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Island Lava Java

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75-5799 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1773 (Palani)
+1 808-327-2161
10:30 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 20:00
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Food was okay, I had a salad and my wife had the fish tacos. I've been there many times before and all the servers was very kind and helpful. This time, the male waiter who took our order was very impolite and got angry just because I asked for a paper napkin. My wife didn't have one so she asked... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had dinner here with family. Outdoor setting with a few indoor tables (I suppose if it rains). Varied but limited menu. Most 'main' courses (entree to American's - why?????) cost $US25-30. Pizza a little cheaper. We all enjoyed our meals. Portions on the larger size. I had the burger and fries for $15; good flavour and filling. I dont... More 

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Albert Lea, MN
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our food was great! Very original and fresh. The service was excellent and the outdoor seating is awesome for people watching and ocean view.

Thank drea1903
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped by for lunch and ordered sandwiches and burgers and they were delicious. Great food and amazing ambience! Will definitely go again!

Thank Nisha P
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Some of the best risotto I've ever had! The portions are generous at this BYOB right across from the ocean on Ali'i drive. The live entertainment is just the right style for the mood. Also recommended: the beet salad! The service is a little disjointed, given their use of ipads, so there was really not a lot of connection with... More 

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Citrus Heights, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Stopped at the Waikoloa eatery. Less crowded than the downtown Kona location. Great food and music on the patio area.

Thank dmari44
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant is set on the beach with amazing views and a fun, energetic atmosphere. Happy Hour is well worth your time, the drinks are great and there is usually a nice breeze. They have live music and some beach games to play for fun. They have sports television on large screen TVs, however, it isn't overwhelming if you aren't... More 

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West Kelowna, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We have enjoyed Lava Java for several years now as a don't miss place in Kona. Nice location with a beautiful view of the bay. We stopped in twice during our two weeks in Kona. Both my wife and I ordered the Ono with the Mac nut coating, on our first visit. It was very tasty as usual. Love the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great breakfast place, we loved the coconut syrup!!! We were in Kona for 7 days and we had breakfast here at least 5 of those days. Friendly staff , beautiful outside seating, great coffee!!

Thank Nicole J
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Recommend by a client, we stopped in for breakfast. Great decision. Our server left a lot to be desired. She had no energy, didn't put our requests on the side as we asked. Didn't have a complete grasp of the menu. In spite of that this place is good. Breads are made in house. The island pancakes were. dry tasty... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Cafe, Hawaiian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View
Open Hours
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 75-5799 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1773
  • Public Transportation: Public bus stop 300 yards away.
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
  • Phone Number: +1 808-327-2161
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. We proudly feature grass fed Big Island Beef, Big Island organic goat cheese and locally grown organic produce, freshly baked house made breads, desserts & goodies. Island Lava Java, Bistro Grill is Kona's #1 Coffee House and Restaurant. We were voted to have the "Best Breakfast in Kona" by the readers of the West Hawaii Today. Island Lava Java Bistro & Grill's Island fare is inspired by everyday island cooking. You'll feel relaxed while savoring a great meal in our 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 and coffee houses in town. We look forward to meeting you!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?