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Mala Ocean Tavern

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892 Reviews
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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.

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 one half hour.

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 892 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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vipJosephOct2020
Houston
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful setting, excellent service, great food, perfect weather.

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CherylW
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad Our favorite restaurant was open been going there for 20 some years, still the best. Sergio the manager on duty acknowledged us immediately remembered that we had a birthday and came over and checked on us after we got our food. Our server was absolutely outstanding. I’m sorry I don’t remember her name, we’ve already been back twice since we’ve been here

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vipMerrilee
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was attentive, friendly and helpful. Water view spectacular and food and drinks always so delicious.

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JennandRich
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Carlos was excellent. The atmosphere and food was wonderful! Best dinner of our trip.

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RuthieH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing among with the views. The $1 mimosa’s were excellent. Service and the hostess were great. Definitely plan on returning and making it one of our favorite spits.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view from outside. That’s were you want to eat dinner. Our waiter Ryan, was perfect

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vipSusan
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us went for a brunch! The cocktails were amazing, the food was great and there was a musician setting up for afternoon music! The waves were rolling in, the turtles were poking out, the sun was shining......the whole experience was beyond delicious!

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BNandBN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First of all, what a great idea to turn the parking lot into a “dining room” during the pandemic. Creative.
Your food is always great and we leave making “Note to self” to come again. Your menu is creative and your plates look wonderful. You will see us again!

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vipKaren
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic local spot with flawless service and remarkable fusion food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service! We love going here!!

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Lwhit
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Everything was fine. The steak flatbread special was not good. I would never put marinara on a steak flatbread. Towards the end it was clear we were expected to leave because a dance floor was bing set up next to our table. Staff was friendly and other than the flatbread, the food was the same taste and quality we usually get.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend the Date Night for Two special they are running! Everything was excellent. Plenty of food. Add on Local Prawns! New patio location is an added bonus!

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bonniec
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

refreshing and fun!!! LIke the extension of the outdoor seating!!

we have always gone back time and again, we love this place
and the food is perfect!!

great staff !!!

Keep going !!! we want you to stay open forever!

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing!!!

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mauiislanddream
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretty Consistent

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vipJosephC
Hawaii
33 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall good.

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viplesv
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mala has been one of my favorite places for a very long time. You can't beat the ambiance - it's right on the ocean and has outdoor dining. The food always feels fresh and interesting. They also have special chef's nights and other nights with fun interesting food.

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RoosterLover
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent view and turtle watching is the icing on the cake with great drinks, food and service!

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vipWednesdayNightFind
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time is still the charm with our experience with Wine Wednesdays. We again chose the four course pre-fix meal with two glasses of sparkling wine. I chose the New York strip steak and my spouse had a pork chop. Both were excellent, but I have to say the pork chop was extra special. We also took advantage of the 50% off wine and had a nice bottle of rose for $25. An exceptional value and a lovely evening — again. They have expanded their outdoor seating which they’ve done really well and you’re essentially guaranteed an excellent view of the sunset. Five stars all the way.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mala is always amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall2food5service3ambience2

As Kama’aina, we come here often, and decided to celebrate a special occasion here. dinner was excellent, and food was delicious as always. However, we were celebrating two birthdays that evening and had requested outside seating to enjoy a sunset dinner.. Unfortunately that request was not granted and we had to sit inside. About 15 minutes after being sat, a table outside stood up and left. We would not have minded waiting for a better table if the option was given to us. Not sure why it wasn’t.
Other than that, food is amazing as always.

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vipnadoman
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner for 2 on Sat night during CV19....excellent spacing between tables, great service and food, our favourite in Lahaina

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viplesv
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mala is one of my favorite places. I'm so glad it remains open. They serve great food that is both special and normal at the same time - a difficult balance to pull off. The view is extraordinary (a difficult feat on an island filled with great views).

I make the trip from the south side to visit fairly often. It's really worth it.

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DeniseV
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!!

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Sandy
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We made a reservation through open table. The only area available was at the bar. We had a great night. Enjoyed sitting at the bar. We interacted with the bartender. The wine and beer selections were great. A nice selection of chardonnays. This was our first time at this restaurant. So few are open because of covid, so we really appreciated the warm welcome and accommodations there. We will definitely go back

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KaylaS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose to sit right on the water where the waves were lightly misting the patio which was awesome in the hot sun. The sunset was absolutely gorgeous and the service was amazing! Our waiter made sure we were satisfied and was such a sweetheart. Overall awesome experience and we’ll be coming back the next tine we’re on the west side!

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JohnP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wok fried whole fish of the day was AMAZING ....

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vipEdwardO
Hawaii
167 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Sat at the Bar for lunch. Haven’t been here in years. Staff were friendly and attentive. The menu had breakfast and lunch offerings. We had the Grilled Mahi fish sandwich and fries. Very well cooked and nice portion. It came with fries and two cream sauces for the sandwich. Served hot to us and it was filling. Will go back and try a breakfast soon.

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vipJosephC
Hawaii
33 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ovetall very good.

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PamelaG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful time at Mala!

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was
Wonderful as always

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vipJayK
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ahi Eggs Benedict was great! I also liked the Hibiscus Mimosa and Makai Tai.

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JeanK
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of my most favorite restaurants right now...in Lahaina.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and fantastic location on Front Street beside the ocean! We chose to eat outdoors with the sound of the waves. Bloody Mary with Avocado toast was excellent (also ordered the melt-in-your-mouth ahi tuna accompaniment with the cocktail). Eggs Benedict with seared ahi was top notch as well. Service is quick, attentive and not pretentious - very enjoyable place to have brunch.

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vipWednesdayNightFind
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time coming for Wine Wednesdays at Mala. It was a spectacular evening sitting outside watching the sunset. We took advantage of the 50% wine bottle and had a lovely bottle of rose for about $25. We also chose the pre-fix menu and really enjoyed all of the courses and practically licked the plates. The owner recognized us from dining there two weeks earlier and provided a scrumptious extra course with melt in your mouth tuna. They even went out of there way to modify the dishes to remove any wheat for me. Really a lovely evening and will certainly be making this a regular spot for us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got a table outside with the kiddos for brunch. Food was so good, mimosas were delicious, and can’t beat the view. Our waiter was also super nice. Overall really great time!

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vipKukana
Hawaii
64 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for brunch or dinner! The food there is terrific! Best burgers by far!

Love the ahi poke and eggs Benedict! Worth the drive if you live on the other side of the island! Happy hour too and music on the weekends! Tell all your family and friends and you will need reservations!

My favorite restaurant on the island for sure!🌺🙏🏻🥥🍍ono drinks too!

Cheers and Happy Grinds~😀🌴

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vipJane
Hawaii
30 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great lunch in Lahaina celebrating husbands bday!

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Imfair
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and ambiance!

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LaurieD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, wait staff is amazing. What a fantastic Friday night dinner. Thank you.

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 892 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.