Island Lava Java Bistro

4.6
1168 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Great Kona Restaurant specializing in fresh, local, organic and sustainable food with 100% Kona coffee, freshly squeezed juices, and our own bakery on site. Serving Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Sunday Brunch, plus Happy Hour. 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 Open-Air Oceanside 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!
Craft Bar, Great Wine List, Open-Air Oceanside Dining. *Now offering "Touchless" QR Code Ordering (with a Smartphone)*

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1168 people are saying
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TopS
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience- food was super and our server was awesome. We had forgotten that Sundays have a brunch menu not a lunch menu- so choices were different.

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Christy
Kansas City
27 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Our server was great. It’s slow(er) season here. The restaurant was not at all busy but the wait for drinks was long and our waiter was apologetic. He really shouldn’t be placed in that position. Highly recommend the wedge salad. The appetizer ribs were good as well. Times are tough and we hope for a better future for the Lava Java.

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Bagelbakerextraordinaire
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location across from the ocean. Good Mai Tai and the margarita pizza is hot and cheesy.

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TopS
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food at Island Lava Java. It's nice to be back.

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EdwardN
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had some great food here. Started with the ribs as an appetizer. I had the fish and chips. Fish was tender and breading delicious. Wife had salmon and it was dine perfectly

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vipEllenL
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Had to ask for a wait person 3-4 times. Finally ordered drinks and food. I ordered a wedge with mahi mahi. And dressing on the side for both. My husband ordered a Caesar with blackened mahi-mahi. The waiter came out and said the chef didn’t have any lettuce for the wedge snd could he use something different. Both fish came out over cooked and rubbery and dry. My husband sent his back. No one seemed to care. We didn’t complain about the salads doused in dressing. My husband got a new dish. It was better but by then we were sick of the non-starter meal. Really disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We had a great waterfront table that was off the main path. Ordering is all done via touchless, contactless ordering. I would imagine the wait staff would help if needed however very impersonal. It just seems like a bit of “lost in translation” while dining. We had a coupon which made the payment change from contactless to needing help. The food was good. The drinks were okay. This is a good restaurant with great views.

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Teramo48
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Big Kahuna Breakfast was very good. The over easy eggs were perfect; the fried potatoes seasoned well; the fruit slices had flavor. The mahi-mahi portion was on the smaller side and needed seasoning. Service was friendly if a tad slow. The reserved table was wonderful—right up front with a beautiful ocean view.

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Judy
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious and the view is perfect. We had breakfast there 3 times during our trip. Next time we have to get there for lunch and dinner. Great service!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome!

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Cheryl
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lava Java has been our big island favorite for years. Great food. Friendly and professional staff. Good vibe. Great views.

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vipGoldfish
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Amazing views and good sized portions. We always come back to this restaurant when we visit.

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vipDewster
Seattle
38 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience4

If you order the catch of the day be sure to spend MORE and get LESS. Was served a small fish filet with garnish, no sides for $36. Could have fit it on an appetizer plate.
The rest of our order was fine, but I pitied those who got yummy fish but left HUNGRY.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Food was pretty marginal. Upstairs view blocked by phone lines

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ElizabethM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Service and setting was very nice. Drinks were good, but the food was disappointing. I had a Big Island pizza with Kahlua pork that was one of the best things I had ever eaten on a visit several years ago, and it was bland and not as I had remembered this time around. Not worth a special trip. Filthy bathrooms.

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LynnaeR
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sought out reservations at Island Lava Java because they took reservations for Christmas Day dinner. The location was perfect, our server was on the ball and the BBQ ribs plate was enough for 4. It was delicious.

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Sbyogini
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas brunch perfection. This place is friendly, accommodating, and tropically delicious. Huge burger and fries to keep the kid happy and fall-off-the-bone GF guava ribs for the adults. Mahalo Island Lava Java! A hui hou!

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Aloha26
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been there many times during our holidays. Good Food. Nice Seating and good service

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vipSoundAdvice
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant. awesome food, drinks and service. Some of the best food for the money on the big island. I highly recommend it.

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MatthewF
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just because a restaurant has a postcard view doesn't mean The food or the service will be equal.. But in this case the food and service are on par with or exceed the view!

We had two fantastic experiences at Island Lava Java while on the island... First was an epic breakfast then we returned for a fantastic lunch.

I definitely recommend grabbing a table through OpenTable as this place is very popular

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful breakfast

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Good service, great location

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vipMaddieJ
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing - it started to rain and the whole staff helped to move us under the porch roof. Food and drinks were great. Will definitely come back for the food and view! Thank you for a great evening!

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vipKKandKK
Seattle
149 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Island Lava Java is consistently very good; our Sunday breakfast was no exception. We were slightly disappointed that there was a Brunch menu on Sunday, rather than their usual breakfast menu. But that's a minor wrinkle in an otherwise delicious breakfast outing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Breakfast!!! Don’t miss stopping here! We had pineapple upside down French toast, papaya with granola, and pancakes….all delicious! Make a reservation ( even for breakfast)!

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lori
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation and were seated quickly at check in. You can order via the WR code or with the server- we choose the server. We had the fish tacos and the ribs. Started with Ahi poke and a Caesar salad. Everything was delicious!

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skierdude59
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tawney was absolutely awesome, as was the breakfast!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view, great view, happy service!

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FBG1
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best seared Ahi Eggs Benedict with crispy fried potatoes yet. Ahi was fresh and nicely sliced. A little pricey for breakfast but was worth it.

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Davo
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, beautiful scenery, great wait staff, best place to eat in Kona.

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vipJbend
Hawaii
78 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyable lunch with Niçoise salad and shrimp pasta. Thursday is happy hour drink prices all day long! Good service and a nice setting right across from the ocean.

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vipKKandKK
Seattle
149 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A must stop in Kona. It is nice to see the restaurant doing well after the pandemic years. The catch of the day had an unusual but delicious preparation, the short ribs were equally delicious, and the Mai Tais went down easy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great breakfast spot! outdoors right across from water.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, view, and menu options. The Bloody Mary was amazing! Candied Bacon and Jalapeños!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The breakfast was delicious and we had ocean front view.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Worth it! The view is gorgeous too!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The beet salad with seared ahi is my go to. Despite the Ali’i tourist traffic, Island Lava Java is a regular dining spot when we don’t feel like cooking.

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dmg111
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, location. 5 star.
Will come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fantastic waiter (Daniel), great location

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice dinner on Thanksgiving night. They had a traditional Turkey dinner on offer, so we had that. It was great. The MacNut Sticky Toffee Pudding was also delish.

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 1168 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.