About Island Lava Java Bistro
Kailua, HI 96740
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
Lava Java is the goto place along the Ka ...
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 W ...
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 ...
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 prev ...
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 wa ...
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 ...
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 b ...
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 servic ...
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, arr ...
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.
Great little bistro, menu was not too la ...
Great little bistro, menu was not too large, however good variety available to suit most guests. Good quality food at reasonable prices. Both servers were attentive and knew the menu, recommending menu items. Will definitely return when we re-visit Kona.
We truly love Lava Java and make it a po ...
We truly love Lava Java and make it a point to come at least several times during our stay on the big island. It is always great seeing our favorite servers again and the breakfasts are amazing. Island style pancakes with bananas and macadamia nuts , served with coconut syrup will be our choice tomorrow as we just had the yummy big island basic , along with their famous cinnamon pull apart. Try one and you will be hooked ! Another wonderful meal with the best view in town, Mahalo Lava Java
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!
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