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Mala Ocean Tavern

4.7
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838 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
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • 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 838 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRodneyw
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
14 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!

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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!

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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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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food and service

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Natasha
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and service. Perfect environment for our family. Very kind staff! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner for my husband and me! Impeccable, friendly service throughout the evening, and outstanding meal, as usual. Mahalo, Mala!

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Souschef
Denver
38 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful way to start a quiet Sunday morning. Watch the turtles and the whales and ate great food. We were happy.

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vipCheryl
Central Coast
34 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to Mala for years and have always loved it. New owner (Oct 2019) has made some great improvements, including a great covering for the outdoor patio). Food was excellent and waitstaff was friendly, informative and efficient.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation dinner. We went twice. Come every time we go to Maui. Never disappoints. Incredible everything.

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ClarkG
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of THE BEST places to eat at. The food is extremely good. Service is great and friendly.

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vipJulieS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lisa was fantastic, made us feel welcome and walked us through the menu. Food was delicious, different than what you find elsewhere on Maui. We will be back!

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JanineL
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ocean front setting, especially seating outside or on the high top seating right along the water.
Both brunch and dinner are delicious: fresh and tasty! Service is friendly and efficient. Definitely would visit again!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great local spot
We’re able to see sea turtles in the ocean and our waitress was amazing Laura did amazing job

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JenniferT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and I would highly recommend the Tuna Tartar!

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vipMarytiger66
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our very favorite spots on Maui. We had a wonderful time celebrating a friend's birthday. Our server was "the BEST".

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vipMichaelG
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The service was beyond slow. Unacceptable.

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Lindy
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mala
Is one of our favorite brunch spots in
Lahaina. This time of the year we have 4 couples
from the mainland visiting Maui. So every Sunday after church we are looking for a place to eat.
The staff and food at Mala are exceptional and the food is consistent in excellent quality.
In spite of a busy schedule there is much Aloha at Mala.
Mahalo plenty to the hard working staff and managers.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service!

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SandraB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

One of the best brunches in Lahaina

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BillK
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Waitress did not check back to see if we needed anything. Almost had to step to the bar from our table to get another beer.

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foodlover
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I had dinner at Mala twice several years ago and really enjoyed the whole experience. The food is still good now but the environment is in need of attention. Seat cushions at the bar are torn and split open, the mirrors in the restaurant are decaying and the place seems a bit dirty. The view is wonderful but it’s time for the owners to do some much needed repairs and updates to the atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was fantastic as usual - we’ve been eating at Mala every February and March since you opened. I have to say we were not crazy about the new roof line outside. Seems less cozy and too sunny. Other than that, same great food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Food was great and the view is fantastic. We especially liked the coconut shrimp

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macc
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very good food. Outside dining room way too cramped. A little pricey. Good waitstaff very attentive

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normd
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mala was recommended to us by a long time friend.
It did not disappoint!
The service was good and the flavours in the foods we ordered were amazing!

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Gcwgcw
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently excellent.
Coffee and cocktails are excellent.
Service and staff are happy people and extremely accommodating.

FAQs

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 838 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.