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About Banana Cafe

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.

1215 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Caribbean, American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast and lunch
Daily 7:30 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Louisa Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(305) 294-7227

Website:
http://www.bananacafekw.com/

Parking Details:
Street Parking on Duval street or side street, always plainly of parking.

Public Transit:
Bus stop half block away, cab in key west take less then 15 minute to get you anywhere

Executive Chef:
Christopher Vargas

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.

Private Party Contact:
Daniel Balbi: (305) 294-7227

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

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.

Banana Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.4

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4.4

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4.2

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88% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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 (Key West)·Dined 5 days ago

Fast and friendly service on the rooftop

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (New England)·Dined on February 8, 2018

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Key West)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food, service and atmosphere! A must eat if your visiting. Snapper was delish!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Maybe it's more of a brunch place. Service was exceptionally slow. Pork chops were way over-done (not just "well cooked" - we're talking cardboard). Nice ambiance overall -- I would maybe try it for brunch.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We visited with kids for a nice night out. Delicious escargot and lobster sandwich!

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The food was good, the service not so much. We have been to Banana Cafe and were disappointed with this visit.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great way to spend Christmas Eve.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 3, 2017

So fun! Wonderful service, as usual! Great food!

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Fabulous ! Food was great, service was very attentive and great people watching

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great experience. They had a special table waiting for us upstairs. The service was friendly and knowledgeable and the food terrific. Great spot to eat away from the crowds of west Duvall street

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Delicious onion soup, wonderful chicken and my salad with shrimp and scallops was perfect. Thank you for a wonderful evening

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We went here for a bachelorette party dinner and had such a great time! They put us in a window table which made us feel like we were hanging with people on the street. It was so great! The food was delicious also, as were the desserts! Would definitely recommend banana cafe to anyone.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Casual, Cozy
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 (Key West)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Had the Croque Monsieur and it was delicious if a bit over priced which is typical for Key West. My partner had the Cordon Blue Crepe and she loved it as well. This is my favorite spot in Key West for breakfast.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great food, great chef, great service, best burger in Key West ... by far ... best desert in Key West (Banana's Flambé).

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great food, great service. Sat at the window and was a bit hot but that was OK. Everything else was great ?

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 31, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner at Banana Cafe. The Escargot appetizers were so tasty as were the a Duck Potstickers. The Seafood Risotto was loaded with seafood and the sauce was fantastic. The seafood crepe was also great. We finished the meal with a great Apple Tartin.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Delicious and authentic French food. Great service-friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Terrific sangria and local beers to choose from. Excellent service with friendly staff. Dinner was like eating at the home of a French family.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

One of our favorite Key West restaraunts. It was our first meal on our first trip to Key West 5 years ago. We visit the keys at least once a year.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Cozy, Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Loved everything about our visit. All meal choices we had ordered were so fresh. The freshest fish and chips I have ever had! Loved the mushroom ravioli. Beet risotto...wonderful! Only thing I would have changed is having the lobster mac and cheese come out hotter than what was served. This was our first visit and will now be a staple when we have the time to dine out.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Highly recommend. Banana Cafe has excellent food at a reasonable price for Key West

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Delicious French cuisine! Good was very authentic, and the seafood was extremely fresh.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We reserved via Open table and got a confirmation. When we got to the restaurant they told us they didn't have our name. Then they found the reservation but still made us wait 20min before seating us. When the check came they had added 20% tip when the menu stated 18%.
It was ok but not worth the trouble.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 31, 2017

I used to love this place. It was very authentic French with an island influence and a great wine list. But when they moved several years ago to the larger building next door for a 2-story space to double the tourists, they lost the ability to store wine, lost the ambience, and altered their menu to a few classic French standbys not conducive to tropical ingredients or the climate. They traded authenticity for easy to prepare dishes and American staples. Most diners opted for a hamburger or Mac and cheese, not even aware of its French roots. Our red wine was chilled because of the high humidity and assumingly poor wine storage, a far cry from the once wonderful wine list.
Many will enjoy the generic menu that was well prepared and friendly service. I was disappointed that the restaurant still boasted its authentic French cuisine and wine. But things change.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Absolutely fantastic restaurant. Food was outstanding and the Key Lime Pie was the icing on the cake.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Love this place. Great food and wonderful service. The waitress that waited on us was terrific. She was a whirlwind of activity.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (London)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Very good. Excellent food and service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 24, 2017

Best key lime pie of all the places we visited. Their duck was very good also.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Paris brasserie in Key West worth a visit! Server was friendly and knowledgeable about menu. Menu features locally sourced seafood dishes along with traditional French fare. Wine list complements menu, and Imark-up is reasonable and not over-priced as so many restaurants in tourist towns tend to be. Offers roof-top dining.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Truffle oil fries & mussels were delicious

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Indiana)·Dined on April 4, 2017

Great items on the menu-

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