The Banyan House Restaurant

Bubble Martini with pink beverage and a smokey dome under a bubble.My wife and I were looking for someplace new to dine and decided to give the Banyan House in Wellen Park a try.  We met our close friends Eric and Susan for lunch and had such a wonderful experience.  The location in Downtown Wellen Park was easy to access and there was plenty of parking.  The restaurant's architecture was creative and enticing with lots of glass and interesting rooflines.  The waterfront location made for beautiful views on this sunny day.  Once inside, we were in awe at the beauty of the life-size artificial banyan trees which reminded us of Disney World.  They provided a tropical ambiance and set the theme for our dining experience.  

Our server was an energetic young lady named Bella who was absolutely delightful.  She was knowledgable, witty, and we welcomed her into our jovial conversations.  She knew her menu and was extremely attentive, always sharing her happiness through her smile.  We started out with classic mojitos, a bubble martini, and ice tea for our designated driver.  The bubble martini was a show in itself.  Bella delivered the drinks to the table and using an air gun type device, covered the martini with a huge bubble dome.  When the bubble burst a moment later, white smoke wafted away.  The drinks were delicious; kudos the the bartender.  

Everything was made fresh in house and you could easily tell by the delicious taste and presentation.  I ordered the lobster roll with spicy aioli & avacado and my wife ordered the flat iron grilled Ceasar salad with grilled romaine hearts, white anchovies, croutons, creamy ceasar, and parmesan crisp. I traded my wife my avacado for her flat iron steak and am certain I came out ahead in that deal. All of our meals exceeded our expectations.

For desert, we indulged in the dark Banyan cake flambe.  It was a decadent desert of contrasts with the flaming desert and dark rich chocolate contrasting with the cold vanilla ice cream.  Although the flames were very subtle in the daylight, the flavors did not disappoint.  It would be a must for an evening meal.

The Banyan House Restaurant is located at 19725 Wellen Park Blvd., Venice, FL. and I highly recommend it.

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Life size banyan trees inside Banyan House Restaurant.

Banyan House Restaurant architecture.

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