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Bongo Ben's Island Cafe

) #24 of 201 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona $$ - $$$ American, ,
75-5819 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1311
+1 808-329-9203
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good38%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Open Now
06:30 - 21:00All hours
American, Bar, Grill, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
75-5819 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1311
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1 - 10 of 1,409 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had a good meal that came quickly and the staff were friendly. Menu had lots of options to choose from. Love a good $5 mai tai

Thank Henry B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The view and people watching would be the biggest reason to eat there. My advice is to rent a condo and eat on your own lanai. Sweet roll was big.

Thank Gary G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good food, great service, great prices and very friendly staff. Beats the hotel hands down! We were surprised that the Happy Hour lasted for 4 hours and the beers were very very cheap.

Thank Uwe B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family has never before experienced eating breakfast with a gekko before, the little family of gekkos were very polite and watched from the railing overlooking our table. They did not interfere with our dining experience. Our table overlooked the road and bay. The food...More

Thank MusicMama
Reviewed 1 week ago

After a week of eating at other Kona Restraunts stopped here tonight for dinner. We were surprised at how quick my pizza came out and after one bite it was obvious that it was just a frozen pizza I could have gotten from a local...More

Thank 676Mike
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to Bongo Ben's twice. We enjoyed lunch a week ago and today had breakfast. I was so pleased that they had homemade and delicious gluten free bread that they used so that I could have Eggs Benedict without sauce. It was a...More

Thank Mary K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We sat down at sunset for dinner. Both nature and Bens were awesome. Portions were great size and the food was wonderful. Be sure to get a couple of appetizers.

Thank Darryl288
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We walked over from our hotel to have their breakfast. We got seated looking at the ocean! Amazing view, so beautiful! I knew from the start that I wanted the eggs benedict. The service was amazing and the food too! Prices aren't that high either....More

Thank Raintreeflower
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The service was very good, we had server ID 44 (sorry, forgot her name). And the manager/owner came over personally to see if things were OK. Pretty good for a shared pizza & two cocktails! Great view, get to watch all the people walk by....More

Thank Karen W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Bongo Bens has a fantastic breakfast. (Ate there most mornings for a week!) Fantastic view of Kailua bay. Watched spinner dolphins from our table, paddle boarders, & Cruise ship docking. Food is fantastic!!Enjoyed the Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs!! My Brother and his Wife had...More

Thank Daniel B
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I would love the recipe for the Kono Koladas
8 May 2017|
Response from MN_Travel_Bug_1 | Reviewed this property |
Have no idea.
Pamela H
Do they have music every night or just on weekends
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
do you guys cater? i have a guest list of 40?
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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Buffet
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, View, Bar Scene
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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