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Banana Cafe & Piano Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Capitol Hill
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500 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2834 (Corner of 8th & E street S.E.)
+1 202-543-5906
10:00 - 22:30
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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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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Go for happy hour. Great drinks- strong and service is awesome. I really loved it. Great place to get a good buzz- went before Rose's. High/Low!! :)

Thank Aly M
Level Contributor
22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

The Capitol Hill location is great. For out of towners spending the day in DC, wander over behind the US Capitol to 8th street where there are many options for a great culinary experience. Banana Cafe & Piano bar is one of them for sure. On a warm afternoon / evening the outdoor seating and margaritas will be a great... More 

2 Thank wdcmenon
Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey
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123 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Went with family on a Monday evening. I got a pork mofongo, very tasty and a huge amount of food. Seafood dish on rice seemed to have frozen mussels on it, and the fish in the tacos was deep fried. The other dinners were ok. Service was great, chips and salsa were very good. There is a piano bar upstairs... More 

Thank 103Katherine
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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48 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Although I thought this was just a Cuban restaurant, it is actually a mix of cuban, puerto rican, and tex-mex food. The food was delicious, starting with the chips and salsa. I ordered Bistec Encebollado (steak) which was delicious! I ordered the ceviche to start, it was alright - I've had better. Nonetheless it was still a delicious eat! I... More 

Thank Marisol R
Williamsburg, Virginia
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767 reviews
324 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 389 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

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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212 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 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
Reviewed 6 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
Reviewed 2 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 79 helpful votes
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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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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

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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
US$20 - US$20
Mexican, Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Puerto Rican, American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?