Island Lava Java Bistro
Craft Bar, Great Wine List, Open-Air Oceanside Dining. *Now offering "Touchless" QR Code Ordering (with a Smartphone)*
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Ahi Poke Bowl
The Island's finest fresh Ahi*, shoyu, sesame oil, red onion & sesame seeds with avocado, cherry tomato & wasabi ailoi* on a bed of shredded cabbage, shredded carrot & brown rice. Pickled cucumber namasu garnish. Vegan option: substitute tofu, no aioli. Wheat-free item (gluten free)
The Island's finest fresh Ahi*, seared (rare in center), atop organic greens, red onions, green beans, tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, hard-boiled egg & kalamata olives. Tossed in our lemon vinaigrette
Island Lava Java Salad
Lehua Farm's organic greens, shredded carrot, goat cheese & toasted macadamia nuts. Tossed in our lemon vinaigrette. Wheat-free item (gluten free)
Great food, service, location. 5 star.
Will come back.
Great food, fantastic waiter (Daniel), great location
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.
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.
We were a CNN party of four and all of our selections were very good. Our fish selections were especially tasty.
Service was awful, food didn’t come out at the same time and the food was fair.
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.
Island Lava Java is a great casual dining place with view! Food was delicious and service was great
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!
Great food, excellent service, as always. My favorite restaurant in Kona.
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.
Pleasant atmosphere, pretty good food and ok service
Fantastic location and views! The food is always wonderful. Our server was very friendly and attentive.
Everything was amazing. First time back in Kona in 10 years and it is still as wonderful as we remembered!!!
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.
Great breakfast location with excellent food and cinnamon pull-apart’s. A “don’t miss” spot in Kona.
Love it always!!!
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.
Our brunch was lovely!
Delicious food every visit. Good service and nice view of the ocean.
Sat at the bar for a drink and stayed to eat. The two bartenders were great and very personable. Music was excellent.
Highly recommend reserving a table for the best view! Food is delicious and great service. Have enjoyed breakfast and dinner here! Will be back
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!
Good food and service! We really enjoyed our breakfast here being right on the Harbor.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Ordering process was confusing, but waitress was very nice. Drink mix-up quickly remedied.
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!
Very expensive for the quality.
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.
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.
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
Good food, great service. View and people watching are always excellent.
Great food. Live music. Ocean breeze. Incredibly kind and wonderful server. Fantastic time!
Great place with kind service and covid safety in place. Best view for people watching.
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.
Great food and staff!
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.