Island Lava Java Bistro

4.5
827 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

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 827 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal and happy friendly service.

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vipKennyN
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved this place great location ocean views and great food

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JanetF
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did pupu platters and it was the perfect size to get a good sample for two people. The ribs were fall off the bone and delicious. The calamari was cooked just right.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have great service 2/3 times we ate here . Our 3rd time we waited 20 min to even be greeted by a server . The bar tender noticed we hadn’t been greeted ( mind you we were passed by several servers and the hostess and never addressed ) or have drinks anything . He took great care of us and helped turn our very poor service into a good meal .

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TinaS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lava Java always serves good food in a beautiful setting from breakfast til dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and well priced for the quality and atmosphere

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TinaPett
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had breakfast on a Saturday morning. Our server was friendly. Two of three entrees were awesome. One was not. The wait for food was a bit long but, we were catching up and didn't mind. Overall, a good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday Brunch with an unbeatable view. The island Benedict with mahi-mahi is amazing and it goes excellent with the lillikoi mimosa.

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vipJbend
Hawaii
51 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at breakfast. Cool breezes, great views, tasty food and friendly service

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Ljill
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Delicious salads and sandwiches at a reasonable price with plenty of outdoor tables to sit at.

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vipJbend
Hawaii
51 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed lunch. Tasty fish tacos, good friendly service and always a great view and setting.

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KnSluvHawaii
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, great food, and friendly service.

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vipChristieM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour prices. Server and Manager were awesome. Highly recommend this place for a good meal by the ocean

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ruthb
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the Ahi Bowl and it was tasty, fish was fresh and very good!

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CraigS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pizza was delicious. Drinks were small, but tasty. Dessert milkshakes were decadent. And of course, amazing lanai dining with a beautiful sunset can’t be beaten.

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vipJbend
Hawaii
51 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice setting, friendly service. Enjoyed the fish tacos and pizza

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vipChristieM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Server went over and above. Manager came to table to check on us. Food was wonderful. Great time!

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LisaV
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is reliably great! Food is great, servers are always friendly and helpful and there's a beautiful ocean view!

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benk
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Ok. Great view. The service and food was just ok.

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konagirl
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt safe eating at this lovely restaurant during this time of a pandemic. They take it seriously and precautions were evident. Thank you

The service was great, the food very good and love the open air atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

it was nice i guess. overpriced but its on da water

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vipJbend
Hawaii
51 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good fish tacos, friendly service and always a great setting on Alii Drive.

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SandyB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food! Lovely atmosphere!
Only one real drawback...I don’t like dogs in restaurants.

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JessicaB
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I eat here often. It is my go to for a nice dinner, great breakfast or healthy lunch. Always a favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious & Poke was fresh 👌🤤 * Must get the Lava Java coffee Shake!!!!!

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vipDianaO
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

A bit discouraged. Service was very slow. I went specifically for the lobster eggs Benedict. I was disappointed to see it was served on a slice of bread. My husband had the Lilikoi stuffed French toast. He said it was very good, but for the price it was small.

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JessicaB
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Lava Java. I have never had a bad experience. It’s the best.

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Lisa
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food. Restroom location inconvenient

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Barbie
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4food2service3ambience5

I had the fresh catch of the day which was ono. The ono was over cooked, the Mac Nuts were slightly burnt, the sauce was bland. The rice was well cooked. The string beans could have been cooked a little longer. Overall the dish didn't have much flavor. My Husband had the fish and chips and the fish was overcooked, the chips were very good. We also had the fried calamari appetizer, it was tasty but was undercooked, not very crispy.

We have eaten at Lava Java before the pandemic and the food was excellent. We were very disappointed.

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vipDianaO
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, as usual

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was super friendly, cocktails were made with precision (and a heavy hand), food was everything I didn’t know I needed; what’s not to like? A fantastic way to begin your Hawaiian vacation in Kona.

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AlanD
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fish tacos were delicious with generous portions of fresh mahi-mahi, the fish on the fish and chips was also fresh mahi-mahi and uniquely breaded. Homemade tartar sauce had excellent flavor and French fries were good but not fresh hand cut as menu implied. Their take on a Mai Tai was very tasty.

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MikeB
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each year we return to Kailua we make certain we have at least a couple of meals at Lava Java. We are never disappointed- great food, great service. Try the Pork Ribs or Pork Chop -- the best on the Island

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Pharmdmom
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great burger!! Loved our seat at the edge of the deck to enjoy the ocean view!

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vipllw54
Sacramento
269 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great big island pizza with pork and pineapple!!

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LynnD
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The placement of a stop light on Alii Drive right next to Lava Java is unfortunate. Cars idling right be our table takes away from the former unobstructed view of the ocean. The prices are fairly high but it was worth it. Food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waiter was wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

With reservations waited 10 min to be seated then were seated in open air when raining. After asking to be moved to a dry table, no server appeared and we left after waiting 20 minutes. Totally unimpressed.

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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 4.5 stars by 827 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.