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“OK Food, Horrible Staff” 1 of 5 stars
Review of The Banana Leaf

The Banana Leaf
816 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43214
(614) 459-4101
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Ranked #569 of 1,987 Restaurants in Columbus
Cuisines: Vegetarian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Columbus, Ohio
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59 reviews 59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“OK Food, Horrible Staff”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

The owner here is among the rudest people I have ever met. The food is pretty good, but a restaurant owner who yells at patrons cannot successfully run a good business. Avoid if possible.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Plenty of excellent food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We took out-of-town vegetarian guests here, attracted by reviews and the vegetarian status of the food. We thought the service was very quick. The appetizers were excellent and a real variety (7 are included in the $14 buffet), perhaps even better than the main dishes themselves. We were so stuffed we didn't even try the desserts. Our favorites were the dosas and the mango lassi.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Columbus, Ohio
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Didn't get what we expected”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

We had bought a Groupon for $34 which was supposed to give us a huge array of food worth $75. We made the required reservation 3 days in advance. We arrived and found the service exceedingly slow. And we did not receive all the food that was listed in the Groupon--it was basically what was on the $14 buffet. After many delays in receiving the various courses, we were finally given the explanation. Apparently someone else came on the same night before us with the same Groupon, but they had not made the required 3 days reservation. Since they arrived before we did, they received some of the food that we were supposed to get. The food is delicious, no problem there, but we were very disappointed. When we left, we expressed our displeasure and the owner said we could come back and have one complimentary buffet. Fine, but we still wished we'd been told sooner what had happened and maybe we would have left and come back on a different night.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“The best Indian cuisine I have ever eaten!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012 via mobile

Everything was just fantastic! Definitely try the grand buffet, especially if its your first time! We first ate there when we were newly vegan and convinced we would never eat well at a restaurant ever again. Thank you thank you banana leaf!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Top Notch Indian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

My wife and I were just passing through town, and were in the mood for Indian. The Banana Leaf was close to our route so we tried it out. The food was excellent! We wanted to order everything, but what we did end up getting was amazing! The food took awhile to come out, but it says on the menu everything is made from scratch when you order so it takes time...So be sure to get some chats (snacks) in the meantime. The owners were so nice, friendly and welcoming. Highly recommended!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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