Mala Ocean Tavern

4.7
2233 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Open daily for brunch, lunch, happy hour, dinner, and late night! Award-winning Best Oceanfront Dining and for our exceptional service. Mala 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 and 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 30% 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 2233 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LisaK
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great service. Awesome location on the beach. Enough said :) Highly recommend this restaurant.

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AmandaS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing experience: delicious food, wonderful staff, incredible views. I will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Perfect brunch spot, foods great so is the service. The ahi tuna eggs Benedict was definitely a different (but good) experience. Over all a great place to go in Maui 🌺

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Can’t beat the location

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pjb1953
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On vacation with my daughter, son-in-law and grandson. We all loved the food and beautiful waterfront seating. Calamari and scallops were great!

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Conehead
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Mala Ocean Tavern is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is always good, the service friendly and attentive, and we love the new grass area which increases outdoor dining. My only concern is that, during a rise in Covid cases, they had a guitarist and singer performing, which I didn’t consider safe. The performer was great, but I wish they’d used an abundance of caution and not had a singer during pandemic times.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked Mala as a local find restaurant. We loved our brunch here. We sat outside next to the ocean, which was lovely. The service was so friendly and the food was excellent! We also enjoyed the special cold brew and lemonade on the menu. The kids loved the ube pancakes. Adults had hummus starter (the add of the olives we loved) crab frittata (delish) and avo toast w/ eggs (excellent). Kids asked to come back here! We didn’t have time but would have. It’s a great find.

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals on the island! Food and service are phenomenal!

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DonnaR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food..
The scallops were soooooo good.
The signature dessert was delicious..
Pricey...but worth it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and a must visit when in Maui!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was fantastic. Had such a nice birthday dinner. Thank you!

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Samantha
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I never leave reviews but we had an amazing dinner at Mala Tavern the lava flow was the best drink of our trip, the view was great, service was speedy and friendly. We had the bread appetizer, and the catch or the day and seared ahi. Both were great! Even bought a lei during dinner. The best dinner of our vacation. We would come back every day if we could! Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simly amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and meal was incredible. My husband and I went for happy hour and were very pleased with prices and the menu.

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vipTracey
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great view of the turtles, ocean and sunset! The food was delicious and the service was great! Jesus was great! He was kind and helpful!

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RichardH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the drinks, the atmosphere and the service at Mala are all excellent. It is our favorite restaurant in Maui and we highly recommend it.

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vipRick
San Antonio
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lisa was a great server

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drink were great! The staff was very attentive! The table overlooking water and turtle refuse was perfect!!! Loved the Mai Tai

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Leaving Maui after 17 day vacation. Great food, table, service, live music. Like the new Garden area. The turtles were putting on a show, too!

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Naticordova
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great service! Beautiful location! The food was a little bland. The avocado on the avocado toast was missing seasoning. And the same with the spread on the tuna sandwich. Also the bread used for sandwich and toast was dry. Drinks were delicious! We had a great time!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the great food, service and ambiance at Mala. Mahalo nui loa

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Walk
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch! We had the avocado toast and the breakfast plate and both were excellent.

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vipNonaDar
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great customer service! Beautiful view!

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ElizabethM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food! Overpriced drinks! Great service! The waitress was great! My only downfall of the night was the $44 drink. Other than that please do go and experience their food!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I are in Maui on our honeymoon and we were really looking forward to eating here. It definitely exceeded our expectations! The food was absolutely delicious, and the service was fantastic - everyone from the host to the bartenders to our server were incredibly attentive and friendly. Wish we could come here all the time! Quick tip: be sure to make your reservations well in advance because they really book up!!

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vipDelish
New England
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!!!! My husband loved his meal - he ordered the scallops. I had the pork shank. It fell off the bone, cut with a fork and had a fantastic sauce. Had the cannoli for dessert, it was ok. Fell a little flat on flavor for me. The outdoor seating was beautiful and we watched the sunset.

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JohnK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience5

great service and great ambiance. food just fair.

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Monique
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view, amazing food and amazing service!

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MaryT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Great n/a drink options for kids and mai tais for adults! Be sure to sit by the window, but warning- you can get wet! Mahalo!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mala Tavern was amazing. The food was beyond delicious and our server, Lisa, was fantastic. You also cannot beat the view!

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ZaquisR
Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and sea turtles what more can you ask for!

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SuzyQ
Indiana
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Recognizing just getting g back to full service dutiful place food great. Service slightly slow but waitress super friendly and accomodating

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MaggieK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant with outstanding view.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oyster shooters are a must! Cody was the best and Saul was fantastic. Can't wait to try breakfast/brunch next.

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ThomasG
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views of sea turtles while enjoying delicious grinds unique and tasty to this special restaurant!

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RobinR
Hawaii
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service, and the wonderful ocean is right there. Our waiter was knowledgeable, patient and prompt. Food is always good here, you can count on fresh and tasty meals.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Mala is a gem of restaurant! Had breakfast and dinner and both meals were a wonderful experience. It starts from the top down and you can immediately feel the dedication to excellence by the entire team. From the minute you check in at the hostess station till the time you leave the service is top notch - best we had during our entire week in Maui! Thank you Mala team for doing it right!!!

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vipMichael
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Really good food and views.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Mala Ocean Tavern using the Order Online button. Mala Ocean Tavern also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 667-9394.

Mala Ocean Tavern is rated 4.7 stars by 2233 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.