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Bongo Ben's Island Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Hawaiian, 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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25 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Open air Beach view breakfast location. You can watch the ocean while you eat. Food is excellent and portions are big. Hawaiian pancakes with bananas, macadamia nuts and coconut & maple syrup. 2 pancakes is a half stack and it's more than enough. Clean upstairs bathroom. Good for kids and adults. Waitstaff is good, some more friendly than others.

Thank MKingRohnertPark
Kailua-Kona, United States
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love the breakfast here - and most of the time the service is right on. I had one visit where I kind of got lost - but I told the manager and they found me and we eventually got served. Worth the wait anyway - I live on an island if I can't wait for 10 - 15 minutes... More 

Thank Homer F
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The food here, it's good.... the only thing it feels so crowded and tight. I know in my mind we'll come back again

Thank Artieandmel M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a great bacon burger and calamari burger. Huge portions and very reasonable for down town Kona. Amazing scenery. You get to watch the sun set. Th eir breakfast menu is extensive and again reasonable. You can get a full breakfast for about $10. Across the street nothing under $19.

Thank Linda S
Canowindra, Australia
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Four of us ate here and the meals were generously proportioned. The quality of the meals was average. The service was good.

Thank Jac M
Banks, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Been here many times for breakfast. Busy but worth the short waits. Great place to people watch too. Haven't been to dinner yet, but heard its good.

Thank orbuck
Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great Breakfast with nice ocean view. Great Value too. Will eat here again, for sure. Flavorful and my eggs were cooked just right.

Thank cmricard
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is terrible. Service was worse. My partner got sick almost immediately after. Lost my credit card and attempted to have a conversation with the owner afterwards who shouted at me to get off his property and he didn't want to hear this crap. Never been treated so terribly in my life. Will never forget how awful this experience... More 

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Bongo_Bens, Owner at Bongo Ben's Island Cafe, responded to this review

As policy, we have never responded to any social media review, but take all criticisms very seriously and always try to remedy all short comings. That said, we object to this review, and feel the need to respond. The reviewer and his partner surprised the owner in a very aggressive manner 2 hours after closing time in a corner of... More 

Windsor, Canada
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had breakfast at Bongo Ben's twice while on vacation. Just awesome! Service was great, food was yummy and view was terrific! Highly recommend the cinnamon bun!

Thank Debbie S
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good dinner. Very fast and professional waiter. Food was tasty and good price, compared to other restaurants around.

Thank Monika M

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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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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
Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Bar scene
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?