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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. 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!
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, 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
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.
The fresh catch fish with macadamia nut crust was really good but we unfortunately had very poor service. Did not fill the water once or ask how the meal was, which was unfortunate for us because my friend asked for her burger with no onion and it was supposed to come with bacon. It had lots of onion but no bacon. But since no one came to check on us it was too late to fix it. No apology and no discount in the mistake.
Food and service were great. Prices reasonable. We booked via open table and had no issues with on time reservations and a special request to sit near the water. The pancakes were great and we also had a breakfast sandwich which was good as well. Service was attentive and the white table clothes were a nice touch. I would recommend it!
Lava Java is the goto place along the Kailua-Kona strip. We had breakfast several times, and an acai bowl with a 16oz Kona coffee (black) overlooking the surf are a great way to start the day. We also had 2 evening meals there as well and were pleased by the food and entertainment. They don't serve alcohol, but welcome you to BYO with no corkage charge.
There are 2 branches.The Java Lava in Waikoloa village is fresh, tasty,good and friendly and I would recommend.
This restaurant is crowded,difficultparking.The ahi tacos were over cooked and came with no salsa or anything at all including dressing on the salad.
The only thing positive is the view.
Great breakfast with awesome view of the Pacific. I made a reservation for 0930 and upon arrival hostess had just seen it. Our name was added to the list and still had to remind her after another 20 minutes. We did receive some complimentary juice for their mistake.
We had been several times before on previous visits to Kona. We were greatly disappointed with the food. My wife had a vegetarian risotto that we had to send back as it was highly salted and way too peppery. The replacement was still far too salty. I ordered a braise beef rib and it was salty, fatty and was grey looking . The food when we went was a real disappointment and we will not go back
When we arrived, there was a line for walk ups and a 35 to 45 minute wait. When we showed the hostess our Open Table reservation, we were seated immediately and at a table in the shade with a great view of the water.
The service and the food was amazing with some unique menu items. One hint, if you see something you like in the display case, get it right then and there. We had our eye on some muffin choices, but we waited until after our meal to buy, and they were sold out.
We had a 10:30am reservation and we were on time. We were seated around 10:45am. Our waitress came around 10 min later to take our order. We got our food around 11:30 but no drinks and no follow up from waitress to see if we needed anything. I went looking for our waitress and found her behind the bar. I asked her for our drinks (Iced tea & kona coffee) She said she would find our waitress and send her over. I told her she was our waitress. She said she was no longer on the floor and would send someone over. I sat down and a few minutes later another waitress came over and asked what we needed. We told her what our drinks were and I also told her my turkey sandwich was very dry and please get me some mayonnaise. Our drinks came a few minutes later and mayonnaise a few minutes after that. My husbands burger was good but both of our fries were barely warm. Overall food was ok, service was horrible, view is great!
Thank goodness for Open Table! We had breakfast reservations for Christmas morning and there was at least a 1 hour wait, but we were seated at a reserved table immediately. Good for, I had the triple berry waffle and it was excellent. Coffee is pure Kona and wonderful. It is across the street from the beach, but there is ample parking behind the restaurant. Recommend it.
Three of us went for dinner. The service was very slow. We were slightly disappointed that no alcohol was served at dinner. Realized we could have brought our own wine but we didn't know that ahead of time. However, the food was delicious. Especially the macadamia crusted ono. We sat right out along the walkway with a view to the waves just across the street. Overall it was a pleasant evening.
Made a reservation using open table, arrived early and checked in. Got a great table. Eggs Benedict on a croissant was wonderful, the Hollandase excellent. Great coffee. Lovely view of the ocean from the seating. A Hawaiian musician played a guitar and sang. Great ambiance for Christmas Eve morning breakfast treat.
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