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Bongo Ben's Island Cafe

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 yesterday

We went at 4 p.m. and had to wait about 5 minutes before being seated. The waitress then told us we'd have to wait at least 10 minutes before she could take our order because she was busy (although there weren't very many people there)....More

Thank lkf535
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here twice within a week long stay. My children ( 11 and 13) really enjoyed our meals. If you like bloody marys, this is the place! I recommend the breakfasts, bloody marys and fish tacos

Thank TravelingJana
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had brunch here and the food, after my order was somewhat corrected, was good. I ordered Eggs Benedict. Something different was served. Got the right order soon after but the eggs were not cooked to my specifications. If the server would simply pay attention, all...More

Thank pwncess
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always been a favorite breakfast spot in Kona! The view is great! The food is great. The service can be slow if they are busy.

Thank O6486AJcraigb
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our food here was pretty good, but a bit pricey. The pork and cabbage meal and the steak strips and fries were both pretty good. This restaurant also offers gluten free pizza which is always a lovely accommodation for us gluten intolerant people!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were staying at the royal kona resort and thought we'd stop in for breakfast here at Bongo Ben's, we weren't disappointed, the views of the bay from the front deck were amazing and tur food was out quickly and was scrumptious!

Thank jhuelman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fast food, a lot of mayonnaise, smelly toilets. Nothing to recommend. There are many more places along side the road to go to. This is low quality fast food.

Thank DWin8888
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Handy to the Royal Kona Resort where we were staying. Beachfront location and tables in and outside. We sat outside on wobbly rustic chairs and tables. Seemed to be a popular location with good crowd dining when we stopped in for dinner. Service was relatively...More

Thank aidsnang
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pretty typical beach-front place. Food was OK, staff was very accommodating. If you’re there later in the evening, caution that you may get some intoxicated walkers on the street in front of the dining area. The kids learned a few new words.

Thank Jim D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was pretty crowded when we got there. They find us a table fairly quickly but it took forever to order our drinks and food. It was busy so I do understand that. Friendly servers. Once the food got here, it was great. We...More

Thank RainbowCowboy
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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
10 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
6 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, Kids, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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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