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Island Lava Java Bistro

4.4
4.4
1300 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)*

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Booked 32 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Sat 7:30 am–11:15 am Brunch Sun 7:30 am–3:30 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–7:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 327-2161

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Josh Ratigan and Trevor Buffington

  • 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, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 1,300 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Great for Brunch

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Hot Spot

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Great for Lunch

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. K

    Karen

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely beautiful location- view of the ocean. Food was amazing- fresh, original, perfectly prepared. And service was the best there is.

  2. W

    Webgoddess

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect location to take in the ambiance and watch the waves.

  3. MC

    MichaelC

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    We went for breakfast, our favorite meal at Lave Java and we were seated at an upstairs table with a great view. But being upstairs makes it more difficult to get hot food I guess as it has to be brought upstairs by the servers. I had cold eggs, bacon and waffle. Very disappointing]

  4. PW

    PaulW

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience4

    50 min waiting for order when it came was dried out under heat lamps

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great way to start your vacation with the best breakfast on the Big Island! + Location with a view of the Pacific + Fresh fruit and pancakes + Great French press coffee Service was typical for a tourist busy restaurant; a little slow but the waitress was really working hard and was very polite. When your in place with a great view, who needs speedy service, right!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Happy hour menu great value. Love location and service

  7. a

    anthony

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another fantastic dining experience at Island Lava Java

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We loved sitting outside on a beautiful Kona evening. I had to comment on the service as it was outstanding. From the hostess to our server to the young gentleman filling our water glasses. They were so friendly and attentive. Also I had the beet salad with shrimp and it was fantastic!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Anchorage

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had to visit twice this place was so great! The edamame hummus is to DIE FOR (ask for extra homemade flatbread though!). Seriously, it tastes good in everything. Had we been able to bring some home, we would have!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Juice was amazing… great service and views!

  11. KH

    KevinH

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great views and location, good food and service but pricey (but most island places are)

  12. T

    Tina

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4

    Server was not attentive to start. Server forgot to put in our fish tacos and sweet potato fries. We had to ask her where they were. She did not apologize for the mistake. We got the fish tacos and we got regular fries instead of sweet potato. Fish tacos were ok but not amazing

  13. DO

    DavidO

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Requested and received a seat closest to the ocean. Hostess, bartender and waitress were friendly, efficient and typical of Hawaiian hospitality. Food was excellent and special requests taken readily. Definitely a go to restaurant

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Absolutely off the charts world class view!!! Excellent service !! Amazing musician !! I very much enjoyed myself!! They should forget the QR code menu!!! It’s a real negative

  15. JB

    JessB

    Sacramento

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great time at Lava Java-service was awesome with really friendly and service oriented staff. The calamari is a great starter. Perfect vibe for a dinner on the big island Mahalo

  16. LS

    LynnS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, fabulous view, friendly and efficient service! One of the best dining experiences we’ve had in over 40 years in the islands!!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food with gorgeous views!! Exactly what you want in Hawaii

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fast service, great food, and beautiful ocean views!

  19. KJ

    KarenJ

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Total experience was excellent. Our server was very helpful and friendly. The food was tasty and we didn't have to wait long for it to arrive. The atmosphere was exactly what we were looking for. Sitting on the railing overlooking Kailua Bay. The ambiance is what those visiting Kailua-Kona are looking for in a dining experience.

  20. SB

    SandyB

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The grilled chicken sandwich was not as it is described in the online menu. The menu says fried onions and provolone cheese. Received chicken sandwich with pickled onions and brie cheese. Disappointed. Like the old version better.

  21. TS

    ToniS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing staff! Amazing food! Amazing location...

  22. DH

    DeniseH

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love your hollandaise sauce! Eggs poached perfectly! Best eggs Benedict on the Big Island😋

  23. EW

    ElaineW

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    There was a problem with the happy hour pricing. We did not receive happy hour pricing on all of our items. When this was pointed out to the waiter he did not make a correction. We ended up paying the bill and leaving dissatisfied. The other problem is that they have abandoned paper menus completely. One member of our party did not have a smart phone. That person therefore had no access to a menu until someone shared their own smart phone. Overall, it was a real surprise. We asked to speak to the manager about the menu issue. The manager blamed it on the owner. I didn’t even ask to speak to the manager over at the pricing issue. It was clear that our waiter didn’t think it was important to correct the items that have been rung up incorrectly. We have been coming to this restaurant for years. We used to go when it was in its original location. This was our fifth visit so far this vacation. Overall I would say that the quality of the food is not what it used to be. And the service is not what it used to be. It is still the best location on the beach. The sunset view is unbelievable. But I am so disappointed in the service that we received last night. The waiter we had for the last two dinners was excellent. What a surprise to get this guy.

  24. u

    ulu1

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Cabernet and pizza. Server was very attentive yet not bothersome.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    We live in HI and this is one of our fave go tos but they received a 40+ people tour group as we were being seated. Service and everything was fast and great as well as the view is always spectacular. We ordered the beet salad and they forgot the beets tho. Just loud with all the other people there. Not as enjoyable as usual.

  26. H

    jimH

    Hawaii

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    The food was uninspired but decent. The prices were about which is expected for Kona. The waitstaff was okay

  27. DD

    DebbieD

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lava Java has been my favorite restaurant for the nearly 20 years I have lived on island.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    It was great!

  29. J

    Jazz

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Second trip here because we enjoyed the meals, especially the Mai Tais.

  30. WH

    WilliamH

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food presented beautifully and tasted as good as it looked. Do yourself a favor and save room for dessert.

  31. EH

    EmilyH

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place for just about everything. If you can get them before they are gone, try the pull-aparts!

  32. k

    konakate

    Hawaii

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience5

    The food is nothing to get excited about. Very tasteless, only go for atmosphere.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Love the variety of non alcoholic drinks from fresh juice to espresso to ginger tea! Was very impressed with the hummus, quite fluffy and original! Calamari good too. Always a good spot for a sunset!

  34. u

    ulu1

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The beet salad was wonderful. I added seared ahi and the servers suggestion and it was perfect. Mahalonui

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4

    Nice time seeing the sunset

  36. TC

    TeriC

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My birthday breakfast was delicious as usual at Lava Java. Everything is always top notch.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food was fresh and so delicious. Service was excellent.

  38. SD

    SchoolyD

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good service and good food!! Bloody Mary was really good with some fish and chips

  39. TG

    TimG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a great experience here. Food, service, and atmosphere are top notch. My wife and I are hooked on the fresh squeezed orange juice.

  40. R

    Rrrr

    San Francisco

    51 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    We had a good meal with good service. The location was perfect for sunset watching.

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

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 4.4 stars by 1300 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 32 times today
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

    Breakfast Mon–Sat 7:30 am–11:15 am Brunch Sun 7:30 am–3:30 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–7:30 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

    Josh Ratigan and Trevor Buffington

  • Entertainment

    Live Hawaiian & acoustic music, mornings, weekends & evenings

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, 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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