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Island Lava Java

75-5799 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
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Ranked #11 of 225 restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Palani
Transit: Public bus stop 300 yards away.
Description: 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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Germantown, Tennessee
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61 reviews 61 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

From coffee, iced tea, pastries (muffins are awesome...in size & taste), eggs, to pancakes and waffles...so consistently perfect. I think we tried almost everything on menu... Island delicious! They are very accommodating to small children, too. A wonderful place for a causal, outdoor breakfast or brunch.

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O'Fallon, Missouri
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55 reviews 55 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I went to Island Lava Java in search of a good latte. I found that, and so much more. My wife and I went for breakfast on the morning of our five-year anniversary. I didn't mention that, but we lucked out and were seated at the secluded "honeymoon table" with a great view of the ocean. I ordered a latte... More

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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The location is to die for but we both thought the food and coffee was just okay compared to other meals we had on the island. We had a 3 week vacation so we ate alot in 3 weeks! Had fish tacos with very little fish. Mostly cabbage and a tiny piece of fish. My husband had a salad which... More

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Los Angeles, California
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144 reviews 144 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Love this place for coffee and breakfast. My favorite walk is along Kona's shoreline to an early morning greeting and great coffee.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

As this appeared to be the only restaurant on the street with cloth on the tables we thought we couldn't go wrong. And, my, we did not! Their ahi poke wrap was amazing (and sooo big). I am not a big fan of fish sandwiches - but their Ono sandwich was VERY good too. Smoothies and fresh juices were also... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I have been searching for the world's best fish sandwich for the past couple of years. I thought I'd found it with Craig's Big Fish Sandwich down in Key Largo but believe me, it pales in comparison to the sandwich offered up at Lava Java. Fresh seared tuna on a freshly baked bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and a superbly... More

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Sydney, Australia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Based on good reviews went to Lava Java for dinner at sunset. With tables free in prime spot to view sunset I should have suspected something was amiss. Our server was very friendly, took our order and waited for our chicken breasts stuffed with sun dried tomato on a fennel risotto. Food was not nice at all, rubbery chicken, sun... More

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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We found this restaurant on Open Table looking for a place to have a nice dinner before our flight home... Honestly, we had walked by it a dozen times and never even considered going in. The table sit on the sidewalk just feet from the main drag (Ali'i Dr.). Boy were we glad we stopped in that night! The food... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

Very popular cafe with gorgeous view over the bay. Perfect place for breakfast with relaxed, live music. Stopped in one morning and loved it so much that we drove down from Waikoloa every morning for breakfast. Extensive menu catering for all tastes. Service was always friendly and prompt. Whatever they are doing they are doing well as all staff and... More

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Houston, Texas, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We stopped in for lunch while shopping in Kailua-Kona and we loved it. We had amazing pizza, salad and desserts all while enjoying the view of the water. It doesn't get better than that!!

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