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Cafe
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Breakfast, Lunch
FEATURES
Seating, Accepts Credit Cards

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The Museum District
0.8 km from Houston Museum District
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Reviewed 1 February 2020 via mobile

Met a colleague and pleasantly surprised that this coffee stop is easy to get to, quiet, good parking, and charming. Had a latte which was delicious and competitively priced. Great meeting spot in Houston's museum district. Transforms to neighborhood bar or coffee destination. Breakfast and...lunch are served. Charming outdoor seating available for pretty weather days.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 27 October 2019

The salmon entrees and breakfast omelette and pancakes were delicious. But, the beef and chicken entrees were to spicy hot for our taste and I would say most people to not lack to eat food that chemically hot. Side salad and homemade dressings were great....Servers need better training. Brought ice tea with no ice and prepared one meal without the special instructions to put sauces on the side. There is room for improvement but, do like the ambiance of the restaurant and hope they can work on these issues.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 18 August 2019 via mobile

Day off and having a museum district day. Stopped by Java Lava Brew for my first ever visit. Ordered a mojito and chicken salad croissant. The drink was amazing!!!! And the chicken salad was perfection for me!! The waiter was super friendly and helpful. It...had just rained so I didnt get to sit outside but loved the outdoor seating I’ll come back for that. Saw other patrons food and drinks and they looked absolutely delicious. Definitely coming back.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 13 August 2019

We love this place. It’s has such a relaxing, welcoming vibe, and the food, cocktails, beer, and coffee selections are great. The outdoor and indoor spaces were carefully designed by owner and architect, Su, with input from his wife, Lynne. They have achieved in bringing...to Houston, a Hawaiian island-type atmosphere, with the feel of Ohana (family). The outdoor setting makes you feel as if you are in a tropical, beachy scene, with cool breezes provided by fans during the summer, and the warmth of cozy fire pits taking off the chill during the colder months. The outdoor tv makes this a favorite place to watch football and other sports. The indoors area is also comfortable, upbeat, pleasant, and good for meetings and events. We have attended several there. Java Lava is also a great place to meet up with friends. Our sports team has adopted Java Lava as our venue for meetings, socializing, and reviewing technique/race strategy (we can hook up a laptop to the outdoor tv). The owners and staff are genuinely warm and friendly, and definitely “give back” to the community, by hosting events to highlight the work of organizations such as the Galveston Bay Foundation. They also support budding engineers and local artists. Now the food.... it is unique and unlike other places, is of high quality, and the portions are generous. After a hard workout, our fav is the Loco Moco plate, along with either a microbrew on tap or a passion fruit or pineapple soda. The Hanoi Coffee is perfect pre workout (it has protein, some fat, and carbs if you add sugar). Everything, including the food and beverage selections, has been carefully thought out to bring island time and tastes of the world to the bustling Houston museum district. The coffee served is even from coffee beans, grown and hand-picked by the owners of Java Lava, Lynne and Su, who have a small coffee farm on Kona-Big Island of Hawaii. Like I said,More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 20 July 2019 via mobile

Stopped to have a beer walking back from Herman Park. The atmosphere was nice outdoor patio in the city, sufficient that we stayed and had dinner. Had Pulled Pork, tasty and spicy as I like. Service was fast and friendly.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 8 June 2019 via mobile

In Houston for a wedding, walked to Java Lava Brew for breakfast. Had excellent mushroom omelet. Would definitely recommend.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 22 April 2019 via mobile

We had breakfast here on a beautiful Saturday morning. Our meals were delicious (spam/egg croissant and Hawaiian pancakes with sausage), but it’d be great if real maple syrup is offered. I’m not a big coffee drinker, but the coffee is very good - not bitter...at all. The outdoor seating made me want to lounge for hours. Next time we’ll try lunch or dinner!More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 19 April 2019 via mobile

A new scene with very happy, hip clients and servers with the best espresso I have ever had in the US. Velvety, viscous, and rich. Must be the organic coffee but the machines and knowledgeable barista certainly enhanced the effort. Twice as good as Sant...Ambroeus in New York. Extremely impressed with the little cookie and ice water too. The best!More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 10 February 2019

Walked down for a quick bite while in town visiting. Service was very good, nice happy people, and once we made our selections, the food was there so fast I couldn't believe that they hadn't already made it all ahead of our arrival.

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 5 February 2019 via mobile

First of all.... WHAT A FUN PLACE ! This quaint little gem amongst all the high rises is very fun to visit. With amazing patio space and ample inside seating for all weather. The entire staff is very friendly and helpful. It is very obvious...that the entire staff takes pride in their work. My wife had the chicken special (I ate most of it) I had the fish and chips I ate most of it as well). Now for the best part !!!! The coffee is all imported from Hawaii from the family farm and is brewed to perfection! What an amazing cup of Java! We will be back !More

Date of visit: February 2019
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