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Bongos Cuban Cafe

$$$
Lake Buena Vista
Caribbean, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Contemporary, Cuban
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1498 East Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL 32830-1000
407 828 0999
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11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good place for dinner, nothing special but offers many choices.

Bongos Cuban Cafe is a lively environment. There is a lot of noise throughout the restaurant. This is fine for those that are looking for this, but if you're looking for a quiet dinner go somewhere else. The food was fine, nothing special.

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
brewerpride06
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janesville, wi
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Bongos Cuban Cafe is a lively environment. There is a lot of noise throughout the restaurant. This is fine for those that are looking for this, but if you're looking for a quiet dinner go somewhere else. The food was fine, nothing special.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Good food, attentive service, but so loud we couldn't talk! Every 15 minutes or so the band downstairs would start playing and dancers would disperse across the restaurant, wave napkins, and start a conga line. We would be in the middle of a conversation, but whenever the music started we were cut off mid-sentence since it was so loud we... More 

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

It was confusing to find the way in to this restaurant but once we did and found the crowded host/hostess station, we were seated fairly promptly (we had reservations). The atmosphere here is fun with singing and salsa dancing. We even joined the conga line snaking around the restaurant. The food was excellent for everyone even our 11-year-old daughter. Be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The food is really good and portions are very generous. The flan is delicious. The live band is awesome and very entertaining. The air conditioning doesn't really work, so you might feel a little bit hot.

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Aurora, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Totally regret this place. Everyone's meat was terrible! I'm talking about quality of food, not taste. Now about the taste, bland. I expected a lot more from a Cuban restaurant.

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Our server was great. I wish I remembered her unique name to give her credit. She was confident and knew what she was talking about. She came to our table several times to check on us and got our order correct. The food was hot and fresh. Would definitely go back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Stopped in at Downtown Disney on our way to the airport and were able to enjoy great service and a great lunch in under an hour. There was a great variety of dishes to choose from and everyone in our party was pleased with their orders! The service was excellent too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We booked Bongos as the menu looked so good. We were not disappointed, in fact we loved it so much we went three times in 14 days and actually cancelled other places so we could go back ! The menu is lovely, offering steaks and all sorts of chicken/pork/beef dishes but slightly different to other restaurants in Downtown. We had... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Ate here for lunch with my husband and brother in law. Excellent lunch menu with a variety of Huge Sandwiches! The drinks aren't weak so proceed with caution! Tried a signature mojito in a souvenir Bongo Ceramic Tumbler! Plentiful and delicious and I have a great remembrance. . The chicken soup was delicious . Rich chicken broth with potatoes, carrots... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

My wife and I have been to Bongos several times and always found the food to be very good. This time we were there with our son and had spent the evening dodging heavy rain so we were looking for a comfortable place to rest and have a great meal. The food was great although it did take a while... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1498 East Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL 32830-1000
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Orlando>  > Lake Buena Vista
  • Neighborhood: Lake Buena Vista
  • Phone Number: 407 828 0999

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 to 30
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Contemporary, Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm

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