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Bongo Room

#362 of 8,177 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Downtown / The Loop
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1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605-2305
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8:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Waitstaff

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    4 of 5 stars
Awesome Breakfast

We were five of us. It is a pretty busy place and we had to wait for half an hour to get our table. But the breakfast was totally worth. The caramel pancake was great ! The omelets are yummy with the baked potatoes. The service is quick and the people are nice. It was a sunday morning so it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
New Delhi, India
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New Delhi, India
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84 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were five of us. It is a pretty busy place and we had to wait for half an hour to get our table. But the breakfast was totally worth. The caramel pancake was great ! The omelets are yummy with the baked potatoes. The service is quick and the people are nice. It was a sunday morning so it... More 

Thank MukulRoy
Normal, Illinois
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is legit! Great breakfast and by far a hidden gem within a giant city. On multiple trips there, I can still only manage to get one thing. Their decadent chocolate tower French toast!!! Amazing and delicious. Large pieces of chocolate bread which they turn into French toast. They then add mascarpone in between each piece and throw in... More 

Thank Notso_Boring
Trujillo, Peru
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Every visit consistently promises a tasty, hearty meal. The service is quick, even when crowded, and the staff is friendly and helpful. Good for families, couples, and groups of friends. Definitely worth a visit!

Thank akayepc
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Every time we are in Chicago we stop at the Bongo room for Brunch! Their pancakes are delicious. During our last visit I ordered the lobster egg Benedict and I was very disappointed with the taste of the lobster it reminded me of cheap canned crab meat, however, it won't keep me from going back to get more pancakes!

Thank Marie F
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70 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

I have always wanted to try the Bongo Room and now I know it is my go to place for Brunch. The Deconstructed Lobster Roll Benedict is a must have if you love lobster. The buttery buns and the lobster coupled with the egg and hollandaise is magnificent and the lobster flavor definitely took a front seat to the other... More 

Thank sweetmnmama
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108 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

Really enjoyed finally getting a chance to try out their weekend brunch! The chocolate tower - only served on the weekends was incredible! Their savory options were very good as well. Go early - the wait can get long! Service was great.

Thank Rachel O
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193 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

They have a great tea selection greens blacks and herbal. The fig green is fantastic. The berry and white chocolate French toast was to die for!!! Will return. Nice location in south loop:)

Thank Jillyjillyjilly
Charlotte, North Carolina
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113 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

So we arrive at O'Hare early, take the blue line into the loop, park our bags, and head for breakfast. On the advise of a former Chicagoan we headed over. We enjoyed a wonderfully presented, flavorful, delicious brunch; at a good price, with plenty of coffee. All the more reason to visit the Chicago beyond your hotel lobby.

Thank Hugh S
Hong Kong
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65 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

decent breakfast with generous portion. closy and warm atmosphere in the restaurant. good food quality with nice service. for sure will go again for my next chicago visit. convenient location.

Thank dhui
Hilton Head
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

The food was average, but the pancakes were definetly unique. I had the omelet with beef tenderloin and spinach, which really was not that great, and the pinapple upside down pancake, which was like a dessert. My husband had an ok omelet and the pancakes with the pretzels, caramel ect, which he loved. I do not know if I will... More 

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Staying in Downtown / The Loop

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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.