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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

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (63)
Live Music (63)
Authentic (54)
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Special Occasion (50)
Good for a Date (45)
Good for Birthdays (41)
Casual (35)
Good for Groups (32)
Comfort Food (30)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Worth the Drive (28)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Great for Outdoor Dining (25)
Romantic (25)
Kid-friendly (24)
People Watching (23)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Hot Spot (21)
Happy Hour (18)
Tasting Menu (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Great for Lunch (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Scenic View (14)
Late-night Find (12)
Waterfront (10)
Spicy (10)
Business Meals (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Healthy (8)
Tapas (8)
Afternoon Coffee (7)
Disabled Access (7)
Seasonal (7)
Cozy (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Great Beer (4)
Live Sports (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Notable Wine List (2)
Organic (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

The good:
We had an appointment, and got in and were seated pretty fast.
Live entertainment

The bad:
Live entertainment was very very loud and overly amplified
It was very loud, so in order to talk, you will have to yell to each other...and we were not right by the live entertainment.
Service was not very good. Server seldom came to our table. We all at times were sitting with empty glasses needing refills.
It took about an hour from the time we were seated, until we had our food...and there were many empty tables and booths.
Food was okay, but bland...nothing special, and certainly not worth the price.
While at our visit, some sort of door alarm went off, and stayed on for about 5 - 10 minutes, and it was piercing. The staff acted as if nothing out of the ordinary was happening.

Overall:
I would not recommend this place, unless you like very loud entertainment, and overpriced bland food.
There are other places in the same area.

Note:
It’s easier to get into this place than other restaurants in Disney, and now you know why.

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·Dined 2 days ago

Family and I went to the restaurant being that it’s a Gloria Estefan restaurant we were expecting to have great taste in food. Sad to say we were all very disappointed we had reservations at 6:45 and that’s the only thing that went very smoothly we got seated quickly when we checked in we already were seated by 6:30 PM from the time that our server took our food order it was about an hour and 15 minute wait by the time the food did get to us. We were very excited to try out great tasting food and everything was bland no flavoring on anything whatsoever and everyone on our table but one person ordered the chicken breast breaded and everything was unsatisfactory . If I knew I was going to pay so much for such horrible food I would’ve went to a local restaurant in my neighborhood that the price is decent and we get great tasting food every time. We will not recommend this restaurant and for the price that we paid each couple the food was not worth it also unsatisfied with the fact that there were six people in total but there were separate checks for each couple which were three and We were very unhappy that tip was included into the check especially when We were very unsatisfied with the service .

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·Dined 3 days ago

I was somewhat disappointed with the food. We ordered Churrasco with tostones and Chicken with sweet plantains. The tostones were soft and under cooked. The chicken was dry and the plantains tasted like the ones they sell in a bag at your local Walmart. I expected fresh, typical food. For those of us who are not “tourist” we can tell the food is not genuine.
Besides that, it was very loud and when the live music went on, you could not understand what they were singing.
I’m sorry, but I would not recommend going to Bongos, It’s to expensive for such poor quality of food. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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·Dined 3 days ago

Love the restaurant, food was amazing , live music was awesome but wasn’t so loud that you couldn’t talk everything was perfect

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Scenic View
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·Dined 3 days ago

Food good, prices average to higher, service not so good. Server rushed us through our evening.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food, quick and super friendly service, wonderful live music after 6 p.m.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Live Music, Disabled Access
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·Dined 4 days ago

Thought the place was a little pricey. Was not impressed by the food. Glad we tried it while on vacation but probably won`t go ba k.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

Entertaining and fun. Service excellent. Food so so.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Orlando)·Dined 7 days ago

Our Valentines dinner was very good! Our first experience using the open table app and we got right in , were seated in a great spot , and enjoyed the high energy Cuban experience. We will use the app again.

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 (Austin)·Dined 7 days ago

Food was uninspiring. The service was rushed (except for our drinks which were late). The main course was served about 3 minutes after the appetizers.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 7 days ago

Always an enjoyable time!! Love the band and dancers too!!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We had a reservation at 4:00 and we got out of our movie early and they were able to seat us. Our waitress Jessica was amazing. The food was wonderful. We definitely be going back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Tasting Menu
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This place will likely go down as one of the worst places I have eaten at. It is highly overrated and I made the mistake of trusting OpenTable reviews. Reviews at Yelp and Zomato are more revealing. The "chef" was unwilling to make a simple substitution in a dish to accommodate a severe food allergy. The portion sizes were small, with rice and fried plantains comprising the bulk of a plate anyways. The charges are exorbitant. I would not recommend this place. There are other better options in Disney Springs within feet of here.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Very nice food and service

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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Great service. Good food. Fun location. But a bit Pricey

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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We celebrated 2 birthdays and a "mini reunion" some of our Alaska cruise members. My husband and i were the only Hispanics of the group and the Anglos LOVE the food. I was extremely impress with the churrasco and had the opportunity to try the risotto-wow

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Live Music, Authentic, Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Our waiter Daniel was so nice and polite, we have been there two times now, and we had so much fun, we will go again food and drinks are so delicious. The show is great. Thank you

Tags: Fun, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, People Watching, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Live Music, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent service and food. One of my first choices for dining in the Disney Springs’ area. The waitress was very courteous and helpful. Treat us the way we love to be treated.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Good food. Fun.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The only bad thing was, no toilet paper in at least 2 of the stalls, didn’t check others.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The waiter (Austin) was very nice and kind. Frequently came to the table to check if we needed anything and if everything was ok. Was able to bring out are good in a timely manner. The atmosphere was wondering really enjoy the live music and the Congo. Thank you. Keep up the great services. :)

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We were there celebrating my boyfriend’s bday... we had such a great time. Great ambience, food, and live music 💃🏻🎉

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fun, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Hectic energetic scene. With a Cuban band and dancers food was fun. Vibe was exciting

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The best food we have had in Orlando area. Service was outstanding too!

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 22, 2018

45 minutos de espera y muy poca comida!

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 (Toledo)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Hugely Disappointing. Old friends together at Disney and wanted to try this place for Cuban. I ordered the slow roasted pork and received pork jerky. Sady, the jerky wasn't flavored, no salt, no spice, just dried pork. The beans, the rice, the tostones... Nothing. No flavor, no spice, no salt... We all left with the plates almost as full as when the waiter delivered the food to us. We were all confused by the number of glowing reviews.

Here for the week and planning on trying other restaurants at Disney Springs.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Very nice service by waiter. Knew menu items well and could describe in detail. Enjoyed music and entertainment too. Will recommend.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The paella was delicious! My 4-year-old son had fun in the conga line with the dancers.

Tags: Happy Hour, People Watching, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We had our Anniversary Dinner there. They seated us promptly, near the stage, and had a great experience . The service was excellent, and the food was amazing. We would happily recommend Bongos to anyone. We could not have been happier!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Fun
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Seated immediately. Waitress was awesome with food sensativites she was on it, checking with the chef, making recommendations. Food was very good with the exception of the chicken which was dry. Otherwise good experience and would return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Great Birthday Celebration Place!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Our reservation was for 5:30 but we went an hour early with no problem. We are staying on a Disney property and were at Disney Springs when dining at Bongos and Cuban food is not easily available where we live so I it was a real treat. I would recommend Bongos for those looking for a nice change in cuisine.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Had a good meal and everyone was happy with their choices. Braised short ribs were really good. Service was attentive. Will recommend and return

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Great drinks and food. Interesting atmosphere. Tropical mojito is delicious!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Food is not the best you will ever eat. Nonetheless, the ambiance is really nice.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 14, 2018

This was my second time here and I will continue to make it part of my Orlando trips! Well done Bongos!!!!

Tags: Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 14, 2018

If you want loud live music with people you don’t want to talk with, this is the place. Like many area tourist spots, Bongos provides an opportunity for the kids to burn off steam in a conga line waving napkins around. The food was decent and the pork was very good though overpriced. The famous mojito was way overpriced and way too sweet, though wine was reasonable. The waitress reached across my wife’s face to set a plate when it would have been just as easy to take one step around. Other than that, she was friendly and fairly efficient. Easy to get in same day through OpenTable.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Tannya was a terrific server and the food was delicious.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Only thing that could have made it better was if I had seen Gloria 😜.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 11, 2018

The food was OK, though I've had better Cuban food elsewhere. The black beans, for example, were very bland. It was very noisy when the band was playing and although the quality of the music was very good, it was difficult to maintain a conversation at times. Our server, Laura, was very professional.

Tags: Fun
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