Mala Ocean Tavern

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$31 to $50
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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. MALA 'TIL MIDNIGHT (Starting 2/1/19) features Late Night Happy Hour with Food & Drinks from 10p-12a.

There are views from every seat indoor & outdoor 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.
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C
Portland
39 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and ambiance. Never disappoints.

A
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely meal. Quality food and great ocean view table. The service was excellent from the moment we walked in the door. Was there to celebrate a birthday. Our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. Will be back

MW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I had the octopus and chorizo which was by far the best I’ve ever had. Can’t recommend this restaurant enough

E
Columbus
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great location. Small but very popular. Can hear the waves and watch the sunset. The ahi bruschetta is amazing as always.

m
Houston
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular as always! We come to Mala every time we are in Maui. The food and ambiance are fabulous, never disappointed. There were 6 of us and we all shared. The octopus is awesome, chicken salad always a winner, fish was delicious ..... if you are in Maui make sure you enjoy a meal here

j
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service: impeccable, from the Manager of 16 years sitting people, greeting tables as well as clearing them, to the server filling water glasses letting the manager know we were ready for our check. Our server Rich, attentive and pleasant.
The food: phenomenal! My husband and I are fairly good chefs but are in a whole lesser league compared to the Mala chef. The best Caesar salad, the entrees very well presented, then the honey soufflé, amazing.
Pricey, yes, but worth every penny!!

f
Charleston
26 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place in Maui, great views, great food, service and drinks, we will be back!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful farm to table, with water front turtle watching at lunch time.
Also had a great dinner there!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Amazing food! Amazing atmosphere, made a reservation for patio seating, great view

AM
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique and very delicious food—the best we’ve had on our trip! Nice wine selection. Try the bruschetta and calamari! Very attentive service and you can’t beat dining next to waves crashing on the beach.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, very friendly staff,

CS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food5service5ambience1

Our table was taken from us literally as we were eating dessert so the space could be used for a dance floor on locals night. Would have been nice to be told if this when making the reservation versus during the dessert course. Great food, great service, very poor management for such a pricey place. Used to be our favorite restaurant in Lahaina, but off the lust now.

M
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

When they say ocean front, they mean it. It’s literally right on the beach. Amazing location to see the sunset. Food was very good and they had a good set of choices for kids. Service was warm and friendly. Only hiccup was at the end where we had to wait 10 minutes for check. Highly recommended.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was outstanding. The environment was beautiful, how can you beat the beach, at sunset, in Hawaii. It was expensive, but I guess that’s to be expected in Hawaii.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seared ahi bruschetta was amazing!

M
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Amazing food, amazing service, amazing atmosphere, amazing views!

OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My birthday breakfast!

JC
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place!
The food is excellent. We had the market fish plate, fish sandwich and the lamp and feta flatbread. Service outstanding and entertaining. Our waiter had a refreshing outlook on everything. Location directly on the water.

KV
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Perfect end to our Maui vacation as we sat on the deck watching the sunset. Really good choice among the Lahaina spots. Very generous portions!

R
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great service, spectacular view!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I’ve been coming to Maui for years & Mala is always one of my favorite “ go to “ restaurants. One of the places I’m confident recommending.
Not any longer!
It’s my understanding Mala Ocean Tavern is u see new ownership, Mark Ellman , the founder & original owner is no longer running. It’s very obvious.
I was with friends that live here, in Kaanapali.
Needless to say, Mala is not first on our list anymore.
I won’t be rushing back when I return to Maui in 6 weeks.

RL
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Maui to celebrate our 10th anniversary. I made the reservations on Open Table - very simple! But when I chose the time I did not take into consideration how jet lag was going to determine our schedule. I called Mala and they were very helpful in changing my time. The location is amazing, food delicious, and our server (Lisa) was just delightful. She made sure our experience was a great one. We will be back to Maui and back to Mala!

MF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and a fabulous view! Servings are very plentiful, too!

SR
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We never miss having at least one meal at Mala Ocean Tavern. Never a disappointing dish from their fresh, creative menu. Very friendly service, and a gorgeous spot. My favorite is the ahi bruschetta.

PF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Nice location and attentive service, but quality of food and price not what it was under prior ownership

MK
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, fabulous service, wonderful view of the turtles eating off the rocks at breakfast.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do not be put off by the outside of the restaurant.....the food is excellent and the staff most helpful......we actually visited this restaurant three times during our week on Maui.

0
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mala came highly recommended by someone I played golf with earlier that day while on vacation. The restaurant did not disappoint!

m
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mala is our favorite Maui restaurant and has been for many years! Requested my favorite table and it happened! Thank you Mala!

TN
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great foods, very noisy

OT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great views at sunset. Great food all the time.

SD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our third time back and always love it. This past time was our first on the deck with the waves crashing in. The cocktails and food are outstanding with a Balinese influence to the dishes. Highly recommended!

FP
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was good took long to receive food view was very nice service was good price was a bit expensive to what you get in my opinion would recommend but just be know it’s at least a $100 night and you might be hungry still

L
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back on Maui and had to make a date to be here. It never disappoints. Location, service and food. It’s too difficult to decide which is number one.

SS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience4

The food was good but not great. Service was very slow

DW
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not our first visit. Always a great experience

H
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch is a must for us every time we come to Maui—never disappoints.

g
Denver
51 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here many times. Nothing adverse has happened since the ownership has changed hands. In fact, probably a little bit better service and attentiveness. The food continues to be great with many of the old favorites like ahi bruschetta and Balenese Fish stir fry still on the menu.

TG
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a lovely dinner at Mala. Walked in without a reservation and were able to get a decent table, not on the patio but right next to it. Food was very good and service was excellent. A little pricey but an enjoyable meal nonetheless.