Skip to Main Content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. Hawaii
  4. Hawaii / Big Island
  5. Kailua-Kona

Island Lava Java Bistro

4.4
4.4
1289 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)*

Make a reservation

2 people

May 2022
Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
7:00 PM


Booked 44 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Big Island Breakfast

Breakfast is served until 11:15am

  • Island Eggs Benedic$16.50

    Our famous house-made hollandaise* over two poached eggs* & sliced ham on a toasted croissant. Served with rustic potatoes or brown rice

    • Fresh Fish Benedict

      Island Eggs Benedict with today's fresh fish*, smoked salmon or grilled shrimp*

      • MP
    • Big Island Basics$13.00

      Two eggs* cooked your way & house baked honey-oat-wheat toast. Served with your choice of Portuguese sausage or applewood smoked bacon & rustic potatoes or brown rice

      • Basics Plus a Cup of Seasonal Fruit$15.00
    • Luau Omelette$16.00

      A generous whole-egg*omelette filled with slow roasted kalua pork, grilled pineapple, onion, cheddar & jack cheese. Served with your choice of rustic potatoes or brown rice & applewood smoked bacon or Portuguese sausage

      • Roasted Veggie Omelette$16.00

        A generous whole-egg (Egg-whites available upon request) omelette filled with roasted veggies (zucchini, summer squash, carrot, onion, red bell pepper), Big Island goat cheese, and house-made macadamia nut pesto (parmesan cheese), topped with sliced avocado. Served with fresh fruit

        • Waipi'o Stack Breakfast$15.00

          Two eggs* over easy, stacked on housebaked wheat toast, applewood smoked bacon, fresh avocado, tomato, arugula & chipotle aioli. Served with fresh fruit

          • Lava Java Breakfast$15.00

            Choice of waffle or buttermilk pancakes, two eggs* cooked your way & your choice of applewood smoked bacon or Portuguese sausage

            • Big Kahuna Fish Breakfast

              Fresh grilled island fish*, two eggs* cooked your way, rustic potatoes or brown rice & fresh fruit

              • MP

            Pancakes & Waffles

            House-made Buttermilk Pancakes and Waffles, yum! Go "Island-Style" Add sliced bananas & island-grown macadamia nuts on top of your choice of Buttermilk 'Cakes or Waffle. Served with housemade coconut syrup & fresh fruit +$4

            • "Straight-Up" Pancake Breakfast$12.00

              Scratch-made buttermilk pancakes with butter & warm maple syrup. Served with your choice of applewood smoked bacon or Portuguese sausage

              • Belgian Waffle Breakfast$12.00

                Served "straight-up" with butter & warm maple syrup, your choice of applewood smoked bacon or Portuguese sausage

                Lite Breakfast

                • Hoku Croissant Sandwich$8.50

                  Extra large egg*, ham & cheddar or provolone, on a toasted croissant

                  • Drag it Thru the Garden$11.50

                    Extra large egg*, ham & cheddar or provolone cheese, on a toasted croissant, plus tomato, arugula, fresh avocado & sliced onion

                    • Papaya, Yogurt & Granola$11.50

                      House-made granola & your choice of plain or vanilla yogurt in a fresh papaya half

                      • Bakery Sweets & Treat

                        Cinnamon rolls, pull-aparts, croissants, muffins, cookies & more...made from scratch & baked daily! (assorted prices)

                        • Island Bagel & Lox$12.00

                          Cold-smoked salmon, cream cheese, red onion & capers on a wheat or everything (seeded) bagel

                          • Bagel & Cream Cheese$5.00

                            Choice of wheat or everything (seeded) bagel

                            • Fresh Fruit$8.50

                              Bowl of fresh seasonal fruit

                              • Papaya Half with Lime$4.50

                            Breakfast Cocktails

                            See our Specialty Cocktails Menu for a complete list of Offerings

                            • Fresh Juice Mimosas

                              Classic Mimosa (freshly juiced Orange Juice & Sparkling Wine), Passion-Orange-Guava Mimosa or Lilikoi Mimosa

                              • Hana Hou

                                Ocean Vodka, Guava Puree, Fresh Orange, Pineapple & Lime Juices

                                • Hibiscus Lemonade

                                  House-made Hibiscus Lemonade spiked with New Amsterdam Gin (Virgin version available)

                                  • Bloody Mary*

                                    Local Black Sea Salt Rim, Candied Bacon, Queen Olive & Citrus. Shellfish allergy alert: contains clam broth*

                                    • Sparkling Hibiscus

                                      Sparkling Wine, Hibiscus Syrup, Hibiscus Flower

                                      Last updated: February 3, 2022

                                      What 1,289 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

                                      Sort by

                                      Filters

                                      1. DO

                                        DavidO

                                        Miami

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 1 day ago

                                        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

                                      2. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        San Francisco

                                        1 review

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 1 day ago

                                        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

                                      3. JB

                                        JessB

                                        Sacramento

                                        18 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        18 reviews

                                        Dined 5 days ago

                                        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

                                      4. LS

                                        LynnS

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 5 days ago

                                        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!!

                                      5. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New England

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined 6 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Fast service, great food, and beautiful ocean views!

                                      6. KJ

                                        KarenJ

                                        Phoenix

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined 7 days ago

                                        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.

                                      7. 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.

                                      8. TS

                                        ToniS

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Amazing staff! Amazing food! Amazing location...

                                      9. 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😋

                                      10. 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.

                                      11. 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.

                                      12. 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.

                                      13. 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

                                      14. 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.

                                      15. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 2, 2022

                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                        It was great!

                                      16. 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.

                                      17. 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.

                                      18. 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!

                                      19. 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.

                                      20. 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!

                                      21. 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

                                      22. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New England

                                        9 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        9 reviews

                                        Dined on April 24, 2022

                                        overall5food5service3ambience4

                                        Nice time seeing the sunset

                                      23. TC

                                        TeriC

                                        San Francisco

                                        10 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        10 reviews

                                        Dined on April 23, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                      24. 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.

                                      25. 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

                                      26. 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.

                                      27. R

                                        Rrrr

                                        San Francisco

                                        47 reviews

                                        vip
                                        3.0

                                        47 reviews

                                        Dined on April 20, 2022

                                        overall3food3service3ambience4

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

                                      28. SL

                                        SarahL

                                        San Francisco

                                        59 reviews

                                        vip
                                        3.0

                                        59 reviews

                                        Dined on April 19, 2022

                                        overall3food1service3ambience3

                                        Ordinary under cooked food.

                                      29. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Cincinnati

                                        4 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on April 17, 2022

                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                        Prime rib meal was hearty--lots of leftovers. Great views!

                                      30. B

                                        Bonnie

                                        New York Area

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on April 17, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Amazing views! Loved the open air and the food and drinks were delicious. Ask for a railing table.

                                      31. PN

                                        PNWCanuck

                                        Seattle

                                        2 reviews

                                        2.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on April 17, 2022

                                        overall2food2service1ambience3

                                        Inattentive service. Salad and main course arrived together, not good, and it didn’t all fit on the tiny table. Mediocre menu and options. Poor wine selection. Appreciate the seating at the rail with a view, so cusps for that, although we got wet from the rain - umbrella not well placed for dining. The tiny table for two didn’t have enough room for our food and drinks, so we had to put the wine on the floor.

                                      32. FW

                                        FalanaW

                                        Las Vegas

                                        13 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        13 reviews

                                        Dined on April 16, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Promptly seated outside with a great view for people watching and the ocean. Emily was our server and she was friendly and great! She made excellent drink recommendations. Our food was great especially for the price. I’d come back. We had a great experience!

                                      33. TM

                                        ToshaMonterey

                                        Central Coast

                                        17 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        17 reviews

                                        Dined on April 16, 2022

                                        overall4food4service4ambience5

                                        Love coming here every year we visit. Open air dining with a great view! The food was a little overcooked this time, but everything else was good. Thanks for taking reservations!!

                                      34. B

                                        Bengt

                                        Seattle

                                        12 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        12 reviews

                                        Dined on April 16, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        The live music was very good but a little loud if one wanted to have a conversation with one's dining partners.

                                      35. AS

                                        AuntieSue

                                        Seattle

                                        3 reviews

                                        2.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on April 16, 2022

                                        overall2food3service1ambience4

                                        This was a 40th birthday celebration. Trying to place orders for 8 people (including 3 littles) using QR code’s/phones was disastrous. We couldn’t get our waiters attention to help us. Had to go to bar for beverages. Food came out a different times and 2 littles didn’t get food until we were well into our meals. It was a disaster all around. $250 wasted.

                                      36. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Seattle

                                        21 reviews

                                        3.0

                                        21 reviews

                                        Dined on April 16, 2022

                                        overall3food3service5ambience3

                                        I have never cooked calamari but I could make it better, it was all stuck together and much too crusty for my tastes. Perhaps the staff should look at food being served and taste it before asking dinners to eat. The steak dinner and shrimp carbonara were both great The setting and service were above expectations

                                      37. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        San Francisco

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 15, 2022

                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                        Waitress was friendly and attentive. Food cam quickly and was good. Location on the rail and view of the ocean was lovely. I come here often for various occasions and am never disappointed. Lattes are very good. A go to place, and has been for years!!!!

                                      38. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New England

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 15, 2022

                                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                                        Great place, food and ambiance

                                      39. CC

                                        CharlieC

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 13, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        I would recommend Lava Java to those interested in great food and ocean ambiance. Wonderful atmosphere and great food.

                                      40. s

                                        steveg

                                        Hawaii

                                        21 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        21 reviews

                                        Dined on April 12, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Our favorite breakfast spot. Get reservations!

                                      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 1289 OpenTable diners.

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

                                      Make a reservation

                                      2 people

                                      May 2022
                                      Sun
                                      Mon
                                      Tue
                                      Wed
                                      Thu
                                      Fri
                                      Sat
                                      1
                                      2
                                      3
                                      4
                                      5
                                      6
                                      7
                                      8
                                      9
                                      10
                                      11
                                      12
                                      13
                                      14
                                      15
                                      16
                                      17
                                      18
                                      19
                                      20
                                      21
                                      22
                                      23
                                      24
                                      25
                                      26
                                      27
                                      28
                                      29
                                      30
                                      31
                                      1
                                      2
                                      3
                                      4
                                      5
                                      6
                                      7
                                      8
                                      9
                                      10
                                      11
                                      7:00 PM


                                      Booked 44 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!

                                      Copyright © 2022 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
                                      OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
                                      Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo