We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Bongo Room

#361 of 7,673 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
South Loop
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605-2305
+1 312-291-0100
09:00 - 14:00
Closed now
See all hours
Mon - Fri 08:00 - 14:30
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 14:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

172 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 170: English reviews
Nashville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't be alarmed by a 20 min wait it goes by very fast. Once seated the food comes very fast. I recommend the Lobster Benedict. Don't forget to ask for coffee to go and then walk over to Stan's donut for dessert! You'll thank me later.

Thank eeda2017
Level Contributor
307 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

THis is my fave brunch spot in the city!! I always order the white chocolate and caramel pancakes with potatoes!! The pancakes are not as sweet as you would expect. They are seriously like crack!! Once you start eating you can't stop. The pancakes come in 3 but you can order 1 given the size ordering 1 is ideal. The... More 

Thank Ernesha P
Birmingham, AL
Level Contributor
11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fresh ingredients, filling portions, everything looked wonderful. We had the breakfast burrito with chorizo and the eggs Benedict brunch. Poached eggs were perfect with a wonderful hollandaise and the chorizo was excellent with an amazing salsa and spiced sour cream. Mike was a perfect server, thank you.

Thank KyleNichols
Denver, Colorado
Level Contributor
56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Go to this place. It is delicious! I bring everyone I travel to Chicago with here. We split a burrito and either pancakes or French toast which is like dessert. Fresh ingredients too! Go on a weekday, because lines on the weekends are really long!

Thank shec186
Nashville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
187 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Went for the first time to bongo room for lunch. Normally I've been on weekends for brunch. I was very pleasantly surprised. The sandwiches are delicious - would highly recommend the tuna salad. Everything tasted fresh. There was no wait. I'd recommend trying bongo room for lunch anytime.

Thank Christina C
Nashville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

This was my third visit, the previous two were amazing! I arrived on a Saturday morning, the weekend the Chicago Cubs were playing the World Series, expecting a very long wait. I was pleasantly surprised when the wait was only 30 minutes. I ordered a cup of Intelligentsia coffee, sat on the bench and waited. When you're drinking this coffee... More 

Thank KimberlyTN
Millersville, Maryland
Level Contributor
150 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Red Velvet pancakes! Nothing more to say. Go, endure the wait if there is one, and check this place out. You will not leave disappointed.

Thank seeingtheworld22
New Orleans, Louisiana
Level Contributor
34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We went here after hearing about the French toast chocolate tower on the Food Network. The wait was long, the pancakes were tough (very tough) and drowning in sauces. We had the steak and eggs burrito which was bland, the meat was tough, and the meat tasted like it was cooked in the same pan as shrimp (there was a... More 

Thank Stephanie H
North Liberty, Iowa
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Good food tends to get busy. If you need to wait there is a Trader Joe's right across the seat to do some shopping while you wait

Thank fhnlia
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Maybe I should've ordered from the "specials" section. I ordered something from the standard menu and I wasn't impressed at all. It looked great though. I was in there during non-peak hours so maybe that was the issue. I had been in there on a Saturday afternoon before, and everything was better.

Thank Angela R

Been to Bongo Room? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:30
08:00 - 14:30
08:00 - 14:30
08:00 - 14:30
08:00 - 14:30
09:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605-2305
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > South Loop
  • Neighbourhood: South Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-291-0100

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Bongo Room and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Bolingbrook, Illinois

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Bongo Room staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in South Loop

Neighbourhood Profile
South Loop
This downtown neighborhood offers a variety of activities ranging from cultural to sporting. If you happen to visit during football season, you may bump into a boisterous few fans on their way to a Bears game on the southernmost tip of South Loop. On the flip side, Museum Campus offers cultural and educational experiences in its planetarium, museum and aquarium, all situated along the lakefront. Grant Park is one of Chicago’s premier locations for green space and recreation with views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Take a stroll down memory lane in the historic Prairie District where you can enjoy views of old historic homes. Restaurants, theaters, and clubs are spread throughout the neighborhood along with a collection of burger joints along Michigan Avenue just across from the park.
Explore this neighbourhood