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Mala Ocean Tavern, Lahaina, HI

Mala Ocean Tavern

4.8
4.8
5643 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 126 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 5,643 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    20th anniversary
  2. T

    Teresa

    Denver

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

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

    Cocoa

    Jacksonville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

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

    JerryV

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 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
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    PlanC

    Sacramento

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    LisaM

    Boise

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    CAPT

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    LinwoodH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    Looking4local

    Hawaii

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined 4 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.
  11. K

    Kmoi

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded 3 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!

  12. B

    Breakin79

    Tahoe

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    HowardD

    Dallas

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    bat2

    San Joaquin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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!
  15. BR

    BRaM

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    NikkiL

    Kansas City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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!
  17. GF

    GailF

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New favorite place in Maui.
  20. LP

    LaurieP

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    KarenH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always order the pork shank, taro rolls, maladadas, makai tai. Soooo delicious and consistent. Wait staff amazing.
  22. TD

    TonyD

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We live here and this is one of my favorite, locally owned spots on the island. Their service, location and food is awesome. I personally think it's one of the best breakfasts you can get here. Sit outside because it's parked right next to a turtle sanctuary. So if you're not from here and wanna see turtles while you eat, that's the spot.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great service. Nice location
  24. MC

    MichaelC

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Have dined here multiple times over the past years. Food quality and service seems to have gone downhill somewhat after new management took over a couple of years back. Had the ahi bruschetta which was fabulous in the past and mediocre at best at present. He wok fried veggie dish was rather bland.

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded 6 days agoMahalo for your feedback Michael! We appreciate you dining with us time and time again. So glad you enjoyed the Ahi Bruschetta. If ever you find you are not completely satisfied please share your concerns with a manager so that we may remedy it in the moment. We hope you give us another chance. Aloha!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Nice spot for happy hour. Food and drinks were delicious. Outside had much better seating than indoors, and indoors was a little too loud with live band for the size of the restaurant, but overall a great experience! Coconut shrimp and makai tai’s are excellent!

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded 6 days agoMahalo for your feedback and taking the time to dine with us! Stoked you enjoyed the Makai Tai and Coconut Shrimp. We try our best to control the volume levels in our small, yet busy restaurant. On your next visit try Dinner starting at 4pm, you will find the ambiance slightly more tranquil. Aloha!

  26. AJ

    AlisonJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We had lunch at Mala yesterday, both ordering the Mahi mahi sandwich. Our sandwiches were plain and nothing special, but the accompanying fries were very tasty. The plate did include some artichoke tartar sauce that was good, and the fries had some yummy chipotle mayo. So the accompaniments were much more interesting than the plain fish sandwich. Other than the meal, the service was good and the ambiance was ok although a bit too loud. Seating was somewhat cramped. All in all, we had a so-so experience here. We much prefer dining next door at Honu.

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded 6 days agoMahalo for your feedback Alison! We appreciate you taking the time to dine with us. Stoked to hear you had great service. We do our best to control the volume levels in our small, yet busy restaurant. On your next visit join us for Dinner starting at 4pm, you will find the atmosphere more quaint and the meals more complex. Aloha!

  27. BW

    BobW

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, terrific choices, great service. Will go back as much as we can.
  28. JO

    JOSEPHE

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The fresh mahi-mahi blackened fish sandwich was fantastic. And, the fries were excellent, too.
  29. U

    Uredagjw

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Good food.
  30. E

    Elizabeth

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We’ve been to Mala for brunch many times. The brunch manager, Grace, introduced herself and checked in on us several times. She was kind, helpful and fun! Our waitress was exceptional as well! We always love the food and cocktails. The only reason for 4 stars was the temp of the food - it was very cold except the egg on the Benedict. Probably a fluke because it was a busy day! We will definitely be back - Mala is a favorite for us.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jose provided exceptional service. Food was amazing. Our first visit and we will definitely return. Best food in Lahaina and Kaanapali by far.
  32. BC

    BenC

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We had a wonderful time. The staff was super warm and friendly. Thank you for treating us so well!

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded on January 28, 2023Mahalo for the five star review Ben! We are stoked you had a phenomenal time with our warm, friendly staff. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Aloha!

  33. SB

    SueB

    Omaha

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Amazing! Such a wonderful restaurant ~ food, drinks, service and ambiance, all truly worth it! Thank you for the wonderful evening!

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded on January 28, 2023Mahalo for the five star review Sue! We are so pleased to hear you had an amazing time with us: from the food to the drinks, service, and ambiance! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Aloha!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great dinner but is a little loud. Enjoyed Tyler our waiter. Cocktails were good and appreciated the half bottles of wine. Meals were presented well and tasted great!

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded on January 28, 2023Mahalo for the five star review! We are so glad you had a great time with Tyler while enjoying our half bottles of wine and excellent meals. We hope you join us again soon. Aloha!

  35. m

    markp

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have eaten at Mala Tavern 3 times...twice last year and once this year. The food is outstanding and so plentiful. We had the grilled ribeye and the ahi...both fabulous, and the chocolate bomb dessert is to die for. The service was perfect...our server Alex was not only delightful, she was very attentive to us. As an added bonus, the setting, plus a spectacular sunset was beautiful. Totally perfect dinner out!!

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded on January 28, 2023Mahalo for the five star review Mark! We appreciate you dining with us repeatedly. Stoked you enjoyed the Ribeye, Ahi, Chocolate Bomb, and Alex's impeccable service. We hope you join us for another spectacular sunset soon. Aloha!

  36. MW

    MarcW

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot especially for Happy Hour. Waterfront, live music, good drinks and small plates. Our new go-to place
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lisa is great
  38. MS

    MichaelS

    Caribbean

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Calamari appetizer and Greek salad were very good, deep fried whole Opakapaka (red snapper) was OK. The way it was plated on top of the mashed potatoes with a medley of green beans, edamame, mushrooms, tomatoes and topped with pickled ginger was odd as all of the flavors tended to mask the fish as you removed and played it to eat. Serving the potatoes and veggies on the side would have been better.
  39. JA

    JonathanA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This meal was phenomenal. The food was delicious, elegant, perfectly balanced and cooked (we tried virtually every appetizer and all but one of the seafood entrees). The staff was attentive, offering a superb and high level of service. The ambiance and restaurant provides a relaxed atmosphere. Excellent cocktails. We believe you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super nice view, great food and service!

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 5643 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 126 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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