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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 #25 of 231 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
Pleasant Grove, Utah
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

This restaurant offers a large menu and a wonderful view of the bay and particularly the sunsets. The food and service were just average.

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Ketchikan
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I enjoyed my meal (Teriyaki Chicken). There were seven of us and everyone was happy with their meal. The service was very good, the food came quickly. I thought the prices were reasonable and I enjoyed being right on the street.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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57 reviews 57 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I had their Spaghetti and handmade meatballs. My companion had a sandwich and was trying to talk me out of my meatballs. Sat outside with the unobstructed view of the ocean. Good service, good food, a good place to eat. Has won awards for breakfast but I sleep in on vacation.

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Redmond, Washington, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Large portions, friendly staff and a great view. This place is our favorite place to come almost every day you can try something different.

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San Mateo, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This place has the ocean view from the restaurant. We ordered onion rings-large serving and spinach salad with strawberry; walnuts; blue cheese and balsamic vinegar. The onion rings wasn't that great but the spinach salad was delicious. The staff was very friendly and service was fast. Reading other reviews for this place states that this place is great for breakfast... More

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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76 reviews 76 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

They serve the local Kona Brewery beer (6 of the 16 brews) on tap and discount it for happy hour ( 3 to 6 I think) and they have a $5 cocktail or 2. What's more they have food - what more could you ask for. We had pre dinner fries the 1st night - mistake, it is a huge... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Fantastic breakfast - grits with perfect texture, Portuguese sausage that was scrumptious, good coffee. My husband has a half stack of perfectly prepared pancakes, bananas, macadamias. Decent prices for Kona proper. Will be back.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Tried this place for breakfast, had decent reviews and was closest to our hotel. Pretty busy spot . Service was fairly slow and the food was fine.. Nuttin to rave about. If you can't walk any further and have to eat.. This place will do the job.. Just won't wow u in the process

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Jacksonville, Florida
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98 reviews 98 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We stopped in at another place for breakfast that was closed for the holiday, but the staff that was there referred us to Bongo Ben's so we went and it was awesome! The area where Bongo Ben's is is really cute and has nice shops and restaurants and is easy to park and walk around. The huge open air restaurant... More

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Lower Hutt City, Wellington, New Zealand
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71 reviews 71 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

A great variety of choices; an amazing view; and fantastic staff and management...oh the food is wonderful as well! Ate here over a number of days - and top class every-time. Came for breakfast and dinner...very reasonable prices...service with a smile...Recommended

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