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

*Menu and prices are subject to change

Soup

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

Main Dishes

Maple Brined Turkey tomato and red onion jam    

 11.75

Maple Brined Turkey with 2 sides    

 18.55

Sandwich

New England Lobster Roll     

 14.75

New England Lobster Roll with 2 sides    

 21.55

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     

 3.59

Pickled Peach charred red onions, white wine vinaigrette    

 3.59

Corn Bread     

 2.69

Sweets

Strawberry rhubarb pudding, vanilla cream    

 5.75

Strawberry Tarts     

 5.10

Blueberry Tarts     

 5.10

Blackberry Tarts     

 5.10

Apple Crumble with sweet nuts and grains    

 5.10

Sopa

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

Plato Principales

Bolivian Style Chili Braised Pork Shanks     

 16.50

Bolivian Style Chili Braised Pork Shanks with 2 sides    

 25.10

Phuti Chuno De Carne Picante freeze dried potatoes with spicy beef    

 14.25

Phuti Chuno De Carne Picante with 2 sides    

 21.05

Platos Caliente Secundarios

Phuti Chuno     

 3.59

Roasted Green Papaya tamarillo    

 3.59

Specialty Ceviche     

 12.50

Octopus Salad     

 12.50

Platos Frios Secundarios

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

 3.59

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    

 4.50

Dulces

Boniato candied bacon empanada, pineapple puree    

 5.75

Blue Corn Bread     

 2.65

Appetizer

Hot Smoked White Fish wild onion confit, corn relish    

 13.95

Main Dishes

Cedar Planked Wild Salmon olive tapenade    

 13.95

Cedar Planked Wild Salmon with 2 sides    

 20.75

Grilled Bison Loin caramelized strawberries    

 16.75

Grilled Bison Loin with 2 sides    

 23.55

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    

 29.95

Sweets

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

 5.75

Dried Cherry mesquite cookies    

 4.50

Dried Fruit Bread Pudding     

 4.75

Appetizer

Fourmini Tacos crudito, guacamole    

 14.95

Main Dishes

Roasted Portobello Mushroom And Summer Squash Tostada     

 14.75

Roasted Portobello Mushroom And Summer Squash Tostada with 2 sides    

 21.55

Tacos

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    

 18.25

Totopos

Blue red and yellow corn chips & salsa    

 5.90

Blue red and yellow corn chips with guacamole    

 7.80

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

 9.65

Side Dishes $3.59

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

Salsa And Guacamole

Romesco Salsa     

 0.95

Grilled Plum & Ancho Chili     

 0.95

Coconut & Fresno Chili     

 0.95

Cotija Cheese     

 1.15

Sour Cream     

 0.99

Guacamole     

 1.95

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    

 7.25

Campfire Buffalo Burger served with cheese    

 7.65

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

 16.95

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

 11.95

Pulled Buffalo Sandwich with chile spiced fries    

 15.95

Sliders

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

 14.50

Free Range Elk Burger with chili spiced fries    

 17.50

Chicken Tenders with fries    

 8.25

Hot Side Dishes

Chile Spiced Fries     

 3.75

Buffalo Chili & Cheese Fries     

 7.75

Fry Bread     

 3.19

Cinnamon And Honey     

 3.29

Blue Berry Wajapia     

 3.59

Cold Side Dishes $3.59

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


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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!


Puzzled
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 3.5 5.0 4 4 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 uni

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