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Island Lava Java Bistro

4.5
4.5
1480 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

11:00 PM


Booked 36 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Daily 7:30 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 1,480 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Great for brunch

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Best Value

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Kid-friendly

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Healthy

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Neighborhood gem

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Great for scenic views

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  1. LH

    LoriH

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We were seated at an undesirable table. The poached eggs on the Benedict were overcooked, nearly hard boiled consistency. The toast was burnt black, and yet was served to us. Very disappointed.
  2. SM

    SusanM

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We booked through Open Table letting them know we were celebrating our anniversary. The hostess did acknowledge our anniversary, but tried to seat us in a cramped corner without the waterfront view which I had originally requested. There were other open tables still, so I requested a different table and the hostess agreed. They were out of Pinot Griot, my favorite wine. The waitress was attentive, but she served my husband a 20oz beer when he had requested a smaller size. We had the shrimp fettuccine which was outstanding. Overall a beautiful evening, but disappointed our requests were overlooked and it was up to make it right for our evening.
  3. JW

    JuliW

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Fish tacos are excellent. The crusted mahi mahi didn’t have a lot of flavor. Are there twice and much preferred the fish tacos.
  4. TC

    TikiCarl

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Service was very slow and hostess was not friendly.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Food was not seasoned. Salad was underdressed. Rice was bland. Fish had good sauce but was overcooked, small portion for the price.
  6. E

    Eatout8

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    There was only one option for fresh fish. The drinks were good. Food was average. Service and atmosphere average too. Nothing wowed us.
  7. CT

    CindyT

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh, high quality ingredients equals great food. Great place with great views!
  8. AN

    AnnekeN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Amazing food and fresh juices, great coffee. Seating quite crowded but overall a place I would definitely recommend.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    They didn't give me a reserved seat. The food was all overcooked and hard.
  10. SD

    SarahD

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was awesome. Scenery was even better. It’s a loud, energetic restaurant right on the Main Street overlooking the ocean. Service was slow, but seemed to always be busy.
  11. CZ

    CZDZ

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food. Our waitress Tawnie was busy but very attentive.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lava Java is pretty much our go-to place on Friday evenings. Sweet live music, delicious food and staff members who serve with Big Island Aloha.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were welcoming a close friend just off the road lane from soggy SanFrancisco. She was a vegetarian. Daniel was a friendly, very experienced waiter. He chose a very good Cabernet for us. The pizza crust was light and the vegetables on it were fresh and flavorful.. We also enjoyed a side salad that was also fresh and flavorful.
  14. A

    Asia

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice view of the ocean, friendly service, and big portion of food.
  15. BS

    BradS

    Orange County

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    For some reason they didn’t have our reservation notwithstanding a confirmation from Open Table. We opted to sit at the bar. Service was exceptional. Food was OK. Both the Kailua Pork and the potatoes were VERY salty. Also I ordered pancakes, but got waffles with my eggs. Moreover, the waffle was not hot, and was limp, not crisp. Great view but don’t go for the food.
  16. t

    tfrisch1

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Not overly impressed with our visit. Food quality wasn’t great ( our guava ribs were served Luke warm, and pan seared lemongrass mahi mahi was not very flavourful). Service was good, drinks were good.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional Server and Bartender. Our salads and fresh Mahi were excellent, as always.
  18. KF

    KevinF

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food as usual. Server was wonderful. View of the ocean, 👍🏼
  19. KM

    KathyM

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were fabulous! We went to watch the sunset and everything was beautiful! We got there during happy hour and the only downside was the server did not tell us that one of our drinks was not included in happy hour. :-(
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful and bright server. Awesome music. Sacred sunset views and our go to Farmers Beet Salad with Catch of the Day was very delicious.
  21. WJ

    WilliamJ

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was good and the service was adequate...good view of the sunset
  22. TM

    TriciaM

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great experience
  23. E

    Elaine

    Edmonton

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Perfect view. Delicious food. Friendly servers. :)
  24. K

    Konagal

    San Francisco

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love breakfast at Lava Java and we were not disappointed!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had family in town and wanted a great breakfast and knew you could deliver. Was not disappointed. Noia was very sweet as well.
  26. C

    Cheryl

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, Island Lava Java remains our favorite Kailua spot. Great service. Wonderful staff. Food that never disappoints. And a cool island vibe.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice staff! Well worth the rewards program.
  28. DS

    DrofStyle

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great Experience!
  29. SC

    StephC

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Once again, Lava Java is maintaining its place as one of my favorite restaurants in Kailua. Right by the sea, one can sit by the sea, or on a hot day enjoy the second level with its ocean breezes. The menu is varied and the staff is flexible usually. Lots of good people watching 🌺
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good service.. sat us where there were a lot of small loud children.. which wasn’t pleasant at times .. but otherwise a nice evening …
  31. J

    Jeff

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    Food was uneven. However, the biggest issue was our table was under a tree that had birds in it, and the birds defecated on two of our guests during the meal.
  32. i

    itisme

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Found this gem the first day we arrived on the island…fell in love with so much we returned for a second time! Loved the Lilikoi Mimosas!
  33. u

    ulu1

    San Diego

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made reservations for lunch at 12:15. At 11:45 I received a text message saying that my table was ready. When I arrived at 12:00 and inquired why I received a text 30 minutes prior to my reservation the host explained that from 12:15 to 1:15 they only offer appetizers, pizza or salad. The remainder of the lunch menu is not available until 1:15. I love going to Lava Java and I guess I’ve either gone for breakfast or a later lunch. It would be helpful if this limitation was posted on the website or when the online reservation is confirmed. The server was great, food was great also.
  34. C

    Chitown666

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Horrible service. Food came out at all different times. Waitress was so rude.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Horrible service. Subpar food. Never coming back.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our go-to for brunch in Kona! Wonderful food and quick service. Great view of the bay—can’t beat it!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Perfect by the water casual dining with great service and solid food choices. Above the standard burger place for sure.
  39. AD

    AlexD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Our experience was disappointing, especially for the price. I was served the wrong meal and waited several minutes for anyone to check on us. When I explained the error, the server took the plate away and dropped it off at another table for someone else to eat. It’s unfortunate that instead of getting a fresh meal, they had to eat food that had been sitting out for ten minutes with someone else breathing over it—that’s never acceptable, but especially not when the risk of illness is high like it is now. I finally received my meal when the other members of my party had almost finished their food. At no point did the server apologize for the error, which is the first thing you should do when something like this happens—that is Customer Service 101. It was by far our worst dining experience in Kona. Would not recommend.
  40. CH

    CynthiaH

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here for breakfast and it was amazing. Drinks, breakfast selections were outstanding. We enjoyed it so much, we had to come back a second time before we left for the airport!

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 4.5 stars by 1480 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 36 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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 7:30 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

  • 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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