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Banana Cafe

4.4
318 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Perfect For:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
What 318 People Are Saying
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4.4
food
4.4
service
4.3
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4.2
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

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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1.0Dined on March 25, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Our neighborhood favorite.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

We love this bistro. Authentically French & very popular.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Wonderful French cuisine. Excellent service. Loved the rooftop dining

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great recommendations on the menu and very good service!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Fast and friendly service on the rooftop

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 7, 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.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Great way to spend Christmas Eve.

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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).

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4.0Dined 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 ?

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on August 24, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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