Everything was wonderful but
Everything was wonderful but service was terrible. I'm a waiter myself and would never write a bad review about anyone... But we could not find our server anywhere... I even asked the manager for two more mojitos and the check... Got the mojitos but check never came took about 35 min to get the check after that... Waiter greeted us in the beginning by filling water ran away before we could order drinks... Then we ordered appetizers and he left before we could order entrea. appetizer came out we ate it and didnt see our waiter for another 30 min before we could order out entries... Amazing place amazing food but possibly the worst service I have ever had...
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Paradise in Miami.
I loved the tropical theme and the lights,i loved the music,the food was spectacular,the waiter was very nice and very helpful,matter of fact everybody was very nice and helpful.If i could give this restaurant a 10 stars i would definitely.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great service and ambiance....
The service was excellent. The food was good. My Churrasco could have been more medium and warmer.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
I took out-of-town relatives
I took out-of-town relatives who love this restaurant. We had a bad experience with noise and horrible food at the Bongo's in Hollywood's Seminole Hard Rock so I was afraid that the food would be as bad. The food at the Miami location was excellent. Vaca frita still the best and the watermelon mojito was very good too.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
They made feel really special
They made feel really special Imy birthday with the band singing happy birthday to me!
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Will only judge the food
Being a Estefans’ owned place it is easy to predict music is the star dish…well, I did not have the opportunity to judge since I went at 5.30pm and left at 7pm, half an hour before the music started.
The food was a nice surprise, because they tought us simple can be gourmet. This is a cuban titled place, so we asked for Masitas de Puerco, Fried Fish and Plantain. Well, if you are latin and make these choices ,you will say “this is very good”, and if you are not, you will have an incredible culinary trip to our continent. You might end regreting not being a latino. Next time I will make sure to get there a little later and maybe Gloria will sing for me.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and service. The
Great food and service. The only issue was that the music was very loud for dinner.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
I Like it
Went to BONGOS for the first time with my children, I love the ambience, beautiful place. To have a restaurant that is children friendly is thumbs up for me. There is just a bit of dislike on the food, not enough menu. The dessert is really not great, they should think better than artificial chocolate pudding, artificial custard make it look like it flan, the muffins old, the fruits are sag.
If you will ask me to come back again? of course I will but definitely will not look at the desserts.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Has been my favorite for years!
this time we went for mother's day brunch and it was amazing. Great food, great ambiance. I love Bongos in Miami.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
My second Mother day brunch was not as good as the first one,
5/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Latin food with entertainment
We went to celebrate our 30 year anniversary with family members. We all agreed that the food was the best food and it was not that expensive. Had a live Latin group performing and they were not bad at all. We all enjoyed it so much that we are maki g plans to go back again.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great experience in a renowned
Great experience in a renowned restaurant in Downtown Miami - sometimes you go to places like this and are all "name" with no substance...this is not the case w Bongo's, the place is nice, service is good and the food is great.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to Bongos to celebrate my friend's wedding anniversary. We loved the decor and ambiance. The live band was great and we had an opportunity to hit the dance floor. Food was excellent and service was very good. I noticed families with children; so it seemed kid friendly as well. I will definitely return.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for Pre- or Post-Game Meal
Food was delicious and plentiful, mojitos were outstanding and authentic, service was excellent. The locale is gorgeous, decorated with traditional Afro-Cuban instruments from wall to wall. The restaurant is also semi-attached to the American Airlines Arena, great for a meal prior to or following a HEAT game, show or concert. Great views of Biscayne Bay and the picturesque causeway that connect mainland Miami to South Beach. A little pricey, but worth every penny. An authentic Cuban experience.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bongos Cuban Cafe is a must
Bongos Cuban Cafe is a must for people when visiting Miami, even though the food is just ok , the ambiance , views and service are excellent, not mentioning this place genuinely represents our Cuban American roots, Gloria & Emilio wisely brought them out to " Continue with the Tradition "
Not small detail, This gem is nestled in the home of The Miami Heats!!!!
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The restaurant is wonderful!!
The restaurant is wonderful!! In the menu is missing more variety with schrimps (f.e. Schrimps al Coco). In my next trip I will come here again.
A Photo of Gloria would give more life to the place!!!
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
overall good experience between
overall good experience between the food, ambience and ocean view
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had an early reservation.
We had an early reservation. The seating was spacious and comfortable. The staff was very attentive and the food was great. The Lechon Asado was nice and tender. Very tasty, The Chicken had a great seasoning. My 3 year old loved all the bongos.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great fun and good food
Great, typical Cuban food, friendly service, fun atmosphere even though we ate early. I think it really gets going later, live singer started around 7pm and it continues to pick up pace. We had a party of 6. including a young child, and everyone enjoyed it.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
My Cuban experience
Bongos Cafe was AMAZING! First of all the place is just beautiful did I mention that it's on top of the Arena! I had an all white dinner party and the staff treated me like a true star the manager even came and introduced his self to me I felt special!! Now let's talk about the food MOUTH WATERING the food was delicious from the appetizers to the entrees to the drinks. The waiters had a great sense if humor as well they were so sweet. Did I forget to mention the wonderful Cuban music they had playing in the background! I truly felt like I was doing big thanks to Bongos cafe Miami this will definitely be a birthday celebration that I won't forget!!!!! :)
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
My reservation time 10pm.... However, the waiter made a big deal about me walking in at 10:02pm claiming the kitchen closed and already and he would "check" if it was ok for me to eat. He basically made me feel as if he was doing me a favor and told me to be quick. My whole dinner felt rushed and he even brought out dessert before I had finished my meal. The food, decor, ambiance, and location are great but if the reservation time is offered I don't think they should make patrons feel rushed , it's not a good look. Overall, great place to check out if anywhere in downtown Miami.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bongos is the best
I love this place always get treated with big smiles, service is excellent, the workers are great! The food is delicious. This is a must come to place no matter you are celebrating. Wish they had one in New York City!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excelente música, ambiente,
Excelente música, ambiente, nos encanto...
Saludos desde Veracruz, Mex.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food and Service
We stumbled on this restaurant while in Miami for my wedding. We wanted authentic cuban food and found this via Open Table. We did not know it was own by Gloria Stefan and Husband. But very much enjoyed the music videos that were being played of Gloria's concerts. It was a Thursday night and not much going on we arrived at 7pm but the serivce and food were very good.
We will return.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Discovered it by mistake and have ben back multiple times since. Great food, great time. Plus, it turns into a club at night so there is always that plus
9/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Minus the Hostess...
If you are planning on celebrating a birthday there, be prepared to pay a $25.00 fee if you bring your own cake. We were a party of 10, 8 of us were already there, they would not sit us until the whole party was present. The restaurant was about 80% empty. It was not until we asked to speak with the manager and explained we wanted to order drinks and appetizers that we were seated. The Hostess was extremely rude, condescending and unfriendly. Our dinning experience was on Saturday, September 28, 2013 in the evening.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went to dinner with my beautiful wife, sister and her date. The service was great, our waiter was very personable. We didn't have to wait too long to have our food brought to our table. The food was very good and the atmosphere was very pleasant. I would recommend Bongos without hesitation.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was very good and the staff was kind and polite.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM