We go to Mala’s once or twice for lunch every time we are on Maui and are never disappointed. The three of us started with the oyster shooters and then ordered one full order of the ahi bruschetta (4 pieces) and a second half order so each of us could have two. Always fabulous. The mushroom appetizer and an order of the octopus (tako) salad rounded it out for us. Oh yeah, there was the mai tai. Lunch is our preferred time for the view and it isn’t really crowded during the week.
Catered very well to gluten free menu
Overpriced as my friend had trouble finding any octopus in his octopus salad
Ahi brochette excellent
Always a pleasure to return to this oceanfront restaurant. Love the nightly dinner specials and service is always "on point". The only negative is the small parking lot. We saw they are advertising "free valet" nightly but we did not utilize this service.
Wonderful experience. Great Caesar, who bruscetta. View, ambiance. Authentic homey place. Highly recommend
Excellent food. Waiter seemed rushed. Very difficult to understand what he was saying.
Service was prompt and attentive. Food quality was excellent. Noise level was very loud, difficult to have a conversation and not a place for a private conversation.
Service was not great. Sitting next to bathroom was horrible AND WAITER FORGOT ABOUT US. WOULD NOT GO AGAIN. LOST MY BUSINESS
One of our favourite restaurants. Always great. Great food and service. Beautiful night. Sometimes not the greatest table but food and service makes up for it. Consistent. All 3 of the restaurants are wonderful and don’t disappoint.
It wasn’t great..... there wasn’t any parking, we had to park over at Safeway. The food was over priced, and the selection wasn’t great. However it is right on the water. But it’s crowded. We could hear other tables conversations and they could hear ours. (kinda like eating at the airport) Not a very comfortable atmosphere, or good experience
The views from our table were beautiful. The service is top notch - our waitress expertly guided us through the menu and helped us with our choices. We began with sharing the Burrata. My wife chose the Ahi dish and I had the Seafood Pasta: DELICIOUS.
Came here during a vacation. After several so-so hotel restaurant dinners, came here and was pleasantly surprised. Had superb fish. Try to get table on balcony and enjoy the seaside. Respectable choice of wines by glass.
Celebrated our 20 year anniversary while in Maui. We heard about this place from someone we met in Oahu, he told us it was his favorite restaurant. We were not disappointed at all. Food was fantastic the view by the water was gorgeous. We will definitely be going back on our next vacation.
5 Star. Every dish was amazing. Funky vibe-Maui cool. Not to miss!
The Ahi bruschetta is wonderful. Best appetizer in all of Maui. I ordered it for my main course and it was amazing!
Great food, cozy and casual. The bartender was very attentive and so nice
We almost walked out of Mala Ocean Tavern because the hostess wandered around the restaurant and didn't come to the hostess stand even after we (and others) waited for 10 minutes. And although we were on time for our 1pm reservation, the hostess sat several other walk-ins before getting us a table at 1:15pm. It was as if the hostess didn't care whether anyone was waiting or not, didn't greet anyone, and seemed to be otherwise engaged.
Once we were seated, however, Nestor (our server), did a great job. Food was good, ocean view was terrific and it was a gorgeous day.
The scenery was beautiful, the food delicious, and the staff were welcoming. Great quality restaurant.
Amazing in every single way! Service food water front and sound of water
Food is outrageous!
Our go to place in Maui. Best seafood on the island and a wonderful local charm. Don't let the exterior of the building fool you, the food and people are amazing. Practice Aloha is their mantra and it's true.
Mala is a gem. It overlooks the ocean and we got there early for Sunday brunch so we were unrushed. The food was great, I had the brioche French toast and my husband had an omelette. The coffee was wonderful and they came by multiple times to refill. The wait staff was very accommodating and customized our order perfectly. We will definitely go here again.
The food is always amazing. My disappointment was from making a reservation and expecting a table on the ocean front balcony. Unfortunately, we got a table by the front door.
We visit Mala every time we come to Maui and it never disappoints! The food is excellent and the place has such a good vibe. We requested ocean side and were practically in the water and that’s what we love about this place ! It is a real gem, highly recommend reservations! We are here for another 10 days and know we will go back, will drag hubby with me ! Now I want to try Honu !
Wonderful in all ways! Fresh fish amazing! Great wine list. Superb service.
On holiday in Maui, it was a great location to watch the sunset. The ahi bruschetta was amazing, the service was fun and very attentive. We enjoyed the evening thoroughly.
We live on Oahu and visit Maui once or twice a year and ALWAYS visit Mala's for an enjoyable
sunset drink and dinner. We saw Mark, the owner, come out of the kitchen and survey the restaurant - a sign of any well run restaurant ! Keep up the great work Mark, we really appreciate your venue- see you soon again !
Wonderful meal, great view. One of my new spots
Although a bit windy sat outside and had a wonderful dinner with a great view and even saw a few 🐢
I've been to Maui several times and always drove by Mala. I'm so glad we went twice this trip. The service is fantastic and the food is phenomenal. Great views right on the water. Can't wait to go again!
We were excited to try Mala: BIG disappointment. The food was pedestrian, the cocktails ordinary, and the entrees unsatisfactory and served cold. Stay away and save your money! or go enjoy the waterfront setting with a glass of wine and share an appetizer. One of the worst restaurant meals I have ever had.
(No, we did not complain. We were celebrating an anniversary and have practiced the 24-hour rule for our 30-year marriage: nobody complains for at least 24-hours after the meal. Our enjoyment comes from being together, no matter how distasteful the food. Mala tested our resolve. But we were proud of ourselves not ruining our evening in Maui.)
Consistently has great food and service. It is right on the ocean so you could very possibly see a turtle in water 30 feet away or maybe a whale spouting/breaching in the distance. Highly recommend the Caramel Miranda dessert, has a couple of baby coconuts the size of a grape on top of a variety of fresh local fruit, ice cream and chocolate thin base.
We ALWAYS book a sunset dinner at Mala when we are in Maui. It's one of our favorites and has never disappointed us. Carlos is our favorite waiter!
This place is grossly overpriced, looks like a diner (no ambience), extremely loud, most things on the menu are odd and would not appeal to the average person, the cocktails were horrible and the wait staff was not very friendly. All in all, an expensive, unhappy dining experience.
Arrived for happy hour and stayed for dinner. The menu has not changed in years but they still put out quality food. Love sitting outside (screened in) and listening to the waves and seeing the ocean. I had the fish sandwich and it was really good. The rose sangria is really good as well. We go every year and will be back.
Best food on Maui! Everything is delicious – Honu, Frida, Malayou can’t do better! Great wine list too.
From the time we entered till the last sip of our root beer float we enjoyed every minute of our dining experience here at MALA! Great friendly service, amazing ocean front views. We had the Ahi Bruschetta at the suggestions our waitress Kathrine who was fantastic! Bruschetta was heavenly and so was the Avalon Ahi sashimi entree with a ginger sauce you could drink. Overall I would highly recommend eating at MALA . We are
Definitely going to before we leave for the states
A must try. We are going back
Excellent meal!! We could not have asked for s more enjoyable evening! The food was great..ahi, roasted beet salad and the fish and chips. Fabulous wines as well!!
Food here is incredibly amazing, the Ahi Bruschetta is out of the world and HIGHLY recommended! View is wonderful sitting right on the beach. Service was very attentive and our waitress had excellent suggestions from the drink and food menu!
Mala is always great. Kinda pricey and usually packed, but worth it.
I eat at Mala every time I'm in Maui at least 2-3 times. Always amazing