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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.

2020 Florida Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary Asian

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 986-1333

Website:
http://mybananaleaves.com/

Additional:
Delivery, Full Bar, Takeout

Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant and Sushi Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.0

service

3.8

ambience

3.8

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

80% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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).

Tags: Spicy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 11, 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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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Absolutely delicious meal and superb service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Birthday din and it was amazing!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 10, 2017

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

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Great meal as always!

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 (Tulsa)·Dined on March 25, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly
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 (Montreal)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Excellente cuisine dans un décor intime.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Cleveland)·Dined 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.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 19, 2017

Great food great price

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2016

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2016

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2016

Service was slow but food was very good

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 31, 2016

Sushi was actually very good for the decent price! The noodles were a bit underwhelming, but overall a good place and would go in if I were in the neighborhood but wouldn't actively seek it out as yet.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Very good value, very friendly. I have never been disappointed. Banana Leaves is very consistent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2016

I went for sushi and it happened to be a night with no sushi :-(

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on June 25, 2016

Looked better on the listing

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 8, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 4, 2016

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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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 20, 2016

Delicious food and attentive service. Just wished we knew there was an upstairs dining room.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 26, 2016

My fiance and I loved Banana Leaves. It was our first time there. Both of our dishes was very tasty! They also removed all onions from our dishes because I am VERY allergic to all ONIONS!! Love the fresh lemonade with pineapple, which was very tasty! Banana Leaves is a very good place for a date as well!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on March 19, 2016

If you're looking for a quaint place with tasty fresh sushi-this place is it. Sushi pieces were big and affordable and most of all fresh! Try the lychee martini, yummy and the birthday cake shot is so worth it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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