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Bongo Room

#414 of 7,633 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Neighbourhood:
Downtown / The Loop
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1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605-2305
+1 312-291-0100
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09:00 - 14:00
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 08:00 - 14:30
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 14:00
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Denver, Colorado
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55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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!

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Thank shec186
Nashville, Tennessee
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169 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 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.

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Thank Christina C
Nashville, Tennessee
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 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 

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Thank KimberlyTN
Millersville, Maryland
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140 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 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.

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Thank seeingtheworld22
New Orleans, Louisiana
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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 

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Thank Stephanie H
North Liberty, Iowa
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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

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Thank fhnlia
Chicago, Illinois
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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.

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Thank Angela R
Manhattan, Kansas
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102 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

The Bongo Room on Wabash is a great place for breakfast or brunch in the Loop. The food was excellent and the portions were large. Don't go however if you want to carry on a conversation. The place is LOUD. You almost have to yell to be heard.

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Thank kskkgd
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

We had a couple in from out of town and it was recommended by other to try Bongo's for breakfast. We had never been there either so we all went to give it a try. The restaurant is a bit hard to find because there is not very big signage, but I guess it didn't matter because there wasn't an... More 

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Thank christophern408
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Yummy! Excellent, prompt service. Excellent atmosphere! Great for people watching while enjoying your food.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Cafe
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 14:00
Monday
08:00 - 14:30
Tuesday
08:00 - 14:30
Wednesday
08:00 - 14:30
Thursday
08:00 - 14:30
Friday
08:00 - 14:30
Saturday
09:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605-2305
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-291-0100

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
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