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Bongos Cuban Cafe

$$$
Lake Buena Vista
Caribbean, Contemporary, Cuban
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1498 East Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL 32830-1000
407 828 0999
Today
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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
Not worth stopping

This place was a bit overpriced for the quality of food but can get away with it because of it's location in Downtown Disney. Wouldn't recommend it, however I cannot stack it up against the other restaurants in the area since I didn't patron anywhere else. For all I know it could be the best in the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Danielle P
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Austin, Texas
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Austin, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This place was a bit overpriced for the quality of food but can get away with it because of it's location in Downtown Disney. Wouldn't recommend it, however I cannot stack it up against the other restaurants in the area since I didn't patron anywhere else. For all I know it could be the best in the area. Drinks were... More 

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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73 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

My wife loves Cuban food so we stopped here. It had good food but was a little on the pricey side. It also seemed a little "institutional" and not as inviting as say The Columbian in Ybor City. The service was excellent and my wife said the the steak (suggested by the waiter) was one of the most tender she... More 

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Austin, Texas
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20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We came here as a party of 6. We wanted a table on the 2nd floor outside but the entire section was rented out to a private party. We got a seat in the pineapple that while it was cool and all, it was pretty cramped for a group of 6. The two folks on the ends sat sideways. It's... More 

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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

The physical layout of the restaurant was just like one would expect a Havanna nightclub to look like\open, airy, wide balconies,tropical decor,winding staircase, & high ceilings. The food was delicious & reasonable! The atmosphere was bustling! Band playing,couples dancing; we enjoyed! Don't go there if you want to hear yourself talking, but do go if you want some fun &... More 

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Bellevue, Nebraska
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

I LOVED this restaurant within Downtown Disney. I had cubed pork with rice and beans. The pork was like cutting into butter and the rice and beans were the best I have ever had. Drinks were top shelf. I like the option of keeping the glass. Entertainment was very professional, music played during our entire meal. This is a must... More 

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We both liked the Cuban fast food but thought it was rather pricey for what we got. We ordered some of their appetizers and a couple of pops which we paid $ 31. I guess expected for being on a Disney property.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

We were at Downtown Disney around lunchtime on a Sunday and some in our group were interested in trying Cuban food. We did not have reservations but were seated right away. The Cuban sandwich, Midnight sandwich and Cuban burger were all pretty good, I give a slight edge to the Midnight sandwich. The lunch prices are acceptable, though like most... More 

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Ok so the reviews are correct to say that even with a reservation there was at least a 30 minute wait. Once we were seated our waiter was attentive to our needs and service was pretty quick. The ambiance was nice and there was a live band and dancing. However, depending on where they seat you is how loud it's... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

We were seated in a corner on the upper level where you can tell they just propped fold-able tables. Water was dripping from the ceiling on top of the table. I had to mix my black beans with my rice because the rice didn't have any flavor.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

So we made a reservation at Bongos for 7:20 but arrived about 10 min early to check in and were directed to wait in a long line to see the hostess. Okay, we thought, at least we had a reserved table at the end of this line. We were sad to see when we finally made it to the hostess... 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, Contemporary, Cuban

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?