Island Lava Java Bistro

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648 reviews
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Contemporary American
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
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RK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were 5 of us for breakfast. It was wonderful. From the moment that we all arrived it was one of the most enjoyable meals we have had since we got here. I love that you can get reservations for breakfast, no waiting. From the fresh pressed pineapple juice, the great Kona coffee, to the macadamia nut pancakes, we were all very happy and full when we left. One thing that made me happy was to be able to get a chair without arms. Being comfortable when dining out is really important to me. We liked it so much, we are going back again before we go home!

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KE
Edmonton
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

This was a nice place - just the gluten free items really are not gluten free at all - everything GF on the menu is somehow cross contaminated. Leaving you with minimal choices. This always bugs me - they have it on the menu as GF, I call and ask - then I get there and it is not really GF at all.

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VB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality of the ingredients is excellent and you can taste the difference. We had a cinnamon roll this time and it was delicious as was everything else we had! We come back every year for breakfast.

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P
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh local ingredients, creative salads and entrees, delicious food and greater service

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RR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic for breakfast lunch and dinner! We'll be back and we are bringing friends!

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D
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Host was very rude

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EB
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to Lava Java twice while we were on the Big Island - once for brunch and we went back for dinner a couple days later because we liked it so much! We requested a table with an ocean view for brunch and we got a great table. Our breakfast was excellent! I had the Belgian Waffle “Island Style” and my husband had the Luau Omelette. We also each got a tasty coffee drink.

For dinner we requested the same table and it was reserved and ready for us! We had dinner with a great view of the sunset. I had the Fresh Fish Tacos and my husband had the Fresh Catch. We also tried various cocktails and they were all great.

Highly recommend Lava Java for both brunch and dinner. Great food, great service, great ambience, great views!

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CB
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was so personable and thoughtful. The food was delicious. And you can’t beat the sunset views on the water.

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K
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love seeing the sun go down at this great restaurant. The food didn’t disappoint. They helped me celebrate my birthday with a complimentary dessert! Love Huggo’s!

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LT
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious breakfast and a beautiful view! Server provided good recommendations too.

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VB
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This is our favorite waterfront breakfast restaurant! Delicious food and atmosphere!

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DS
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for lunch. The food was great. The service was excellent. I had the fresh fish sandwich, very testy. My wife had the ribs dinner. Extremely good. She could only finish half so I had the rest for dinner.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Slow service, bad food. Seems as though only purpose is for sunset drinks. Skip it.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful quick lunch before flight after vacation. Attentive service with a smile with food that is notably good for the area. Highly recommended

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MG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ordered and shared the Eggs Benedict and split it. I loved the hollandaise and ham. I also ordered the pull apart pastry..it was delicious. Very good service and I loved the view.

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l
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was mediocre. Would not return.

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L
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress. Amy D, did an absolutely fabulous job. She made our meal and our evening. She enjoys working with the public and it shows.
The ahi dish and poke’ were excellent. Fish tacos were as good as any we’ve had on the Island. Very relaxed and casual atmosphere with very reasonable prices. Much better than the meal we paid twice as much for the previous evening!

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LB
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were very pleased with our meal. Beautiful views and great service. Bravo.

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P
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Over many years of visiting Kona, my wife and I have always had pleasant service and good food at Lava Java. Usually visit more than once each trip. Recommended.

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J
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined for the New Years Eve and the meal was great and service friendly and quick. The views from the 2nd floor tables are excellent and gave a view of the local firework shows too. Nice evening to the ending of the year 2018. Thank you and Happy New Year!

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SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was great especially the lava java shake with fresh Kona coffee. The service was slow even when it wasn’t so busy. Word to the wise, reserve your table in advance for breakfast on Open Table and avoid the wait.

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C
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at Island Lava Java Bistro about 4 times during our visit to Kona - we enjoyed it that much. The view is amazing, as it sits right on the ocean, and it's 'open air' dining. I think all tables have an amazing view. We had breakfast, brunch and dinner here during our 10 day visit. We enjoyed every meal. Great selections on the menu, everything is fresh and prepared perfectly. Great service too. You will not be disappointed with Island Lava Java Bistro - we highly recommend it !

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had the wings and the ahi appetizer. Both were delicious.

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Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The restaurant is right along the water so you'll have a great view of the bay. We went there for lunch/brunch and were sat at the top. The food was decent so if you need a place to eat you can't go wrong here. The service was average as well.

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K
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We dined here for Christmas dinner and it was disappointing. My husbands food was brought out lukewarm and with the wrong fish, it had been substituted without anyone letting us know or asking if it was ok. They offered to just replace the fish only on the now already cold plate. Drinks were forgotten and even with reminders it took 20 minutes for my husband to get a second beer. The bus boy was the only person who apologized the entire time and he had no fault in the matter. Overpriced, especially when paying their market price for fresh fish and having your order completely messed up. Service was lazy, borderline rude, but mostly nonexistent.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food. Really good drinks. Really good service. Really good location. 10/10 would go again.

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d
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, special drink menu is great!

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F
Atlanta
93 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great breakfast/brunch on Christmas Day. There were lots of options for breakfast, and we will definitely go again while visiting Kona to try something different.

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a
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

one of our fave places to go for breakfast! great view across street from water on Christmas Day...boats, paddle boarders, kayaks, & spinner dolphins putting on a show! Made reservations & requested table with a view, so no waiting. Great service. Not a large selection on menu for breakfast but that's fine...shared a waffle & eggs, bacon, potatoes that were perfect! Mochas with coconut & hazelnut were sweet & delicious....we will return!

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DL
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to spot in Kona area when alone or with guests.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot to watch the sunset. Happy hour menu was tasty and affordable

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EC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

My guest and I decided to split a salad and then split an entree. Both came at the same time vs what was requested. Sent the fish back to reheat when it arrived in the hopes of having it warm when ready to eat. Got a lecture about how ahi should be rare. Fully agree, just wish the meal was served in the order requested. And without a lecture.

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LR
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My grandmother and I and our little poodle are regulars here. We decided to try Thanksgiving Dinner out this year. We were curious if it would be good or not. Sometimes Island style thanksgiving is the same as the traditional home cooking many are used to. The chef NAILED it. Every part of the Thanksgiving Dinner was perfect. And the slice of cranberry Dutch apple pie, was huge and amazing. We also had our favorite waitress Alicia. 😊

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MT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at Island Lava Java on Thanksgiving night and had the most wonderful time! First off, the staff was fantastic. Attentive without being annoying and didn't rush us at all even though it was a busy holiday night. Our table had a wonderful view of the ocean right across the street. Food was excellent. Fresh catch (Ahi) tasted very fresh and was cooked perfectly. The crab cake app was great as well. The blackened Brie was a great surprise! The different preparation was so tasty.
Highly recommended!

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Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and wonderful staff!
If I lived on the island I would go there daily..

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HL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Waterfront restaurant with a wonderful array of meal choices at a fair value

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pork omelette was fantastic as was the Java Chip Frappe! Staff was incredibly attentive and you can’t beat the ambiance! The musician was a nice added touch!

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n
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our date night favorite. Delicious food, generation portions, creative chef and tasty cuisine. Plus a beautiful sunset view every night. This is a local favorite. Highly recommend!

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MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Wonderful friendly staff support you throughout the meal.

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a
Anchorage
41 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was fresh and flavorful. The service was average. The view was nice.

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