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Bongo Ben's Island Cafe

) #23 of 199 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona $$ - $$$ American, ,
75-5819 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1311
+1 808-329-9203
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good38%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Bar, Grill, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
75-5819 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1311
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Reviewed February 14, 2016

We have been to Kailua-Kona twice and always eat here and watch the sunset. It is a beautiful spot with a counter facing the ocean and sunset. We always enjoy having a happy hour Mai Tai while watching the sunset right in front of us....More

Thank JMorgan92
Reviewed February 13, 2016 via mobile

We made this cafe our go to place for breakfast. The food is outstanding. The staff hospitable and the view is lovely. The cinnamon buns were to die for.

Thank Kylara484
Reviewed February 12, 2016 via mobile

Went here our last four trips to Kona each time it seems to have a new owner they have changed their happy hour to where you can only eat food while in the bar which takes away the view and the feeling of the place...More

Thank 6-13-1966
Reviewed February 11, 2016 via mobile

We had Mahi Mahi fish and chips which were very good. Fish tacos were not very good. BLT was ok and bacon cheeseburger was decent. Beer was only $3 for draft big wave. Mai Tai was awful. Amazing sunset views.

Thank Tanya M
Reviewed February 11, 2016 via mobile

Good solid value with a large menu. Wait staff was among the most pleasant we found in the area. Great breakfast location and seating facing the street is a great people watching spot. Pizza was great

Thank californiadreamers_8
Reviewed February 11, 2016

Highly recommended for fun and casual atmosphere. We were seated at the rail to enjoy the sunset. Our waitress appeared to offer the Mai Tai special for $5. My husband ordered one and before I could ask for a soft drink, she disappeared. She came...More

1  Thank Pittsburghyinzer
Reviewed February 9, 2016

Our server was attentive and the view and food was very good. We had a nice visit and enjoyed the atmosphere.

Thank Justin C
Reviewed February 8, 2016

The banana mac nut pancake stack is one of those tropical dream breakfasts that is almost too good to be true!. Large enough for two and available from opening at 6:30 AM until 2:00 PM. The restaurant fronts the ocean in Kailua-Kona with much open...More

Thank MGSK
Reviewed February 8, 2016

My husband and I ate here twice for breakfast while visiting Kona. The food was good, but not outstanding and the same goes to the service. There is ample outdoor seating and some seating that looks directly out at the ocean. The POG mimosa was...More

Thank Akasheeah
Reviewed February 3, 2016

Food was OK but not exceptional. If you are looking for more of a bar, casual type dinning then this would be the place to go. They did have TV's for the sports fan and.

Thank Peggy W
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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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups, Scenic view, Bar scene
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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