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About Island Lava Java Bistro

Great Kona Restaurant specializing in fresh, local, organic and sustainable food with 100% Kona Coffee and our own Bakery on site. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner & Sunday brunch, 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 outside, Oceanside lanai. Experience our inventive cuisine, attentive service, and a friendly atmosphere; come see what makes us one of the most popular restaurants, bar and coffee houses in town. We look forward to meeting you!
Full Bar, Great Wine list

75-5801 Ali'i Dr.
Kailua, HI 96740
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 6:30am - 11:30am; Sunday Brunch: 6:30am - 5:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Palani

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 327-2161

Website:
http://www.islandlavajava.com/

Entertainment:
Live Hawaiian & acoustic music, mornings, weekends & evenings

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!

Parking Details:
Free parking for our customers in the Coconut Grove Marketplace

Public Transit:
Public bus stop 300 yards away.

Executive Chef:
Jason Nigro and Trevor Buffington

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Island Lava Java Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

service

4.2

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4.4

value

3.9

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Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

LOVE the new location! Excellent service. The food, as well as the coffee, were delicious! We dine at Lava Java each time we visit Kona.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Live Music, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Scenic View, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Rather underwhelming we thought! So many other very good restaurant's, will not go back anytime soon, need to get their act together!

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The view is fantatsic, despite the utility lines (upper deck issue only). Restaurant space is also beautiful in its aesthetic--use of woods and mats for laid back elegance in local style. Price for the place was surprisingly reasonable (Hawaii and waterfront). Food ideas are very good; some improvement needed in execution.
Note: breakfast menu orders cease at 11:15 and lunch orders can't be put in till 11:30, so if you arrive in that window, be prepared to wait. We didn't know this and were VERY hungry for breakfast/brunch. And even though we were seated and server came to us and explained this at 11:11, neither the hostess or server offered to give us a breakfast menu and get our order in at the bell.
Also, we made reservation through online Open Table and got confirmation; restaurant didn't have notice of it. However they happily seated us anyway and it was not a problem with space. We still had outdoor at railing table.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Romantic, People Watching
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Island Lava Java Bistro, always a favorite, high quality ingredients and friendly atmosphere!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Organic, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We have been here many times over the past several years and noticed that food and service has been steadily declining. We waited almost an hour for our appetizer and had the bidder find our server as she never came back to refill our drinks. The appetizer was actually very good, but told that the kitchen was slammed and that is why it took so long, they were maybe half full.

Then my fish entree was completely overcooked and instead of offering a discount we received a free dessert. Which is of course better than nothing but doesn't really make up for the $30 I wasted, the green beans were tasty though.

I might recommend coming for breakfast or lunch, they are polite and have the ability to serve good food but are getting neglectful in service and letting the food slip as well. I can no longer recommend it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Well,it happened again... A very good restaurant loses its place to greed. After moving to a new fancy location next door from it’s great outdoor location... to pay for the higher rent they increased their prices a lot, however the quality of the food went way down....
I had the South point pork chop which has always
been a great meal and high quality meat...not anymore....it was tough as leather they must have ran that pig all the way from South Point to
Kailua /Kona couldn’t even chew it....or finish it.
The service also went down.... When we got there it wasn’t very busy and got a table right away but waited 20 mins. before we even got water from the bus boy took another 5 mins to even see the server..
And another 15 min to get drinks and another 20 to get our food.... that I couldn’t even eat!!!
To their credit they did keep the live music in Bobby G. very nice to listen to while wait to order and get our food......
too bad a very successful restaurant had to get greedy I guess it all amount the money...

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Great breakfast space - tasty food - delicious fresh squeezed juices!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

After a day of sightseeing and the beach, we enjoyed a drink and appetizers. Sitting outside we could see the ocean and sunset, beautiful. Our dinners were great and there was live music too.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Live Music, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great service, extremely friendly staff and the food was delicious! We went for brunch; make sure you try the pancakes - YUM! Also, enjoyed live music with a perfect view of the ocean.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Afternoon Coffee, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Great place - great location - and can't wait for the upstairs to become available-

Tags: Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Great time! Delicious foods, Good atmosphere, Live music, Kind staffs~
Wonderful time to my family!

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·Dined on August 15, 2017

Our server Michael was awesome. Fast and efficient service as well as friendly. I recommend sitting in his section or at the bar with Jessica if everyone is of age. Will be back for sure! My three year old loves it!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Romantic, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Afternoon Coffee, Happy Hour, Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Beautiful view and the food was wonderful! Perfect breakfast spot!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Food was very average and service was VERY slow. Took 45 minutes for fish taco and burger. Setting is nice.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Food choices feature many vegetarian dishes, but that's the only plus. Sandwiches and burgers are at best mediocre, salads are unimaginative; all of these could easily be made at home in 3mins with better results. Sits on the main drag, so avoid the terrace (smells of exhaust and is very noisy), but that also means no sea views, so no good table.
Service was friendly, but incompetent.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Though we were too late for brunch, we had a couple of tasty sandwiches and a tangy Bloody Mary at a great price. This is a great place to watch both dolphins and people! Not a large menu, but there is a great variety of menu items.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Fun, Quick Bite, Casual, Great Beer, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 21, 2017

The location is beautiful and the portion sizes are quite generous..

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Good overall!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Came for a nice quiet birthday dinner,didn't really happen most tables are in a place that gets wet when it rains and it was raining after trying a table and getting a wet butt we had to move to big community high top bar type tables. Ordered drinks was told they were out of jack Daniels but they most likely have some upstairs I chose a beer instead. Dinner was tasty but we came for the spinach salad that they took off the menu, so actually menu is quite limited. I had ribs that were tasty wife had sesame ahi which was tasty. Big issue is when a local came in with a big hairy dog and most of the staff dropped what they were doing to pet this dog, isn't a restaurant suppose to be a relatively clean enviroment to have the servers petting a dog then serving food sounds like a pretty big health code violation. Don't think we will go back and since we live here part time that's to bad, will the restaurant care probably not as they cater to tourists that they will most likely never see again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Smack in the middle of downtown so location location location. Awesome for breakfast with fresh homemade muffins and delicious foods. Love sitting there having coffee and watching the waves. Good people Watcher spot too. I would definitely go back.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 12, 2017

I hate to dis Lava Java since I have been there many times for breakfast and dinner. I was there on this occasion for lunch with a friend. We sat right up front at the new, improved facility where the tables sit flat! I rather liked the funky atmosphere of the former location but the new one is an improvement and quite a bit larger.
I ordered fish tacos which this day used Ono as the fish. Ono means "good" in Hawaiian and it usually is. This fish was served in 2 pieces (one in each of 2 tacos) that were about the size of a stick of gum but thicker. It was very overcooked, which was too bad, with a tiny smear of chipotle aioli. It could have used more to help moisten the dry fish. I really like black beans but these clearly were under-salted and were bland as could be. They had a bit of salsa on the top but the salsa would have been better on the tacos themselves.
I didn't bother to say anything since my friend and I were deep in conversation and I didn't want to spoil our time together by complaining. A disappointing experience, however.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Fun, Casual, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We have always favored Lava Java, with the new location and seating always get in without a wait. You can make a.reservation if needed. Great food. Probably the best cooked ahi in town.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Thank you Kylie for your warm Aloha welcome and service. This is our family favorite. My kids truly love the chocolate cake and the chicken tacos. Mahalo.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Well, being local it was our first time to the new location only a few hundred feet from their old site which we really loved outdoor dining,live music ,and bring your own wine or beer... however the new site was great the food was very good like we were use to ....the same chef for the past year or so who was a big improvement over the one he replaced.
I had the Ahi which was out of this world !! My wife had Opah which she loved and we shared their little lava java salad.
They still had Bobby G playing music which we were greatful for ....light dinner music very good, singing his own music plus tunes you will know...
I missed bringing my own wine, however their new wine list is pretty good and reasonable prices.
You still get the beautiful Pacific view and sunsets !!
A must if you are looking for a great sunset dinner when you're in Kona !!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 2, 2017

First time there for their brunch in their new location. VERY busy, but we had a reservation and it was honored and on time in a good location. Server was excellent as was the additional overlapping help...they pay attention to the customer! Spectacular view, of course, right on the Pacific. Food was excellent as was the "naked Mimosa" that we had along with Eggs Benedict and Island Style Waffle (the coconut syrup is special).

Tags: Waterfront, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Scenic View
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 (South Korea)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Besides the super-duper size of the brunch, everything including the service, taste and view was OUTSTANDING^^

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Great water front breakfast joint, live Hawaiian music

Tags: Kid-friendly, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Wonderful lunch and service as usual! You just can't beat the view and comfort. We bring family and guests when they visit Big Island...breakfasts are awesome as well

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Waterfront, People Watching
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Great place to hang out with friends, client meal or just enjoying yourself!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Love the new location great service as always you can't go wrong with the papaya and granola. Cinnamon roll over the top!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Authentic, Vegan, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Waterfront, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Delicious Homemade dishes! Known for their wonderful cinnamon rolls.

Tags: Scenic View, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Reasonably good meal. My wife's chicken was very good, while my fish (Opah) was overcooked and a bit tough. The sauce was good.

Tags: Great Beer, Local Ingredients
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Go there and have fun!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Booked this based on reviews and was very pleased! Best breakfast food we have had yet in Hawaii! Potatos are the best!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Great service and location. The Island Eggs Benedict was amazing. The lattes with macadamia nut syrup was delicious. Both of my sons loved the waffles. We will be back!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Friendly attentive service and great food featuring local ingredients.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Started our trip here and ended it here. Everyone should make a stop for at least one meal if not more. Service is excellent and food amazing!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Good food and a great view. Will definitely be back again.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Fun, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Had a light meal and great drinks at sunset before the red eye back to the mainland. Small plate/appetizer was more than enough. Nice features.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Beautiful location looking out at the water. Luau omelette was amazing!!!

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