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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)
    Steve
    "Arroz con pollo with fried plantains.....omg the best ever!!!!"(4 Tips)
    Ethan
    "Try the Cuban Style Skirt Steak, better than expected."(6 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.
  • Isabela A.
    Isabela Almeida1 week ago
    Food is delicious and for dessert try their Churros with 3 different sauces: condensed milk, chocolate and guava!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • A ndrea P.
    A ndrea PohlotNovember 16, 2015
    OMG. Victor the bartender makes the best drinks! We will come back just to see him
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Rob B.
    Rob B.April 4, 2013
    Had a great experience. The Cuban Tour was worth every penny. Perfect Flan. I'll be back.
  • DJ T.
    DJ TainoFebruary 20, 2015
    Stick with the classics. Grilled chicken breast with white rice and black beans and a mojito #awesome
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Matt C.
    Matt CasonApril 16, 2014
    Sit outside for a great view. Lot's of good drinks and music. Food was fantastic.
  • Marcos C.
    Marcos Calicchio ViannaOctober 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the ceviche 3 way. Very tasty! Lots of flavor!!!
  • 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!
  • Andy G.
    Andy GuinigundoJanuary 17, 2016
    Good food. Good entertainment. The spirit of Miami and Cuba in the air!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jay W.
    Jay WeyhFebruary 15, 2015
    Strawberry lemonade is freshly muddled and yummy
  • 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.
    J RodriguezMay 15, 2016
    Palomitas steak was great! Roasted pork loin was d-e-licious! 🇨🇺👍🏻😎
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • J D.
    J DubsApril 21, 2010
    Once you're done with your meal you have to go to the pier and then look up. Bongo's is actually shaped like a pineapple and you have all the palm and coconut trees as pillars on the inside. Read more
  • Miguel B.
    Miguel BustamanteApril 12, 2012
    Amazing, I loved the service and food. The live music was a great touch. 5/5
  • D M.
    D MilewskiAugust 6, 2014
    Nice if you're in the area. Great place to go for a nice family night out.
  • Ian S.
    Ian SuarezDecember 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the food, love the people and love the service! Croquettes are the best!!!!
  • Georgia P.
    Georgia PeachAugust 6, 2012
    They replaced their yucca with plantains... Ba news for someone who came just for the yucca and hates plantains. Also the service IS Slow - food came fast but waited 15 mind for water refill!!
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PalacioJanuary 14, 2013
    Paella was awesome. They say it serves two but could easily serve three!!
  • Kathleen J.
    Kathleen J-MNovember 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Service is typical Cuban service, not slow, not bad, just giving you plenty of time to eat and enjoy the company. Not every culture tears through meals :)
  • Martha C.
    Martha ChapinJune 28, 2013
    Ask for the sweet plantains withe grilled fish - yummy!
  • Susan C.
    Susan Ciarlone-SmithFebruary 21, 2013
    Be hungry or you will bring home in a box. Great food. Great service.
  • Alex N.
    Alex NegronJuly 28, 2013
    The wait is long to get in this place, the service is quick but, the food is very bland. For a place being this packed on a regular basis, you would think the food would be better. Check out Ragland.
  • Mike S.
    Mike SimonsenAugust 4, 2010
    Realizing that aging, balding, schlumpy musicians may actually lend authenticity to a Jimmy Buffet cover band. Also noticed that authentic is not equal to entertaining.
  • SemperFi M.
    SemperFi MoversMay 23, 2013
    Elisha is the best server here nice sweet ask her about rice pudding
  • Shana M.
    If you are here during lunch get the Frits burger. You will love it!
  • EngHua
    EngHuaJanuary 18, 2011
    Try the fried rice.... a must for anyone! Also the minced pork for appertiser... Yummy
  • Jacky A.
    Jacky AbramsAugust 1, 2013
    Food was good!! Service slow but not unbearable. paella was delicious. Made reservations got right in. Will come again!!
  • Jaime M.
    Jaime MullenJune 6, 2013
    If you got the kiddos, get a fun drink with a light up glass. It's a hit!
  • Jordan F.
    Jordan FentonJune 11, 2014
    This should be a HUGE Surprise to noone...Their Cuban Sandwiches are AWESOME :)
  • Kevin V.
    Kevin VincentNovember 3, 2016
    Good atmosphere, the food is very Cuban so if you don't like trying new foods don't eat here.
  • Naty C.
    Naty CruzNovember 10, 2015
    Tostones rellenos were good too, plantain was nice and toasty
  • John F.
    John FleckensteinSeptember 7, 2012
    Nichole is an excellent waitress, very attentive to her tables
  • Amanda D.
    Amanda DeSapriMay 8, 2012
    Oscar at bar had fast and good service from liliann and sylvana, good food, hostess was kinda rude when I asked her if we could I upstairs she said NO
  • Adriana M.
    Adriana MartinNovember 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    When checking in don't say you will order just a sandwich you run the risk not getting a table, service not that friendly though mojitos are good I guess that is why we come back...
  • Ana F.
    Ana FernandezJune 21, 2013
    The food is good here. The only thing that sucks is the service. You have to wait at least 10 mins before someone even acknowledges that you are sitting and waiting.
  • Lynette R.
    Lynette RaynorAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The PAELLA is the best!!! Way better than the Columbia Restaurant's!!
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereFebruary 20, 2015
    Avoid the Bongos Famous Roasted Chicken - It looks much better than it tastes.
  • Laura B.
    Laura BodnarDecember 11, 2013
    The Masitas de Puerco was the BEST meal I've ever had!
  • Carolyn K.
    Carolyn KoslenOctober 19, 2013
    The Palm Tree pillars closest to the bar have electrical outlets, so you can charge your phone.
  • abdulla77
    abdulla77August 13, 2015
    Seafood choices are amazing!
  • Gabe D.
    Gabe D.May 15, 2013
    Solid Cuban food. Nice change from hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken nuggets.
  • Corey M.
    Corey MartinNovember 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for their homemade hot sauce. Be careful though.
  • Ana
    AnaMarch 22, 2013
    Our two favorites: the midnight sandwich and the Cuban frita.
  • Angel T.
    Angel ThomsonJuly 26, 2012
    Ask for Carolina! Super friendly, great service, very helpful!
  • Hannah A.
    Hannah AvrahamSeptember 18, 2015
    Been living in Orlando for 14 years and finally decided to try this place. Very disappointed the empanadas were over priced could have got same form racetrack gas station!The pork bites were super dry
  • Steve
    SteveMay 1, 2012
    Arroz con pollo with fried plantains.....omg the best ever!!!!
  • Jose T.
    Jose TorresAugust 25, 2010
    Order the skirt steak with black beans and a Presidente (Beer) to wash it down and its the quintessential hispanic meal.
  • Rodrigo G.
    Rodrigo GarciaDecember 20, 2012
    Food was great and service by Gabriel was excellent
  • Toacca R.
    Toacca RutherfordJuly 23, 2014
    Service was expeditious and our waiter Andy was great!!
  • Mike N.
    Mike NeadeauJune 4, 2014
    Anything with black beans n rice is good to me.
  • Tiffany Y.
    Tiffany YamMay 26, 2011
    Cuban style sandwich is delicious and the potato ball as well.
  • Beatriz A.
    Beatriz ArousMarch 18, 2016
    Nice restaurant! Mojito is very good!!!
  • Maribel A.
    Maribel ArochoJuly 14, 2013
    Sit in the patio on the 2nd floor, just to see the view :-)
  • Zoe B.
    Zoe BennMay 27, 2012
    Not for families who want to be able to talk to each other. Get a seat outside cause there's a loud party on the inside.
  • Gigi L.
    Gigi LefrancNovember 16, 2015
    Victor was the bartender makes the best mojitos and cosmopolitan!
  • Dan V.
    Dan VallesJanuary 14, 2013
    The service here is very slow when it's busy and several of the waiters are not too friendly despite it being on Disney property.
  • John V.
    John V.October 9, 2015
    Mojitos and cubanos!
  • Szoke S.
    Szoke SteveNovember 10, 2011
    Great service from Kalyeigh! Great drinks! Awesome view!
  • Katie W.
    Katie WelkerMay 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    John the bartender makes the best mojitos!! Leave him a big tip!!!!!
  • BK
    BKJuly 19, 2010
    Eat at the side cafe - awesome cuban sandwiches and you get to people watch!
  • Mario T.
    Mario TangOctober 3, 2014
    Pallomilla, ceviche, and guava and cheese taste of my childhood
  • Ale P.
    Ale ParrishJanuary 6, 2015
    Muy rico y muy accesible los precios y además la presentación de cada platillo es espectacular Haaa y es de Gloria stefn!!
  • Davidson A.
    Davidson ArcasSeptember 17, 2015
    A Paella é excelente e serve 2 pessoas tranqüilamente, e de sobremesa Churros muito bom
  • Adiff R.
    Pidan la Paella esta deliciosa, dicen que es para 2 personas pero comen 3 o 4.
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