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Banana Cafe & Piano Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Capitol Hill
Mexican, Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Puerto Rican, American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
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500 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2834 (Corner of 8th & E street S.E.)
+1 202-543-5906
11:00 - 23:30
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Sun 10:00 - 22:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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767 reviews
324 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 377 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped for Sunday brunch outside in the sun. 8th Street is great fun in good weather and we enjoyed the excellent food. However, the service was the slowest we've had in the whole month in DC. The waiter was pleasant and kept saying he would check on our food, but nothing helped. We had ordered the "bottomless" mimosas, so... More 

Thank RichardinOhio
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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210 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Banana Cafe with a lot expectations and was a lit disappointing. Service very slow and apps not good. maybe next time. ops asked for tres leches but was sold out.

Thank Felipe_US
Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

The staff just incredible friendly they seem genuinely very happy to have us(G&Girlfriend) there. Ricardo our server, always managed to appear right when someone needed him. It's not expensive gourmet dining but the dishes were quality. Food was authentic nicely presented and delicious. Five starts was gained by the staff (Ricardo and Mike)

Thank gblotte
Athens, Georgia
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

This was our first stop flying in for a 4 day weekend. We were told that the food was authentically cooked, and maybe it was but I wasn't wowed. The chips and salsa were tasty, but I found the chimichanga con carnita to be a bit salty. The Coquito shots were more cinnamon than anything else, and my daughter who... More 

1 Thank candeapple3
Paphos District, Cyprus
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140 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Having never tried traditional Cuban food, we decided to give this place a try as it was close to our apartment near the Eastern Markets. A very atmospheric restaurant with very lively staff, we started the evening with a Cuban cocktail, and then ordered our food. Complementary chips and dips were provided while we waited for our food. My wife... More 

1 Thank Ian B
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Went to this place my first night in DC. The food was great and would come back to get more. The restaurant gave you all the chips and salsa you want. However, I only sat on the outdoor patio. I went inside to check out the upstairs to the bar area and it was super packed with drunk guests of... More 

1 Thank MiriLemon
Paphos, Cyprus
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176 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Not really Mexican food fans but it was recommended so........ Anyway, they do Cuban food too - which was a revelation! We ate here a couple of times during the week and it was very good both times. Great atmosphere, lethal cocktails (we aren't lightweights but ONE Cadillac Margharita was enough!), and the food was unusual - on our first... More 

1 Thank Yvonne B
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

I visited this restaurant my first night in DC. While the food was good, and I would come back for more, I would not like to sit inside. The night I visited there was a birthday party in the upstairs bar. The people were so loud, you could hear them downstairs where the other guests were dining. Awesome food, but... More 

Thank MiriLemon
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

The food here was decent. They had a mix of Puerto Rican/Cuban/Mexican food. Nothing great but the food was pretty good. May have been better if they stuck to one thing. Did not like the chips and salsa. The salsa was very generic and lacked flavor. The environment was family friendly but there was a couple there who were basically... More 

Thank Brent R
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233 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Just happened on this place while in DC. The food is wonderful, and the service was great! Highly recommend.

1 Thank JDumont821984

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 20
Mexican, Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Puerto Rican, American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?