Banko Cantina

3.9
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Banko Cantina, a Mexican restaurant and tequila bar is located at 114 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, FL. Originally home to the American National Bank, this 1921 landmark building was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1997.
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.7
food
3.7
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JamaraM
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We came to celebrate my 30th birthday for brunch. It was amazing

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MorganL
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The place was dead inside and when we showed up for our reservation they denied up because my friend was wearing sweatpant shorts. Sorry but who does this place think it is? They were super dismissive and rude about it. We just walked around the corner and waited for a table at roccos tacos insead, which I would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best time here with friend for their birthday!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food was hot and delicious. Awesome customer service. Loved the rooftop bar with the dj mixing all sorts of music.

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Bryan
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Rudest restaurant encounter I have experienced. Left immediately

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vipkeith
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Poor service and food was bland. Bartender was on his phone and server messed up our order and didn’t really care.

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Frank
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Slightly off main eating area street and thus, in spite of being a "sports bar" atmosphere a lot quieter so that could talk without shouting. Menu needs upgrading as offers draft beer, but they don't have any. Food good and somewhat out of ordinary for Mexican.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Great atmosphere! They have a DJ on Tuesday which was perfect for a taco night with $2 tacos and margaritas! Food and drinks were average but it’s a great night out.

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Cristine
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fact that any bar puts this much effort info Christmas decor deserves a 5 star. But on top of that their food was amazing and we had a great time.

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TimothyC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our reservation was cancelled 20 minutes before we arrived. We were told they cancelled 140 reservations due to a large group coming in. Eli, the manager wouldn't even talk to me. I hope that one large group was worth it. Never again!

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TrevorS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique atmosphere, wonderful foid and grest service.

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MelMac
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Great place to hang out ambience is fantastic and very lively.

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Momof4
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The restaurant was very sparsely populated at 6:00 pm. We were greeted and seated promptly. Our server Meg was helpful. Our food was served with the tacos... but no rice or condiments We we’re unable to get Meg’s attention so I had to walk to the bar to request the rest of our food. The steak in my tacos was cold and had no flavor very bland.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday was very fun

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ShazidaS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Night! Had everything we wanted under one roof: great food, great music, great dance floor! Our server was awesome and very kind!

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Elizabethg
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing time love the food the drink were great the staff so much fun and nice. Would 100% go again..

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kerlinel
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff was awesome. My girls and I had a wonderful time for y Birthday!! Thank you Banko

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came to banko for my birthday last weekend and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience

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2thumbsup
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience1

I previously visited this location and had an amazing time the music was good and the food as well as the vibe was excellent however my most recent visit the dj was not good. My Chicken was dry and hard my mimosa changed at the end... i guess it’s hit and miss

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Drinks and food were not worth the money. Chicken tasted heated up.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Need to go after 11pm. Dead before that.

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KearstenW
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Natalie B. was an excellent hostess to my party and I was happy to celebrate my birthday there this past weekend, August 4th. Thank you.

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TierraM
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Did not try to accommodate our reservation at all and the staff was pretty rude about it.

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Marlon
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Attended brunch with friends and family. We enjoyed ourselves and will definitely come again soon

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AriannaV
Savannah
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

I made reservations about a week out before the actual date, we were seated and was also waiting for some of the party to arrive. A party or 8 and we were being asked to move
Due to over booking right after just getting our food, we also were
Told by the waitress that she would move us to the second floor and extend our bottom less for two hours that wasn’t the case, we went to the second floor and the rude bartenders rudely shouted were closed until 3 we’re not open yet after explaining the story to her as to why we moved she said well there’s nothing we can do we’re not open yet go to the 3rd floor. We waited on the first floor until 3 and the waitress came back with 1 bottle of champagne with 5 glasses for a party of 8. We then asked for the manager. Who gave us two bottles of champagne, the fact that we were moved and then told to wait was incredibly frustrating

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Zacht
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really good environment and it was fun. I will go again such fun

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was good, the only thing was that the music was a little too loud to have a decent conversation across the table without yelling.

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BarbC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful meal, food was delicious, veggies were fresh, shrimp nice size and quantity. Server was attentive, checking beverages and water. We would definitely go ahead, plenty of options. Nice portions.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Our server was slow with delivering the drink order when the bar was 5ft away. He didn’t check on us to see to see if we were happy with our food and when he did come over, he didn’t listen. I don’t know if the guy was overtired or overwhelmed. Either way, the service was bad & the food was even worse. I ordered the steak tacos in which they were extremely dry.. They gave a salsa with it but it was so hot I was in tears. At least give options with the order. One of my friend’s food came out wrong. She asked for no sour cream but it was put on her food anyways. You could tell they just cleared it off and put more sauce because it was then missing the cheese that was supposed to be on top. We won’t be going back there. It’s disappointing because the atmosphere and the light fixtures were beautiful but the staff not so much.

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nadines
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance, wonderful service, food and a fantastic singing group that kept the guest dancing!

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LisaC
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I've celebrated Cinco de Mayo at this establishment the last two years. I must say I was a bit disappointed tequila specials were not available this year. Nonetheless, we had a great meal here. We enjoyed the guacamole. My friend had tacos and I had the vegetable bowl which was robust with flavor. The energy was present and our server did a great job!

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vipStephanieL
Caribbean
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience2

Annoying loud. Playing. Rap music on Cinco de Mayo??? Just because the “club” is upstairs doesn’t mean patrons want to hear it while dining

Food was OK. Shrimp quesadilla
Salsa came in small ramekins? Not sure why
Chips good and fresh
Service at bar was subpar
Hostess was denying my table because she missed my name on the reservation list. Literally she tried to lock me out.
Spicy margarita on the rocks was good

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SilvanaP
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall1food4service5ambience1

The experience was not family friendly at all. It is marketed as a restaurant however, we felt as though we were in a night club. This restaurant is on open table and i feel that it should not be. It was myself, my husband, 2 teenage boys and a toddler. In order to use the bathroom you must go up to the 2nd floor, knock on the door for a "bouncer" to let you through then wait in a line that in 20 people long. Seriously? That was absolutely unaccommodating when you have a 3 year old that has to go potty. We had to leave the establishment and use the facilities at a neighboring restaurant. Luckily they were kind enough to allow us to use them. There was a dj playing the music loudly we had to yell across the table to hear each other speak. While we were there a fist fight broke out and it had to be broken up by 3 "bouncers". They knocked over chairs and pushed tables. Many guest including ourselves had to get up from the tables to avoid being part of the altercation. The food was delicious and the service provided was outstanding but everything we experienced shadows the positive. We will never return and we will make sure that our family oriented friends are aware to stay far away from this establishment. Extreamly disappointed. Last note, this all occurred at 5 o'clock in the evening. I would be scared to see what its like later in the evening.

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PascaleD
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I've gone to Banko a few times before for brunch and have LOVED IT, however, this time my friends and I were very upset by the treatment we got at the bar. We had reservations and when we arrived the hostess told us our seats were reserved at the bar. My friends and I sat and a young man was very nive and got us started. A few minutes later another gentleman (short and chubby) came by and took the reservation sign and placed it directly in front of us and told us the seat were reserved. We told him that we were the reservation. He mumbled something and walked away. We moved the reservation sign (since it was in our way) and he came back and placed it in front of us again. From that point forward, he just gave us dirty looks and a nasty vibe. It was to the point that we had to approach the hostess about it. When the hostess told him that we called the reservations and they were our seats, he said how he reserved those seats for his friends and that they were supposed to be sitting there (seriously?!). At that point, the hostess (very sweet) approached another employee and asked about it. They came back a few minutes later and said that there was a misunderstanding, that our seats were further down the bar, but other people were sitting there. They asked the other people to move and then placed us there. I'm not sure if that was true or if they just accommodated the bartender jerk, but either way, he could've handle us with proper customer support and figured out what happened without the dirty looks and slick comments. The rest of our day was GREAT! Our new bartender was GREAT and a trickster so it was fun!

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Jleiva
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just enjoying a nigth with my wife

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Made reservations at Banko on open table, got to the restaurant early and told the hostess if we needed to wait we didn’t mind. Our reservation couldn’t be found at first because the wrong day was looked at. We were seated in the bar area with the ledges- they moved a few seats up for us. Not a big deal. we sat there for 10 minutes. The hostess came back to check on us and let us know that they had to call in another waiter. Waited again for about another 5-10 minutes before the executive chef (and I think owner) came over, brought us chips and let us know someone would be with us in which shortly the waiter showed up- we placed our order for apps, food and drink (since we had plenty of time to look at the menu). Our guacamole came out (best thing!) and our server said he would be back with water and our drinks. Probably 10 minutes later our food came out- great because we were starving, but there wasn’t any silverware. Tried to get a few folks attention and then the hostess asked us how it was going and SHE finally got us silver ware. Then the drinks came out (in which the el pepino didn’t even have the sugar and salt peppercorn rim) to which we were told the bar lost our drinks so there was a “fight”. We decided to order another beverage when our first we more than half full since we knew it could be longer. I changed it up to a sangria and he brought me my first drink I ordered (still no rim). 🤦🏻‍♀️. With all the time we had to people watch, we saw the staff arguing at the front of the business and the exec chef lady/owner ridicule her hostesses for trying to get things moving. The server had 500 excuses as to why his service was subpar and included 20% gratuity. Not sure if it’s standard for 2 people. The hostess with the sweet eyeshadow skills IS your best asset! Overall: Seemed like a Hot mess express.

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KevinH
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Vinny was my server. He was absolutely the best! He made sure my visit was worth it! Great vibe at this location. 3 floors. You don’t have to leave once you get here.

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Shanti
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my 2 friends went here for brunch on a nice sunny Sunday! The atomosphere was very fun but yet busy. Our waiter Joe was very attentive and very polite. He gave us great recommendations as well as kept us stocked with mimosas refills. Upstairs was a day party, and on the 3rd floor was like a relaxed scene, with games and music. Definitely 10/10 i recommend! I’m going back next Sunday!

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Elena
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for the Outstanding Service, Excellent food, and for the beautiful Bday dessert for my friend. We were a party of 7 people and everyone shared how much they enjoyed it. Our Server was the BEST!! Thank You! Gracias!

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vipAlex
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Went for brunch. Omelette inedible, I complained, manager agreed with me but
Only took 50% off since I had eaten a portion. My friends ordered unlimited
Mimosas, but they tasted like it was just orange juice. Manager said they make the
Entire batch early in the morning and bubbles turn to dissipate with time.
We were 4 when the bill came they had added the tip (5 or more 20%tip). We didn’t
Catch that error. All in all, this place will be
Closed in a few months as people avoid it.

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Banko Cantina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (561) 355-1399.

Banko Cantina is rated 3.9 stars by 134 OpenTable diners.

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