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Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe

) #132 of 2,579 Restaurants in Washington DC €€ - €€€ American, ,
4th Street and Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC, DC 20560
+1 202-633-1000
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good38%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fry bread” (98 reviews)
“buffalo chili” (37 reviews)
“tacos” (83 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 - 17:30All hours
American, Native American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
4th Street and Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC, DC 20560
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1 - 10 of 815 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

This was our best meal in downtown DC, not just the mall! It's a great place to try things you are unlikely to ever get elsewhere. This is worth the stop even if you bypass the museum exhibits.

Thank BanjosKids
Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband and I were both disappointed by the food selection and the high prices for a cafeteria. Since we have traveled to South America and Mexico, we were familiar with many of the regional foods but the menu at the Mitsitam Cafe seemed like...More

Thank USALouise
Reviewed 6 days ago

The best thing of the National Museum of the American Indian is its restaurant. I had buffalo burger which was delicious although not the cheapest. I would absolutely suggest who is anywhere nearby.

Thank Critical-Duck
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Me and my girlfriend took Peru chicken, she took with potatoes and I took with yuka fries. Not expensive. The funny part is that it's African Americans that are cooking the food haha and not native Americans.

Thank Nana P
Reviewed 1 week ago

My grandson said it was the best taco he had ever eaten and he has eaten many! The choice of dishes is quite varied and interesting. We would return to sample another dish. I thought the prices were high.

Thank Lynn60726
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The various sections cover different food types from pizza to fried chicken and roast turkey. But we had some fried bread with chilli and specified trimmings. To look at, we thought it would be stodgy but it wasn't. The chilli was mild and flavoursome. Prices...More

Thank Castleman073
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was really expecting wonderful food but was sadly disappointed. The food was bland and overpriced. The staff were rude and would barely acknowledge your presence let alone answer any questions about the food. Don't waste your time or money.

Thank Robin B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got some delicious variety of food for lunch here. My son had the Northwest bison burger (with salmon mousse!) and it was incredible. The fry bread with cinnamon sugar was sinful and the salmon and sprouts were great. I did not love the bison...More

Thank SuzW300
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I never thought I'd write a review for a museum restaurant, but this place is really good. There aren't many good restaurants on the Mall. We actually returned to the museum the day after we visited it just to eat here. Yes, the prices are...More

Thank DocAdvil
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed the Green Chili Chicken Hominy Soup. My friend enjoyed the flavorful fruit salad and buffalo burger.

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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, Native American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan 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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