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Bongo Room

Breakfast Spot$$$$
South Loop, Chicago
113 Tips and reviews
  • pancakes
  • pretzels
  • blt benedict
  • French toast
  • lively
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  • Krista marie I.
    Krista marie ImusAugust 20, 2016
    White chocolate pretzel pancake was delicious. Like a breakfast dessert. You can order a single instead of the stack but why would you want to do that? ;) (photo is a single)
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BoucMarch 12, 2016
    Food is amazing here. Specialty pancakes. I had a breakfast sandwich and it was amazing. Well worth the price and any type of wait. Best breakfast!
  • Ziur O.
    Ziur OtreborSeptember 20, 2016
    Blueberry Buckle Pancakes Amazing!!! (Two stack is filling; 3 is a lot). My wife had the chorizo omelet and it was also great; you can definitely feed two people with these portions.
  • Paul S.
    Paul SuwanApril 6, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The different pancakes all sound amazing, but if you also want something savory, it can be tough to choose. So here's a little trick: Order just one of any pancake. Nice of them to let you do that!
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinJanuary 17, 2013
    giant wait sometimes! Banana flapjacks filled w/ crumbled bacon, topped w/ praline sauce & creme anglaise. BLT benedict, red velvet pancakes. you can order 1-3 per order. check out all day specials
  • Xinnie
    XinnieAugust 23
    There's usually a wait if you go during weekend peak brunch hours so go earlier if you don't like waiting like me. If you're a chocolate lover, get the Chocolate tower French toast. It's da bomb!
  • Lubor J.
    Lubor JarkovskyAugust 12, 2014
    Great breakfast place with tasty pancakes. Come at least 15 minutes before opening for a Saturday brunch, otherwise you'll have to wait for a table.
  • Susan W.
    Susan WellfordAugust 8, 2014
    Stuffed! The portions are gigantic!! Everyone liked their meal: Raspberry lemon pancakes (like a dessert), breakfast croissant & chicken salad all good. Large fruit tray & breakfast potatoes are tasty
  • Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
    Radisson Blu Aqua HotelNovember 29, 2011
    8-12 minute taxi ride from the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel heading into the South loop. Expect such tasty treats as the chocolate tower French toast, and spinach roasted red pepper and feta Benedict.
  • CCnyc
    CCnycMarch 12
    The wait for a table can take a while (no reservations) but the food is worth the wait. Omlettes with fresh ingredients and that caramel/ pretzel pancake is one of a kind.
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LearDecember 17, 2016
    I couldn't decide between two things on the menu, so they let me get a half order of each at no extra charge! Both items were amazing!!
  • Jesse
    JesseJuly 13, 2013
    Try the chocolate french toast and Lobster Eggs Benedict together. Both are amazing. They'll be happy to split a dish if you're not capable of a colossal caloric challenge.
  • Heather F.
    Heather FolsomAugust 10, 2016
    Wake tf up with a Chai tea latte with an espresso shot (Or 2)! Tomatillo egg white scramble was pretty tasty & healthy. FYI Benedicts are only offered at wkend brunch.
  • Andy W.
    Andy WallSeptember 21, 2013
    We got a share stack of pancakes rather than full stack. Keylime Cheesecake and Red Velvet were amazing. Coffees can also be taken to go if you ask. Service was spectacular.
  • Shannon L.
    The White Chocolate Salted Carmel Pretzel Pancakes are the best! Though I tried the Blackberry and Meyer Lemon Pancakes today. I was not disappointed.
  • Maia F.
    Maia FeruziAugust 28, 2016
    They have amazing blueberry cheesecake pancakes and their potatoes are great. There's a bit of a wait but well worth it. Good service great food awesome time!
  • Jason T.
    Jason TouleyrouApril 21, 2013
    The house potatoes are fantastic. Be sure to grab a cup of Intelligentsia coffee while you wait.
  • Alicia B.
    Alicia BergerySeptember 25, 2013
    The staff was friendly and very stylish! Loved the food- the pancakes were awesome!!! Oh.. Fresh squeezed juice makes my day- and they have it!
  • The Quest For Zest
    The Quest For ZestJune 14, 2012
    Like all the best restaurants, the menu changes frequently. Order anything from the specials menu, or whatever sounds the most like it should be a dessert. Read more
  • Julia P.
    Julia ParkerApril 23, 2012
    Tomatillo scramble is delicious and very healthy! Blueberry pancake is one of the most mouth watering things I've ever eaten. It has just a hint of sweetness.
  • Roosevelt Collection
    Roosevelt CollectionMarch 15, 2012
    We love that they serve breakfast all day long! Our recommendation: add a side of house potatoes with cheese to complete your meal.
  • Norah
    NorahApril 20, 2014
    Chocolate french toast is fine. Red velvet pancake is so delicious but too much for one person. Great place for breakfast!!
  • Melissa A.
    Melissa AuFebruary 22, 2015
    My fav dish to order is the chorizo and avocado omelette. The red velvet pancakes are also a great choice.
  • Alison S.
    Alison StonerJuly 29, 2013
    Although they don't advertise it, you can order a single decadent pancake. Talk about the perfect breakfast appetizer!
  • Brittany W.
    Brittany WebbSeptember 17, 2015
    Tea and brunch on weekends..went on a weekday once and it wasn't as good without the eggs Benedict. Try the breakfast burrito
  • Alma E.
    Alma EstradaDecember 22, 2015
    The pretzel pancakes are delicious! Very decadent so I only ordered one pancake instead of the stack of 3.
  • Maryam M.
    Maryam MalikJanuary 2, 2013
    Decent breakfast & horrible coffee with a burnt ashes taste.Hotcakes are like delicious dessert & might not be confused with pancakes. Never get whole stack. I got a single red velvet & shared it.
  • Lawrence F.
    Lawrence Flack IIMarch 28, 2015
    Chorizo omelet. Deconstructed lobster eggs benedict. White Chocolate Pretzel pancake. Red Velvet pancake. Damn good food.
  • Jeremy P.
    Jeremy PetersonAugust 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Proud to be mayor, however briefly! Faves are the Smoked Chicken and Apple Club, as well as the french toast special covered in berries and all sorts of awesomeness!
  • Cassie C.
    Cassie CurryJuly 31, 2013
    Awesome pancakes!!!! Loved the Berry Banana. You can ask for one, two, or three pancakes.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsJune 10, 2015
    Check out The Bongo Room as it was featured on Guilty Pleasures for Carla Hall recommends the chocolate french toast. Read more
  • Christine
    ChristineApril 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I go for the delicious, creative pancakes and endless Intelligentsia coffee - you can even get a cup to go after your meal.
  • Rania
    RaniaAugust 7, 2014
    Tried the healthiest breakfast option (scrambled egg white with chicken, avocado and spinach). Sounded good, but tasted bland
  • Jimmie M.
    Jimmie ManningMarch 30, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The cannoli pancakes are the best kept secret on the menu. The pistachio-chocolate sauce they drizzle on top makes the dish.
  • Jeewant K.
    Jeewant KaushalDecember 2, 2014
    White chocolate pretzel pancakes are a site to behold! Also stay away from the tomatillo chicken scramble, it's very bland with barely any egg.
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PApril 28, 2013
    Be prepared for about a 30 - 45 minute wait during the Sunday brunch rush (9:30 AM - 11:00 AM)
  • Christie G.
    Christie GriffinJune 4, 2013
    The white choc. pretzel pancakes are insane. Get a plate to share with the table!
  • Max K.
    Max KellnMay 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    You don't have to get full stack. You can just order one or two pancake stacks. Three pancakes a little overwhelming.
  • Collins T.
    Collins TSeptember 16, 2016
    Pancakes were awesome and omelette too. Come with a big appetite!
  • Teresa
    TeresaFebruary 23, 2015
    The lobster eggs benedict are amazing!
  • Monique T.
    Monique ThomasFebruary 21, 2014
    Love their food!! Try the pretzel pancakes! They are huge so share!!!!
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PApril 28, 2013
    The white chocolate pretzel pancakes are so good you'll slap your momma.
  • Anas A.
    Anas AlhasanNovember 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Tomatillo salsa scramble for a healthy tasty breakfast!
  • Shawn R.
    Shawn RogersMay 10, 2014
    Be prepared to wait 45 Min. Food is excellent. Coffee is great
  • Terra K.
    Terra KerrAugust 2, 2014
    And the red velvet pancakes were awesome as well.
  • nicholas p.
    nicholas petersonMarch 22, 2016
    Try the Chocolate French Toast anything with chocolate is never wrong
  • Fatima A.
    Fatima AbdulsalamFebruary 4, 2016
    Tomatillo for savory and pumpkin pancakes for sweets. 10/10
  • Danny R.
    Danny RJune 25, 2011
    The tower of toast (Choc French toast) is very good. Half order is more than enough.
  • Liz C.
    Liz ClarkFebruary 21, 2011
    Order the caramelized apple and walnuts pancakes. Taste like coffee cake, absolutely amazing!
  • Waleed A.
    Waleed AlkhalefahOctober 18, 2016
    The lobster benedict is fantastic, definitely a must.
  • Fox
    FoxMarch 10, 2015
    The pumpkin pancakes are so so good. Huge portions are made for sharing... #JustTheYums
  • Jessica Y.
    Jessica YoungSeptember 15, 2011
    Bring a friend and split something sweet and something savory so that you get the whole experience.
  • Lindz D.
    Lindz DomminiqueApril 1, 2012
    BLT Benedict is phenomenal especially with a red velvet pancake!
  • Brandon J.
    Brandon JonesOctober 23, 2014
    Red velvet pancakes were amazing!
  • К
    КOctober 27, 2013
    Service is surprisingly great and I appreciate the biodegradable to-go boxes.
  • @nicoleyeary
    @nicoleyearyApril 11, 2010
    Try the Red Velvet Pancakes with vanilla creme sauce ~ amazing... Perfect balance of sweet and savory
  • Honnie L.
    Honnie LeinartasJuly 21, 2013
    Key lime cheesecake pancakes are yum!
  • Brian G.
    Brian GoodwinNovember 4, 2015
    Never had a bad meal here. Great breakfast.
  • Patricia
    PatriciaAugust 28, 2012
    Pretzel pancake is incredible!!!
  • Brooke
    BrookeMay 16, 2013
    They're changing their menu up in the next few days, just a heads up! Get your favorites while you still can!
  • Nada f.
    Nada fouzanOctober 20, 2015
    If u are obsessed about pancakes ..Bongo Room is designed for u 😊
  • Tiffany H.
    Tiffany HesterJuly 27, 2013
    Greek burrito and lemon blueberry hot cakes. Yum!
  • Priya V.
    Priya VaswaniApril 2, 2012
    The white chocolate pretzel pancakes are AMAZING!
  • Cary B.
    Cary BlackJune 26, 2015
    Pancakes are a sweet tooth's dream come true.
  • Caesar G.
    Caesar GuerraMay 29, 2016
    Chorizo avocado omelette. I approve to the max.
  • Angie O.
    Angie OsmanskiApril 21, 2013
    You can't go wrong with anything on the menu!
  • Chaz B.
    Chaz BAugust 16, 2011
    Banana bacon pancakes are amazing! Simply to die for.
  • Y K.
    Y KimApril 8, 2015
    My french toasts are awful...
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BlewittFebruary 16, 2016
    Be willing to be adventurous with your breakfast. Interesting options, but the standard stuff is overpriced.
  • Kiratiana
    KiratianaJune 9, 2012
    Try the brioche french toast - Unhealthy but tasty!
  • Rob D.
    Rob DuqueJune 19, 2011
    Try the pretzel pancakes. They are the best!!!
  • К
    КNovember 8, 2013
    Some of the best pancakes I have ever had.
  • Cliff M.
    Cliff McReynoldsApril 8, 2011
    Try visiting on a weekday for wait!
  • Bernita
    BernitaJanuary 5, 2014
    Try the Bananamisu Pancakes. Nom nom nom!
  • Jon L.
    Jon LindstromNovember 24, 2013
    Original menu.. Great place
  • Prentiss E.
    Prentiss Earl IIIAugust 8, 2012
    Get the blueberry pancakes.
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BeckMay 20, 2012
    The BLT Benedict is divine!
  • Franco R.
    Franco RedaNovember 24, 2014
    The specials are always pretty good
  • Ahlam H.
    Ahlam HassanJune 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the key lime cheesecake hotcakes!
  • Tim D.
    Tim DunnJuly 17, 2010
    The blueberry pancakes with lemon butter sauce are AMAZING!
  • Sheila Y.
    Sheila YakutisNovember 5, 2013
    Totally over rated The Yolk is much better and its just around the corner on Michigan ave.
  • Amol K.
    Amol KMay 2, 2015
    Red velvet hotcakes!
  • Guebra H.
    Guebra HJuly 1
    It was delicious 😋
  • Kris Y.
    Kris YoderApril 20, 2013
    Good food and big portions!!
  • StreetWise_CHI
    StreetWise_CHIJuly 25, 2012
    Breakfast and StreetWise. A great start to any day!
  • L Cyn
    L CynDecember 15, 2013
    Best Eggs Benedict :)
  • alyssa f.
    alyssa fasanoNovember 19, 2011
    Red velvet pancakes are so good!!!!
  • Arielle F.
    Arielle FeldwomanDecember 4, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Pumpkin pancakes with choco chunks is TO DIE FOR!!!!!!!
  • Adam J.
    Adam JeffryJanuary 10, 2013
    Breakfast Burrito was delicious
  • Bas
    BasNovember 2, 2013
    Get the Lobster Roll Bendict... it was real out here. #Already!!
  • Kush S.
    Kush ShahOctober 6, 2013
    Red velvet pancacke!!!! mmmmm
  • Kat M.
    Kat Medina NinoMarch 29, 2015
    The #SweetPotato & #BlackBean #Burritos Rock!!!
  • Niko N.
    Niko NickolaouApril 28, 2012
    Banana Bacon Pancakes
  • Michael C.
    Michael CampbellJanuary 3, 2012
    Best breakfast in Chicago
  • Anoosh C.
    Anoosh CookseyMarch 12, 2011
    BLT benedict! Yummy :)
  • Imran K.
    Imran KhanNovember 18, 2012
    They don't split checks with more than 2 credit cards. Total BS. Be warned.
  • Jacob F.
    Jacob FriedmanMarch 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Apple flapjacks. Ohmygod so good.
  • Todd C.
    Todd CarpenterAugust 8, 2010
    The wait is long, but there's a Starbucks across the street to get you started
  • Caro C.
    Caro ChonMay 24, 2015
    Portions are no joke.
  • George F.
    George FasehunMarch 23, 2016
    nice place
  • mary n.
    mary nahMay 7, 2015
    Excellents œufs Bénédicte au homard... Et pas cher !
  • Jose S.
    Jose SanchezJanuary 2, 2016
    Increíblemente bueno, probé los blt benedict y resultaron geniales!
  • pipitu
    pipituOctober 13, 2016
    第一次给我端上来的茶居然是又浅又凉的明显不是刚泡的,只好叫服务员换了一壶。Omelette 用料和做法都不入流,问能不能把面包片换成沙拉居然说没有沙拉。想不通这么一个服务差食物烂的地方是怎么得到 yelp 四星 4sq 9+ 的评分的。
  • Diana Comiditas R.
    Diana Comiditas RomeroSeptember 25, 2015
    Pancakes con banana woooow!
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