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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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    Very good
  • 128
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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
Very nice view and large portions

I don't often have to request a box, but I could only eat half of my portobello mushroom and eggplant sandwich. I requested my sandwich on a wheat roll instead of the focaccia bun. My husband got a hamburger and loved it. I had sweet potato fries as my side and they were yummy. Ian was our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Tammi H
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Fairfield, Ohio
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Fairfield, Ohio
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

I don't often have to request a box, but I could only eat half of my portobello mushroom and eggplant sandwich. I requested my sandwich on a wheat roll instead of the focaccia bun. My husband got a hamburger and loved it. I had sweet potato fries as my side and they were yummy. Ian was our waiter and he... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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49 reviews 49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

the Lava Java is in a great location...right in the middle of downtown Kailua arcoss from the ocean. The food is good, the staff is kind, friendly and helpful. We sat and watched the sunset while listening to some sweet quiet live music. We had the fresh fish of the day which was quiet delightful. I'd go there again.

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Lake Tapps
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48 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Great food and service. Get there before 8 or expect a short wait. Food is very good. The only negitive we had was no refilled on coffee, which is just strange. Everything else is great.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I love the live music and great view! Coffee is good and the food is fresh. It is a great spot to do some people-watching too.

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Regina, Canada
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127 reviews 127 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Everything seemed to pull together in this restaurant. There is a wait to get in as it is a busy place on the main drag. But once inside it flowed. Four different breakfast items were ordered and all looked delicious. I ordered pancakes,medium poached eggs and Portuguese sausage. Eggs we,re done perfect. Sausage cut into slices and grilled. Two pancakes... More 

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Erie, Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

A little small on the portions but delicious no doubt with an amazing view and GREAT service. It is a wonderful place to dine but you will need reservations.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We heard some great things about this restaurant so we decided to try it. It was fantastic, my best breakfast on the island so far. Some reviews said they had to wait a long time, not us. Our server was very prompt and wow, the americana coffee was to die for. We had a table that allowed us to look... More 

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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Th BBQ pork ribs is dominated by the overpowering sauce, nothing else can be tasted. The slaw tastes good but does not match with the BBQ pork. The pork is grilled to perfect though. On the other hand, the Panko tofu is brilliant. Tofu steak is grilled to perfection and the favor of traditional ratatouille lifts tender tofu steak with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is always a must while visiting kona.Jamie our hostess today,is always cheerful and our favorite waitress on the island.I hear she will also be working at Oceans! Todays breakfast was delish.Drag it through the garden breakfast croissant was full of avacados, arugula, tomato,Maui onion, provolone and a fried egg.Oh so goood.Kona coffee and another great recommend by Jamie,... More 

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Chicago
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916 restaurant reviews
730 helpful votes 730 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

My wife and I met up with some friends here who were having dinner here. We brought our own bottle of wine(s) and enjoyed sitting outside. This is the only BYOB place in this area that we are aware of. Everyone with us really enjoyed their meal and the staff was all extremely friendly. The view overlooking the water was... More 

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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?