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MALA - Wailea Beach Marriott Resort

3.7
432 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
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  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic

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About

Chef Mark Ellman of Avalon fame and Chef/Owner of Maui Tacos, who also owns the orginal Mala Ocean Tavern in Lahaina, has joined forces with his long time partner Shep Gordon and opened a Southside outpost of Mala. Aptly called Mala Wailea at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Island of Lanai.

Our delightful restaurant offers stunning sunset vistas over the Pacific – every seat has an ocean view. Chef Sheldon Simeon, finalist and fan favorite on Top Chef Seattle has joined Chef Mark Ellman to continue the Mala tradition of making great food organic, healthy, fresh, and delicious. With an authentic menu of Mediterranean and Pacific Rim cuisine, our beautifully crafted dishes will please the palates of your most revered guests.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Organic, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Sunday - Saturday: 6:30am - 11:00am; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Migrant: 5pm - 10pm
Lounge Happy Hour 4PM-6PM
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Phone number
(808) 875-9394
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sheldon Simeon
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Private party facilities
Thank you for considering Mala Wailea for your private party.
Mala Wailea is available for groups large and small; full restaurant
buyouts and wedding rehearsal dinners, to intimate birthday parties.

Our delightful restaurant offers stunning sunset vistas over
the Pacific – every seat has an ocean view. We are pleased to
continue the Mala tradition of making great food organic, healthy,
fresh, and delicious. With an authentic menu of Mediterranean
and Pacific Rim cuisine, our beautifully crafted dishes will please the
palates of your most revered guests.

The Mala Wailea team looks forward to working with you for your special event.
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Private party contact
Matt Godfrey or Melanie Wicker: (808) 875-9394
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Catering
Please call for details.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
FREE Marriott Wailea Valet Parking Ask host or wait staff to validate
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Public transit
Kihei Islander bus line stops in front of the Shops at Wailea, just in front of the Marriott. Mala Restaurant is located on the ocean front of the Marriott, Wailea. Just walk through the main lobby and you'll see our lounge, with the restaurant ramp to your left.
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Entertainment
Spectacular ocean view dining every night!
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Special events & promotions
Whether you're celebrating a Wedding rehearsal or reception, Business Dinner, or Birthday, Mala, Wailea has fresh, delicious cuisine, with an ocean view from every table! We can customize a set menu to please any palate. Please contact Melanie Wicker Mala Group Events Manager at 808.875.9394.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
3.7  based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.8
service
4.0
ambience
3.2
value
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69% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBlou (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on May 7, 2016

So sorry they are closing! The meals, service and views were all spectacular!

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vipMaryT (Dallas)
3.0  Dined on May 4, 2016

I had the beef carpaccio appetizer,it was delicious.We both had the mahimahi it was well prepared.As we were the only reservation for Mala,they were not open and served us in the adjoining restaurant-The Mercantile which was much more casual and served pork rinds and dip instead of rolls or bread!Would have been nice if they let us know before we got there.
These 2 restaurants are closing and Roy's is taking them over.Can't happen soon enough.

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Xyzz (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on April 19, 2016

Restaurant is closing May 15 as the hotel changes direction. Shame. Great food. Kimo was our waiter - he was outstanding - friendly. great attention to detail. If restaurants in Lahaina run by same team are as good - then worth the trip. Outstanding.

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vipJimbo (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on March 27, 2016

It's not anything like the one in Lahina.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on February 18, 2016

The original chef has moved on and the current chef is phasing out the restaurant. This was very apparent in our experience—the restaurant felt like an unwanted older child that was just being kept around. Our server was lovely and a lot of the food was fine, but only just fine.

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vipburly (Denver)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

We have stayed at the Marriott many times when traveling to Maui and have enjoyed the meal service. Now that we live on the island, we thought we would return to be treated special, as if we were vacationers. We went to dinner on Valentine's Day. The menu was nothing more than their regular menu, but prices inflated. Mind you, the food is very good--we had the special fish of the day and it was amazing! The beet salad is very small and we had their signature dessert which was not all that pleasing. There are not many people at this restaurant. It seems that the hotel's other restaurant has more of a following. We will probably enjoy another hotel for our special evenings at dinner. Good, but...

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Jack (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2016

The sweet potatoes were awesome. The salmon was cooked perfectly. I really enjoyed the entire experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
2.0  Dined on January 10, 2016

We have been to Mala's in Lahini many times and always loved the food, so we booked our reservation on the assumption we were about to have a great meal! Soooo disappointed!! My tuna poke, no flavor, had to ask for chili sauce! My husband ordered the ribs, they had a good sauce but were a chalky dry texture as if they had been reheated too often! I ordered the short ribs, they were also dry, not that beautiful falling apart tender juicy meat that short ribs should be, also the mashed potatoes they were served on were cold. We did tell our server our concerns, just so they could take it back and make improvements. We were not looking for compensation, but they did take our mains off the bill. But we would have rather had a good meal.

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vipsassycactus (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on January 9, 2016

The staff was very engaged, food was great and the Brussels's sprouts are de-lish. As Phoenicians, we enjoyed seeing pictures of one of the multiple owners, Mr. Furnier (Alice Cooper) that help keep jobs in the Wailea economy. We've long known Mr. Furnier and family have been life long supporters of many charities. We are most happy to be MaLa patrons - rock on :)

Mahalo nui loa,

xo

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vip2ndCity (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on December 25, 2015

We have had better experiences at this restaurant previously. Having that said, the meal we are reviewing was the Christmas buffet. While there was supposed to be a decent selection, what was left was average. By the time they had replaced the ribs and prime rib that was out, (it took approximately 25 minutes) I had moved on to Luke warm Mahi-Mahi lemon and shrimp, crab legs and tuna poke (which was decent) and did not have much of an appetite for much else. My wife and daughter of were less pleased. The salad bar was "run through" and somewhat unkept as was much of the buffet. We had a 7:30 pm reservation. When I mentioned to our server that we were ready for the check and that after waiting in the beef station line unsuccessfully for prime rib - she brought me the check and some prime rib and baabyback ribs. In my mind while it was certainly a nice gesture, it was too little too late as I no longer had an appetite and was ready to leave. Needless to say, no discount off of the $59.95 adult buffet price or $25.00 12 and under price for my daughter.

Would have to seriously consider returning as there are other options equal and better nearby. Meal was below average. Service was barely acceptable (we bussed our own plates to the empty table next to us), price was unfair as we were not given essentially what we had paid for, food average - overall experience - disappointing.

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jh11 (Calgary)
1.0  Dined on December 25, 2015

Our family Christmas dinner was booked at the Mala at 7:15pm December 25th and it was beyond disappointing. The salad bar was poorly maintained and we did not have any prime rib or ribs available to us when we went through the buffet. It was loud, and the food that was available was not hot and not good. Our bill was over $500 and we feel that we could have had a far superior meal elsewhere. We mentioned to the staff that we were not happy and they were slightly apologetic, but we will not be back.

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vipFoodisfun (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on December 25, 2015

We went on Christmas, expecting Mala, not a Marriott Buffet. We have dined at Mala in Lahaina a dozen times and it is always a favorite dinner during our trip. This year we decided to stay in Wailea and saved Mala for our last night. I was furious that we showed up for an awful buffet! My 14 year old attempted to eat practically bleeding prime rib and the rest of us returned to the table with empty plates. The host felt badly (I was furious but nice about it) so he asked the chef to make me an appetizer of the ahi bruschetta off the Mala menu (I mentioned that I have that at the other Mala every time) and my other boys were able to order burgers. It was so nice of them to bring me the bruschetta (and didn't charge me) but it was all I ate so I was hungry. The buffet dessert looked like a Disneyland picked over buffet- yuck. The ambience is a hotel dining room, not the cool restaurant like they have in Lahaina. So sad that if we stick with Wailea instead of the Kaanapali side of the island in the future that We won't be dining at Mala. Our waiter, Zach, and one of the hosts, Tom, were very apologetic that we showed up for the buffet and were very nice about it. The other host could have cared less. Go to mala in Lahaina- it is awesome.

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vipSkydog (Hawaii)
3.0  Dined on December 24, 2015

Mala's two sister restaurants in Lahaina, which I have been to many times, Hono and Mala, are both excellent with many interesting menu items, reasonable prices and good portion sizes. But Mala Wailea at the Marriott was a big disappointment. I thought the menu was limited and quite expensive. I had an opakapaka (red snapper) dish that was $40 and came with two really small pieces of fish. It was tasty but not enough to eat. I was hungry and asked for some rice and was charged extra for it. There are many other places to eat in South Maui which offer a much better dining experience. Pluses are the view and very good service.

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vipBryanC (Dallas)
2.0  Dined on November 26, 2015

Dined on thanksgiving day and was surprised to find a $60 per person buffet in place of the regular menu. Wish we would have known that prior because we would have dined elsewhere. It was standard cruise ship buffet food but at a crazy high price. What a waste of a dinner especially considering I had picked this restaurant because the regular menu looked amazing!

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on November 24, 2015

Went there for our last night dinner before our vacation ended. Our server was very attentive, knew his product, and was accommodating, my only complaint was my girlfriend bought gift certificates from Costco with the intention of using them for our dinner. When we went to pay, our server informed us that they were only good for the Lahaina location, the restaurant needs to ensure that this is clearly stated, our server informed us that it happens all the time. More clarification needs to be addressed or include this location as well. Since we were staying near Kihea, we wouldn't have bought the gift certificates and possibly not have gone to the restaurant.

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