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Banana Cafe & Piano Bar



500 8th Street Southeast
Washington, DC 20003

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(202) 543-5906

  • Sun - 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Mon - Thu 11:00am - 10:30pm
  • Fri - Sat 11:00am - 11:30pm

Cuisine: American Restaurants, Bars, Cafes, Cuban Restaurants, Dog Friendly Restaurants


4.7 of 5.0 from 90 reviews


price range:$11 to $25

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Banana Cafe & Piano Bar Reviews

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  • mikek70 reviewI have tried this restaurant; it does not claim to be first-class, just a decent neighborhood low-cost place to have a meal. for that, they are excellent. the service was friendly, the food was while not the greatest, was hot and good. I would recommend this restaurant for these reasons.

    44444 by mikek70


  • gizmobear4 reviewOne of the only restaurants in the city that serves puerto rican cuisine - it was a treat!!!

    44444 by gizmobear4


  • santana7979 reviewForget it...If you want REAL GREAT CUBAN/SPANISH food go to Warrenton, VA--check out www.mojitosandtapas.com They are the best w/ 12 different Mojitos too!

    44444 by santana7979


  • Trond ANice place at 8th street.

    55555 by Trond A


  • James JExcellent Cubanos!!!!!

    55555 by James J


  • Paige NicoleReally good food and happy hour specials!

    55555 by Paige Nicole


  • Theresa DavisCarribian salmon with mango sauce

    55555 by Theresa Davis


  • Derek J.Gay base in Eastern Market. Piano bar is upstairs.

    55555 by Derek J.


  • ArmieRopa Vieja is excellent. Bee in the Margarita, not so much.

    55555 by Armie


  • Stephanie DFantastic mango margarita & fun karaoke crowd. Food's better at las placitas.

    55555 by Stephanie D


  • Nate H.Best mango margarita in town!

    55555 by Nate H.


  • Juan HuayllaRelleno de mofingo is good, one of the few places in DC with Puerto Rican food!

    55555 by Juan Huaylla


  • Anna B.The most supportive karaoke crowd you will ever find

    55555 by Anna B.


  • Zulie🌻 M.Delicious! Had the Puerto Rican piononos and my husband the Mofongo with masitas de cerdo. We loved it. Was a bit pricey though.

    55555 by Zulie🌻 M.


  • Kimberli H.The Michelona might be the best drink I ever had. Food was deelish!!

    55555 by Kimberli H.


  • Cynthia P.Amazing piano bar upstairs!!

    55555 by Cynthia P.


  • Lauren S.Margs are weak and made with low-quality mixers, but the happy hour tacos are delish!

    55555 by Lauren S.


  • Erin W.Ally is a great bar tender! Very friendly and the drinks are good price. I like the atmosphere, and the garden is pretty. Two thumbs up!

    55555 by Erin W.


  • Racquel K.My Mango Margarita hits the spot after a govt shutdown!

    55555 by Racquel K.


  • Yetta B.Happy Hour from 4 to 7:30. $3.50 specials. Limited food menu at the Piano Bar upstairs. Not that you will care, the Margaritas rock!

    55555 by Yetta B.


  • Joy M.The Caribbean eggs Benedict is outstanding.

    55555 by Joy M.


  • LaRita M.Ask for the Mango rum to be added to the Mojito... It is absolutely amazing!

    55555 by LaRita M.


  • Yetta B.Great service. Lunch menu from 11-3. Delicious authentic Mexican food. The best Margarita's on Barracks Row. Accessible by metro "Eastern Market" stop or Circular bus

    55555 by Yetta B.


  • Tony C.Try the Fried Calamari - with mango ginger dipping sauce (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Tony C.


  • Tony C.Try the Chicken Quesadillas (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Tony C.


  • Charlene H.Sunday brunch was okay.. highly recommend the adult shakes :)

    55555 by Charlene H.


  • Josei ==> @ShoesNFood w.No longer taking telephone orders? Please say that. Don't have me call ahead for soup & salad,then wait for 20 mins😤

    22222 by Josei ==> @ShoesNFood w.


  • Bernard M.The margaritas and the Cuban sandwich are to die for! This is a must order!

    55555 by Bernard M.


  • Madison P.Best flan ever - and I've had a lot of flan from Miami to NYC. Great food. Authentic Cuban sandwich. Highly recommended.

    55555 by Madison P.


  • Matt L.The guy on the piano (also uses a trumpet and saxophone) is among the best I've encountered in DC.

    55555 by Matt L.


  • Kelly D.Go for the Banana daiquiri and sit in the Piano Bar

    55555 by Kelly D.


  • Miika F.Shrimp quesadilla was very good, the tortilla was nice and flaky. Delicious.

    55555 by Miika F.


  • Carlos G.Great cuisine and drinks for Sunday brunch! The mimosas and Chamango drinks are perfect drinks!

    55555 by Carlos G.


  • MarkFailure. Service to forever to even begin, left!!

    11111 by Mark


  • Naptown ♫.The Banana Cafe in neighboring D.C. houses colorful decor that sets the tone for Cuban, Mexican and Puerto Rican dishes. The upstairs piano bar is open every day from 4 p.m to 11 p.m.

    55555 by Naptown ♫.


  • sarah s.Delicious! Love the adults shakes and plantains!

    55555 by sarah s.


  • JayRopas viejas is my favorite dish here. Delicious & flavorful.

    55555 by Jay


  • Nishtha G.Amazing huevos rancheros for brunch!

    55555 by Nishtha G.


  • H.A.S B.The Cuban Chicken Steak is to die for!

    55555 by H.A.S B.


  • Dan L.The nachos w. beef and the breakfast quesadilla will make the gourmand inside squeal with unbridled joy.

    55555 by Dan L.


  • Yakeema G.Get a window table and the chicken quesadillas are great!!

    55555 by Yakeema G.


  • Ben O.Not pure Puerto Rican food...chips stale...

    33333 by Ben O.


  • L. Dijon A.The food is way too flavorful. Way too good!! You've gotta go. And then enjoy the piano bar upstairs.

    55555 by L. Dijon A.


  • Joe G.Go for the chicken and plantain quesadilla. Surprisingly tasty.

    55555 by Joe G.


  • Kris D.Awesome Bloody Mary!

    55555 by Kris D.


  • Josei ==> @ShoesNFood w.Great food. But it's always so COLD in here 

    55555 by Josei ==> @ShoesNFood w.


  • Teri C.Try the Pernil De Peurco Relleno De Mofongo - Tasty pork loin stuffed with plantain. And ginger/mango sauce to boot. Yummy! (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Teri C.


  • Víctor S.Very slow service. They speak spanish / Hablan español

    33333 by Víctor S.


  • Keisha S.Upstairs is freezing. Bring a winter coat!

    55555 by Keisha S.


  • Julia S.Huevos Rancheros is decent.

    55555 by Julia S.


  • Amanda F.Go to the open mic in the piano bar on Mondays! Half price margaritas!

    55555 by Amanda F.


  • Nikkie L.Best $5 margarita I've ever had!

    55555 by Nikkie L.


  • Tommy S.<3 the mojitos!

    33333 by Tommy S.


  • Henry H.Do not get the queso with chorizo. Not worth it. It is ok.

    33333 by Henry H.


  • Alice L.Huevos Rancheros! Always a safe and delicious bet!

    55555 by Alice L.


  • Nichole P.Go upstairs to the Piano Bar. And, make sure Jon is ur bartender. He is awesome!

    55555 by Nichole P.


  • trishylicious g.Try the tamal del elote and ceviche! Mmmmm. So delicious!

    55555 by trishylicious g.


  • John Anthony M.There are 2 Banana Cafe entries. One includes the piano bar. Have a Margarita at either entry and enjoy.

    55555 by John Anthony M.


  • Jonathan L.Wings have a great kick without being obnoxiously hot. Good tingling in my mouth after those meaty wings.

    55555 by Jonathan L.


  • Jonathan L.The cuervo Margarita... pretty strong

    33333 by Jonathan L.


  • Kevin K.You gotta get the Pernil de Puerco Relleno de Mofongo, don't even bother with a menu.

    55555 by Kevin K.


  • M Squared Real EstateThe upstairs bar has an excellent happy hour and there is patio seating, good weather providing.

    55555 by M Squared Real Estate


  • Bryan S.Sat hi to Dougie Fresh! ;-)

    55555 by Bryan S.


  • Maria Helena C.Sunday karaoke! Squee!

    55555 by Maria Helena C.


  • Aline A.Phenomenal fish tacos

    55555 by Aline A.


  • Toni Rae B.Love the pionones! Sangria isn't bad either...

    55555 by Toni Rae B.


  • Tiffany J.The service is slow... It's part of the style, but the Ropa Vieja is one of the best dishes I've ever had. I highly recommend trying it.

    55555 by Tiffany J.


  • Tiffany J.The service is slow... It's part of the style, but the Ropa Vieja is one of the best dishes I've ever had. I highly recommend trying it.

    55555 by Tiffany J.


  • Justin G.Get some of the Cuban food!

    55555 by Justin G.


  • Renzo A.The mofongo stuffed pork loin is amazing!!!!

    55555 by Renzo A.


  • George F.excellent ... arroz con pollo....well seasoned!

    55555 by George F.


  • George F.if you want to be lifted, get the caparinha (not sure if this is the spelling).

    33333 by George F.


  • Patrick F.Expect terrible service. Especially during brunch.

    33333 by Patrick F.


  • GingerLatteNo more all you can eat brunch on Sundays

    55555 by GingerLatte


  • eats¦tapas¦beautyMargaritas. Olé!

    55555 by eats¦tapas¦beauty


  • Chelsea M.Try the banana pancakes! Delicious!!

    55555 by Chelsea M.


  • Jae S.I tried their brunch. Not that good. Also service was horrible. Took 15 mins to get my check and it wasn't even busy.

    22222 by Jae S.


  • Traver R.Try the stuffed yuca. Unique and bang for buck.

    55555 by Traver R.


  • Amy Monly serves brunch menu on sundays before 3, not lunch menu

    55555 by Amy M


  • DC After FiveGood house margs for $5

    55555 by DC After Five


  • Josei ==> @ShoesNFood w.Excellent guacamole & the Tropical Salad I delicious.

    55555 by Josei ==> @ShoesNFood w.


  • Paul V.Order Cuban sandwich its good.

    55555 by Paul V.


  • Steve T.Banana Daiquiri is excellent!

    55555 by Steve T.


  • Kelly H.Yes, the house margaritas are great!

    55555 by Kelly H.


  • Analena V.Fabulous Mango Margaritas!! Awesome cuban food!!

    55555 by Analena V.


  • Mandy J.It sounds (and looks) a bit odd, but you really need to try the Puerto Rican Mofongo. It's essentially fried plantains mashed and formed around meat - and it's awesome.

    55555 by Mandy J.


  • Bryan S.Go to Banana Cafe and drink a house margarita!

    55555 by Bryan S.


  • Kristofer.K Ma brightly colored island oasis with well-deserved reputation for excellent, reasonably priced Cuban and Puerto Rican fare and mouth-watering mango margaritas....try the Cuban picadillo or ropa vieja

    55555 by Kristofer.K M


  • Christopher D.Ask for Russ...he's the greatest!

    55555 by Christopher D.


  • Meghan M.Go to Banana Cafe and Piano Bar and sit on the patio and drink margaritas. The food isn't super special, but the atmosphere is great.

    55555 by Meghan M.


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