Mala Ocean Tavern

4.7
1935 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 1935 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner! Beautiful view, amazing food, great service.

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JosephA
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small place, but great brunch. Excellent place to see some turtles while you eat!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience- great service, delicious food, and wonderful oceanside ambiance. We watched turtles swimming next to us as we ate our dinner. What we’ve been looking for our whole trip to Maui! Don’t miss out on this experience.

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Zaxzon
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service from one of the best restaurants on Maui. Love Mala!

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SusanS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

61st anniversary celebration. Service was great. Friendly staff. Tasty food and music.

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PamelaH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour with great live music.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I ordered a tuna Cobb and it was really fresh but no flavor and my husband ordered fish and chips and he said it was good! Service was great and casual ambiance with gorgeous ocean views witch was great as well.

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1HappyNurse
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While visiting Maui a 50 year anniversary couple recommended, actually insisted we try MALA Ocean Tavern.
I trustees their recommendation and what a pleasant surprise!
Quaint but romantic at the same time and the food, WOW!
Phenomenal
We went for a late dinner and from cocktails, to appetizer to dinner then dessert, just got better and better!
A great gem!
Hospitality and service outstanding!

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vipSaruh
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable food. Highly recommend. We drove 45 mins to get there and SO worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we have had in 7 days in Hawaii. Everything from quality of food to ambience to service was spot on.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was OUTSTANDING!! Far surpassed our expectations. Our server Ryan was attentive and knowledgeable. Great food drinks, and even better atmosphere. Our table was literally right at the waters edge. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here on a whim and I'm so glad we did. Excellent service and the food was really good. We sat inside with view of ocean. It was really nice. Oyster shooters were great!

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DebbieS
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved having a seat by the open window to feel the breeze from the ocean. Our grandson was able to spot crabs on the rocks and watch people parasailing. The fish of the day was grilled to perfection and everyone enjoyed their choices: coconut shrimp, fish and chips, Monte Cristo and even the chicken fingers. Glad we were able to get a lunch reservation.

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MindyD
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful seat outdoors right next to the ocean. Restaurant is on the edge of Lahaina and we easily found parking. Friendly wait staff, food arrived quickly and was delicious.

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Tansen
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was not interesting (not Hawaiian enough), so we skipped the food and had just drinks, which were good. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful. The sea view is great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

On vacation, had reservations here. Great outdoor seating next to ocean, super friendly staff. Food was excellent. Only issue we had was that we got charged for an item we didn’t order. When we attempted to ask the waitress, she grabbed the card and ran off so quickly she didn’t even hear us. We just paid it, rather than hassle with having to have her then go back and credit the card, etc. frustrating though.

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vipDuglas61
Portland
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was high level. Can go during happy hour with casual menu. Unique food offerings. Monday during happy they ha e live music. Very well done.

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LetsEat
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful find, the best we’ve had in Maui. Better than others on the top restaurant lists. Perfect beach vibes, great view with lovely ocean breeze, stylish yet unpretentious decor and the food was excellent. As was the service. A good mix of meals to suit locals popping in and dishes with local flair for the tourists. The Hamachi Benedict was perfectly seasoned and cooked, and the sauce not too creamy to over power the fish. The Ahi Bruschetta good quality tuna and perfectly cooked. The Hawaiian bread, thought we would struggle to finish but it was so good we got every crumb. Dessert, Haupia Tart, not too sweet with good tropical flavors.

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Andreaella
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the pancakes with coconut syrup!!! Great omelets in funky water-side setting.

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vipBobby
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service! New menu items were innovative and delicious. Above and beyond expectations. Perfect night out!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect for our anniversary dinner! Will definitely be back!!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overall a very meh and comparatively expensive experience. Spent more money on dinner here than I did on any other restaurant on Maui and actually cancelled my next reservation.

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vipOT4fil
San Francisco
103 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tables were set up outdoors in the former parking lot. We dined at the oceans edge but there was considerable auto and motorcycle noise on Front Street. It being 1PM there was not shade and because of the wind umbrella cover was problematic. My wife and I each had Eggs Benedict, hers with lamb sausage (her favorite from pre-pandemic Ellman days) and mine with seared tuna and mild Wasabi. These were both served on whole grain brochettes. The crust required a knife to cut through. My wife complained about the dryness of her dish. Mine was otherwise fine.

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vippinkolive
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and incredibly fresh food. We were fortunate to be outside with a view and it was perfect. Not to be missed!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food amazing service amazing views!!!

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KathyY
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great view. Definitely recommend this place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great evening at Mala. Excellent service and food. Their cocktail menu is awesome

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LaurenS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only confident restaurants can offer bone marrow on their menu. We sat outside as the sunset and it was a great experience. Highly recommend the pork shank.

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DavidS
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular!!!!

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duff515
Tucson
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great happy hour specials! The staff was very attentive. We ordered calamari, coconut fried shrimp, garlic flat bread, the ahi salad, and the pot de créme. Everything was fresh and made to order. We loved the views of the ocean and the live musician. It made for a lovely anniversary dinner!

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Luv2eat
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very accommodating to our requests. Food was excellent!

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ThomasB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was awesome. Everything tasted great. Ahi bruschetta highly recommended.

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vipJoyceJ
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lisa, our server was fantastic!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We went back after our dinner visit to enjoy brunch, too.

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JoeC
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family vacation.

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vipPjm32
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Mediocre food not worth the price

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vipreviewer2
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful tables, perfect for party of 2. Cocktails, food and ambience were on point. Great service, timely with everything and friendly staff. Will dine here next time we visit.

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Meiko
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with a beautiful view. We saw turtles from our table! Good drinks and good food!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. We were seated right by the ocean where sea turtles were grazing. The service was great, we ordered mostly seafood dishes and they were the best we’ve ever had. Definitely coming back!

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 4.7 stars by 1935 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.