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Island Lava Java

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$$ - $$$
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75-5799 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1773 (Palani)
+1 808-327-2161
10:30 - 20:00
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Anchorage, Alaska
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great fast breakfast spot. Ate there a couple times. Consistent, super fast, friendly service. Packs up quickly so there was a 10 min wait one of the times we went. Nice ocean view and a great place to start off your day.

Thank Casey M
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The outdoor view is amazing. The menu was good, the food was really good, and the coffee was great! I'd recommend a visit if you're nearby.

Thank Jackie B
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were staying for 18 days so naturally we found a few favorite spots to return to for great grub. Island Lava Java was consistently delicious. If you go during peak times, regardless of whether you have a reservation or not, expect a brief wait. This place does not serve alcohol but it is BYOB-friendly. So grab a bottle of... More 

Thank Sean C
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23 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We have stopped in at Lava Java several times in the past 2 weeks for breakfast during our stay in Kona The place is busy but the turnover of customers is fast enough to not yield long wait The coffee is tasty and we typically had the lattes - menu is diverse enough to suit all - being on holiday... More 

Thank Bruce280
Louisville, Kentucky
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446 reviews
269 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Be prepared for a wait at this popular location. You'll be glad you came: friendly service, TASTY food, and outstanding views of the ocean.

Thank TrishA4
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived around noon for brunch on Sunday. The staff was attentive to everyone. Brunch selections stretched from savory to sweet. We had Fish Benedict and Fish Special. Both served substantial pieces of fish that neither of us could finish. This was fresh fish. The chefs suggestion was to prepare the fish a bit on the rare side and we... More 

Thank Holly W
North Bend, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Island Lava Java was our first stop upon waking up in Kona on the first day of our vacation. It is such a great spot to grab a cup of coffee and gaze out over the ocean, or grab a meal anytime of day. Food is great, service is always great and you cannot beat the location. Watching the sunset... More 

Thank marcmilstein
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

On our trip to the Big Island, we stopped here for lunch on a bright sunny fall day. Finding the parking lot for this was a little difficult. But there is a little narrow lane right before you see the sign for Island Lava Java, where you can enter and park in the back side of the complex. Since that... More 

Thank Debdeep R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Impressed with location and the food. We had a sunset dinner. You can bring your own alcohol. They will be moving down the street and obtaining a liquor license next month. Good breakfast and dinner

Thank Drlwong
San Francisco, California
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77 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate here three times during our week stay in Kona. Ingredients are fresh, service is personable and sitting outside is perfect to people watch and get a nice view of the ocean. We had a couple of sandwiches, a burger, coffee shake and amazing tart for dessert. Great, informal place that we highly recommend for a nice meal. At... More 

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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
USD 30 - USD 30
American, Cafe, Hawaiian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
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: +1 808-327-2161
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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