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“Great place for a quick lunch”

Bongo Ben's Island Cafe
Ranked #26 of 290 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $23
Cuisines: American, Cafe, Grill
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Buffet, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
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!
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great place for a quick lunch”
Reviewed August 21, 2014

Extensive menu, cool location. Quick service. Friendly staff. Good value. Fresh ingredients. Great place to sit and watch the "world" go by on Alii Drive.

Visited August 2014
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Vancouver WA USA
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“food ok, service lousy”
Reviewed August 19, 2014

A group of 8 had dinner in August. My grandson ordered pizza. All of us were served except my grandson. Server said his pizza would be right out. The rest of us ate slowly and shared our meals with him. Several other tables were served their pizza and came in after us. After the rest of us had finished his pizza came. The kitchen had overlooked the order. Our waiters did nothing to expedite the order.

  • Visited August 2014
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Newnan, Georgia
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“THE BEST COCONUT SHRIMP EVER!!!”
Reviewed August 17, 2014

Honestly, this was the most delicious coconut shrimp I have ever eaten - HUGE SHRIMP cooked perfectly. The atmosphere was perfect for an island café. Excellent food - reasonable prices.

  • Visited August 2014
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Salem, Oregon
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best Breakfast in Kona”
Reviewed August 13, 2014

We enjoyed a wonderful breakfast at Bongo Ben's. Perfectly cooked eggs and Portuguese sausage with outstanding grits and a delicious (and HUGE) biscuit for $8.95! We loved it so much we came back later that day for wonderful Mai Tais and loaded nachos. During our trip we made three additional visits for drinks, dinner and another yummy breakfast.
All while staring at the Pacific Ocean!

  • Visited July 2014
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California
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Nice place on the ocean”
Reviewed August 10, 2014

We had dinner and met nice people that were also dining. Then the fabulous music started with a live band, SMALL KINE ACTION, and we all had a blast dancing. The location is right on the ocean. We sat in the front patio and it was the perfect place to sit for people-watching, hearing the band, and enjoying our meal with the gorgeous sun setting over the ocean.

Visited June 2014
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