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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. You will feel relaxed while you enjoy our food and drinks in a 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, bar and coffee houses in town. We look forward to meeting you!
Full Bar, Great Wine list
Kailua, HI 96740
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, mornings, 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 Coconut Grove Marketplace
Public bus stop 300 yards away.
Jason Nigro and Trevor Buffington
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Island Lava Java Bistro Ratings and Reviews
Food choices feature many vegetarian dishes, but that's the only plus. Sandwiches and burgers are at best mediocre, salads are unimaginative; all of these could easily be made at home in 3mins with better results. Sits on the main drag, so avoid the terrace (smells of exhaust and is very noisy), but that also means no sea views, so no good table.
Service was friendly, but incompetent.
Came for a nice quiet birthday dinner,didn't really happen most tables are in a place that gets wet when it rains and it was raining after trying a table and getting a wet butt we had to move to big community high top bar type tables. Ordered drinks was told they were out of jack Daniels but they most likely have some upstairs I chose a beer instead. Dinner was tasty but we came for the spinach salad that they took off the menu, so actually menu is quite limited. I had ribs that were tasty wife had sesame ahi which was tasty. Big issue is when a local came in with a big hairy dog and most of the staff dropped what they were doing to pet this dog, isn't a restaurant suppose to be a relatively clean enviroment to have the servers petting a dog then serving food sounds like a pretty big health code violation. Don't think we will go back and since we live here part time that's to bad, will the restaurant care probably not as they cater to tourists that they will most likely never see again.
I hate to dis Lava Java since I have been there many times for breakfast and dinner. I was there on this occasion for lunch with a friend. We sat right up front at the new, improved facility where the tables sit flat! I rather liked the funky atmosphere of the former location but the new one is an improvement and quite a bit larger.
I ordered fish tacos which this day used Ono as the fish. Ono means "good" in Hawaiian and it usually is. This fish was served in 2 pieces (one in each of 2 tacos) that were about the size of a stick of gum but thicker. It was very overcooked, which was too bad, with a tiny smear of chipotle aioli. It could have used more to help moisten the dry fish. I really like black beans but these clearly were under-salted and were bland as could be. They had a bit of salsa on the top but the salsa would have been better on the tacos themselves.
I didn't bother to say anything since my friend and I were deep in conversation and I didn't want to spoil our time together by complaining. A disappointing experience, however.
Well, being local it was our first time to the new location only a few hundred feet from their old site which we really loved outdoor dining,live music ,and bring your own wine or beer... however the new site was great the food was very good like we were use to ....the same chef for the past year or so who was a big improvement over the one he replaced.
I had the Ahi which was out of this world !! My wife had Opah which she loved and we shared their little lava java salad.
They still had Bobby G playing music which we were greatful for ....light dinner music very good, singing his own music plus tunes you will know...
I missed bringing my own wine, however their new wine list is pretty good and reasonable prices.
You still get the beautiful Pacific view and sunsets !!
A must if you are looking for a great sunset dinner when you're in Kona !!
First time there for their brunch in their new location. VERY busy, but we had a reservation and it was honored and on time in a good location. Server was excellent as was the additional overlapping help...they pay attention to the customer! Spectacular view, of course, right on the Pacific. Food was excellent as was the "naked Mimosa" that we had along with Eggs Benedict and Island Style Waffle (the coconut syrup is special).
Great location and venue. Lovely protected outdoor setting with lovely views of Kailua Bay. Our waitress was very good but there were other tables that were not as happy. I think they are still "fitting into" their new location and still have a few bumps to iron out. That being said we had a very nice meal with a great setting. Would definitely go back and would recommend it to our friends.
We know to bring our chosen bottle of wine : Kelly, our waitperson supplied the winegasses and gave us time to enjoy the long boats, the waves, the people-watching and the beautiful sunset . Before long, songs of the 50's and 60's were strummed and sung by the talented duo. Another pair of diners performed a jitter-bug that was quite entertaining and were applauded by all. Both of us chose "Pulehu NY" Angus NY steak, seared to a perfect medium rare with asparagus, house-pickled onions, and mashed potatoes for him, extra vegetables for me, which we savored to the last bites. A shared slice of yummy carrot cake was our choice to finish our meal in fine style. Another great evening at Island Bistro Lava Java came to a satisfied close. A hui hou!
We have been to Lava Java many times and have usually had a good experience. This time was on Easter Sunday for brunch and the food suffered. I'm not sure why since they certainly knew they would be busy as they are every Sunday. I ordered the Belgian waffle with a berry coulis and a creme anglaise sauce but the waffle was doughy inside. It was already cut into quarters when presented and was sauced. There wasn't enough of the berries and I wish I had stuck with my tried and true order of banana/mac pancakes. My BF had an omelet with pulled pork filling and he said the pork was greasy.
All in all, we love the casual atmosphere of this sidewalk cafe and enjoy it for dinner too. But this particular morning, something was off and the food just wasn't up to par.
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