Banana Cafe

4.7
335 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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Banana Cafe in Key West, Florida is a casual French restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its food is influenced by French cooking techniques and cuisine, as well as the local flavors of Southern Florida and the Caribbean. The atmosphere at the Banana Cafe is casual and cozy, and its kitchen emphasizes fresh, local ingredients.

Some of the dishes at Banana Cafe include breakfast classics like sweet or savory French crepes, a salmon omelet and eggs Benedict. Dinner is full of casual takes on French classics like a country pate board, French onion soup and more creative dishes like duck breast pot stickers and seafood crepes.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Caribbean, American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast and lunch
Daily 7:30 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(305) 294-7227
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Christopher Vargas
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Private party facilities
We have a beautiful french cafe upstairs where we can seat up to 25 guests for brunch or dinner, and up to 50 for a cocktail party.
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Private party contact
Daniel Balbi: (305) 294-7227
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Louisa Street
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Parking details
Street Parking on Duval street or side street, always plainly of parking.
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Public transit
Bus stop half block away, cab in key west take less then 15 minute to get you anywhere
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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KD
Indiana
25 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was very good! It was a hot day and we were able to enjoy. Would definitely recommend!

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to dine here and the food was fantastic. Staff very friendly and the food was so good. Definitely will be back.

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KC
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here multiple times while on vacation because we loved the menu variety and wanted to try multiple dishes. We were never disappointed. This place was also within walking distance from our resort on the beach. Highly recommend.

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KC
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here multiple times while on vacation because we loved the menu variety and wanted to try multiple dishes. We were never disappointed. This place was also within walking distance from our resort on the beach. Highly recommend.

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Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first but definitely not the last time we will be going to Banana Cafe

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LH
Key West
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Great food and excellent service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food great service great place to eat! George was amazing!

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p
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had 7 in our party and everyone had a great meal and that's a rarity nowadays. Sophie was adorable and very helpful with answers to all our questions about the menu. We will be back next spring when we're in town.

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B
E. Tennessee
13 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

French champagne was a treat. Very laid back. Waitress extremely attentive and knowledgeable. The mushroom ravioli wax a good combination of flavors and very earthy. The snapper was cooked well and quite tasty. Key lime pie was authentic and quite tasty. Would definitely eat here again and it was an overall wonderful experience.

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HD
Kansas City
31 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Banana Cafe is always great! Their Banana Flambé dessert is incredible!!

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CG
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This’s my place to eat breakfast every time I visit Key West

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, awesome staff. Our waitress gave her opinion and recommendations- all were spot on! Relaxed atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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NG
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and our 8 year old loved it as well

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Banana Cafe many times for breakfast/brunch but never for dinner. This time we went in for dinner and the food was amazing. I had the salmon and my husband had yellow tail. One of the best meals of our month long stay here in beautiful Key West.

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AW
Key West
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality and value were outstanding. I’d go back in a heartbeat.

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DW
London
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal, great service and a fantastic feel and atmosphere. Would definitely go back and recommend. We were there as part of our honeymoon and will now be a special place for us.

Wine was nice and chilled compared to a restaurant not far from the banana cafe we tried! Portion size was just right. My wife had the cod and fries (too many fries tbh) and I had the seafood risotto- amazing! Finished it off with crepes, Nutella and banana - again amazing! Well done to management and staff for making this an absolute gem! 👍

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Miami
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This charming restaurant is one of the best in Key West. The steak with frites, roasted duck and traditional croque monsieur were our favorites. Do not miss the bananas flambé for dessert. The staff was exceptionally friendly and the service was superb. We will definitely visit here again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We loved Banana Cafe in the past years we have visited. Unfortunately we will not return. The waiter staff was rude. They didn’t greet us or take a drink order. We all ended up drinking water because they never asked. It was entirely unclear who our waiter was, it seemed like nobody wanted to work tables that evening. They were out of a staple menu items, lobster Mac n cheese, claiming they couldn’t make the cheese sauce (a French restaurant that is out of bechamel??) my daughters chicken fingers came out ten minutes after our food was served. the upstairs didn’t have any music playing because they didn’t value any ambiance. Our first night in key west was very disappointing because of this very mismanaged restaurant.

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G
Key West
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, funky setting on the lower end of Duval street. Escargot were magnificent, as was my seafood crepe. This place is a real find!

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j
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Our neighborhood favorite.

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JJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy Banana Cafe. Food is fresh and prepared to order. Can’t find anything better in Key West.

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TL
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this bistro. Authentically French & very popular.

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JC
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great meal here. Our waitress was French and was lovely-great service! All of our food was delicious, but the seafood crepe was especially good with a sherry lobster sauce and tender seafood bites-it was recommended by the waitress and did not disappoint! We had a vegetarian/non dairy eater with us, and she was accommodated perfectly. I would recommend this restaurant!

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DW
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful French cuisine. Excellent service. Loved the rooftop dining

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NW
Tampa
43 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were told the Banana Cafe was a French spot with a little tropical flare. They were absolutely correct. What a treat to enjoy the hospitality and terrific meal. We began with perfectly prepared escargot both with two different ahi tuna salads. Our table was right by the outside which gave us an opportunity to view all the fun of Duval Street while being just Enuff off the street. We highly recommended the Banana Cafe

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r
Poconos
24 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

good food and excellent service upon our visit. large portions. I got the duck; she got the pork chop and they were as good as Id expect at higher-priced places.

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PR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. Comfortable environment, wonderful service and thoroughly enjoyable.

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NB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had lunch and dinner on separate occasions. Delicious!
Waitresses were fantastic. Great place to eat and enjoy Key West.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great recommendations on the menu and very good service!

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Key West
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted a reasonably priced rooftop restaurant close to our hotel for our last night on vacation in Key West with our son and daughter-in-law, and Banana Cafe fit the bill perfectly. Our waiter was helpful and the food was excellent. Would highly recommend.

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RA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the food and the good service. On Duvall but not too noisy.

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K
Key West
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fast and friendly service on the rooftop

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Baltimore
60 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Don't be put off by the name. This is a suprising good French cafe on the quieter end of Duval St. Ate outdoors on the balcony. Nice choice of French dishes and some American. French onion soup, served a little too cool, was still excellent and the seafood crepe was awesome. Overall a very enjoyable dinner that was priced just right. Only criticism was the service was a little slow but did not ruin the overall experience.

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G
New England
215 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The PEI mussels and french bread were fabulous and my seafood risotto just perfect. Service was great and the sangria we had with our meal just wonderful. Would recommend for a casual meal at the quieter end of Duval Street.

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Key West
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a wonderful time. Great food and delightful staff. Banana Cafe never disappoints.

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BB
New England
34 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Pleasant place with really nice wait staff. Unfortunately, one of the dishes we ordered was a pork chop that cam out overdone. Ruined the meal for us. Probably won't return there.

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DA
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had special prix fixe NY eve dinner here. Wonderful meal, though price a little steep due to occasion.

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S
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Had an unpleasant experience. We had two little children and they agreed to do grill cheese for them which was nice but not needed. We just didn’t want to pay $78 per child for the four course prix fixe menu. We did order one chicken entry from that selection trying to make things easier for the kitchen. We then were charged a full $78 for our 3 year old even though she only had the chicken from the prix fixe and no other courses unless they counted a simple crepe and ice cream kid’s dessert! New Year’s Eve notwithstanding, it was very early when we went and we were their first guests. They could have handled this far better and communicated their plan in advance. To us this was fairly predatory. The waitress tried to explain that they did so given the grill cheese was added, but they charged us for that as well! They also didn’t disclose their corkage fee to us, merely charging us instead. Corkage fees are fine and expected but their pricing practices overall on 12/31 were very disappointing. It wasn’t worth ruining New Year’s Eve to argue with them vs leaving and trying to forget them. We are saying good bye to this place after many years and special meals. No longer a special place for us and just another price gouging tourist trap.

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived slightly early for our reservation, and were promptly seated, ahead of our scheduled time. Service was great, food was served quickly and was delicious! Would definitely recommend & will certainly return.

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j
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good; this year, better than ever. On the sane end of Duval St.

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