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Bongo Room

#280 of 7,790 Restaurants in Chicago
#309 of 8,552 Places to Eat in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Downtown / The Loop
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1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605-2305
312-291-0100
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8:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch

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  • 72
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great twists on breakfast

You can't get much more decadent in the morning than red velvet pancakes--wow!! The vanilla cream sauce put them over the top. Wonderful take on a breakfast burrito packed with fresh flavor. The pear pancakes with fresh whipped cream were also a hit. They are very accommodating for kids' tastes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
pharmergreene
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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66 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

You can't get much more decadent in the morning than red velvet pancakes--wow!! The vanilla cream sauce put them over the top. Wonderful take on a breakfast burrito packed with fresh flavor. The pear pancakes with fresh whipped cream were also a hit. They are very accommodating for kids' tastes as well with regular or chocolate chip pancakes. Close proximity... More 

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Sarnia, Canada
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Delicious breakfast and a very nice selection to choose from! Fast and friendly service! Highly recommend this place!!

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Menlo Park, CA
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This place is a gem. It is small and crowded, but the food is "off the charts"! We shared an eggs benedict and a pancake dish with white chocolate and bananas. OMG! The place gets crowded and people wait to get in so I recommend going on the early side especially if it is on the weekend.

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San Francisco
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Early breakfast at the Loop location before going to the Shedd Aquarium or Field Museum is a great plan. The portions are huge and the restaurant is casual and family friendly. The Vanilla Brioche French Toast includes baked apples, cherries and brown sugar. Yum! That will give you the energy to make it until lunch!

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Cleveland, Ohio
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I have stopped in here twice while visiting Chicago from Ohio. Both times the food was outstanding. If there is a wait (oftentimes there is) you can order coffees from a coffee bar where you wait. This is way better than standing in a cramped room with strangers staring at their phones. The pancake menu changes frequently. During my first... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This weekend I took my family to a stay-cation in downtown Chicago. We ate breakfast at The Bongo Room and loved it. They have very unique and fresh dishes. My son had the crime brûlée pancakes that where sweet and delicious. My daughter had the tower of chocolate French toast which was tasty but too big to finish. Big portions... More 

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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

About half full at 9am Monday morning. Like my other reviews my wife and I shared our meals. 2% Milk $3.50 not bad considering location and actually was 2% not watered down 1% or skim. Vanilla brioshe french toast with apples $12.75 Me 9/10 (I dont give 10's this is closest I've had to one ever) tasted excellent! Even better... More 

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Iowa city
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I went there with my kids and had a great breakfast. We had white chocolate & caramel pretzel pancakes and red velvet hotcakes. They were great and very filling. Eggs were also good with wonderful red potatoes. The Thai chicken sausage was great. I'll return next visit.

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Arlington, Virginia
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I now try to eat breakfast here every time I'm in Chicago (including by scheduling a business meeting here when necessary). It can get crowded, so show up early if you can. But try some of the creative pancake options, like banana and heath bar, and I suspect you'll be as impressed as I was. They do accept partial orders... More 

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Glenwood, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Stopped in for breakfast after a visit to local TV show Windy City Live. Almost walked by it, the restaurant is rather small. The decor was comfortable and the atmosphere was moderately energetic. I was seated right away. I ordered the chorizo and avocado omelette. It was good, but the chorizo was a little overdone. The potatoes were average. The... More 

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Additional Information about Bongo Room

Address: 1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605-2305
Phone Number: 312-291-0100
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605-2305
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: 312-291-0100
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Downtown / The Loop

Neighborhood Profile
Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.