Mala Ocean Tavern

4.7
1444 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 1444 people are saying
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ImprovNight
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ryan was an amazing server! Got seated pretty close to our reservation time. Loved the Maui sweet bread and honey butter app, hubby had the catch of the day (great flavor fish) which was excellent. I had the seafood pasta...was good, with a lot of variety of seafood, but was just OK for the price! Sat right by the crashing waves, and wonderful ambiance. Somewhat Casual, but cloth napkins and bottled sparkling water. Recommend!

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JoeNickname
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been coming here for years, always the best meal I've ever had! This time it was my birthday with friends. Staff treated me well, so classy and friendly. This is my go to place.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mala has always done such a great job with their food and service. In all the years living here and dining at Mala I’ve never had a bad experience. Great place to eat, relax and take in a terrific view.

KD
KimD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ocean front seating. The food and service were wonderful. Highly recommend!

KP
KathrynP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A beautiful view from any table. Good drinks, fresh juices, and everything we had was tasty. We were seated promptly and service was attentive. A great spot- will be back for live music!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a great night. Our server Norma was fantastic. The seafood dishes and salad were great. Our steak was just okay and nothing special, but i guess that’s what we get for ordering steak at a seafood restaurant.

NJ
NoaJ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance, fabulous service, delicious food.

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Wirthette
Portland
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Late afternoon lunch and we were seated immediately out in the lanai with beautiful bay view and real decent one man live entertainment starting up. Appetizer, Greek salad and steak plate were all delicious and service was attentive. Finished our second drinks from the ocean side benches to free up a table. Great lunch experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Mala 💕

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Vet nice spot on the water with a small but thoughtfully constructed set of menu choices. Creative dishes, fresh ingredients, quality services. Hits the wallet a bit hard but what doesn’t in Maui?

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our honeymoon at Mala Ocean Tavern and had the best time! They brought us a complimentary champagne toast to start the meal and made sure we had a great table on the patio by the water.

The staff was outstanding, especially our server Kendall. She went above and beyond to offer suggestions and make sure our meal was fabulous. Great food, great ambiance, great service. Would definitely recommend for a nice night out!

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Victoriac
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service we've had our entire stay. Food and service so great we can back the next day doe happy hour. Can't recommend this place more

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vipGoodcomfortandservice
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful staff! Friendly and attentive. Food was good.

CW
CrispenW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very scenic outdoor setting. they even provided individual umbrellas for those few sitting in the sun

JR
vipJanelleR
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite brunch on the ocean!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Very cool restaurant. Good food, views and service. Will definitely return!

ML
MaryL
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oceanfront setting with elegant dining is a rare pleasure. The Ahi was sashimi grade with perfect wasabi sauce.

JR
JR8251
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location, friendly service, excellent food.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in Lahaina

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Rick
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Arrived at Mala's at the reservation time. Were seated outside in what used to be the parking lot. It was very windy and cold for a Maui evening. We had house speciality drinks, appetizers and mains with a bottle of Oregon Pinot. Our waitress was outstanding and all the assistant servers were great. But, overall the food mediocre, and because of the wind, food arrived at our table warm or cold. One order was incorrect and we waited for 10 minutes for that order to arrive. The group's comments were an overall disappointment from our previous dining at Mala's. The pricing was exorbitant and the comments were "the restaurant was MAKING UP for lost time!!!!. One couple, who come to Maui every year, stated this will be the last time we dine at Mala's (or Honu for that matter).

Final comments: great service, mediocre food, significantly over priced. Would not recommend this restaurant to our friends. Sorry, as Mala's was one of our "go to" restaurants.
Rick
PS: The restaurant manager made the rounds of all the tables in our seating area but chose not to visit our table. It was noted by all of our party that we obviously didn't merit his attention.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food!! Server was rushing a lot but was working hard!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and cocktails, wonderful staff and the view / proximity to the water could not be better!

LP
vipLaurieP
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Mala! Have been coming for years. This is our first trip back since the pandemic and our 2nd time eating at Mala. We came for happy hour and had a great time, Lisa, Our server was wonderful...friendly, attentive and knowledgable. There was live music which made it that much more enjoyable. The food never disappoints nor do the drinks! One of our faves on the island!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, yummy food!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had 2 lovely meals at Mala while visiting Maui. I am gluten sensitive but the kitchen served their hamburger on a gluten free flatbread. It was AMAZING!!! Brunch a few days later was enjoyed by everyone in our party. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in Kaanapali are for a nice dinner. Food, Service, and ambiance is absolutely outstanding. If you are looking for a special place to go for dinner, look no further. Try it, you won’t be sorry!!!

J
vipJerryt24
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mala was a pleasant surprise. Their take on the Mai Tai was outstanding. Thanks to the guidance of our server, Tori, we had an outstanding appetizer and the Catch of the day, as the magnificent entree, and perfectly prepared. For desert we had a wonderful tart. Tori’s service was outstanding!!! Try this place!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best on Maui!!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great Brunch experience at Mala's. Everything was excellent, from Food, Service, Ambience and View. Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location and spectacular cuisine. We had the grilled ribeye, the tuna and 1/2 chicken and all were done perfectly with excellent and unique local flavors. The service was quite professional as well which is hard to find in Maui. Our new Maui favorite!

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drvino
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food. We had the pork shank and mahi-mahi. Unfortunately windy! Sunset made up for it. Really enjoyed the evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best food we’ve had on Maui to date! Ahi was tender and flavorful with an excellent sauce and sides. Seafood pasta was excellent and Maui Maui was fresh and tasty. The portions were just right. The ahi bruschetta was delicious and original. My only complaint - the up in smoke
Drink I had lacked depth and flavor. Good tiki drinks on Maui are hard to come by. Someone could definitely fill this void here!

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dutchmamaof4
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation trip. Lovely atmosphere and great food. Service was very good. Yummy ahi bruschetta.

P
Pascal
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant and staff. We were so happy that we booked a table three times during our vacation. Highly recommended!

J
Jackiepbp
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so good! We all had eggs Benedict some with ahi and some classic. Service was excellent. Lovely table outside. We’ll be back!! Great watermelon juice. Yummy.

JM
vipJudyM
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic and service great. Friendly environment. Highly recommend for breakfast lunch or dinner.

RU
RUSSELLB
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great casual spot on the water with a friendly easy food. Liked it so much we went back again the next day.

B
vipBarnaby
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The two of us shared the "whole fish" for the main course, which was recommended to us. Always fun to tackle a whole fish, but the fun did not outweigh the so-so presentation and flavor. The appetizer (calamari) and dessert (some kind of butterscotch pudding) were acceptable. The main problem was the price (for the whole fish). This ended up being our 2nd most expensive dinner during our week on Maui, and 2nd to last place I would recommend. The outdoor seating was nice, but on a carpeted part of the parking lot, so definitely not elegant!

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vipLooking4stars
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Our visit started with a very friendly hostess. Nice outdoor seating with a great view. Food was average and didn’t taste fresh especially the calamari straight out of the frozen food section. The value for the steep prices was not there. Service was lacking with a lot of attitude from our snarky waiter. Just not worth it.

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Blanca
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal - creative menu
Attentive staff.

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Mala Ocean Tavern is rated 4.7 stars by 1444 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.