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“Sit outside on the patio” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bongos Cuban Cafe

Bongos Cuban Cafe
5733 Seminole Way, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, FL 33314
954 791 3040
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Ranked #219 of 479 Restaurants in Hollywood
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Cuban
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Tampa, Florida
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77 reviews 77 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
“Sit outside on the patio”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Bongos is located in Seminole Paradise. When you exit the casino, take a left and it will be on your right hand side. We enjoyed sitting at the bar but on the patio side. We order two glasses of champagne and enjoyed the scene.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Connecticut
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68 reviews 68 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Beautiful atmosphere, great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We had a Groupon, and I'm so glad we did because we probably wouldn't have gone to this restaurant if we didn't and we would've missed a great experience. Our waiter, Rene, was very knowledgeable about the menu and since we aren't really familiar with Cuban food, he helped us choose delicious meals! The coconut mojitos were delicious. The decor is beautiful and it is a very romantic, sexy place perfect for a date night. We had a really memorable evening!

Visited September 2013
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Miami Beach, Florida
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47 reviews 47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Best Date Night Restaurant at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Stylish, pleasant, airy room. Well-trained, professional service. Food is good if perhaps unremarkable. Cuban-inspired, rather than Cuban-authentic. Skirt steak ($26) and grilled white fish ($19), both with two sides, were nicely seasoned. Portions were more than ample. Live music (after 8:00 p.m. on weekends) made conversation difficult but possible.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
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“This is not authentic Cuban food.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Considering how close it is to Miami and little Havana you would think that they would hire Cuban chefs. I have been eating Cuban food in Broward and Dade county for years and was really disappointment by Bongos, years back I ate at the original one in Downtown Disney and I remember liking that, but this time, wow, it was very lackluster. I felt like it caters waaaay too much to tourists. The flavors that are supposed to pop at you with real Cuban food just wasn't there. The restaurant itself is beautiful and the staff was really nice but the food was just too expensive to not serve authentic, flavorful meals. I'm giving it a poor and not terrible because like I said, the place is pretty and the waiter I had was friendly but the food is supposed to be what carries a restaurant and for that reason, I'm giving it a rating of poor and sadly would not go again.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Excellent Restaurant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

This restaurant is located at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. It was our first time trying Cuban food and we were not disappointed. Excellent decor, service and food. Definitely would recommend this restaurant and we look forward to going there again.

Visited August 2013
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