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“Best Date Night Restaurant at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bongos Cuban Cafe

Bongos Cuban Cafe
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Ranked #101 of 574 Restaurants in Hollywood
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Latin, Cuban, Caribbean, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Dayton, Ohio
Level Contributor
63 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Best Date Night Restaurant at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

Stylish, pleasant, airy room. Well-trained, professional service. Food is good if perhaps unremarkable. Cuban-inspired, rather than Cuban-authentic. Skirt steak ($26) and grilled white fish ($19), both with two sides, were nicely seasoned. Portions were more than ample. Live music (after 8:00 p.m. on weekends) made conversation difficult but possible.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Neil F
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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86 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“This is not authentic Cuban food.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

Considering how close it is to Miami and little Havana you would think that they would hire Cuban chefs. I have been eating Cuban food in Broward and Dade county for years and was really disappointment by Bongos, years back I ate at the original one in Downtown Disney and I remember liking that, but this time, wow, it was very lackluster. I felt like it caters waaaay too much to tourists. The flavors that are supposed to pop at you with real Cuban food just wasn't there. The restaurant itself is beautiful and the staff was really nice but the food was just too expensive to not serve authentic, flavorful meals. I'm giving it a poor and not terrible because like I said, the place is pretty and the waiter I had was friendly but the food is supposed to be what carries a restaurant and for that reason, I'm giving it a rating of poor and sadly would not go again.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank IceRose21
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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91 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Excellent Restaurant!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2013

This restaurant is located at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. It was our first time trying Cuban food and we were not disappointed. Excellent decor, service and food. Definitely would recommend this restaurant and we look forward to going there again.

Visited August 2013
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Brantford
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57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Average at best”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

food was ok the portions were quite big, the service was average at best, the place was dead barely anyone else in there and was a bit pricey for the quality of food.

Visited August 2013
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Thank 44isballn
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Houston, Texas
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Over rated and horrible food!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

This place has the looks and ambiance, but the food is extremely poor, and over priced. If you're looking for good Cuban food...forget it, this is not the place for you! No flavor, not cooked properly, and too expensive. I promise you, there are lots of other Cuban restaurants that are hundred times better. Just because Gloria and Emilio own it, doesn't mean a thing! Save your money and go elsewhere!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bballcoach13
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