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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, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
75-5819 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1311
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We frequent this busy restaurant for breakfast whenever we are in Kona. My wife had a tropical fruit waffle which included a Belgian waffle, bananas, pineapple, mac nuts and topped with whip cream. I settled on the choriza scramble which had a couple of scrambled...More

Thank sabers86
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Luckily we were able to sit on there large outside patio just at sunset with the only thing between us and our view of the sun were palm trees. Most important, the had $5 Mai Tai's. Wow, we got used to paying $12 every other...More

Thank Bill G
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had quite a few meals here last trip for two main reasons. First food and selection suited us fine. Great breakfast with beautiful view of water. Our hotel was close so very convenient. Pancakes were good and if you have a full order you better...More

Thank Patrick P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love that they serve breakfast until 2pm here! Went a couple of times last week while on vacation in Kona. Had a bit of a late start to the day so I enjoyed still being able to enjoy breakfast after 11 along with a...More

Thank Rhonda B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As far as the big island goes, this breakfast is pretty reasonable! They definitely lure you in with cheap mimosas! The food is delicious and probably the best loco moco on ali’i! The view is unbeatable and the breakfast is delicious that’s really all you...More

Thank ninabeebuzzin
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'd recommend checking out this spot for great sunset views and a cold beer. Food was just okay - we enjoyed most of the Seafood Platter (got the half order, it's a ton of food) but the pizza was pretty inedible. Good beer selection and...More

Thank Sarah W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Only did breakfast, food was good and plentiful, Their bloody Mary specials were good and reasonably priced. Great place to people watch Friendly and busy.

Thank William M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for breakfast. The food was more expensive in comparison to what you got. There’s definitely better places to eat for breakfast. The view was nice though.

Thank Christi F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited today with my husband. Food was good , service was very very mediocre. I had a burger and a beer. Our waitress NEVER brought us H2O, or asked if our food was acceptable. Basically she was horrific. Great atmosphere, good food, horrible service! We...More

1  Thank cobrien123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ben’s Bongo is just down the street from the Royal Kona Resort so it’s an easy walk. Great view of the waves crashing on the rocks. We stopped by on Saturday night for their prime rib special for $23.95 for 8 oz. Considering the price...More

Thank Lynne P
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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
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, View, Bar Scene, Groups
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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