Mala Ocean Tavern

4.7
3423 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
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 3423 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great service good food. Smelled like fish

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vipJohnL
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great in every respect. Ample outdoor seating and very safe.

DL
vipDonaL
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place. Good food and wonderful setting.

JH
JerryH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating on the ocean, excellent and plentiful food, friendly service—who could ask for more?

JM
JudyM
Portland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We’ve eaten here several times and always enjoy the food. This time the service was less than quality. We got more attention from the bus boy than from our server. They were obviously short servers, but ours appeared to be more interested in larger parties. We sat a long time waiting to be greeted. Our cocktails came out about 2 minutes before our entrees. We would normally order a nice bottle of wine but never got the chance. Always a favorite during our annual trip, but I’m not sure we’d return.

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vipCaptainjack53
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful as always. Great food and great atmosphere.

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AndyD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience! Food was excellent and the view of the ocean was tremendous. We even saw a sea turtle. Excellent service was provided by Ryan. Thank you for such an excellent dining experience! Mahalo!

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texasdream
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

You can't beat this ocean front tavern other than it's neighboring restaurants. The menu is limited but very good. The servers are fantastic and it's very relaxing. I will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service throughout the entire meal. Had a group of 10 that they accommodated. Highly recommended.

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LisaM
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very nice but expensive. Bottles of wine expensive and not a good price range to choose from. Service was excellent and food delicious

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RobertJ
Austin
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good but not exceptional. Next door at Honu was better.

MB
vipMarianneB
Las Vegas
72 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We have been going there for a long time
The variety isn’t as good as before and the quality isn’t as good
We do t give up though and will go back again and try it out
Love the location even though the parking is horrible

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Tuna
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love mala fish and chips and ahi sandwich were wonderful. Waiter was great. Whales and turtles a huge plus. Will return aoon. My go to guest visiting. Mahalo

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vipJaws
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and excellent friendly service thanks again

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Stevene
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great execution on dinner entries. Staff were helpful and not pushy

AG
vipAltGirlTX
San Antonio
79 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I'm not sure how we've never been here before, but this warrants a visit or two every trip. We were here for dinner. The food was delicious, unique, and hot. We had trouble deciding what to get. Service was friendly, FOH staff checked on our experience. The only minus is we never got a water refill, even though my glass went empty about halfway through our mains. The atmosphere and location can't be beat.
I'll be checking Mala out for brunch on my next trip as well.

BZ
BZ46
Houston
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and ocean view table outside at sunset

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Samantha
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was recommended by our hotel and we are so glad we went. I definitely recommend making a reservation in advance as it is small so I am sure during peak meal times it can get busy. We came for an early dinner as were able to sit at one of their tables outside. They had umbrellas at all their tables which I appreciated so as not to get sun burnt while we were dining. Their outdoor seating and a number of their tables inside the restaurant are directly next to the water so we had a stunning view of the ocean and surrounding area. One of the staff pointed out that the area is a sanctuary for sea turtles and we were able to see quite a number of them pop their heads out of the surf. Our server Eric was phenomenal. Gave us great recommendations on the menu and offering insightful information about the islands we were looking out to. We ordered the sweet bread and calamari to start. The calamari was crunchy and tender. The sweet bread was delicious and came with a butter spread we could not get enough of. My husband has a caesar salad for dinner and I had the scallops. The scallop entree came with 4 scallops that were cooked beautifully over a large risotto. My husband enjoyed his caesar salad. Between the appetizers and entrees we were sadly too full for dessert. Though the prices are a bit higher than other restaurants we had been to, it is definitely worth it for the fresh ingredients and stunning atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Berlin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best seafood restaurants in West Maui. Oceanfront seating with beautiful sunsets. Excellent service! We always enjoy going for Sunset and happy hour, you can’t go wrong here!

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vipNicoleG
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

New owners are not producing the same level of food. It’s not the same quality service and view are still nice.

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vipjjjrs5
San Antonio
67 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday Lunch/Happy Hour features music, 2-4pm. Best time to enjoy Mala. Great ocean views--we saw whales close by and turtles within 2 feet of shore, as well as crabs and more. Food is excellent. The Ahi was outstanding. If you like hamburgers, this is a splendid place to enjoy the best. Tea is a must. Very good draft beer, wine and mixed drinks--a full service bar. And great, friendly service. We've been many times and will return.

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RobertG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caleb was a perfect host. He was from my home town so that was even more special. Our server Was very attentive and engaging. Food was great and the seats right on the ocean made it a great anniversary setting for our lunch.
Plan lunch again on Wednesday and looking forward to it.

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DanielC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent spot for lunch. Good food. Great view.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome brunch!!! You could tell immediately that we were in professional hands.
I work in the industry and know the difference. It is refreshing to dine at a place located in an area where a lot of restaurants don’t have to try hard due to location and see them just blow it out if the water. Keep soaring high! 🦅 it is noticed and matters!

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vipJaws
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lisa was excellent as was the whole team. Food is outstanding the Mala Cristo is the best monte cristo I’ve ever had hands down! While this was certainly a highlight the coconut shrimp and ahi bruschetta were phenomenal as well. My favorite breakfast on the island with better food and views than the gazebo. Definitely make reservations as this spot is too good to pass up.
Mahalo guys

MB
vipMarianneB
Las Vegas
72 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love sitting at the high top tables in the bar. The food is amazing and the staff is awesome

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vipKaley
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best meals I’ve had in Maui. Their patio is lovely. The servers are attentive and welcoming. Eric was our server; he was delightful. The ahi bruschetta is delicious and unique. We also ordered the catch of the day poisson, which was a local bottom feeder fish that was flavorful and had a nice full texture and came with a delicious mushroom sauce. This place is a gem!

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vipannat
Boise
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dinners we had on the island. So good, we came back for Breakfast. Equally as wonderful! Thank you Mala.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The entree was served before the cocktails came. The lighting was so poor couldn’t see food.
Waiter not alert to clients request.

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KaukauTime
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch at Mala was delish, we had poke salad, seared ahi sandwich and I started off with a Bloody Mala shooter. All very good. Finished with the Taste of Aloha for dessert, light and yummy. Best of all was our friendly and personable server Cody, great service. I also liked being able to make reservations for lunch. Loved the oceanside table.

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JohnC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and outstanding service. Beautiful views. Eggs Benedict with seared ahi was fantastic. The cake of hash browns a little curious but who needed hash browns with that egg dish. Only other slight criticism is the E.B. were barely warm. It happens. Still, it's maybe the best restaurant on West Maui. Might give it that overall fifth star after our next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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CaeL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a wouldn’t miss spot. was very accommodating especially when it came to a gluten free allergy!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely wonderful! The Brussels sprouts & the scallops & risotto dish I highly recommend. We have been going to Mala’s for years & we are always pleased.

JB
JohnnyB
Portland
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience3

First time in since Mala expanded their outside dining area, and next time I will know to request indoor seating. Too loud along a busy street close by, especially on a Friday night in January - I believe they should have asked our preference since we had a reservation for over a month. The food was good/not great and the service was very good. We were never offered a wine list although my wife ordered wine, and were surprised to see bottles of wine being decanted near us and then found out there is a decent wine list. That's on the server or manager. The desert drink I got (Any Port in a Storm) was a disappointment and unappealing.

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viphallehutch
Seattle
45 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We try to dine here every time we are in Maui. The setting, service and food are top notch. Watching the whales play while you dine is a nice perk!

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NatalieB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience2

I’d like to start by saying the service was outstanding. Everyone was very professional and helpful. The food was overpriced and being bombarded by flies during the whole meal didn’t help my appetite. Overall it was just an ok experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside with our family of 5 for Brunch/Lunch. Outstanding service, our daughter steak was very fatty, they exchanged it for something else. Drinks were delicious, what’s up doc, is a must try 😋! Beautiful setting.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Breakfast

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food. Great service. Great view.

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Mala Ocean Tavern is rated 4.7 stars by 3423 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.