Mala Ocean Tavern - Lahaina
Mala Ocean Tavern - Lahaina

Mala Ocean Tavern - Lahaina

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.malaoceantavern.com/
  • Phone: 808 667-9394x
  • 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: Seafood, Pan-Asian, Mediterranean
  • 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: Valet
  • Parking Details: We have FREE valet parking nightly.
    We have parking stalls next to the restaurant and next to Honu 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 .
We have FREE valet parking nightly.

Practice Aloha
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Mala Ocean Tavern - Lahaina reviews from OpenTable diners
164 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (128)great for outdoor dining (108)fit for foodies (92)neighborhood gem (71)romantic (68)special occasion (55)hot spot (44)great for lunch (37)great for brunch (25)kid-friendly (18)notable wine list (17)vibrant bar scene (17)good for groups (14)late-night find (7)Show More
  • Gorgeous Views, Delicious Food
    FPepoonVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Ma'la has become one of our favorite dining spots in West Maui. It's right on the water in Lahaina, and the views are gorgeous, especially at sunset. It's a small place so be sure to book a reservation. The bar was recently updated and is beautiful - and usually crowded. The food, though, is the real reason to visit Ma'la. Any daily special is always delicious, unique, and perfectly prepared. I always get whatever fish is freshly caught and I have never been disappointed. My husband loves the Kobe-style burger, always juicy, delicious, and perfectly cooked. Service is wonderful, with knowledgeable and friendly staff who go out of their way to make you feel welcome. The wine list is good and wines are fairly priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch location
    MauiFun
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My sister and I had brunch here and enjoyed sitting by the window and listening to the waves rushing through the black stones making a clacking noise. The food was wonderful as was the mimosa. It was a good way to start the day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bet You Can't Drink Just One. . .
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Somehow, sitting directly next to an ocean always makes food taste better. . .at least for me it does! Mala Ocean Tavern was no exception, especially when they rolled back the outdoor roof, and we were sitting on the patio at sunset. Although not off the charts, the food was very good. What was off the charts for me was the ginger martini. . .incredible!!! I knew ahead of time that we would be sitting close to others, but that being said, we were sitting REALLY close to others. Not such a bad thing since we made friends with two really nice ladies who sound like will be new customers for my boyfriend's store in Fullerton. The service was excellent, by the way!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    KosmoKramer
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    As with many local restaurants in Maui, seating is very very tight. Expect to make friends with whoever is dining next to you as it is crammed very very tight. We had 5:30 reservations, arrived 15 mins early and sat on the "patio" with the roof covering. Shortly before sunset, they retracted the roof and lit the torches. Nice view of the sunset. Good for 2 person dining, not sure I'd want to bring a group of 4 in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sardines
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    They are just packing too many people in here. And the prices have gotten outrageous. I will not return.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Lahina seaside experience
    TavernandTurtles
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    It was very difficult to park but once inside the restaurant has a lovely oceanside view through large open windows. We had hoped to see more than one turtle but they were elusive that day...entres were well appointed & quite tasty...we enjoyed our lunch very much.. Great palce to ocean watch!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dining Experience
    PattiinsurpriseVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Our first visit to Mala was a pleasant surprise. Recommended by the Westin, they were spot on with their advice. Annie, our waitress, was friendly and very knowledgable about the menu. The big, fat Greek salad was the best I've ever had as was the ahi. I believe that no matter what you order, you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as I remember
    sh5345
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Was a bit disappointed in Mala Ocean Tavern this time. We eat there every time go to Maui and, in the past, it has been great. This time we felt the food was not as good as in the past. Yukon gold mashed potatoes were extremely watery - tasted almost like they were instant. The place is very busy and hard to get in. For us, it's not worth the hassle anymore.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite little secret
    Foodiesforlife1
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We go to Maui every year and since the first time we ate at Mala we were hooked. We love the amazing food, drinks and courteous staff. The seafood is so fresh and the servings are more than enough to share. The ahi bruschetta and oyster shooters are over the top. The seafood pappardelle dish is filled with the freshest seafood and delicious fresh made pasta. My husband always gets the seared ahi and says it's the best he's had. We highly recommend Mala to everyone we meet when we are in Maui.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Obviously don't need our business
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary we made this reservation weeks in advance before flying sixteen hours to Maui. I made note in the reservation that we were celebrating, took an early 5:30pm time and asked to be seated directly on the water.We arrived at 5:15pm. I reviewed our request with the man seating us, but he said "sorry, that is what we have. Ironically there was a table open by the water, but I guess someone else more important was holding it. They could have cared less! We left, went to Kimo's were they were willing to serve us the dinner menu at a waterfront table in the bar and it was wonderful!!!!! We have a lot of friends who travel here often. We made sure to tell them to take their business somewhere other than Mala!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Unique and enjoyable
    Gr8tdineVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Right on ocean so would recommend booking at time o view sunset. Unique menu with great food and friendly staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed the meal
    FunInMaui
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We went to Mala for an early dinner. Loved the open patio with ocean view! Friends had recommended the Bruschetta. Loved the Bruschetta! The table also had the Kobe burger, Fish sandwich, Clams and Hoisin Ribs. All these dishes were very good and I would recommend them. Table shared the macaroni and cheese because we'd seen it recommended but we didn't care for that dish. Service was a bit more formal/stiff in the beginning but once we mentioned the restaurant had been recommended to us, the waiter loosened up a bit :). We enjoyed our time overall and I'd recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    LocalFoodies
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The staff is awesome....food is incredible. A gem in Lahaina.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    FoxIsleGeorge
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Never have had bad experience at a Mark Allman restaurant. Creative cuisine, quality ingredients, attractive presentation, wonderful tastes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Seafood in Lahaina
    GaryRVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Fresh fish, local foods and excellent preparation make Mala a local gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot!
    Kikiregan
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Mala is the perfect spot to bring out of town guests. Being right on the water the ambiance is perfect and the food is incredible.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing! We love this gem! great!!!
    SandieBeach55
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We love Mala's & visit there every time we are in Maui!! The view on their deck is fantastic, service wonderful, & food outstanding! It is a small gem in Maui & we will return every year we are here!! Love it!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top 5 best meals of my life
    Eatalot
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Everything at Mala was amazing! We showed up half an hour early for our reservation and instead of making us wait they sat us right away at a perfectly romantic table for two right on the water front! We got started with a half order of the seared ahi bruschetta which was TO DIE FOR! My only regret is that we didn't get a full order of it! We also got a Caesar salad to share that was delicious. For dinner my wife had the sautéed fresh market fish, the fish was fresh and cooked perfectly and the olowalu tomato cream sauce it was in was incredible. I had the asian fried chicken which was honestly one of my favorite chicken dishes I have ever tried in my entire life! Delicious, lightly fried, and the coconut mojo sauce had me doing backflips!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A win win!
    AZTX
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We loved Mala! Despite a bumpy beginning waiting for the host/hostess for almost 20 minutes and then greeted with no apology. After that it was smooth sailing. Amazing server, food was incredible, and love love love that it's small! See you next time Mala!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, not great
    BigDaddyE
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food was good and delicious, but the overall experience was not really worth the price. Cramped seating in a little shack-like diner by the sea. There are better choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Local fare, great location
    Pommytraveller
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    A fantastic spot on the beach just a little north of the main Lahaina strip. The place is part beach shack, part smaller informal restaurant. It's relaxed, friendly, but with good quality food which is locally sourced where possible. Not all tables have ocean views, so be sure to request if this is what you need. Not cheap exactly, but you get what you pay for in my opinion. The tuna (ahi) tartare was fantastic. Our children (5 and 7) were easily catered for.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Redlands
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Outstanding recommendation from a local friend. It became our favorite restaurant during our visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crowded but excellent
    BayAreaNativeVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This was a first time review. Although the tables are quite close together, the experience is great. After all everyone is on vacation and when they roll back the shades and awning at sunset the view is magnificent; you are immediately on the beach. Fresh seafood with twists such as Caprese salad on a toasted nut bread. One of the few Lahaina spots with espresso drinks. Wine a little pricey but a very nice selection. Our server was excellent and water service frequent but unobtrusive. Would return and work hard to get a seaside table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Took a couple of friends there for a post-Maui Marathon brunch (or more like late lunch). Ordered the goat cheese/ham omelette and it was great. Since we were so late, we were able to get a table right on the water side - a lifesaver on a hot Lahaina afternoon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go to Honu instead
    MauiJane
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I had the flatbread pizza at both Mala and Honu and Honu was fantastic while Mala was bland. The overall experience at Mala was also somewhat bland.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    trioofgals
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This little gem, right on the water in Lahina is wonderful. The view is unparalleled and the menu is extensive featuring loads of fresh items catering to vegan , gluten free, and carnivorous diets. The service is fun and personal. Parking is easy with either free valet parking or the Safeway lot just across the street. This is a must if you are looking for a great dining spot on Maui.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food = amazing
    justmeVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Dinner & drinks were shockingly good. Best meal we had during our week on the island. Our server was great and helped provide wonderful recommendations. I guess only downside was the bartender seemed to be having a rough day. Took him 15 min to ask our drink order (with only 10 patrons at the bar) and in the 25 min we sat there he broke a wine glass & dropped a liquor bottle on the floor. Probably just an off day. Highly recommend this place!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fabulous experience
    DiningProVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    A great location -right on the water, open air dining listening to the waves and smelling the ocean...exceptional sunset views. Seriously, a balony sandwich would taste terrific under these conditions. But no worries -the food is even better than the location. Don't miss the burrata appetizer...creamy cheese, amazingly fresh tomato slices....mmmmm. High end dining, creative flavor pairings, super fresh fish. A stand-out restaurant in a crowded field.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • location, location
    niknak311VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Great location - right on the water. So close that when the waves hit the shoreline you get a good spritz now and then. Kobe burger was excellent and the Greek salad was the best I have ever had. Far enough away from the craziness of Front Street with better food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mockiz
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The bartender Lisa was a show on her own, she was worth the money alone. The food was one of the best meals we had in Hawaii, all tough they forgot to bring us the oysters we orderd for starters. The best thing about the place was the atmosphere and the view of the Maui sunset. Would defenitly recomend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Maui Dining
    marinagirlVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This was a perfect evening. The atmosphere was hip but really beautiful. Great view of the harbor. The service was exceptional. The food was perfect both in presentation and taste. We came back twice and ate at Honu because Mala was so wonderful. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary with a just married couple. It was festive and special and the best meal we have ever had in Maui and we come to Maui every year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Excellent food and service. The view is outstanding. I would return again just for the view. Don't be in a hurry, though. We waited an hour for our table with a reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay, but not great value
    JEVB
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    While nothing was really bad about our dinner at Mala, we thought the food and service were only "good" while the prices should have bought us a great dinning experience. Our server could have been more helpful with our food restrictions (gluten, soy, dairy, eggs). The tables are closer together than we like. Location is awesome.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a treat!
    FoodieGirl
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    LOVED every moment! The food was amazing, I had the gado gado salad and my friends had fresh fish and flatbread pizza. And Mark sent out a yummy cheese pupu, amazing. I also tried a vodka mojito this time that was sooo refreshing and fun. Mark you are my favorite Chef and one of my favorite people on the island, thank you so much for spreading the aloha and being so cool. :) Our waiter was awesome too, I'm sorry I forgot his name.... yikes! He was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • No reservation.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Showed up and the restaurant had no record of the reservation we made through Open Table. Luckily they were able to seat us.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Give it a try
    BBBeniciaVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Was very pleased. Fantastic, enjoyed hospitality from minute we walked in, sat at bar, then table. Next time will try sister restaurant next door.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Best restaurant we ate dinner in Hawaii! Very soft meat, good vegetables and i loved the chips as starter.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food with glorious view
    khadz
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    My friend and I went to Mala Ocean Tavern on our first night in Maui. The food was wonderful and delicious (while expensive, we opted for more casual sandwhich fare) and the dessert and drinks were amazing. We both ordered their award-winning Mai Tai's and it was definitely worth it. What was truly astounding was the ocean view. Even though we were inside and there were other tables between us and the view, the sunset was spectacular. Definitely a must visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodLuvr
    foodluvrVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Ate here several times. Always good food, very consistent. The views are outstanding. On our last visit, the host made a special effort to get us the table we wanted which was very much appreciated. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never lets us down
    Madmeg
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We love Mala. Sunday was our 42nd wedding anniversary. We had a superb dinner. Everything was prepared and presented to perfection. The server was sweet and attentive without intruding. We couldn't have asked for a nicer dining experience in a more perfect spot. Thank you Mala. See you again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.