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Banana Cabana Caribbean Grill

103 Gulf Dr N, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL 34217-2448
+1 941-779-1930
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $25
Cuisines: American, Caribbean, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: We are a small family owned and operated restaurant that specializes in fresh seafood, jerk chicken, ribs, fish tacos and some of the best curry and pasta dishes you will ever taste. we sell beer and wine along with our Banana Cabana specialty frozen cocktails and Cabanatinis. We are located across the street from the Gulf of Mexico and have a great beach and sunset view. The weekends offer live music on Fri and Sat from 7-10 and our Sunday Funday open mic from 3-6. Happy hour Mon to Fri from 3-5 $2.50 beers and drinks, $1 dogs / $5 burgers / .50 cent wings. So don't miss out, we take reservations and do take out!
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English first
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We had a lovely meal here- not what wr expected visually when ordering paella but lovely just the same.Beware it does close around 9pm

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Hong Kong, China
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Stopped in for lunch because the owners of Arts & Eats Cafe (who are amazing foodies) told us this place had great casual beach food. WOW! If you are are tired of Chili's , Applebees, and all that Sysco food service heated up stuff and like great fish and chicken: this is the place for you! We will definitely return.... More

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Chris S, Owner at Banana Cabana Caribbean Grill, responded to this review

Thanks for coming in and if Jim says its good...it is good, he is one of the finest chef's in the area Arts and Eats is the highest rated restaurant in Bradenton. I appreciate the kind words from you and the recommendation from him. More

Knoxville, Tennessee
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Tried out this place on a Thursday. It is a nice little laid back place with a lot of art to look at and my 5 yr old daughter enjoyed checking it out. Tina was our server and the bartender as it was about 2pm when we came in. I had a grilled grouper salad, hubby had a crabcake sandwich... More

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PJ S, Owner at Banana Cabana Caribbean Grill, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed our little island place...we like the laid back style and relaxed atmosphere. More

Northport, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We miss you already! we go to Bradenton Beach every year for five days and we always look forward to having fresh and delicious meals. the owners and staff are super cool and friendly. Thank you for a wonderful weekend and we will see you next year..

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PJ S, Owner at Banana Cabana Caribbean Grill, responded to this review

Thanks we enjoyed having all the Long Island Ladies all week. We are so glad you enjoyed your trip to AMI and hope to see you again soon. More

Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Return visits for us, great lunches! Friendly staff, fun local food choices, great hot dog and burgers!

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Chris S, Owner at Banana Cabana Caribbean Grill, responded to this review

Thanks, you cant beat the lunch and happy hour deals...I think we are the best value on the island if you are looking for fun food and cheap drinks before 5 pm. More

Laytonsville, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Everything about this place was wonderful - the laid-back atmosphere, the live music, the delicious food and drinks. Excellent service. We sat at the bar and had lots of fun!

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Chris S, Owner at Banana Cabana Caribbean Grill, responded to this review

Thanks for getting it! We strive to be the most casual and fun experience on the island short of Skinny's you can't get more relaxed and casual than that. Thanks More

Atlanta, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Banana Cabana was a welcome change after several days of eating cookie-cutter combinations of fish, steak, and french fries. This restaurant is exactly what you think of when you picture a quirky little island dive. Very colorful murals on the walls, reggae music and food that is truly unique compared to the other restaurants on the island. I had a... More

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Chris S, Owner at Banana Cabana Caribbean Grill, responded to this review

Thanks for calling us a " quirky little island dive" can you let Guy Fierri know about us...diners, drive-ins and dives. That is exactly what we are going for and I appreciate the fact that you loved it. More

bradenton, fl
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Decided to go for lunch while enjoying a day at the beach. Man should we of went some place else. Surely not worth the price we paid. 2 different orders of onion rings...burnt. Fried grouper sandwich just okay, the cabana banana hamburger was alright The only thing good was the Jamaican beef patties (aka empanadas), but not worth coming back... More

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Chris S, Owner at Banana Cabana Caribbean Grill, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping in. it sounds like our chef was having a bad day and I apologize for that. I hope you will try us again and ask for Chris, I will be happy to make your next trip a 5. More

provincetown
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49 reviews 49 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Came in during the middle of the afternoon and were the only customers. We shared tacos and wings. The tacos were ok, at least the used braised meat, but didn't have to much flavor past that, I guess they really want you to use the myriad of hot sauces on the table. Wings were pretty good, and our service was... More

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Chris S, Owner at Banana Cabana Caribbean Grill, responded to this review

What the heck...that is a $2 taco loaded with braised beef and served with lettuce, tomato and cheese along with our sauces....Really just OK.. that's the best deal on AMI...Thanks for stopping in ( just a little light humor ) I hope you will be back. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

The resuarant is on Gulf Drive in the heart of the island, which gives the whole experience a more Caribbean, free islander feel. With the beach in view, I enjoyed their delicious Macadamia Nut deep-fried grouper in creamy mango sauce with a side of grilled zucchini and squash. AMAZING! It was exactly what I needed after an unforgettable day on... More

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Chris S, Owner at Banana Cabana Caribbean Grill, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. We are very lucky to live and work on AMI, even on a bad day we still have that million dollar view. More

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