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Address: 1400 Independence Ave SW, Washington DC, DC 20250-0002
Phone Number: +1 202-720-5505
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Cafeteria = nice place to eat when giving DC (near National Mall)

Had been to this cafeteria in the past (about 4 years ago)...about the same. Lots of good food options at good prices. You need to go through security (and they now ask for your... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 May 2016
Barbara S
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Tampa, Florida
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Faridabad, India
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261 reviews
171 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

We were crossing this place and had a chance to go the restaurant and have quick bite. The place is good and cheap on your wallet!!!

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Orlando, Florida
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

We stumbled upon this place near the National mall as we were looking to get some coffee in the morning nearby. One of the police officer directed us to this place. You have to go through security by running your bag through a scanner. There is a small line like 4 or 5 people in the morning when we went... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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60 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

This is the best hidden lunch spot in town - good food at a very reasonable price. Some security, but not onerous.

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Thank HavingFunNow61
Atlanta, GA
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37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

We had the most delicious AND cheap lunch ever... it's in wing 3. anyone can eat there. just get a pass from security. they had food from all over the USA...

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Thank ruthgator
Saint Marys, Ohio
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28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

I found out about this place from reviews on TripAdvisor. And it did not disappoint. My family went in a little after 1 so the lunch crowd was through and they were not refilling the trays, but we still had plenty of choices to eat almost to many. The eating area had several long tables and chairs but plenty to... More 

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Thank Jaros4
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

The cafeteria was conveniently located in the south building of the usda complex. It was a 5 min walk from the Mandarin Oriental. The food was extremely fresh and varied and very reasonably priced. A very filling breakfast with drinks for 2 adults and 2 teenagers was approximately $30

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Virginia
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246 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

I had read about the cafeteria at the USDA, however, I was a bit perplexed trying to find the correct entrance, when I finally spotted the small signage for Non-ID personnel, my ID & bag checked & I headed to this wonderful bright cafeteria, with so many incredible choices, all posted with their nutritional value, (cost $7.20 a lb). I... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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63 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

Had been to this cafeteria in the past (about 4 years ago)...about the same. Lots of good food options at good prices. You need to go through security (and they now ask for your ID/license) but it goes quickly. They give you a Guest nametag to wear. Since the Department of Agriculture is many big buildings close to the National... More 

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Thank Barbara S
Southern California
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97 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016

They have hot and cold food lines, similar to a Whole Foods cafe, but quite a bit less expensive. If there was a visitor center or exhibits I did not see them. I wouldn't mind learning a bit about our current farm policies.

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Thank Traveling_Sandy
Minneapolis
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016

We stumbled upon this place as we looked for a lunch spot that would please everyone in our family. This is a well hidden and unadvertised gem. Adults must show a Driver License or picture ID when going through security. The cafeteria has the highest quality and most diverse selection of items I have ever seen. Many of the items... More 

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