Island Lava Java Bistro

4.5
1136 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 1136 people are saying
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dmg111
Seattle
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, location. 5 star.
Will come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fantastic waiter (Daniel), great location

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice dinner on Thanksgiving night. They had a traditional Turkey dinner on offer, so we had that. It was great. The MacNut Sticky Toffee Pudding was also delish.

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Candyd
Portland
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Seated us early which was much appreciated. Staff was great. The location is great. Right in the beach and ocean. Meals were a mixed bag. Fish and chips while a bit overcooked were still good. Burger was good too. Fish tacos were pretty bland and the rice covered in coconut milk was strange. Chicken Katsu tasted wierd. Unless you know you like those flavors it I would avoid. We would go back for the view and service.

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RobertC
Las Vegas
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a CNN party of four and all of our selections were very good. Our fish selections were especially tasty.

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ReneeW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Service was awful, food didn’t come out at the same time and the food was fair.

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Sherbear
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are locals and always have good service and love the food. Only thing we do not get is on the breakfast/brunch menu they do not have better prices on the mimosas, bloody mary's etc.? Other places have a great price on them. Little high price on the alcohol all together except at happy hour.

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SubramanianP
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Island Lava Java is a great casual dining place with view! Food was delicious and service was great

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vipmjmdc
Washington DC
93 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a nice meal and felt that it was good quality and healthy for a reasonable price. I would definitely return! Service was good. For everyone complaining about service being slow, everyone is trying to hire and there simply isn’t enough talent to hire. Be patient folks!

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DebbieD
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service, as always. My favorite restaurant in Kona.

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vipMarcJ
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Initially we were served only one of the two entrees that we had ordered. By the time I received my entree my wife had already finished eating her entree.

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BarrieP
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Pleasant atmosphere, pretty good food and ok service

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anthony
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic location and views! The food is always wonderful. Our server was very friendly and attentive.

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vipMichelleM
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. First time back in Kona in 10 years and it is still as wonderful as we remembered!!!

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DonM
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food Service was very good, we only waited a short time for our pupus and meals to be served. We were seated at the time of our reservation and the reservation was very easy to make through the open table app.
Lava Java, is experiencing a need for more servers as there were times that I had to go find a server for such things as needing more water at the table or to get our bill so we could check out, but I am sure this will improve as time goes by, and restaurant gets more on its normal schedule from a very difficult time.

I would return.

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Copperleaf
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast location with excellent food and cinnamon pull-apart’s. A “don’t miss” spot in Kona.

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vipFranC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Love it always!!!

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CatherineMI
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Glorious sunset view. Very friendly service augmented by high tech order from your phone at your table to make do with less staff. Partner loved his beet salad, my Mac-crated mahi-mahi was overcooked. Passion meringue tart was yummy.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Our brunch was lovely!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food every visit. Good service and nice view of the ocean.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar for a drink and stayed to eat. The two bartenders were great and very personable. Music was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend reserving a table for the best view! Food is delicious and great service. Have enjoyed breakfast and dinner here! Will be back

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Sheri
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was good except for the asparagus in the shrimp carbonara. First of all, you cannot use the bottom of the asparagus stalks - too fibery . Secondly, they weren't cooked properly, but after picking them all out, the rest of the dish was good!

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vipSDSteph
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service! We really enjoyed our breakfast here being right on the Harbor.

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mikeg
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has been a great restaurant for years and the new location is awesome. Ocean views, friendly wait staff, and great food. The signature breakfast item has to be the cinnamon roll. Decadent, but oh so delicious!

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vipDewster
Seattle
37 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Foremost, thanks to all the cooks, wait staff, bartenders, the lady whose job it was to keep our water glasses full…..during these COVID times it’s so wonderful to see a team work so well as you all do!

We are frequent guests of Island Lava Java so we’ve become sensitive to the nuances of the foods served. Tonight the sweet potato fries were simply perfect. The chicken sandwich was less than its usual heaven: the chicken was tough and the onion rings spent too much time under a heat lamp. The Pono Mai Tai was perfection yet again!

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vipTurk
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Felt rushed. Main course was brought out before we finished our soup and salad. We were asked to order and pay on phone app. The last thing I want to do on an evening out is to input my credit card info and email. We will not go back.

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vipJGold
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Calamari was rubbery and not fresh. You would think that a restaurant on the beach would have fresh seafood. Pizza was very good, fish and chips were good but for the price a little more fish would have been good. Service was good but not excellent. We had to ask for refills of water. We ordered and paid with our cell phones so it felt like we didn’t get the personal service we would expect from a highly rated restaurant.

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Mikerry
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Ordering process was confusing, but waitress was very nice. Drink mix-up quickly remedied.

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JessicaL
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast, wonderful service and a lovely view; it simply doesn’t get any better! The croissant breakfast sandwich was divine! You can’t go wrong choosing this place for breakfast!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Very expensive for the quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service here which we really appreciated even more these days, all things considered. The food and drinks were delicious and of course, it’s hard to beat that view. There was even a little live music for breakfast. Very upbeat place and good value considering portion sizes.

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vipLuvgourmetfood
New England
56 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious breakfast

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vipLuv2travel
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Four of us dined at the restaurant and none of us liked our food. Bland, flavorless and dry. Plus they did not serve pina coladas. Atmosphere was just ok....not great.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The outdoor dining is great. Some noise as cars/bikes travel up a side road so try to avoid that side. Great sunset views if you can time your dinner. My wife liked the lychee mai tai. I ordered the ribs. Pretty good a little dry in spots. I got fries and the slaw. Typical steak fries but good. Slaw was a pineapple that didn’t shine through. My wife got the fish tacos and loved them. Paying tourist prices. Half rack was $26 but there was plenty of food. Tacos came with two but also a side and was plenty. The mai tai was $10. Worth trying again

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WendyG
Anchorage
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, great service. View and people watching are always excellent.

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AmandaK
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Live music. Ocean breeze. Incredibly kind and wonderful server. Fantastic time!

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WendyG
Anchorage
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great place with kind service and covid safety in place. Best view for people watching.

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LoriP
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Please reduce the salt level, just entirely too much! The self service scan menu has taken away from the restaurant experience. I don’t go out to eat so I can place my own order and pay through my phone. We never even had anyone ask if we wanted a refill on our coffee. It was just a cold experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff!

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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 1136 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.