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 for "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 ocean front 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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DD
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Best service ever. Food was pretty excellent as well

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour, friendly staff and beautiful views

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Mala Ocean Tavern for making my Birthday and our Anniversary a night to remember! Our server was exceptional! Even heard I was allergic to shellfish and had my steak prepared separately! Complimentary bubbly to toast and absolutely breathtaking view of a gorgeous sunset ! It was a night to remember and the best birthday ever ! Thank you for again making our vacation on Maui a special one !! Xoxo

r
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and spectacular food. I had the grilled octopus with homemade chorizo. The octopus was so tender and very flavorful. It was the best meal out of all the meals we had during our 2 week visit to the islands.

L
Hawaii
53 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are always exemplary.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best dinner and experience at Mala. The entire staff was extremely friendly and accommodating to our group. The food and service were both impeccable!

MT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food for our last night in Maui !

D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great!

Catharine was fabulous!

See you next year!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal! Went back for brunch the next day and it was good too

LH
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will highly recommend Mala Ocean Tavern to anyone visiting Maui. Casual interior, large open windows with spectacular view and waves crashing just feet beneath you. Our meals were 5 star and the service by all was impeccable. So glad we found Mala!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usull

AK
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. You might not notice it passing by, it comes off looking like a cafe. But dinner on the patio is amazing and the sunset view is to die for. The menu is fantastic, a good Mediterranean twist on the usual fare in the area. Service is impeccable. Better than anything we have experienced to date. The staff were very accommodating with our young family. You'd be crazy to pass this up. Make sure you reserve a table in advance. Mala is on OpenTable.

MO
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ahi Bruschetta is a must. Views of sunset are spectacular.

J
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

It’s was just OK. Not much of a vegetarian selection. View was nice. Drinks strong. Price was what you’d except for the location.

s
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you like olives you’ll love the warm Mediterranean Olives small plate.
Shrimp , coconut encrusted, delicious.
There is ahi, and then there is sashimi grade ahi - Mala sashimi ahi was delicious.
Turns out Ono is not our favorite fish after several experiences, but fish sandwich was good.
Maui steam IPA was nice on a warm day.
Excellent service, friendly staff, fabulous views.
We parked on street about 400 ft from restaurant but turns out they have free valet parking.
Mala now owned by folks that own Down the Hatch restaurant/bar in Lahaina . Also believe they no longer have sister restaurant at former Marriott (now Wailea Beach Resort) in Wailea.

DS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere right on the water , great food , wonderful service , will go back

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mala never disappoints!! Amazing food, service, and with a bonus of a beautiful sunset view and turtle sightings!

R
Denver
62 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the casual atmosphere sitting right at the edge of the water. Very friendly atmosphere with very good food.

TM
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent except for noise level.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

We were far from the water despite being regulars and having booked over a month ago!

OT
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service. Good food.

A
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience at Mala’s. It was our anniversary and they gave us a great table and a little special surprise. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. Beautiful patio right on the water. Will definitely go back on our next visit.

JH
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff and manager were very friendly and accommodating. We opted to eat outside and it was the perfect beach front location (although there was no beach, more like water front). We had the brussel sprouts and flatbreads both were great.

DT
Hawaii
21 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Menu varied and changes seasonally. Salad selection good and dressings tasty.
Appetizers wonderful and could be meal on their own.
Fish catch of the day well prepared and large enough to share for 2
Great sunset view from patio

CM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time dining at Mala, I can’t express enough how wonderful the dining experience was on Sunday night. We had an incredible bartender( can’t remember his name) and a very friendly Aussie server who couldn’t have been more accommodating. It was a very enjoyable evening, and even had the opportunity to meet the owners cute little one. We will definitely be back every time we come to Maui!. I told my husband we should buy here instead of the Big Island when we retire so we can dine here!!! Thank you again for providing great service!

CJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service. It was noisy but, we are talking 🌊 waves.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, fantastic food and drink specials, and you just can’t get any closer to the ocean!! Absolutely beautiful dining experience!!

JG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Not a good value, seems needlessly overpriced for food, ambiance presentation, wasn't the stellar experience we expected for the extreme prices

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is always excellent! I come here everytime I'm in Maui. There clams are awesome along with the Filet. Best time to book is one hour before sunset!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, nice atmosphere! The fish was fresh and cooked to perfection. Kitchen accommodated a couple of special requests.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

The food was excellent but they crammed you in and no air conditioning

Mala Ocean Tavern
Responded on September 24, 2019

Aloha, Thanks for the review, I'm so glad you enjoyed the food. Be sure to ask for inside seating if you decide to try us again, we have cold AC throughout the restaurant!

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d
Central Coast
26 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Server Dolly was not attentive. Service painfully slow. Chilaquiles were mush. Food quality and service downhill since Ellmans sold it.

MR
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent. We had to ask for a better table. The hostess accommodated us There was a mix up with our appetizer, the manager fixed the mistake and comped the appetizer

Mala Ocean Tavern
Responded on September 24, 2019

Mahalo for the review Mel! We're sorry about the mix up but so glad we fixed it! We look forward to serving you again!

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CS
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend recommended Mala to me and I'm so glad we went! Our food was amazing and the service was fantastic!

SK
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mala is a must stop every time we visit Maui. The food and service are so wonderful, and it is our favorite restaurant on the island. We've had John Massa as our server several times and he's fantastic. This time we had Aaron and he was fantastic as well. So personable and simply top notch as a server. The hostess, Leah was also very friendly and helpful when we asked if we could wait a few minutes for our favorite table. Dine at Mala, you will not regret it.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I had read a lot of reviews

RW
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Mala and it had been way too long since I was able to go. Haddy our waitress was fabulous and very attentive. The food is great!

Mala Ocean Tavern
Responded on September 24, 2019

Aloha Robin! Thanks for the great review, we're so glad you made it back to Mala! Haddy is awesome, I'm so pleased she took such good care of you! Don't leave it so long next time! We look forward to serving you again soon :) Rob

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N
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

One of my favorite spots on the island and always my first stop on the way in from the airport...nicest people and great food and amazing location.

d
Central Coast
26 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Our server Kip was the ultimate "practice aloha" spirit. Food was slow coming as usual. Hubbys complete wax overcooked as usual. My huevoes rancheros were served scrambled and way overcooked even tho I asked for the eggs to be medium meaning not scrambled. Once Kip was of the misunderstanding he immediately placed an order for the correct eggs which also took forever. Why do we continue to return? The setting right on the water and the friendly service and the food is flavorful esp the health bread.

WH
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressed with the food and service.
Excellent all around.

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