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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 #27 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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Suisun City
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Stopped in here for breakfast. They had wide variety of items but we settled for a simple breakfast burrito and a ham & egg sandwich on an English muffin. Awesome across the street view of the ocean.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We stopped in for lunch after a morning learning how to surf! The menu was perfect with lots of choices (we had our kids with us). We had burgers while the kids had pancakes! The pancakes were amazing. Kids ate every bite. Our burgers were huge and the coconut onion rings were the best! Our bill was a pleasant surprise!... More

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We enjoyed Bongo Ben's! The food is good and the view from the patio is beautiful! We visited during the holiday season and had the opportunity to watch the Christmas Parade from the patio! One night we visited, there was a live band. The service was great, even though they can tend to get very busy, at times.

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San Dimas, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Food is really great and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. There is a lot of other places to eat surrounding (below LaVernes Sports Bar) so they are almost begging for people to come in, though it was pretty packed each time we walked by. Friendly quick service and tasty food. Try the Hearts of Romaine Saladd Romaine lettuce... More

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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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146 reviews 146 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

Eggs Benedict was awesome. French toast was really good. Chorizo omelette also was great. Good service. Larger servings. Great views.

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Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Stopped here after Manta ray dive (which is highly recommended) and got seated immediately. Service was a little slow to get our order, but food came quickly, was in large portions for touristy area, and was very good. Would definitely go again!

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Skotterud, Norway
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60 reviews 60 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Good service, an extremely friendly manager, large food portions and an excellent location to people watch, right across the street from the ocean.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Always liked the $3 bloody mary's or mimosa's but they are now $4. Eggs Benedict my favorite along with the ocean view.

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Calgary, Canada
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69 reviews 69 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We ate here twice during a stay in Kona. The front patio fronts onto busy Alii Drive which separates it from the ocean. To be fair, Alii is busy...but only by Kona standards. The food was quick and tasty....try something with the Hawaiian coleslaw....it has pineapple. The service was quick and cheerful and I found the prices to be reasonable.... More

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Hullguy
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

My wife and I ate breakfast/brunch here on 3 occasions. It is very handy if you are staying at the Royal Kona as their buffet breakfast is nice but slightly overpriced. The menu choice is good and the service was very good, fast and friendly. It has WIFI which also could save you money if your hotel charges for this.

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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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