Dining at the Smithsonian

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A wide variety of drinks, snacks, and dining options are available in and around our museums. Pick up quick bites from our food carts located on the National Mall side of the Air and Space, American History, and Natural History museums, and the Smithsonian Castle (seasonal, weather permitting).

Group sales options are available for parties of 10 or more. Please call Smithsonian Enterprises at 866.868.7774 (toll free) or email groupsales@si.edu

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.

As we reopen, we’re putting safety first. See our hours and admission information and safety protocols to plan your visit. Timed-entry passes are required at three locations.

  • African American History and Culture Museum

    Sweet Home Café
    Sweet Home Cafe is temporarily serving a limited menu. The 2017 James Beard Award nominated Sweet Home Café boasts both refined and down-home cooking intricately linked to the geographic regions that inspired each dish, revealing stories about African American culture. through food.
    11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday

  • American Art Museum and Portrait Gallery

    Courtyard Café
    The Café offers a fresh and seasonal menu of American-inspired dishes, as well as coffee drinks, wine, beer, and desserts. Specialty sandwiches, soups, pastries, organic salads, wraps, antipasti, and organic options are all on the menu at this gorgeous, all-seasons location.
    11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday

    Free visitor Wi-Fi
    Discounts are available for Smithsonian Members with a valid membership card.

  • American History Museum

    Jazz Café 
    (1st Floor)
    Sandwiches, salads and soups made with natural and locally grown ingredients. Pastries, ice cream and specialty coffees, bottled sodas and water.
    Opens at 11 a.m. with limited capacity Friday through Tuesday 

    Eat at America's Table
    Temporarily closed.
    (Ground Level)
    Eat at America’s Table is the main eatery for the National Museum of American History. The cafe seats 600 and is able to accommodate large groups. The menu includes Traditional culinary dishes from our nation’s kitchens, cheese and charcuterie, and classic American sandwiches, great American barbecue and grill favorites (burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches etc…), as well as cooking inspired by Tex-Mex and Native-American traditions. The café also offers classic salads made fresh with seasonal inspiration.
    Guests will find freshly brewed coffee as well as wine, beer, and other bottled beverages. All our desserts are made in house.
    11 a.m. to 5 p.m., peak season, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. off peak-season

    Discounts are available for Smithsonian Members with a valid membership card.
    Free visitor Wi-Fi in Cafés.

  • American Indian Museum

    Mitsitam Espresso Bar
    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.
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday

    Mitsitam Café
    Temporarily closed.
    "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.

    Free visitor Wi-Fi
    Discounts are available for Smithsonian Members with a valid membership card.

  • American Indian Museum Heye Center

    Mili Kàpi Café
    Temporarily closed.
    (2nd Floor)
    Mili Kàpi means “give me some coffee” in the Native language of the Lenape people, the original inhabitants of New York City. The Café features hot and cold beverages and light casual fare—sandwiches, salads and sweets—highlighting ingredients indigenous to the Americas. The Café serves coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters.
    10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

    Temporarily closed.

    Sackler Pavilion Café
    The café features a selection of loose leaf teas and coffee drinks.  The café also offers sweet and savory pastries, and Asian inspired snacks.
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily

  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

    Café (Ground Floor)
    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.

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

    Open during museum hours. Tickets are not required to visit the café.

  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

    Temporarily closed.

    Dolcezza Coffee & Gelato @ Hirshhorn
    Handmade seasonal gelato, specialty espresso drinks, and small batch pastries from one of D.C.’s most popular locally-owned coffee purveyors, housed in a stunning new lobby coffee bar designed by celebrated artist and architect Hiroshi Sugimoto. The space also features furnishings created by Sugimoto and his studio, including tables from a 700-year-old Japanese nutmeg tree.
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends

    10% discount for Federal employees with ID and Hirshhorn members

    Free visitor Wi-Fi

  • National Zoo

    For everyone's safety, dining options and gift shops are currently limited as the Zoo takes COVID-19 precautions. Visitors are welcome to bring their own food and snacks into the Zoo.

    Elevation Burger at Mane Grill
    (near Tiger/Lion Hill)
    Hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, vegetarian burgers, vegan burgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese, chicken tenders, fries, and milkshakes.
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Group meals can be pre-ordered for 10 or more guests.

    (Panda Plaza)
    Pizza, stromboli, hot dogs, chicken tenders, soft drinks

    Auntie Anne's & Carvel
    (Panda Overlook)
    Soft pretzels, pretzel dogs, frozen lemonade, Carvel ice cream, soft drinks

  • Natural History Museum

    Atrium Café
    (Ground Floor)
    The museum’s largest café, featuring Butcher Craft Burgers, Flatbreads, Pasta, and a Chef’s Market Table.
    11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday

    Ocean Terrace Café
    Temporarily closed.
    (First Floor)
    The Ocean Terrace Café has been developed with a greater focus on grains and vegetables being at the core of a daily diet. Entrees feature sustainable items, seasonally available local produce, artisan craft foods, vegetable focused entrees, and the reduced use of proteins. Featured items include our Global Vegetable Grain Bowls, Sandwiches, and Market Plates. In addition to lunch try our fair trade certified coffees and teas along with cold brewed and espresso based beverages. Round off our offerings with house baked pastries, desserts, and local crafted gelato. While visiting the café, check out the Mega-toothed Shark exhibit in the first-floor atrium.
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Coffee Bar
    11 am. to 4 p.m. Food Service

  • Smithsonian Castle

    Castle Café
    Specialty sandwiches, soups, pastries, organic salads, antipasti, Peet’s coffee, espresso/cappuccino bar, teas, bottled beverages, beer, wine, and novelty ice cream (seasonal).
    Discounts available for Smithsonian Members.
    Free visitor Wi-Fi
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Outdoor Carts
    Open seasonally