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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
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.
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.
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