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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
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.
Had breakfast there. Excellent! There were five of us and we got four different things, all of which were great, along with the cinnamon pull-apart we got to start. I was surprised that coconut syrup on the banana pancake was so good. (I'm used to maple syrup., which they also have.). Pork and pineapple omelet excellent.
Beautiful setting watching the sun set while waiting for dinner. Service & food delivery was a bit slow but we were killing time until our late night flight, so no biggie. We went here because of the many gluten free selections, which cant be beat! Only thing I would change, would be to have a bathroom inside the restaurant rather than within the complex.
A wonderful open air bistro with excellent food and great live music. Doubles as a coffee shop in the morning. The ahi bruschetta was delightful as were the fish tacos. We ate there two days earlier and the macadamia nut encrusted fish of the day was wonderful. You can bring your own wine and they will gladly serve it with no corking fee. Even provide a bucket of ice for white wine. One of our all-time favorites.
When we arrived we were given a choice of tables outside. We went for the secluded one to the side where we could see the sunset and hear the live music. We started with a shared salad. The waitress and kitchen were accommodating of my dietary needs, ensuring that my meal did not contain any ingredients of which I am intolerant. My ahi was exceptional. The pork chop was a large serving with delicious house made applesauce. The creek brûlée was traditional and good. Overall, a lovely dining experience.
We love Lava Java for so many reasons, not the least of which is the perfect ocean and people-watching location. Add to the sight, sound and smell of the ocean (and, at dinner time, the sunset viewing) the ability to bring one's own wine (no corking fee: they will uncork and supply glasses and an ice bucket, if needed) to accompany the perfectly prepared and plated, scrumptious meal, served with aplomb. Thank you, Lava Java Island Bistro, for yet another lovely dining experience! See you again, soon.
It was a surprise that the ocean side dining included a sidewalk and a cruising street. OK, so it had a vib being in the city with a view of the sunset, but since they do not serve alcohol it was suggested since there was not a corkage fee if I wanted to hoof it two blocks to the
ABC store I could buy something.
Evening music was the hit: a nice soft jazz selection from a sax player. excellant Blackened Mahi Tacos, mediocre big Spinach salad with bacon.
This was the oddest dining experience only good for a humorous memory.
I hope the new digs improve with a wine selection.
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