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Bongo Ben's

75 Alii Dr., Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
+1 808-329-9203
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Ranked #30 of 226 restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $8 - $22
Cuisines: American, Hawaiian, Café, Fish & Chips
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Outdoor seating, Scenic view, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Buffet, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Walua Road
Transit: The Big Island, "Hele-On", public bus and Kona Trolley stop right in front of the restaurant.
Description: Enjoy amazing ocean front dining with an extensive menu, friendly staff providing genuine aloha hospitality, and talented local musicians, Bongo Ben's has quickly made a name for itself as the "Go-To" place for delicious food, gorgeous views, great entertainment, and a fun-friendly atmosphere! We are honored to be voted "2013 Best Breakfast West Hawaii" from the voters at the West Hawaii Today, but you'll love our lunch and dinners too!
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215 reviews 215 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We had lunch here while in Kona. Atmosphere was good, food was prepared timely and was good. Good location in Kona.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Dined there three times - D-B-D... fast and friendly service each time. A good range of food though a lot of the menu is battered or deep fried... Salad menu is healthier alternative. BIG meals!!

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Surrey, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I have to say, out of all the places I've had fish and chips, this place has the best I've ever had. That light tempura batter and crispy golden brown on the outside was perfect with meaty chunks of fish. Upgraded the fries to bacon cheesy, throw in a pint, patio and view of the water across the street, makes... More

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Rochester, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

I thought the food was fine but nothing special. If you want something authentically Hawaiian this is not the place to go, but if you're hungry for a taste of home you can find some more traditional mainland US meals here. Nice location near the water. Also my waitress was nice but awful at her job, kept entirely forgetting to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

By far the best place we went for breakfast in Kailua-Kona and it was reasonably priced! Highly recommend.

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Victoria, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This is not a fancy restaurant but was good value for food and fun location with a nice view of the ocean in the patio seating

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We live in Kailua-Kona and try to have breakfast at Bongo Ben's every Saturday or Sunday morning. The view is spectacular, atmosphere is laid back, prices are excellent, and the food is great any time of the day. The $3 Bloody Mary's make breakfast perfect. Staff is very friendly and attentive.

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Abbotsford, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We spent March 4-26, 2014 in Kailua-Kona. We ate at Bongo Ben's about 12 times during our stay. The first day we had breakfast while looking out at the ocean and saw spinner dolphins! The omelettes were very tasty and came with a half papaya and coffee,. We ate dinner there often and really enjoyed the fresh Mahi. The staff... More

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Bongo_Bens, Owner at Bongo Ben's, responded to this review

We are happy you enjoyed our great food and service at Bongo Ben's during your stay! Thank you for your kind comments. Come back to Kona and see us soon! More

Timnath, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Went to Bongo's on our last night in Kona. My seafood scampi was OK and the service good . However my wife had the pulled pork fajita. That night she got sick and threw everything up Sunday morning. She is (3 days later) still recovering. Sunday was our long trip back to Colorado which included killing 9 hours without a... More

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Lincoln City, Oregon
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6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Yum, one of my favorite breakfast spots. Incredible bloody Mary's or mimosas. THEY HAVE GRITS- my favorite breakfast side. I have to go at least three times a trip. The eggs Benedict is very good. We saw spinner dolphins in the ocean while eating our breakfast which was quite a treat.

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