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Banana Cafe & Piano Bar

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    $$$7.01 - $12
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  • Latin American, Mexican, Cuban, Southwestern, Puerto Rican/Dominican, Small Plates/Tapas
  • 500 8th St SE, Washington DC20003 38.88246 -76.99494
  • (At E St SE)
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  • (202) 543-5906
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Soups & Salads

Your Choice Of Ranch, Red Pepper Ranch, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Raspberry Vinaigrette, Blue Cheese Or Caesar

Plantain Soup a house specialty. green plantains cooked in a hearty beef broth with a touch of cilantro & garlic   6.25
Seafood Soup wonderful mixed shellfish cream based soup with shrimp, scallops and mussels. rich & delicious   9.99
Ensalada De La Casa romaine lettuce, tomatoes, mushrooms & spanish onions   4.99
Ensalada Tropical romaine lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, hearts of palm, mushroom and spanish onions   7.99
with grilled chicken or beef   10.99
with shrimp, scallops and squid   12.99
with just shrimp   13.99
Caesar Salad    6.99
with grilled chicken or beef   9.99
with shrimp, scallops & squid   11.99
with just shrimp   12.99


Paella Valenciana legendary spanish dish of saffron rice simmered with shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels, chicken and chorizo sausage and herbs  18.99(for 2) 34.99
Zarzuela De Mariscos lovely seafood stew of scallops, shrimp, squid, mussels and flounder cooked rich & creamy with lobster bisque, served with white rice   16.99
Pescado Criollo filet of flounder broiled, then topped with fresh tomatoes, cilantro, green & jalapeno peppers with a white wine, lemon-butter sauce. served with white rice, black beans & vegetables   15.99
Camarones Andaluz sauteed jumbo shrimp with scallions, green peas, red peppers, mushrooms all cooked in a delicate white wine sauce. served with white rice &black beans   16.99


Rice Or Beans    2.00
Tortillas 3 flour or corn   1.50
Sour Cream Or Pico De Gallo    1.50
Cheese    1.50
Jalapeno    1.50
Fried Yuca Or Yuca Con Mojo    3.50
Fried Plantains Or Tostones    3.50
Vegetables    3.50
One Enchilada Or One Taco    3.50

Daily Specials

Served After 5pm

Monday - Vaca Frita shredded flank steak cooked with onion, garlic & lime juice. served with black beans, white rice and yuca con mojo   13.99
Tuesday - Pechuga De Pollo pounded chicken breast stuffed with ripe plantains & cheese. topped with a delicate ginger mango sauce and served with red bean congri & julienne vegetables   13.99
Wednesday - Arroz Con Pollo the famous & ever popular cuban dish of chicken & rice cooked in a saffron broth, green peas, olives and pimento served with tostones (fried green plantains)   13.99
Thursday - Lomo Saltado hearty peruvian dish of beef strips sautéed with onions, peppers, jalapenos, fresh garlic, potatoes & white wine. accompanied with white rice & black beans   14.99
Friday - Lechon Asado roasted leg of pork, marinated in garlic, pepper, oregano and slow roasted for 8 hours and served with a light au jus. accompanied with arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas) & ripe plantains   16.99
Saturday - Stuffed Mofongo traditional puerto rican dish of twice fried green plantains, mashed with fried pork skin, garlic & olive oil. stuffed with your choice of bistec encebollado, carnitas or mixed seafood  15.99 17.99
Sunday - Boliche eye of round beef stuffed with chorizo & ham, baked with onions, garlic and pepper. served with red bean congri & ripe plantains   14.99

Lunch Specials

Cuban Sandwich ‘sub style’ delicious sliced roasted pork loin, honey baked ham and swiss cheese topped with mustard & mayonnaise and sliced dill pickles, press grilled ‘a la plancha’ and served with french fries   9.99
Carnitas Sandwich ‘sub style’ morsels of tender roasted pork and mozzarella cheese topped with mayonnaise and served with french fries   9.99
Cuban Pizza personal size. topped with picadillo (ground pork & beef), ripe plantains & mozzarella cheese. served with our house salad   10.99
Ensalada Tropical romaine lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, hearts of palm, mushrooms and spanish onions   6.99
with grilled chicken or grilled beef   9.99
with mixed seafood   11.99
with just shrimp   12.99
Caesar Salad    5.99
with grilled chicken or grilled beef   8.99
with mixed seafood   10.99
with just shrimp   11.99
Ropa Vieja traditional cuban dish of shredded flank steak cooked with tomatoes, onions, peppers and spices, served with ripe plantains, black beans & white rice   11.99
Puerto Rican Piononos sweet plantain timbale, stuffed with picadillo (ground pork & ground beef) and topped with monterrey jack & cheddar cheese. served with puerto rican red beans & white rice   10.99
Carnitas Cubanas En Brochette skewered morsels of succulent pork, zucchini, green pepper & onions. mesquite grilled, served with black beans & yellow rice   9.99
Tex-Mex Brochette juicy skewered shrimp, grilled chicken & grilled beef with zucchini, green pepper & onions, mesquite grilled and served with black beans & yellow rice   10.99
Enchilada & Taco Platter your choice of beef, chicken or cheese enchilada and crispy of soft taco. served with refried bean & yellow rice   8.99
Taco A La Parilla 2 flour tortillas filled with your choice of grilled beef or grilled chicken. served with black beans & yellow rice   8.99

Lunch Special Quesadillas

2 Flour Tortillas Filled With Monterrey Jack & Cheddar Cheese With Your Choice Of Fillings. Topped With Guacamole, Sour Cream & Pico De Gallo.

Cheese    5.99
Beef Or Chicken    7.50
Plantain Or Spinach    7.50
Black Bean Or Vegetable    7.50
Mixed Seafood    9.95
Just Shrimp    10.95



Ceviche fresh flounder, shrimp, scallops & squid marinated in citrus juice, ginger, red onion, cilantro and jalapeno pepper. garnished with avocado & potatoes   8.99
Fried Calamari accompanied with our fresh mango sauce   6.99
Cod Fish Fritters served hush puppy style with our house made guava sauce   7.50
Empanadas one chicken, one picadillo and one mixed seafood, always delicious and served with a tangy red pepper sauce   8.50
Cuban Empanadas two empanadas stuffed to the limit with honey baked ham, slow roasted pork loin and swiss cheese, mayonnaise, mustard and sliced dill pickles   7.50
Stuffed Yuca scrumptious yuca stuffed with chorizo, carrots and olives. topped with cheese and served with a simply amazing cilantro-lime cream sauce   7.50
Gambas Al Ajillo lightly sautéed jumbo shrimp in lemon butter, garlic and white wine sauce. accompanied with grilled bread   8.99
Nachos Al Carbon corn tortillas topped with your choice of grilled chicken or beef, refried beans & mexican cheese. served with guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo   8.50
Con Queso cheese dip served with our signature tortilla chips   4.50
with chorizo   6.50
Tamal De Elote made from delicate fresh corn puree. one regular guest describes as a slice of heaven   3.75
Guacamole Fresco fresh guacamole, mexican cheese & pico de gallo, served with our signature tortilla chips   6.50

Cuban & Puerto Rican Specialties

Cuban Sandwich the ever popular ‘sub style’ sandwich of slow roasted sliced pork loin, honey baked ham, swiss cheese with mustard, mayonnaise and sliced dill pickles. press grilled ‘a la plancha’ and served with fries   10.99
Carnitas Sandwich sub style sandwich of morsels of tender roasted pork and mozzarella cheese, mayonnaise, lettuce & tomato. served with french fries   10.99
Cuban Pizza personal size delicious pizza. topped with picadillo (ground beef & ground pork), ripe plantains and mozzarella cheese and served with house salad   12.99
Cuban Picadillo well seasoned ground beef and ground pork loin cooked in a criollo sauce with capers, olives and raisins. served with ripe plantains, black beans & white rice   12.99
a caballo (topped with fried egg)   13.99
Ropa Vieja shredded flank steak slow cooked with tomatoes, onions, peppers & spices. served with ripe plantains, black beans and white rice   14.99
Puerto Rican Piononos sweet plantain timbales stuffed with picadillo (ground beef & pork) and topped with monterey jack & cheddar cheeses. served with puerto rican red beans & white rice   14.99
Carnitas Cubanas succulent morsels of tender pork marinated criollo style and roasted with fragrant sevilla’s bitter orange. served with yuca con mojo and black beans & white rice   14.99
Cuban Fritas the cuban version of (3) mini burgers made of ground beef, onions, bread crumbs, eggs, ketchup, paprika & other spices blended together and pan fried. topped with grated fried potatoes & mayo. served with fries   10.99
Stuffed Plantains 3 green plantains deep fried and stuffed, one with picadillo, one chicken & one mixed seafood. accompanied with black beans & white rice   16.99
Cuban Chicken Steak (The Owner’s Favorite Dish!) marinated pounded boneless chicken breast sautéed with smothered onions and served with black beans & white rice   14.50
Bistec Encebollado well seasoned marinated flank steak pan sautéed and smothered with cooked onions. black beans & white rice   14.99
Bistec Empanizado breaded flank steak pan fried and served with black beans & white rice. definitely old time comfort food-always a winner   14.99
Bistec A La Milanesa bistec empanizado topped with marinara sauce& mozzarella cheese. served with black beans & white rice   15.99
Pernil De Puerco Relleno De Mofongo pounded pork loin stuffed with mofongo (mashed green plantains seasoned with garlic & fried pork skin). oven roasted and topped with our ginger mango sauce. served with black beans, white rice & julienne vegetables   16.99


Served With Guacamole, Sour Cream & Pico De Gallo Unless Otherwise Noted.


Two Flour Tortillas Filled With Mexican Cheese

Cheese    6.99
Chicken Or Beef    8.99
Plantain Or Vegetable Or Spinach or Black Bean    8.99
Mixed Seafood    10.99
Just Shrimp    11.99


Quick Fried Stuffed Flour Tortillas, Served With Yellow Rice And Refried Beans

Beef Or Chicken    11.99
Mixed Seafood    12.99

Burritos $10.99

Large Flour Tortilla, Stuffed, Baked And Topped With Ranchero Sauce & Melted Cheese. Served With Yellow Rice & Refried Beans (Except Black Bean Burrito And Vegetable & Cheese-Served With Black Beans & White Rice)

Beef Or Chicken    
Vegetable & Cheese    
Black Bean    


Two Stuffed Corn Tortillas Baked And Covered With Ranchero Sauce And Melted Cheese. Served With Yellow Rice & Refried Beans

Beef, Chicken Or Cheese    10.99
Mixed Seafood    12.99


Soft Or Crispy Shell. Served With Yellow Rice & Refried Beans

Beef Or Chicken    9.99
Fish Tacos two breaded tilapia tacos, served with mango habanero salsa and spanish cole slaw, white rice & black beans   14.99


Grilled To Perfection With Genuine Mesquite Wood. Served With Red Beans And Yellow Rice. Accompanied With 3 Flour Tortillas.

Vegetable    12.99
Shrimp    15.99
Beef    14.99
Chicken    13.99
Plato Azteca chicken & beef   14.99
Plato Cozumel sizzling jumbo sized shrimp with beef or chicken   15.99

Chile Relleno

Fresh Poblano Peppers Stuffed, Batter Dipped And Topped With Ranchero Sauce And Melted Cheese. Served With Yellow Rice And Beans (Except Spinach & Mushroom Served With White Rice & Black Beans)

Cheese    10.99
Ground Beef & Pork    12.99
Spinach & Mushroom    12.99

Caribbean Vegetarian Combo $12.99

Superb Vegetarian Dish including tamal de elote, vegetables, fried plantains, yuca con mojo, guacamole, white rice and black beans.   

Enchilada & Taco Platter $11.99

Your Choice Of Beef, Chicken Or Cheese Enchilada And Taco served with refried beans & yellow rice   



Banana Café Eggs Benedict two poached eggs served atop delicately toasted english muffins with canadian bacon and tomato, topped with our lime cilantro hollandaise sauce and accompanied with breakfast potatoes   8.95
Caribbean Eggs Benedict two poached eggs served on top of toasted english muffins with fresh shaved smoked salmon and tomato. topped with our lime cilantro hollandaise sauce and accompanied with breakfast potatoes   9.95
The Banana Big Breakfast 3 eggs any style, 2 bacon, 2 sausage, breakfast potatoes & toast   11.99
The Banana Baby Breakfast 2 eggs any style, bacon or sausage, breakfast potatoes & toast   8.99
Pancake Or French Toast Breakfast your choice of french toast of banana pancake stack served with 2 eggs & breakfast potatoes   7.99
Omelets your choice served with breakfast potatoes & fresh fruit ham & cheese. western omelet-green & red peppers, onions, cheddar cheese & ham spinach & mushroom & cheese   9.99
Huevos Rancheros traditional mexican breakfast dish with fried eggs served atop flour tortilla with ranchero sauce & refried beans topped with queso blanco and avocado. served with breakfast potatoes   9.95
Waffles with banana syrup & strawberries with bacon or sausage   9.99
Breakfast Burrito chorizo with scrambled egg, black beans, queso blanco and cilantro. served with breakfast potatoes & fruit   8.99
Steak & Eggs skirt steak grilled to temp with 2 eggs any style, served with breakfast potatoes & fresh fruit   11.99
Smoked Salmon Platter shaved smoked salmon served with grilled cuban bread with cream cheese, capers, sliced tomatoes and onion. served with breakfast potatoes   11.99
Breakfast Quesadilla twisted quesadilla with scrambled eggs, cheese, bacon & sausage. served with guacamole, sour cream & pico de gallo   7.99
Lucy’s Wild & Crazy Champango champagne, mango rum & mango nectar!   7.95
Ricky’s Caliente Bloody absolut peppar, zingzang bloody mary mix & clamato juice   7.95
Mimosa ever popular brunch drink of champagne & fresh squeezed orange juice   3.99
Kir Royale wonderful concoction of champagne with a splash of chambord liqueur   6.00

Milkshakes $7

Mounds Bar Milkshake delicious milkshake made with cruzan coconut rum & godiva chocolate liqueur   
Milky Way Milkshake refreshing milkshake made with godiva chocolate & godiva caramel liqueurs   
Dirty Banana Milkshake wonderful milkshake made with real banana, banana liqueur, banana rum & godiva chocolate liqueur   
Almond Joy Milkshake scrumptious milkshake made with amaretto, cruzan coconut rum, and godiva chocolate liqueur   
Peppermint Patty Milkshake great milkshake made with white crème de menthe and godiva chocolate liqueur   
White Russian made with stoli vanilla vodka & kahlua   
The Irishman wonderful winter milkshake made with bailey’s irish cream   

Coffee Drinks $7

Irish Coffee jameson’s irish whiskey & kahlua topped with whipped cream & green crème de menthe   
Mexican Coffee tequila and kahlua topped with whipped cream   
Jamaican Coffee myers dark rum & tia maria topped with whipped cream   
Café Diablo grand marnier & cognac topped with whipped cream   


Children $4.99

10 Years Old & Under

Cheese Pizza personal size with tomato sauce   
Pepperoni Pizza personal size with mozzarella, tomato sauce & pepperoni   
Grilled Cheese Sandwich prepared on white bread with cheddar cheese & fries   
Slider Grilled Chicken Sandwich one slider grilled chicken sandwich with swiss cheese & mayo. served with fries   
Cheese Or Chicken Quesadilla a smaller version of the original topped with guacamole, sour cream & pico de gallo   
One Taco crispy or soft, chicken or beef. served with refried beans & yellow rice   

Homemade Desserts $5

All Desserts Made On The Premises With No Nut Products

Seasonal Flan seasonal flavor egg yolk custard with caramel sauce.   
Cheesecake seasonal flavor new york style cheesecake with cracker crust. ask your server about today’s choice   
Banana Bread Pudding bread pudding made with cuban bread and fresh bananas. served chilled with a banana cream sauce   
Mocha Cloud delicious dessert made with fresh cream, coffee & lady fingers.   
Tres Leches traditional nicaraguan cake made with '3 milks.   

Sodas & Such

Bottled Water    1.50
Coffee Or Tea free refills   2.00
Soda, Lemonade Or Milk   ea 2.00
Juice    2.50
Espresso    2.50
Cappuccino Or Latte    3.00
Virgin Frozen Drinks    4.50
Dominion Root Beer    3.50


Mojito traditional cuban drink made with rum, fresh mint & lime.  6.99 38.00
Caipirinha traditional brazilian drink made with cachaca, lime & sugar  5.99 44.00
Mango Margarita made with real mango  8.99 49.50
Cadillac Margarita cuervo gold & grand marnier  8.99 49.50
Tropical Margarita mount gay rum, cointreau & lime juice  7.99 44.00
Ocean Blue Margarita blue curacao liqueur margarita  6.99 38.00
Strawberry Margarita Or Daiquiri   6.99 38.00
Banana Daiquiri fresh bananas, rum & banana liqueur  6.99 38.00
House Margarita   4.99 27.00
frozen  5.50 30.00
Sangria red or white  4.99 27.00
Mounds Bar Milkshake milkshake made with coconut rum and godiva chocolate liqueur and ice cream.   6.50
Dirty Banana fresh bananas, banana liqueur, godiva chocolate liqueur & ice cream   6.50


Bud Light    4.50
Miller Lite    4.50
Sam Adams Lager & Seasonal    4.50
St Pauli Girl N.A    4.50
Yuengling    4.50
Blue Moon    4.99
Corona    4.99
Corona Light    4.99
Dos Equis Amber    4.99
Heineken    4.99
Negra Modelo    4.99
Pacifico    4.99
Presidente    4.99
Red Stripe    4.99
Sol    4.99


Ceviche fresh flounder, shrimp, scallops & squid marinated in citrus juices, ginger, red onions cilantro and jalapeno peppers. garnished with avocado & potato   8.99
Fried Calamari served with our mango-ginger sauce   6.99
Codfish Fritters hush puppy style, served with homemade guava sauce   7.50
Empanadas picadillo, chicken & seafood. one of each, served with a red pepper sauce   8.50
Gambas Al Ajillo sauteed shrimp in lemon butter, garlic & white wine. served with grilled bread   8.99
Con Queso fresh cheese dip with chilis, served with our signature tortilla chips   4.50
with chorizo   6.50
Stuffed Yuca stuffed with chorizo, carrots & olives, topped with a touch of cheese and a cilantro cheese sauce   7.50
Nachos Al Carbon with mesquite grilled chicken or beef, refried beans, guacamole, pico de gallo & sour cream   7.50
Chips 'N' Salsa    3.50
Guacamole Fresco fresh guacamole, mexican cheese, pico de gallo & tortilla chips   6.50
Wings made with our secret sauce, served 10 to an order and accompanied with carrots and celery sticks with blue cheese dressing   8.99
Cuban Fritas cuban version of sliders. made of ground beef, onions, bread crumbs, eggs, ketchup & paprika. pan fried, served 3 to a plate with mayo and french fries.   10.99


Pan Roasted Flour Tortillas With Melted Monterey Jack & Cheddar Cheeses. Topped With Guacamole, Sour Cream & Pico De Gallo. Your Choice Of Fillings

Cheese    6.99
Vegetable Or Plantain Or Spinach    8.99
Chicken Or Beef    8.99
Chicken/Spinach    8.99
Chicken/Plantain    8.99
Spinach/Plantain    8.99
Mixed Seafood    10.99
Just Shrimp    11.99



Piononitos small, sweet plantain timbales, stuffed with picadillo (well seasoned ground beef and ground pork cooked in a creole sauce with capers, olives and raisins) topped with monterey jack and cheddar cheese  (60) 100.00
Carne Fria traditional cuban cold meat roll made of ground beef and pork loin cooked in a delicate seasoned beef broth. served at room temperature  (60) 120.00
Fried Yuca fried cassava served with mojo criollo dipping sauce  (60) 90.00
Tortilla De Platano sweet plantain omelette made with sweet peas and red peppers. served at room temperature  (60) 90.00
Chicharrones De Pollo a chicken cracklings. a traditional puerto rican dish. small pieces of chicken that are crispy on the outside but moist and tender inside  (60) 120.00
Pechuga De Pollo Rellena De Platano Maduro medallions of chicken breast stuffed with ripe plantains and cheese, glazed with a delicate ginger mango sauce  (60) 120.00
Congri black beans and white rice, blended. a typical cuban dish  pp 3.50
Paella Valenciana saffron rice cooked with shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels, chicken, spanish sausage and spanish herbs  pp 16.95
Ceviche Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes fresh flounder marinated in citrus juices, chopped jalapeno peppers, ginger, onion and cilantro, stuffed into cherry tomatoes  (60) 90.00
Arroz Con Gandules puerto rican style-yellow rice with pigeon peas, seasoned with spanish sausage, smoked ham, chili peppers and cilantro  pp 3.50
Arroz Con Pollo Cuban Style famous cuban chicken and rice dish cooked with green peas and pintos in a saffron broth  pp 12.95
Pincho De Pollo marinated chicken breasts skewered with peppers and onions and slow roasted in their own juices  (60) 140.00
Pincho De Carne beef marinated in our special seasoning blend, skewered with onions and peppers cooked in a rich beef broth  (60) 140.00
Cuban Canapes cilantro, garlic, red pepper and cuban herbs and spices pureed with pecans, parmesan cheese and lime juice. served on toasted rounds  (60) 90.00
Empanadas our own recipe of beef or chicken mini fried meat turnovers  (60) 120.00


Banana Cafe & Piano Bar
500 8th St SE
At E St SE
(202) 543-5906
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