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Bongos Cuban Cafe

$$$
Lake Buena Vista
Caribbean, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, 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
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, 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
Certainly a restaurant with a difference

We were recommended this restaurant by a theatre rep. The food was lovely and hot and we didn't have to wait long. The music was in keeping but when the band played it was too loud. However they did get us up dancing and boggying on the dance floor. The staff were moody and not at all approachable... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
James B
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
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Avon, Indiana
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Tried this place due to a concierge recommendation. While the sevice was fine, the Cuban coffe was excellent, and the flan quite good, the calamari and the grouper entree were both quite thin, over cooked, and chewy. Had I paid $40 for the two of us I'd have been dissapointed. At $95 (including tip), I will not be back.

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Tavares, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The address is slightly different than what the Downtown Disney site says. To be clear, that is the spot I am reviewing. I'd never had Cuban food, nor a Cuban sandwich. I went here with my son, his wife, and the grandkids. Excellent choice. The food was so good, I'm wanting to go back as soon as possible. Service was... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We always enjoy dinner here! Our daughter loves the steak (Palomilla) and rice. I normally order no beans and double rice. The portion is great for us to share, she's 5 years old. There's a band playing at night with dancers and singers. We've been there during a nightly Spanish dance routine by a woman and man, they were great... More 

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Bridport, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Such a fabulous meal. Very generous portions - the paella to share was especially excellent. Live music and dancing and the drinks were cheaper than some other Downtown Disney resorts - what more could you ask for ? Remember to book !

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We were recommended this restaurant by a theatre rep. The food was lovely and hot and we didn't have to wait long. The music was in keeping but when the band played it was too loud. However they did get us up dancing and boggying on the dance floor. The staff were moody and not at all approachable. Scary staff... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I went to Bongos on the 12th of July, 2015 for dinner with my daughter and her boyfriend. I got the viejo ropa, which was tasty, but I ended up very sick the entire night and into the wee hours of the morning. We were on vacation, so that was really unpleasant. My daughter and her boyfriend were fine, but... More 

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Ontario
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The food was mediocre as well as the service. We had to sit outside on the patio and the table was dirty. There are many better restaurants to choose from. We will not go back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Splurge and get the paella and sangria with champagne and you will be in heaven. Great experience. Very enjoyable staff across the board. There can be a wait if you go at the rush hour times but even if you have to wait around it is well worth it.

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Easton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I went for something Cuban and got a delicious sandwich that fulfilled my expectations. The inside is really nice and the outside area too, better if you are with small children.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I books this place because I love Cuban food and it looked like a fun atmosphere. I started reading all the reviews and got so nervous because they were a pretty bad. I had the complete opposite review. I think the place was great, we went of a Sunday night and downtown disney was crazy but we got seated right... More 

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Additional Information about Bongos Cuban Cafe

Address: 1498 East Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL 32830-1000
Phone Number: 407 828 0999
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Orlando>  > Lake Buena Vista
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
Average Prices: USD $20 to $30
Cuisine: Caribbean, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Contemporary, Cuban

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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 to $30
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Contemporary, Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Romantic
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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