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Bongo's Cuban Cafe

Cuban Restaurant$$$$
Lake Buena Vista
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  • John V.
    "Fantastic mojitos, great cubanos."(8 Tips)
    Katie W.
    "John the bartender makes the best mojitos!! Leave him a big tip!!!!!"(20 Tips)
    Ethan
    "Try the Cuban Style Skirt Steak, better than expected."(6 Tips)
    Steve
    "Arroz con pollo with fried plantains.....omg the best ever!!!!"(4 Tips)
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  • John S.
    John SMay 5, 2015
    Guava ribs and Skirt steak are delicious. Service is very good. Don't let impatient people steer you away from some very tasty Cuban cuisine. Drinks are good, too, including the mango colada.
  • Hugo H.
    Hugo HJune 3, 2013
    The service was right on point. I'm not sure what the other ppl are talking about but the food was amazing. I had the 1st seafood option & I couldn't be happier. Mojitos were superb. Overall = 9.5.
  • Chris M.
    Chris McLaughlinMarch 27, 2014
    Authentic, quality Cuban food! Service is relatively fast. Great atmosphere. Call for a reservation or be prepared for a 30-60 minute wait for a table. Pricey, but worth it.
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica MendozaSeptember 12, 2013
    Amazing food! Cuban Style Breaded Chicken is a must with white rice n black beans. Very disappointed on the service we received on our last visit on 9-12. Server wasn't very assertive to our needs.
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereFebruary 20, 2015
    For a sampling, get this - Bongos Combo - Fried Stuffed Potatoes, Pork Tamale, Fried Pork Bites, Ham Croquettes, Stuffed Plantain Cups
  • Christina C.
    Christina CampbellApril 11, 2013
    Get the fried potatoes for an app and roasted chicken for dinner with the yellow rice! Absolutely incredible! Go on Sat or Sun for live music and dancing.
  • John V.
    John V.October 9, 2015
    Fantastic mojitos, great cubanos. What more to ask from a Cuban restaurant? Jhan Paul was a fantastic bartender.
  • Jeremy
    JeremyApril 16, 2012
    Love the live band but it's seriously too LOUD. Don't come here if you actually want to talk to the people you are dining with. Sit outside instead. The food is hit or miss but the drinks are awesome!
  • Nadia I.
    Nadia IssaBellaSeptember 20, 2015
    Swap out the white rice that comes with most dishes for TNT seasoned yellow rice. It's delicious and no charge to change.
  • Tammy
    TammyOctober 8, 2015
    While the food is great, the prices are beyond ridiculously overpriced. But since you can't go to a Bongos every day if you're not from around here, I wouldn't miss out on this place! Try it!
  • Toacca R.
    Toacca RutherfordJuly 23, 2014
    Pollo Asado is delicious. Falls off the bone. Plantains are yummy too!
  • Ⓔⓡⓘⓒ
    ⒺⓡⓘⓒJune 7, 2014
    Can't decide? The Trio is amazing, cooked perfect and the amazing sauces will satisfy the palate!
  • Claudia M.
    Claudia MoraAugust 20, 2014
    Everything was DELICIOUS!!! My favorite was Ropa Vieja 👍👍👍😋and also de MOJITOS 😍😍
  • Hilaire
    HilaireJune 30, 2012
    The food here is amazing, and service is great. Have to realize you are putting up with Disney crowds and have some patience. Delicious chicken and rice!
  • The_Mrs_Briggs
    The_Mrs_BriggsNovember 9, 2013
    You still have to stand in line even with a reservation. We arrived about 20 mins early- it took us that long to get to the reception area but we were seated immediately. Very fun live music.
  • Christina S.
    Christina StewartFebruary 9, 2014
    Was not a fan... Went through 3 meals before an acceptable one. My grocery store gets a delicious rotisserie chicken every time yet it is their signature dish!
  • Nicole D.
    Nicole DesmondDecember 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The food here is so well done. If you like seafood get the Parrillada de Mariscos. Rum snob? The Zafra Mojito is a must!
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeJune 29, 2014
    The combo appetizer is a fantastic way to try a little of everything.
  • Ego D.
    Ego DiosaAugust 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Pedazos de puerco is Really good! With tostones or Maduro I just Love it! I order the same always
  • Lexie T.
    Lexie TriceDecember 29, 2012
    The food was everything you could have hoped for! Service was definitely lacking but it was a busy night and there were 11 of us so we let it go. Definitely worth trying.
  • A ndrea P.
    A ndrea PohlotNovember 16, 2015
    OMG. Victor the bartender makes the best drinks! We will come back just to see him
  • Eating WDW
    Eating WDWMay 4, 2012
    Stop by the express window for sandwiches, soups, salads, appetizers, and a couple entrees. Don't forget the coffees and cerveza! Read more
  • Erin W.
    Erin WhiteMay 22, 2013
    Very loud inside due to vaulted ceilings, tiled everything, and apparently no volume adjustment knob on the sound system. Ask to sit inside the pineapple if you wish to converse over dinner.
  • Morenike O.
    Morenike O'NealJuly 24, 2013
    Good food...but the wait was ridiculous! Our waiter was amazing, he made sure we had everything we needed. Music was great also.
  • Sean C.
    Sean CoyleAugust 15, 2010
    Skirt steak was delicious but my girl's dish was blasted with soy sauce. The service was good for the 1st portion then MIA for the rest. Would recommend other areas of downtown disney beside Bongos
  • Katie M.
    We try to stop in every time we're in the area. Good mojitos and amazing sweet plantains! You won't go home hungry.
  • David O.
    David O'ConnellAugust 14, 2015
    I come here every time I am in Orlando. Great music, great food, great staff. I am never disappointed
  • Ethan
    EthanOctober 6, 2012
    Try the Cuban Style Skirt Steak, better than expected. Waiter messing up your drink order = free beers, no complaints there.
  • Mischa
    MischaMarch 29, 2015
    Camarones al Ajillo are not "al ajillo", they are just with oil and garlic, ajillo = ajo(garlic) and guajillo chilies
  • Rob B.
    Rob B.April 4, 2013
    Had a great experience. The Cuban Tour was worth every penny. Perfect Flan. I'll be back.
  • Christina T.
    Christina TAugust 18, 2010
    As a restauranteur coming to a KnOWN chef's restaurant, I find the food SUPER DISAPPOINTING. In fact if Gordon Ramsey we're doing his show in this restaurant everyone would be fired.
  • DJ T.
    DJ TainoFebruary 20, 2015
    Stick with the classics. Grilled chicken breast with white rice and black beans and a mojito #awesome
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SpencerDecember 17, 2011
    Good place to eat if you don't want to converse with anyone, the music is louder than a rock concert! I had to yell to speak to the person next to me. Truly obnoxious.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BaldockApril 22, 2010
    The walk up window has great cuban sandwiches, papa rellenos, empenadas(prefer the chicken) all at cheap prices. And if you're a CM, you get a great discount!
  • Benjie L.
    Benjie LadrillonoMarch 24, 2014
    Great service and great food! If you're here with a date, order the Cuban Trip and split it!
  • Matt C.
    Matt CasonApril 16, 2014
    Sit outside for a great view. Lot's of good drinks and music. Food was fantastic.
  • Javier R.
    Javier RodriguezJune 7, 2013
    My first visit was 10 years ago & the service was excellent. This time I try to make reservations & they told me they don't it anymore. I had to wait for 1 hour to get in & for the food almost 2 hrs.
  • Marcos C.
    Marcos Calicchio ViannaOctober 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the ceviche 3 way. Very tasty! Lots of flavor!!!
  • Gregg W.
    Gregg WagnerOctober 24, 2011
    While the cuban sandwich is one of the best I have had, the service at the outside window consistently is non existent
  • Andy G.
    Andy GuinigundoJanuary 17
    Good food. Good entertainment. The spirit of Miami and Cuba in the air!
  • Abdullah A.
    Very delicious, chicken bite is amazing, also the potatoes in the appetizer is perfect
  • Robert R.
    Robert RiveraAugust 9, 2013
    Cubans are amazing!!! We did Take Out, HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE GUAVA DESERT PASTRIES.
  • Jill K.
    Jill KurtzJune 7, 2012
    Fried pork dinner terrific. Chicken version too. Eat outside and enjoy people watching.
  • Jamie R.
    Jamie RiceMay 29, 2012
    Great place. Come here multiple times during every trip to Disney World. Love it.
  • Jay W.
    Jay WeyhFebruary 15, 2015
    Strawberry lemonade is freshly muddled and yummy
  • Loyd S.
    Loyd StaffordAugust 4, 2014
    Making a reservation with open table really paid off . we were almost 15 minutes past our reservation time because of traffic and a packed Downtown Disney and got our table within 2 minutes.
  • Bert R.
    Bert RodriguezJanuary 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Watch out - I don't know about inside, but the outside bar adds an auto-gratuity. Don't over-tip them...unless they deserve it, of course.
  • Kristen C.
    Kristen C.October 13, 2010
    Cuban sandwiches are great! Child's cheese pizza is definitely frozen grocery store quality. Talk the kids out of it and save $7!
  • Matt M.
    Matt MebertJuly 9, 2013
    Service was fairly poor at best. Had to ask for the check multiple times. Shredded Beef with rice and beans on the side and fried plantains was excellent. Prices not insanely high. Decent cocktails.
  • J R.
    Palomitas steak was great! Roasted pork loin was d-e-licious! 🇨🇺👍🏻😎
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