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Bongos Cuban Cafe

$$$
Lake Buena Vista
Caribbean, Sandwiches, Contemporary, Cuban
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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, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Try the chicken noodle soup - yes I am serious

We went here out of a combination of hunger and convenience. I really didn't know what to expect and was less than enthusiastic when I realized it was a "celebrity restaurant." And then the chicken soup came- and my 2 year old are 2 bowls of it. It was seriously the best chicken noodle soup I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
CoachBCV
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DuBois PA
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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Tampa, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Live music, Latin dancers, amazing food and great service! Our waiter, Scott was attentive and helpful. The food was out so quickly we had not yet finished our appetizers. My skirt steak was done to perfection and my wife's shredded steak was also delicious! Atmosphere here is always great... service exceptional and the food fantastic!

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DuBois PA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

We went here out of a combination of hunger and convenience. I really didn't know what to expect and was less than enthusiastic when I realized it was a "celebrity restaurant." And then the chicken soup came- and my 2 year old are 2 bowls of it. It was seriously the best chicken noodle soup I have ever had- very... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

Bongos has amazing food & drinks. I had the guava ribs which were fantastic and we both loved the mojitos. If you are a fan of mojitos these were the best I've ever had! The atmosphere is great also as they have dancers throughout the restaurant adding to the great ambiance. I will be coming back here on our next... More 

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Yellville, Arkansas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

We made a reservation to eat here before going to Cirque du Soleil La Nouba. We were seated immediately upon our arrival, and were granted our request to sit outside on the patio. The wait staff were friendly, but not quite as attentive as I expected. Other tables were served bread; we were not. Our food was delightful, simply presented... More 

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New York City, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Nice place, great food, spot on flavors, great service, live music(sometimes very good but sometimes irritating), could also side outdoors, away from the music and the lights. We ordered the appetizer platter, the award winner braised pork(nice and tender, the fried plantains were cooked to perfection and the rice was perfect), steaks and a chicken soup(good). Their mixed drinks have... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Was in a bit of a rush as we had Cirque Du Soleil tickets for 9pm and only an hour to eat but our waiter was very accommodating to this. Sat outside on the terrace with a lovely view of the hot air balloon and the people walking past. Food was lovely, cocktails great!

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We visited here for lunch on a Saturday afternoon in late April. We sat outside overlooking the water at Downtown Disney. It was a lovely spot with a nice atmosphere. The service was very good as was the food. The food did repeat one two of our family members throughout the day but tasted very good at the time. Lovely... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Booked a table for 5 to celebrate a special occasion, food was ok but was expensive for what we had. The noise was excessive and for the price expected a more personal and intimate meal, however this was not the case. The waiter was pretty awful to be honest and really should not be in the hospitality industry. Overall I... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Seated by a nice young lady waiter spoke to fast for all at the table . Food poor I got chicken bites should have went too KFC. And to top it twice to the washrooms same waiter came out twice and never washed his hands and the staff member on the right as you go to the restrooms had ice... More 

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Rutherford, New Jersey
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

On a busy Memorial Day weekend, we were seated surprisingly quickly -- so that was good. For anyone looking for a quiet, romantic dinner, look elsewhere. The restaurant was crowded and noisy, and that wasn't even when the mariachi band was playing. However, there are young men and women whose sole purpose seems to be to dance and entertain the... 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 - 30
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Sandwiches, Contemporary, Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Families with children
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?