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Bongo Ben's Island Cafe

75-5819 Alii Dr., Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740 (Formerly Bongo Ben's)
+1 808-329-9203
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Ranked #24 of 233 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $23
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Café, Grill, 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: Bongo Ben's Island Cafe has quickly made a name for itself as the "Go-To" place for an extensive menu and delicious food, outside ocean front dining with great sunset views, upbeat local evening entertainment, and an Aloha 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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English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We went to Bongo's and sat at the front bar and watched the sunset. We enjoyed an excellent Nachos plate and my wife loved the seasonal beer. Service was excellent, including the hostess, wait staff and others. We had the fish and chips which was very good (SO much better than Fish Hopper). We would go back for sure.

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San Diego, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We only sampled their breakfast menu - but we were definitely return customers because of it. Portuguese sausage as well as the biscuits and gravy were quite scrumptious. They've got my recommendation!

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Kennerdell, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Spending our 50th in the 50th state, we at here several times and each time was great. Told them was our 50th, they went all out, all kinds of singing and congratulations from everyone! Nice place, eat out on patio or inside. SUPER good place........GO there, eat.......NOW!!

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Ben's is always rated tops for breakfast for good reasons. Great fried rice and homemade baked goods are only the start.Large portions and a great location make this a must.Even as locals it still makes us feel like we're on vacation when we go there.

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Boise, Idaho
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Awesome service and food. The views are some of the best along Alli drive. Try the coconut shrimp or grilled Mahi Mahi.

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Hue, Vietnam
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The food was very poor ...my pancakes were squishy and not done in the middle and my companion's eggs were watery ! Not much to hum or drum about!

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

It was 2 in the afternoon and we parked the car and found ourselves at the back door of Bongo Ben's. The menu had plenty of choices so we decided to stay. Our pleasant server Janet took good care of us and the meals were hot and tasty. From the fresh catch of the day, a veggie burger, chicken tenders... More 

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Sun City West
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6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

It was late (for us) and we were hungry but my wife wanted fish and chips and didn't want to go out. I did some research on Trip Advisor and chose Bongo Ben's for the price as well as the use of local fish for its fish and chips. We were not disappointed. The fish was fresh, battered but not... More 

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tacoma,wa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We ate breakfast here 3 times, and found it to be very good. On one visit the server ignored us, so the manager took our order and made everything right. So many menu choices.

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We chose this place as our last place to eat for our final sunset on the island. Great view. Fast service. Fast food. Plate of onion rings was HUGE way more than 2 people can eat. Plate of cheesy bacon fries was amazing and large as well. We also shared a side dish of veggies with tons of garlic. YUMMY!!!!... More 

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Additional Information about Bongo Ben's Island Cafe

Address: 75-5819 Alii Dr., Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740 (Formerly Bongo Ben's)
Phone Number: +1 808-329-9203
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 8 - 23
Cuisine: American, Café, Grill, Fish & Chips

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