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Island Lava Java

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$$ - $$$
American, Cafe, Hawaiian, Contemporary
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75-5799 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1773 (Palani)
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Hot like Lava Java cup of coffee ☕️ the Kona coffee is good and the cinnamon roll is good also. The breakfast orders came out pretty fast too. That was great! The live entertainment is a great addition with the ocean view.

Thank Frankie L
Lancaster, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lava Java has good food at a fair price. It is located right on the Alii Strip and you have a good view of the ocean. Lines can be long at times but the service is fast.

Thank Dan W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Been here many times....... Always great! Friendly staff, fair prices, great view! Breakfast, lunch & dinner. Something for everyone, young and old.

Thank KonaBreauxs
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

They have lots of combinations on their menu that I like....and the salad I ordered didn't disappoint...great combination of flavors together! My husband had a burger and preferred the salad dish he had at the Waikoloa shop. They are not cheap, but the produce is very fresh and good quality...I found them to offer 'lighter, healthier' menu options, than a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The view, service and food were amazing. It's located right on the beach. Try the bamboo pupus. I love the place.

Thank Kaori M
Bothell, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had breakfast here, because everyone raved about it. Yawn.... It was an average breakfast for $$$. There are much better places to eat around Kialua-Kona, especially if you have a rental car. We would only eat here again if we were "stuck" for a quick breakfast and had no way to get past the Alii tourist strip. If you... More 

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Hobbs, NM
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My mother, teenage sons, and I were exploring Kailua-Kona after landing on the Big Island. We had to wait for hotel check in and hadn't had much of a breakfast with early flight. We stumbled onto this little restaurant and decided to eat brunch as the menu looked appetizing. There was a bit of a wait as the restaurant was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are in kona for the ironman world championship, breakfast at Lava Java after an open water swim is compulsory. Anyways don't ditch on a light lunch or dinner here, they are extremely kind, food is great and the size of your meal will be a proper one for an athlete!

Thank Federica D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Nothing bad to say. Great location, great coffee, great service. Enjoyed a number of fantastic eating experiences over IRONMAN week. Recommend is for the lox and Bagels with a side of poached eggs and bacon. What's not to love!!!

Thank Doug G
Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I loved this place. Food came extremely fast. The kona coffee is yummy! Unfortunately we went on a Sunday morning so they were serving a brunch menu, which didn't have much to choose from, but it was still good.

Thank jasminemcdonald20

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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
$30 - $30
American, Cafe, Hawaiian, Contemporary
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Scenic view
Open Hours
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
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: 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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