Island Lava Java Bistro & Grill

Island Lava Java Bistro & Grill

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Kailua-Kona
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    Nestor N.
    "Great views, natural tasty juices and a really good Kona coffee!"(8 Tips)
    Theresa .
    "banana ~ macadamia nut pancakes with coconut syrup"(3 Tips)
    MariLou H.
    "The food is great, service fantastic, and the view spectacular."(17 Tips)
    lucy e.
    "Try the big cinnamon roll- even gooier than the pull apart one."(5 Tips)
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  • Damian B.heart icon on user image
    Damian BayonaFebruary 18, 2017
    Opens at 6:30am - perfect for you and your ohana to watch the waves as the sun begins to shine on them. Add a delicious cup of java and a cinnamon bun and you got a great start to your day.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Jon H.
    Jon HopkinsMay 10, 2013
    Favorite breakfast spot in all of Kona. Live music each morning with an awesome ocean view. Get the banana macadamia but pancakes with coconut syrup. Yum!!
  • DoubleDeuceheart icon on user image
    DoubleDeuceJanuary 23, 2019
    This is a great place to sit and watch the ocean, people strolling along Ali'i Drive or just relax and enjoy the air and soak up the friendly service.
  • Annmarie H.
    Annmarie HillAugust 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Serves breakfast until 11:30 and has amazing Kona coffee! The cinnamon pull apart roll is to die for! Breakfast on the ocean with live music!
  • eric b.heart icon on user image
    eric bornemannApril 24, 2023
    Great location close to the water and love the outdoor seating. Blacked fresh catch sandwich is great as is the cocktails. Perfect first stop after you land on the island.
  • Carrie N.heart icon on user image
    Carrie NydenSeptember 10, 2013
    If you like ginger, definitely try out the ginger iced tea! The roasted garden veggie (veggies, macadamia nut pesto, & goat cheese) and luau (shredded pork & pineapple) omelettes were delicious!
  • Crystal
    CrystalJuly 2, 2011
    This place makes me rethink breakfast - avocados, arugula and over-easy eggs? Yes, please. Lovely seating on the patio with ocean views too.
  • Brodie O.heart icon on user image
    Brodie OlmsteadApril 9, 2017
    The wait time can get a little ridiculous later in the mornings,but try to snag a seat outside for an incredible view!
  • Mary Ann S.
    Mary Ann SullivanNovember 6, 2021
    The Luau omelette and the veggie omelette are delicious.the lattes are great. Come with an appetite because there is plenty of food.
  • Carmenheart icon on user image
    CarmenAugust 13, 2018
    Sit at the bar if you’re in a hurry, Bayley is friendly and very efficient. Cafe at lait tastes heavenly and so does the strawberry banana muffin
  • Cheryl V.
    Cheryl ValleFebruary 22, 2018
    Best drink in Kona Hana hou made with Maui ocean vodka, guava juice, orange juice and pineapple juice
  • Amanda H.heart icon on user image
    Amanda HennessyMarch 23, 2015
    Lava Java milkshake is super yummy!! Ended up having two!! Great place to relax and have a scenic view with live music.
  • MariLou H.heart icon on user image
    MariLou HarvelandFebruary 12, 2018
    The food is great, service fantastic, and the view spectacular. We went for breakfast & would definitely return!
  • Brent M.heart icon on user image
    Brent MillerDecember 3, 2018
    Food, liquor, and coffee. Poke was fresh and light. Mai tai was good and not too sweet.
  • Carmenheart icon on user image
    CarmenAugust 13, 2018
    What’s better a cream cheese and lox bagel as take out for a six hour flight? Maybe a “thru the gardencroissant to have on the spot. Extra points for bacon that’s not greasy
  • Kristy T.
    Kristy TumlerJune 24, 2011
    Their breakfast menu is amazing and their coffee is great! Get a table facing the ocean - what a way to start your day!! Dinner is good too!
  • Natalie M.heart icon on user image
    Natalie MJune 3, 2016
    Such great coffee! Don't be confused by the service seating outside. They do to go at the counter inside!
  • Josh .
    Josh 🌶☢January 27, 2014
    Very fresh food - every the hamburger buns are made daily. Make a reservation during high season!
  • Brittney
    BrittneyFebruary 20, 2013
    The banana & macadamia nut waffles with coconut syrup are amazing! Great view with live music too.
  • Lindsay F.
    Lindsay FurchesJanuary 17, 2019
    The location right off of the beach is fantastic. That’s where my compliments end.
  • Paul G.
    Paul GriffithDecember 18, 2012
    All you need to know about breakfast in this part of town. Great coffee, great service, fantastic fresh food.
  • Kris C.heart icon on user image
    Kris CroxJuly 6, 2015
    Great breakfast! Shrimp eggs Benny are amazing. Ice coffee is also killer.
  • Domino D.
    Domino DamoiselleOctober 23, 2013
    Get the pull apart cinnamon roll and the Portuguese sausage. It's like a bacon/sausage hybrid with sriracha.
  • Theresa .heart icon on user image
    Theresa 💜October 5, 2013
    Try the banana ~ macadamia nut pancakes with coconut syrup, soooo yummy
  • Luc V.
    Luc VerhelleApril 21, 2013
    This is the other place where you willfind me, after retirement, every other day. Great place for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
  • Chase H.
    Chase HagermanApril 30, 2016
    The Pull Apart is incredible. Best cinnamon anything I have ever had.
  • Lara H.
    Lara HFebruary 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best views of the sunset. Food is always great. The lilikoi ice tea is excellent!
  • Annmarie H.
    Annmarie HillFebruary 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    TOTALLY different menu on Sundays for brunch, but still some staple items and still good!
  • Rob O.heart icon on user image
    Rob OsterhouseDecember 10, 2015
    Had an an maxing brunch! Great Eggs coffee and eggs Benedict!
  • Zoryana L.heart icon on user image
    Zoryana LubyanitskayaAugust 9, 2015
    The coffee is delicious! A place to go for a lovely breakfast!
  • * p A u L * C.
    * p A u L * CSeptember 15, 2010
    GREAT Mochiato (iced coffee) and tasty pastries. Cool place for breakfast if you want something different, orjust s morning coffee. Great views too.
  • Laney_msheart icon on user image
    Laney_msFebruary 4, 2016
    nice place, vegetarian options. great place to watch the sunset :)
  • Tania M.
    Tania MillsSeptember 28, 2011
    Fresh papaya with yogurt and homemade granola is so delicious!!! And their pull apart cinnamon roll HEAVEN!!
  • David
    DavidSeptember 14, 2013
    Breakfast and lunch are great, dinner menu was way over priced and no selection!! Go before noon!
  • Quinteinheart icon on user image
    QuinteinFebruary 16, 2017
    Great for a quick lunch with a great view
  • Ken F.
    Ken FeuchtFebruary 2, 2012
    The breakfasts are great - Try the Luau Omlette, filled with shredded pork and grilled pineapple
  • Charles D.heart icon on user image
    Charles DonadoJuly 3, 2012
    Pancakes with coconut syrup rock! Enjoy with fresh brewed Kona coffee...can't go wrong!
  • Alexander P.
    Alexander PolsonMarch 16, 2014
    The Hawaiian-style waffles (bananas and macadamia nuts) are delicious!
  • Brian K.heart icon on user image
    Brian KungJanuary 26, 2018
    Avoid the poke wrap if you like poke. On the other hand, if you like wasabi and coleslaw to overpower the taste of fish, it might be for you!
  • Mark J.heart icon on user image
    Mark J.February 2, 2015
    Definitely a local favorite for coffee and views!
  • werner s.
    werner schwabeOctober 7, 2014
    Sinful pastries. Try the cinamon rolls and the good coffee.
  • Thomas M.heart icon on user image
    Thomas MasottaJune 13, 2015
    Amazing views from the tables out front
  • Summer B.heart icon on user image
    Summer BorowskiAugust 9, 2014
    A classic Kona spot- and good as great as the view!
  • Scott G.
    Scott GOctober 23, 2011
    Italian soda and iced mocha were awesome. Also, free wifi with password protection. Best way to do it.
  • Amy C.heart icon on user image
    Amy ClarkeJanuary 30, 2021
    Breakfast is the best! Good food and fun atmosphere!
  • Philomena L.
    Philomena LawtonSeptember 20, 2017
    I left behind eyeglasses in a Coach eyeglasses pouch last night. The lady told me that manager was in meeting but will call me later. The chance to get it back is impossible, so upset & disappointed!
  • Jenni O.heart icon on user image
    Jenni OjalaDecember 4, 2014
    BYOB, bring your own beer! The seafood pizza was fantastic.
  • Brittney M W.heart icon on user image
    Brittney M WalkerJune 28, 2014
    Try the local Kona Coffee! And the coconut syrup! Yum!
  • Peter M.heart icon on user image
    Peter MeiseMay 11, 2016
    Everything is great! And loved the service
  • Anyaheart icon on user image
    AnyaApril 10, 2017
    Perfect place for breakfast !
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