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
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!
The best breakfast in my Kona visit!👍🏼
The best breakfast in my Kona visit!👍🏼
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.
We love lava Java. Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
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.
Real home cooking!
Food always freshly made, not heated in a microwave!
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.
best in Kona
By far the best place for breakfast lunch and dinner. I stop by most mornings just for coffee. EXCELLENT staff!
Great food perfect location . Island Lav ...
Great food perfect location . Island Lava Java is one of the best spots on the Island to eat. They offer a range of great food ideas with a very scenic locations
Tasty, unique food.....
A real gem for Kona.....unique and tasty. Reasonably priced. Good entertainment.
Very nice view of the ocean especially at sunset.
The food was nicely presented and was very tasty. The wait staff on top, but not in the way of our dinner. The music was enjoyable and relaxing. I would go there again.
The service we received, both from our h ...
The service we received, both from our hostess and the waitstaff was great! Very attentive even though it was really busy during that time. The food was delicious also and had just enough touches in it to set it truly apart from standard breakfast fare. Will definitely make it a point to come back again!
Good in all categories
Our table was ready when we arrived and the greeting was pleasant and friendly. It's BYOB, but the host immediately brought glasses and did the pouring. Sitting outside gave a great view of a Kona sunset as well as watching people passing on the sidewalk. Our table was ours as long as we wanted it. No pressure to leave. The food was delicious and the staff was wonderful.
We made a reservation for 4 and upon arriving were told they saved a little table out of the way for us if we wanted it. It was outside and separated from the rest of the patio tables by a large tree. What a spot! You could still hear the life music but were far away from everyone else top feel like you were the only ones in the restaurant. And the view of the ocean across the street was virtually unobstructed. The entire place was packed that evening and the service was a bit slow, however, it didn't bother us. The food was amazing and our server was very friendly and definitely added to the positive experience.
Very good food - fresh! Classic nicoise ...
Very good food - fresh! Classic nicoise salad with Ahi. Margherita pizza with more than a few cherry tomatoes. Island salad with lots of goodies and goat cheese. BYOB.
Everyone in our party enjoyed their dinn ...
Everyone in our party enjoyed their dinner. Service was a little sporadic even though they weren't overly busy. But the servers were friendly and nice. Love the location for a sunset dinner. Although was a bit put off by being approached at our table by a homeless man asking for our leftovers. Will definitely come back.
Excellent food and awesome view of the ocean
Excellent dinner and breakfast - came here multiple times during our vacation
Decided to head to Lava Java for birthday dinner for the husband. We usually go there for lunch or brunch, but were looking for an outdoor dining spot with a view. The birthday boy had the Pulehu Filet and I had Chef's Fresh Catch ( Mahi Mahi this night) both of which are wheat/gluten free. We shared each other's entree to make our own surf and turf combo. Both entrees were well prepared and tasty served with fresh local produced vegetables. We started the meal by sharing a "Little Lava" salad which we both deemed superb. The goat cheese was very good not strong. They do provide glasses if you want to bring a bottle of wine or beer to enjoy with the meal. While the seats are not that comfortable, the evening there was very nice with a gorgeous sunset and good food. The husband enjoyed his birthday dinner out.
Kona partial open view restaurant
Not a great experience. Pizza had no taste and was extremely overpriced. We wanted to try the Ahi but they were sold out. Waitress was very unfriendly and rushed us. We read that they had entertainment but the music ended at 8pm. Also our table was completely on a slant and they would not move us even though we had a reservation. Only positive thing - they let you bring in your own wine or beer with no cork fee.
Always a good meal with great service.
Everything is fantastic at Lava Java. The service, food and ambience. We eat here at least twice a month and have never had a bad experience. The fact that you can byob and they don't charge you an extra fee is extraordinary, especially here in Hawaii where you get nickeled and dimed for everything!! Best brunch in Kona for sure!!
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