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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

Great service, super location across the street from the ocean. Neat to watch the waves hit the breakwater and sometimes splash unsuspecting sidewalk peeps! Good prices, great cheeseburgers, hubby and I split one and the shaved French fries are different, but ya gotta eat em...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Maggie9456
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped for supper, had fish tacos ($13.95), and a mai tai ($5 all day), Both were good but there are cheaper and more expensive fish tacos to be found, same with drinks. Offers free wifi and a great view of the ocean

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank crazyone2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here for lunch yesterday and it was such a great experience, especially with our server Julie, that we had to go back for breakfast today. We sat at the table over looking the sidewalk with great views of the ocean. Loved the Kona coffee,...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank MissionsDoorRick
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped here for early dinner , food quality seems to have deteriorated. Ordered the fish tacos. Pretty ordinary and fish over cooked, view spectacular as always , not sure if I would return, plenty of other places to try

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank oz50
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate breakfast here twice while we were visiting and both times, food was great. The service was slow the first time, I think the waitress was new, but we got the same waitress the second time and she'd improved a lot considering it was...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Jill D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Relaxed patio watching people & traffic pass. Food was served fast. But my grilled potatoes with the omelette, were not even warm, & felt undercooked.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank duanestunts
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is right across the street from the bay with wonderful views. The staff is very friendly and there is a very diverse menu.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank bobbyjhawaii
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have stopped here several times on this visit to Hawai’i and the food is great. The staff needs improvement. You can have your cup or glass sitting on the side of the table for a refill and they will walk right past it and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Karen A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went for happy hour and had their $5 Mai Tai which was pretty darn good. We are Mai Tai lovers when we come to Hawaii and theirs was to our liking especially for a $5 drink it was nice and strong. Had the Coconut...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank cdepqlr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here for breakfast during our stay in kona, and had to return a couple more times. The atmosphere, prices and food were great. Definitely try the hamburger and fries, best one we have ever had.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Sandra S
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8 May 2017|
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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
Bar Scene, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
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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