Columbus >Food & Dining > Banana Bean Cafe
410 E Whittier Street, Columbus, OH | Directions 4320639.944396 -82.985980
Neighborhoods: South Columbus, Merion Village
Job Well Done! – This was by far the best brunch I've had since my days of living in New Orleans. Their Bacon Bloody Mary was just as good, no, even better than I had been told. It's more than a bloody mary, it's a small vegetable garden and Grey Goose Vodka. Dishes are well structured, layered with flavor and seasonings. Great atmosphere, excellent service (I think his name was Greg, sorry if that's wrong because he took such great care of us!) but above all else, outstanding dishes. I highly recommend this restaurant to those wanting something other than the usual, standard dishes we tend to find in this area. Job well done Banana Bean, we look forward to spending our Saturdays with you. ps. I was told they have a patio, something else to look forward to!
Horrible, Horrible and oh wait, Horrible! – I ordered the Pomegranate Lemonade drink, which was basically all syrup. After asking the server to water it down, she brought me more lemonade mix, which of course has sugar. So, I asked her for seltzer, and she took the drink to mix it with the seltzer, brought it back and it tasted just as syrupy as when it was first served. I still had to pay for it, even though I never sipped more than that first horrible sip. We ordered variations of poached egg and crab cake breakfasts, which was possibly one of the worst meals ever. It was akin to eating salt from a bowl, albeit it looked prettier. The food was plated nicely, maybe to mask the horrible flavor underneath. It was almost as if they had an accident in the kitchen, such as a bucket of salt falling onto our plates, and no one bothered to fix it. After asking for some ketchup and hot sauce, to try to alter the flavor a little, we ended up waiting over 15 minutes to continue with the meal. One of our group ordered french toast, and when brought, the server accidentally spilled syrup all over me. After a brief apology, I then had to ask for more silverware and napkins. To top it all off, we paid near $60 for 4 people to eat a horrible breakfast. In conclusion, do not waste your time, money or energy on this place. Steer clear!
Great Food, Great Service – Visited the BBC on Greenlawn for the first time today....I have eaten at the location on Whittier several times and I was NOT dissappointed with the new location. I usually have the corned beef, cole slaw, dressing and swiss on marble rye bread which is to die for but I decided to have something new today. After debating over a couple of things, I decided on the #2 blue crab burger with deep fried sweet potato fries....Another great choice!!!!!! Not sure what the problems might have been on some of the other reviews about poor service but I have to disagree!!!! I could not have asked for a more attentive and friendly staff!!!!
Keep up the good work.....it was definitely worth the 2 hour drive to give them a try!!
Continued blessings on you and your business:p
Happy Hour at the New Banana Bean – My wife and I stopped in the cafe last night to check out their happy hour. The place was not busy but that could have been due to the weather. Which it turned out to be good for us, we met the owner, she asked if this was the first time to the cafe which was for us at the new location but had eaten at the cafe on Whittier for a couple of years. She took us on a small tour explaining the set up she said they had just moved some things around hoping that it would help the flow of the restaurant. It surprised my wife and I when she led us into the kitchen ( have never done that before in any other restaurant and we thought that was really nice) we had the pleasure of meeting the Chef he asked if we had a favorite dish and when I told him I was fond of the shrimp and grits and banana foster he in some what of detail explained each dish. Thanks Chef we really in joyed that. Back to the happy hour $2 buck really good margarita's, in house made free chips and peach salsa (really good) and half off the apps. We had a couple margarita's with the pub menu they offer, we split the cubano which I love and some sweet potato fries. We ended up with a tab of under $30 bucks and had a great hour of good converstation and more knowledge of the restaurant. I asked about their brunch I know on Whittier is was hard to get a table, she said that the weekends for Brunch was still very busy (sometimes to busy) but Saturdays are not as busy as Sundays. We still go to the one on Whittier for the brunch but will be trying the new location soon. Thanks again Banana Bean we left there feeling more like a friend then a customer.
Horrible Service Outweighs Quality of Food – I went to the Banana Bean Cafe on a Sunday afternoon around 12:30. When we walked in, we were informed that you usually need a reservation on the weekend. But, they were able to get the 5 of us seated right away. The waiter informed us that they were "out of menus" and "out of silverware" and my two friends had to wait for their coffee until "cups were available." What kind of restaurant does not have enough cups?? It wasn't THAT busy... get a dishwasher people! Once we perused the two menus he could scrounge up, he informed us that at least 3 menu items were "sold out" or "out of stock." We ordered our food within about 10-15 minutes of first sitting down. At 1:30 we still had no food, and the server had not been by to even refill our waters or coffee cups! Finally, we asked if our food was coming, because if it was not, we were going to leave. He said he would check in the kitchen and came back about 10 minutes later with our food. Now, the food was delicious! I will not deny that. But 1 hour and 10 minutes for brunch is completely ridiculous and bad customer service. We ate and hoped to get our check quickly before dinner time rolled around. Well the server took FOREVER to even bring us our check! 30 minutes after our food had been brought out, we still did not have our check and the server was nowhere to be seen. One member of our table finally caught up with another server (not ours, mind you) and asked to speak to a manager. Tack 10 more minutes on to wait for the manager. She informed us that they INTENDED for their service to be so pitiful and lackadaisical. As she said, "we have a lazy atmosphere on Sundays. We encourage you to drink a mimosa and relax while you wait for your food. That's why we play jazz music." What a joke! What kind of business makes it their goal to serve as few people as possible as slowly as possible?!?! Needless to say, despite the good food, I won't go back to this restaurant unless I have a full day to waste.
LOVE THE BEAN! – We were at the Banana Bean on Greenlawn Sunday, January 26th. They were "jammin"! They were so busy, and my server was still smiling! My absolute favorite restaurant in Columbus! They have awsome food, very friendly staff, and the new location is perfect! My fav's include the Cuban Sandwich & Banana's Foster. They never make me feel like I'm not dressed right, or anything. Great food, great service, great location! ps....their in Columbus....614 area code
If You've a Couple Hours to sit in a Cold, Dirty, Make-shift -- By All Means! – Yesterday, we visited the Banana Bean Cafe. Poor Decision.
I heard of the Banan Bean though a friend. Thinking that it'd be a great spot for a brunch, I decided to make the trip down south to the former strip joint turned eatery. Surprised by the number of cars in the lot when we pulled up, we thought that we'd be walking into a pleasantly busy but managable brunch atmosphere. While promptly seated, it took a while before a server approached our table. Her excuse of being busy was fine - we weren't in any real rush. Unfortunately for the Banana Bean, the downtime between speaking to the server and looking over the menu allowed us to look and how dirty the place really is. Spotty floors, and food under the booths is sub-par for where I'd like to be dining. When our drinks were finally brought to our table (spots on glasses, and all!), we were informed that the food we'd decided on had "ran out" for the day. We dismissed her to re-look at the menu, and decide on our second choices for food. (Why put something on the menu if it's not going to be available?!?)
It took 45 minutes to recieve our appetizer. APPETIZER. 45 minutes of listening to that god aful music and watching the servers run around like chickens with their heads cut off. there were dirty dishes all over the bar, dishes left on tables for 20 minutes+. not a good place to eat food, in my opinion.
the food was good, everything else considered, but the management may want to consider a take out menu. lord knows that would be the only to actually enjoy the food being served there.
Worst service I have ever received – Ok so this was my second time to Banana Bean Cafe. I really like their food, its actually really good and unique. However, and this is a big however, we waited one hour for our food, at breakfast. I mean really it was ridiculous an hour for breakfast. Then we waited around for another hour for our bill. We complained to the management and they told us that "Sundays are our lazy day, thats why we have jazz music playing" (and there was really latin music not jazz). REALLY, LAZY DAY, REALLY. If that is what your are going for, LAZY, you should at least warn your customers that we would be waiting around for two hours to dine. This is the food business, any where else this would not be expectable. I have worked in food service for years and this was the most outrageous and worst service I have ever hand. Despicable. On top of that they were out of several things on the menu. And the table service was intolerable. I won't be back, which is unfortunate because the food and concept could be great : (
Hidden Treasures Still Exist – The review in the Alive is what brought my wife and I to the Banana Bean Cafe. It is the unique dishes, competent wine list, and stellar service offered that will bring us back again and again. We have lived in Columbus for over 20 years and thought we had tried all the best restaurants up and coming. It is, however, nice to know that originality and the unexpected treasure can still be found. Great article and stellar performance Banana Bean! Thanks for a great evening.
Soft shell crab - yummy! – I did a random search for soft shell crab, and in came banana bean cafe.. name sounded interesting and the driving was even more interesting - I'm sure the location would surprise most people.. a tiny hotel, gives a sense of home owned restaurant and I felt like home already.. my Fiance had a fried plantain, tasted excellent, tho' a little too sweet.. and, I had my surprise soft shell crab, the best I have ever had, even more surprising was that they freeze it, so it's availabel throughout the year.. there were other first timers int he restaurants and they all were praising the quality and taste of the food.. though the location, size, price and other amenities were limited, the varied menu, the taste, the quality of the food just trumped them all.. If you are looking for something different, then this retaurant would give you that difference, along with a sense of satisfaction..
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