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Bongo Ben's Island Cafe

$$ - $$$American, ,
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, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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75-5819 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1311
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Reviewed May 17, 2016

Located across the street from the water, enjoy good reasonably priced food and drinks, while entranced by the view, or the passers-by.

Thank frogfishes7
Reviewed May 16, 2016

Sitting at the table looking out over the bay, eating some exceptional food. What a great way to start the day. Tropical pancake with fresh pineapple, banana, and macadamia nuts, whipped cream an be sure to eat it with coconut syrup. Yummy. Check out the...More

Thank Vicki P
Reviewed May 16, 2016

We took off in search of coffee and breakfast, not knowing our way around town we stumbled upon Bongo Bens's and it was everything we could have asked for. We had front row seating that gave us a great view of the ocean it was...More

Thank clntr2006
Reviewed May 15, 2016

This restaurant has a large menu, they're friendly, the Calamari strips were some of the best I've tried, friends loved the fish tacos,husband says pulled pork was excellent. Only inconvenience Restrooms are up a long flight of stairs.

Thank Janet D
Reviewed May 14, 2016

Great food, good service, reasonable prices. View of the ocean across the street. Parking available behind building.

Thank JCDunn
Reviewed May 13, 2016

The pork chops & eggs were very good! The wait was worth it! The food & service were #1 a + was the view too. Money well spent!

Thank Dale S
Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

We found Bongo Bens on our first day of vacation. We went back 3 times for breakfast! Delicious food and super friendly, helpful service! Priced well too!

Thank Shauna D
Reviewed May 12, 2016

We had brunch here with some friends who live in Kona. The food was delicious and well priced. They make their own breads. Also, the restaurant is on Alii with a view.

Thank phenry2016
Reviewed May 11, 2016

Aloha! If you are in Kona and looking for a relaxing place to have a bite and drink and enjoy an amazing view of the water, Bongo Ben's is a can't miss stop. Ask for John...he'll make sure you are well taken of. Enjoy!!

Thank ilumen8d1
Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

We asked at the hotel for the best breakfast in town and were sent here. Perfect choice. Right across the street from the water with an unobstructed view. Great food. Great staff. Chorizo omelette was really good. The locomoco 'bout spilled over the plate. Get...More

Thank MikeandJim
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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
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Large groups
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
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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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