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Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
National Mall
American, Native American, Central American, Gluten Free Options
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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:30
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Walked all the way from the Natural History museum to the Mitsitam Native Food Cafe because I was told they serve excellent elk and bison food. I was not disappointed. I enjoyed a very tasty elk burger with all the trimmings, especially the cranberry sauce and very nice dusted fries, combined with a nice seasonal pumpkin IPA beer (actually pleasantly... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had the yellow beet salad and hominy and watercress salad. My husband had cedar plank salmon. My nephew had the bacon rolled fish. I had a small apptite, but liked my choices. I sampled my husband's salmon and it was ok. It is difficult to make fish for a large number of people and have it sit in a... More 

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Topeka, Kansas
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Never got to try the food. Hours say they are open till 5:30. Arrive at 3:15 and they had shut the doors, and said they where closed.

Thank dkrug10042
Rochester, New York
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46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is by far my favorite restaurant on the mall (including the food trucks). The choices are incredible and there is something for everyone from buffalo burgers to halibut to fried dough (fry bread). The soups are tasty. The servings are big enough to share. The pic included is adobo chicken taco on fry bread and fry bread with powdered... More 

Thank Laurarobin
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were visiting several museums and when it came to lunch I feared we'd be trapped at McDonald's, very pleased to find this place instead. Funny place where you pick up a tray when you arrive and then choose between several counters, then pay the cashier at the end before finding a seat. I had fried bread (like a non-sweet... More 

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Chicago area
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic choices organized by region. The plains states bison offerings were probably the most popular, but equally delicious pacific northwest salmon. The southwest fry breads with variety of toppings are great for kids. Lobster cauliflower mash was a hit as well

Thank TravelerChicagoarea
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Perfect lunch break from the Mall Museums so we could have some crispy Fry Bread and Honey. With a salad, we were good to go.

Thank AlanR27
Washington DC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Highly rated by food critics, esp among museum restaurants. Food is well-prepared but most tends to be too sweet. Nice place for relaxed lunch or business lunch but if museum food usually seems expensive, be prepared for sticker shock here. I go about once every other year with out-of-town guests if I am nearby but am careful about how much... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

This was a disappointment after all my friends told me how amazing it was supposed to be. My buffalo burger was the size of one in a lids meal, and the whole process was beyond chaotic--too many people going too many directions. It's true they have a variety, but they seem to have crossed the line into far too much... More 

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Howell, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

After spending the morning at the National Museum of the American Indian (part of the Smithsonian) we decided to take a chance at the new restaurant inside the museum. I wasn't sure if I would like anything because I'm not that adventurous. I was happily surprised. It is upscale cafeteria style: with separate ordering areas by region. There was Salmon... 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
USD 15 - USD 20
American, Native American, Central American, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?