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“Simply the best. ”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Bongo Cafe & Grille - CLOSED

Bongo Cafe & Grille
Cuisines: American, Cafe, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Creative dishes served in an upbeat retro beach setting. Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner. Separate vegan menu available. Gluten-free options. Pet friendly outdoor seating, in season.
Philadelphia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Simply the best. ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

Food is always good. The place is normally bustling and the service is good. It pays to be nice and you will be treated like a king.

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1 Thank tripadvsr9
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English first
New York City, New York
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A Friendly & Delicious Vegan/Gluten-Free Oasis at the NJ Shore”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2014

Being vegan and gluten/dairy-free can be challenging at best when visiting the NJ shore (admittedly, my partner and I are a tall order!) but not at Bongo Cafe.

In planning our trip to Ocean City, we researched Happy Cow and found a few places to eat that seemed accommodating. At first glance of Bongo's online menu, it seemed that we would have more than a few choices as opposed to the one or two items included on other area eatery menus. Upon arriving, we knew this was a special place as we were greeted by a sign on the door which read "We Love Vegans". We were seated at a window table and promptly greeted by Demaris, a friendly and knowledgeable server at Bongo. For the next 3 days, we enjoyed 4 delicious and savory meals there (7 in total for the two of us as we doubled-up on our first dinner), one more flavorful than the next. Demaris and other staff at Bongo knew their vegan and gluten/dairy-free, so there was no mix-up and our seemingly complex order was greeted with patience, care and ease. Throw in the quaint beach/tiki bar decor and eclectic music mix of surf/reggae/Latin and Bongo was the clear runaway go-to eatery for us.

We especially recommend the 'Shroom Reuben, Seitan Fajitas, Tempeh Hash, Tofu Scramble and On The Way To Cape May herbal tea pot.

Thank you, Demaris and the rest of the staff at Bongo for helping make our three days in Ocean City even more delightful. We're planning another trip this summer and will be back!

  • Visited June 2014
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2 Thank AllanChapman
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Budapest, Hungary
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233 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Foodie Heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2014

If you are tired of the standard Ocean City breakfast food and are looking for a breakfast or brunch that is unique, then eat at Bongo's. Their menu is diverse and very creative. This place does not have a cook in the kitchen, they have a chef! Their food is superb and complex. Try the Orange Crunchy French Toast w/orange butter. WOW! My biggest regret is finding this place on the last day of our stay. I would eat there everyday. Hands down the best food we have had at Ocean City.

  • Visited June 2014
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2 Thank Shmave
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Central Pennsylvania
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71 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great Burger”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2014

I loved this place for lunch - we enjoyed it very much, and got a kick out of the TV playing "Endless Summer" (lots of surfing!).

Visited June 2014
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1 Thank PennsylvaniaPenny
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Allentown PA
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127 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“You'd never know how good it is...surprise!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2014 via mobile

This location is a hidden gem. A little's dingy, a little small, and a little hokey, but delicious food and great variety menu. Huge portions, and a sweet staff of ladies. All meals were just as advertised. Crab bites a little underwhelming, but the rest of the food was fab. Not sure how they produce such a large menu offering in such a small place. Great that they have gluten free as a bonus. Kids menu great also. Thanks Bongos!

Visited June 2014
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