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About Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant and Sushi Bar
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.
Washington, DC 20009
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Delivery, Full Bar, Takeout
Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant and Sushi Bar Ratings and Reviews
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Always a pleasure to come to Banana Leaves! Many times pan-Asian restaurants make all of the different cuisines taste the same, but Banana Leaves makes everything well, whether it be sushi, curries, or pad thai. I had the bento box for lunch; my friend and I split the roti canai as an appetizer. but also love the sushi, the curries, all of the rice and noodle dishes, tempura, teriyaki, and more.
Unfortunately, we were unable to experience the cuisine. Coming back from downtown, the metro delays ended up making us 26 minutes late for our reservation. Fortunately, with 3 out of 7 tables open they were able to accommodate us. But then service declined from there. Our water glasses were filled twice over 20 minutes and that was it. No drink orders. No menus. We did watch a group of women enter 15 minutes AFTER we did who were seated, water glasses filled, and menus immediately provided upon sitting down. After seeing that, we waited an additional 5 minutes and left frustrated. I don't think they completely forgot about us since the preliminary water glasses were topped off once, but not sure why we were ignored.
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