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About Mala Ocean Tavern - Lahaina


ALOHA

Thank you for choosing Mala Ocean Tavern in Lahaina. Please let us know if your plans change. Mala is a very small restaurant and we do our best to accommodate everyone. We look forward to seeing you at Mala.

We have FREE valet parking nightly.

Practice Aloha

1307 Front St.
Lahaina, HI 96761
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Seafood, Pan-Asian

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm;

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm

Happy Hour: Daily: 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Cross Street:
Kapunakea

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 667-9394

Website:
http://www.malaoceantavern.com/

Catering:
sorry we do not do any catering

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.

Executive Chef:
Mark Ellman

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Mala Ocean Tavern - Lahaina Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (68)
Scenic View (63)
Local Ingredients (42)
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Casual (36)
Fit for Foodies (34)
Great for Outdoor Dining (33)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Good for a Date (29)
Romantic (29)
Special Occasion (24)
Authentic (21)
Fun (17)
Healthy (17)
Cozy (15)
Hot Spot (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Comfort Food (6)
People Watching (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Business Meals (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Organic (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great Beer (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tapas (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vegan (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined 2 days ago

We have been coming to Mala since their second year open. It has always been one of our most favorites. Unfortunately Blair the manager is gone as is most of the familiar staff.
We haven't seen a new or exciting thing on the menu in years. So the menu is old and tired.
The one thing that is still amazing is the ahi bruschetta which we can also get at Honu.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 3 days ago

Good food, friendly atmosphere.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 3 days ago

Always a perfect meal. Bloody Mary’s here are the best ever.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Columbus)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food, service and ocean view. Highly recommend.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Aside from being seated right at water's edge, there is reason to go to this restaurant. Food is good, but overpriced and the place is really a dump. We have been to Mala's many times, but will not be going back.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Absolutely awesome, this restaurant never lets you down.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Waterfront, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Local Ingredients
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The food here is good but definitely overpriced. We drove from Wailea to dine here and were seated at a middle table on the deck. We saw the sunset but had too many people sitting between us and the water to take a nice photo. I’m glad we went because we’d heard such good things, but will not be coming back. Nice plus was the free valet parking since street parking filled up by 5pm.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Waterfront restaurant right next to the water and waves. Delicious foods. Excellent service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Third time i’ve been, and always a pleasure. A must for those hanging in West Maui.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Business Meals
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Every dish was amazing!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Ocean view, casual setting, foods are excellent. Services are awesome! Flourless chocolate beet tarts are amazing! We love it.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 13, 2017

First, the food was great.

We had a reservation, but were seated near the entry door. The hostess station was right behind us, and customers waiting for tables were lingering right over my shoulder. Get a table on the patio; wait for one if you must.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants! We were fortunate to get the best seat in the house but our waiter appeared rushed and fish was overcooked. I would still highly recommend but be vocal early if you're not getting the best service!

Tags: Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food is good but they need more vegetarian and vegan options. The tables are too close together.

Tags: Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Waterfront
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Sara was an excellent server and her
recommendations from the menu were terrific.

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Waterfront, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Food was excellent. Waiter too touchy feely.
Cocktails just OK. Overpriced and overrated.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Fish Stir fry was excellent and more than plenty to eat.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Wonderful setting right on the ocean at the north end of Lahaina. Good service, good food and good value. We were there at Happy Hour which includes a full sandwich menu and very good appetizers and bar bites.

Tags: Great Beer, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

The ahi buschetta is I credible. The Aiii mushrooms are a most. We had the seafood pasta. Coming here for 10 years

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Loved the warm olives as an appetizer. We split a dinner. The food was a little pricey and they charged us an additional $3.00 to split our entrée. They probably gave us a little extra portions of our side dishes with the split for the three dollar up charge .

Overall I would come back again. It was difficult to find a parking spot even at 5 PM .

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Always love this location and the food never disappoints! Can’t wait for our next trip to Maui to go back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Loved it - we were quick in and out and sat at the bar. Great bar host with great attitude. Tables are a little tight once we got to our table not love meeting people so it great. Chip and salsa were phenomenal. Over all good experience.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Romantic, Waterfront, Cozy, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We've been dining here, while on our yearly visit to Maui, since the opening. This year was disappointing from the moment we arrived. We made reservations a month in advance, but couldn't be seated on the patio. We were told they just got slammed, so we had to sit inside by the door. Our cocktails were not very good. My Mai Tai didn't even taste like one. The waiter made an admitted mistake on one of our meals & had to send it back. The 3 of us were almost finished by the time our friend's meal came out & then it was awful & he didn't eat it. The waiter should've just taken it off the bill. Not sure if we'll try it again. The staff just didn't seem to care if we were there or not & the food was just mediocre.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great ambiance, awesome sunset view.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Amazing food, service and atmosphere! We’ve never missed an opportunity to dine at Mala’s when visiting Maui. It’s worth the wait to be seated on the deck next to the ocean breakers and scenery.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Gluten Free Options, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Organic, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Healthy, Casual, Hot Spot, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

No special table was available to us even though we stated in our reservation that it was Anniversary. That said, the service was good and the food was incredible.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants in Lahaina both for lunch or dinner
Food is always wonderful
Been coming here since they opened

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food as always. Service wonderful. Sometimes seating is difficult especially if larger parties but the food is worth it.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Casual, Business Meals, Fun, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Waiter Carlos was great- great recommendations, service, and just fun to talk to about world food and travel. The whole wok fried fish was the bomb. Thanks!

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 3, 2017

After many years of Lahaina dining Mala is still my favorite. The friendly staff and the consistently great food/drink make it so.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great food imaginatively prepared. Good variety, something to suit everyone. Good service. Busy but relaxed atmosphere. Quite pricey, but worth it.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Waitress was rude. Complained that we turned the table so we can enjoy the view better. The mai tai was the worst we’ve had. Ordered gado-gado from the Happy Hour menu. It was average. We were going to have dinner there, but decided not to stay because of the poor service & bad drinks. We had dinner in a much better restaurant & were glad we did that.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Dinner was delicious! Family friends recommended the restaurant for a nice night out during our honeymoon. It was a perfect night! Great food, wine, beer, and environment! Be prepared to spend some money but it's worth every cent... especially on a special occasion!

Tags: Cozy, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

😩😩😩😩I’m so sorry to hear that just once went the place!! The food was amazing taste for me!! And the sunset very gooooooood!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent brunch!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We come to Mala every year for our anniversary. We had requested an outside corner table but, were informed that the surf was rough and they weren’t seating along the outer edge. We spoke with the manager who said if they opened up that area she would seat us there and in the mean time we could sit inside. She was very short, actually unkind about it. We sat and had wonderful service from Annie & the food of course was delicious. The manager never came back to offer moving us outside as, seats opened. Instead, she sat others outside. (The edge area never did open up and there wasn’t a drop of water that splashed on that area, the entire time we were there. My guess is someone at some point complained and so, they are more cautious. However, it doesn’t excuse the poor customer service that the manager gave us.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great meal, good service, fresh food, excellent drink menu.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Casual, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Our waiter, John was wonderful. Made recommendations on dinner and dessert that were perfect for us. Great choices!

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Waterfront, Fun
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

I wanted to like this place but it was a real disappointment. It was our 25 wedding anniversary which we provided in the reservation information on Open Table. It was not acknowledged at all. In fact, potential rain caused a delay in ocean front seating. When the rain didn't come, I asked if we could be seated by the ocean. The head waiter said "sir, if you move, everyone in here will want to move." I told him was our 25th. The reply was "well, we have people here with birthdays and all kinds of things." We were ultimately seated ocean front but I felt like I had by for it. That response, coupled with mediocre meals (ribs were not very good) made for a disappointing time. Why do they ask you if you are there for a special occasion if it's not even acknowledged it ?

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Each time we visit Maui, we've come to Mala since its opening. We were lucky to again be seated next to the water to enjoy the waves and sunset. Service was fabulous and food delicious. The edamame salsa is so good, you need a 2nd bowl of chips! I love the seared tuna and the opakapaka outstanding too. No room for dessert this time tho there are several amazing ones on the menu. Lovely evening all around.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Special Occasion, Authentic
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