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“Great Food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bongo Ben's Island Cafe

Bongo Ben's Island Cafe
Ranked #24 of 283 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $23
Cuisines: American, Bar, Hawaiian, Grill
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Walua Road
Transit: The Big Island, "Hele-On", public bus and Kona Trolley stop right in front of the restaurant.
Description: 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!
Jasper, Alabama
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

We ate here 3 times during our vacation. The food and atmosphere were outstanding!!! Great service too!

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Becki Q
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Waikoloa, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Breakfast with a view”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013

Great place for a breakfast with a spicy Bloody Mary. Very enjoyable. Right on the water. Good to very good food. Great place to start your day

Visited March 2013
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Great biscuits and breakfast!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

Our group has breakfast at Bongo Ben's every Saturday morning. The food is delicious (especially the homemade biscuits), servers are friendly and the prices are very reasonable for Kona. The new owner, Manny, is making improvements that will make this place even better.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank BQ7
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Newport Coast
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47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“not worth stopping here”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

we stopped here because it looked fun and festive but it was marginal and felt dirty. servers were great but the food was marginal. i ordered fruit and it was not quite ripe; both kids' burgers were burned and it was so noisy that we could barely talk. choppers on the streets and just noise everywhere - not a relaxing place nor a place with good food....

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Fairwind12
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Wash. St.
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76 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Delicious breakfasts!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

While staying in Kona last week, we ate at Bongo Ben's for breakfast. The menu was extensive and everything sounded delicious. But being in Hawaii, I went for the macadamia nut pancakes with coconut syrup and it was excellent. My sisters ordered other items on the menu and were also delighted with what they got. The service was friendly and good, the manager was very helpful and welcoming, and the location was great, being in the heart of Kona and across the street from the ocean. They bake all their own breads. Portions are fairly large. Prices were reasonable.

  • Visited April 2013
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