Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant and Sushi Bar

4.5
199 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Asian
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  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good Vegetarian Options

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Asian
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(202) 986-1333
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Smart Casual
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Additional
Delivery, Full Bar, Takeout
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OT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent, service was a little slow.

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FB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We chose the restaurant based upon reviews on Opentable. We were disappointed. We were very hungry, and our appetites were large. Some of us order Thai, some Chinese food. Neither was flavorful. The waitress was nice. We won't be back.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food. Fresh, authentic, and delicious. Great service and good ambiance.

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KM
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu is extensive with many great options for all tastes. The portions were generous, the drinks were delicious and the food was absolutely delicious.

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MT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happily accommodated our group of 12 for a going-away lunch for a co--worker. And separate checks! It all worked perfectly.

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WW
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Ordered the Tom Yum soup to start...chicken was overcooked so it felt hard, odd given it was soaking in the soup. Flavor was decent.

Ordered the Chirashi entre and aside from the pieces of tuna and salmon, all other pieces of fish felt "dry" and certainly not tasting or appearing very fresh, though didn't smell fishy.

Underwhelmed. If you like good sushi....this is not good sushi. The Thai cooked dishes may be better, but I wont be back to try them.

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c
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice and quiet place to eat. The service was really good and the food enjoyable.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my daughter and her 5 friends for dinner. Great value at a great price. And there was something for everyone on the menu. No one left disappointed.

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B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food. Great service. Always happy to go there.

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LL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

Empty upstairs, food was good but nothing special. Service was Ok. I would try it once ,not unhappy.

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D
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

As a lot of other reviewers have said the service was pretty slow. I rarely comment on things like this but it was definitely noticeable. The food was good, price is good so we may go back despite that, just know going in it's likely to take a while to get drinks/food.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot! Consistently great!

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e
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great sushi! Easy to walk to from Dupont circle.

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RD
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very good to good. (Ok, the dumplings were really, really good). The atmosphere was very nice. My only issue was the service. It was not bad but there was only one server to handle the entire restaurant -two floors. She was a champ; she was also the bartender! But it was too much for one person. I would go again but not in my must do again list.

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MT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice, quant place. Good place to get some fresh made sushi.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Nothing special, very ordinary food. We order lots of appetisers and all came at the same time with main dishes, not the way to serve food.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday meal

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great, great drinks!

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L
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food tasted great (Ordered a combination of appetizer, sushi, and entrée).
Cocktails were ok (bar had to remake a few bad ones but staff were very nice about it).
Food/Drink wait time was long (hour+ for sushi orders, 30+ for cocktails and non-tap beer orders).
Party size was 10 for a Saturday evening reservation.

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d
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Small place tucked away near Dupont Circle. 'Pan-Asian' menu - with choices from Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and Malaysian cuisines. This suited our family very well when we went to celebrate a young adult birthday.

6:30 pm reservation - no one else was dining on a Friday night. Other groups did come later.
Full sushi bar available. Fun cocktails.

Service was fine. Casual. Prices were modest.

Recommend: crispy peel beef, Singapore noodles (yum!) and the crab rangoon (large chunks of crab).

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LM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Food was just okay.
Waitress was slow
Nothing on the menu was appealing
Sushi was below average
I would not go back

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TH
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious meal and superb service.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, and a nice quaint and quiet atmosphere for dining and conversation.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday din and it was amazing!

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LU
Washington DC
110 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Two of us went for lunch. It was very quiet which was nice. The dumplings were excellent; not doughy at all, which is the problem of most of the ones I've tried in DC. The filling was good but they were pan fried and a little greasy. There were five in an order which made it difficult for two people to share. The eggplant in garlic sauce was delicious. I wouldn't change a thing. The lunch special noodles with chicken in curry peanut sauce was tasty though there was very little chicken. It contained two kinds of noodles -- lo mein and very thin (maybe rice?) noodles, which was a surprise bu it tasted good. The total check for two of us without tip was $29 which was very reasonable.

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FI
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall, a nice meal. While I enjoyed the sushi, they didn't have regular salmon rolls or regular spicy tuna rolls.
The BBQ eel was quite delicious.
Sat by the window. They could clean up the cobwebs on the decorative items in the windows!

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NT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Went on busy night, only one server taking orders. Another server was behind counter and could not be bothered. Drinks took forever. Not worth waiting.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The food came out pretty fast is the only good thing I can say about this place. Service is horrible, no water refilled and nor come by one time to ask how things are. Do Nor Recommend!

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TB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and soothing atmosphere for a weekday lunch. A nice getaway from the hussle and bussle. Enjoyed my experience.

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N
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal as always!

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Tulsa
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My grandson and I enjoyed great sushi. The waitress was fabulous to us.

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellente cuisine dans un décor intime.

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JH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We took a large group for a girls night. The service was excellent! A group of 10 is not easy and everything was timely and correct. Cocktails were also amazing

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Niece just got out of hospital and wanted to go to Banana Leaves.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food tasted great. Service was wonderful. The food came out really fast.

The only thing is ordering takes a long time (consistent with other reviews). Make sure you order everything in the first go because I waited 10 minutes to order a bowl of rice.

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M
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

A group of us went to Banana Leaves after the Women's March. We had a reservation and were seated immediately. The restaurant was full, but there were just a few people waiting for tables- it was no busier than I imagine it would be on a regular Saturday night.

There appeared to be only two servers working- a very unfriendly man and a young woman who was very friendly but obviously unable to keep up with her full section. We were greeted and given menus, and water, and then got no service for at least 20 minutes. The male server refused to make any eye contact with us, but finally the woman came over- she apologized for the delay and was very nice, but told us that our drinks 'might take a while'. After we placed our order, we waited again for over 15 minutes, finally our food started to come and still no drinks- a man who appeared to be the manager started serving our food and when we mentioned the fact that we still hadn't gotten our drinks (at least 45 minutes to an hour after sitting down)- he acted as if we were being impatient.

No one ever apologized for the delay- with the exception of our server, who made it clear to us that she was overtaxed and unable to keep up. Lucky for her, five of the six of us work or have worked as servers, and we tipped her lavishly, simply because she was nice and we blamed the restaurant for being understaffed on what they had to know would be a busy weekend.

Overall, this was a cute place and the food and drinks were reasonably priced for a large city. The food was good, but the management is doing a disservice to the both the customers and staff by not having enough servers to handle the volume. I would be hesitant to recommend this place to others for that reason.

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RE
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was tasty and better than expected for the price. However, the service was very slow and the restaurant seemed understaffed. Would return for the food but would think twice due to the speed of service.

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GB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Banana Leaves is a neighborhood favorite. Service is attentive and personal, menu is interesting, and locale is quiet. And the price is right! Thanks, BL!

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OT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food great price

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I've been a loyal customer to Banana Leaves for many years and have found their pan-Asian menu to be high quality for a good price. I've only eaten at their restaurant a handful times over the years and this was by far the worst service I've ever received. We had a very large party of 20 people (although the restaurant was fairly empty) and it took forever to get drinks ordered and then food. When the food arrived, there were mistakes with the orders, my food was cold, another guests chicken was rare, etc. The waiter was not only not apologetic by downright rude (for example, I asked for another drink and he basically grunted in response). My guests were really nice, but it was pretty embarrassing. This is the second large party I've hosted at Banana Leaves and would not do it again based on this encounter. I was very disappointed and would recommend using them for delivery but avoiding the restaurant.

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