Island Lava Java Bistro

4.6
856 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 856 people are saying
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RichardO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Group of 4 were there at Happy Hour. Drinks and food was great. We went back the next day.

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RonnieA
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful table by the water, enthusiastic service and food service quick. Generous portions.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite with a great view! The food is always consistently good. Fish and chips and macadamia crusted fresh catch (mahi mahi) was hot and done to perfection. Service was quick and no rush at the end of the meal.

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vipairwork
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful place to have breakfast sitting across from the ocean and watching activity on the water. The food is always top notch with great service.

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RonnieA
Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Was disappointed with quality of my favorite beet salad.

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vipMartymaz
Hawaii
160 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Ambiance and indoor/outdoor setting right on the ocean is wonderful. Food is fresh and good.

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McMack
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice location with a good ocean view. Menu seemed a bit limited but that might be due to the current COVID situation. Social distance maintained well. Service was fast.

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Sofai
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and good food. Wished breakfast was served until noon,

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PacificPalate
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My son had the oxtail soup and salad, which he really liked. We had the hummus and house made chips-very tasty. We shared a grilled chicken sandwich, lots of flavor, white meat, good bun. We both had interesting and yummy coffee drinks, mine hot, his cold. Definitely worth a trip to the Kona side. The view was priceless, and we saw at least four pods of dolphins enjoying the bay.

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JessicaB
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love Lava Java and recommend it to people on a regular basis.

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vipSnobot
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent. We had fish tacos. It came with good chunks of fish. The fresh fish Benedict was good also. The only so so thing of our meal is the big island salad. Very basic and tasted just ok.

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Hardy
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aloha,
First visit was 3 weeks ago. Mediocre food, small portions and undercooked. These are extenuating circumstances. Decided to give it round 2...Much improved on all levels. Wonderfully cooked breakfast ! Highly recommended to friends. Will be back on a regular basis if the high standard can be maintained.
Mahalos. Wishing all at Lava Java continued success in business and in life. Take care. Be safe.

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MichaelH
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

So far the restaurants in Kona in general are doing OK. Not sure why, but Lava Java closed their upstairs seating, we were seated next to driveway to parking lot. Not the ambiance we hoped for. No one in Kona is serving anything but ONO and so far it’s very average. My assumption is COVID is forcing tough budget decisions and margin is really tough to manage.

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MelissaB
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Island Lava Java is a great spot to grab a bite to eat! A little pricey for breakfast, but the service (great staff!), good food and view totally make up for it. We would definitely go back. Thank you!

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JanetT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was good and the location was nice (right across the street from the ocean). The service was great. The price was fair. I was a little disappointed that the restaurant didn't acknowledge that it was a birthday celebration (which I had noted in the comments of the opentable reservation). Most places offer a birthday dessert. Very high tech - you can read the menu, order, and pay on your cell phone and still have some human interaction with the server.

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DebbieD
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since allowing tourists back in I do not go anywhere else to eat. I can sit outside in the fresh air and have the best food in town. I also go only when Elisia is serving as she is the best part of the whole experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Breakfast-menu was decent. Menu is obtained using QR CODE on your phone. They also encouraged using that to place orders but also allow wait staff to take orders. I get that they are doing a lot of this for COVID, hopefully it's not a permanent process? I would much prefer a physical menu.

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KarenU
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Since we had a free entree, the price of the meal was most reasonable. Service was very good as well as ambience, especially as the location is across from the ocean. A very pleasant evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food and location.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Colleagues from work,get-together

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Lisa
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ocean view

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KellyR
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, really easy to order your items online.

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OpenTable Diner
Boise
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good breakfast with scenic views. Double check the order because sometimes they’re busy and can miss things.

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ANCGraham
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed our breakfast croissant one day and our poke bowl breakfast the next, also good cocktails and beers on tap. Lovely open air dining. App allows you to order and even pay all from your phone.

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vipMangoLinda
Sacramento
61 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Lava Java has a history of being one of THE places to go... but with Covid, they are struggling like everyone is, trying to comply with regulations. The kitchen is, apparently, a little weak for who knows what reason -- so nothing was "excellent." Please don't order the guava-smoked ribs unless you like meat and sauce that has no taste. We didn't get our glasses of wine delivered until we were almost finished with our dinner.

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DebbieD
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been eating here for about 15 years. Great food and best service ever.

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vipJbend
Hawaii
57 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Another enjoyable meal. Good food, excellent service and gentle ocean breezes

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vipJimK
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything expected was achieved. Friendly , fair prices, high quality food, fun and safe.

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DoubleT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made the reservation , because I knew the food, service, drinks would be excellent and the atmosphere and viewpoint would be excellent. By the way, the Eggs Benedict with smoked Salmon, was worth it all. I/We dine there because it’s our #1, source of great food, service. Mahalo for being open during this holiday season

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
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
57 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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 856 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.