Island Lava Java Bistro

4.3
580 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Scenic View
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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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Cuisines
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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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!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Palani
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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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Entertainment
Live Hawaiian & acoustic music, mornings, weekends & evenings
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
What 580 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
value
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

First place we come to when we’re at the Big Island. Love hearing and seeing the ocean just across the street. Best lattes in Kona. Food is spectacular!

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Great food and service!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Two of us sat at the bar as the outdoor tables were getting some rain. Wonderful view of Kailua Bay with canoe racing going on. The service was terrific. We enjoyed the margarita pizza, thin and with a taste tomato sauce. My rib eye steak was cooked perfectly. It was very large. The hamburger was large and juicy with excellent fries

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Being in Hawaii, this is a great place to eat right on the ocean. Open air atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Will try elsewhere as they are truly living on past
reputation

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Nice place to eat and watch the sunset in the evening, tho it can be windy.

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Service was excellent, menu is rather limited but the salads are great.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Excellent spot next to the water. Great cocktails, great service. Would recommend!!

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Nice restaurant over looking the water. However they do not credit you for your Open Table reservations - no points received.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Dustin was awesome, great food and great view

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Service slow and weak
Did not bring everything together forgot a couple of things
Only worth going if you want to look at the ocean.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Thank you for the Mother’s Day rose. Very much appreciated!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Fast service and great food, especially the desserts!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Everything that I look forward to in a great restaurant was present. From the moment we walked in to the final drink, we could not find any fault with anything. I chose the restaurant because they had a spectacular 16oz ribeye that was cooked to perfection. Wife and I enjoyed every moment and will be back soon

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Great location, friendly and attentive server and tasty food.

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Disappointed. We tried the new location and found an oddly disparate menu, very uneven service and poorly cooked and presented fresh fish. Stick to breakfast and burgers.

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

The fish was tough and overdone in the fish taco and not that flavorful

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Stopped in during a leisurely walk and had a great experience.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great breakfast during our Kona get away. Dining area has a lovely ocean view, all open air, making for a delightful vacation breakfast. Pricing was reasonable, service attentive.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Dinner was okay. The drinks were okay. Service was great and if you have dinner they allow you to take some pastries home for breakfast, which was nice. The food wasn’t amazing but the atmosphere and service make up for it.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Love the location, perfect for date night or a special evening. Locals and vacationers are there.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Aloha, met with our BI realtor for a quick biz lunch. Fresh beet salad & added seared ahi to it. Very yummy. Other's had the fish tacos which look amazing too. Enjoyed our meal.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

A great addition to the Kona ocean-side selection. Outside seating was remarkable - close to the view but not right on the road. Grilled octopus and cocktails excellent.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

My Ribs were tepid/cool and very, very fatty. Friendly staff.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Glad we were able to dine off of the happy hour menu and get some great food at an even better price. Apparently they have happy hour in the upstairs seating all night. We really enjoyed the elua chicken tacos and even got one to go. The poke didn’t look fresh when we got it, mentioned it to one of the waiters and he had the chef remake it with a fresh slab of Ahi and it was delicious with pieces of avocado. Yumm.

It was a little loud and hard to speak to the waiters/waitresses due to the live music, but that’s expected. The music was easy on the ears with some throwbacks like the Beatles.

The location was beautiful. We sat overlooking the ocean and could hear the ocean waves crashing from a distance. We were able to catch the end of a gorgeous bright pink/orange sunset.

Overall, I would gladly dine her again.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

First time at the new location fir breakfast. Food was great; service fabulous. And you can’t beat the views.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Our steaks were cooked perfectly with exactly our specified accompaniments. Our server, Mary, was a delight! We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Great food
Large portions
Beautiful view of sunset
Easy parking behind restaurant

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3.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Pastries and coffee great as always. Meals were disappointing. Not a lot of flavor. Shrimp cocktail was very bland

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Nothing better to do on St Patrick's Day than have Lava Java Burgers for late lunch.

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Wheelchair entrance from the parking lot had furniture sitting in the path. I was able to push it aside, but be aware that this is not yet a wheels-friendly place. I hope they will improve.

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2.0Dined on March 14, 2018

This was a disappointment. The salads were wilted. The service was slow. The fish entrees were OK but not special

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Loved this place so much, we went for brunch twice during our week long visit on the Big Island. It's a must visit- great setting and delicious food! We'll be back in the future!

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Great view of Kona Bay and delicious food!

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food was below average. Steak sandwich had very little filling. The poke wrap was dry. Not much flavor. The fish did not taste fresh. The service was good and the location wonderful. Not sure if we will give it another try.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great place on the water. Sit on 2nd floor and watch the ocean.
Kelly our waitress...top shelf. Great food.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Love this place, great food and friendly service, have been twice this week for tasty lunch.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Good food, beautiful location, slow and confused staff

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

We have lived in Kona for the past 8 years. We started coming to Lava Java at that time and we have continued to be loyal customers. We always ask for the same waitress. Her name is Elisia. She is the reason we enjoy dining at Lava Java.
Lava Java has changed in many ways, least of which is the location. However, the consistent, excellent service that an experienced server, such as Elisia, provides makes the evening perfect. We feel very special while we dine in her section. She is always happy to see us.

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1.0Dined on February 27, 2018

We were very disappointed in the food and the seating service. The waitress was great but we were seated outside in the rain not at the window seat as requested when there were tables open for us to be seated at. Very sad

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