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Bongo Ben's
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Today 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
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75-5819 Alii Drive Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
75-5819 Alii DriveUSHawaiiKailua-Kona96740
(808) 329-9203bongobens.com
RestaurantToday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am – 10:00 pmTuesday 7:00 am – 10:00 pmWednesday 7:00 am – 10:00 pmThursday 7:00 am – 10:00 pmFriday 7:00 am – 10:00 pmSaturday 7:00 am – 10:00 pmSunday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
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A casual but bustling oceanside American eatery with colorful island decor & nightly live music.- Google
"Good food with a great view of the bay and good happy hour deals as well."
"Get a bloody Mary and hopefully you get Mary for your waitress."
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Don Weiner
a month ago
Great location with nice views of the ocean. I went twice while I was in Kona, once for breakfast and once for dinner. For the breakfast I got the yogurt and granola, served in a fresh papaya. It was delicious! The service was OK. For the dinner I decided to try the pizza, as the menu said that all their breads were baked fresh daily on site. Well, I guess the pizza doesn't count as bread because I've had better pizza out of a grocery store freezer. The crusted was not fresh, and the sauce tasted canned. My friend had the sea food linguine, which he said wasn't much better. The shrimp & fish were well-cooked, but the pasta was not. And the sauce was under-seasoned. I'd go back for the breakfast.
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Sarah VanSickle
a month ago
The food was okay (nothing special) but the service was horrible!! Our server and the manager were unprofessional and unhelpful. We did not get any drink refills, had two out of our six orders that were completely wrong and no apologies or accommodations were given for their mistakes. We visited this place 6 years ago and loved it but were extremely disappointed with this visit and will not return.
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Shelly Hall
2 weeks ago
Great breakfast! Even better view, especially at sunset.
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Andres L
11 months ago
I will not recommend anyone to eat here. To start with the way the cheft and waitress handle the food it's unsanitary as they rub the sweat of their face and pant before handling food with unprotected hands. Secondly I had got food poisoning from their tuna melt sandwich as their fish was already spoiled, there is no way I will spend one more dollar on this restaurant.
David Scott
3 months ago
while on the big Island for 8 days we ate 9 meals at Bongo Ben's. ......6 great breakfasts......a helluva way to start your day.......and a late lunch and 2 dinners. this place quickly became our go to place. the servers while busy were never overwhelmed and I never saw anyone unhappy at the other tables. the drinks great. the value damn good. the views???? are you kidding me? wow. the managers or owners always checking in to make sure all was smooth. I felt we could've eaten all meals here but we did have to explore the island go try them out, you will be happy, and full!😆
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Ron Taub
6 months ago
Well, I ride a motorcycle, so I am used to defying death. Glad I didn't read about the sweaty servers, and avoid Bongo Bens. The food was tasty, reasonably priced, and great view of the bay, and street scenes. If you drink the $5 Mai Tais they sanitize your digestive track. They told me they had the Packer game on, and then when I got there the bartender said they couldn't get it, so that was annoying, but was cured by going to Humpy's Big Island Alehouse.
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Alex Simpson
a year ago
Great breakfast joint with great food, large portions, and the most reasonable prices we've seen. My wife and I had been going to Lava Java down the street for breakfast, but Bongo Bens not only had better food, but had much cheaper prices! Loved it!
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Tom Tucker
a year ago
As a professional waiter in the business for 25 years, here is what I witnessed with my trained eye: The kitchen staff have a dirty white towel on their hip and wipe her sweaty faces and necks with it and then touch and handle the food and plates, wipe their hands on their pants, wipe their faces with their aprons and then handle both raw and cooked food, and wear no vinyl or rubber gloves when prepping and handling food orders. By all appearances, this seemed like normal everyday behavior in the kitchen area. The tables and chairs are way too close together and I thought more than one server was going to drop their trays or trip and fall trying to bob, weave and twist their bodies through. They had to turn their bodies sideways just to get through in some spots. A server's traffic flow should be smooth without obstacles. This is a Workman's Comp case waiting to happen. The view is okay, but is better in the upstairs restaurant above. The music from the live bands are way too loud and the music is sub-par.
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