Remember: this place in BYOB
Remember: this place in BYOB for alcohol. There is an ABC store near that you can stop in if you forget. Great for watching the sunset. Service was a little slow.
3/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
We loved sitting on the patio for an early dinner/late lunch. We loved the sandwiches and latte's! Homemade island ice cream was great too! Pretty view of the water..a little noisy at peak traffic times but it didn't bother us!
3/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great live music for Breakfast!
Had a great breakfast before we left the Big Island. Coffe was HUGE!!! Banana pancake were outstanding. The live music for breakfast was avery special treat!
Thank you for the lasting memories!!!
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
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Island Lava Java is something of a chameleon. During the day it serves up tasty coffee, breakfasts, and lunches. It also has a nice selection of smoothies. At 5:00, the restaurant switches over to a bistro - the prices rise, the dishes are more ambitious, and musical entertainment arrives outside.
We went for dinner...which was OK...but I wish I could recommend it more highly. All the pieces of a truly marvelous experience are there...they just don't quite know how to put it together. I think my wife's experience sums up the restaurant quite nicely. She ordered the fish special and it came out of the kitchen ridiculously overcooked. Not only the fish but also the sides....the stacked potatoes had hardened into a
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
My fish taco's were among
My fish taco's were among the best on the island! Large portions of fresh grilled or blackened fish;great sides. Best thing to eat when just arriving from the mainland.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
As always food was great......servi
As always food was great......service excellent and who can beat that view!!!!!
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Love the Lava Java
We had a reservation there Easter morning and it was perfect. Great view, great food, great service! We would definitely come back.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Casual outdoor dinning on the main strip of Kona. The food is EXCELLENT. Also bought pastries for the next mornings breakfast. They were also GREAT. Just great food. You will not be disappointed. Fun and friendly waitress. Ask for their recommendations, the staff is very helpful. We WILL dine here again.
3/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our favorite dinner spot in
Our favorite dinner spot in Kona. Lovely setting, great food and service. Love the live music!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had breakfast-excellent.
We had breakfast-excellent. Took a pull apart for a later snack. Came back for dinner & our table was ready with a good view. Overall excellent experience. Would definitely recommend to others.
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place has a great view
This place has a great view of the water. Food is good and huge portions. Would definitely recommend!
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great experience service.
Great experience service. Good menu selection will defenetly return
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food & views!
I loved watching the waves crashing on the rocks across the street from lava java. The food was excellent. I had the macadamia nut encrusted fish. The spinach & potatoes were great, too! Service was very good. A great experience from start to finish!
4/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a great place, reasonable priced, and ocean ambiance. The seating a bit uncomfortable, and seating a bit comfortable but great since you can bring your own wine. The menu pretty stable with a few specials. Food quality above average for Kona.
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
good place to eat
Enjoyed the food very much but service was extremely slow. In fact, we saw a couple get up from their table and leave the restaurant because they were not getting service.
Also had breakfast there and the food was very good.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
My favorite place in Kona
Best fish, burgers, and pizza in town. Large portions. Outstanding location looking out at the bay. Live Hawaiian music in the evening. Their host in the evening does a great job of making everyone feel welcome. This is the spot I always choose when I have guests come visit.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food good and a good value. Manager had reserved the table requested in comments and always warm welcoming experience. Recommend a table away from the live entertainer if anyone is hard of hearing and you wish to converse. You will not feel rushed if you choose a slow food night. Still highly recommended.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been going to Lava Java since it was a coffee shop. While I prefer the coffee shop environment, the owners have done a top notch job transforming the coffee shop into a bistro. One of the best attributes is the consistent high quality food. Lattes are excellent as well. And, let's not forget about Artist Cafe Barista Jill whose Palm Tree designs in the foam last throughout the entire cup.
Lava Java is a "relaxing" experience; don't sit down for a meal unless you have plenty of time.
The location has an awesome view of the Kailua-Kona bay. While the bay/ocean view is not blocked, the major negative is that there is a roadway between the restaurant and the ocean.
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lava Java is a great place. Right by the ocean , great music in the evening with live bands and amazing food !
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Miss it already!
This was our favorite dining place. Breakfast is very good. Dinner choices are somewhat limited and mediocre but watching the sunset across the street made up for that. Outdoor seating by candlelight and live entertainment most nights. Ask when the doctor will be there. He was our favorite singer.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service here is always
The service here is always great and personalized. The food is consistently good as well. There is a great view and a lot to see going on around you.
7/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Café Pesto was recommended by a friend and the food was great. From the outside it didn't look like much, but looks can be deceiving. Staff was very helpful and brought out extra raspberry sauce for my daughters dessert.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went Twice During our Vacation!
After reading the reviews on Yelp!, we thought we'd try Lava Java for dinner. With many of the HI restaurants rated 4-5 $'s, the idea of being able to bring our own bottle of wine was appealing. As another reviewer commented, the restaurant staff were very accommodating, and happily brought us wine glasses. 3 out of the 4 of us would give the food excellent ratings (apparently, that night's special was only "good"). They were also happy to change up one of the entrees to accommodate my daughter's food allergy. Fortunately, our schedule permitted us to return for breakfast the morning our flight left. While a pork and pineapple omelet sounds a bit strange, it was great (breakfast sandwich, latte-YUM!). Great live music in AM & PM, too!
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We return regularly since we like the sunset view, friendly staff and good food at a fair price. This is a local favorite.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
It is an outdoor café. People
It is an outdoor café. People are friendly and food is OK. It is a bit noisy and too close to the street for me. For the same price and scenery, there are better places nearby.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great time in Kona
Had another outstanding dinner in Kona at Lava Javea. We love this place, great food, wonderful atmosphere, terrific service. How can you go wrong? And they send you a free birthday dinner offer if you sign up for their email. No liquor license so you head a few doors down to the ABC store and pick up your wine. They provide chilled wine glasses and an ice bucket, no charge!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
What's Not to Like?
We love our Sunday morning breakfasts watching the waves, the swimmers, the ocean-craft (as well as birds and pedestrians on Alii) and an ocassional road-race all while sipping great coffee and enjoying our breakfasts. The food is yummy; the service attentive,
We're usually gone before the music starts, though once in a while we'll arrive later or linger longer to in order to hear the "Easy on the Ears" sounds of singer-guitarist Randy Ressler, Kona's own James Taylor.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sunday Breakfast with an Ocean View
We like the early morning quiet of Lava java, before the World really wakes up: it's great fun to watch the street and ocean action here, though a little later there will be a soloist, accompanying himself on guitar, singing "Blackbird' or another lovely ballad, in an easy-going manner. The wait-staff are all attentive without being intrusive, the food well-prepared and presented nicely. It's a special way to celebrate the day!
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful View, Good Food
Probably not a place I'd have thought about for lunch because "Lava Java" sounds like just coffee--but they have a good selection of sandwiches and salads and a great view of Kailua Bay. We went on recommendation of a friend. Weekday lunchtime had live entertainment. We sat right next to the entertainer, but his music was not at all intrusive to our conversation. One of our party said hamburger was only so-so (bun was really dry); my caesar salad was fine. I'd probably go back.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
excellent fresh food
outstanding food that leaves you light on your feet, highly recommend for food made well :)
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best breakfast in Kona
This was by far the best breakfast we've had in Kona. Great service, great food and a stunning view.
12/7/2013 4:00:00 PM