed in the botanical garden recommended we have lunch here. It was really crowded and the food was extremely expensive. We didn't feel the quality was worth the price.

Thank ilovegaylord
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A selection of foods from native tribes throughout North America. Chimichanga was AMAZING! Try a fry bread!

Thank teamsnardy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

High-priced like all the DC free museums, the soup I chose was only luke warm but fairly tasty. 4 dollars for a cup of tea seemed a bit steep.

Thank Nick C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this is a museum cafe. busy. food is interesting, as someone else said it could have more spice, but it was a lot better than other museum cafes.

Thank sarahantrim
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We sought out this place during a day of site-seeing based on very positive reviews from a number of sites. I have to say that I was a little bit disappointed. I had the vegetarian tacos, a brownie and a bottle of water and it...More

Thank marlydanger
Reviewed 15 August 2017 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 9 August 2017

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 4 August 2017

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 31 July 2017

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.

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12 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
12 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
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
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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