Bongos Cuban Cafe - Hard Rock Hotel Hollywood
Bongos Cuban Cafe - Hard Rock Hotel Hollywood

Bongos Cuban Cafe - Hard Rock Hotel Hollywood

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://bongoscubancafe.com/hollywood.html
  • Phone: 8009370010
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Cuban
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free Parking is available at the Lucky Street Garage
A word from Bongos Cuban Cafe - Hard Rock Hotel Hollywood
Located at Seminole Paradise at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL., Bongos Cuban Café draws its inspiration from classic Cuban supper clubs. The multi-level restaurant, lounge and bar boasts a 7,000 square foot indoor restaurant, a 5,000 square foot rooftop lounge with a 360-degree unobstructive view of the entire property and 2 outdoor patios. Inside of the main 7,000 square foot restaurant, guests will experience a chic yet comfortable atmosphere, with white tables and seats which are layered with different textures; polished dark mahogany panels throughout the restaurant; the two-sided main bar (one side features a stage on top of it while the other side extends to the outside of the venue) and a 20 foot window that allows guests to see into a one-of-a-kind custom-made vertical flame rotisserie. Twin glass elevators ascend to the magnificant rooftop lounge adorned with private cabanas and plush lounge seating where guests can enjoy libations under the stars.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Bongos Cuban Cafe - Hard Rock Hotel Hollywood reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.5
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
69% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (25)good for groups (20)vibrant bar scene (20)late-night find (16)hot spot (16)romantic (14)great for outdoor dining (9)great for brunch (6)fit for foodies (5)scenic view (4)great for lunch (3)neighborhood gem (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great venue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I had a dinner party for my birthday. The only problem i have was that if you make reservations and everyone is not there on time then you will only be seated for the amount of people present and hopefully the late comers will be able to sit with the party. In addition, with such a large party (18 people) it took a very long time for our food to come out. However, all of my guest were accommodated and the food was worth the wait! I would definitely recommend this restaurant but I will probably not have another dinner party here.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bongos's experience
    gusmiami
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I remmebered when was opened Bongos at Orlando I went there 2 days after opening and the enviroment and decoration is great! but here in Hollywood no....services and food is very good but never choice it for special ocasion!!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great special occasion
    hungrygroup
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    At this place you can have great food,service and ambiance what else can you ask for when you're out having dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Girls
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Beautiful decor. The ambiance was very nice. Girls night party of 12. The food was not good. Rice was either over cooked or undercooked. I had the pallomia with black beans and rice. Not enough seasoning and my rice was mushy. The other girls complained their rice was hard. Our server was not pleasant, she seemed annoyed the whole night. Very patient. Not sure if I will go again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just OK
    MB1876
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The hype about Bongos being owned by Gloria Estefan is proabbly the best thing about the restaurant. We had a reservation for 10 people at 7:00. I arrived around 7:10 and the hostess told me if my entire party wasnt there in 5 minutes we lose our table. While I understand the policy, the restaurant was EMPTY and we were having a bachelorette party and I apologized. She let us sit eventually but had an attitude the entire time. Then our table was only set for 8 and the service staff wasnt about to make any changes until WE took chairs from another table. The food was good for what it was, and the ambiance was just ok. Our waitress wasnt the best but all in all it was doable. Would not go back to THIS location of Bongos any time soon.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced
    flvoiceman
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The restaurant looked nice inside, but the items on the menu were overpriced. Chose to eat here because we drove in from Miami enroute to a concert at the Hard Rock Live. The cone of fried plantains at $8.00 for the minuscule amount was not worth it. Even the espresso at $4.00 is more expensive than many locations IN EUROPE--not to mention it did not taste good. My wife and I won't be coming back for dinner if we can avoid it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hard to have conversations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We went to Bongo's for a friends bachelorette party. We were looking for an upbeat, trendy restaurant that we could get in the party mood. We were sat promptly, which was great. However the service was so slow. I do not think it was the waitress being inattentive, it was just the pace of the bar and kitchen. There were many tables without food and drinks around us. A live band started at 8PM, which I think was just too early in the night and they were entirely too loud. I literally had to scream to the person sitting next to me in order to talk. Between appetizers, dinner, and dessert the whole meal was almost 3 hours, which was a long time. The waitress was able to split the check for our party of 12, which was convenient.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food while waiting for show
    FlaMex
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    It's usually hard to find where to have a nice dinner at the Hard Rock casino area, while waiting for a show to start. bongo's is a nice alternative! Good food, great service! Loved the roasted pork.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Cuban food and entertainment.
    DelrayDiner
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We had concert tickets so our reservation was early but the place was jumping after the concert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Experience
    TRaye77
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Food was delicious. However, you could find pretty much find the same thing at your neighborhood Cuban restaurant for less. The ambiance and hospitality was great. With slightly inflated prices, they could have at least done more than a sparkler for someone's birthday. The only reason my husband got a dessert with his was because I paid for it. The woman next to us also celebrating her birthday seemed a little less than thrilled that all they brought was a sparkler as well. Other than that, seemed like a pretty cool place :-)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't Wait To Go Back!
    Kelly
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Great food, great service, fabulous drinks, and the ambiance was the icing on the cake. Definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bongos out saturday
    ray1967
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    great food and service ,music a little loud but experience overall was great
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3 stars for Bongos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    after being at Bongos in Miami, Bongos in Orlando and at the Hard Rock in Hollywood i can proudly say this is the home run
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big disappointment. Spent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Big disappointment. Spent a lot of money for a Cuban sandwich which is better from Publix. Once was too much.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Party atmosphere
    Alex
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Appetizers outstanding. Main courses were brought incomplete, and had to ask for the sides, again. The meat was over cooked. Live music and bar scene - great party atmosphere otherwise
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Dyanara
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    I reserved a table at Bongo's Cuban Cafe for dinner before the Jerry Seinfeld Show. When we got there, we were sat down in a table where the couch goes all across the wall. The seating was comfy. The waitress was nice. After ordering food, I think we waited 5 minutes before the appetizer came out. We order plantain cups with shredded beef. DELICIOUS. Then another 10-15 minutes after that before our food came out. The food looked, smelled and was delicious. I order the Chicken Milanese. The chicken was a large portion. The only complaint was that they sat a couple right next to us and their table was maybe inches away. It was kind of uncomfortable having people watching us eat and hear our conversation. Besides that everything was great,
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great ambiance, paella was
    mayra
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    great ambiance, paella was delicious. service and server was good. food presentation was excellent. dessert was excellent (flan) and birthday touches made it extra special. Band was fantastic, overall a great experience! Did miss the bongo cracker at the end (unless it is now on the menu and I missed it :-)).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than I expected
    catgirlflVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    In such a busy environment with shows and casinos and lots of crowds, I didn't expect close attention to the food. Seviche was delicious, drinks were not watered down, meat was excellent.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service . Great
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Excellent service . Great food. My 8 yr old loved it; tried ceviche and plantain chips loved it too Ambience was nice, different from the restaurant at disney. Late night probably not for kids but dinner hours were fine
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reasonable Cuban Food
    Craig4245VIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Not the best and not the worst. Service was average so it didn't make the night start off with a bang. But everyone enjoyed their meals. It took forever to get drinks but that was probably the bar. We may go back but with so many other Cuba options. Probably only if we are at the casino will we go. We won't make the trip just for the dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gorgeous restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    The food was excellent & delicious. The restaurant is gorgeous.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great time. The guest
    Bride2B
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Had a great time. The guest of honor was acknowledged by the band.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No reservation
    halfnhalf
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Used this website and called to make sure they had my reservation and they didn't. Glad i called because your confirmation would have done me no good with 10 people in my party. Even though with a res we had to wait because the whole party needs to be there to be seated everything was good. Food was good have had better. Next time i will try another place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great first experience
    Goodeating
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    I love the food, service and ambience. The music was a little loud but the overall experience is amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but very noisy
    AlbriVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Beautiful place, delicious food, great drinks!!! But be prepared to speak really loud in order to be heard. The place is huge and the music is loud and it is fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not good for groups great food
    Excellent
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Great place to eat and have fun. But when it came to paying as a group the waiter said we do not split checks. This is hard In a group. So something must be done to make dining in a group better serviced. He did split checks but he said bongos usually doesn't do it. This would have been a problem and therefore not group friendly.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    The food was delicious and the right temperature. my waiter was attentive and knowledgable of the menu. I had a great evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointed
    UnhappyVIP
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    I was lookin forward for the whole fried snapper but they did not have any.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Elegant Place
    Jennifer
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    I love this place, its very pretty and the food is great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food & Drink
    Jazzy
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Stuffed plantain was great, drink monito was perfect. The food not only looked beautiful but it tasted amazing
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attentive
    Anniversss5
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    It was a really nice experience. I reserved online with a request for a nice table, well placed for a special occasion (5yr anniversary) and it was given. Very nicely done. It had a great view and the service was good too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool, classy, fun, and great food!
    Jane
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Took group of northern guests for a memorable experience at Gloria Estefan's restaurant. Everyone was impressed with the ambience, decor, service, and tremendous servings. Had enough leftovers for two more meals! Great spot for entertaining guests!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud but nice atmosphere
    Divaness
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Look...the band is loud!!! But the food is good and our waitress was EXCELLENT! We went on Friday December 27th for a bachelorette party, and we were quickly seated and served. Food was creative and flavorful. BUT, I don't really recommend the upstairs lounge unless you're 21 yrs old or college age. It's outdoors, so if it rains you're rained on so be prepared! Most of the people are "posted up" watching the one or two people dancing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great all around for adults
    JoseG
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    I have been there for my anniversary, and then a few weeks later for my wife's and twin sister birthday and on both occasions we had a blast it is very energetic and great for adult dinning and dancing.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience. Menu selection
    Tinker
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Great experience. Menu selection has something for everyone. Food is good as are the drink specialties.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasantly surprised
    LarryIntheWest
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    The reviews were so hit-and-miss that we we prepared for the worst while hoping for the best. Unable to decide between an appetizer meal or two entrees, I flipped a coin, tails -- all appetizers. We got 4, plus a beer and a glass of wine. 1. The ceviche got an "Mmmmm" from M'Lady, who is picky about ceviche. Score: 8 2, Fried yucca sticks with sauce: 7.5, could've been more crisp. 3. Pork chunks: 9. Tender & moist, slightly crispy, I asked for some grilled onion which added lots of flavor. 4. Empenada sampler: 8.5. Juicy & flavorful. The room is bathed in blue light, too cool for me. Service was friendly & fairly attentive. Tip was not on $47 tab; we added 22%. LEFTOVERS! Enough for 3 small lunches. (We're light eaters.)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The experience was good, however
    Sissi
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    The experience was good, however the sliding door keeps opening/closing all the night and it was pretty windy and cold. It is unnnecessary to have that doot there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service-energetic atmosphere
    NPalma
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    All the staff was very attentive. The waiter in particular was an extreme professional. The food was good but nothing special. I had the palomilla steak and it was extremely tough. The moro beans were very dry. The appetizer sampler platter looked like it came frozen in a box - very ordinary. We also had a Cuban sandwich which was very good but how hard is that to screw up. As the appetizers came out the Chef came out to greet us and seemed very interested in what we thought. I watched and he touched every table and chatted. He was out of the kitchen 35 minutes. Who's cooking the food??Likely not to return for anything but drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    I was a little nervous in reading other reviews about this place but I am so glad I went anyway to have my own experience. I absolutely enjoyed this place! The chef came to our table 3 times to check on us and made sure we enjoyed the food. I loved the live music and overall ambience. The place is beautiful! I really enjoyed my birthday dinner here. I would definitely go again for sure!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ladies in Red Night!
    Leila
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Outstanding company - good food - super nice service people. Even the Chef came to greet us and small talk with my guests. John the Magic Man was unreal. This guy is a retired NYPD Fireman with amazing illusionist. The band was great... The dancing was fun!!! Great place to go. Got there at 7pm music started at 830pm Go... U will love it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.