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“Breakfast”
Review of Bongo Cafe & Grille - CLOSED

Bongo Cafe & Grille
Cuisines: American, Contemporary, Cafe
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast
Description: Creative dishes served in an upbeat retro beach setting. Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner. Separate vegan menu available. Gluten-free options. Pet friendly outdoor seating, in season.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
91 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Breakfast”
Reviewed 30 August 2014 via mobile

We like this place a lot...but it's closing for good this month. :( very disappointed since there aren't many restaurants in Ocean City with decent food.

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Wyomissing
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great lunch spot”
Reviewed 30 August 2014 via mobile

Stop in for quick bite before hitting the beach. Good food great service. Would recommend. Enjoyed the fish tacos. Grown up grill cheese was just as good.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank mike m
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Central PA
Level 6 Contributor
137 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Bongo's Wins My Vote”
Reviewed 27 August 2014

Whenever you are in Ocean City, NJ, and you are looking for an out-of-the-way place away from the boardwalk and center city, try Bongo Café and Grill on Bay Avenue. It is not the best meal I ever had, but it was good and plentiful. They have a great variety of menu items, and the cooks provide some interesting twists to meals. The outdoor dining is nice, waitresses attentive, food good. What more does one need? Again, the measure of any place is would I go back? Yes, I would.

  • Visited August 2014
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1 Thank Flick8675309
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great food...horrific service and management.”
Reviewed 27 August 2014

My family just went there literally an hour ago as a result of numerous recommendations. While the food was good we were very disappointed with the service.

I ordered a dish that came with a special hollandaise sauce and I requested the regular hollandaise sauce on the side...I was told no, yet my wife's meal came with the regular on the side. Would it really be that difficult of a substitution? Cleary not....

But the main issue was that my parents ordered omelets and simply requested the topping sauce be omitted. Same order for both and could not have been more clear as they joked about it with the waitress. They also asked if they could substitute the potatoes for fruit and were told no problem. Of course, the plates came out with the sauce and potatoes but no fruit. When we brought that to the waitress' attention we were told we would have to pay for a new order if we wanted it redone. This was clearly their mistake and yet they refused to own up to it. And then, without ever t make a customer pay for what was absolutely a mistake by the restaurant or the chef.

For a breakfast that cost over $100 with tip for a party of 7, it is unconscionable that they could not make simple substitutions or yet make customers pay for their errors. With all of the choices in Ocean City, you would expect a restaurant to be more catering to their customers.

And the final piece is the waitress getting angry with my parents for poltely raising their issues with the service...telling them that she "did not need to deal with their issues". This is really unfortunate as the food was good, but we will never return.

  • Visited August 2014
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PattyCakes1050, Owner at Bongo Cafe & Grille, responded to this review, 7 September 2014
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Ocean City, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
150 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Ocean City is lucky to have a Restaurant this good”
Reviewed 24 August 2014 via mobile

Bongo is a treasure for the Ocean City community. If you want one of the most incredibly tasting and artfully presented meals at a very reasonable price, this is the place. We go here at least twice a week and simply love it. Our Favorite restaurant anywhere.

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