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“Good food and service”

Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant & Sushi Bar
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Ranked #749 of 3,216 Restaurants in Washington DC
Cuisines: Sushi, Asian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
new york
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79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Good food and service”
Reviewed April 1, 2013 via mobile

This is a nice little restaurant very close to the Washington Hilton hotel. They have a nice fusion menu and the server was extremely helpful and courteous.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank chrisnewyork
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English first
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810 reviews
563 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 395 helpful votes
“okay sushi and noodles; standard Asian fare”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

My partner and I ordered from Banana Leaves using the LivingSocial online ordering service. It was actually really easy to use, and was able to satiate my craving for sushi I was having.

We got a spicy tuna roll and a spider roll, and they were both fine. They weren't anything crazy special, but at the same time they weren't bad. There wasn't enough crab in my spider roll. You can mess up sushi so easily, but Banana Leaves had okay sushi. We also ordered the Singapore noodles to try something not sushi-related. They were tasty, and didn't skimp on the chicken!

But since we ordered in, I can't comment on the actual vibe of the restaurant or the service.

Overall, I would say that Banana Leaves is a typical Asian place that I wouldn't go out of my way to go to, but it gets the job done!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank jg325
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Lake Tahoe (Nevada), Nevada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Banana's for Banana's ?”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

Small place near the Hilton hotel. I would say some of the friendliest staff I ever met.very caring people.

I ordered the crab Rangoon as a tester dish which I always try at any Asian place.excellent! The crab the crispness and flavor was perfect. The sauce which looks like a shrimp was ended up being a spicy sweet sauce creamy as well.
The spicy sour lemongrass soup with chicken was another spot on experience.

The entree was a little different.I ordered the lemongrass chicken which had a nice presentation served with I think jasmine rice and a skewer of vegetables which had excellent flavor. My only issue was that the chicken though very tender tasted nothing more then teriyaki. You know when you have been traveling all day arrive in a city and want to eat and go to bed?
I know your not supposed to go to bed after eating but my point is that I was too tired to ask about the taste of lack of lemongrass. I will come back to try it again before leaving DC.

Why eat here? Overall the food and people are great nice atmosphere and they serve sushi too.i also classify this as Thai food hope I am right.

Why not? You don't like good Asian food

Thank Steven N
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Don't miss this gem”
Reviewed November 11, 2012 via mobile

Apparently they've rebuilt from a fire which is a good thing because the food and drinks are awesome! Not what we were expecting (Thai because that's what the concierge said) but it was better than expected! Don't miss the black sesame ice cream - really it's yummy! Clean and friendly staff, quick lunch service.

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Thank MamiNgwa
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Good food and Great service!”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

I thought this was a great restaurant! The service was fantastic and the food was very good. Word to the wise.....if you are not adventurous with your food be careful what you order. My traveling companion has a fairly bland palate, and decided to go wild on his order. I told him he should stick to what he knew, but despite my objections he ordered something he was not familiar with, and ultimately did not care for. My food was fabulous. I would definitely put this on my places to go if you have an adventurous palate!

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank Ronn G
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