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Bongo Ben's Island Cafe

€€ - €€€American, ,
75-5819 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1311
+1 808-329-9203
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good37%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Bar, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
75-5819 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1311
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We love having breakfast or brunch on the bar facing the ocean. Love the geckos that join us. Always excellent service and food. They even have homemade gluten free bread/toast.

Thank Go57504
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We stopped at Bongo Ben’s Island Cafe after a long flight from the Midwest to Kona. Tired and just looking for sustenance, we were surprised by the homemade breads, nacho chips and moderate prices. The Mai Tai was delicious too. Going back for breakfast, we’ve...More

Thank Bill J
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Pro's: +: If you want breakfast after 11 on a weekday, this seemed like the only place to be on the downtown Kona strip. + The view is awesome. You get to stare at the ocean and see the street for both natural beauty...More

Thank Jenny_in_Palo_Alto
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very friendly restaurant near the water with very fast service. Nice selection on the menu. Can get busy at times but early in the morning is a good time to arrive.

Thank Larry A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am not sure how this place managed all of its awards as my breakfast visit was average at best. The food was forgettable with small portions relative to other options in the area. Poor service pulls the rating down for Bongos. As a patron,...More

Thank Cornell_Hotelie_94
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good to see meals with plenty of vegetables on offer that are cooked to crispness. The Island Teriyaki Steak came without the garlic toast as per the menu. That didn't bother me. The whole meal was tasty & of a decent serving. Oliver was an...More

Thank Clio H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place for a quick breakfast, lunch and happy hour. Generous portions and drinks at reasonable prices. Easy in an out and free public parking in back.

Thank richfinston
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We picked Bongo Bens for the sunset view and enjoyed our Seafood Linguini. Thanks to Emily for the recommendation and great service. Also enjoyed our special guest for dinner

Thank Dan M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We actually ate here twice-once for breakfast and then an early dinner. Both meals were good. Great seats looking out at the ocean. Very friendly staff. Very good cinnamon rolls also!

Thank Sharon L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ordered the Loco Moco and the Benedict. The brown gravy on the moco was very salty. They charbroil the burger in the moco which overpowers the rest of the flavor. The benedict was decent. Eggs on it were over done. Was OK, but wouldn't return...More

Thank dposalski
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Response from MN_Travel_Bug_1 | Reviewed this property |
Have no idea on any of their recipes.
Pamela H
9 July 2016|
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Response from Gerald F | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure about every night. We did hear music a couple times as we were out walking. There is music playing every night somewhere along that street or at least the week we were there. Sorry I can't help you more than... More
francine h
5 February 2016|
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Response from JaneKnoxville | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry but I do not know. We just found it to be a great place to eat breakfast when in Kona. Actually the only place!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$23
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Buffet
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 75-5819 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1311 (Formerly Bongo Ben's)
    (Walua Road)
  • Public Transportation: The Big Island, "Hele-On", public bus and Kona Trolley stop right in front of the restaurant.
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
  • Phone Number: +1 808-329-9203
  • E-mail
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!
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