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Mala Ocean Tavern - Lahaina
Mala Ocean Tavern - Lahaina

Mala Ocean Tavern - Lahaina Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.malaoceantavern.com/
  • Phone: (808) 667-9394
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm Happy Hour: Daily: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Seafood, Pan-Asian
  • Executive Chef: Mark Ellman
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: sorry we do not do any catering

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kapunakea
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have parking stalls next to the restaurant and next to Local Motion and also you may park on the street and across the street at Safeway or Longs Drugs at the Lahaina Cannery mall.
A word from Mala Ocean Tavern - Lahaina
Thank you for choosing Mala Ocean Tavern - Lahaina. Should your plans change, please let us know. We look forward to serving you. Mala is a very small restaurant and we do our best to accommodate everyone. That being said, all seating is on a FIRST come FIRST serve basis with reservations having a priority.We DO NOT RESERVE TABLES ON THE LANAI.Once you Arrive we will Immediately put you on a Priority Wait List for the lanai seating.Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at Mala . Practice AlohaContinued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "We got there early and the hostess was very friendly, she said she could seat us at a table outside after it had been cleaned up. Then, the manager came up and said no, that he was saving it for another party. (Note: when I made the reservation in advance, you are able to say if it's for a special occasion and I mentioned it was for my husbands birthday) and it didn't seemed to make any difference to the restaurant at all. We were then told we could be seated in about 20 mins. and they let us sit at the bar to wait...The manager ended up seating us at a table inside where it is much louder, and the ambiance is not fit for a special occasion. Food was mediocre and service was just "ok"...they never mentioned my husbands birthday at all."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Certainly lots of hype. The ambience and service were the true stars. The food was very good, but for foodies don't buy into the hype. It's not major city high-end quality. And pricey. The experience was very good, but the food didn't come close to meeting our expectations."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Went there for a late lunch. Had oyster shooters, ceviche, fish chowder and ahi flatbread and everything was outstanding. We were seated at the open window and had a great view of the sea turtles."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "As a family of 4 dining at Mala, I was shocked to leant, only upon arrival, that the kids meal were upwards of $14 EACH for basically bar food. Granted the servings of fries were ample, but had I known that, I would have used the $40 for the babysitter instead so my husband and I could enjoy the gorgeous view. Food was overpriced and bland at best."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Come at sunset. A once in a lifetime experience. Service and food was also top notch."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "My party of 6 sat outside during sunset time. Food, service and ambience were all fantastic."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "A neighborhood gem is right! Perfect spot if you can nab a seat in the bar by the window, or on the lanai for Sunday Brunch! Great huevos rancheros to start your day off right."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Would LOVE to give five stars because even though its a very casual place, it's amazing. Service was top notch. Food was incredible all except for the calamari which was too corn mealy and over salted. Had we just skipped the calamari it would have been a PERFECT meal. Started with the potato soup with the roasted jalapeño peppers and I honestly could have eaten five more bowls. The Mahi Mahi ceviche was amazing! Lovely evening!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We made reservations at Mala based on a recommendation from a friend from NJ. We most likely would not have found this place on our own. The food was the best that we've had while vacationing in Maui and Kauai. I would highly recommend Mala to anyone who appreciates a great meal, with great service, and is not looking for a "white tablecloth" atmosphere. Great view, right on the water in Lahaina."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We were recommended to Mala and I'm glad we went. Easily one of the best lunch meals we had while we were in Lahina. It is a must to go to if your looking to get away from the big tourist crowd."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "For lunch, you cannot find a better restaurant in Maui. A spectacular view and a good food with a good service make it a fantastic choice for lunch."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Mala has been a favorite on Maui for years...and after this visit it has fallen to the bottom of the list. Unattentive service and snotty attitude. Blah food that was tasteless over cooked served cold and poorly presented... The wow factor the food had in years past is gone!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "You are dining right on the water. While the restaurant is nothing fancy, the food & the view are to die for!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Wonderful! We have been several times but this was the first time for brunch. Food was great as was the service. We had the omelet of the day, and the Turkish Bloody Mary was spicy but really good! And you can't beat the atmosphere. Thanks for a nice, relaxing afternoon."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Visited this restaurant twice during our 2 week stay in Maui. Food is delicious, and the view is to die for! On our last night, we were seated right by the water just after sunset..so amazing. The fish sandwich is highly recommended! Also fun to watch the turtles in the water right next to the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We had an amazing lunch here---table right beside the water watching the sea turtles as we dined on our ahi. We loved it so much we returned for dinner (and cancelled our reservations at Mama's Fish House that night) since it was close to our house in Kaanapali! The signature fried fish was incredible! It is a MUST dining experience for anyone who comes to Lahaina!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "came recommended but we were not enthused. on vacation we went to 8 high-end restaurants in west maui. this was our least favorite. good - unique food. poor - cramped dining, high price, felt rushed from server, nothing special overall - would not go back."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The food is fabulous. The ambience is lucious, right on the ocean, with huge green sea turtles just off shore. (The OpenTable spell check does not understand "ambience" or "lucious" -- FIX IT!)"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We went to Avalon in Maui years ago, which was run by the same group, and expected the dame quality and uniqueness at MALA. What we found was stale food with too much happening on the plate. Flavors were indistinguishable and the food was just so-so. Obviously, the view is the selling point because it was not the food. Overrated and overdone. Don't believe the article in Wine Spectator...MALA is not that good. Go to pineapple grill instead... better service, better food, less cost."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We go to Ma'La every time we visit Maui. It is family run and service is very good. Fresh Seafood and water front dining, can't beat that. Good for kids too."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Unexpected find - not a big restaurant but our table was literally only 3 feet from the surf. Fantastic. Good cocktail list and goo dmenu. We're vegetarian and plenty of options"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The kitch-y-ness of a funky buiding. The entire wait-staff making you feel like long lost family. Wonderful food. Topped off by finally finding ther absolute PERFECT MaiTai."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We LOVE this place!!! Everything we have tried was outstanding - particularly the clams. A favorite restaurant for us - we have already been here multiple nights on our vacation."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The food was excellent! The service was perfect! Tilly was our waitress. Could not have ask for a better experience. We will return!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We always go here for a special dinner while on Maui! The food is always fantastic! Drinks are special! Get reservations. Wish the proprietor would make cleanliness of the floor a priority, though. The floor was disgustingly filthy on the patio. Almost turned my stomach."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We had very good humburgers the salads were fresh and tasty calamari was a bit fisy all where pleased"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had a fantastic meal at Mala Ocean Tavern. Everything we ordered was delicious, the service was excellent and the ocean view was wonderful. It was my favorite dining experience in the Kaanapali/Lahaina area. Casual setting but fabulous food, give it a try!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I arrived half an hour earlier to my booked time for lunch; the restuarant wasn't crowded, they welcomed me and invited me to a table. Afterwards it was hot outside and I asked to be moved inward and they gladly moved me"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "No Ka Oi!!! I had the Mahi Ala Plancha and it was soooo good I came back two days later. Was even better the second time because of the anticipation! The facility is, well, a bit on the unflattering side. Years ago I remember it as a BBQ rib joint. It sorta looks like that still. Go at 6:45 and get a lanai seat!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We came back for our favorite lunch with Turtles. Not to be missed the Greek salad with the most melt in your mouth seared Ahi."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "we had an 8 pm reservation, but when we got there there was not table available as we were a bit early, so we were told to wait outside. the place was packed - it is rather small - and there was no space at the bar. we came back in about 10 minutes later and were told we could wait around the bar area. 8 o'clock came and went. other people came in and got seated. i went back to the front desk and the lady had crossed off our name so apparently we had been forgotten. we finally got a table around 8:35. no apology; just acted as if everything was normal. the good was good, but we probably won't go back there."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Mala is a must stop for weekend brunch. The food and service are outstanding. The prices are right as well."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great food, great service and atmosphere. Love this place, vegetarian friendly."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Great first night dinner in Maui. Excellent food and drinks! Terrific view. Friendly and attentive staff."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Dinner was great the whole restaurant could do with a remodel for the prices it is charging would expect better type of restaurant"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We've been to Mala once before and had a great experience, but last night was divine. We sat at a table right on the water with giant open windows and the waves crashing up about 6 feet from where we were sitting. This open air combined with the noise of the waves crashing was heavenly. Our waiter was knowledgeable, friendly, drinks and food were all great and portions were substantial. We found a lot of unique favors mixed together. Between appetizers, main dishes and sides we left no room for dessert, sadly, but they looked great and on our next trip we will make sure to try them. All in all, one fabulous evening!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Everything was AMAZING, would definitely go back Ambiance, food, drinks, sunset Only criticism was the tables were super close together but given the small size of the restaurant and its popularity it is understandable (and forgivable)"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "This is our third or fourth time here!! I love this place, it never disappoints. Recommend a reservation, ask for oceanside! The sun setting with the clapping of the waves against the rocks will leave you mesmerized. The food is so good and healthy!! I am tickled our adult children love it here too, we went when they were a bit younger and they all complained, now that they have refined their taste buds, they want to go back for more!! Do NOT miss this lovely place. I wonder if they could open one up in Seattle?????"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Mala was recommended by a friend and did not disappoint! It is rather small so reservations are a good idea. This restaurant is literally ON the beach….we were seated at a table and our window overlooked the rocks on the beach and the sunset was spectacular! The Mai Tai's were the best we had on Maui. The menu is fantastic and everything we had was delicious. We spent 8 nights in Maui and this was our favorite restaurant of the week and by far the best meal. Don't miss this spot if you are going to Maui!!!! We hope to be back!!!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Awesome food & unbeatable view! Great for a group but call ahead or use OpenTable' convenient website. Couldn't be easier!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014