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Bongos Cuban Cafe

1498 East Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL 32830-1000 (Lake Buena Vista)
407 828 0999
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Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Caribbean, Cuban, Contemporary
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Lake Buena Vista
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Orlando, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

One of my favorite places to take out of town guests. I didn't realize it's a chain. They've done a nice job of blending the Disney experience with creditable Cuban cuisine. Not a place I'd go for quiet conversation, but the bar tenders are above average and I've never had a dish I didn't like. Definitely put it on your... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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54 reviews 54 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Went on a Tuesday evening and was seated pretty quickly. We were sat out on the covered patio, where it was quieter. My companion had a mojito and it was fantastic. The food was good, though I wouldn't say it was amazing. We had the cerviche trio, but only really thought one was fantastic and one was a bit too... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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66 reviews 66 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Most of my eating experience in Disney was not very good. This place was the best meal that I had. We had a group of 13 (including 6 kids) and they still managed to execute a perfect skirt steak. Drinks were great. Did not feel like a chain restaurant at all. Great atmosphere too. We sat outside which suited us.... More

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Columbus, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We had made reservations for 8:15 and arrived a little early. After a few minutes we were seated, and our waitress promptly greeted us. In general the service was fairly good, though far from spectacular. It was a very loud and busy Friday night, and it was difficult to have a conversation. I don't want this to necessarily be a... More

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Houston, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This place is one of my favorites in Downtown Disney. The seafood parrillada is delicious and plentiful. The waitstaff is quick without making you feel rushed. The pork bites and a drink make for a tasty and quick afternoon snack. Well worth a stop. Also where else can you find a pineapple shaped building.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We came here for lunch on a Thursday afternoon. The restaurant only had a few families dining at the time, so it was nowhere near busy. Our waitress seemed to take a while at times, leaving us wondering where she was when we needed something. The food and drink were great, though. We'd still come back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Me and my family were in Downtown Disney needing a place to eat before we went to see Fantasmic. We are usually sceptical eating anywhere in Disney as past experiences have not been great. Bongos however is not a Disney restaurant and we were pleasantly surprised by what it had to offer! Scott, our waiter was chatty and friendly and... More

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Sedgefield, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Place is nice, staff are friendly. The live singing and dancing is entertaining. The food is very different to what you would expect. I found the food a wee bit greasy but that's personal opinion.

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East Hartford, Connecticut
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50 reviews 50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Have been to Bongo's many times over the last couple of years. The food is very good and the service is also good but the place is getting a little long in the tooth. It sure could use a major update.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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132 reviews 132 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

While in town on business, several people went to Downtown Disney. We wanted something non-traditional and settled on Bongos Cuban Cafe. We sat on the covered patio looking out over the water. It was raining but we stayed completely dry. Our waiter came over introduced himself and took our drink orders, well, most of them. I was holding the drink... More

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