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Date
Thu, 4/19
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Mala Ocean Tavern - Lahaina

4.6
2494 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Top Tags:
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Local Ingredients

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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Seafood, Pan-Asian
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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
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Phone number
(808) 667-9394
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mark Ellman
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Catering
sorry we do not do any catering
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Kapunakea
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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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2494 People Are Saying
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4.6
service
4.5
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4.1
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 3 days ago

Mala's location and staff are exceptional. The restaurant is located on a bay that acts as a turtle refuge. It has wonderful views of the ocean and turtles from the outdoor deck. The hostess and wait staff were attentive, polite and pleasant. We were unfortunately however disappointed with the food overall. The Ahi Bruschetta was a sold appetizer however the seafood pasta and a seafood special, both priced right around $50 a piece, were just average. We had high expectations and left feeling as though we paid an excessive amount for a very average meal. We would not recommend this place. For the money, Lahaina Grill and Merriman's are FAR better choices.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Best drink on Maui and I’ve had a lot!!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Loved it from start to finish. One Time reservations, great table, wonderful waitress, fantastic food.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Love this place. Our Seafood Asian pasta and a whole wok fried fish was phenomenal! Drink was very refreshing and we love it too.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The fish is very good,well prepared clams marvelous. We will return every chance we get. Great bar and wait staff.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The food was amazing! We had filet and fish dishes and both were outstanding! The special dessert was unbelievable too. We loved everything about Mala!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Recommended by a friend that has home in Maui.., did not disappoint! Wonderful Oceanside eatery! Great service and wonderful meal!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Just finished our left over ribs tonight and they were still amazing. Everything so flavorful, you just know it is top quality produce and meat selections.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We had a wonderful dining experience. The service was fast and friendly. The food was amazing.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Only issue with Mala is the challenge to find parking. Service was absolutely exceptional and food fantastic

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Service was awesome, unfortunately, They did not have their signature dish, which I was looking forward to since the last time I visited, However, I love their Greek Salad. I ordered a large one and it was delicious from start to finish. Great atmosphere and Amazing food. We Will always have a meal there, when we return to Maui, Which is often.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Excellent as always

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

The perfect bustling scene with a stunning view and very best local ingredients. Love Mala! Always go once or twice when visiting Maui.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We had been recommended to try Malta’s for the Ahi Bruschetta. It was very good but not worth the $34 price as an appetizer to share. The fish chowder was excellent. The decor left a lot to be desired but the location over the water more than of Lahaina was very nice. Our waitress was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We always dine at Mala when in Maui. Never disappoints! Always delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Lovely. Ocean front. Delicious food

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great table by the water. Kind staff. Delicious! Perfect place to bring my teenagers.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Wonderful people. Wonderful food. And a location that can’t be beat.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

A great dining experience
Food was creative and delicious
Staff was super friendly and helpful
Ambiance...what can you say. Patio table seaside is pretty awesome
And..check out Mark's website. Great story

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We haven’t been to Mala for a couple of years because we keep going to Honu which we love instead. We are so glad that we returned to Mala for lunch. They continue to be as terrific as we remembered. The food, service, view and overall experience was outstanding!

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

I gave 3 stars because my family and friend's highly recommend Mala's and have had good experiences so I'm treating my experience as an anomaly. I had made a reservation a week in advance and specifically put on the reservation that my fiancee and I are celebrating an engagement and we were hoping to get a table by the water. When we arrived, they weren't able to give us an ocean side table. They said it is just on a first come first serve basis but what really confused me was that a few minutes after we were seated (we had only just opened the menu), an ocean side table opened up. When I asked if we could have it, they said another party was coming in 10 minutes that they were giving that table to. We decided to leave before eating because this wasn't the way we wanted to be treated as we celebrated our engagement. We went to Merriman's and had a phenomenal experience. The staff at Merriman's were enthusiastic, went out of their way to get us an oceanside table, and made it feel like a true celebration.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great little gem in Lahaina! A bit off the path from the shops, however that kept most of the touristy crowd away. Right on the water, great drinks and a fabulous burger! 4 stars on the service and value because of where we were.... "Hawaiian time" is a real thing, even in the service industry; value- everything is expensive in Maui! Will return!

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1.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Maybe we just caught it on a bad night, but unfortunately our waiter made it a pretty poor experience. Waiter was borderline rude right off the bat. It took a long time to take our order. Entrees didn't come out until way after our appetizers and all of our food was overcooked and dry when it did come out. Nobody apologized when I voiced concern including the manager. Only high note was the appetizers were good.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great atmosphere being right on the ocean. Gorgeous sunset. Food was lovely. Servers v nice and attentive

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Great meal while watching the sunset. Super attentive staff. Great food for the kids and adults. The fried chicken and ribs were fantastic.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Very Good Food ! Fantastic oceanfront location . Small but nice. Very Good Service ,Friendly and helpful staff. No place to park but do offer free Valet parking. Go experience and enjoy yourself!

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

After Easter Church service.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Highly recommended and a disappointment to us when we had so so few days

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Second time at this great restaurant. Food is unreal and the staff are pros. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Ahi bruschetta was amazing! I could have made that my meal! The seared ahi dinner was fantastic. We sat at the bar and our server/bartender made the experience. He was spot on with his suggestions, had great stories and made it fun! If you have an ocean view it’s amazing, the seating inside near the door has no atmosphere. The food speaks for itself.

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Overall average experience at Mala. We had high expectations for our last night of our babymoon and unfortunately, Mala did not rise to the occasion. We made reservations several weeks in advance and asked to be seated outside - that didn't happen. I also included the special occasion note - never acknowledged. Additionally, the waiter we had was borderline rude in his demeanor - no introduction, no welcome, just throws the menus on the table and later comes back to ask what we wanted. The food was average at best and overall, we left feeling immensely disappointed. Definitely do not recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Quaint ocean front with incredible views! The food was fabulous!! Highly recommend

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We love Mala!!! Every time we are in Maui we eat here!!!
Love the ahi Bruschetta, ceviche, ahi tuna Avalon!
Kids enjoyed their food!!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

A little gem of a place..

Service was good.. seems a little expensive..

Would go back for sure !!

Go early and watch the sunset!!

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

always nice to sit outside and look at the great view

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Always our favorite.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Mala is a must if you want to watch a sunset, drink delicious cocktails and eat truly amazing fresh food prepared just right. We always return to Mala when staying on the Kaanapali side of Maui. The owners also own Honu and now Frida , which are all next door. Can't go wrong with any of these and they are definitely the top food and restaurant experiences on the island. And you get a great sticker that says "practice aloha" which is on my suitcase and constantly inspires me.

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2.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Went here for lunch. Fish was fresh but not much taste . For the price, I expected better. View was amazing. Saw turtles flopping out in the water. Waiter was not very welcoming.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Creative dishes, Oceanside view, very fair prices

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Beautiful views, location, ambiance. Food is outstanding. Great service.

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