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Bongo Ben's Island Cafe

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American, Bar, Hawaiian, Gluten Free, Grill
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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
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice view, but mediocre food and service. My husband liked the fish, but my sandwich was so-so. Great views of the bay. Not busy when we were there, slow service.

Thank Jill R
Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We picked this place for breakfast and loved it so much we went back for dinner. For breakfast our family had macadamia nut pancakes, biscuit and gravy, eggs, bacon, cinnamon rolls and cinnamon French toast. Everything was great except the French toast didn't have a strong cinnamon flavor. Other than that we would order everything again because it was delicious.... More 

Thank Emily G
Cumming, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good breakfast, no muss, no fuss. Really convenient location and great views of the harbor. We tried two days running and it's consistent.

Thank Richard B
colorado springs
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped with my family for lunch while visiting Kona. Food was high but average prices by Hawaii standards. My husband got the fish tacos - they were ok but he was still hungry. I got the south of the border wrap. It had lots of lettuce and not much chicken. Flavor was ok. My daughter got the Teri wrap. It... More 

Thank kjun
San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Macadamia pancakes were good. The fish and chips were ok. Nice location except for the traffic noise. Great view. Service was acceptable.

Thank Daniel H
Millstone, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wasn't so sure what to expect when we were seated? I figured the food would be average. Wow, were we all surprised. Our family of 5 loved all of their meals. Everything was homemade. It was a very pleasant surprise. We would have definitely went back but ran out of time. When we make it back to the Big Island,... More 

Thank lisakennedy67
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hands down my favorite place for breakfast on alii Drive they give you a lot of food and it is all amazing

Thank KonaDaKine
Trenton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The breakfast was outstanding. Put that together with a beautiful view and a friendly staff and you have a winning combination.

Thank Charles K
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate only appetizer as dinner and we had way enough to eat. Ahi Sashimi and boneless chicken were delicious. You can sit at the beach front and watch the people walking by at night

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Thank C U
Bluffton, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A triple crown winner: Outstanding food; outstanding ocean view; outstanding service!!! Plus, the prices are very reasonable! We ate there twice during our week's stay in Kona and would have been happy to eat there everyday. The menu is extensive. Drinks are generously poured and delicious. Try the coconut onion rings for a real treat. We ate there for breakfast... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $23
American, Bar, Hawaiian, Gluten Free, Grill
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Buffet, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 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 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?