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Mala Ocean Tavern

4.7
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862 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 862 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was
Wonderful as always

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vipJayK
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JK
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
12 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!

LD
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

-Amazing service and ambiance
-Tasty Aperol spritz
-Slightly oxidized tuna, tasted a little older/fishier than other times I’ve been

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Deeezy
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service. Awesome location. Food was a little pricy but very good!! Worth it for sure. Friendly staff

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vipWednesdayNightFind
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in on a Wednesday night and were pleasantly surprised about the Wine Wednesdays and prix fix menu. We have four courses for $75 for two people and a bottle of rose (a delicious one) for $30. A real bargain for everything we were served. The food was really delicious and fresh. We loved the food and our server gave us impeccable service. The only criticism I have is that the prix fix menu indicated two glasses of champagne included as a starter. Two half-glasses of champagne were brought to the table. Either indicate on your menu that it’s two half glasses or fill up the glasses (I prefer the ladder). Mahalo!

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Dori
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my girlfriend's birthday. We were seated direct ocean front and watched the most amazing sunset! The food was excellent! The service was stellar and very friendly, informed and gentle. They let us enjoy ourselves without feeling rushed, pressured or 'overly' in our space. It was just the right amount of everything special !

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vipSusan
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mala is a Maui gem! The food, the relaxed ambience and the location right on the ocean can't be beat! The chefs are amazing witeh using fresh produce and locally grown organinc ingredients. The management stops by the tables, checks in and makes you feel at home. They have been careful to seat people with ample space between all and to set protocols that make you feel safe, comfortable and have a restored sense of relaxed normalcy. The cocktail menu is the best on Maui: creative and fresh.

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Tiarel
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Everything was good except for the waiter , not really sure what was going on but , maybe he was new or the mask was throwing him off . It’s weird times so I just appreciate that these was somewhere to go out and enjoy my birthday .
Mahalo

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AltonS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall experience was excellent! It was my wife's birthday so they sang the birthday song along w/ a desert and a candle!

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vipPukalaniPete
Hawaii
83 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very enjoyable, and the service was great! Prices were more high end/upscale than expected so really not a great value.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat, enjoy the view and gentle breeze with friends!

MB
vipMelanieB
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was good but just missed a couple steps. Nothing to keep me from going back. Food was great!

LT
vipLTVL
Hawaii
56 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Greeted with a smile. Hayley was our server. Super friendly and professional. She knew the menu well and was able to answer all questions. Food presentation was lovely. Very flavorful and portions were generous. We come to MaLa every time we are on Maui. Kama’aina favorite! No Ka Oi!

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LaynieB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for an anniversary dinner. They sat us outside so we were able to watch the sunset. Beautiful. Food and service was great

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vipRodneyw
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Usually every thing is great, but Saturday night was good not great. Probably just a off night because Mala is usually great...

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vipYarny
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner, restaurant is doing a great job following all Covid protocol. A few changes to the menu, but all the best things were still available. They were relatively busy, so I was happy for them . It is so difficult for the restaurant owners these days. Good job Mala, we will be back soon.

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vipRodneyw
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a culinary delight and now more than ever, to dine inside while hearing the waves splash on shore with sea turtles playing in the background. It really doesn't get any better than this.

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jeffm
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent dinner of grilled fish right on the water. View as wonderful as the food and drinks. Watch the sunset thru the anchorage. Great desert too

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vipSandra
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for brunch on 4th of July. So happy they are open for onsite dining, and hope things continue to go well for them. Joe is a very nice and attentive waiter. We had the french toast special and eggs Benedict with spinach, tomato and avocado. Coffee was delicious and my husband really enjoyed his watermelon juice. Fantastic ocean view and the staff was warm and welcoming. They are all doing a great job navigating these new regulations without making customers feel uncomfortable. Just a nice vibe. We are residents but had never been before as we live on the south side. We'll definitely add to our west side rotation.

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RobertC
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Waiter stated there is a 90-minute time limit for the table. Perhaps this should be provided PRIOR to booking in case we did not want to be rushed.

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EddieS
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

After a slight mishap with the person handling the seating, it was made right and we had a wonderful meal with an awesome meal.

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vipFereshteh
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mala was fantastic as always. Great staff, delicious food and awesome ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for making our long overdue date night special! Ahi bruschetta always so delicious!

MR
MakaylaR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was great, especially their drinks and we love their brunch!

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Barb
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best oceanside location for sunset and honu sightings!

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Mauijen
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so grateful that Mala was open and had a lovely brunch. The food was outstanding, service excellent, and of course and amazing view on the water. We were hesitant to go out to eat with the virus situation, but felt very safe there. The tables were appropriately distanced, employees wore masks, and we sat outside with fresh air. Thank you Mala!

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vipLooking4local
Hawaii
58 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Cesar salad. Service is always outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My birthday celebration. Waitress was attentive but at the end we needed to locate her so we could pay our bill. Birthday malasada was a nice jester. There was a young lady at the next table that was loud and had a foul mouth but we didn’t let it bother us.
Tables were a bit close considering the COVID-19.
But all in all it was a great dinner! Thank you!

BC
BrittneyC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love dying at Mala. My go to is the Ahi Bruschetta, there is nothing else like it. There food and service never disappoint. I am also a fan of there Mala Till Midnight. Great food and drink at Happy Hour prices. Must try!

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Lar5
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice to go out to a dining experience since the “stay at home order”.
Beautiful sunset. Great vibe like always.
Nice to have a 6 foot distance from other tables.
Drinks were awesome and the food flavors were wonderful after cooking at home only, for the last two months.
Glad to see a business survivor through these uncertain times.
Mahalo Mala Ocean Tavern Ohana.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal and service! So happy to be dining out again at one of my favorite restaurants.

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vipLooking4local
Hawaii
58 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is good to come back now that sit down dining has resumed. They have hit the ground running with the same excellent quality food and service. Reservations are recommended for any time slot during their hours of operation as there are fewer tables than pre-pandemic.

Mala Ocean Tavern
Responded on June 13, 2020

Aloha and thanks! We are so glad to be back! We missed serving everyone so much. We are pretty limited on tables, so thanks for the recommendation. Mahalo again and Practice Aloha!

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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 862 OpenTable diners.

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