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Bongo Ben's Island Cafe

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75-5819 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1311 (Formerly Bongo Ben's) (Walua Road)
+1 808-329-9203
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went for happy hour and enjoyed a front row seat to watch the sunset. Drink and food specials were awesome! Also if you are seated during happy hour, those prices apply until you leave, even if happy hour is over (which is an awesome deal!). Would definitely recommend stopping by!

Thank ardimaria1
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our friends went here one day and wanted to go back. The huevos rancheros and cinnamon roles were really good. I had a tropical waffle which got cold really fast due to the fruit on top. As we were about to leave, the waitress returned a 50 dollar bill that our friend had given her thinking it was a 20.... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

3 of us had the 10 oz prime rib with garlic mashed, veggies, toast and salad. $28 each. One off the plates was majority good meat while the other 2 were about 50% waste of fat and grizzle. What meat I had certainly did not "melt in the mouth". Horse radish sauce was the most mild I have ever had.... More 

Thank Bill H
Fremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What makes this breakfast taste so good is the view. Sit facing the ocean and have a nicely prepared omelet or Benedict and you'll find it most enjoyable. Service is friendly, portions generous and it makes for a great way to meet the day. Parking is available behind the restaurant and shopping complex.

Thank Glenn M
Fort Myers, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Between the homemade bread, the perfectly cooked eggs, and the great service by Julie- this is a perfect place for breakfast. We would definitely go back again if ever in Hawaii again.

Thank staplesjill
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Bongo Ben seems to specialize in breakfast. Big plates with plenty of food. They are a good place for dinner and drinks also. Right on the main drag with sunset views.

Thank AtlantaBeachfreak
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food here is really good! We ate there four times. Best fish & chips on the Island. Also had the moco loco, fish tacos, nachos, poke, and drinks. They are located right on the main drag looking at the water and very good for people watching. The staff are friendly and hard working. Pricing was better than most places... More 

Thank Llll Y
La Grange, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed at the Royal Kona Resort. Searching for a place to eat within walking distance of our hotel we found Bongo Ben's. Great food, service and friendly. We were on the Big Island for ten days and most days we ate breakfast at Bongo Ben's. it was also a fun place.

Thank Ed_and_Sue819
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They make their bread fresh daily and you can tell. Loved the bread! I ate their homemade whole wheat bread with butter and it brought back a flood of childhood memories! Sooooo yummy! Fresh omelettes and great bloody Mary's too.

Thank Tina C
New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wanted to watch the sunset in a good location and have a drink, so we went to Bongo Ben's. Didn't realize that we got there right before their Happy Hour ended, so we got 1/2 off our second appetizer. My husband had the Teriyaki Steak with fries and I ordered the half portion of the Seafood Platter, since my husband... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $23
American, Bar, Hawaiian, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Buffet
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 75-5819 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1311 (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
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 ocean and sunset views, upbeat local evening entertainment Wed-Fri., large portions and affordable prices, and an Aloha fun-friendly atmosphere! We are honored to be voted "Best Breakfast West Hawaii" from the voters at the West Hawaii Today the last three out of four years, but you'll love our lunch and dinners too!

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