Smithsonian Dining

Enjoy a respite from museum trekking with an espresso, gelato, light lunch or other gourmet fare in the museum cafes. The Smithsonian cafes are open in conjunction with museum hours. Outdoor cafes are open spring, summer and fall, weather permitting. Please, do not bring food or beverages into the museums.

Note: Hours are subject to change; Check for summer evening hours.


National Air and Space Museum

McDonald’s Wright Place Food Court
The museum offers a food court (first floor, east wing) with fare from McDonald’s, Donato’s Pizza and Boston Market. For lighter appetites, visit the McCafe or enjoy a cool dessert from the McTreat station.
Group and bulk packages available
Hours: Daily 10am - 5pm

Please Note: Food and drink other than bottled water are not permitted inside the Museum


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

McDonald's
Full service McDonald's menu featuring burgers, fries, chicken sandwiches, sodas and sundaes.
Group and bulk packages available
Hours: Daily 10am - 5pm

McCafé
Offering specialty coffees, teas and pastries
Hours: Daily 10am - 5pm

Please Note: Food and drink other than bottled water are not permitted inside the Center


National Museum of American History

The Stars and Stripes Cafe
The main eatery for the National Museum of American History is the newly renovated Stars and Stripes Cafe, which seats 600 and is large enough to accommodate groups. Menu includes all-American barbeques, soups, salad bar, burgers, pizza and desserts.
Hours: Daily April to August 11am - 3pm; September to March, 11am - 3pm.
Group and bulk packages available

The Constitution Cafe
Located on the first floor by the entrance, the new Constitution Cafe, open the same hours as the Museum, is the perfect place for morning coffee, a light lunch or a mid-afternoon ice cream. Its large picture window has a terrific view of the Museum’s fountain and the street.
Hours: Daily, 10am - 5:30pm.


National Museum of Natural History

Atrium Cafe (Ground Floor)
Featuring natural and sustainable foods, the Atrium Cafe offers BBQ beef brisket, rotisserie chicken, burgers, pizza, all beef hot dogs, gourmet sandwiches, house prepared soups, fresh salads, organic fruit, and homemade desserts.
Group packages available
Hours: Mon. - Fri., 11am - 3pm; Sat., 11am - 5pm; Sun., 11am - 4pm

Fossil Cafe (First Floor, in Dinosaur Hall)
Specialty coffees, gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, homemade desserts, organic fruit, beer, and soft drinks
Discounts for Smithsonian Members
Hours: Daily 10am - 5pm

Ice Cream and Espresso Bar (Ground Floor, near entrance to Atrium Cafe)
Ice cream, specialty coffees, and homemade desserts
Daily 11:30am - 5pm

Outdoor Carts (seasonal)
Hot dogs, pretzels, sodas, ice cream and dippin' dots
Hours: Monday through Friday 10am - 3pm, Saturday - Sunday 11am - 5pm


National Museum of the American Indian

Mitsitam Cafe
The Mitsitam Cafe features authentic Native foods found throughout the Western Hemisphere.
Discount for Smithsonian members
Group dining packages available
Hours: Daily 10am - 5pm; limited menu after 3pm


The National Zoo

The National Zoo offers meals and snacks to suit every appetite, with meal menus ranging from burgers, hot dogs, and pizzas to grilled chicken sandwiches, made-to-order subs, and salads, as well as snack foods like Dippin' Dots and frozen treats and hot pretzels.

Cafes/Grills
Mane Restaurant, near Lion/Tiger Hill
Panda Cafe, overlooking the Fujifilm Giant Panda Habitat (Open seasonally)
Panda Plaza Grille, across Olmsted Walk from the Panda Cafe (Open March through October)
Popstop, near the Small Mammal House (Open seasonally)

Snack Stands
Snack stands and hot dog stands (open seasonally) are scattered throughout the park, as are soda, water, and snack vending machines. There are also popcorn wagons at Panda Plaza and near the Mane Restaurant, and an ice cream kiosks next to Reptile Discovery Center.

Bring Your Own Picnic
Visitors may bring their own food and beverages. Coolers are permitted but not grills or other cooking devices. There are picnic areas throughout the Zoo, available on a first-come, first-served basis.


National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum

Courtyard Cafe
The Courtyard Cafe offers casual dining with a seasonal menu of American-inspired dishes, using local, organic or sustainable ingredients when possible. The menu includes soups, create-your-own salad entrees, and sandwiches.
Hours: Daily 11:30am - 6:30pm, limited menu after 3pm
(Monday through Friday) and 4pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Group dining packages available


Smithsonian Castle

Castle Cafe and Coffee Bar
Featuring an espresso/cappuccino bar, gelato, panini, antipasti, organic salads, specialty sandwiches, soups and pastries.
Discount for Smithsonian Members
Hours: 8:30am - 5pm


Outdoor Dining (seasonally—weather permitting):

Food carts are located on the Mall side of the following museums: Hirshhorn, Air and Space, American Indian, American History, Natural History and the Smithsonian Castle.