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Dining at the Smithsonian

Smithsonian cafes are generally open in conjunction with museum hours. Restaurant hours may be confirmed at any museum information desk or by calling 202-633-1000 (voice/tape).

Group Options are available for parties of 10 or more. Please call us toll-free at 866-868-7774 or email groupsales@si.edu

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Seasonal Menu from the American Indian Museum Mitsitam Café »

Please note: No accommodations are available for eating bag lunches within the museums except in the Kogod Courtyard of the Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture.

Smithsonian Castle, Information Center

1000 Jefferson Dr., SW, Washington, DC 20560

Castle Café
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Specialty sandwiches, soups, pastries, organic salads, wraps, panini sandwiches, antipasti, organic coffee, espresso/cappuccino bar, teas, bottled beverages, beer, wine, and premium ice cream.

Outdoor Carts
Open seasonally

Discounts available in Castle Café for Smithsonian Members

Group dining packages »

Free visitor Wi-Fi

Air and Space Museum

6th Street and Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20560

Food Court (First Floor-East Wing)
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Open until 7 p.m. during the museum's extended hours.

McDonald's, Boston Market, and Donato's Pizza: hamburgers, French fries, chicken, pizza, salad, milk, sodas, shakes and desserts.

McDonald's and McCafé
(Upper Level, Enter from Food Court)
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Open until 7 p.m. during the museum's extended hours.

Specialty coffees, teas and frappés.

*Subject to early closure for non-public museum events.

Outdoor Kiosk and Cart
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open until 7 p.m. during the museum's extended hours.
Opens seasonally and weather permitting.

• Kiosk offers McDonald's quarter-pound hamburgers, Chicken McNuggets, French fries, and beverages.
• Carts offer Hot dogs, chips, pretzels, bottled beverages, and ice cream.

Group dining packages »

Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, VA 20151

McDonald's
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Open until 7 p.m. during the museum's extended hours.

Full-service McDonald's menu featuring burgers, salads, fries, chicken sandwiches, sodas, shakes, and desserts.

Group dining packages »

American History Museum

14th Street and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20560

Stars and Stripes Café (Ground floor)
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily* (may stay open later if visitor demand warrants extra hours)

Natural and sustainable foods including natural beef burgers, pizza, hot dogs, BBQ, Sandwiches, soups, salad bar, fountain and bottled beverages, and desserts.

Constitution Café (1st Floor)
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Open until 7 p.m. when the museum has extended hours.

Sandwiches, salads and soups made with natural and locally grown ingredients. Pastries, ice cream and specialty coffees, bottled sodas and water.

Group dining packages »

Discounts are available for Smithsonian Members with a valid membership card.

Free visitor Wi-Fi in Cafés

*Subject to early closure for non-public museum events.

American Indian Museum

4th Street and Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20560

Mitsitam Café
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Limited menu after 3 p.m. off season)

Visit the Mitsitam Café website

"Mitsitam" means "Let's Eat!" in the Native language of the Delaware and Piscataway peoples. The café enhances the museum experience by offering Native-inspired cuisines from five regions of the Western Hemisphere, including the Northern Woodlands, South America, the Northwest Coast, Meso America and the Great Plains.

Tamales, roasted turkey, grilled salmon, homemade seasonal soups, buffalo burgers, Indian fry bread, a seasonal variety of aqua fresca and desserts.


Mitsitam Espresso Bar
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pastries and casual fare from the cafe’s repertoire, plus Tribal Grounds Coffee—organic, fair-trade coffee grown by indigenous farmers and imported, roasted, and provided to the museum by the Eastern Band of Cherokee.

Discounts are available for Smithsonian Members with a valid membership card.

Group dining packages »

Free visitor Wi-Fi

Natural History Museum

10th Street and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20560
***3-Star Certification as a Green Restaurant

Atrium Café (Ground Floor)
Monday-Friday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Open until 5 p.m. when the museum has extended hours.

Natural and sustainable foods including BBQ beef brisket, rotisserie chicken, burgers, pizza, hot dogs, gourmet sandwiches, house-prepared soups, fresh salads, organic fruit, bottled and fountain beverages, and homemade desserts.

Café Natural (Ground Floor)
Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Open until 7 p.m. when the museum has extended hours.

Ice cream, homemade desserts, specialty coffees, gourmet sandwiches, and fresh salads.


Outdoor Carts
11 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting
March 28-Sept 5

Hot dogs, sodas, and ice cream.

Discounts are available for Smithsonian Members with a valid membership card.

Group dining packages »

American Art Museum and Portrait Gallery

8th and F Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Courtyard Café
11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.* daily

Soups, made-to-order salads and salad bar, panini, sandwiches, bottled beverages, wine, beer, coffee, teas, pastries and ice cream.


Discounts are available for Smithsonian Members with a valid membership card.

Group dining packages »

*Subject to early closure for non-public museum events.

Free visitor Wi-Fi

National Zoo

3001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008

Mane Grill (near Tiger/Lion Hill)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fall/Winter
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Spring/Summer

Fast food service including Angus burgers and all-natural, chemical- and hormone-free grilled chicken sandwiches and chicken tenders, kids' meals, homemade soup, a selection of seasonal salads and deli sandwiches, as well as Smithsonian Bird-Friendly Coffee.

Seal Rock Cafe (American Trail)
Open seasonally

Light fare including salad cones, New England-style rolls, PB&J on goldfish bread.

Panda Overlook Cafe
(overlooking Giant Panda Habitat)

Panini, fatoosh salads, peanut butter, banana, and honey firecracker. Panda Overlook also features a full barista featuring the Smithsonian Bird-Friendly coffee and freshly-made smoothies.

Panda Grill - Italian Kitchen, Po' Boy Shack and Backyard BBQ (Panda Market Square)

Pizza, pulled pork and po'boys, nachos with beef smoked on-site daily.

Hot Dog Diner
(near Small Mammal House)
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fall/Winter
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Spring/Summer

All-natural and chemical-free beef hot dogs.

Group dining packages are available. Call 202-633-4480 or email grouptours@fonz.org for more information.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

2 East 91st Street, New York, NY

Café (Ground Floor)
7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Italian restaurant and caterer Tarallucci e Vino operates our new ground-floor café, featuring a contemporary layout and expanded seating inside and outside in the adjoining Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden.

Executive Chef Andrew Welch's seasonal menu offers Tarallucci's popular pastries, legendary espresso, salads, soups, and panini, as well as a large selection of wines by the glass.

The café, along with the garden is accessible without an admissions ticket.

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