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Bongos Cuban Cafe

$$$
Lake Buena Vista
Caribbean, Cuban, Contemporary
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1498 East Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL 32830-1000
407 828 0999
Today
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/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Outdoor seating

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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
Most recent review
Bongos Downtown Disney Window Service

If you are looking for a really delicious Cuban sandwich with a side order of fries (children's menu but adult size portion) then go to the walk up window at Downtown Disney. Cost is $5. Surrounding restaurants charge double for the same size meal. Umbrella covered tables are provided and you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Danjolo
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Orlando, Florida
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Orlando, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

If you are looking for a really delicious Cuban sandwich with a side order of fries (children's menu but adult size portion) then go to the walk up window at Downtown Disney. Cost is $5. Surrounding restaurants charge double for the same size meal. Umbrella covered tables are provided and you can people watch while you are eating. I've tried... More 

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danville, Illinois
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105 reviews 105 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

great, no I mean outstanding. Portions are large. Calamari was very tender. Server was great. I would definitely return. A destination

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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60 reviews 60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The menu here is very diverse, with plenty of options of Cuban fare. We had the benefit of time and no particular budget, so we tried the tostones, pork chunks and ropa vieja appetizers. It was all pretty good. The service was a bit sluggish and the noise/party volumes could max out (but you are at the Magic Kingdom...). Our... More 

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Macomb, Michigan
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101 reviews 101 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I was a little disappointed to learn this was not a Disney restaurant as we booked last minute thru the Disney app. First impression was a not so friendly hostess, something you would never get from a Disney run operation. Fortunately, we were given a table on the patio overlooking the Downtown Disney lake and it was a nice night... More 

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Davison, Michigan
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We eat at Bongos Cuban Cafe every time we visit Orlando! The food is fantastic, the service is great, and the atmosphere is charming. The restaurant has a nice open concept & a very tropical feel. They always have a wonderful assortment of Music playing as well.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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181 reviews 181 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Came in on a Wednesday night. Getting on the wait list was a major issue. Unorganized to the maximum by hostess staff. Was finally seated, and the food was sent out within 8 minutes of ordering. Food was good quality, nice touch with the Cuban dancing, but still too loud to carry on a conversation with anyone at your table.... More 

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Republic, Ohio
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We had reservations... had to wait even though they had several tables open. They do not have a waiting area so it was very uncomfortable. We were a family of 4 with no small children yet were set in an area with lots of small screaming children. The music was so loud it was hard to hear each other talk.... More 

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Moorhead, Minnesota
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505 reviews 505 reviews
418 restaurant reviews
223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This is a chain of several restaurants of the same name in Florida and Hollywood that are owned by Gloria Estefan. There is a wonderful vibe when we first walked up where there was a beautiful couple dressed to the ninth and dancing outside. They were performance for their show inside that runs nightly. The place is comfortable. The live-music... More 

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New York City, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

My mom and I went here for lunch one day when we decided to take a break from the parks. I've seen many reviews where people had to wait a long time but we were seated right away. Maybe this was due to it being off peak season or maybe it's just less crowded at lunch? The atmosphere was cute... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We ate at the express portion for lunch with our kids. The food was good and came out quickly. The prices were okay and the service sizes were good. The only issue is that there was not many places to sit. The empanadas were a big hit with our kids.

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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 - 30
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Cuban, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Outdoor seating
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?