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Bongo Ben's Island Cafe

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American, Hawaiian, Cafe, Grill
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75-5819 Alii Dr., Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740 (Formerly Bongo Ben's) (Walua Road)
The Big Island, "Hele-On", public bus and Kona Trolley stop right in front of the restaurant.
+1 808-329-9203
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7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children
Description: Bongo Ben's Island Cafe has quickly made a name for itself as the...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food!

Our server was attentive and the view and food was very good. We had a nice visit and enjoyed the atmosphere.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Justin C
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Eugene, Oregon
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Highly recommended for fun and casual atmosphere. We were seated at the rail to enjoy the sunset. Our waitress appeared to offer the Mai Tai special for $5. My husband ordered one and before I could ask for a soft drink, she disappeared. She came back without the drink to take our orders. 20 minutes later, not a lot of... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our server was attentive and the view and food was very good. We had a nice visit and enjoyed the atmosphere.

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Thank Justin C
Saskatoon, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The banana mac nut pancake stack is one of those tropical dream breakfasts that is almost too good to be true!. Large enough for two and available from opening at 6:30 AM until 2:00 PM. The restaurant fronts the ocean in Kailua-Kona with much open air seating. The restaurant is always busy but the staff work hard to make sure... More 

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Leadville, Colorado
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I ate here twice for breakfast while visiting Kona. The food was good, but not outstanding and the same goes to the service. There is ample outdoor seating and some seating that looks directly out at the ocean. The POG mimosa was delicious and my husband like the Bloody Mary. Obviously we ate here twice, so really... More 

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Plymouth, Minnesota, United States
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was OK but not exceptional. If you are looking for more of a bar, casual type dinning then this would be the place to go. They did have TV's for the sports fan and.

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Mount Pleasant, Wi
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47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here several times on our recent stay. We had breakfast and lunch. The breakfasts were huge and service was fast. Cold food was cold, hot food was hot. Lunch was the same, more than enough food for the price and service was great. We have eaten there many times and have always had good food and great service... More 

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Thank Bob W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

if your looking for a hearty meal, Bongo Bens is the place to go. from burgers, and sandwhiches, pizza, to steaks, fish, chicken and pasta plates. A must for breakfast lovers. conviently located in the heart of town with a great ocean view

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Thank GinnyJo B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a long day on the water partaking in an excursion, we needed somewhere quick and filling to eat. Boy were we pleased with our choice. This cute typical beach shack restaurant serves genuine American cuisine as well as Hawaiian favorites. I recommend the onion rings as a side with anything you order because they are to die for. Reasonable... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped for a late afternoon cocktail and snack in January 2016. Had great seating overlooking the ocean. Mai Tai's were delicious and on Happy Hour pricing. My Husband had coconut battered Mahi Mahi with fries that was delicious. I had a beef taco salad that was just okay. Service was friendly and the restaurant very clean. We would likely... More 

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Knoxville
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came to this location often for breakfast. The view is breath taking. I had the waffle with pineapple, bananas, and mac nuts. It is delicious. All the food is great and reasonable.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 75-5819 Alii Dr., Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740 (Formerly Bongo Ben's)
    (Walua Road)
  • Public Transportation: The Big Island, "Hele-On", public bus and Kona Trolley stop right in front of the restaurant.
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
  • Phone Number: +1 808-329-9203

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 23
  • Cuisine: American, Hawaiian, Cafe, Grill

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children

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!
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

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