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Bongo Ben's Island Cafe

75-5819 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1311
+1 808-329-9203
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good37%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Bar, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
75-5819 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1311
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were hungry for a late breakfast/early lunch. I ordered the Loco Moco and my wife had the Hawaiian pancakes. The Loco Moco was delicious. The Hawaiian pancakes and coconut sauce were a tropical delight. The restaurant is outdoors and we made a new friend...More

Thank CycloneIowa
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Service mediocre, even though there were few people there when we arrived. Food was bland and there were several items we tried to order that they were out of. Will not return

Thank Lisa D
Reviewed 5 days ago

Had the best eggs bene! We sat right in front because we are people watchers and Alii Dr never disappoints! The food is good, the waitress was excellent and we will be back!!

Thank mshannon808
Reviewed 6 days ago

Outdoor and indoor seating. Service was fair as they were busy and seemed to be short staffed. We had a variety of food with 5 people and all seemed satisfied.

Thank markbF4840CV
Reviewed 6 days ago

Enjoyed a great breakfast here on two different occaisions. Waterfront with view and spinner dolphins provided a "show" one morning. All our breakfast selections were good AND be sure to try a fresh baked cinnamon roll ! Very friendly wait staff and hostess provided some...More

Thank ktcuisine
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed our breakfast of chorizo scramble and huevos rancheros our last morning in Kona. We were seated quickly along the waterfront and enjoyed watching Alli’ Drive wake up. Even got blue cheese dressing instead of sour cream :).

Thank soontobeforty
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really liked this place. We were greeted and seated promptly by the owner. Sunday am is a crazy busy time but our server was prompt and attentive. Loved trying the coconut syrup on my French toast.

Thank jfusco201
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved Bongo Bens! Visited for dinner and returned twice for breakfast during our vacation. Fresh baked bread and the cinnamon roll was to die for. Absolutely stunning sunset dinner views and breezy morning breakfast. Will definitely return!

Thank tooblonde1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great view! Good breakfast choices. A lot of interesting choices on the menu for any meal. The biscuits are excellent, especially with guava jelly.

Thank Runesong
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were promptly seated by a friendly hostess, had a great balcony view of the ocean. Breakfast was wonderful. The chorizo omlet was the perfect spice with lots of vegetables topped with sour cream. A little pricey but worth it. Served with potatoes. The tropical...More

Thank gnastx
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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Buffet
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine
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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