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, BYO Wine, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
Island Lava Java Bistro Ratings and Reviews
Another lovely breakfast at our favorite ...
Another lovely breakfast at our favorite spot in Kona, Lava Java.We were seated by a lovely girl, Jenny. Sad to hear that our usual server Jamie had left but felt very much at home, Karen is still there.The island pancakes are to die for and the quick service, hot kona coffee and aloha spirit felt there , will keep us coming back again and again. Can't wait to see the new place ! Mahalo,the Phillips
Our last meal in Hawaii before heading b ...
Our last meal in Hawaii before heading back to the mainland. Great food and service, especially for it being Thanksgiving - I was concerned that quality and service would suffer; it didn't, they delivered. We will definitely be dining here again the next time we're in Kailua.
We started our spiritual retreat with a ...
We started our spiritual retreat with a dinner for 9 people. I love the views, the service. The food had changed quite a bit since last time I was there - in 2012. It did not have the presentation it used to, the passion was kind of gone. The pizza which I loved (vegetarian) was dry and sticky. But the sunset was priceless. Service was super good too. I loved that the table was ready and we could do separate bills and we were not forced to do 20% of gratuity what many places around Alii Drive do - which often times feels like a little punishment for bringing many people over...
The food was very Good. Seats out front ...
The food was very Good. Seats out front over looking the water at sunset was nice. They don't serve alcohol, so if your wanting a drink with your meal, not your place. Our issue was service. Glasses were never refilled, and we had to finally ask for our check.
We go there and the table was so my wife ...
We go there and the table was so my wife asked for a rag and cleaned the table.
We waited about seven minutes before we went to order and the server asked us to take a seat and i told her that we have been waiting and i showed her where we sat.
I ordered my food and it is not what ordered because it was missing half its order
The mac, banana pancakes with coconut sy ...
The mac, banana pancakes with coconut syrup are delish. They were kind enough to sub the pork options for a turkey option. You'll have lots of company from the nearby birds that flock to this awesome little diner.
The food was excellent! We didn't have ...
The food was excellent! We didn't have to wait long on the food. The servers were exceptionally nice. The view of watching the sun set behind the ocean was awesome! I would definitely go back. It's like a family atmosphere. A great place to get good food and meet nice people.
Our dining experience at Lava Java Bistr ...
Our dining experience at Lava Java Bistro was very enjoyable. It was relaxing to see and hear the waves crashing on shore, and we found this to be a great spot for people watching as well. We especially loved the live music. Ample free parking in the lot behind the shopping center was definitely appreciated. Overall - good food and fun place to hang out!
When we arrived, even though we had a re ...
When we arrived, even though we had a reservation, they had no idea we were on any sort of list for reservations. No table was available. After being sat we had a waitress promptly who took our drink and food orders. We never saw her again, not for refills, not for an extra to-go order we wanted to place, not for the bill...nothing. It took ages to get our food...as in over 45 minutes once the order was placed. Keep in mind this was breakfast and one of us ordered eggs while the other had a bagel. No one was rude but that is likely because we never actually spoke to anyone. Once we were ready to leave we had to track down a different waitress and she checked us out. I hope our own waitress is okay and wasn't abducted as she was never seen again.
The food was excellent! There was 4 in ...
The food was excellent! There was 4 in our party and each of us had a different entree, boneless short ribs, New York steak, macadamia nut crusted fish (Ono), and pizza. They were all delicious meals, especially the fish. The service was great, very friendly and courteous. We sat inside with an open air area and a perfect view of the ocean right across the street. Even though it rained earlier, it had cleared up and was a very nice atmosphere. I would highly recommend this restaurant. The price was also reasonable. I just wish I would have discovered this place sooner as we leave tomorrow for L.A. I'm sure breakfast or lunch would be great here. I'll be back next time! Aloha!
Beautiful setting across from the ocean. ...
Beautiful setting across from the ocean. Most seating outside is near the sidewalk and Alii Drive, but surprisingly quiet.
Food is tremendous, had Ahi Bruschetta, Ahi poke, and Mac Nut crusted Ono. All dishes were excellent. Lily was our server and she was awesome! Also, no liquor license or corkage, so BYOB.
Excellent dinner. Dessert also fabulous. ...
Excellent dinner. Dessert also fabulous. I've eaten there several times and I believe they have the best dinner selections... at least as good as Huggos. Breakfasts are also excellent and reasonably priced. The only minus is give is that our table was on a slant.
Lava Java is a great restaurant. The vi ...
Lava Java is a great restaurant. The view is spectacular and the food is great, but it isn't a great place to hold a meeting. They are used to quick turn-arounds and tourists. We have tried several times to meet there because we love the food and atmosphere, but there just isn't a place we can all (8-12 people) sit comfortably. If the chairs have backs, there's no shade. If we have shade and are able to see each other, we have elderly and handicapped people sitting on backless benches. And usually we are allowed separate checks, but last week for some reason that was denied. Those of us who had plastic instead of cash had to borrow from others. It was awkward.
Great for breakfast. I had dinner this ...
Great for breakfast. I had dinner this time. Music was so loud we could not talk to each other. Food was just average - nothing special. Service was not very good. I'd pass on dinner here and only come back for breakfast!
Lava Java is one of our favorite places ...
Lava Java is one of our favorite places for our weekly gathering. The food and coffee are great, and separate checks for the group is never a problem. We have started making reservations because twice in the past we were told our group was too big and would have to separate. On our last visit the waitress was pretty hard to find. One person finally ordered at the counter and when it was time to leave the rest of us had to hunt down our checks.
Always the views - great for people watc ...
Always the views - great for people watching.
Love the with perka you accumulate your free coffee and it does not expire. For us regulars it is pretty neat.
Also nice to see some favorites are still working here (since 10 + years)
The food is still good - not outstanding - but good.
Coffee could be warmer, and most and foremost - substitute the plastic straws with a better option for the environment.
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.
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.
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!
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