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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.8
service
4.7
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4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLaurenP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food & amazing service! We had brunch there and would 100% go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Everything was nice. Service was good. Beautiful setting. The Tuna was great. The chicken was great. Fish of the day was average. The pasta was off.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour is great!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch beautiful ocean side🌺

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious brunch! 10/10. Get the mala cristo

NK
vipNancyK
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was the best! The views and vibes the best as well! Thanks for the great experience!

JO
vipJoeO
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Our evening at Mala Ocean Tavern started out bad when my wife and I were seated at 5:45pm and the Hostess announced that we needed to be done and out of the restaurant in 90 minutes. REALLY,...and who says that to a two top and we had booked the reservations three weeks in advance. Isn’t scheduling and managing reservations in a restaurant one of the assumptive risks of operating a restaurant. On top of that Mala has significantly raised their prices since our last visit 17 months ago. We sat in the main dining room and with the front door and back door (to patio dining) wide open, we were in a wind tunnel, so getting it done in 90 minutes was never at risk. I spent most of my time keeping my napkin from flying off my lap. But because of how the Hostess handled it, we’re done. She and the owner (assuming that’s sanctioned behavior) need a bit more Aloha Spirit in their life. They have taken off the iconic Edamame dip with chips and the Carmen Miranda desert. Their featured cocktail list was boring and disappointing. If you need to go, ask to be seated in the bar or their adjacent outdoor seating area. The customers on the outside deck next to the water looked like they had just finished a ride on Splash Mountain. The food and server were good, but hey we’re in Maui and we want good food and great ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent location, food and service!

JW
JimW
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing better than watching the turtles and waves while enjoying a wonderful dinner! The ahi bruschetta appetizer can’t be beat!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food... fresh and innovative. Wonderful service. Can’t get any closer to the beach than this!

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AngelD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place to grab some lunch in Lahaina. Catch of the day was marlin. Fish and chips and fish wrap were both delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very nice workers! Easy to book and seated right away when arrived. Food was delicious. Service was quick. Would definitely return!

JL
vipJohnL
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience. Ahi and sprouts were spectacular and service was even better. Will go again soon!

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vipTuTu
London
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

This is the second time in several weeks that we have had the table right next to the bathrooms! Ugh. I’m not sure how many people the restaurant holds but at least 60 people came and went while we had our dinner. There were several groups.....3 women and several couples that all piled into the bathroom together. Very strange since there is only one toilet and one room. It was noisy and confining at times with so many people lined up to use it. Surely they could put up a curtain or something to block constantly seeing right into the toilet area while we were eating.
Not the most appetizing or relaxing dinner.

JS
JanS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

the place was dirty
crumbs on the floor
bathroom dirty
I always say dirty restaurant, dirty kitchen

MK
McKenzieA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! We especially loved the calimari. Perfect atmosphere and the live music was a plus.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We visited here on our honeymoon. The view outside is beautiful! We got the fish & chips and the fried fish sandwich — both were delicious and a good amount of food for the price. The hostess had a little bit of an attitude when we asked to sit in a shaded spot outside but that’s the only reason I gave it 4 stars vs 5 stars on service. This was one of our favorite restaurants during our stay. **Make sure and make a reservation ahead of time!!

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IngeO
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On some meals the portions are a bit small. The setting could not be more gorgeous.

JJ
vipJJSD
Hawaii
47 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breakfast/brunch at Mala is the best

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating life

KA
vipKathyA
Baltimore
50 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely setting, good food, terrific service

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sabrinaG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. We sat outside and had a delicious brunch. Glad to be off the main drag in Lahaina -- less touristy feeling.

SM
SammamishMom
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, ate out on the outdoor patio under the white lights. Friendly service. Beautiful spot.

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vipfoodiepharmie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and perfect location. Remember to bring a jacket or shawl as it is in a very windy area. The restaurant does not provide blankets but have shawls for purchase.

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ImprovNight
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
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!

MD
vipMaryD
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside here the other evening for dinner. The waiter we had was very friendly and helpful. We had the ahi bruschetta, a salad, the catch of the day, and a passion fruit tart for desert. All were excellent and very well presented. They also have a good wine and drink list. I had to laugh, thought, when the whiskey sour was delivered to the table- it didn’t look anything like what they look like in the Midwest! It, too, was presented well with the restaurant’s logo on top ! Great choice for a great evening !

JN
JoeNickname
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
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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vipNickolina
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! Highly recommend this lovely restaurant!

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viprobwest
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot out of Lahaina’s tourist zone. Nice happy hour.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

JH
JenniferH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous, oceanfront sunset view for dinner. Creative, fresh & delicious fish entrees. Excellent service. A must-visit for us on Maui.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic! Mahalo Jose!

JJ
vipJJWLWW
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, food and service just fabulous. Eggs Benedict with Ahi and wasabi hollandaise may be one of the best brunch meals ever. Rated noice higher than minimal only because of proximity of waves — not a negative at all.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
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 on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KP
KathrynP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
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 on April 10, 2021
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 on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance, fabulous service, delicious food.

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Wirthette
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
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 on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Mala 💕

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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.