Lava Lava Beach Club

Lava Lava Beach Club – Offering Waterfront Dining at Its Finest on the Big Island
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Want to experience beachfront open-air dining at its best? Just jet on over to Lava Lava Beach Club on the Big Island. Located just steps from Anaehoomalu Bay, this premier resort serves up relaxed island cuisine made using the freshest local ingredients. Never want to leave again? Cozy up in one of their rental cottages right on the water.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

If you’d like to enjoy open-air dining right on the waterfront, you definitely need a trip to Lava Lava Beach Club in your life. Set right on Anaehoomalu Bay, this premier resort goes all out in serving relaxed island cuisine in a truly magical setting. Their seats start indoors in their swanky dining room and then spill out onto the beach as well.

No matter where you land in their restaurant, you can expect the highest quality of service with plenty of aloha for all. In fact, their service is so good that you might never want to leave again. Thankfully, you can stay for as long as you want by simply booking one of their oceanside cottages.

Before you can get a feel for all they offer, you need to arrive early, ready to wait it out for a table to open up. They are a first-come, first-served restaurant, so they don’t take any reservations. During their busiest times, it can take over two hours to get a seat. If you prefer to explore while you wait, just leave them with your phone number and hit the road. They’ll send a text your way when a table opens up.

Once you get that text, zip back in and get ready for delicious island cuisine to come your way. They have all the best local flavors on tap, like Ahi Nachos, Hukilau Chowder, and Grilled Angus New York Steak. Start with an appetizer and a drink from their huge beverage menu full of fan favorites, including their ever-popular Huggo’s Mai Tai.

Then, move on to your entrée, while trying not to fill up so much that you miss dessert. While that’s definitely a tall order, it’s well worth the effort. Their sweet treats are out of this world delicious after all, especially if you like Kona Coffee Cheesecake.  

If you manage to time your visit just right – and get lucky in grabbing a table in time – you can catch view of the beautiful sunset over the water while you dine. After 5 pm, Henry Kapono, LT Smooth, and other local musicians arrive onsite to wow the crowds. So, it’s well worth sticking around for a while to get the full tropical dining experience from start to finish.

Swing by to try their:

Lava Lava Flow, On the Rocks
To sip on all your favorite tropical flavors with a kick, get the Lava Lava Flow, On the Rocks. This classic drink features strawberries and bananas blended up with coconut cream. Kuleana Hui Hui Rum joins the party last to shake things up and leave you with a lasting great impression.

Huggo’s Teriyaki Steak
For beefy deliciousness in every bite, you need to try Huggo’s Teriyaki Steak. This popular entrée begins with island-style steak sliced thin and soaked in their signature marinated made in 1969. Then, they fry the marinated steak up until perfectly done and throw it next to fried rice and fresh veggies.

Haupia Cake “Broke Da Mouth”
Well-known as a “Broke Da Mouth” creation, the Haupia Cake will satisfy your sweet tooth while leaving you dreaming of having more. This cake features layer after layer of coconut cake, coconut cream, and Hawaiian haupia. Whipped cream and shredded, toasted coconut go over it all at the end to elevate the flavors even more.

If you simply cannot tear yourself away from the magic at this beach club, book a cottage for the duration of your trip. They have many wonderful beachfront rentals available, giving you a front-row seat to all the live music each evening. Throughout your stay, you’re welcome to simply walk out to the beach to enjoy fun in the sun. And come and go as you please, landing back at your cottage to reenergize with amazing food and plenty of R&R.

Insider Tips:
-For liquid happy hour, come by between 3 pm and 5 pm daily.
-Want a discount on their cottage rentals? Book your stay for 14 nights or longer.
-Their precalculated tips might seem high, but they get shared with the servers, busboys, and kitchen staff.