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Island Lava Java

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American, Contemporary
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75-5799 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740 (Palani)
Public bus stop 300 yards away.
808-327-2161
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10:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Great Kona Restaurant specializing in fresh, local, organic and...
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children
Local cuisine

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  • 44
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
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We ate here twice on our recent vacation. It is a little pricey but so it everywhere else on the island. The quality of food was excellent. We tried a couple different salads with fresh fish, pizzas, and dessert. They don't sell booze but you can run down to the market and bring your own which... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Michelle R
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San Francisco, California
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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San Francisco, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We ate here twice on our recent vacation. It is a little pricey but so it everywhere else on the island. The quality of food was excellent. We tried a couple different salads with fresh fish, pizzas, and dessert. They don't sell booze but you can run down to the market and bring your own which worked well too. Two... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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57 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

It had been about 8 years since we ate at Lava Java. We ate there a number of times and as I recall it was pretty good, except I didn't post a review on it. So yesterday, about ten in the morn, we decided to drive to Kailua and give it a try again. They quit breakfast at 11:30 AM... More 

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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

No the best, there isn't a category like that. But, this is a place we head to as soon as we get to Kona. It is always welcoming and you can always rely on the food. It is fresh and tasty. Good coffee and great staff.

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Redondo Beach, California
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51 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We came here for the sunset on our last day in Kona. The coffee took a really long time to get (about 15 minutes) but it might have been because they were in the middle of dinner service. The coffee was really good however and a nice end of our trip.

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Wyoming, Michigan
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48 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

So, we have been to both locations, this is "what you get" when you are by the Kona Waterside. Great waitress, good fresh salad and pizza-very pricey I might add. However, be warned if you want a "classy" experience and need to use the umm...facilities? Don't use theirs-whenever the "key" is needed to go to a back alley? Just don't.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Early morning stroll along the beach front road was awesome coming upon this little place for early coffee and a bite to eat. Great cinnamon rolls.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We ate here before setting out for Volcanoes Natl Park. Even though our large party had to be split in two separate locations it was still a good experience. (If you have a large party just call ahead). I had a breakfast sandwich which was different but good. The coffee was excellent (that's saying something coming from a Seattle-ite). The... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

This became our group's "go to" spot for breakfast everyday. Simply addicted to the "Island Style" pancakes and waffles!

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Cambridge, Canada
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240 helpful votes 240 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

My husband and I made a reservation for dinner through Open Table. We were seated outside with a clear view of the water and the sunset. At the opening to the restaurant, a musician played great dinner music. They do not serve alcohol, but are okay with you bringing your own. We brought a bottle of wine from the nearby... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

It was nice to enjoy dinner on a patio outside overlooking the water. The food tasted very fresh and wholesome. I ordered the fish tacos and my husband and daughter shared a pizza with a salad. All very good food at a reasonable price.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 75-5799 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
    (Palani)
  • Public Transportation: Public bus stop 300 yards away.
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
  • Phone Number: 808-327-2161

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine

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!
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?