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Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant and Sushi Bar

4.2
191 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Asian
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Business Meals
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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Phone number
(202) 986-1333
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Smart Casual
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Delivery, Full Bar, Takeout
What 191 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.0
ambience
4.3
value
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

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

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great spot! Consistently great!

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Great sushi! Easy to walk to from Dupont circle.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on February 21, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Birthday meal

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Great, great drinks!

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3.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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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3.0Dined on September 29, 2017

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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2.0Dined on September 10, 2017

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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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Absolutely delicious meal and superb service.

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2017

Birthday din and it was amazing!

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2017

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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4.0Dined on July 1, 2017

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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1.0Dined on June 10, 2017

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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2.0Dined on May 21, 2017

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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5.0Dined on April 10, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2017

Great meal as always!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2017

Excellente cuisine dans un décor intime.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2017

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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3.0Dined on February 4, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2017

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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3.0Dined on January 21, 2017

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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4.0Dined on January 21, 2017

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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5.0Dined on January 20, 2017

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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5.0Dined on January 19, 2017

Great food great price

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2.0Dined on December 17, 2016

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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4.0Dined on December 3, 2016

Food was great. Drunken noodles was awesome. Service not that great

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4.0Dined on November 26, 2016

The service and staff are always excellent! The drinks are always tasty, and the scallion pancakes with crab is our favorite dish. However, the hot seafood dish, soup, and sushi rolls were just okay. We will always return for the crab scallion pancakes, and the drinks.

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2016

I took a business group there for dinner on a Wednesday night. We were about 12 people, and pretty much had the upstairs to ourselves. It was very comfortable, the food was great, and the prices were very reasonable. We would definitely go back.

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1.0Dined on November 4, 2016

The pineapple fried rice smelled and tasted like real dog food. We returned it! The fried dumplings- we were not able to tell what was in them. Supposed to be vegetables. White mush! We showed the server- said chopped veggies but not sure.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2016

The waiter was very attentive and friendly. The atmosphere was family friendly. Food was very good. Will definitely visit again when we're in town.

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4.0Dined on October 28, 2016

The place was empty and even so the service left something to be desired

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3.0Dined on October 26, 2016

This is the first time I have been disappointed with Banana Leaves. I had made a reservation for a friend's birthday. Our dishes were good, veg rolls + eggplants (My friend's favorite dishes.)

We then chose the mango sticky rice for desert. The mango was so hard that we could barely plant a fork in it!!! When I mentioned this fact to the waitress, and asked her if she could do something about the desert, she told us the mangoes were out of season, that is why the mango was hard as a rock!!!

My point is: if mangoes are out of season, please don't put them on the menu, and please don't charge me for something that nobody will be able to eat!

It was a very disappointing experience for my friend's birthday!

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2.0Dined on October 22, 2016

Not as expected when I booked on Opentable, although the food was OK. Not the best Thai food I've ever had. Will not return.

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