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Banana Cafe and Piano Bar

Banana Cafe and Piano Bar

Bar, Cuban Restaurant, and Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Capitol Hill, Washington
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  • Racquel K.
    "My Mango Margarita hits the spot after a govt shutdown!"(5 Tips)
    Bernard M.
    "The margaritas and the Cuban sandwich are to die for!"(4 Tips)
    Stephanie D.
    "Fantastic mango margarita & fun karaoke crowd."(2 Tips)
    Nishtha G.
    "Amazing huevos rancheros for brunch!"(3 Tips)
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  • Yetta B.
    Yetta BungieAugust 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Naptown .
    Naptown 💪 LarryJanuary 30, 2013
    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.
  • Yetta B.
    Yetta BungieAugust 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Erin M.
    Erin MichelleOctober 30, 2013
    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!
  • zulie💭
    zulie💭February 23, 2014
    Delicious! Had the Puerto Rican piononos and my husband the Mofongo with masitas de cerdo. We loved it. Was a bit pricey though.
  • Madison P.
    Madison PaigeApril 17, 2013
    Best flan ever - and I've had a lot of flan from Miami to NYC. Great food. Authentic Cuban sandwich. Highly recommended.
  • Kristofer.K K.
    Kristofer.K KatoApril 8, 2010
    a 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
  • Tiffany J.
    Tiffany JohnsonJuly 11, 2011
    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.
  • Matt L.
    Matt LeeApril 14, 2013
    The guy on the piano (also uses a trumpet and saxophone) is among the best I've encountered in DC.
  • Carlos G.
    Carlos GFebruary 24, 2013
    Great cuisine and drinks for Sunday brunch! The mimosas and Chamango drinks are perfect drinks!
  • Dan L.
    Dan LaPointDecember 16, 2012
    The nachos w. beef and the breakfast quesadilla will make the gourmand inside squeal with unbridled joy.
  • Armie
    ArmieOctober 26, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Ropa Vieja is excellent. Bee in the Margarita, not so much.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren S.January 20, 2014
    Margs are weak and made with low-quality mixers, but the happy hour tacos are delish!
  • Mandy J.
    Mandy JenkinsJune 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Bernard M.
    Bernard MMay 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The margaritas and the Cuban sandwich are to die for! This is a must order!
  • Kelly D.
    Kelly DemeleApril 10, 2013
    Go for the Banana daiquiri and sit in the Piano Bar
  • M Squared Real Estate
    M Squared Real EstateAugust 20, 2011
    The upstairs bar has an excellent happy hour and there is patio seating, good weather providing.
  • Miika F.
    Miika F.March 1, 2013
    Shrimp quesadilla was very good, the tortilla was nice and flaky. Delicious.
  • Kimberli H.
    Kimberli HallFebruary 9, 2014
    The Michelona might be the best drink I ever had. Food was deelish!!
  • Stephanie D.
    Stephanie DSeptember 23, 2014
    Fantastic mango margarita & fun karaoke crowd. Food's better at las placitas.
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan LSeptember 20, 2011
    Wings have a great kick without being obnoxiously hot. Good tingling in my mouth after those meaty wings.
  • Nichole P.
    Nichole PhilpotOctober 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Go upstairs to the Piano Bar. And, make sure Jon is ur bartender. He is awesome!
  • Juan H.
    Juan HuayllaAugust 9, 2014
    Relleno de mofingo is good, one of the few places in DC with Puerto Rican food!
  • Jay
    JayJanuary 16, 2013
    Ropas viejas is my favorite dish here. Delicious & flavorful.
  • Joe G.
    Joe GizziOctober 15, 2012
    Go for the chicken and plantain quesadilla. Surprisingly tasty.
  • Tony C.
    Tony ChangJune 19, 2013
    Try the Fried Calamari - with mango ginger dipping sauce
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KugelSeptember 20, 2011
    You gotta get the Pernil de Puerco Relleno de Mofongo, don't even bother with a menu.
  • L. Dijon A.
    L. Dijon AndersonOctober 28, 2012
    The food is way too flavorful. Way too good!! You've gotta go. And then enjoy the piano bar upstairs.
  • Joy M.
    Joy MayerAugust 11, 2013
    The Caribbean eggs Benedict is outstanding.
  • trishylicious g.
    trishylicious gOctober 2, 2011
    Try the tamal del elote and ceviche! Mmmmm. So delicious!
  • Charlene H.
    Charlene HannahJune 16, 2013
    Sunday brunch was okay.. highly recommend the adult shakes :)
  • Yakeema B.
    Yakeema BlackstoneDecember 14, 2012
    Get a window table and the chicken quesadillas are great!!
  • H.A.S B.
    H.A.S BaduJanuary 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Cuban Chicken Steak is to die for!
  • John Anthony M.
    John Anthony MSeptember 21, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    There are 2 Banana Cafe entries. One includes the piano bar. Have a Margarita at either entry and enjoy.
  • sarah s.
    sarah schultzJanuary 19, 2013
    Delicious! Love the adults shakes and plantains!
  • Racquel K.
    Racquel KelleyOctober 1, 2013
    My Mango Margarita hits the spot after a govt shutdown!
  • Paige N.
    Paige NicoleApril 17, 2015
    Really good food and happy hour specials!
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FosterMay 4, 2012
    Go to the open mic in the piano bar on Mondays! Half price margaritas!
  • Anna B.
    Anna BureshMarch 24, 2014
    The most supportive karaoke crowd you will ever find
  • Alice L.
    Alice LiOctober 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Huevos Rancheros! Always a safe and delicious bet!
  • Traver R.
    Traver RigginsJanuary 28, 2011
    Try the stuffed yuca. Unique and bang for buck.
  • Renzo A.
    Renzo AlbertoMay 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The mofongo stuffed pork loin is amazing!!!!
  • Nate H.
    Nate HillAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Best mango margarita in town!
  • Nishtha G.
    Nishtha GhoshJanuary 12, 2013
    Amazing huevos rancheros for brunch!
  • Josei ==> @ShoesNFood w.
    Josei ==> @ShoesNFood www.JetSetDC.comSeptember 2, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Excellent guacamole & the Tropical Salad I delicious.
  • Nikkie L.
    Nikkie LoveApril 21, 2012
    Best $5 margarita I've ever had!
  • George F.
    George FrancoisApril 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    if you want to be lifted, get the caparinha (not sure if this is the spelling).
  • Cynthia P.
    Cynthia PettorutoFebruary 2, 2014
    Amazing piano bar upstairs!!
  • Josei ==> @ShoesNFood w.
    Josei ==> @ShoesNFood www.JetSetDC.comMay 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    No longer taking telephone orders? Please say that. Don't have me call ahead for soup & salad,then wait for 20 mins😤
  • Theresa D.
    Theresa DavisFebruary 1, 2015
    Carribian salmon with mango sauce
  • Keisha L.
    Keisha LandryMay 26, 2012
    Upstairs is freezing. Bring a winter coat!
  • Toni Rae S.
    Toni Rae SalmiJuly 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the pionones! Sangria isn't bad either...
  • Josei ==> @ShoesNFood w.
    Josei ==> @ShoesNFood www.JetSetDC.comAugust 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great food. But it's always so COLD in here 
  • Derek J.
    Derek JonesDecember 31, 2014
    Gay base in Eastern Market. Piano bar is upstairs.
  • Meghan Kathleen
    Meghan KathleenAugust 2, 2009
    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.
  • James L.
    James LytleSeptember 25, 2015
    Excellent Cubanos!!!!!
  • Trond E.
    Trond EngerApril 19
    Nice place at 8th street.
  • Kelly H.
    Kelly HuntJuly 8, 2010
    Yes, the house margaritas are great!
  • Amy T.
    Amy TomlinsonNovember 21, 2010
    only serves brunch menu on sundays before 3, not lunch menu
  • Kris D.
    Kris DanielOctober 14, 2012
    Awesome Bloody Mary!
  • Tony C.
    Tony ChangJune 19, 2013
    Try the Chicken Quesadillas
  • George F.
    George FrancoisApril 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    excellent ... arroz con pollo....well seasoned!
  • Mark
    MarkFebruary 10, 2013
    Failure. Service to forever to even begin, left!!
  • Analena V.
    Analena ValdesJune 29, 2010
    Fabulous Mango Margaritas!! Awesome cuban food!!
  • Chelsea M.
    Chelsea M.February 6, 2011
    Try the banana pancakes! Delicious!!
  • Bryan S.
    Bryan SchauerAugust 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Sat hi to Dougie Fresh! ;-)
  • Tommy S.
    Tommy SandersJanuary 9, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    <3 the mojitos!
  • GingerLatte
    GingerLatteMarch 13, 2011
    No more all you can eat brunch on Sundays
  • Aline A.
    Aline AdamsJuly 23, 2011
    Phenomenal fish tacos
  • Steve T.
    Steve TaylorAugust 23, 2010
    Banana Daiquiri is excellent!
  • Julia S.
    Julia StylesMay 19, 2012
    Huevos Rancheros is decent.
  • Bryan S.
    Bryan SchauerMay 2, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to Banana Cafe and drink a house margarita!
  • Paul V.
    Paul VannAugust 24, 2010
    Order Cuban sandwich its good.
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan LSeptember 20, 2011
    The cuervo Margarita... pretty strong
  • Christopher D.
    Christopher DorseyFebruary 20, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask for Russ...he's the greatest!
  • Maria Helena C.
    Maria Helena CAugust 1, 2011
    Sunday karaoke! Squee! Read more
  • Justin G.
    Justin GutweinJune 27, 2011
    Get some of the Cuban food! Read more
  • DC After Five
    DC After FiveSeptember 5, 2010
    Good house margs for $5
  • Jae S.
    Jae S.February 4, 2011
    I tried their brunch. Not that good. Also service was horrible. Took 15 mins to get my check and it wasn't even busy.
  • Henry H.
    Henry HernándezJanuary 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Do not get the queso with chorizo. Not worth it. It is ok.
  • Amy C.
    Amy Cummings1 week ago
    Strong margs. Rude service.
  • Víctor S.
    Víctor SanchoJuly 15, 2012
    Very slow service. They speak spanish / Hablan español
  • Patrick F.
    Patrick FrankMarch 25, 2011
    Expect terrible service. Especially during brunch.
  • foodie h.
    foodie huxtableFebruary 19, 2011
    Margaritas. Olé!
  • Ben O.
    Ben OmarNovember 5, 2012
    Not pure Puerto Rican food...chips stale...
  • Anna-Marie A.
    Anna-Marie AsheMay 17, 2012
    Mojiitos....delicious!
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