It pains me to write this review, considering that it was one of our favorite restaurants last year. We stayed at Nueva Vida across the street and had most of our breakfasts and two dinners at Casa Banana, and couldn't wait to come back. Unfortunately, this year was a completely different experience.
There was a 40 minute wait when we arrived, which was no problem since the martini bar had an extensive menu of hand-made cocktails. My husband and I both had the shaved cucumber gin and tonic, which was excellent. Things started to go downhill quickly from there when we noticed numerous couples that had come in after us get tables while we continued to wait. One couple came in that obviously knew the hostess, and was seated immediately. Another couple complained about the wait and was then seated, and then the couple that came in just after us got a table. My husband finally said something to the hostess, and she looked flustered and said that she "had been calling our name repeatedly". We were standing 5 feet from the hostess stand, and this was totally not true. She then seated us at a 4-top, which did not make the party waiting for it or our waiter very happy.
We were handed the menus and given less than 2 minutes to decide what we wanted for dinner. I asked for more time, which seemed to annoy the waiter even more. When he finally came back, we decided to order the chorizo appetizer to share before our meal. He said that it was too small to share and was only meant for one person, obviously hoping that we would order an additional appetizer, which we did not.
The appetizer was delicious - 3 links of chorizo sausage with focaccia - and it was plenty of food for both of us before a big meal. But we were both very disappointed with our entrees. I ordered the skirt steak, which was cooked perfectly medium rare but was so salty that it was barely edible. My husband ordered the ribeye, which was cooked almost well done rather than medium rare as he requested it. Both meals were accompanied by mashed potatoes, which were good, and a few roasted potatoes, which were again very over-salted.
Maybe it was an off night and everything would have been different if we had shown up a few minutes earlier or later, but it did not give us a good feeling to put $150 on the table for a meal and service that was so mediocre. I'm not sure if we'll give it another chance next year . . .