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Island Lava Java Bistro
Island Lava Java Bistro

Island Lava Java Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.islandlavajava.com
  • Phone: (808) 327-2161
  • 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: Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • 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!Continued

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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We had a wonderful brunch while sitting outside and enjoying the beautiful view!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Lava Java never disappoints. Food and atmosphere are consistently perfect in every way!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Excellent food, presentation, fresh ingredients, and friendly service"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Awesome place! Love it! Nice view! Good prices for excellent food!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Very nice spot with good food and service. Kids really liked their meal. Potatoes and pancakes were excellent."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Lots of shade so you can sit for ages and enjoy the view, terrific food and exceptional service."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Great food, unbelievable view and the best service in Kailua!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "The staff and food always impress us at this neighbourhood gem."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Excellent friendly service and great food in an amazing location. You couldn't ask for more. A local's favourite."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Don't forget to take your own beer & wine. Delicious food & great prices."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "They have great food, just that simple. Simply, well done."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We had two special occasion dinners here plus one lunch. We love the location. Servers are so friendly and helpful. The music at dinner and brunch is lovely. We appreciate that they will bring glasses for the wine you bring since they don't have wine there. It is just our favorite place when we visit Kailua-Kona."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Great spot located in the heart of Kona. Good food, lively scene entertainment, overall a good choice."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The fish was cooked way too long. The stuffed chicken had fishbones in it which means that the kitchen isnt really clean. If you go to the restroom you have to walk trough the kitchen. The kitchen has a big mess and looks very unclean. The server wasnt very interested in serving us. We will never go again."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "What's not to like......Great food, fantastic friendly service and a great view!!!!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The restaurant is located across from the ocean and has a very nice view. There was musical entertainment playing background music. Our table was situated on sloped concrete and tilted noticeably to the left. The waitress was very pleasant; however she failed to check back with us. We ordered an appetizer and entrees, both took extremely long to come out of the kitchen, but tasted great once we got them. On the rare occasion that we spotted our waitress while waiting for the food, we couldn't get her attention to find out why things were taking so long. When she finally came back to us after we finished eating the main course, she was ready to give us the bill without asking us if we wanted desert, which we did."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We loved our breakfast at the lava java. The service is great and the food is really yummy. Local live music an added bonus."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Lava Java has consistently the very best and friendliest service in all of Kailua Kona, the food is great and the view is amazing."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "We have dined here on many occasions and it gets better everytime......Great food....good entertainment and wonderful service and you can't beat that view!!!!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Nice ambience, fast service even if the restaurant was almost full . The Ahi Poke was simply GREAT! I have also the lamb and it was good too (maybe I would have preferred more rare)...The staff was kind and discrete. We brought our own Pinot Noir and they opened and give us 2 "warm" glasses ( perfect). It was a nice romantic dinner."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "on the main street with very very very little indoor dining. cars going by constantly ... okay, can deal with that but the band that was playing (could you call it a band) was poor. singer had monotone and the music(?) blared at diners."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Loved the food and service Two person live entertainment were great Remember it is BYOB if you desire"
    Dined on 1/18/2014