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Banana Cafe
Banana Cafe

Banana Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bananacafekw.com
  • Email: bananacafe@comcast.net
  • Phone: (305) 294-7227
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: 7 night: 6:00PM - 10:00PM.

    Breakfast and lunch served from 8AM till 3PM all week
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, American, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Dominique Falkner and Christopher Donnely
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Call me Daniel for a rundown on the great party we can do for you
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a beautiful french cafe upstairs which seats up to 25 for brunch or dinner, and up to 50 for a cocktail party, personnel bar, private outdoor, private bathroom, great atmosphere.
  • Private Party Contact: Daniel Balbi (305) 294-7227
  • Special Events & Promotions: We do special events in our upstairs dinning, indoors and outdoors up to 50 for cocktail party and 25 for dinner.
    Private room with your own bar and restroom and outdoors patio.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Louisa Street
  • Public Transit: Bus stop half block away, cab in key west take less then 15 minute to get you anywhere
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking on Duval street or side street, always plainly of parking.
A word from Banana Cafe
A classical French Cafe, After nearly 20 years, Banana Café is still owned and managed by the original founders and continues to offer for breakfast, lunch and dinner the best of France in a relaxed indoor and outdoor dining overlooking fantastic Duval Street.
We have a beautiful french cafe upstairs who seat up to 25 dinner, and up to 50 for a cocktail party, personnel bar, private outdoor,private bathroom. From regional crepe and onion soup au gratin, to luscious Caribbean salads and country hearty sandwiches, perfect Parisian steak/frites or rare traditional specialties such as coq au vin and bouillabaisse, as well as a vast array of fresh local seafood selected every day to be grilled, sautéed, baked or roasted with a choice of unctuous sauces and accompaniments from the far corner of France: goat-cheese potato roulade, croquette of pomme de terre, Parisian gnocchi, rice pilaf
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Diner Reviews
  • "Brunch food is outstanding. The first time for dinner and the "special" was bland. Other foods on the menu chosen by others at the table were excellent. So, I imagine my experience with the special was out of the ordinary. The ambience is very nice and service was excellent."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "A wonderful dining experience. We live in Key West and don't go out all that much, but when we do, Banana's is one of our favorites. Wonderful & well trained wait staff, great food & perfect presentation."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Enjoyed the window seat. Window was open so it actually felt like you were eating outside. Pleasant and yet entertaining as we watched people walk down the street. Waiter was very helpful and tomato soup was delightful! Loved the butter with herb infused olive oil. Nice touch. Try it out, you won't be disappointed. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "great fun, great service and fun waitstaff. breakfast, lunch and dinner -- banana cafe hits tipples!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I went to dinner with a few friends and sat upstairs in the open air. I love French food and this place is a gem. I had heard good things and finally decided to try it! I got the duck and my friends had the seafood crepe, chicken, and scallops. I tasted some of the other dishes and it was delicious! I think the duck was the most bang for your buck. It's a ton of food! Good time!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Fun to sit along Duval Street to people watch. French food was good but not outstanding (sauces overwhelmed the entrees). Service was excellent. Still all being said a good restaurant choice while in Key West."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We chose banana cafe for our first dinner in Key West. I read the reviews on Open Table and was a little concerned about having dinner there since it is known for it's breakfast menu. But once we sat down I was surprised by how intimate the cafe was. It was dimly lit and the windows were all open so it was cool inside. Our waiter was so friendly and was helpful in choosing appetizers and wine. We chose the cheese plate, lobster ravioli, lobster Mac, asparagus with goat cheese and proscuitto and the seafood salad. Everything was delicious and we were satisfied with the portions. The waiter helped us pack up whatever food we had left over and we were on our way! Great meal and service!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Wonderful French restaurant don't let the name throw you off!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This little gem will transport you to the Left Bank. Owners and staff so kind, informed, helpful. Off radar screen of masses. So pleasant and so good."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "always great food! very lucky to have B/C half a block from out house... though, we'd cross the island just for the food."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Enjoyed an excellent dinner on the second floor outside seating area overlooking Duval Street. The escargot were well prepared as were our scallop and beef bourguignon entrees. The wine list was very good with all price ranges. The staff was professional and knowledgeable. All in all a great dining experience. We look forward to returning to try other offerings."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "After an outstanding breakfast on our last trip, we decided to try it for dinner. Reservations are a must after 7! We started our meal splitting the daily Pate at the suggestion of our server, Maxime, followed by the Field Greens and Hearts of Palm Salad. The home made Pate was accompanied by cornichons, red onion marmalade, mustard and artisanal baguette. The salad was crisp and fresh and lightly dressed. My wife selected Pan Roasted Mahi for her entrée while I selected the Veal Shank special. Neither was disappointed. We usually forgo the dessert, but when in France…Crème Brule. WOW. Outdoor seating is available on the second floor veranda. Reservations are a must, especially on the week-end. We will be back on our next Key West trip."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "There are quite a few great restaurants in Key West, and yet the Banana Cafe stands out as one of the best. The food was excellent, both very tasty and presented well. Plus, our waiter was quite congenial, adding to the overall excellent experience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Despite wonderful service from a friendly and energetic waitress the meal was disappointing. We waited a very long time for the appetisers which came just minutes before the entrees. The waitress did have the entrees redone as we weren't ready for them. The food was just okay despite many glowing reviews. The lobster tempura special was good but not memorable. The key lime pie dessert was horrible."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We ended up almost an hour early for our reservation, and the folks at Banana Café were great about accommodating us. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The food was terrific."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went for valentines. Wife lived it. A perfect place for a personal dinner"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The casual and ordinary exterior disguise the intimacy and the quality of the classic french food and service inside. We had a wonderful Valentine dinner with a bottle of Sancerre, served by Tom, a well-informed and professional waiter. We had the cheese plate, the duck, the special, which was a tower of fois gras, lobster and beef tenderloin, and apple tart with ice cream for dessert. It was our best meal to date in Key West. While it is not cheap, it is a real value. Helpings are large, especially for authentic french dishes prepared on this level. It compares well to the best of New Orleans and St. Barth. Like every place here, there were people in tee shirts and running shoes, but the crowd was dressier overall and comfortable."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Awesome dining experience. Lovely dinner --prepared beautifully! Special of the evening was exquisite. Appetizers, salads and desserts outstanding."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Our concierge recommended this restaurant as one of her favorites.it is a few blocks away from all the tourist restaurants on Ducal and well worth the walk. Food was very well prepared, wines excellent, wait staff friendly and professional, decor very pleasant. Go there. You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "We had an amazing meal here with truly incredible service. I would go back any time I visit Key West."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "I have visited Key West off and on for 30 years but had never seen, heard of or stumbled upon the Banana Cafe until I was looking over restaurant listings before this trip. This restaurant is a wonderful gem: intimate, cozy, friendly and serving wonderful French cuisine. The waitress was most willing to share some useful information about a patron at an adjoining table - a notable local musician - whose group was performing at another restaurant the following night. She gave me the relevant information which led to my dining there and hearing his band. Overall, I had a great meal and may decide to return there later this week for another meal."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The dinner was much appreciated in the Key West world of sometimes over the top sauces and attempts at out besting each other. Good food, not overly rich. Lunch was fresh though a bit pricey. Ate there in 2013 will eat there in 2015."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "While vacationing in Key West we decided to try Banana Cafe. What a find! Never expected to find classic French cuisine with a local twist. My husband says his seafood crepe was the best he had ever eaten. The staff was very attentive and was very knowledgable. On our next visit we will definitely return."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "Great find! The food is just wonderful! Haven't wanted to eat anywhere else!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "The good was so good that we ate there two days in a row. There special the first day was a pan fried snapper over a shrimp risotto. That was delicious. Our waitress was kind enough to let us try a couple of different wines until we found one that we liked. Also the royal palm hearts salad was very well planned out. It was a good combination of light, creamy and refreshing."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "The menu was exceptional. Food great. Service wonderful"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We booked our New Years eve dinner - as it was very busy, we could only get a table at 8:45 and when we arrived, we were pointed at a table in the corner, nearly behind the bar. After some discussion, we got a slightly better table. The food was ok - standard good french fare, but nothing exceptional. It was a set menu (4 courses) but at the desert, we were told that they no longer had key lime pie (strange they did not know this when we ordered). The waitress was very good although we felt the 20% automatic service charge a bit steep. Overall acceptable food for a pricy dinner."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We consider Banana Cafe' one of the Best restaurants in Key West. The menu is eclectic and the wine list is very French."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "People watching from the windows of the Banana Cafe is pretty amazing but you can get this sort of a view from a hundred other great places on Duval Street. The decor looks a bit out dated and worn so it's easy to think this might just be another Duval street tourist trap. What sets this place apart is the food. OMG What a great little french bistro! Our server was friendly and fantastic as well. We'll definitely be back the next time we're in Key West!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Crêpes wasn't fully cooked, scallops were missing in one of the 2 courses ......"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "I had the seafood crepe. Beautiful presentation. We also had the mussels for an appetizer, very good!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "The food was exactly as we expected from a fine French. The service went above and beyond, making us feel very welcome on our first night in town. Great launch point for Duvyal."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "My husband and I are vacationing in the Florida Keys. I found this place on open table & we decided to give it a try. There are so many places to eat in a Key West - the choices can be overwhelming. The dinner special was pan fried yellowtail snapper. I had the yellowtail snapper from the regular menu & my husband had the special. Both dishes we so very good. His snapper came with risotto and mine with gnocchi. The fish and sides were cooked perfectly. The risotto was so good, the gnocchi was delicious. Outstanding service, great food, charming setting. We will not hesitate to return."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "Excellent food and wonderful staff.we go there every time we visit key west"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "We had a wonderful experience at the Banana Cafe! The food was some of the best we have had on our many trips to KW. The waitstaff was first rate - friendly and very helpful. A new favorite restaurant for us."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "We have visited Key West twice in the last year and enjoyed the Banana Cafe so much the first time we went again and were not disappointed. It is a cute little restaurant with unique entrées and salads. Try to go there when in Key West but make sure you have a reservation so there is a table waiting for you."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Whenever I visit Key West I always eat at least one meal here . Breakfast lunch dinner take your pick all good. Feels like a French Bistro and great spot on upper end of Duval where it is quiet"
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "We love Banana Cafe --- our go-to place. Food wonderful --- new chef, new selections, favorites still on menu. the wait staff is outstanding and bring us back as much as the great food. Get the two top by the window for some people watching."
    Dined on 10/21/2013
  • "This was an all around great dining spot. The staff was very attentive, the wine list included several very good French selections and bottle prices were very reasonable. The ambience was very quaint. Five in our party had different dishes with everyone agreeing the food was excellent. We'll be back next year!"
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "My husband and I were recommended this restaurant by a few locals and friends. They are known for brunch but we went for dinner. It was amazing, we shared a few appetizers and a crepe dessert. Everything we tried was savory but not too heavy. We left with a great dining experience."
    Dined on 10/11/2013