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Review of Bongos Cuban Cafe

Bongos Cuban Cafe
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Ranked #588 of 4,054 Restaurants in Orlando
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Caribbean, Cuban, Contemporary
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Lake Buena Vista
Reviewed December 7, 2013

We were vacationing in Florida and decided to have dinner at Bongos Cuban Café. (It was highly recommended and is situated in the downtown Disney area; a short walk from the dock.)

We had no reservations and were seated virtually immediately on a Thursday evening around 6PM on the first floor. The restaurant is large and was crowded and somewhat noisy, but our table was away from the crowds so it didn’t matter. There were good selections on the dinner menu and our waitress was very pleasant, helpful & attentive. We each ordered a Caeser Salad and then a Grilled Fish Filet & Shredded Chicken Breast; which were very good.

Since we had a good dining experience with great service, at a reasonable price and were not rushed, we would recommend this restaurant for dinner. As a matter of fact we went back for a later dinner on Friday evening.

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Thank SandF2012
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

Great choice for a taste of Cuban food. Fantastic appetizers and side dishes made form plantain or yuca. Fish dishes are great, one of the best mojitos I've ever had (the tropical mojito) Staff is attentive and well trained. Cuban coffee to top off the meal. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights inside with live music outside as well. Attracts a good spirited crowd and reservations is a must. look at the entertainment schedules so you don't get caught after one of the shows lets out

Thank Dean A
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Reviewed November 27, 2013 via mobile

Went with my husband and ordered fried steak with plantains and mentioned I had a shellfish allergy. Had eaten one bite when the server ran across the restaurant and whisked my food away because even though it contained no shellfish they wanted to be 100% sure there was no cross contamination. Really good to see somewhere being so allergy aware. The food was gorgeous too very tasty. My husband had a tasting platter and recommends it

Thank everton_angel
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

I ate at Bongos Cuban cafe rcently and it was awesome!!!! Traditional Cuban food piled on your plate. I had the paella, which was really more than enough for 2 people. Great food, great service and great drinks.

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Thank Pete B
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

We had an 8:45 pm reservation. When we arrived we were told that it would be a 45 minute wait -- the same time given to the party that had just walked in with no reservation! The hostess explained that reservations "did not matter" and that the wait was the same for everyone. After questioning the manager and asking why reservations were not honored he told me that was not true. He did say that they were "running behind" on their reservations. I kept pushing and suddenly he directed us to a table outside on the patio. There were a number of vacant tables outside. While we could not read the menus, the ambiance was lovely. It was a warm evening, no bugs and the noise volume was much better than inside with tired, crying kids. The rest of our meal was great -- food was very good, drinks were good and service was good. Portion sizes were more than adequate for the price.No complaints except their "reservation" system. Either the hostess needs better training or they need to revamp their systems for reservations and seating folks. Could have been an excellent if the seating system were better. Not sure I would recommend for a special event since the wait times are so long and reservations can't be guaranteed.

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