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Bongo Ben's Island Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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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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New York City, New York
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We came to watch football and eat breakfast one morning. I love that you can get breakfast drinks so early in the morning! The food was great and service was really good.

Thank amalance
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely delicious food that is very reasonably priced and a breathtaking view. Don't miss giving this place a try. Plenty of parking behind the restaurant.

Thank Nidal K
Anywhere I sleep
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A waiter seated us for breakfast by throwing down the silverware and menus, while saying I'll be right back. After waiting ten minutes we left. Absolutely no customer service. No good morning, no nothing.

Thank Always_Traveling_637
Brisbane, Australia
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86 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here twice the food and service was so good. It is right on the road but a great place to have a cocktail as the sunsets. Follow with a great meal at an affordable price. You might even meet the little green geckos!!!!!! Would definitely eat there again.

Thank MollyAust
Cohoes, New York
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An excellent location in town across from the water below a bar with live bands you can easily hear. The wait staff was excellent and very attentive. Average rating as the food was average (her fish tacos) to horrible (his hamburger.

Thank Bowser303
Orlando, Florida
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Locals frequent Bongo Bens for breakfast. At the water and great place for people watching on Ali Drive

Thank A_Really_Small_WORLD
Valley, WA
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The favorite thing about this place is the servers are outstanding. The food is good, too. We had breakfast, lunch and dinner here, not all in the same day but in a 3 week period that we were here. It's in a great location so you can walk around the shops before or after or both! We have never been... More 

Thank sunshinewa
Olathe, Kansas
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64 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bingo Bens is fantastic. We were looking for a place to eat on our first day in Kona, HI. We looked this place up on the Internet and it said it was voted best breakfast in 2016. I have to say I agree. Portion sizes, selection of different foods were good. Waitress was very attentive. Price were what we expected... More 

Thank Dave5068
Chandler, Arizona
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful setting across from the beach! The food was nothing to brag about, but we were there to see the sunset and relax after a busy day on the beach. The coconut crusted onion rings are good! The wait staff were wonderful and gave us lots of suggestions of must-do's on the island.

Thank CEJorgensen
Phoenix, Arizona
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great breakfast here, and it was wonderful. The local specialty, Moko Loco, was especially tasty. Great location, looks out on the ocean.

Thank Ed J

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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, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Buffet, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Families with children, Kids, Bar scene, Large groups, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?