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Bongo Ben's Island Cafe

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American, Fish & Chips, 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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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Buffet, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Bongo Ben's Island Cafe has quickly made a name for itself as the "Go-To...
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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  • 102
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  • 40
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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
Lunch with a view!

Can't beat the view overlooking the bay. Good selection of food- the coconut onion rings were really good- we had the pineapple pizza, breakfast selections, wraps and burgers! I have to say the frozen frapacino with kona coffee of course. The service was slow and we had to find our own silverware... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
ldavey_10
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Richmond, Virginia
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Scenic view
  • Bar scene
  • Dining on a budget
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English first
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We had two meals at Bongo Ben's during our week in Kona. Both times there were so many options on the menu, we struggled to choose but really enjoyed our meals each time. The service was great, everyone is so friendly and helpful, thank you :)

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Can't beat the view overlooking the bay. Good selection of food- the coconut onion rings were really good- we had the pineapple pizza, breakfast selections, wraps and burgers! I have to say the frozen frapacino with kona coffee of course. The service was slow and we had to find our own silverware. Prices are reasonable. Location is nice if someone... More 

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Canmore, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Nice ocean view, no air conditioning or fans inside or out, not pleasant on a hot humid August noon.....noisy with traffic. Service mediocre, great Arnold Palmer and ice tea. Fish & chips greasy, Calamari strips tender and good, not outstanding.

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Brooklyn, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We had breakfast here the other day. Excellent french toast and spinach omelet, with a great view across the street. Decent prices and friendly service.

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kona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Great Oceanside view, I love the Breakfast there. The banana pancakes with mac nuts was awesome... Customer service good, friendly waitress. they also have live music at nights

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Wisconsin
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49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

the quick Bloody Mary lead to fresh fruit for breakfast and the sharing a eggs Benedict. Great food, quick service and awesome Benedict. I have eaten here for six years, always the same. Dependable flavor.

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Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Definitely good for breakfast. Bongo's basic for less than 10.-USD offers a complete 2-egg+meat+side breakfast. You can sit bistro-style and watch the cars and people go by. Service is very friendly and the food tasty, especially the fried rice.

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Beaverton, Oregon, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Best salads on the island. Plentiful not stingy with the lettuce everything is fresh and delicious.Nice selection.

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Lindenhurst, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

we had breakfast at Bongo Bens twice while staying in Kona and everyone in our group was very very happy with their choices! good coffee and absolutely wonderful cinnamon buns! Had the loco moco too! which for me was odd (being from New York and all) but it was really great!...the view isnt bad either!

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

food was superb, staff very friendly, my kids loved it too. went there for breakfast and lunch (happy hour). poke was GORGEOUS, buffalo wings, squid all good, and smoothies or Longdraught to wash it all down - blissful

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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, Fish & Chips, Cafe, Grill

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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