Island Lava Java Bistro
Island Lava Java Bistro

Island Lava Java Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.islandlavajava.com/
  • Phone: 8083272161
  • 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
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Johnny Loua
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: 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!
  • Entertainment: Live Hawaiian & acoustic music, weekends & evenings

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Palani
  • Public Transit: Public bus stop 300 yards away.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking for our customers in the Ali'i Sunset Plaza.
A word from 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!

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Island Lava Java Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (33)great for outdoor dining (32)neighborhood gem (18)fit for foodies (16)great for brunch (14)great for lunch (13)romantic (13)hot spot (9)kid-friendly (8)special occasion (8)good for groups (5)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great
    CanyakVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Wonderful fresh food from quality ingredients. You can bring your own beer or wine and they'll provide glasses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch
    Lodiwine
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The internet menu showed a menu that some items weren't available for lunch, but were for dinner, and therefore, we weren't able to order them. Great for people watching.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful location, great food!
    Luckylo
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Went for breakfast - returned for dinner another night. Terrific, tasty food, live entertainment both times. Wonderful view of the ocean. Great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Anniversary Dinner
    KBsFaves
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We went for our 25th wedding anniversary dinner. The service was very friendly and the lovely hostess even offered us a free appetizer as it was a special occasion. We were a bit surprised that there was no alcohol in the menu, I failed to note that in previous reviews. ( they do offer a wine opening and glass service if you bring your own ) We had a delicious daily catch encrusted with macadamia with tasty sides and a couple of great appetizers. I would definitely eat there again, we did enjoy 2 fantastic breakfasts there as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Island Lava Java
    Mac1214
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Great food, friendly wait staff and 30 feet from the Pacific Ocean.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chris
    Frederick57
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We enjoyed our dining experience. The food was excellent, along with the cold ginger tea. All the staff was very friendly and engaging. Saw a wonderful sunset and also enjoyed the people watching opportunites. Affordable meal. Easy to book on line and our table was ready when we arrived at the resturant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat
    Piggies2
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We always enjoy delicious eggs Benedict at Lava Java. We have used open table to reserve a table the last two times and it made our seating easy and oceanfront. Our friends shared banana macadamia pancakes with eggs Benedict and there were no leftovers. Coffee great and the in house bakery had some treats we took home. Very special treat being on Alii Drive, with people and ocean watching making it a wonderful morning experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lisamarie
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    All things that you would want for a beachfront meal. Great food, service and view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great brunch experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Staff was very accommodating when we showed up early and the rest of our group showed up late. We sat outside in the shade with a phenomenal view. We brought our dog and waitress brought out a water bowl for our dog as well as us. This made us feel very welcome and had more enjoyable ecoeruence. The food and coffee was really good with generous portions. We will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Island Lava Java
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I had visited Island Lava Java several years ago. Place has really grown (on the patio) since then. Wonderful view, food and music. Live music every time we go. This is a BYOB establishment so make sure you bring your own beer or wine if you would like with your dinner. They are happy to accommodate with glasses and add ons.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow!
    KonaRusT
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    ...Did you ever enjoy a fun day/night at the beach? (Who hasn't right?) well you get all this and more here at the Lava Lava Beach Club! Gourmet dining in the sand here is a delight! You can eat Big...Big Burgers, Shrimp Fried rice, Wow...in a half pineapple! Lots of Seafood...and choices for the kids too! All wrapped up in a great world famous Kona sunset! Once here...picture taking is a must! Kids have room to eat and be, "casual..." In this setting. You will not be disappointed! Come hungry...stay late for the awesome homemade ice cream and cheesecake. Among other offerings on the dessert menu. Full service beach fun at this location!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waterfront dining
    kellydenny2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was a nice location with free parking in the rear. The food was good, and we especially enjoyed the lava java shakes. Nice view of the harbor.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great food
    pkwhouVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Whenever I am on the island, I always stop here with my family. Great food and a nice staff. Wonderful outdoor seating, live music and a great view, especially at sunset.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent !
    Brookie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I did not want to pass up the Royal Kona breakfast buffet for breakfast at this restaurant, but I'm soooo glad I did. We had: papaya and yogurt with granola - this was so good that I'd like an order now! Waffle with banana and mac-nut topping - the waffle was very tasty but not crisp, the bacon was cooked perfectly, fruit cup was OK Organic coffee (non Kona) was very nice and allowed refills. The Kona was good (of course), but the no refills policy would have been good to know at the outset. They had a table reserved for us (not always the case with Open Table reservations), and allowed a table change. They were effective at keeping people looking to get a table from standing over us as we ate -Mahalo! Ocean front dining. Great live music.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Have the ribs
    MantecaFoodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The ribs were awesome, while the fish special was just ok. My kids had the pizza's which were ok, but nothing special. The view and the music were incredible.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding view and food
    Piggies2
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Coming back from a trip off island and treating friends that took us to airport and picked us up, Lava Java is a perfect treat. We were able to request an ocean front table just two hours ahead and sit and have a great view. The Eggs Benedict comes on a fresh croissant, delicious Hollandaise. Couldn't be better food. All four of us ordered the Benedict and we cleaned our plates. Lava Java makes their own pastries so always good for coffee of all sorts and baked goods. Servers were cheerful and competent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a surprise
    AjayVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I walked by this place several times and ignored it because the seating is on the sidewalk by the main drag. But we went there for dinner before our flight home based on Open Table recommendations. The food was yummy and plentiful, the service was warm and friendly, and it was just right to sustain us on the flight home. Will definitely go here on our trip trip to Kona.... PS. BYO wine or beer. They don't serve alcohol but they also don't charge if you bring your own.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sea view
    cstardancerVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    When we arrived at Island Lava Java we had a table reserved for us directly across from the bay. The service genuinely friendly and efficient, the food was delicious and the servings generous, the live music was pleasantly tropical, and the sunset spectacular. My husband and I enjoyed an idyllic evening welcome to the island thanks to Island Lava Java Bistro. The only thing that would have made it perfect would be wine or cocktails.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ambiance plus
    airwork
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Great food with one of the best views on the island. Always a decent meal at moderate prices and on many days live music while watching the waves roll in.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 196 reviews are from the Island Lava Java Bistro reviews archive.
  • Great food and views.
    FromTexas
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    While on the Big Island, we ate at three restaurants: Island Lava Java Bistro, Huggo's, and Tommy Bahama's. I wish I would have eaten at Island Lava Java Bistro all three times. Best ribs, steak, Mahi Mahi and desserts. View was great. Food and service were outstanding and the music was the icing on the cake. Well done!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long Time Favorite
    100percentKona
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We live on the island and farm here. We rarely take time to go out to eat unless it is at Island Lava Java. We are treated like family and the food and service is the very best. Every special day is celebrated there, along with many others in between.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • spiff
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Went for dinner, and Everything was Excellent! Everything from the little sample chip from the chef, side salad (very big and delicious), the entrees were spot on, and then finished with the creme brulee. We sat outside, saw the sunset, and loved the live music! Next time we're in Kona we will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovnkona
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We had a wonderful brunch while sitting outside and enjoying the beautiful view!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good choice for dinner
    PBLocalVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Great filet with a sea salt crust, perhaps a bit on the heavy side. I scrapped off a bit of the salt, but regardless, it was tender, cooked to perfection and very good. Lovely sea view, but sometimes the traffic got a bit noisy. Will definitely return on our next visit to Kona.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • IDVAHI
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Lava Java never disappoints. Food and atmosphere are consistently perfect in every way!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food great service
    Hearingear
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Excellent food, presentation, fresh ingredients, and friendly service
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lava Java OK
    BooneFoodie
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    This is a popular tourist stop with a great outdoor dining experience and view. I found the food to be ok - nothing over the top. Service was a bit slow and I was disappointed that the waitperson was not all that familiar with the menu as to give recommendations.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best place in Kona!
    Bella
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Awesome place! Love it! Nice view! Good prices for excellent food!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kona Kine
    vcnolefanVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Very nice spot with good food and service. Kids really liked their meal. Potatoes and pancakes were excellent.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing as always!
    Justus
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Lots of shade so you can sit for ages and enjoy the view, terrific food and exceptional service.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They definitely need a wine
    Hawaii5O
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    They definitely need a wine list to go with good food. Although they do permit diners to bring in their own and do not charge for corkage, it is inconvenient for travelers. Much was quiet and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Surprise!
    lavalily
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    I had been coming to Lava Java for many years, then a tree crashed down through your roof! I moved to another part of the island, but now I'm living in Kailua-Kona again, and was surprised to see that they offer more than rolls and coffee!! The evening meal I had with a friend was more than I expected. So happy to see the changes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great value
    fiestafoodie
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    A dead on look at the ocean (over Alii Drive), tablecloths, a sunset and bring your own wine! What more could you ask for? Very good food and they delivered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a perfect brunch spot!
    Justus
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Great food, unbelievable view and the best service in Kailua!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual
    Yogi
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    I am a regular here. We had a minor problem with one food item. Management fixed the problem cheerfully and quickly. Cannot ask for more. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An amazing view
    Justus
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    The staff and food always impress us at this neighbourhood gem.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We were very impressed with everything. A co-worker suggested this especially for the cinnamon rolls. They were amazing and service was amazing as well!! We made a reservation and put in the comment section to reserve cinnamon rolls as well. We were seated right away with an incredible view. Cinnamon rolls were brought to table within 2 minutes.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Healthy Options
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Loved this place and the service was great. Everyone was very personable and friendly and the food was served efficiently and well presented. We ate both dinner and Breakfast here and both were very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks for staging that whale!
    KonaGirl
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    In addition to a drop-dead ocean view, a lovely meal and live musical entertainment, we were thrilled to have a live-action whale lob-tailing as the sun set between the clouds. Never a dull evening dining at Lava Java!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always the best on the Alii strip
    Justus
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Excellent friendly service and great food in an amazing location. You couldn't ask for more. A local's favourite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate