Mala Ocean Tavern

4.7
1290 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 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 1290 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDonnaC
Minneapolis
33 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each time we come to Mala it’s wonderful!! Jose provides excellent service - he’s personable, attentive and very kind. Breakfast this morning was so good!! Thank you!!

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Outdoor patio was terrific, but food was just okay and more expensive than it was worth.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best experience on Maui top to bottom

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vipSusan
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were outside on the deck for an amazing sunset meal.
The food was incredible. The virgin drinks were so refewshing and the vibe was
so relaxed even thought they are fanatical with Covid protocols,.
Thank you Mala for always shining above the rest!

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ChrisE
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great location, good food, local customers and good service

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vipgregorys
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always; a favorite place in Lahaina

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vipMarcia
Baltimore
42 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had an outside table at Mala, where we ate brunch on the way to the airport to leave our beautiful island. The service was very friendly and professional and the food was good. We overlooked the Lahiana harbor which is always a plus.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time eating at restaurant. It was so good that we are going back two days later before we leave the island.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food! Loved all we chose... mahi-mahi, seafood stir fry, the flatbread—-very good. And the Makai Tai with POG foam is so delicious 💙

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vipStevenK
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Nice laid back setting right by the shore. Food was OK and service adequate.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious late lunch at Mala. This is one great f our favorite places on Maui. Love the expanded outside seating. The live music was a special treat.

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vipDonnaC
Minneapolis
34 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Happy Hour. The drinks were delicious, the appetizers very tasty and the music was perfect!! Our server was very attentive and pleasant. We had a wonderful time and we’ll be back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere and great breakfast!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service and food!

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AnthonyR
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really good Mai Tai followed by super apps and main dishes.

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KimS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with an amazing view. You cannot beat it. Most places will ask what are you celebrating but won't do much with that information, but Mala Tavern actually pay attention to what you put down. We were given free champagne for being newlyweds. Our waitress, Kendall is soo sweet. Also took really good sunset photos of us. We got a table feets away from the water, with waves crashing below us. Romantic is an understatement. And the food is so good. The clams in that sauce, I wanted to drink it. There isn't one bad thing to say about Mala Tavern. We had an amazing time.

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KathleenO
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best happy hour spot! Great music, drinks and view!

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Janet
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, friendly staff. Only one thing missing - there are not a single non-dairy milk option for us who prefer to stay away from dairy, to put in our coffee. I was surprised by this since most places nowadays realize that a lot of us prefer non-dairy. Hopefully next time I have brunch there, they will offer soy, almond, oat, or cashew milk. Mahalo

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vipJJSD
Las Vegas
40 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breakfast in paradise, creative and delicious food, attentive & friendly service and an incomparable view.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and location

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Outandabout
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again Mala comes through. Excellent food, service, location and service. I always enjoy coming here!

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ShannonB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dinner here whenever we visit Maui. We LOVE it!!

JS
JoeS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place to eat and enjoy ocean views. We will be back.

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TomB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is going to seam very cliche, but I have never eaten a better tasting mahimahi dish.

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LeslieW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing!
This restaurant never disappoints us. Starts at the check-in with the most friendly, efficient (even on his crutches!) and responsive host, and continues with the wait staff! The food is always amazing, just a great dining experience all around!

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vipheathers
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wow what a view!

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Kristi
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view from the ocean deck was magnificent! The staff greeted us with champagne (as we were celebrating an anniversary) which was unexpected and unbelievably kind. The food was delicious, even our 9 year old son approved and ate every bite! The atmosphere was calm, fairly quiet, and perfect for watching the sunset over the ocean. It is a bit expensive, but between the delicious food, welcoming staff, and gorgeous location it is well worth it to have a dinner out.

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VirginiaM
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kendall is amazing and so friendly. The food is delicious and fresh! The view is spectacular! We highly recommend going at sunset.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service with an outstanding view

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OpenTable Diner
NW Territories
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We got the worst seat in the house by the road, but it was a last minute reservation. Food was okay...service was so slow. We were there for 2 hours and came for a couple drinks and happy hour.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place.

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vipDonnaC
Minneapolis
34 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious — we ate outdoors and the food was hot when served! The service was great — very attentive, personable server. We had the omelet special and French toast. Portion size was perfect. The coffee was really good.

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Chuck879
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar. Service was friendly. Once we ordered, entre was up quick.i had grilled catch (white fish that wasn't mahi mahi). My partner had the braised pork shank. Both meals were very good.

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Sparty84
Salt Lake City
16 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful waterfront setting, great meal and drinks with great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and food was delicious!!

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vipFoodjunkies
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been dining at Mala since they opened and are pleased that the menu is basically the same since Mark Ellman sold the business. Food is still excellent!!

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GaryT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was Rachel and she was exceptional. She knew the menu and made great recommendations after she asked us our preferences. The setting (outdoor patio) was absolutely amazing and the bonus was listening to live music (Akoni). Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing views. We couldn’t ask for a better setting!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will be back. Food was excellent and joe our server was really nice and attentive!

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 1290 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.