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Bongo Ben's Island Cafe

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75-5819 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1311 (Formerly Bongo Ben's) (Walua Road)
+1 808-329-9203
06:30 - 22:00
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 06:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sun 06:30 - 22:00
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great view! Everyone has their hands in the silverware bins! Hate it! We come once a quarter to see if the service has improved, not yet. My favorite item are the grits which used to be made with milk instead of being watery. We may give the staff one more visit in a few months, but maybe not. Hate to... More 

Thank Ron S
Winnipeg, Manitoba
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had an ocean view sitting elbow to elbow facing out. Food was decent, sausage greasy, coffee good. This is an okay place to eat.

Thank ResourceTeacher
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We came here 2 days in a row for breakfast because it was that good. Tasty & delicious green tea. Friendly staff too

Thank Melanie M
Spokane, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love the harbor front view, and the opportunity to watch Ali'i cruisers and strollers, while drinking and dining. They always had good fish tacos. Change in the formula still has perfectly cooked Ono, but now a medley of fresh chopped tropical fruit and a killer sauce, with lettuce and a perfect corn taco shell. Perfect. Best fish taco this year.

Thank Jeffery S
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

The service is great and fast, drinks will kick your butt. Food absolutely sucks. They murdered tuna. Great 8 oz piece cooked till it was a grey flavorless thing. Veggie sandwich was just full of the same cooked vegetables used as a dinner side.

Thank Pete F
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Before heading out to the airport, we stopped at Bongo Ben's for breakfast- BIG mistake. We had no way of knowing we would be inconveniencing our server. We were immediately seated. After 10 minutes, our waiter finally stopped by- it was NOT busy and there were at least 3 servers. We ordered coffee and breakfast. Now, I understand Island Time... More 

Thank PattiCNS
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here three times for breakfast, and once for dinner on our recent trip to the island. The breakfast is always spot on. Fast efficient service, and tasty meals. I love the pork chops and the cinnamon buns are to die for. The dinner however was very different. The food was still very good, the service was just a... More 

Thank Iloveholidays095
Clinton, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Outdoor breakfast on the main drag across from ocean. Easy parking behind building. Good breakfast, big portions (especially French toast). Enjoyed the meal. Prices a little high but probably about average for the island.

Thank Pamela M
New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had breakfast with the family on the morning of family members wedding. The breakfast was great and the view magnificent.

Thank 420krayzee
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great atmosphere and very popular. Turnover was pretty good though. Had a great big American Breakfast and sat looking at the water. Recommend for sure.

Thank 7Princess

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$23
American, Bar, Hawaiian, Grill, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Groups, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?