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

Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant and Sushi Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://mybananaleaves.com/
  • Phone: 2029861333
  • 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.
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Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant and Sushi Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
20 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (13)fit for foodies (11)special occasion (7)great for lunch (6)good for groups (5)romantic (4)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Average
    Tony
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Not very exciting. Service was slow. Had sashimi which was fresh, but somewhat pricey.
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  • Fantastic Food, but...
    SLGDC
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Would love to have not had the tv on during dinner - the place is small, tables run next to the bar, so the two tv's (volume up) were a distinct distraction from the charming Asian music and the amazingly good food!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hipster Paradise
    chelcak
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This gem is tucked along Florida Avenue with a modest exterior. Clean, modern decor and scrapbooked menus create a comfortable vibe, paired with attentive service. The food came out quickly and was both delicious and reasonably priced. Definitely would recommend for a chill dinner.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Washington Gem
    sr22natl
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Our group was visiting from GA and found this place on Open Table. The food was amazing! Our entire group was raving about the food, even the picky eater who never eats Asian food. I highly recommend the crispy asian beef, and chicken satay. If we ate ever back in DC, this place is a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Tried something new this time......shrimp and mixed vegetable tempura bento box. So good! Too much food. My friend ordered some of the rolls; he dines there at least once a week. Great food, great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful flavors lovely setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I love going to Banana Leaves for lunch with friends! The selection is diverse and the food fresh and fairly authentic. The menu is reasonably priced. I have only gone for lunch and have never ordered alcohol, but have eaten lunch at the bar in order to watch the World Cup on tv.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad, but not overwhelming good
    restonresident
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This restaurant serves a variety of Asian cuisine. My selection was a Thai curry. It was fine, but I've had better in Thai restaurants. Two of my colleagues had the house specialty (not sure what country it represented) and were very happy with it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • robert
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Always excellent food and service at reasonable prices.One of our favorite DC places.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • robert
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    One of our favorite DC restaurants.Consistently excellent food and service at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 101 reviews are from the Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant and Sushi Bar reviews archive.
  • I will come back!
    vladdc
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Delicious food, fast and good service - I will certainly come back to this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ended badly
    FormerFedVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    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.
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  • Decent meal, poor ambiance
    yaktrax7VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food- meh, service friendly
    WestCoastStar
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Moderate Prices in Dupont
    otberburVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
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  • One of our favorite restaurants
    robert
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants in DC.Its our "Go to Place" when we have company and family in town....always reliably good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint little spot
    Nakeshia
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food bad service
    LoriInDC
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    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.
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  • We had a bad server. Outside
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    We had a bad server. Outside of that everything was good
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great lunch spot - delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Great lunch spot - delicious food, and quiet enough for conversation. Food came out quickly and staff was extremely accommodating.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Reebs
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • delicious
    nick
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vacation meal
    Henmch
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service, good price
    Arni
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    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).
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  • Good, not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hidden gem!
    outoftowner
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    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!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just fine
    DMC222VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service!
    DCVisitor
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This one of my favorite restaurants
    Neisha
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    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...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Dinner Spot
    SarahM
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    The Banana Leaves Rice in particular is a great dish, I highly recommend it.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, bad order
    jenssey
    Dined on 9/23/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fast and friendly
    KDTTVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    Great for a quick lunch. Good food and fast service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food's the thing at Banana Leaves
    NeighborVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Not fancy, not glitzy, just GREAT FOOD. A nice quiet place to talk over lunch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would go again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    I thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant and the service was fantastic. The roti is a must have!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Surprise
    DCGirlVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegetarian Friendly
    MBMD
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    The staff was knowledgeable and helpful with recommending and making dishes vegetarian friendly.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    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;)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will be back to Banana Leaves
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.