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Banana Cafe & Piano Bar

4.0
4
37 Reviews
$30 and under
Cuban
Located in Washington, D.C.�s Capitol Hill neighborhood, Banana Caf� & Piano Bar serves a combination of Puerto Rican, Cuban and Tex-Mex fare. The extensive menu includes both vegetarian and meat-based entr�es. Banana Caf� & Piano Bar frequently has live entertainment and is able to host special events. Start out your experience at Banana Caf� & Piano Bar with an appetizer such as the chips and salsa or the Cuban empanadas. The restaurant has nightly specials in addition to regular entr�es like the Cuban picadillo, the Caribbean vegetarian combo and the carnitas. Additionally, the restaurant serves brunch on the weekends with menu items like huevos rancheros.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Cuban, Puerto Rican, Mexican
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 543-5906
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Chris Windus
  • Neighborhood
    Capitol Hill
  • Cross street
    Corner of 8th & E street S.E.
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 37 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.7Ambience

NoiseModerate

37 Reviews
  1. RobertH

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great place to eat. Is a bit noisy an NOT a romantic place. But great for friends and good food.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We asked for a birthday song for our five year old. Only our waiter came out and sang. We really thought it would be ore singing. Our child wasn't impressed. Otherwise, everything else was great. It was actually pretty empty considering it was a Friday night. The dining area inside was virtually empty. Used to be a packed house. Seems there's now more options on Barracks Row.

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  3. TheYC

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I used to come here to satisfy a hankering for homemade Cuban, but looking at recent reviews here and on Yelp, I concur that the food is somewhat in decline. I had the seafood paella - which was big and quite good, albeit salty. She had the roast leg of pork (best thing we had, IMO), but her rice side was also super salty, almost inedible. Drinks were OK - she liked her mojito, but my caprihinia tasted more like tequila with limes in it. I will be back for another shot, but will not bring her next time around.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2015

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We had a terrible experience. The customer service is horrible. Avoid this place at all cost.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was amazing but the service was slow. I would eat there anytime but would plan for a longer dining experience

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  6. Dawn

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2015

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Let's start with the Margarita it was watered down and when we informed the waiter he explained the kick was coming but he could add a shot for 5.00 dollars. Well it never came and the drink was left unfinished. Food Spinach Quesadilla - limp, bland no flavor. Tropical salad with steak- beef tough, salad poor presentation. Seafoid Chimicunga - poor presentatiok, no flavor, abundance of cheese to compensate for minimal seafood. Had to add chili hot sauce to everthing.

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  7. MarshaF

    Washington DC

    82 reviews

    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I have been going to Banana Café for years. The food is excellent and plentiful, the decor is interesting, and the service attentive. My only complaint is the dining room is generally too cold -- less air conditioning please.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really authentic Caribbean cuisine!

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  9. jjg10

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Yummy food and great ambiance!!!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I met with a friend for lunch. We had the stuffed yucca as our appetizer - FABULOUS!! Next trip I may order it as my meal.

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FAQs

Banana Cafe & Piano Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 543-5906.

Banana Cafe & Piano Bar is rated 4 stars by 37 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Banana Cafe & Piano Bar

500 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Corner of 8th & E street S.E.
  • Neighborhood
    Capitol Hill
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Cuban, Puerto Rican, Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chris Windus
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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