Mala Ocean Tavern
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. MALA 'TIL MIDNIGHT (Starting 2/1/19) features Late Night Happy Hour with Food & Drinks from 10p-12a.
There are views from every seat indoor & outdoor at MALA & many of our guests request ocean front 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.
The food and service are always exemplary.
We had the best dinner and experience at Mala. The entire staff was extremely friendly and accommodating to our group. The food and service were both impeccable!
Food was great!
Catharine was fabulous!
See you next year!
Great meal! Went back for brunch the next day and it was good too
We will highly recommend Mala Ocean Tavern to anyone visiting Maui. Casual interior, large open windows with spectacular view and waves crashing just feet beneath you. Our meals were 5 star and the service by all was impeccable. So glad we found Mala!
Great as usull
Outstanding. You might not notice it passing by, it comes off looking like a cafe. But dinner on the patio is amazing and the sunset view is to die for. The menu is fantastic, a good Mediterranean twist on the usual fare in the area. Service is impeccable. Better than anything we have experienced to date. The staff were very accommodating with our young family. You'd be crazy to pass this up. Make sure you reserve a table in advance. Mala is on OpenTable.
Ahi Bruschetta is a must. Views of sunset are spectacular.
It’s was just OK. Not much of a vegetarian selection. View was nice. Drinks strong. Price was what you’d except for the location.
If you like olives you’ll love the warm Mediterranean Olives small plate.
Shrimp , coconut encrusted, delicious.
There is ahi, and then there is sashimi grade ahi - Mala sashimi ahi was delicious.
Turns out Ono is not our favorite fish after several experiences, but fish sandwich was good.
Maui steam IPA was nice on a warm day.
Excellent service, friendly staff, fabulous views.
We parked on street about 400 ft from restaurant but turns out they have free valet parking.
Mala now owned by folks that own Down the Hatch restaurant/bar in Lahaina . Also believe they no longer have sister restaurant at former Marriott (now Wailea Beach Resort) in Wailea.
Wonderful atmosphere right on the water , great food , wonderful service , will go back
Mala never disappoints!! Amazing food, service, and with a bonus of a beautiful sunset view and turtle sightings!
Loved the casual atmosphere sitting right at the edge of the water. Very friendly atmosphere with very good food.
Excellent except for noise level.
We were far from the water despite being regulars and having booked over a month ago!
Great service. Good food.
Great experience at Mala’s. It was our anniversary and they gave us a great table and a little special surprise. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. Beautiful patio right on the water. Will definitely go back on our next visit.
Staff and manager were very friendly and accommodating. We opted to eat outside and it was the perfect beach front location (although there was no beach, more like water front). We had the brussel sprouts and flatbreads both were great.
Menu varied and changes seasonally. Salad selection good and dressings tasty.
Appetizers wonderful and could be meal on their own.
Fish catch of the day well prepared and large enough to share for 2
Great sunset view from patio
This was our first time dining at Mala, I can’t express enough how wonderful the dining experience was on Sunday night. We had an incredible bartender( can’t remember his name) and a very friendly Aussie server who couldn’t have been more accommodating. It was a very enjoyable evening, and even had the opportunity to meet the owners cute little one. We will definitely be back every time we come to Maui!. I told my husband we should buy here instead of the Big Island when we retire so we can dine here!!! Thank you again for providing great service!
Wonderful service. It was noisy but, we are talking 🌊 waves.
Amazing service, fantastic food and drink specials, and you just can’t get any closer to the ocean!! Absolutely beautiful dining experience!!
Not a good value, seems needlessly overpriced for food, ambiance presentation, wasn't the stellar experience we expected for the extreme prices
The food here is always excellent! I come here everytime I'm in Maui. There clams are awesome along with the Filet. Best time to book is one hour before sunset!
Wonderful food, nice atmosphere! The fish was fresh and cooked to perfection. Kitchen accommodated a couple of special requests.
The food was excellent but they crammed you in and no air conditioning
Aloha, Thanks for the review, I'm so glad you enjoyed the food. Be sure to ask for inside seating if you decide to try us again, we have cold AC throughout the restaurant!
Server Dolly was not attentive. Service painfully slow. Chilaquiles were mush. Food quality and service downhill since Ellmans sold it.
Food was excellent. We had to ask for a better table. The hostess accommodated us There was a mix up with our appetizer, the manager fixed the mistake and comped the appetizer
Mahalo for the review Mel! We're sorry about the mix up but so glad we fixed it! We look forward to serving you again!
A friend recommended Mala to me and I'm so glad we went! Our food was amazing and the service was fantastic!
Mala is a must stop every time we visit Maui. The food and service are so wonderful, and it is our favorite restaurant on the island. We've had John Massa as our server several times and he's fantastic. This time we had Aaron and he was fantastic as well. So personable and simply top notch as a server. The hostess, Leah was also very friendly and helpful when we asked if we could wait a few minutes for our favorite table. Dine at Mala, you will not regret it.
I had read a lot of reviews
I love Mala and it had been way too long since I was able to go. Haddy our waitress was fabulous and very attentive. The food is great!
Aloha Robin! Thanks for the great review, we're so glad you made it back to Mala! Haddy is awesome, I'm so pleased she took such good care of you! Don't leave it so long next time! We look forward to serving you again soon :) Rob
One of my favorite spots on the island and always my first stop on the way in from the airport...nicest people and great food and amazing location.
Our server Kip was the ultimate "practice aloha" spirit. Food was slow coming as usual. Hubbys complete wax overcooked as usual. My huevoes rancheros were served scrambled and way overcooked even tho I asked for the eggs to be medium meaning not scrambled. Once Kip was of the misunderstanding he immediately placed an order for the correct eggs which also took forever. Why do we continue to return? The setting right on the water and the friendly service and the food is flavorful esp the health bread.
Very impressed with the food and service.
Excellent all around.
We had brunch here. The potatoes were amazing. The service was excellent
I went for my birthday. Food was phenomenal. I don’t eat fish but I trusted our waitress, Rachel, who suggested Ono in the Balinese stir fry and it was delicious. I also tried the Ahi bruschetta which was equally amazing. The outside terrace offers picturesque water views and of Lanai and Molokai.
Most definitely one of the best restaurants on the island of Maui!
The food is consistently delicious--I've been to Mala more times than I count and each time I'm never disappointed by their menu selection.
The menu does change every now and then, however it is apparent the chefs/owners spend ample time perfecting their dishes as nesrly everything on the menu is a winner.
However, a must get is their ahi bruschetta! It's pricey but it's worth it! You can't find it's amazing & unqiue flavor combination anywhere else in all of Hawaii.
Service is always top notch! I've gone with large parties, intimate groups, and just as a party of two and every time the servers and hosts are warm, full of aloha, and very attentive to throughout the entire evening.
Cocktails and wine options are excellent and worth mentioning as this is also a great choice for happy hour! Bartenders are always friendly and fast.
Lastly, the location is unable to be beat. You are right on the ocean with a clear view of Molokai and Lanai, sea turtles, parasailers, and a gorgeous sunset during the evening hours.
I couldn't recommend Mala more even if I tried! Worth every penny!
A few tips:
- Be sure to make a reservation an hour or so before sunset to get a good table
- There's a long line of street parking available at the start of Front Street along the water when coming off the main road from Kaanapali, take advantage of that if their valet parking is full.
- The rush usually starts around 6 - 6:30 so anytime before that or after 8pm is great for a more intimate setting
Always delightful service and food.
Beautiful evening on the patio in the off season. Our waitress was very warm and friendly and clearly enjoyed working there. Great food and drinks!