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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.6

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Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Cozy (4)
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Great for Brunch (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Scenic View (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Fun (1)
Great Beer (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Vegan (1)
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·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 25, 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 14, 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 11, 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 November 1, 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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food4
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 19, 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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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 1, 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 13, 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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vip
 (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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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 3, 2017

George was great!

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 (Miami)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Banana Cafe is one of my favorite stops in Key West. French inspired menu, wide selection, broad price range, fresh ingredients, good service and a great location on the quiet side of Duval Street. All of this adds up to a great value, consistently good food and great atmosphere in the hectic pace of Key West during season. Does not matter whether it is breakfast, lunch , or dinner the Banana Cafe will not disappoint!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Excellent food and great service made for a great last night in Key West!

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 (Miami)·Dined on March 27, 2017

The duck was crispy and delicious and was a large portion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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 (Key West)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Very lovely cafe. Great food!

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

I had been here a couple of years ago and looked forward to coming back this past week. I ordered french onion soup and the waiter mistakenly brought me tomato almond soup and was nasty when I sent it back. He also said that my blue eyed husband "cannot be italian! There are no blue eyed Italians." Just gross.

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 (Key West)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Great food and service. Suzanne was our server and was very fun and warm. We felt very welcomed with her.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Very accommodating for our group of 6 plus a toddler. Two of us had the chicken and we both found it to be quite dry and flavorless. Some one else had the risotto and it was very good.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2017

We ate there twice over the past week. Food is a little slow to come out but everything is prepared to order, so be expecting that. Food is of good quality. Service is hit or miss.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 28, 2017

Not sure why one would use Maine Lobster
When there is fresh Florida lobster here.
The lobster was tough and only 3 or four small pieces in the Mac and cheese.
Very little seasoning. The French bread was closer to American white bread.
My sister had a seafood crepe that was weird...Like seafood soup poured into a crepe bowel. It was not folded over or even rolled. It was placed in a bowl and the seafood poured on top. The crepe around the edge of the bowl was excellent but under the soup was soggy.
The chef may want to rethink his creative approach to both..

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 27, 2017

Great little place for casual dinner - right on Duval. We had been here several times before for breakfast during a previous visit to Key West, but this was out first time for dinner. Entrees were yellowtail and a salad with shrimp/scallops and both were very good. They serve a pretty respectable key lime pie as well.

Tags: People Watching, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 27, 2017

Good food. We were able to sit on the roof so it was nice and quiet. We had to ask for everything though. Our waiter literally said "our special tonight is some fish with a bunch of other stuff" I thought that was a little rude and unprofessional

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 25, 2017

It was incredible. Down to every meal and every bite. Perfect for every occasion.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 22, 2017

The food was good, not great, but was overwhelmed by decidedly indifferent service from our particular server. She forgot to bring the asked for glass of wine then acted like it was something I asked for later. Didn't bring the type of vegetable I asked for; never brought the ketchup our daughter requested for her mediocre fries and veggie burger. Very happy to have free range chicken though, and other servers may well care more. Wouldn't go out of our way to try again, but in that we are in town for a month each year, won't actively avoid it either.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Always great for breakfast, tried it for dinner and loved the food. French but not overly heavy. Recommend the steak frites.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Service was incredibly aweful.
I will never recommend this restaurant to my friends.

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