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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
Kailua, HI 96740
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Live Hawaiian & acoustic music, mornings, weekends & evenings
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!
Free parking for our customers in the Coconut Grove Marketplace
Public bus stop 300 yards away.
Jason Nigro and Trevor Buffington
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
I was warned by several friends not to go out to dinner on Valentines Day. They said the food prices would be high, the service would be very slow and long waits. None of that was true at Island Lava Java. Prices were the same as always. We were taken immediately to our table upon arriving (We had reservations). Our service was not slow as our waitress was hopping keeping all her tables happy. The most important thing was we all had great meals!
Alas, Lava Java has lost its charm with the new location. On 2nd level for dinner, the music (guitar & singer) was too loud, the lights too bright, and the service understaffed. Meal quality has diminished (used L J for 2 breakfasts and a dinner on this visit). Suggest action be taken to improve service, food and ambience, or the recent change will be the downfall that so many restaurants suffer when they enlarge. Would hate to see this happen to one of our favorites during our annual trip to Hawaii Island.
We have eaten here many meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner. This particular meal was breakfast at their newish location, very close to where they were before but much improved in space and layout (although we liked the funky sidewalk dining before).
My S.O. was disappointed in his breakfast which included a waffle. First he had to wait to get coconut syrup, then found out the waffle was overdone and tough. Unfortunately, it was difficult to get a server to respond to us each time. My meal was satisfying with the exception that the toast for the open-faced sandwich was burned at the edges. Our server apologized at the end and thanked us for our patience since she said she got busy. However, even at that, it would have been helpful had she checked back with us at some point during the meal. This one incident won't discourage us from dining here again. Great al fresco place right across from the bay.
Everything was great except the waitress forgot us at dessert time and by the time she reappeared we had decided to forego dessert. Food was excellent (catch of the day was Ono and nicely prepared). Can’t beat the location - right on Ali’i Drive with the waves rolling in directly across the street. Sunsets are spectacular from this place.
After making a reservation we arrived at the front but no table was prepared for us. In fact I don’t think they usually give reservations any preference to walk-ins. As there was only a table in the back , we opted for the bar. We sat down, were greeted by 2 different bartenders and given menus. After that we were never acknowledged or approached and asked for drinks etc. after 15 minutes of waiting to order a drink at least, we left as we also wanted to eat a bite and were upset and hungry. The bartenders were about 10 feet away from us the entire time but never came back to offer service. We’ve been there before and service is always on the slow side .
Beautiful open-air setting overlooking the Kona/Kailua waterfront. Service was friendly and solicitous, food served promptly and prices (happy hour) were great. I had fish tacos, which were nicely cooked and fresh but could have used a bit more spice or a better aioli maybe. Tried a friend’s pizza and thought “wow—this is outstanding!” Even better, the red wine I ordered had a slight chill to it, which is exactly the right way to serve it but almost never done in a bar or open area in warm weather except in the best restaurants. This place is fully deserving of the great reputation it has on trip advisor or open table or yelp (don’t remember which site I used). I gave 5 stars for everything except food, and would have given 4.7 for food (instead of 4) if the survey had allowed that. Great place!
Food was A+++ but the service lacked.... well, service. Drinks (draft cider and specialty cocktail) took forever: we received 1 serving during the 90 minute dinner, wasn’t worth waiting nor did waitress encourage.
Waitress seemed new and was very nice, polite, and smiled a lot... however, the meal dragged and we noticed several tables come and go around us.
We were very pleased to see the massive growth of Island Lava Java since our last visit, unfortunately it seems they may still be adjusting to the expansion.
Absolutely loved this restaurant, could not recommend it any higher, we were staying in kona for one week and found this gem through yelp-we had breakfast every morning here and then dinner also on our last night, 10/10, food, staff, location-every visit was fantastic!!!!
Dinner here was our first meal in Hawaii, and the location couldn't have been more perfect! We had a table right at the edge of the patio for a stunning view on the sunset.
The cocktails were unique and delicious. The fish tacos were fresh and perfectly cooked. The fries were a bit cold, but both the tacos and my husband' prawn pizza were hot, so it seemed they plated the fries a little too early. But since we were dining on New Years Eve and the restaurant was packed, it wasn't a big deal. The pineapple mango lime cheesecake was light, fruity but not overpowering, and delicious!
It was loud, and they had live music on both the main floor and the second floor. From where we were sitting, we could hear both singers so it was hard to listen to just one. I don't know if that's a normal situation or if it was for New Year's Eve.
We had a nice time but they don't have their operation wired. The hostess mentioned her iPad died so she didn't have our reservation in front of her (but we did get a table right away) and the waitress was very nice but slow (overheard that she answered the phone, which put her behind.) A nice touch was a candle in the dessert for my son's birthday & the latte I ordered at the end (though I had to wait ages for it, with the waitress apologizing) was delicious!
It took an hour to get our meal to the table. I had an empty water glass for a long time, and had to ask for water finally. The fish was overcooked and tasted like plastic. The sauce for the fish and asparagus was too sweet - tasted like it should be on a donut.
I have visited Kona once or twice a year for the past 13 years.
My husband is a flight attendant and when he had a kona layover I jumped in it.
We both were excited for our usual breakfast at Lava Java. We ventured over to where the restaurant was and we discovered it had moved a half a block south.
Great new location, more of a restaurant now than a coffee shop.
So what had us both down is apparently quite a bit changed with their location.
The island style pancakes that use to have macadamia nuts in the pancakes now just had them sprinkled sparsely ontop, the coconut syrup was just sweet and didn't taste much like coconut as it has before.
My husband had a breakfast with the breakfast potatoes.
He use to hate potatoes for breakfast but many years ago java lava changed his mind. Today they didn't have rosemary on them and were just tasteless.
The bacon which has in the past been thick cut, has turned into Denny's bacon.
So apparently the recipes also changed along with a new address.... very sad.
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