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Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant and Sushi Bar
Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant and Sushi Bar

Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant and Sushi Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://mybananaleaves.com
  • Phone: (202) 986-1333
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Asian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Delivery, Full Bar, Takeout

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant and Sushi Bar
Welcome to Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant & Sushi Bar, rated among the best restaurant in Metro Washington DC. We are pleased to bring you the finest Asian cuisine in town. We serve freshly prepared dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia and elsewhere in the Asia. At Banana Leaves, all our ingredients are carefully selected and prepared to the best by our chef. We use some organic fresh vegetables, and with healthy cooking style to serve you delicious, healthy and tasteful meal. Fresh and delicious is our commitment and your satisfaction is our priority.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Always excellent food and service at reasonable prices.One of our favorite DC places."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "One of our favorite DC restaurants.Consistently excellent food and service at reasonable prices."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Delicious food, fast and good service - I will certainly come back to this place!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Hadn't been to Banana Leaves in years although it's only seven blocks from my condo. Wasn't sure why after I finished the four small plates I got for dinner, all of which were tasty. Then the Mango & Sticky Rice appeared and I recalled how much I hated this overly-sweet version of my favorite dessert."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Decent food - came out fast and fresh. The ambiance leaves something to be desired as decor is bare and TVs make it feel a bit sparse."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The Asian fusion food was definitely meh. Bland and generic, with adequate portions. Our teriyaki chicken was airplane quality. Service was friendly. Small dining room next to the bar, more like a bar with a few tables. We were seated immediately at the large front window with a nice view of Connecticut Ave. The noise level would have been fine, but a diner at the next table was screeeechy and talked non-stop, certainly not the fault of the restaurant. We had just arrived in DC, and needed food. This was convenient to out hotel, but would not go back or recommend."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I picked this based on OpenTable reviews for a quiet business lunch, had a GREAT experience. Service was very attentive and prompt. We ordered some items from the menu, some just asking the server for custom sushi items. Sushi was VERY VERY fresh, I had tuna and my colleague Salmon, delicious. Will go back with the family. I didn't see a parking lot although the description indicated there is one."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Banana Leaves has several virtues: (1) Prices are very moderate for the neighborhood, with several entrees available for less than $10; (2) the dining room is pleasant; and (3) the place is seldom crowded. Banana Leaves' menu features items from several Asian cuisines. None is executed with particular distinction (the wontons in my soup were shaped irregularly), or authenticity (the main source of heat in Singapore Rice Noodles is jalapenos rather than curry), but the result is respectable enough -- it's certainly a step above takeout fare. Servers are more engaged than in many nearby Asian restaurants."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "One of our favorite restaurants in DC.Its our "Go to Place" when we have company and family in town....always reliably good."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This is a very cute place, with good food and a very nice ambience. I really enjoyed my visit there and would definitely come back again."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "It is an adorable restaurant with good food however they do not have experienced servers. Our entire order came out at the same time (soups and salads were ordered first). The server didn't have knowledge of the menu - both food and cocktail. We did finally get our bottle of wine right before dessert was delivered."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We had a bad server. Outside of that everything was good"
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Great lunch spot - delicious food, and quiet enough for conversation. Food came out quickly and staff was extremely accommodating."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "We had a group of five and wanted a place to have an enjoyable conversation. The setting and service was great. The food was awesome. Everyone enjoyed their dishes and appetizers. The drinks were fun and inexpensive compared to other restaurants. Highly recommend for a great meal!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "My friends and I ordered a number of things and shared. This place had the best Roti Canai I've ever hard and all the various dishes were amazing. Definitely going back!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "This was delicious. I will be coming back with multitudes of friends to impress. Service was great. Sushi was fabulous. Meals were fffantastic. Can't wait to come back."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "We visited on the day after thanksgiving whilst on vacation from the UK. Excellent restaurant near to our hotel in DuPont circle. Staff were very friendly. Good choice on the menu. We will probably go again before we return home but next time might sit upstairs"
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "We had dinner at the Banana Leave in DC last night. We did not know the restaurant before as this was our first time. The place looks like a small bar with a few tables: a typical local eatery. The food was OK, not great, but the waiters and all staff were very nice. We might go back for a quick bite as the price is very attractive, with a bottle of wine it cost us less than $60 (the wine at $25)."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "The food was good, but not great. Most of it I could make at home, although the "Banana Leaf" dish was quite good with ingredients and cooking techniques that my kitchen is not equipped for. The "Honey and Peanut Noodle" dish was just standard Pad Thai with 2 types of noodles, but there was nothing else special about it. I have had better Pad Thai at Thai restaurants. The Roti appetizer was the same roti I can buy at a store. The wonton soup used fresh ingredients and a light broth which was good. Bottom Line: There are cheaper Asian restaurants in DC that have the same quality, or better food. That being said, the food was good enough to have me go back to try other dishes at some point."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "I booked solely on Open Table reviews and wasn't disappointed! From the outside it doesn't seem like much - inside is small and by 7:30 on Friday night it was packed! We were seated promptly and the waiter was very attentive. Appetizers - Won ton soup, fried pork dumplings, spring rolls and assorted sushi - all were very good. For the main course we had the grilled honey peanut chicken - very good, the kung pao chicken - also very good and some pork fried rice. All the food was presented very nicely and even though we ordered alot of food, it wasn't heavy or filling. My only critique is that most of the food was served at a lukewarm temperature. It could be served just a bit warmer. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "The food was just fine. The menu is great, lots of options. We had the pork dumplings (yum), the chicken satay (good), the sesame shrimp (great) and the Tom yum soup--not so good. I think the main problem was that the food was served lukewarm. I may have enjoyed it more if it was hot."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "We had a large party (13) for a birthday and we had excellent service! The staff was attentive and patient. The food was amazing! They brought ice cream and sang happy birthday to the birthday girl. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "This one of my favorite restaurants! The staff is always professional, attentive, and polite. The food is consistently delicious and the ambience is soothing. Beautiful restaurant, awesome food, and wonderful staff...what more could you ask for..."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "The Banana Leaves Rice in particular is a great dish, I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "I enjoyed coming here and people love coming to this place.i ordered the honey peanut noodles and I was disappointed as the taste and texture were average at best. I'd try another dish and come back though. Service was great."
    Dined on 9/23/2013
  • "Great for a quick lunch. Good food and fast service."
    Dined on 9/19/2013
  • "Not fancy, not glitzy, just GREAT FOOD. A nice quiet place to talk over lunch."
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "I thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant and the service was fantastic. The roti is a must have!"
    Dined on 8/29/2013
  • "I have wanted to try this restaurant for years but I didn't know anyone who had eaten there and was a bit skeptical about how good the food would be. Well, now I am kicking myself that I didn't try it sooner. The food was very good and the service was friendly. We ordered 2 of the grilled dishes and enjoyed them both. There is upstairs seating but we sat downstairs. Prices are reasonable and food is delicious! Don't wait as long as I did to experience this Pan-Asian delight."
    Dined on 8/20/2013
  • "The staff was knowledgeable and helpful with recommending and making dishes vegetarian friendly."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "When you have two families dining and six children, it's hard to find great food, relatively well priced, and establishments that will be friendly towards kids (3-9yrs). It helps that our kids love Asian food, so this was great food, and great service and great attitude towards our kids, valued customers too often ignored;)"
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "Service was enthusiastic and helpful, very friendly. Food was above average for the cuisine type. Crispy tangerine peel, baba curry were great. Saketini and WooWoo cocktails were excellent. Apps were scallion pancakes and indian pancakes, both were delicious. If i come to DC for asian cuisine again, this is the place."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "Our whole family loved Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant and Sushi Bar, our first time there. We went on a Wednesday for dinner. Our server was outstanding: both funny and competent. The kitchen was fast (though only a few tables were occupied, so not much of a test). The 7 of us of all ages trusted his recommendations and we were rewarded. Between us we probably ordered 10 items, all outstanding: Banana Leaf Rice (mine with chicken), Chicken Pad Thai, Calamari (extremely tender, flavor), Pork Dumplings (pan fried), Mango sticky rice with coconut. Beer selection is weak as in most Asian restaurants, but that didn't offset all the excellent dishes. Parking on the street is limited until 6:30pm weekdays, or use Washington Hilton nearby."
    Dined on 7/31/2013
  • "This was my first visit and it was an absolute great experience! We were greeted at the door (upon entrance), escorted to our table, and was waited on promptly. Food was really good and served appropriately. Waitress gets an A+ (she really enhanced the mood setting it for a nice, fun, and eventful evening). Overall great experience and would recommend to friends and co-workers."
    Dined on 7/25/2013
  • "The food was just average. I would not go back again."
    Dined on 7/25/2013
  • "I decided to have dinner at the Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant with some friends, based on the positive reviews read on the pen table website. And, I was not disappointed. The service and food provided at the Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant were excellent!"
    Dined on 7/17/2013
  • "Didn't know really what to expect with BLAR, but hoped that the food would be savory for the reasonable price point and it did not disappoint. The wait staff were very nice and attentive and the menu had enough variety to keep us happy."
    Dined on 7/2/2013
  • "The menu is interesting and the food prepared very well. Service was outstanding and the room was quiet so that a pleasant conversation among the diners possible. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/27/2013
  • "Great bananaeaves rice, Megoreng and laksa. Delectable!"
    Dined on 6/16/2013
  • "Very nice place with interesting, varied menu and reasonable prices with generous servings....rare in this over hyped and over priced city."
    Dined on 6/15/2013