Mala Ocean Tavern

4.7
1143 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Open daily for brunch, lunch, happy hour, dinner, & late night! Award-winning Best Oceanfront Dining & for our exceptional service. Mala Ocean Tavern offers oceanfront dining, delicious culinary cocktails, excellent wine selection, and exceptional cuisine... all with a relaxed Maui feel.

Intimate and casually chic overlooking historic Mala Wharf... MALA is the perfect stop on Front Street to have brunch/lunch with friends or dinner with the whole family.

There are views from every seat at MALA & many of our guests request oceanfront or patio seating. We can NOT guarantee patio seating, but we do note the request and will do our best to accommodate every guest. If your heart is set on sitting on the patio, please know that you might have to wait past your reservation time to have your preferred seating. We do first come first serve for all seating. Due to COVID-19 we are operating at 50% Capacity, ALL table reservations are for one and a half hours.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1143 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service is extraordinary. The views are amazing! The food was delicious. Highly recommended by a handful of people so glad we tried it.

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vipPaulW
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal at Mala last night. Ahi bruschetta was excellent as was the seafood pasta my husband ordered which came with large prawns, clams, and assortment of fresh catch of the day. I had the paniolo salad which came with a huge perfectly cooked and sliced ribeye on top. The greens were fresh with just the perfect amount of chimichurri dressing. For dessert we ordered The malasadas were ok.

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OdetteA
Portland
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!!

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vipJamesD
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The hostess was not very friendly she actually was borderline rude. The waiter was excellent. The food was very average and disappointing.

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vipHelenK
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for breakfast

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and views were outstanding! The staff was so friendly! Great service!

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vipJJSD
Las Vegas
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Regularly have breakfast at Mala, usually once a week. It is always delicious, and the service is outstanding. Never mind the breathtaking scenery. This morning, our server actually brought us one of their delicious sticky buns on the house because they took a bit longer to have our breakfast ready...we never noticed, too busy enjoying great coffee and watching turtles bobbing in the waves. If you want great food and people who very much care about their patrons, this is it.

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vipCharlesP
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fresh seafood locally sourced, of course was delicious and cooked perfectly. Our waiter Carlos provided excellent service to our waterside table. The only slight criticism was the cocktails we ordered took a little longer than we expected to get them. Nonetheless, I strongly recommend Mala Ocean Tavern for an exquisite dinner experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, consistently. Excellent service!

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JeanW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food, service, atmosphere-all great. Eating here is highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything here is amazing!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our last stop before heading to the airport at the end of our first trip to Maui.. last night while driving past..I noticed the lively ambiance, the patio lights, ocean views and line out the door... my kind of place! We enjoyed brunch .. everything was delicious. The fresh caught Marlin and the Hibiscus mimosa omg so incredibly yummy. Joe our water was friendly and efficient. We’ll be back!!

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catherineL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Shame our waiter Joe was having a bad day !
The food was lovely the place is gorgeous

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vipJodyN
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mala’s is the best restaurant on Maui for breakfast! Their chilaquiles are the best I’ve ever had. My husband loves their eggs Benedict. Actually everything on the menu is the bomb!

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BethAnn
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a fantastic dinner at MALA ! The FOOD was very very good. The vibe is quite casual ( nothing fancy whatsoever ) but the location is super, right on the water. We sat outside, and really enjoyed our whole experience. The 4 of us loved our meals. REALLY GOOD. The butterscotch pudding was absolutley to die for to finish off our great experience.

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vipJudyf
Minneapolis
68 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always

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vipPatrickO
Dallas
29 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In a word - bruschetta!!

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vipSeedembones
Cincinnati
59 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All great. As usual. Will return here again.

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AlisonL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in a lovely setting woth great service! We love coming back here.

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TLMCKAY
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere. Beautiful ocean view.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again Amal’s did not disappoint. We live in Lahaina and this is one of our go to restaurants. Sitting outside next to the ocean watching turtles swim can’t be beat. We even saw a few whales in the distance while watching sunset.
Our favorite appetizer is Ahi bruschetta. My Mai Tai was very good. We had the steak salad and pork shank and both were excellent.
Katie was our server and was excellent as well.

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vipKCIAS
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We have dined here before and really enjoyed it. They had modified things for COVID like everyone else, so we were seated in the parking lot. Prices had also gone up and we didn't get the complimentary roasted chickpeas. We ordered a 2 pound whole fish on a bed of rice and potatoes and sauce for $99. It sounded so good but there was hardly any meat on the bones and everything else just got jumbled together. We were a bit disappointed but enjoyed our salads and dessert. The waiter was also very helpful and friendly.

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Nicefrance
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ample outdoor seating next to the ocean. Well prepared and presented food and drink. We had spicy lamb pita, a flatbread, and Caesar salad. All were excellent.

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vipbarbie1
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Mala! We found this place last year and loved the food & small atmosphere. Wish we would have found it sooner!

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mauiislanddream
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food!

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SteveM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The ocean view is fantastic. The employees are very friendly

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vipBetzB
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jose is a great server!

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vipTori
26 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch atmosphere. Sat outside. Following Covid rules. Great food and Lisa was fabulous.

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DebbieR
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got to see our old friend Jose' and he waited on us. We loved that! The only thing about the noise was the ocean was crazy yesterday, but we had a great time and great food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitstaff

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vipJoeW
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love going to Malas and as a local is a go to location. :)

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service. Great good and the view!

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EvanD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great, service excellent! Love new patio area

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PamK
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered the whole wok seared fish and it was DELICIOUS. Would highly recommend and order again!

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dirkw
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome views fairly good food. A must do if you are in Lahaina

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The moderate noise level was mostly the waves crashing. Wonderful drinks, food was excellent.

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DorisT
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Mala Ocean Tavern. There were 3 in our party, and we had a perfect table in a corner outside along the ocean. The service was prompt, but not rushed. Our server was very attentive but not hovering - just a nice balance of being there when needed. My husband had the burger and I had the stir-fry. We shared the Brussels sprouts appetizer, which was the best preparation of the vegetable. I have ever had. the sir-fry was delicious, a nice combination of fish and vegetables in a medium-hot sauce. Excellent! My husband loved his burger and it acme with a nice serving of fries. It was our first visit to Mala, and we plan to have many more!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are here in Maui on vacation and at the last minute we decided to look for a place for dinner. Mala came up and the pictures of the food looked amazing! Tim and I both love to cook and the interest and enthusiasm of our waiter and the owner about their food was so lovely to see! They were passionate about the food and their recommendations were spot on for us! By far in the top 10 restaurants we have eaten at! The oyster shooters were so incredible as was the ahi bruschetta and the seafood pasta...15/10!!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, can’t remember her name, but she was on point and excellent. Food was incredible as always:) loved the special birthday malasadas!! Mahalo!’

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ThomasG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, unique cocktails,great service, lovely location

FAQs

Mala Ocean Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 667-9394.

Mala Ocean Tavern is rated 4.7 stars by 1143 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.