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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
Absolutely loved this restaurant, could not recommend it any higher, we were staying in kona for one week and found this gem through yelp-we had breakfast every morning here and then dinner also on our last night, 10/10, food, staff, location-every visit was fantastic!!!!
Dinner here was our first meal in Hawaii, and the location couldn't have been more perfect! We had a table right at the edge of the patio for a stunning view on the sunset.
The cocktails were unique and delicious. The fish tacos were fresh and perfectly cooked. The fries were a bit cold, but both the tacos and my husband' prawn pizza were hot, so it seemed they plated the fries a little too early. But since we were dining on New Years Eve and the restaurant was packed, it wasn't a big deal. The pineapple mango lime cheesecake was light, fruity but not overpowering, and delicious!
It was loud, and they had live music on both the main floor and the second floor. From where we were sitting, we could hear both singers so it was hard to listen to just one. I don't know if that's a normal situation or if it was for New Year's Eve.
We had a nice time but they don't have their operation wired. The hostess mentioned her iPad died so she didn't have our reservation in front of her (but we did get a table right away) and the waitress was very nice but slow (overheard that she answered the phone, which put her behind.) A nice touch was a candle in the dessert for my son's birthday & the latte I ordered at the end (though I had to wait ages for it, with the waitress apologizing) was delicious!
It took an hour to get our meal to the table. I had an empty water glass for a long time, and had to ask for water finally. The fish was overcooked and tasted like plastic. The sauce for the fish and asparagus was too sweet - tasted like it should be on a donut.
I have visited Kona once or twice a year for the past 13 years.
My husband is a flight attendant and when he had a kona layover I jumped in it.
We both were excited for our usual breakfast at Lava Java. We ventured over to where the restaurant was and we discovered it had moved a half a block south.
Great new location, more of a restaurant now than a coffee shop.
So what had us both down is apparently quite a bit changed with their location.
The island style pancakes that use to have macadamia nuts in the pancakes now just had them sprinkled sparsely ontop, the coconut syrup was just sweet and didn't taste much like coconut as it has before.
My husband had a breakfast with the breakfast potatoes.
He use to hate potatoes for breakfast but many years ago java lava changed his mind. Today they didn't have rosemary on them and were just tasteless.
The bacon which has in the past been thick cut, has turned into Denny's bacon.
So apparently the recipes also changed along with a new address.... very sad.
This was our first tim eating at Island Lava Java in its new location. WE had a great view of the sunset, the fresh fish was great as was the ribs and the wait staff was very accommodating when I wanted to order a Keeki pizza from the kids menu. We'll be back & will bring friends.
Our first time to have dinner at the new location for Island Lava Java Bistro, and we sure enjoyed it! Had hoped for an upstairs table, but not enough servers to accommodate it, according to the hostess. Food was delicious, well-priced, and we'll for sure be back.
Such a lovely view, great people watching. Staff was friendly and helpful. Macadamia nut pancakes were a disappointment. I might try LJB again next time and order something different. Handicap ramp was inaccessible from handicap parking due to construction next door. This was a real issue for us.
The view is fantatsic, despite the utility lines (upper deck issue only). Restaurant space is also beautiful in its aesthetic--use of woods and mats for laid back elegance in local style. Price for the place was surprisingly reasonable (Hawaii and waterfront). Food ideas are very good; some improvement needed in execution.
Note: breakfast menu orders cease at 11:15 and lunch orders can't be put in till 11:30, so if you arrive in that window, be prepared to wait. We didn't know this and were VERY hungry for breakfast/brunch. And even though we were seated and server came to us and explained this at 11:11, neither the hostess or server offered to give us a breakfast menu and get our order in at the bell.
Also, we made reservation through online Open Table and got confirmation; restaurant didn't have notice of it. However they happily seated us anyway and it was not a problem with space. We still had outdoor at railing table.
We have been here many times over the past several years and noticed that food and service has been steadily declining. We waited almost an hour for our appetizer and had the bidder find our server as she never came back to refill our drinks. The appetizer was actually very good, but told that the kitchen was slammed and that is why it took so long, they were maybe half full.
Then my fish entree was completely overcooked and instead of offering a discount we received a free dessert. Which is of course better than nothing but doesn't really make up for the $30 I wasted, the green beans were tasty though.
I might recommend coming for breakfast or lunch, they are polite and have the ability to serve good food but are getting neglectful in service and letting the food slip as well. I can no longer recommend it.
Well,it happened again... A very good restaurant loses its place to greed. After moving to a new fancy location next door from it’s great outdoor location... to pay for the higher rent they increased their prices a lot, however the quality of the food went way down....
I had the South point pork chop which has always
been a great meal and high quality meat...not anymore....it was tough as leather they must have ran that pig all the way from South Point to
Kailua /Kona couldn’t even chew it....or finish it.
The service also went down.... When we got there it wasn’t very busy and got a table right away but waited 20 mins. before we even got water from the bus boy took another 5 mins to even see the server..
And another 15 min to get drinks and another 20 to get our food.... that I couldn’t even eat!!!
To their credit they did keep the live music in Bobby G. very nice to listen to while wait to order and get our food......
too bad a very successful restaurant had to get greedy I guess it all amount the money...
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