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Banana Cafe & Piano Bar

39 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (62)
  • Good for Groups (56)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (48)

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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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuban, Puerto Rican, Mexican
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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
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Phone number
(202) 543-5906
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chris Windus
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Cross street
Corner of 8th & E street S.E.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 30, 2015

Great place to eat. Is a bit noisy an NOT a romantic place. But great for friends and good food.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on September 18, 2015

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.

vipTheYC (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 21, 2015

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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on July 10, 2015

We had a terrible experience. The customer service is horrible. Avoid this place at all cost.

OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on July 3, 2015

Food was amazing but the service was slow. I would eat there anytime but would plan for a longer dining experience

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on July 2, 2015

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.

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.

vipMsMT (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 2, 2015

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.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on June 24, 2015

Really authentic Caribbean cuisine!

vipjjg10 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 20, 2015

Yummy food and great ambiance!!!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 11, 2015

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.