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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 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 06:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sun 06:30 - 22:00
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Fremont, California
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226 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

What makes this breakfast taste so good is the view. Sit facing the ocean and have a nicely prepared omelet or Benedict and you'll find it most enjoyable. Service is friendly, portions generous and it makes for a great way to meet the day. Parking is available behind the restaurant and shopping complex.

Thank Glenn M
Fort Myers, Florida
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Between the homemade bread, the perfectly cooked eggs, and the great service by Julie- this is a perfect place for breakfast. We would definitely go back again if ever in Hawaii again.

Thank staplesjill
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105 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Bongo Ben seems to specialize in breakfast. Big plates with plenty of food. They are a good place for dinner and drinks also. Right on the main drag with sunset views.

Thank AtlantaBeachfreak
Seattle, Washington
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44 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The food here is really good! We ate there four times. Best fish & chips on the Island. Also had the moco loco, fish tacos, nachos, poke, and drinks. They are located right on the main drag looking at the water and very good for people watching. The staff are friendly and hard working. Pricing was better than most places... More 

Thank Llll Y
La Grange, Illinois
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We stayed at the Royal Kona Resort. Searching for a place to eat within walking distance of our hotel we found Bongo Ben's. Great food, service and friendly. We were on the Big Island for ten days and most days we ate breakfast at Bongo Ben's. it was also a fun place.

Thank Ed_and_Sue819
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

They make their bread fresh daily and you can tell. Loved the bread! I ate their homemade whole wheat bread with butter and it brought back a flood of childhood memories! Sooooo yummy! Fresh omelettes and great bloody Mary's too.

Thank Tina C
New York
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139 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wanted to watch the sunset in a good location and have a drink, so we went to Bongo Ben's. Didn't realize that we got there right before their Happy Hour ended, so we got 1/2 off our second appetizer. My husband had the Teriyaki Steak with fries and I ordered the half portion of the Seafood Platter, since my husband... More 

Thank KMillerNewYork
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were here for an early breakfast suggested to us by a local business owner, Kona Mike. We were so glad we took him up on his suggestion. My husband had a traditional breakfast with the Portuguese sausage and their homemade biscuit. He said it was the best biscuit he has ever had!!! I would have to agree it was... More 

Thank Heidi M
Adelaide, Australia
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63 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We'd heard rave reviews about Bongo Bens so we stopped for brunch one day. Food was great, there was so much choice on the menu. Staff member was super nice and made sure we always had drinks and cold water in the hot weather. Would return and recommend to family and friends.

Thank Ashleigh S
Tampa, FL
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate there every morning 15 years ago when we got married on the island. We went back for an anniversary trip and ate breakfast there again three times, ones came all the way from waikiloa just to eat their breakfast.

Thank crhallis

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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, 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
Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, 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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