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Mala Ocean Tavern, Lahaina, HI

Mala Ocean Tavern

4.8
4.8
5663 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 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. Offering complimentary during dinner service Monday through Saturday.

There are views from every seat at MALA and many of our guests request oceanfront or patio seating. We can NOT guarantee outdoor seating, but we do note the request and will do our best to accommodate every guest. If your heart is set on sitting outside, please know that you might have to wait past your reservation time to have your preferred seating. ALL table reservations are for one and a half hours.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 107 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Mediterranean, Hawaii Regional Cuisine

  • Hours of operation

    Thu–Sat 10:00 pm–12:00 am Brunch/Lunch Daily 9:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 2:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 667-9394

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Alvin Savella

  • Catering

    MALA can cater your next party, wedding, work function, or private event with outstanding island influenced cuisine from . For catering inquiries please contact info@malatavern.com or call (808) 667-9394.

  • Private party facilities

    Join us at MALA! Host your Private Event oceanfront at Mala Ocean Tavern. Inquiries please contact info@malatavern.com or call (808) 667-9394.

  • Neighborhood

    Lahaina

  • Cross street

    Kapunakea St.

  • Parking details

    Self parking is available in the small parking lot located to the right of the restaurant, the parking lot between our neighbor restaurants, the parking lot in front of Aloha Mixed Plate, and some street parking on Front St.

  • Public transit

    Cannery Mall Bus Stop

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 5,663 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Seafood

  • Maui

    Best Overall

  • Maui

    Best Food

  • Maui

    Best Service

  • Maui

    Best Ambiance

  • Maui

    Best Value

  • Maui

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined today

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I had really.been looking forward to a meal at Mala. Unfortunately it was a bit of a disappointment, the fish was well done, but the vegetables were like rocks (not sure they actually tried to cook mine), and the mashed potatoes bed under my Ahi was a soupy mess. The sweet potato under my husbands white fish was also a runny soup. The prices are extremely high here and they are not warranted. The wait staff was numerous and people were constantly checking in, it seems to me to move us along. So dinner in 50 minutes at $180 isn’t close to being worth it.

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded todayMahalo for your feedback. We appreciate you taking the time to dine with us. If ever you are not completely satisfied with your meal please let a manager or one of the staff know so that we may remedy it in the moment. We hope you give us another chance. If you would like for me to make that reservation for you please email me directly akilah@malatavern. Looking forward to hearing from you. Aloha!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our eight night in Hawaii on our third island and this was by far the best dinner we have had yet. From start to finish everything was absolutely delicious and the service from Aleksandra was impeccable. The manager Sergio stopped by and said hello and we saw him speaking with another table at length about their wine choices. You can tell everyone who worked there loved their job and the people they are working for, even the server assistant chatted with tables while refilling waters. Top notch food and service will make it a point to visit again when in Maui.
  3. F

    Foodie

    Calgary

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative, inspiring, and incredibly delicious food. Our favourite place in Maui!!
  4. MS

    MarciS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was wonderful! From the hostess to our server Alana and the managers, everyone was very friendly and welcoming. The food was delicious. We will definitely be back again!
  5. J

    Jeff

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and equally great service. We
  6. KK

    KellyK

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Lisa, was very accommodating and fun. We are locals and this is our go to restaurant when we have mainland guests. Mala Ocean Tavern never disappoints.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food. Excellent. One of our favorite places to est!
  8. JF

    JFG17

    Denver

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, view and service. Try the Ahi!
  9. T

    Tastybuds

    Atlantic Canada

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Love the view from the outside deck. Had been there for brunch which was excellent. Little disappointed in our dinner. Calamari was over cooked and I think their whole menu over priced but that is Maui.
  10. K

    Kkat

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and location!
  11. SO

    StacyO

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff, ambiance and food are excellent. We go to Mala once or twice every time we visit Maui.
  12. MP

    MPFZ

    San Francisco

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Even with a reservation our wait time was 45 minutes. The staff was very apologetic and brought 2 free appetizers when we were seated. They couldn’t have been nicer. The food was excellent, the setting superb and the staff very friendly and professional. It’s always a favorite spot on Maui!
  13. b

    bethel

    Kansas City

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Great staff.
  14. HP

    HollyP

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot right on the ocean. Brunch food was excellent and loved the matcha latte and cold brew.
  15. JM

    JaneM

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you are seated outside that’s the best! It’s quite noisy inside. We ate outdoors before the storm (in 2019) and that was nice too but they sure packed the people out there. I wouldn’t eat there unless I was outdoors.
  16. B

    Bruce

    Denver

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazingly creative and delicious food with great service in a beautiful oceanfront setting with spectacular views. Worth the price.
  17. DF

    DebbyF

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We got the perfect table. Got to see turtles. Food and service was outstanding. Was such a great environment. There is nothing they could have done to make it any better. Thank you for making my birthday special.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    20th anniversary
  19. T

    Teresa

    Denver

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, view was wonderful and all staff were friendly and professional. Highly recommend this restaurant
  20. C

    Cocoa

    Jacksonville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic and the service was excellent. Overall another great experience at Mala. Love you guys!
  21. PN

    ParkerN

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mala's is one of our very favorite places to eat in Maui. This service is excellent. The food is divine! I highly recommend the scallops and risotto.
  22. JV

    JerryV

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The staff and manager were all exceptional in taking a few minutes to recognize us personally on our annual visit to Mala to celebrate our anniversary
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot outdoors, delicious food and service.
  24. EC

    ErinC

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was out of this world, & the view was spectacular!! Friendly service & all around great vibe. Highly recommend!!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had dinner with my wife and really enjoyed the food. Aleksandra was a wonderful server and would absolutely go back.
  26. PC

    PlanC

    Sacramento

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Excellent service and good food. Noise level inside is very high.
  27. LM

    LisaM

    Boise

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing time and incredible food. The mai tai was delicious!
  28. CA

    CAPT

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our server, Lisa, was excellent. Try the calamari for sure!
  29. LH

    LinwoodH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Ocean vista with tremendous food and excellent staff
  30. L

    Looking4local

    Hawaii

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mala is our go to breakfast location. The food is great and the service is excellent. Mala is oceanfront breakfast/brunch at its best.
  31. K

    Kmoi

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Definitely not the same Mala we remember. Very disappointing.

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded 6 days agoMahalo for your feedback! We appreciate you taking the time to dine with us and hope that you give us another chance. Please email me directly akilah@malatavern so that I may make that reservation for you. Aloha!

  32. B

    Breakin79

    Tahoe

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best ahí and best scallops ever. Great service and sunset was awesome.
  33. HD

    HowardD

    Dallas

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great!! Ambience and food were awesome!!
  34. b

    bat2

    San Joaquin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Celebrating my 69th birthday. Outstanding sunset view from our table. Our meals were delicious, properly prepared and served Hot! Service was excellent and professional. The busy restaurant was a little noisy. A minor inconvenience for the best dinner in Lāhainā!
  35. BR

    BRaM

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mala is a special restaurant and our favorite in Maui
  36. NL

    NikkiL

    Kansas City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mala Ocean Tavern was amazing. It was right next to the water so we had the waves as background noise. The food was delicious! We ordered the scallops and the caesar salad witj kampachi for our entrees. Calamari for app was so good! It was cooked perfectly. The service was great. We never ran out of anything even though they were busy. Highly recommend it for a special occasion since it was a bit pricy but the location alone was worth the price!
  37. GF

    GailF

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is amazing! All the staff are so friendly, their smiles genuine. I highly recommend you listen to their suggestions. And the food!! Some of the best I've ever had! I had the ahi tuna smothered in shitaki mushrooms. Delicious! Don't miss this restaurant!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best food experience during our stay in Maui!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New favorite place in Maui.
  40. LP

    LaurieP

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the food, the staff, location.. ahi bruschetta' is amazing! A must!!! Sit at a table, the bar you won't be disappointed!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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 4.8 stars by 5663 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 107 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Mala Ocean Tavern

1307 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Kapunakea St.

  • Neighborhood

    Lahaina

  • Hours of operation

    Thu–Sat 10:00 pm–12:00 am Brunch/Lunch Daily 9:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 2:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Mediterranean, Hawaii Regional Cuisine

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Self parking is available in the small parking lot located to the right of the restaurant, the parking lot between our neighbor restaurants, the parking lot in front of Aloha Mixed Plate, and some street parking on Front St.

  • Public transit

    Cannery Mall Bus Stop

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alvin Savella

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (808) 667-9394

  • Catering

    MALA can cater your next party, wedding, work function, or private event with outstanding island influenced cuisine from . For catering inquiries please contact info@malatavern.com or call (808) 667-9394.

  • Private party facilities

    Join us at MALA! Host your Private Event oceanfront at Mala Ocean Tavern. Inquiries please contact info@malatavern.com or call (808) 667-9394.

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