Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe Menu & Hours

The Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe features indigenous food from the Western Hemisphere. Each menu reflects the food and cooking techniques from the region featured.

Menus are changed with each season to reflect the bounties of that area.

Looking for a unique dining experience? Take a look at our Mitsitam Chef’s Table Tasting. Have the Mitsitam Chefs serve you and explain our interpretations of native foods! It’s great food and an educational experience everyone will enjoy! – Chefs Tasting Info

The Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe is located inside the National Museum of the American Indian on the main level.

Hours of Operation:

Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe
Open Daily 11 am-5 pm In Season
Reduced Hours (off season) depending on visitation

Mitsitam Espresso Bar
Open 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday
9 am to 5 pm Week Days


*Menu and prices are subject to change


Chilled Cucumber spicy green apple relish    
Chilled Corn And Heirloom Tomatoes heirloom tomato salad    

Main Dishes

Maple Brined Turkey tomato and red onion jam    


Maple Brined Turkey with 2 sides    



New England Lobster Roll     


New England Lobster Roll with 2 sides    


Hot Side Dishes

Roasted Kohlrabi green apple, cider reduction    
Stewed Black Eyed Peas wild bay leaves, zucchini    

Cold Side Dishes

Wild Rice And Watercress Salad     


Pickled Peach charred red onions, white wine vinaigrette    


Corn Bread     



Strawberry rhubarb pudding, vanilla cream    


Strawberry Tarts     


Blueberry Tarts     


Blackberry Tarts     


Apple Crumble with sweet nuts and grains    



Smoked Turkey & Kale turkey chicorons garnish    
Chilled Avocado & Crab Soup     

Plato Principales

Bolivian Style Chili Braised Pork Shanks     


Bolivian Style Chili Braised Pork Shanks with 2 sides    


Phuti Chuno De Carne Picante freeze dried potatoes with spicy beef    


Phuti Chuno De Carne Picante with 2 sides    


Platos Caliente Secundarios

Phuti Chuno     


Roasted Green Papaya tamarillo    


Specialty Ceviche     


Octopus Salad     


Platos Frios Secundarios

Ensaladade Palmitos hearts of palm salad, fresh mozzarella and tomatoes, white wine vinaigrette    


Platos Frios Secundarios

Quesosy Embutidos cheese & charcuterie. assorted spanish cheeses and cured meats, served with quince paste, tree honey and assorted breads    

(1pc) 7.00

(5pcs) 25.95

(3pcs) 17.95

Agua Fresca seasonal    



Boniato candied bacon empanada, pineapple puree    


Blue Corn Bread     



Hot Smoked White Fish wild onion confit, corn relish    


Main Dishes

Cedar Planked Wild Salmon olive tapenade    


Cedar Planked Wild Salmon with 2 sides    


Grilled Bison Loin caramelized strawberries    


Grilled Bison Loin with 2 sides    


Hot Side Dishes $3.59

Sautéed Swiss Chard roasted garlic confit, white onions    
Roasted Wild Mushrooms smoked potatoes, fresh herbs    

Cold Side Dishes $3.59

Grilled Asparagus And Roasted Salsify     
Wild Rice & Watercress Salad apple cider vinaigrette    

Value Meal

Five Region Sampler Platter grilled bison striploin, cedar planked salmon, 3 regional side dishes    



Grilled Peach Shortcake port wine sauce, vanilla cream, cornmeal biscuits    


Dried Cherry mesquite cookies    


Dried Fruit Bread Pudding     



Fourmini Tacos crudito, guacamole    


Main Dishes

Roasted Portobello Mushroom And Summer Squash Tostada     


Roasted Portobello Mushroom And Summer Squash Tostada with 2 sides    



Yellow Corn Or Soft Flour Tortillas summer goat, plantain & poblano salsa chicken, prickly pear mole    

(2 ea) 9.65

Yellow Corn Or Soft Flour Tortillas with 2 sides    



Blue red and yellow corn chips & salsa    


Blue red and yellow corn chips with guacamole    


Blue, Red And Yellow Corn Chips With Carne summer goat, plantain & poblano salsa chicken, prickly pear mole    


Side Dishes $3.59

Grilled Nopales spiced green beans, lime butter    
Butter Bean grilled chayote squash    

Salsa And Guacamole

Romesco Salsa     


Grilled Plum & Ancho Chili     


Coconut & Fresno Chili     


Cotija Cheese     


Sour Cream     




Sweets $5.25

Steamed Banana Cake Wrapped In Banana Leaves blackberry sauce    
Orange Cake     

Great Plains

Buffalo Chili     

cup 5.79

bowl 6.95

Main Dishes $12.50

Indian Taco buffalo chili on fry bread with pickled chiles & pinto beans, lettuce, tomato and shredded cheese    
Chipotle Chicken Taco grilled chipotle chicken, fry bread, lettuce, tomato and shredded cheese    

Burgers And Sandwiches

Campfire Buffalo Burger served with green chilies    


Campfire Buffalo Burger served with cheese    


House Ground Buffalo And Duck Burger (cooked a la carte with chili spiced fries) roasted pepper dijonaise, smoked tomatoes, aged cheddar cheese    


Pulled Buffalo Sandwich w/ chayote squash slaw on whole wheat kaiser roll    


Pulled Buffalo Sandwich with chile spiced fries    



Free Range Elk Burger house ground turkey burger, free range buffalo & duck burger    


Free Range Elk Burger with chili spiced fries    


Chicken Tenders with fries    


Hot Side Dishes

Chile Spiced Fries     


Buffalo Chili & Cheese Fries     


Fry Bread     


Cinnamon And Honey     


Blue Berry Wajapia     


Cold Side Dishes $3.59

Heirloom Watermelon & Tomato Salad roasted jalapenos, charred onions    
Grilled Asparagus And Roasted Salsify     


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Delicious, High-Quality NA Dishes
Jul 14, 2022 by Katherine Harris

This is one of my fav lunch places to go in DC & my picky teen sons love it too. On the pricier side, but worth it. Such fresh, high-quality ingredients prepared with care. Interesting Native American dishes you don't see every day just anywhere. Love the salmon dishes, tacos, and some of the side salads are unique and delish. My fav dessert are the chocolate-dipped macaroons.

Miss this place!
Oct 19, 2020 by Jenn

We’ve loved all the dishes we’ve been privileged to try at Mitsitam. Can not wait to go back

Better if there was information
Jan 04, 2020 by Mara

I enjoyed a lot. The food was Very good. But I would like to get information about the foods offered by the restaurant, such as source of recipe and ingredients, etc. That would connect with the Museum’s theme and turn it much more interesting

Very tasty lunch
Dec 28, 2018 by Linda

I have been to the museum before, today I was at the US Botanical Garden for their holiday train exhibit. I decided to walk up Independence Ave, I was hungry and wasn't sure what to have for lunch. I walked past the museum and saw a placard outside for the Mitsitam restaurant and decided to have lunch there. I had the stewed mushrooms and mashed potatoes, they were YUMMY! I will be coming back to explore the museum and definitely return to the restaurant to have lunch again.

Beyond Impressed
Jun 10, 2018 by Emily

Every time we visit DC, this is a must stop visit mainly because of the amazing food! The dishes are not typical ones that I cook at home so it’s a real treat to have so many unique options.

Mixed feelings
Apr 15, 2018 by Nicole Espinosa

Came for lunch with my family. It was 106.00 for the four of us. This place is extremely pricy. Some of the food was good. The burger was mediocre at best and like 16.00. The chicken fingers were at least fried in fresh oil. The ceviche was delicious as well as the tacos and salsas. I went to the burger counter to order and the chef told me to order up front. Well there isn’t really a “front.” Only to find out I was supposed to order from him. Hummm. Then as we are walking to a seat my child walked toward a large section that was partially closed off only to be told by a very rude employee in her loudest voice that “this section is closed.” I politely apologized but wanted to yell at her for talking to my child that way.
So I’m a little mixed about whether I will return. The museum is beautiful but maybe the staff needs to work on getting it together and the food needs to be lowered in price or be worth 16.00 a plate.

Vegan option
Jul 28, 2017 by Sara Barber

There used to be more vegetarian/vegan options and my husband and I loved coming here. Now we mostly eat sides when we come here, because the main dishes are rarely vegan. Please bring back more vegan options!

May 03, 2017 by Muriel Richardson

I am a big fan of your planked salmon (with 2 sides) but was puzzled that last week I was given a federal employee discount and was denied a discount today. Is the discount no longer in force??

, USA 4.0 5.0 8 8 This is one of my fav lunch places to go in DC & my picky teen sons love it too. On the pricier side, but worth it. Such fresh, high-quality ingredients prepared with care. Interes