Friends invited us to dinner at Lava Lava so I went on-line to look at reviews. Most recent reviews were very negative from substituted fish to wait staff. So, we were apprehensive. First, they had ample parking near the restaurant. Next, we entered and gave our name for the reservation and were promptly seated on the patio with great access to the sunset view - maybe 20 feet from the water. Next our waitress appeared promptly for drink orders. Very nice and then we ordered the food. We ordered a spinach and arugula salad with strawberries and a light dressing. Wonderful salad - great balance of flavors. Next most of the table had the seafood stew with a quarter pound lobster tail, shrimp and other seafood. The overall comments were that it was superb - even the bread was great. I did not get to taste it because I was too busy with my miso encrusted Ahi tuna that was lightly seared to perfection sitting on mashed (this word does not do them justice) potatoes with vegetables and topped with an onion ring and orange slice. Wow! So good. For some reason, we also had the sweet potato fries. These were excellent - lightly fried with lots of flavor.. I saved about 1/3 of my tuna and asked for it wrapped to take "home". This is where the service took a step up to excellent. The waitress came back and apologized for dropping my tuna - she said they were going to prepare another piece. She brought me another complete meal! So, all those bad reviews I read taught me a lesson to sometimes give a place another try. Something must have changed and definitely to the better. Oh, by the way, the view is spectacular, there was live music which was background - not over whelming. Service was great. The only negative was the Trade Winds were heavy and sometimes blew things around - who can control the weather. I would go back to this place. I rated everything excellent although if I could use half marks I would have done that just because I have been to excellent places with different (not necessarily better) food and service.
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