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Bongos Cuban Cafe

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601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
(786) 777-2100
Tuesday
Closed
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Hours:
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Embrace the authenticity of Cuban culture at Bongos Cuban Cafe, where...
Embrace the authenticity of Cuban culture at Bongos Cuban Cafe, where Miami meets Old Havanas tropical ambiance, cuisine, and style. This magnificent restaurant and nightclub was opened in April 2000 and is located right in the heart of Downtown Miami adjacent to the AmericanAirlines Arena. Bongos Cuban Cafe boasts spectacular views of the port of Miami, Biscayne Bay, and the Downtown Miami skyline.
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Casual Dining

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  • 36
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 25
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice place for lunch

A huge plus was lots of parking. Don't order ice tea unless you like instant. I had a Cuban sandwich and it was good. Nothing was great but good. I'll eat there again.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2014
mr_guns
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Jacksonville
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Jacksonville
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66 reviews 66 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

A huge plus was lots of parking. Don't order ice tea unless you like instant. I had a Cuban sandwich and it was good. Nothing was great but good. I'll eat there again.

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Coral Springs, Florida
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320 restaurant reviews
220 helpful votes 220 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Adjacent to the American Airlines Arena, in the middle of downtown, is Bongos Cuban Cafe. It has great views of the Magic City's skyline; "View of Port Miami", with it's cruise ships, view of Biscayne Bay. They have a great staff, serving authentic Cuban cuisine. The decor is tropical. I had black bean soup (sopa de frijoles negros), and chicken... More 

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Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

We ordered 2 of the combo appitizers and entrees for 7 people. Everything was delicious except for the fish which needed seasoning and tasted like egg, I had the picadillo and my husband had the chicken. The chicken was soooooo good everyone at our table tasted it and wanted more. The picadillo is ok, I prefer Venesuelan picadillo. If I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I loved the ambiance, food and smiles all over the restaurant.. the food was on time, great view and great mojitos, our server Carlos guide us enough for us to stay 4hrs enjoying the view and mojitos...

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Pembroke Pines ,Florida
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75 reviews 75 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We were here for dinner after a concert at The Artsch Center,The restaurant was rather empty so we were seated immediately.The Chicken soup was great ,tasty and well seasoned.We had seafood and chicken dishes,the meat was tender and tasty.The decor and ambiance was great.The rest room was a mess.Our waiter was friendly and attentive.I was VERY disappointed that the waiter... More 

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San Diego County
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We were in Miami for one night and wanted some Cuban food but didn't want to stray too far from the tourist area since we'd never been here before. I guess we were there way tooo early for this place to be happening yet. It was dead, I think there was a cocktail party in the bar and us and... More 

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Miami
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Food was just average, service was slow. Was expecting a lot more from all the raving about this place. Needs to be updated, it rough on the edges by now

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chicago
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52 reviews 52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014 via mobile

I decided to treat my mom to Bongos' Mother's Day brunch and we were both so happy with everything. The food was delicious and the brunch offered a variety of options, including paella, skirt steak, eggs cooked to order, various salads, yucca, sweet plantains, various Cuban desserts and many, many other tasty items. The service was superb and the entertainment... More 

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Exeter, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

What saved our night was the wonderful service provided by Jorge on a potentially stormy Friday night. He somehow managed to always be there when we needed him, and provided flawless service with a smile.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

This place could be so good, but it's just not. The food is awful, really awful. It is over-cooked, fried and oily. Out of 7 of us, no one wanted to finish their meals. The service is mediocre and the ambience needing a revamp. It was not value of money.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Miami>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (786) 777-2100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 40
  • Cuisine: Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

Embrace the authenticity of Cuban culture at Bongos Cuban Cafe, where Miami meets Old Havanas tropical ambiance, cuisine, and style. This magnificent restaurant and nightclub was opened in April 2000 and is located right in the heart of Downtown Miami adjacent to the AmericanAirlines Arena. Bongos Cuban Cafe boasts spectacular views of the port of Miami, Biscayne Bay, and the Downtown Miami skyline.
Open Hours
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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