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.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Mala Ocean Tavern - Lahaina reviews from OpenTable diners
145 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (112)great for outdoor dining (99)fit for foodies (75)romantic (61)neighborhood gem (61)special occasion (49)great for lunch (33)hot spot (25)great for brunch (24)kid-friendly (20)notable wine list (14)vibrant bar scene (13)good for groups (9)late-night find (6)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    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.
  • 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.
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  • 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
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    • 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.
  • Great food and location
    alkoiv24VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Restaurant is right next to the ocean, can't ask for a better location. Even got a light splash we were sitting so close! Good food as well!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mala
    TomDori
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We sat at a table right against the ocean and even were slightly splashed by a wave once and a while. Very good house wine. The flavors and preparation of all the dishes were outstanding. We have become real fans of Mark Ellman and his team.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great little place on the water
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Recommended by friend From outside wouldn't think would be so great Fabulous food. Great service. Try to get table outside Definitely should go there if near Lehaina
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great setting. That is it.
    Hare1
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Great location, beautiful ocean view. Very ordinary food. Good drinks. Good service.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • West side fav
    IslandgirlVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Mala has not disappointed me yet. Food is consistently good and staff is friendly with Aloha. A great little spot that's a little off the busy tourist area and literally right next to the ocean - you might get sprayed on very high tide. One of my favorites on the West side.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat
    LaQuintaresident
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We have been to this restaurant several times and never been disappointed can't beat the view dynes is amazing !!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food on the beach
    stan
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is an upscale, but casual place. The food is a little unique, but not a lot unique. It is pricey, but the view, especially at sunset, is stunning. After the sun sets, they convert the enclosed porch into an open-air dining room. Can't beat it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    Food
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Everything was top notch. Amazing food and good sizes portions. Some of the best food and overall expierance on the island
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, View, and Sea Turtles!
    MauiBride
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Mala is one of our favorites whenever we visit the island. The Sunday brunch selections and (early) happy hour selections are varied and tasty. The service is always friendly and helpful. Check out when high tide is and schedule a visit then. Request one of the tables by the ocean (you can do this on the OpenTable reservation page). At high tide, the sea turtles come in to feed off the algae on the rocks. They put on a spectacular show at no extra cost!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't Miss Mala Ocean Tavern
    birthdaygirl
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food at Mala Ocean Tavern is consistently fresh and delicious. We come to Maui for two weeks every summer and always visit this restaurant at least once, and sometimes twice. One favorite is the roasted beet salad, made with fresh Kula greens and goat cheese. There are always offerings of fresh fish with creative sauces and garnishes. There are also vegetarian offerings, as well as chicken and meat choices on the dinner menu. Each entree is prepared by the kitchen to order, so that it is possible for the kitchen to accommodate food preferences. There are various choices of mixed drinks, as well as a good wine list. And be certain to save room for dessert!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner
    sandiegovisitor
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I've been to Maui three times; I've been to Mala each trip. It's a small restaurant right on the water, tables are crowded together. The fish is always perfectly fresh, service is attentive, and we simply enjoy it. It's pretty pricy though, so know that going in. This last visit we finally got a table outside; that's the way to do it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mala never disappoints
    DenverTravelerVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Great food and service. Not the restaurants fault but an otherwise nice meal disturbed by an out of control 2 year old. After a half hour even dad had enough and took her outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous restaurant!
    Two4dinner
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We loved the food, the serving staff and the ocean views! You won't want to miss this restaurant when your in Maui.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Nice Atmosphere
    Barbw
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was outstanding and the Russian Mule was a fabulous hand crafted cocktail. Everything was perfect, including the sunset.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Poor service
    KomoGirl
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Our reservations were for one day after Hurricane Iselle (about 24hrs after it hit). Since there was absolutely no damage at all in the area of Lahaina or surrounding area and because everyone had been out on the beach all day, we Jason reason to believe that the restaurant would not be open. But when we arrived, it was closed... AND they didn't call us to cancel the reservations... Every restaurant within one mile around was open except them. The very LEAST the could have done was call to let us know. That's poor service and not very caring of the customer.
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  • Great Join but priced like the Ritz
    RJDJVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    If everything were 50% less I would give it 5 stars as a great local joint to get fresh food at a reasonable price but this place has basically the same pricing as the other top rated restaurants in the area without any upscale feel.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service needs improvement
    CAnan
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Served wrong food and waiter was snide about the mix-up. Food was quite good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small place
    ChasB
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great Oceanside location, just really small with limited ocean side tables. We had 7:30 res but not seated until 8. Food was good, service was fantastic. Pricey!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best places in Maui
    10yranniversaryplace
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food was spectacular! Ahi Bruchetta was recommended by our server and it was absolutely out of this world. We had Monchong fish done "spicy" and it was soooo tasty! This was the perfect little place to have our 10 yr anniversary dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over rated
    Valley
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Food and wine prices are almost as high as Pacific'o and Mama's Fish house and you CAN not compare those to your restaurant!!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food not as good as the view
    PlanOgirlVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Great place for beach dinning, if you are lucky enough to score a table outside. It helps if you have a reservation. We did and we sat outside next to the bug zapper. The ambience was wonderful, except for the periodic zap zap. Despite the pest control noise, the outdoor setting was preferred over the food. Our food was bland, under sauced, and overlooked. I am willing to write off my poor food experience as them having an off night or me ordering the wrong thing. My last visit to Maui I went to Mala three times because the food was so good, this time around I will leave it at one and hope my next visit to Maui and Mala proves this visit wrong.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Husbands birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mala - overrated
    UNCDallasVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ocean side lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average food superior view
    DiningwithkidsVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning
    GabeRocksYeah
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Come at sunset. A once in a lifetime experience. Service and food was also top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My party of 6 sat outside during sunset time. Food, service and ambience were all fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet