Bongo Ben's Island Cafe

3.0 stars 3.0 out of 5 6 ratings
$$Sandwiches, Bread/Buns, French Toast + 2 more
50% of 4 votes say it's Celiac friendly

75-5819 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 Directions

(808) 329-9203
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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    August 13, 2017

    This food was delicious. All their Sandwiches and burgers can come with a gf bun.

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    2 rating
    January 09, 2017

    I ordered gf bread with breakfast. When served, my husband noticed my bread looked exactly like his toast. I had been served wheat toast. Waitress apologized, bread was brought by different server. My suggestion, when a food allergy is involved, serve order yourself so no mistakes are made.

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    3 rating
    November 08, 2016

    A few GF breakfast options. The GF bread for the French toast was kind of hard, but the server was well educated regarding my allergy and was very willing to help me find a great option. Cool atmosphere and fun outdoor seating with great view of the water.

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    December 26, 2015

    This is my first negative review of a restaurant, but they earned it. We came here because they reportedly had a number of gluten-free options. We were here for breakfast, and were told that they had GF pasta, among other options. Well, turns out that they don't have GF pasta after all. Maybe I was wrong, but I was certain that they said differently a few days earlier. They did not appear to have much understanding of celiac, even when I told them not about my diagnosis. We scoured the menu, and ended up ordering a GF pizza instead. After about 40 minutes, they brought out an incorrectly made pizza. When we spoke to the manager, he was not at all pleasant it apologetic. His suggested solution was to "wrap it up an call it a night" when my wife asked for a credit on the bill. To their credit, the food was good once they finally got it right. Still, the whole experience left a bad taste in my mouth (sorry, but it fits). I would not recommend this place, and certainly not to someone who has celiac.

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    2 rating Not celiac friendly
    August 02, 2015

    I went for dinner, which was solidly mediocre. They were out of their gf bread, which was the main reason we went. They were able to accommodate my dietary needs without too much difficulty, but it really wasn't worth the money. Both my fish and my husband's seafood pasta were barely seasoned. I had enough to eat, and the food didn't make me sick, but otherwise, I have nothing good to say. Apparently their breakfast is much better, but I wouldn't give this establishment any more of my money.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 05, 2015

    They have gluten free French toast!! Also gluten free bread. Food was great!!

Gluten-Free Features

  • Bread/Buns
  • French Toast
  • Sandwiches


  • Breakfast
  • Cafe

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