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Bongo Ben's Island Cafe

) #23 of 200 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%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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Open Now
06:30 - 21:00All hours
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 2 days ago via mobile

First off, I've been coming to Bongo Bens for years. I've always had trouble with fries, home fries... they are basically raw. But I've learned to ask for them well done. I would go to Bongo Bens cuz it's cheap and except for a few...More

Thank Rose D
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Can't go wrong here, popular among locals and tourists alike. Ordered the banana macadamia nut pancakes. Heaven! Extensive menu, everything from omelette store loco-moco. Give it a try, you can't miss. Very friendly & attentive staff.

Thank Norman P
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We really liked Bongo Ben's for several reasons. First, their location was very scenic and convenient to the resort we stayed at. Second, the variety of food items was excellent. Third, the quality was quite good with fine service. In fact, it was the only...More

Thank dcyagura
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Visited for dinner... was very good. We were excited to come back for breakfast. It was not as good. The staff is wonderful and helpful. Breakfast was a miss. My French toast was not cooked in the middle. Sadness.... the dinner though was very good....More

Thank Andrea Y
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Me and my friend stopped here for lunch. She had the nachos (huge portion) and I had a burger with bacon cheese fries! The fries are absolutely gorgeous! Would definitely recommend! The view of the sea front is also a nice to have dinner infrobt...More

Thank kattmatee
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved Bongo Ben's for breakfast. The owners are there to make sure all is in perfect order. We love the Kona Coffee....but we like the dark coffee. They made us a special pot of French Press dark....it was outstanding. So flavorful and smooth. Breakfast...More

Thank Shannon C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is great with the outside seating facing the ocean bay and the awesome food. Its very tasty, to where i even loved the beef teriyaki(i don't like teriyaki flavor). So that has to say something! Even the chips and salsa were great. The...More

Thank lmlizzio
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here twice, once when first arriving and again just before we left Kona. I had the pulled pork sandwich the first time, which was great, but my wife's Cobb salad was so-so. The mai-tai was fine but the service was a bit abrupt...More

Thank DeHypnotist
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We just happened to wander in at 2pm just as happy hour started - $5 mai tais, $3 draft beers, burger and app specials. Fast friendly service. The seafood platter was really good - love the coconut onion rings. Teriyaki steak was super tender and...More

Thank Jt F
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate breakfast here twice as the menu offered both traditional breakfasts and healthier fare such as sushimi. It fit the varied tastes of our group.

Thank judyaj215
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Response from MN_Travel_Bug_1 | Reviewed this property |
Have no idea on any of their recipes.
Pamela H
9 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
5 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, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Buffet
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, View
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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