Dining at the Smithsonian

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.

  • American Art Museum and Portrait Gallery

    Courtyard Café
    Soups, made-to-order salads and salad bar, sandwiches, bottled beverages, espresso/cappuccino bar, wine, beer, coffee, teas, pastries, and ice cream.
    11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.* daily

    Free visitor Wi-Fi
    Discounts are available for Smithsonian Members with a valid membership card.
    *Subject to early closure for non-public museum events.

    Group dining packages »

  • 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.

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

    7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

    Dolcezza Pop-up Café @ Hirshhorn
    Handmade, locally sourced gelato, artisanal soft serve and push-pops, espresso drinks, nitro cold brew, drip and pour-over coffee, iced coffee, pastries.
    9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily

    10% discount for Federal employees with ID

    Free visitor Wi-Fi, outdoor covered seating

  • National Air and Space Museum

    Food Court (First Floor-East Wing)
    McDonald's, Boston Market, and Donato's Pizza: hamburgers, French fries, chicken, pizza, salad, milk, sodas, shakes and desserts.
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Open until 7 p.m. during the museum's extended hours.

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

    Outdoor Kiosk and Cart
    • Kiosk offers McDonald's quarter-pound hamburgers, Chicken McNuggets, French fries, and beverages.
    • Carts offer Hot dogs, chips, pretzels, bottled beverages, and ice cream.
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open until 7 p.m. during the museum's extended hours
    Opens seasonally and weather permitting.

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

    Group dining packages »

  • National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

    McDonald's
    Full-service McDonald's menu featuring burgers, salads, fries, chicken sandwiches, sodas, shakes, and desserts.
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Open until 6 p.m. during the museum's extended hours.

    Group dining packages »

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture

    Sweet Home Café
    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. 
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

  • National Museum of American History

    Stars and Stripes Café 
    (Lower Level)
    Natural and sustainable foods including natural beef burgers, pizza, hot dogs, BBQ, Sandwiches, soups, salad bar, fountain and bottled beverages, and desserts.
    11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends and during extended hours 

    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.
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
    Open until 7 p.m. when the museum has extended hours.

    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.

    Group dining packages »

  • National Museum of Natural History

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

    Café Natural (Ground Floor)
    Ice cream, homemade desserts, specialty coffees, gourmet sandwiches, and fresh salads.
    11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
    Open until 7 p.m. when the museum has extended hours.

    Outdoor Carts
    Hot dogs, sodas, and ice cream.
    11 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting
    March 28-Sept 5

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

    Group dining packages »

  • National Museum of the American Indian

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

    Visit the Mitsitam Café website

    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.

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

    Group dining packages »

  • National Zoo

    The Smithsonian's National Zoo offers a wide variety of dining options located throughout the park. Kid-friendly, vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free options are often available, and as a commitment to conservation, the Zoo serves only Bird Friendly Coffee—the only 100% organic and shade-grown coffee certification available.

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

    Mane Grill 
    (near Tiger/Lion Hill)
    Angus burgers, chemical- and hormone-free grilled chicken, kids' meals and to-go items.
    10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fall/Winter
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Spring/Summer

    Heirloom Grille
    (Outside Mane Grill, Lion & Tiger Hill)
    Angus burgers, grilled salmon, bratwurst, salads.
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April-Aug.
    11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends only, Sept.-Oct.
    Closed: Nov.-March

    Seal Rock Cafe
    (American Trail)
    Hot-pressed panini sandwiches, salads, all-natural hot dogs, Dippin' Dots Ice Cream.
    11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April-Aug.
    11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and weekends, Sept.-Oct.
    Closed: Nov.-March

    Panda Overlook Cafe
    (overlooking Giant Panda Habitat)
    Hot-pressed panini sandwiches, made-to-order salads, all-natural hot dogs, funnel cakes, espresso drinks.
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April-Aug.
    11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and weekends, Sept.-Oct.
    Closed: Nov.-March

    Panda Grill 
    (across from entrance to Asia Trail)
    Pizza, po' boy sandwiches and all-natural chicken tenders.
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April-Aug.
    11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and weekends, Sept.-Oct.
    Closed: Nov.-Feb.

    Hot Dog Diner
    (near Reptile Discovery Center)
    All-natural beef hot dogs with assorted gourmet toppings.
    11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fall/Winter
    11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Spring/Summer

    Snack Stand & Kiosks
    (located throughout the Zoo)
    Lemonade cart, Dippin' Dots ice cream, kettle corn, fresh market cart and more!
    11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Late March-August
    Various hours: Friday & weekends, Sept.-Oct.
    Closed: Nov-late March

  • 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
    8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

    Outdoor Carts
    Open seasonally

    Group dining packages »