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Bongo Ben's Island Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Hawaiian, Grill, Pub
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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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Pollock Pines, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On Friday, November 18th we planned to drive to Hilo to visit two botanical gardens. In the morning we went to “Bongo Ben’s Island Café” to have basic breakfast. They open at 6.30. Breakfast was decent. Scrambled eggs, potatoes, ham, wheat toast, jam, coffee in my case. Same and bacon instead of ham in Vallery’s. Vallery did not care about... More 

Thank KonPolPine
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Benedict and the cinnamon rolls will blow your mind! Great service and it's right across from the ocean. Always visit several times every time I'm back in Kona.

Thank Glamazon1123
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We enjoyed great tasting food while looking at the water front. We got a 20% discount so it was about the same price as on the main land. Most places in Hawaii are open air so birds landed at the edge of our table for crumbs and a gecko also came to visit while we were eating.

Thank Henry H
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Prices good...view amazing..service top knotch.... Had the scrambled eggs with spinach...biscuit amazing.... Long happy hour....

Thank cfelssmith
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had breakfast here several times and each time the food was great and the view awesome! Staff was personable and friendly.

Thank Arlene S
Ashland, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went to breakfast and was pleased with the food and the view of the Kona harbor was great. Very casual and the wait staff were pleasant. Prices were a surprise as Kona has become quite expensive .

Thank John_C29998
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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66 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

No better place for breakfast with a vies. Excellent breakfast menu they have all the bases covered from local style to great pancakes. Service is friendly and attentive. Food comes hot and fast, Special drink prices as their bloody marys. You can sit at the bar facing the ocean and let your troubles drift away o the tide. Ask anyone... More 

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Everett, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had breakfast here twice on our recent vacation to Kona. The first visit we had the grandkids with us. Ages 10 months and 30 months. They welcomed the kids and had a good kids menu. The second time was more relaxed with just me and the wife. The view is outanding. The breakfasts are good and reasonably priced. The... More 

Thank MTS--1000
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were looking forward to the Thanksgiving Day special at Bongo Ben's. We had a great view of the sunset over the ocean, but were very disappointed with the food overall. Although the servings were large, the food was of poor quality. Turkey was dry. The dressing tasted like it came from a box that had passed its " best... More 

Thank CanadaJessie
Lacey, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The view is the best part of this place! Our server wasn't overly enthusiastic; seemed a little annoyed to be working. We asked about happy hour and she said, "yup, it is". I was looking for some information on what exactly was included in their happy hour. We each ordered items on the menu that were marked as "house favorites".... 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, Pub
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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
Large groups, Scenic view, Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
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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