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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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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 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
  • "Mala is our favorite restaurant on the island of Maui. Every time we go, it is remarkable and fabulous. We dine here more than once in the couple weeks that we stay on the island. It is that good! We also enjoy their sister restaurant right next door, Honu. Don't miss these spots."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Great first night dinner in Maui. Excellent food and drinks! Terrific view. Friendly and attentive staff."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Great food, great service and atmosphere. Love this place, vegetarian friendly."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "expected more than we got. Reviews were good, the look of the restaurant and the decor were easy going and fun. The menu looked interesting but unfortunately we didn't meal was worth the price. "
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "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
  • "We just went to Maui for the second time and couldn't wait to go back to Mala. I love seafood, but their kobe beef cheeseburger is easily one of the best burgers I have had in my life. The ahi bruschetta appetizer is also a 'can't miss.' My wife got the seafood pasta which was excellent. We've been to most of the really good places to eat on Maui, and we really love this place and will continue to come back."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "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
  • "We are foodies and love the beautiful selections at Maui Ocean Tavern! They are fresh, local and incredibly artistic in their presentations. We come to Maui often. This restaurant and their sister next door, Honu Seafood & Pizza, are always tops on our list. Both are right on the water with perfect sunset views. And I mean, right on the water! We were fortunate to view a few turtles feeding on the algae on the rocks. I didn't check lively bar scene, as I don't believe that's their definition, however, if you have to wait a bit for your table, the bar is very friendly & comfy for a before dinner drink. Service has always been great, on time & attentive, but respecting privacy. A Maui gem!"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Everything was absolutely delicious! Great food, great drinks, great people! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Mala and Honu are rare finds in Maui. The menus feature fresh ingredients and the preparations are interesting and tasty. Definitely the best places to go in Lahaina if you want more than just another grilled fish with sauce poured on it."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We celebrated the end of our most recent visit with dinner at Mala. It was wonderful. A table by the water allowed us to see many turtles. Food and service were very good. A great dinner and great way to finish off our holiday."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We make a point to go to Mala at least once whenever we are visiting maui. The food, atmosphere, and service, can't be beat. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Went for brunch on Mothers Day. Best drinks and great food! Great little place right on the water. Service was excellent!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food was good but pricy for the ambience and the tables are squashed together ..noisy for fount door dining."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "For a place that purports to be the top restaurant in Lahaina it disappoints. location is fine, decor looks like a Crab Shack. Food was OK, not stellar. Do not order the "Adult Mac & Cheese". There is not enough room here for a proper review, but you can see more comments regarding service & food on my Yelp & Trip Advisor reviews. We came here on the recommendation of friends. We brought friends who own several Maui properties, so that they could add it to their list of local favorites for their guests. Unfortunately that won't be happening. Overpriced. Mediocre Service. Lots of attitude."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Cocktails are excellent. Everything is fresh and ice cold. The best appetizer ever is the bruschetta with tuna. Also the coconut shrimp actually tastes like coconut. I love the stir fry. The spices make it so flavorful. Pasta on the kids menu was a big hit. The portion was so generous that we took the leftovers for lunch the next day. We will return again during this trip. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food,view,service, doesn't get much better...."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We eat at Mala's for dinner and try for lunches every visit to Maui. Mala's is consistently excellent. Food quality and variety, service staff attitude and friendliness and killer location all add up to classical Maui ocean-side dining."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "We each enjoyed a martini. I had the Avalon tuna, my wife had the stir fry. Both were excellent. The stir fry was GF. We have dined here 5 or 6 times over the past few visits. Food is very predictable."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • " When we were seated, my wife and I were seated at a table for two that was sandwiched between 2 tables with a party of 4 at each table. We were literally less than 18 inches from the next table and at one point I bumped elbows with someone at the next table. It was so cramped and noisy, it was hard to hear what we where saying to each other and hear what our waiter was saying to us. At one point while the waiter was taking my order, a man at the table next to us got his attention and the waiter stopped taking my order to listen to him. I have never had a waiter do that to me. As far as the food, I would say that it was good and the portions were adequate. By the way, we also ate at Honu the night before and had a wonderful experience. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014