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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

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (73)
Waterfront (69)
Local Ingredients (46)
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Casual (37)
Great for Outdoor Dining (35)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Good for a Date (33)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Authentic (30)
Special Occasion (27)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
Romantic (24)
Healthy (23)
Fun (22)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Cozy (20)
Hot Spot (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Great for Brunch (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Organic (9)
Tapas (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Business Meals (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
People Watching (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Seasonal (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Spicy (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Sports (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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 (Tahoe)·Dined 2 days ago

Mala Tavern was a delicious restaurant with plenty to choose from. Their wine list and craft beer list was also vey good. The only minor complaint was that it was very noisy which made it hard to have a conversation sometimes. The free Valet parking was also very helpful.
Most of all, the food was delicious, healthy and fulfilling! It’s definitely a fantastic restaurant and I highly recommend going there.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Organic, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Fun
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·Dined 3 days ago

Love this restaurant. Food is creative and wonderfully prepared. Great service by friendly wait staff. Drinks are unique and great as well

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 3 days ago

Right on the water and we were lucky to be given a table on the waters edge! We started with the Ahi Bruschetta, so fantastic, not to be missed, my husband doesn't even like ahi and he loved it! Shared Chinese Chicken Salad and the Asian Pasta, both outstanding! Unfortunately there was no room for desert but they looked great. Tarren our server was excellent! So far our best meal on Maui!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined 5 days ago

Loved sitting outside. I think it would have been a much less desirable experience if we were inside. The food was delicious.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

We had visited Mala years ago and had an AMAZING dining experience on multiple occasions. We were excited to share this restaurant experience with our family and unfortunately were ALL left very disappointed. The service was good however maybe too good, meaning the food came out so quickly that we all felt like we were being rushed! It was like speed dating with food. I’d like the staff at Mala to take a page from the Italians and allow the dinning experience to be more of an event! The food was over sauced and over seasoned almost as if they were trying to hide the real flavor of the fresh food.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Great view ,Great Staff,Great Food Always a pleasure to return

Tags: Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Authentic
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·Dined 6 days ago

We were just married yesterday. I put that comment in my reservation. Unfortunately no one working at the restaurant acknowledged it. But perhaps so many people get married in Maui that it’s not a big deal. Would have been nice though.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

It definitely feels like Mala is resting on their view a bit too much. The view is gorgeous but the food and service are unimpressive. If you are spending $50 on a steak, you expect service that is in line with that, not Applebees level casual, non-attentive service. Paper napkins. Casual servers and very high prices. I do not mind paying for excellent service and food but Mala doesn't have it.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

Mala has a fine location but fell short for me and my wife. Very nice waiter but he didn't communicate well with the kitchen...not a huge deal but for the price?

Having said that the waiter was a nice guy....I think the kitchen was making his life a bit difficult.

Food that we received was done nicely but not really what we ordered.

I probably wouldn't go back, given the chance.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We live in California and vacation here on Maui every year. We ALWAYS come to Mala and Mark Ellman’s restaurants as the food is amazing. Delicious, creative, flavorful.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Happy Hour
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Amazing! A must try! The Ahi was fantastic and the service was impeccable ! We will return!

Tags: Good for Groups, Spicy, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Great food and great views!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food was great; service indifferent. Noise very loud and distracting. Would recommend to a friend with full disclosure.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Fantastic! Great food and view!!

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Mala was incredibly interesting. We had an ocean view and fantastically unique cuisine. Can't wait to return.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Tapas, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great waiter and the food was great

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

This place never disappoints. We had a party of 9 then went down to 6 and the two were an hour late. They were super nice about it.

Food was amazing as always! Service was great!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Great meal. Inventive, creative and well executed. Staff that has knowledge on how to do everything from seating people to exposing the menu, food and preparations.

Excellent experience from start to end.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 3, 2018

One of my favourite restaurants. Go frequently but disappointed in seating. Make reservations but table is not often the best. Love the food and service. Love the bruschetta. Food is consistently wonderful and great wine selection.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always great food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food and service were outstanding. We come to Maui once a year, and we always make a point to eat here!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The views are so peaceful and beautiful! We had the coconut shrimp and macaroni and cheese (very very rich but delicious) along with some mai tais and couldn't have asked for a better lunch atmosphere. FYI- t save some room for dessert and ry the banana macadamia nut bread pudding!

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

We gave 10% of the amount due as a tip. They gave it back to us since it seemed to be not enough for them.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food and service were excellent!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great meal, great view! We arrived in Lahaina on Christmas day. We were concerned that Mala may not be a good place for such a meal. We were wrong. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The staff was attentive and courteous. The food was very good. Even our 7 year old who was tired after a long flight from the mainland, gave Mala a thumbs up!

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Hot Spot, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Boise)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I read the reviews and this restaurant sounded like a must try. Save you time and money. The 26.00 fish sandwich was a joke! The food is very over priced for the taste. Highly disappointed

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Perfect view and food selections.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Wow......fantastic food......great drinks,....beautiful setting.....

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We always include Mala when visiting Maui. Practice Aloha!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

On Maui for a multigenerational family vacation. The setting was perfect in a vacation kind of way. Comfortable, beautiful view, festive. Our waitress handled us all - from toddler to grandparents - like a pro. For Maui it was reasonably priced. Casual but a real restaurant. Complimentary valet parking was nice though we didn't know it was there and parked ourselves and it was easy to find a spot. The food was good, not hugely memorable for those of us who live in foodie cities, but the food and the atmosphere, cocktails, view and service made for a wonderful night. Would definitely come back if we came to Maui again.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Used to really love this place but will drop it off my list of places to eat while on Maui. Food seems just so-so and not worth the price.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We loved the food, energy and ambiance. Will definitely return next time we’re in Maui.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fun, Healthy
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Unfortunately this dining experience wasn't the same as in the past... fish dinner wasn't as good as in the paat.. not a fan of side dishes either

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We are very frequent Maui visitors and declare this place in our truly top Tier of Restaurants. Will come at least 2-3 times per trip

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Romantic oceanfront sunset dining with great food and rose!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

One of our must do restaurants on Maui (or sister restaurant Honu). Best places to watch sunset and sea turtles. Food and cocktails are first rate, servers are always friendly and helpful. They have the best manilla clams anywhere. We’ll be back next year.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Second time at Mala,
The first was poor as we wer3 seated right at the entrance beside the cash register at a plastic covered bench and table. Our meal was served with people standing right in front of us with their back to us. That was in 2025
We decided to give it another try this, December 2017.
This time seated eater the ocean and with a very attentive server. Chose a half bottle of Californian Pinot noir which was quit good. The rest of the wine list was not great and the “house special” brands were incredibly priced. Over $40 for a glass of blended Bordeaux red.
The shared starter, coconut shrimp was quite good but so heavy on th3 shrimp that one could not really taste the shrimp. My wife had a chicken dish that was quite good but far too much. We noticed that almost all diners were taking home “doggy” bags. I made the mistake of having “baby back ribs”. I had already had a nu bet of fish dishes on the island. The menu did mention peanut in the accompanying . All zi can say is the baby must have been very old. They wer OK, but the accompanying veggies and potatoes were very over spiced and had a lot of peanut in there. Maybe they were trying to do Thai style!
Overall disappointing. Maybe we try it again in a few more years time.

Tags: Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 13, 2017

What alovely time we had with our seats right by the ocean. The asian inspired seafood pasta was a must experience. Everybit as good the next day as leftovers also.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 12, 2017

This place is incredible! We sat next to the ocean breeze and soft waves going in and out. The food was exquisite. We had a whole Parrot Fish for $69. Perfect dinner for two.

Tags: Business Meals, Hot Spot, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 11, 2017

We go to Marla's whenever in Maui - about 5 times in 10 years. It has never let us down. Great food, well served in a lovely, casual but nice environment. Beautiful waterside setting!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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