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Island Lava Java Bistro, Kailua, HI
Island Lava Java Bistro, Kailua, HI
Island Lava Java Bistro, Kailua, HI
Island Lava Java Bistro, Kailua, HI
Island Lava Java Bistro, Kailua, HI

Island Lava Java Bistro

4.6
4.6
1719 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Family-owned Oceanside Restaurant, specializing in fresh, local, organic and sustainable food with 100% Kona coffee, freshly squeezed juices, and our own bakery on site. Currently serving Everyday Brunch, Lunch & Dinner, plus Happy Hour. We are committed to using the highest quality locally produced ingredients. We invite you to relax and enjoy our scratch-made food and drinks in our island-style, open-air dining room, bar & lanai. Experience our inventive cuisine, attentive service, and a friendly atmosphere; come see what makes us one of the most popular restaurants, craft bar and coffee houses in town. We look forward to meeting you! E Komo Mai!
Craft Bar, Great Wine List, Open-Air Oceanside Dining. *Now offering "Touchless" QR Code Order & Pay (with a Smartphone)*

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Daily 7:00 am–1:00 pm Lunch Daily 1:00 pm–5:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:30 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (808) 327-2161
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Chef Travis Lamb
  • 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!
  • Neighborhood
    Kailua-Kona
  • Cross street
    Palani
  • Parking details
    Free parking for our customers in the Coconut Grove Marketplace
  • Public transit
    Public bus stop 300 yards away.
  • Entertainment
    Live Hawaiian & acoustic music, mornings, weekends & evenings
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,719 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Best Value

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Kid-friendly

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Good for groups

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Healthy

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Neighborhood gem

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Great for scenic views

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Lively

1,719 Reviews
  1. TRTC

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Ordered drinks first, yet they arrived AFTER our food!? A coke and two draft beers shouldn’t take 25 minutes to pour, no matter how backed up the bar team is. Food was decent and prices seemed fair.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place has great food, a great view and the best service. Connie and Kim are the best, and truly made our experience memorable. We would come back just for the service alone.

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  3. KatieM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Mac nut crusted Ono was outstanding! Will definitely go back.

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  4. JaLynnF

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Portions too big. Had a fragrant smell like a candle or bathroom freshener. Mochas was room temperature and should have been hot but the flavor was good. The pancakes with banana and coconut were good. Kids fruit was good. Water was good. None of us were fans of the breakfast potatoes. Not enough hollandaise sauce on Benedict’s. Don’t like the croissant with the Benedict’s.

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  5. IDVAHI

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We can’t eat out often, but LavaJava with their Kama’ima honor of birthdays, we can enjoy a delicious meal out! Thanks

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  6. Zodi

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    They charge a 20% mandatory tip now. Coffee was sour

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  7. Tomcat88

    Louisville

    117 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our group of 4 (2 couples) greatly enjoyed our brunch. 3 of us had the Island Style waffle and eggs/sausage, plus the 4th person had bacon and eggs. Service from “Tawney” was excellent on the upper floor with super view of the ocean action. Our only desire was that the meals come with hash brown or another potato side.

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  8. beerlover

    Chicago

    212 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    212 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    had the guava rib appetizer and the garlic hummus app. Both very good.

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  9. Greg

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurants in Kona. Fabulous food, attentive service and an incredible view.

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  10. beerlover

    Chicago

    212 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    212 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The guava ribs were excellent. So was the beet salad.

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  11. airwork

    Hawaii

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite breakfast restaurant on the entire island, couldn’t get a better location looking out over the ocean and enjoying a cup of coffee or cappuccino before your many choices of entrées. Service is always good and friendly. The food is delicious and with a cool ocean breeze, relaxing you in your seat.

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  12. TrevorH

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent view, pancakes are perfect! All the food was hot and fresh squeezed POG was delicious!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Overall bad experience. The hostess gave away our reserved first floor patio table for two to a couple(with no reservation) right in front of us. We got seated upstairs and then we waited another 20 minutes for a server to greet us. Once the server arrived, she didn’t apologize and rushed us with our entire order. My order came out wrong and once again no apologies or substitutions. She dropped the check immediately after we got our food. I recommend avoiding this place.

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  14. Yvette

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We live in Kona. Frequent. Lava Java We like the food and the happy hours

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  15. AlanK

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and choices was very good. Service not bad, but they were very busy. But they are aleays busy. The fries weren't done as asked, salad has dressing, asked for it on the side. But food in the end was good.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice view & food. I reserved on the day and they kept the seat on the 2nd floor. Thanks for the good service.

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  17. DavidS

    Hawaii

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is very very good. I love the ribs, the poke bowl, as well as the burgers. And the view is amazing.

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  18. Awesome

    San Diego

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Considering that the vast majority of customers that come to this area are from the Mainland, their opening time of 7:30 is too late for us for breakfast, which is like noon our time. Wish they opened earlier. The food is good though,

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  19. LeslieF

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent, starting with the excellent cocktails. The servings were generous and the food sophisticated and top notch. Our server was perfect, solicitous without hovering. We liked it so much we returned the next morning for breakfast. Can’t recommend it enough.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is outdoor seating. It’s beautiful and right on the ocean. The sun was in our eyes during sunset but didn’t ruin the experience by any means. The food was great but the drinks seemed like they were missing alcohol. I would recommend this restaurant.

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  21. TerriR

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Daniel was a very friendly and professional waiter.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Heather was fantastic as our server. Brenda the best manager and the food fantastic. Love this place

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  23. Ernestine

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super service, agréable et attentionné. Fish taco délicieux.

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  24. JerryH

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    the birthday club is a wonderful program. We've lived here 8 years and have enjoyed the restaurant both for genelral visits and for our birthdays. we had a 4 top and all the meals were great. The waitress was a lovely gal, getting ready for a trip to the mainland, knew the menu changes and additions. All terrific.

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  25. KathyKona

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food, things were really busy for our server. Sound system could be improved. Nice ambiance even though we arrived after dark.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. Emily is fantastic and the manager Brenda also. Recommend it highly

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was seated immediately when I showed up for my reservation. My server was very friendly and attentive. The food portions were big and everything was tasty.

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  28. AllisonH

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great breakfast spot, definitely recommend reservations!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was just terrible…calamari had zero salt and was chewy. The pizza almost seemed like a pre-heated store bought. The lemongrass curry fish had no lemongrass and no curry feel to it.

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  30. JohannaB

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for NYE and had a lovely time. Our server was very sweet and attentive even though it was a busy night. The views of the water are great and it’s very family friendly. Food was solid.

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  31. AHYOUNGK

    Guam

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I wanted to try the brunch menu though, it wasn't available as I went there 1 PM. The meal was not bad. I think it is a normal restaurant, I liked the beatiful beach view.

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  32. SuzanneZ

    Hawaii

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best place for breakfast in Kailua-Kona, to dine “ by the sea” with visiting friends, and Lava Java helps to quietly, beautifully to explain why some of us live here (with more limited overall community services than urban Mainland). Thanks for great food, table placement to reduce background noise for our party of 5 (next to railing looking at ocean) AND wonderful service!!!

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  33. RMC14

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food great service and great ocean views!!!!

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  34. JenniferK

    Kansas City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and really great food-egg’s Benedict was so good. Highly recommended. .

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  35. KarenL

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great location but food and service was underwhelming. Service was slow. Limited wine menu with no prices listed. Catch of the day options were plentiful but no prices listed even when we asked the server she was unsure. No cutlery when meals arrived. Had to ask for condiments as well. Portions were on the smaller side and no attention made to plate presentation. We likely wouldn’t return as there’s many options with better food & service.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Only sad part they didn’t have hummus. Kona pizza was yummy.

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  37. Blazer44

    Denver

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been coming here since it was at the old location. Always one of my favorite restaurants on the island. The poke is always my fave. The app was served on rice this time - I preferred when it was served on crispy wontons, but the tuna was super fresh and SO tender!also had the pizza, very good!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were so grateful the restaurant was open and took reservations for Christmas dinner. We’re lucky as well to be there during sunset at the best table in the house. It was spectacular! The food and service couldn’t have been better. I would recommend the Island Lava Java Bistro to family and friends.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Edmonton

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing location and friendly staff! Food was tasty and fresh. My son thought they had the best pancakes and bacon he’s ever had!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good place on the water. Guava ribs were very good, but could use more sauce. The mahi mahi macadamia nut crusted needed some salt.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Island Lava Java Bistro using the Order Online button. Island Lava Java Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 327-2161.

Island Lava Java Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 1719 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Island Lava Java Bistro

75-5801 Ali'i Dr., Kailua, HI 96740

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Palani
  • Neighborhood
    Kailua-Kona
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Daily 7:00 am–1:00 pm Lunch Daily 1:00 pm–5:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:30 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Free parking for our customers in the Coconut Grove Marketplace
  • Public transit
    Public bus stop 300 yards away.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chef Travis Lamb
  • Entertainment
    Live Hawaiian & acoustic music, mornings, weekends & evenings
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (808) 327-2161
  • 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!
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