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Island Lava Java Bistro

535 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Waterfront
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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
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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
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Phone number
(808) 327-2161
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jason Nigro and Trevor Buffington
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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!
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Cross street
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Parking details
Free parking for our customers in the Coconut Grove Marketplace
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Public transit
Public bus stop 300 yards away.
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Live Hawaiian & acoustic music, mornings, weekends & evenings
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
What 535 People Are Saying
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Reservations a must here. The service was fast and prompt. Ashley was great. The food and coffee drinks we ordered were delicious. Would love to come back.

OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

The service was good, a bit slow. It was odd that when my wife ordered coffee she was charged extra for a large coffee when see did not specify large. She was also charged extra for a tiny bit of almond milk for her coffe, I thought the price of a cup of coffee should have one charge, not three. My wife had a delicious omelet with macedamian nut pesto, avocado and goat cheese, a bit pricey but good ($20 for her breakfast alone seemed a bit high). I had 2 buttermilk pancakes, which were huge and tasty.

good (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Great ribs and fries

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Music was loud- so hard for conversation. It was also a weird mix of styles and artists. We asked if it could be turned down. It wasn’t discernible that they did. Food was fine.

OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

We have had breakfast there for many years and have always loved the food and view. We enjoyed the new location so much we had breakfast and dinner there during our yearly visit to Kona.

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Best beach bar on the Big Island!

moman (Milwaukee)
1.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

We had a reservation for dinner, but after we were seated we had to wait 25 minutes for a server to take our drink order, after which we waited another 10 minutes without our drinks being served, so we left the restaurant. The server was extremely hostile to us for leaving and very unprofessional. The management needs to improve on the service, as this was our worst dining experience of all during our vacation.

Roberto (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Beeg (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was good, but nothing special. Service was excellent and the setting was lovely. It is across the street from the ocean. If you sit upstairs you won’t notice the traffic.