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About Bongos Cuban Cafe Orlando

Discover Cuban cooking and live entertainment at this tropical hotspot.
Created by music superstar Gloria Estefan and her producer husband Emilio, this vibrant restaurant is a mosaic of colors and flavors set against fabulous Latin music and a celebratory spirit.

1498 E Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Cuban, Caribbean, Latin / Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Daily: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday - Saturday: 4:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Cross Street:
Lake Buena Vista Dr.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(407) 828-0999

Website:
http://www.bongoscubancafe.com/

Entertainment:
Live music from Wednesday to Sunday from 6pm

Parking Details:
Free parking

Executive Chef:
Sebastian Amico

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Bongos Cuban Cafe Orlando Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Live Music (43)
Fun (36)
Authentic (32)
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Good for a Date (31)
Casual (28)
Special Occasion (28)
Good for Groups (26)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Worth the Drive (17)
Kid-friendly (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
People Watching (16)
Bar Seating (14)
Hot Spot (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Romantic (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Late-night Find (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Spicy (8)
Tapas (8)
Business Meals (7)
Scenic View (7)
Waterfront (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Cozy (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Healthy (4)
Live Sports (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 11 hours ago

Excellent food and drinks. Great music and dancers.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fun
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 (Orlando)·Dined 3 days ago

The food as usual was excellent. Large portions. The meat was melt in your mourh tender. The waiter was very friendly and attentive without being intrusive.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 3 days ago

Bongos is a find in the Disney Springs area that has been around for a long time and one that I am glad I recently tried. Authentic Latin atmosphere, with live salsa dancing and music, and friendly staff and service. Great for a date or family wanting a fun and different experience. Food was delicious, service prompt, and staff is smiling and very helpful. Only wish it wasn't so far away from home. I'd be there weekly!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Terrible experience. Hostess was rude, complained about walking up and down stairs to seat us. We made a reservation ahead of time so we could have a nice table, she tried to seat us in a bad table, we asked for another, she complained about having to go back downstairs to ask...then lied about a section that was clearly available.., then took us to a small table back by elevator, very rude. We left.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Bambaloo drinks were watery. I never received my appetizer. I ordered the catch of the day..grilled fish and got chicken. Server went and got the fish, the taste was terrible. It was my boyfriends birthday, total dissapointment. I live in Orlando, and I will not go back.

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined 6 days ago

The food was not very flavorful and was overpriced for what you got. The loud environment was fun but I would recommend sitting away from the band

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 (Orlando)·Dined 6 days ago

The service was great and the ambiance excellent love the music and the location.But the food and the variety was so poor the menu don’t have variety is poor. Definitely I no recommend this place to any friend is Soooo expensive for the value of the food.In generall I give 2 stars

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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 (Orlando)·Dined 7 days ago

I really enjoyed my food and so did my family. There are rumors about that it may close so I had to experience it. Food good don’t get me wrong but for the cost I have had better.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

This is a very fun energetic restaurant. Great for special occasions and wanting to have a good time.

Tags: Fun
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Awesome food, outstanding service, fun atmosphere and good value! Great time! 👍

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Live Sports, Fun, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Live Music, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Bar Seating, Cozy, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

This restaurant was not our first choice. We wanted some kind of surf and turf type joint, but since we couldn't get a reservation we went here instead. We were all so pleasantly surprised with how delicious the food was. We had fantastic bacon wrapped plantains yummy!! Empinadas with all fillings were amazing! So delicious!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, People Watching, Scenic View, Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Absolutely perfect!! Food was amazing. Service was wonderful. Nothing but great things to say. I’ve never left a review on any site before, but our experience warranted one. My wife and I took our three pre-teen kids and we all loved the food, band and dancers. My wife is VERY picky on food and she loved it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Live Music, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Great time and great service, the mojito’s were excellent and the portions were just right.

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

We ordered several different appetizers.The food was terrible, not fresh at all. very disappointing.. and very overpriced..will not return to Bongos.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Very different experience from past visits. No longer authentic generous portions of Cuban hospitality.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

EXCELLENT service good food and good service yo recomiendo este restaurante a todo el mundo

Tags: Vegan
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great thanksgiving meal with live musics and professional dancers putting on a show. Food was fresh and delicious. Great latin Cuban amostpher friendly staff., a must visit if your in town with family or on a date. Not cheap but worth it!

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Organic, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Fun, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Waterfront, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Live Music, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We were there for Thanksgiving and their Thanksgiving Meal Deal ($35) was outstanding! Huge bowl of chicken soup with more than 4 ounces of breast meat in the soup, along with potatoes, carrots and noodles! And then 2 HUGE slices of turkey with a mound of mashed potatoes, sweet potato stuffing and vegetables! And for dessert - pumpkin flan. The kids deal was $12, it only had a little cup of soup, but to our surprise the turkey plate was the same as the Adult meal! A great value compared to prices at nearby hotels, and this was Disney Springs! We were very pleased, and we definitely will be back!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Quick sitting, great ambiance and tasty food

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Our 1st order of maricutas was cold and stale. The waiter did bring us a fresh batch which was great. He brought my daughter Sprite instead of water. The floor show was great but I thought the food was a little over priced.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Romantic
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

We wanted food and atmosphere different from what we could get back in our home town - Bongos fit the criteria. When you walk in, you see the bongo drum barstools (fun) and the winding staircase (is this Havana?) which immediately set the mood. As for the food, the Estefans have put together a menu featuring Cuban favorites that are sure to please. It was hard to decide, but we ultimately chose the roasted pork, along with a side of roasted vegetables. They were both delicious and filling! TIP: If high energy sound is not for you, mention that when making your reservation, as there are options.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Loved everything about this restaurant. We ordered two different entree and split so we could try more things. The ribs and fish we chose were amazing

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I don't usually return to the same restaurant when I'm in Orlando, there are soo many great places that I elect to eat at different places each time I'm down here. However, Bongos is delicious and the atmosphere is fun. So, in back-to-back years, I've brought colleagues with me to the restaurant. Try the black bean hummus and the fufu - you won't be disappointed!

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Pretty good. I️ enjoyed my food, but we waited a while for it. The ambiance was fantastic with Cuban dancers.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great entertainment and food was good. Very loud with the music, so it was hard to hear the server and for the server to hear us, but if you like a good show it is worth it!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

It was great

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Probably would not go back. Food was not that imprssive.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and Cuban foods. His recommendations were wonderful. I had a great margarita on the drink menu. But the BEST cocktail was my companion’s Old Fashion. The live music and dancers were an unexpected delight. It did get too loud to talk, but the set was only 3 songs so we were able to converse during the breaks.

Tags: Fun
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Terrible from entering!!! I get there at 7:13pm with my family and we ask are there any tables available and the hostess had a very snotty attitude saying no nothing available until 8:30pm 9pm and you could clearly see the place wasn’t packed at all plenty tables were open. So my wife had me check open table just in case because she didn’t like the girls attitude and felt she wasn’t being honest at all and low and behold they were not booked had plenty reservations between 7:15 pm and 9pm so I booked 7:15pm one min after her telling us no and the look on her face was priceless having to seat us right then and there after telling us that lie. Let’s just say she wasn’t to happy. Then they tried seating us in the worst places it’s cold outside and we have small children with us then they try seating us by a door that was constantly opening and closing going outside and once again there were plenty of tables so we made them seat us in a more practical place. Then they forget our high chair for our daughter it had to be asked for 3 times they messed up our orders forgot to bring bread etc I wouldn’t recommend bongos if service is high on your list it’s always not good and last night was extra bad and for the high prices they charge it should be a priority! But if you need a quick bite they make good food but that’s the only thing good! Here is a Tip order to go!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The place is too small for the live music they have in there. We opted to sit outside just so we could hear each other at dinner. But because there was not many people out there we felt a little neglected as far as service. Food was okay and seemed to try and be authentic but lacked dynamic flavors.

Tags: People Watching, Live Music, Casual, Fun
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Nice night out with the family and friends at Disney Springs. Great food and drinks. Fun entertainment with Latin band and dancers. Fun for all ages. Try the shredded pork dish and finish with a Cuban coffee. The paella is large and easily feeds two or more.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Love this place. Always a stop to grab a bite when in town.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food and service. And the live music was great.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was okay, but I’ve had better. The yellow rice was very mushy and sticky but the chicken was great. The mixed drinks were very good and loved the the Cuban atmosphere. For the total feel of the restaurant sit downstairs near the stage to watch the dancers and band play music.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Way too loud. Could not hear waiter. Food was calm, light on flavor. Could not have conversation, too noisy. Great place to go if you do not like your dinner guests.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Menu is not the same at all menu in store is half the size and they were super slow in the restaurant with a ton of waiters standing around yet it took 20 mins to get a drink!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

really love this restaurant, a little pricey, but the food is good.

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 (Naples)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Buen restaurante un poco ruidos pero la comida sabrosa y original. Precios un poco arriba de lo normal pero está bien para una cena con amigos

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Best Birthday celebration!! We will be back again next tear.

Tags: Tapas, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Very nice meal after Cirque show. Waiter Andreas was great. Todd was very good. Sat out side which was quieter than inside

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