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Bongo Billy's Cafe

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713 S. Hwy 24 | , CO 81211, Buena Vista, CO
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Description: Casual atmosphere, but very health conscious. A huge variety of coffee...
Casual atmosphere, but very health conscious. A huge variety of coffee beans and blends, as well as teas. While in Buena Vista for a week and having tried others, this was the VERY BEST coffee t be had. I loved it. My wife loved the teas and the fresh baked goods, organic and wholesome, were incredible. While the appearance is one of a very casual cafe, it caters to the health conscious and active sorts. Can't recommend enough!!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice modern cafe, great mountain view

We came down off Cottonwood Pass hungry and in need of coffee. Bongo Billy's sounded eccentric enough and looked comfortable, a first impression that turned out to be true. Very good coffee, serious barista, nice sandwiches, friendly service. Plus they had a small display of local pottery- some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
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Circleville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We came down off Cottonwood Pass hungry and in need of coffee. Bongo Billy's sounded eccentric enough and looked comfortable, a first impression that turned out to be true. Very good coffee, serious barista, nice sandwiches, friendly service. Plus they had a small display of local pottery- some very pretty pieces

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed this quaint coffee shop, but limited seating area. The day we stopped was hot and the outdoor patio was in full sun. Maybe add some umbrellas out there? Yummy blueberry crunch coffee cake!

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Woodland Park, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Good coffee, delicious pastries and cakes. Seating is limited inside but you can usually find a spot in summer.

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Moscow, Russia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

If you are looking for a trendy urban-like coffee bar, you are not going to find it in Buena Vista, but this will more than serve. Expect to find it extremely crowded during peak tourist season, though you can usually find a table to park and use the free wifi. The chai latte is very solid, as are the pastries.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Nice new location downtown near Loback's, with very good coffee. Their service is a little slow, but nothing like how laboriously slow they are at at the Brown Dog on US24.

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East Coast
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Bongo Billy's was sold and is now called Brown Dog. It looks exactly the same inside, though slightly expanded, and the menu is basically unchanged. Coffee HAS changed, however, as new owners appear to be roasting on site (?) and the espresso, at least, tastes different to me (and, sadly, not as good, though this is subjective, so is not... More 

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Erie, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Great location on the highway with great service, food, and patio to enjoy the views. Will go back for more.

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Marietta, Georgia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

I visited Bongo BIlly's on a short vacation last year, and I loved their coffee. What a great place to start your day! It seemed like a hot spot in town, and they have great views of the mountains from their porch. Highly recommend this spot for anybody passing through town.

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Berthoud
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

This place is now called The Brown Dog Coffee Co. I noticed that Bongo Billy's wasn't so good as it used to be on a visit in 2012, I think. The new management seems to have raised the standards. Not yet a perfect cup, but a good cup. I had a cappuccino.

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Monument, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

Um, stopped in for an afternoon cup of coffee and found that the name has changed. Inside looked the same but the service was spotty. Really bad cup of coffee...I sent it back for a fresh cup. I rarely do that but it was awful. I hope this was just a random event.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 713 S. Hwy 24 | , CO 81211, Buena Vista, CO
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Buena Vista

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cafe, Healthy

Description

Casual atmosphere, but very health conscious. A huge variety of coffee beans and blends, as well as teas. While in Buena Vista for a week and having tried others, this was the VERY BEST coffee t be had. I loved it. My wife loved the teas and the fresh baked goods, organic and wholesome, were incredible. While the appearance is one of a very casual cafe, it caters to the health conscious and active sorts. Can't recommend enough!!

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