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Banana Cafe & Piano Bar - CLOSED

500 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2834
+1 202-543-5906
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good44%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (30 reviews)
“mofongo” (16 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (14 reviews)
Restaurant Hours Closed
Mexican, American, Caribbean, Cuban
$$ - $$$
500 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2834
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1 - 10 of 207 reviews

Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

The place was dead that should have been the giveaway the food was cold service was not that great the only upside it's located in a good area other than that nothing else was good.

Thank camilo c
Reviewed 21 October 2017

As a local, I frequent Banana Cafe almost weekly. The menu provides lots of options from Tex-mex, to Puerto Rican, to Cuban to Mexican. You HAVE to order a Cadillac Margarita, IT'S THE BEST IN TOWN. Service is always friendly and efficient and the prices...More

Thank JohnGreene1207
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

The four of us all had a different dish and all were just great. The service was fantastic. Our server explained the dishes. Highly recommend if you are in the Barrack’s area on 8th street, Capital Hill

Thank 1611gtk
Reviewed 10 October 2017

Came here with the bf (what else is new) after a friend's art show in the area. Not sure if I can say I'm a fan of this place. It took more than five minutes for our waitress to introduce herself... When I asked if...More

Thank Alexis B
Reviewed 18 September 2017

The food here is underwhelming and the amount of positive reviews is staggering. First we found a small bone in one of the enchiladas and second; the beer that was brought to our table was Luke warm and it appeared someone had taken a drink...More

Thank Bruce G
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Great food and drinks. The service could be a little better but the food and presentation is great. I enjoyed the out door patio because it was too hot or too cold the time when we had lunch there. I love the food and I...More

Thank Kory D
Reviewed 4 September 2017

great atmosphere and food. service is okay, and we have visited many times during the week, where seating is easily available. haven't visited the piano bar upstairs, but the music is not disruptive to a good dining experience.

Thank Pamela B
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Dined for Dinner on 7/15/2017 (Friday): We arrived for dinner and after a few minutes our party was seated and several minutes later our order was taken. We were given a free basket of chips and salsa (it was quite spicy!) and it did take...More

Thank BrutolMotent
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

I have eaten here twice. It's a good place to eat and they have a decent selection. With that said, it's not the best place in the area today. But it's not bad if you have an immediate need for Latin or Cuban food. Give...More

Thank USMEagleFan
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

Nice ambience. Starters were good but their main course was very average - at least for the vegetarians!

Thank Pavithra Mohan I
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$20 - US$20
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 500 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2834
    (Corner of 8th & E street S.E.)
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Capitol Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Capitol Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 202-543-5906
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