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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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Ranked #958 of 3,118 Restaurants in Orlando
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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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Pasadena MD
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48 reviews 48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

During previous visits to the Downtown Disney area my wife and I have eaten at the Bongos Cuban Cafe. Our most recent visit in August is probably our last time. We arrived around 5:30 pm for an early dinner only to find most of the restaurant is closed until 6 pm and even then the nicer section on the second... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I often avoid overpriced tourist-oriented eateries, but couldn't resist the Cuban beat of this place. So glad I indulged. Dancing and singing going on while eating...yes, you can participate! Food was outstanding. I even had the first Mojito that I actually enjoyed (got to sip my friend's first as I don't like the drink - except for this one!). A... More

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Miami, Florida
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Been here at least four times in the last five years. I was born in Cuba and have been a very proud US citizen for over 30 years, however, this restaurant is such a disappointment whenever we come. The bartenders are a pill. Never feel welcomed. Jay is a robot. No greeting, no what else can I get you. We... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

The ceviche is fabulous! The food was excellent and reasonably priced. There is a band and they also have dancers that perform throughout the day. Fun atmosphere. We loved it.

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Reading, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Booked a table for 8.15pm, checked in at 8pm, was told about 20 min wait, and was given one of those hand held buzzers which notify you when table ready, 45mins later I asked how much longer, was told they would chase it up, another 30 mins later still nothing, waited another 30 mins, still nothing so handed back buzzer... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

This is both on the expensive side and in Disney Village, so I was skeptical. I was wrong. The flavors are so well done in every dish that our group had. Additionally, the service was attentive even though the restaurant was full. We particularly like the plantains and the pulled pork. The servers have great recommendations. We highly recommend this... More

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Horsham, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We visited with our young family using the Disney dining plan. We had reservations but we're advised a 20 min wait for inside or immediate seating outside which we took. There is lots of construction in downtown Disney currently so the view wasn't as good as it would usually be, and you miss out on the entertainment being outside. Our... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

We had a reservation for 8.45pm. We arrived in good time but we're told we would have to wait for 30 mins for a table. We were sent out into the downtown disney area with a bleeper - no where to wait inside apparently. After 30 mins the bleeper had not gone off so we went back to see what... More

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Rehoboth Beach
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My partner and I and our 16 year old son had dining reservations at 6:30pm (Monday evening) at Bongos. Although we have been to Disney and the Orlando area a half-dozen times in the last ten years, this was our first foray to Bongos. We made our way to Downtown Disney fairly painlessly, after debating whether to take a bus... More

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Truro, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I enjoyed everything we had!! we ate breakfast and lunch here!!!! The coffee was great. I have had Cuban coffee in a lot of places and this is one of the best.

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