Where to Eat at Washington, D.C.’s Museums

The nation’s capital is home to museums that dish out top-notch cuisine

Travelers who prefer a good meal with a view can head to the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden Pavilion Café.

Seeing the Hope Diamond, George Washington’s home, and some of Pablo Picasso’s works can be a true feast for the eyes. But after travelers spend all day wandering around the Washington, D.C. area’s museums, they’re bound to get hungry after visiting some of the region’s top attractions. It turns out that some of D.C.’s museums have both treats for the eyes and the taste buds.

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Lucky for tourists and locals, D.C.’s museums also dish out some creative, tasty cuisine; many plates even pay tribute to the museum’s mission or the surrounding area. At the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, diners can enjoy dishes that reflect the food and cooking techniques from each of five regions of Indian country.

At Mount Vernon, those stepping foot on the grounds George Washington once walked on can enjoy roasted duck served with his favorite apricot sauce. Moreover, The Baltimore Museum of Art’s restaurant even serves up its own take (a special recipe from the grandmother of the chef/owner) on the region’s signature dish — the Maryland crabcake.

And those are only a few examples. The next time that your stomach starts growling after looking at an exhibit, you’ll know which dishes to order from our top five picks.


Teresa Tobat is the Washington, D.C. Travel city editor for The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @ttobat88. View her website at teresaktobat.com.