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Bongo Ben's Island Cafe
Ranked #28 of 288 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 8 - US$ 23
Cuisines: American, Cafe, Grill
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Good for: Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, 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!
San Antonio, Texas
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“Surprised!”
Reviewed 27 July 2009

We chose to dine here do to the 20% discount through our resort. It has an ocean view and is a great place to take in the sunset. There is live music in the evening that was good. I expected touristy quality food do to the location and the prices not being real expensive. We ended up eating here 3 times and every meal was good.
The pupu platter was a meal for 2 people with all itmes being pretty good. The burgers are large and very good with interesting special burgers. The seafood fettuchini was good and a large portion. They have some of the best mashed potatoes we've had at a restaurant and my wife is fussy. The dessert was the only item we didn't care for, it was orange cream cake. When we went for breakfast we had heard before that they make great bisquits, but the maker had the day off and the new person didn't make them right so they were not served that morning. This shows they do quality control. Breakfast was good and served till 2pm. Service all 3 occasions was great. It's child friendly and has a fun atmosphere. By chance we met the owner who does a snoorkle demo at our resort. They own Lobo del Mar " Sea Wolf" snorkle tours. We had also had a tour booked with them the next day and had a great time even though I got sea sick.

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Redmond, Washington
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“Nice place for lunch”
Reviewed 27 July 2009

We had lunch last week at Bongo Ben's. It was very casual and the food and service were good. I would go back next time we are in Kona,

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Hawaii
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“Good Lunch”
Reviewed 3 July 2009

Pretty tasty lunch. Nice selection of beer. Had great seating facing out toward the ocean. Service was good and atmopsphere was very casual. I got 20% off with this coupon too so It was under $10. Can't beat that in Hawaii with an oceaview. http://alohamonthly.com/coupons.php?page=merchant&id=84

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colorado
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“Best music, and food, for Sunday nights in Kona.”
Reviewed 1 July 2009

My husband and I stayed in a Condo just down the street, took our evening walk and heard to our surprize Country Music. Coming from Colorado it was a great sound. The man playing was from Tex. We bought a CD so we could remember the Cowboy singer. It was so much fun, just like being at home. People were very friendly, and our waitress was great. The food was fresh, we came back for breakfast, yes we will be back...
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Tempe, AZ
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“C at best, average or below”
Reviewed 29 June 2009

We went to Bongo Bens for a Sunday lunch. We ended up getting the buffet. I did not enjoy the food. The only thing I really liked was the bacon. Even the sausage was not very good and sausage is always good!! My husband left half of his food and he usually eats everything. All the food was kept lukewarm and the poke had some flys crawling on it. The omlet station chef did not appear friendly and some kid was hanging around him. The manager nicely greeted us as we came in, they didn't overcharge us for the food, but the service was slow and the food was not very good. I will not be returning.

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