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Bongo Ben's Island Cafe

) #23 of 199 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona $$ - $$$ American, ,
75-5819 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1311
+1 808-329-9203
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good38%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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6:30 am - 9:00 pmAll hours
American, Bar, Grill, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
75-5819 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1311
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Best breakfast around! The seafood platter is to die for! Bad things, some shady people come here in the evening and the washrooms are super bad!

Thank JandSVancouver
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Just returned home from a wonderful trip to the Big Island. We ate a few breakfasts and lunches at Bongo Ben's and enjoyed the food and service very much we were also very fortunate to meet a charming young lady who was enjoying her first...More

Thank Carole S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Average good Food and not expensive for THE location with a view on THE Ocean. Large menu and fast service.

Thank Wereldreiziger1954
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great thick cut bacon & breakfast sausage. Also, with our breakfast we had homemade sourdough bread to our surprise, nicely prepared eggs & potatoes. The coffee was good too. The servers were very attentive, we would return definitely. Bloody Mary might have been pretty good...More

Thank fancy212016
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Came here for breakfast and had bacon and a passionfruit mimosa. The view was great, the mimosa was perfect! Storm gave excellent service. I will be back.

Thank Catrina G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our group of 11 went here for breakfast/brunch. We were seated without too much wait. The service was good. We all ordered breakfast foods and enjoyed our meal. The one disappointment was that they ran out of Hollandaise sauce so you could not order the...More

Thank Pam V
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bongo Ben's has great dinning views, we went there for breakfast , well we always due while we are in Kona. Great staff and wonderful Kona Coffee and breakfast

Thank ksmyers26
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I wanted to enjoy a nice breakfast on the island. We read the banner outside Bongo Ben's as having the best breakfast on the island. I ordered the sausage gravy and biscuits and my wife ordered a bacon and American cheese omelette....More

Thank ajhollenbeck52
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went for breakfast. Over priced bad service average food. The place needs a good cleaning. I would avoid this tourist trap.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've never tried Portuguese sausage and it's quite tasty. It tastes somewhat like chorizo and is sliced like kielbasa. The three of us each had the Bongo breakfast which is 3 eggs, choice of side (we chose fruit and one veggies which they just made...More

Thank Michelle R
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May 7, 2017|
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Response from MN_Travel_Bug_1 | Reviewed this property |
Have no idea on any of their recipes.
Pamela H
July 9, 2016|
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Response from Gerald F | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure about every night. We did hear music a couple times as we were out walking. There is music playing every night somewhere along that street or at least the week we were there. Sorry I can't help you more than... More
francine h
February 5, 2016|
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Response from JaneKnoxville | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry but I do not know. We just found it to be a great place to eat breakfast when in Kona. Actually the only place!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $23
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
Local cuisine, Large groups, Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children, Kids
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
  • E-mail
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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