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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 - 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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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
There are better choices

If you are at Downtown Disney, there are a lot more choices and you probably do well without eating here. The food is not bad, but nothing special.

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Houston, Texas
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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Houston, Texas
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

If you are at Downtown Disney, there are a lot more choices and you probably do well without eating here. The food is not bad, but nothing special.

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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56 reviews 56 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

If you are in Downtown Disney and are willing to try something different then Bongo's is a must try! Owned by Gloria Estefan, it appeared that the essence of Cuba was captured and the food was delicious. We had never tasted Cuban food before and were excited by the menu choices. As an appetizer, the Guava barbequed ribs were fantastic!... More 

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Youngstown
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

We ate here on our vacation to DisneyWorld and the food was delicious. The service was great and the food came fast. Very beautiful restaurant

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Marietta, Georgia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

The service was exceptional only to be exceeded by the food. Party of four we all had different dishes and all were outstanding. This is not a Disney food restaurant. Treat yourself to this great restaurant

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Where do I begin? The service was mediocre which I can totally tolerate because our server seemed nervous so he could've been new. The food was so sad. Dry, no flavor, my father's came out cold. The best meal was my daughter's chicken nuggets and french fries. There guests running from their tables because there were large palmetto bugs, granted... More 

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Wolverhampton
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Loved our dinner in Bongos, great atmosphere with the cuban music and entertainment, the place had a real buzz. We loved to sample the various parts of Cuban Cuisine and selected a number of mixed dishes and platters to share. Cannot fault the food at all very tasty. Service was excellent even though the restaurant was so very busy due... More 

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Lake Mary, Florida
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104 reviews 104 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I love downtown Disney, I was told this was one of the best spots to grab a bite. Well not so much. First I was very excited because come on this is downtown Disney, then its right next to the water. Cant go wrong, then its Latin food which I love. But the food was over priced for what you... More 

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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Tasty Cuban food, but second rate service as a solo female diner. They urged me to sit at the bar, but I preferred a more comfortable table. I was seated outside, which was fine, but not asked if I preferred indoors. I love Cuban food and knew what I wanted, but the waiter seemed to guide me toward other options.... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

After spending 5 days eating Disney resort food, I felt it was time for a real restaurant. I made the reservation 3 months ahead of time at early hour of 730pm. We arrived to the restaurant on time, and were told that we have to wait 20-30 minutes for the table. I argued that I have my reservation for months... More 

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Palmetto, Florida
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This was an okay restaurant, but it was very crowded and loud, and the service was slow. For a Cuban restaurant there were very few gluten free choices, but the chicken I was able to have was good. I wouldn't go out of my way to eat there again.

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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: 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?