Island Lava Java Bistro
Full Bar, Great Wine list
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!
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.
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.
Fresh local ingredients, creative salads and entrees, delicious food and greater service
Fantastic for breakfast lunch and dinner! We'll be back and we are bringing friends!
Host was very rude
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!
Our server was so personable and thoughtful. The food was delicious. And you can’t beat the sunset views on the water.
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!
Delicious breakfast and a beautiful view! Server provided good recommendations too.
This is our favorite waterfront breakfast restaurant! Delicious food and atmosphere!
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.
Slow service, bad food. Seems as though only purpose is for sunset drinks. Skip it.
Wonderful quick lunch before flight after vacation. Attentive service with a smile with food that is notably good for the area. Highly recommended
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.
Food was mediocre. Would not return.
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!
We were very pleased with our meal. Beautiful views and great service. Bravo.
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.
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!
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.
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 !
We had the wings and the ahi appetizer. Both were delicious.
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.
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.
Really good food. Really good drinks. Really good service. Really good location. 10/10 would go again.
Great service, special drink menu is great!
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.
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!
Our go to spot in Kona area when alone or with guests.
Great spot to watch the sunset. Happy hour menu was tasty and affordable
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.
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. 😊
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.
Fantastic food and wonderful staff!
If I lived on the island I would go there daily..
Waterfront restaurant with a wonderful array of meal choices at a fair value
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!
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!
Great food and service. Wonderful friendly staff support you throughout the meal.
The food was fresh and flavorful. The service was average. The view was nice.