Banyan Tree

Though we spend most of our “post time” encouraging you to get up and off base to explore and enjoy Okinawa, we are currently trying to add some posts about on-base establishments for newbies or those preparing to PCS soon to Oki.  

CONTRIBUTED BY LEEANN STEVENS

Banyan Tree on Kadena Airbase is a great place to eat!  We started eating here about 3 months ago.  The menu is fairly simple.  You can choose from mouth watering pizzas, yummy stromboli , the ultimate calzone (which is very cheesy), fried rice, taco rice, burgers, sandwiches. Full meals are available where you have to choose your entrées and your sides.

Combo pizza

Once we tried the pizzas here, it was goodbye Pizza Hut!  Their combination pizza is yummy.  The toppings are pepperoni, onions, mushrooms, green peppers which is layered with mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce! YUMM!!  And don’t forget the Combination Mexican Chicken Fajita Pizza, which has salsa on it. Pizzas are priced $8.95 , $12.95 and $18.95 for small, medium and large respectively.  A small pizza is enough for one person.

And the Banyan Tree offers something better than bread sticks!  They are pepperoni bread sticks — yummy bread with cheese and pepperoni inside. The six bread sticks are 5-7 inches long and about 2 inches thick and comes comes with this AWESOME jalapeño cheese sauce! The cheese is not spicy, just super flavorful.  The breadsticks are very filling — a must try! And they are only $3.50!

Pepperoni breadsticks

Our regular order is 2 small pizzas with the pepperoni bread sticks. Delicious!

The stromboli is like a calzone and you choose five filings. We filled ours with mushrooms, sausage, Canadian bacon, pepperoni and extra cheese. It was very tasty!!! And you get a drink with it — all for only $5.95.  The Ultimate Calzone is true to it’s name.  It’s about 2-3 inches thick and is tightly packed.Remember to have your napkins ready, because it will get messy with the juices running off your hands!

Strombolli

I have tried some of their meals. I enjoyed the ½ rotisserie chicken with one side (potato salad).  I also tried the Italian meatloaf with sauce, but I didn’t like it.

Banyan tree has a simple red and white diner style seating. You have the option of either eating at a table or in a booth.

My husband and I used to eat out every week. But after having my son, we started getting pizzas and other delicious meals from Banyan Tree.

Other services :  Banyan Tree also has a variety of cheese cakes by the slice or whole cake and other bakery items. The cakes are ordered at the Rocker NCO Club now with Keiko or Take in the catering department.  Their number is 959-0063 and ordering is Monday – Friday 0800-1600 and pick up, at this time, is still at the Banyan Tree anytime the snack bar is open.

Catering service is available (959-0651) and last year they had Thanksgiving dinners for sale.

Delivery Service:  There is NO DELIVERY FEE during the following hours — 4pm to 10 pm, Sunday to Thursday and till midnight on Friday and Saturday. Now you know who to call for that midnight snack! (You will need to tip the delivery person)  Delivery number – 959-2055 or 959-2863 and Menu HERE.

Daily patio lineup:   11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Mondays & Thursdays —  Teppanyaki , Tuesdays & Fridays — Rib eye Steak with fixings, Wednesdays  — All you can eat Pasta and Pizza.   No take-outs on Wednesday.

Hours:
Customer Service — Sun-Thu: 9 am – 10 pm , Fri & Sat: 9 am – 12 am

Snack Bar — Sun-Wed: 11 am – 10 pm , Thursday: 11 am – 11 pm, Fri & Sat: 11 am – 12 am

Bar — Sun-Wed: 4 pm – 11 pm , Thu: 4 pm – 12:30 am, Fri & Sat: 4 pm – 3 am

Airman’s Access — Sun-Thu: 8 am – 12 am, Fri & Sat: 8 am – 3 am

Donut Express — Sun-Thu: 8 am – 9:30 pm, Fri-Sat: 8 am – 12 am

Directions: Building number 431. Banyan tree is opposite the BX on Kadena and behind the drive through ATM. It is hidden behind the trees. When you are coming from Douglass, don’t turn at the first light (where WIC is), keep going straight and it will be on your right heading toward Gate 2.

Website:  Banyan Tree

16 COMMENTS

    • It is definitely kid friendly! I take my kids there often. The only issue I have is that the last 2 times we have gone they had South Park playing on all of the TVs. Not really what I want my kids watching during dinner.

  1. We will never go back here. There are bugs on tables, mold in/on the drink dispensers and growing on/around the air vents. I was so disgusted.

    • Leah, Thank you for pointing out this problem. I’m sorry that I didn’t see your post earlier. We will look into this and look for a solution to make your experience better.

  2. This place angers me. Almost every time i call ill be sent to voicemail. n yes i call 959-2055 and even the operator, all for the delicious TACO RICE o.O . I havent been able to taste delicous taco rice in about a month now due to this fact. If the Banyan tree did not sell the coveted taco rice and deliver it straight to my door i would NEVER waist my time to TRY to order from there.

    • Angry, I agree that would be frustrating. We will review our staffing and phone answering procedures to make sure customers have a pleasant experience.

  3. I love Banyan Tree pizza!!! Definitely the best on base pizza and cheaper than Anthony’s & Pizza Hut. Their small pizza is about the size of a medium at the other places. It’s so good!!! Also like the stromboli. Husband loves the calzone, it is HUGEEEE. Big enough for 3 people.

    FYI- Stromboli no longer comes with a drink sadly. Went last week and they said it does not come with a drink anymore.

  4. Good right up, LeeAnn. Toni and I will have to go back again for another pizza.
    Maybe next time you all go out, you can give us a call? Make it a community group adult party? 😉

  5. I read the menu and I’m craving right now for that pizza you posted. It looks awesome. God, I love pizza! And those bread sticks are incredible. I said I read the menu and I have to say that the prices are quite low. Thank you for sharing this.

  6. After being here for a year, we found Banyan tree! And we love it!
    We also get their pizza with light cheese 🙂 In case you trying to eat a bit healthier!
    I hope you guys enjoy it !

  7. fI admit we do order a slice of pie for a late night snack. There won-ton soup, taco salad, and fried rice is good. need to try there pizza now…..

  8. That pizza looks delicous!!! I can’t believe I’ve been on this island for 2 years and have never had it. We’ve been there once for lunch, but I think we had gotten the rotisserie chicken. I guess we’ll be going back though to try some of the other things that banyan has to offer. 🙂

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