About Island Lava Java Bistro
Great Kona Restaurant specializing in fresh, local, organic and sustainable food with 100% Kona Coffee and our own Bakery on site. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner & Sunday brunch, we are committed to using the highest quality locally produced ingredients. We proudly feature grass fed Big Island Beef, Big Island organic goat cheese and locally grown organic produce, freshly baked house made breads, desserts & goodies.
Island Lava Java, Bistro Grill is Kona's #1 Coffee House and Restaurant. We were voted to have the "Best Breakfast in Kona" by the readers of the West Hawaii Today. Island Lava Java Bistro & Grill's Island fare is inspired by everyday island cooking. You'll feel relaxed while savoring a great meal in our casual and comfortable outside, Oceanside lanai. Experience our inventive cuisine, attentive service, and a friendly atmosphere; come see what makes us one of the most popular restaurants and coffee houses in town. We look forward to meeting you!
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 6:30am - 11:30am; Sunday Brunch: 6:30am - 5:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Live Hawaiian & acoustic music, weekends & evenings
Delicious hot or cold options. Order from one of our menus or work with our chef to create a catering event specific to your taste!
Free parking for our customers in the Ali'i Sunset Plaza.
Public bus stop 300 yards away.
BYO Liquor, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
Island Lava Java Bistro Ratings and Reviews
Wife did not like the birds with outside ...
Wife did not like the birds with outside seating. Food and service were fine.
Went here everyday...sometimes twice a d ...
Went here everyday...sometimes twice a day while vacation with the family. Great coffee drinks, food and sweet treats. View of the ocean is spectacular!
Server ignored us. Food items not brough ...
Server ignored us. Food items not brought to table in order. Level of concern for our meal & related items being delivered to our table in a timely fashion was nil. Won't be returning to this establishment.
Great location with view of the ocean ac ...
Great location with view of the ocean across the street, had great live music. The waitress forgot to take off $10 off our bill even though we showed her the discount on our iPhone and we ordered the Portugese sausage but was riven bacon.
Best place for breakfast in Kona. We had ...
Best place for breakfast in Kona. We had an ocean front view from our table. Loved the macadamia nut and banana waffles.
Always make a point to stop by Lava Java for breakfast or lunch every time we go to Kona (twice a year) and it never disappoints. If you haven't tried it, its a must.
Always wonderful !
Lava Java is one of our favorites when visiting Kona. The staff, especiallyJamie and Karen, are always friendly and helpful. The food is brought out piping hot , and the view is amazing. Our family and friends always buy us gift certificates from Lava Java for our anniversaries. We love this local find.
Good for breakfast or brunch; avoid dinner
The Sunday brunch was really good; I would recommend it. However, avoid the dinner. I am not sure what they are serving for "braised short ribs", but it is not short ribs. Neither my wife's dinner nor mine was worth the time or price.
Although their entrance appears to be one of regular coffee shop, the quality of food is very high. We appreciated the freshness of their ingredients.
I met a friend for dinner and enjoyed the gorgeous sunset from our table outside. I had been told that the restaurant was the place to go for great food and to see the sunset. They also said the the waitstaff were really friendly. They were right on-everything was perfect. The waitress was a lot of fun and the food was great! Add the sunset and it was a perfect night!
The scene was outstanding, the service w ...
The scene was outstanding, the service was good, the food was well done, and the music was enjoyable. Friends and tourists will have no problem finding.
My Husband & I ate there last night & li ...
My Husband & I ate there last night & like always it was amazing. Food is fantastic & service is even better.
Great view, even better food.
The view from the outside patio is amazing, but the food surpasses it. The special was delicious and every penny. The menu has enough to please anyone. The only issue for us was the proximity of those walking by on the sidewalk.
A great little spot that surprises with excellent food, coffee, and desserts. And the view just makes it better. The servers are awesome.
Their menu is outstanding! Everything they cook, is healthy and fresh. My only complaint is we always reserve the Tree House table, and twice now - our table is given to another party. We arrive 5-10 mins. Early because of this error. But the staff is kind, and you can't be angry. One time they not only gave our table away, but they Also forgot to hand in our order. They did give us a small credit. So, they try.
Awesome view, good coffee and great breakfast.
Great spot for good coffee, and one of the better breakfast spots wee found in Kona. Coffe is a bit over priced but you are paying for the amazing view. People were very nice and place is busy. Booking on open table worked great!
Wonderful fresh juice and yummy breakfas ...
Wonderful fresh juice and yummy breakfast , both savory and sweet
Our favorite neighborhood restaurant.
We always reserve the "Tree House", our favorite table. Although our table had been doubled booked, we happen to be early for our reservation, and were given priority. Well, the next party who arrived shortly after we did, was told of the double booking & was not happy, to say the least. The restaurant apologized, they left. On same visit, the waitress had a glitch with the computer and we waited 45 minutes before we were actually served. Their computer didn't even show our order. What a day! The restaurant apologizes once more, gives us % off our entire bill and gave us some cookies, too! My point is, this is Hawaii.... Relax, things happen! And, Lava Java Bistro is an excellent asset to our community! Mahalo, Lava Java for your patience, too!
Nice Meal with a View
My wife and I had a pleasant dinner at the Island Lava Java. The place is located near the beach so there is nice ocean view. There was also nice live entertainment when we were there to add to the ambiance. I had the Chef’s Fresh Catch, which was an excellent Ono.
Continues to Satisfy
I've been coming here for decades, but don't usually write a review. I love LavaJava for breakfast, lunch, dinner and more. The flat cinnamon buns are terrific, and need to be shared with another person. Breakfasts are my favorite, and the wait staff takes care of everything I need. Keep it up!
Great casual lunch spot
Stopped here for lunch and the food was fantastic! It's a funky little neighborhood place on the waterfront. Not fancy at all, flip-flops and shorts welcome. Nice outdoor seating and staff was very friendly and accommodating. I would definitely go back again.
Always the best on the Alii strip
Perfect location with the best staff anywhere in the world. Great food, and the best fish tacos I have ever found.
Best Breakfast in Kailua-Kona
Went for breakfast and coffee here almost every day on our vacation. Love this place!
Our last night in the islands and the meal was perfect. Food was terrific and the service was perfect.
This is one of our very most favorite pl ...
This is one of our very most favorite places. This time we were seated quickly, informed that the food may take a bit longer due to unplanned staffing issue in the kitchen. The meals were quick, presentation was pretty, and the views cannot be beat. Very attentive service as well.
A good choice of menu and a fantastic ocean view
This is my favorite breakfast place in Kona where I know I can always go and have a good meal with a nice choice of food items. The view of the ocean and Alii Drive and the shoppers strolling about is hard to beat. Sometimes I am greeted with live music and other times I just enjoy my companions or the hustle and bustle around me. It is always a treat and I look forward to my visits. This day i met two others and we sat and had nice conversation. The service was slower than usual this day in that it was very crowded and there was a new waitress in training. We were not rushed to leave and had an enjoyable time catching up. The food was good as always. I used Open Table this visit which I had not done before, I'm glad I did because I got seated immediately upon arrival.
Delicious food and wonderful staff
This is my favorite place to eat in Kona,HI. They have the best coffee, food and pastries. We love to have dinner there and watch the sunset. The entire staff is super friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend it.
Don't bother making a reservation
I made a reservation here two weeks in advance. When we arrived, the host didn't say anything at all, grabbed two menus and sat us at a table with an ocean view obstructed by another table. When I told him my name and that we had a reservation, he said he thought the couple sitting in front of us was my party of two with the reservation. He didn't make any attempt to fix the situation or apologize for not greeting us or mixing up the seating. Aside from that the food was overpriced for what we got.
Lovely spot overlooking the ocean in Kailua-Kona
Island Lava Java manages to be relatively quiet and laid back in the middle of the Kailua-Kona strip. The food is very good, and the servers are friendly and helpful. BYOB and they will open and pour for you with no charge. We sat outside at a candlelit table and enjoyed a great view of the ocean, lovely Hawaiian live music, and delicious food. We ate breakfast there a couple of days before, and that was equally enjoyable.
Very good food and service, but it's all ...
Very good food and service, but it's all about the view! Sunday Brunch menu is limited compared to their usual lunch menu.
This was just a disaster. The host had know idea what he was doing. There were several tables reserved yet he had know idea which tables belonged to whom. Our waitress could have cared less about us. She pretty much ignored us once she took our order. We had a 10 yr old with us and she forgot to place his order. Salad course was served at the same time as the entree.
Always a wonderful meal here. Beautiful ...
Always a wonderful meal here. Beautiful view and delicious food!
Lava Java on Valentine's Day
Great food any meal time! Reserved for a group of 6 on Valentine's Day, minor wait as place was packed but it was well worth it. Great table set up on grassy area in front of restaurant overlooking the ocean! Just remember to bring your own wine. Lava Java moving a few buildings south of original spot to accommodate even more clients. Thanks for the great time! Walter & Helen Lima
Great restaurant, great value!
Our favorite restaurant when we are in Kona. Great location , good food, great service, overall a really good experience. No liquor licence but you can bring your own wine and they will provide the glasses, a win win!
The oceanfront cafe was perfect for brea ...
The oceanfront cafe was perfect for breakfast. We couldn't have been more pleased with the Kona coffee and our eggs and sausage!
What a find,outside side walk tables Looking directly across Ali'i Drive from the blue Pacific Ocean , great food, service is very good and the nightly music makes a perfect dinner. The fresh catch is out of this world . A must if you're in Kailua/Kona town.
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