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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

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (71)
Waterfront (70)
Local Ingredients (42)
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Casual (36)
Great for Outdoor Dining (33)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Good for a Date (30)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Romantic (27)
Special Occasion (25)
Authentic (22)
Healthy (21)
Fun (17)
Cozy (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Hot Spot (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Organic (6)
Business Meals (5)
People Watching (5)
Tapas (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Great Beer (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (Hawaii)·Dined 3 days ago

Absolutely delicious Ahi entre!!! Recommended by a friend. Fabulous ocean front dining.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was very good but very small seating area & noise level made it difficult to have a normal conversation

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Our server was great. She brought me a dish of special chickpeas from next door restaurant HoNu. Thank you!!Very knowledgeable and upbeat. Nice wine. Beet salad is currently great here. I had Asian fried chicken. Sauce was a taste sensation! My husband had sashimi ahi and thought it was wonderful.

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·Dined on December 5, 2017

This restaurant was horrible. We ate lunch and all ordered ahi tuna bruschetta Two small pieces of tuna on each plate and none of us could cut it. It was so full of of grizzle. You would think the waitress would notice the bread was eaten and tuna was left on everyone's plate.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Good food good service

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We actually heard about the restaurant from a local when we were up in Honalua Bay. We were very happy with our experience. We had a table right beside the ocean, where we were able to watch the sunset, and enjoy a great meal. The dinner was wonderful. It was a little noisy for those of us who are a little hard of hearing, but it was any easy trade off to be just feet from the ocean breaking on the rocks.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Fabulous food, fantastic service, beautiful setting!

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent meal & service. Disappointed that even though we had a reservation, we had poor table choices.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 30, 2017

This was our favorite restaurant during our week on Maui! The food was delicious, the service was fantastic and the ambiance was perfect. The location right on the water is nice too - very relaxing vibe. The cheese garlic flatbread was ah-mazing! My friend ordered the fresh snapper and loved it.

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Casual, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, People Watching
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

We'd heard how wonderful the food is here, and loved our dinner at Frida's, their sister restaurant. We were underwhelmed however. The chips with salsa and edamame hummus were delicious, and my ceviche was excellent (though quite salty). The rest of the meal - Greek salad and Cesar, and calamari were all just fine. Nothing special, especially for the cost.

Highlights include the view and location on the water which is wonderful, service was great, and the flourless chocolate cake was fabulous!

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Service was amazing. Appetizers were good and the fresh fish dinner was also, However, the ribs were horrible, like no meat at all on them. My husband and I had them and got a few bites of meat from all 6/7 of them. Left so hungry.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

A trip to Maui is incomplete without brunch at Mala! The Mala Benny is out of this world...try it with the lamb sausage! View is unbelievable...turtles surfing right before your eyes. Service is always great.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Brunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food is always excellent. The service was impeccable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Organic, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Good food, friendly atmosphere.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 21, 2017

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 on November 21, 2017

Great food, service and ocean view. Highly recommend.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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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·Dined on November 17, 2017

My husband and I made a reservation because we heard about the signature dessert, Caramel Miranda, and we had to try it. As soon as we walked in, we loved the ambiance of the place. The food was out of the charts amazing. We had the octopus salad and quartet of hummus (big portion). Everything was very fresh and tasty. For dessert, we ordered the so famous caramel Miranda and the butterscotch de creme. Both desserts were to die for, but our favorite was the Miranda one because it was so unexpected. We also had the white chocolate martini, and we loved it! I would go back to Maui just to eat at Mala again. By far the best experience and eat on the island!

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Brunch
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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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