Mala Ocean Tavern

4.7
3132 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
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 3132 people are saying
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vipConstanceD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been to Mala many times and it is always a special experience.

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vipJackS
Anchorage
33 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined on the coldest night on Maui this year. The staff were extremely accommodating to us and allowed us to wait at the bar until an inside table opened. Our server, Joe, was very personable and informative. My husband had the Huli Huli chicken which was moist and delicious. I had the filet which was perfectly prepared. This is a small tavern but does an awesome job. Every visit to Maui, we try to have at least one dinner and one breakfast here. On a sunny day try to sit on the lanai to watch the sea turtles.

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TomW
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You don’t want to go here - too popular (and for good reason). Magic place, good service, good food. Our favorite place in Lahaina.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was lovely! Beet box was an original!

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vipKarenG1
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We wish you still served the edemame and chips upon sitting at our table.
Also the chairs were not comfortable outside and needed a cushion since they were low and the table was high.

Food was spectacular as alway!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing beats the location of Mala!! Servers first approach to table was with 2 half glasses of champagne and birthday wishes for both my husband & I! Service and food was fantastic. Recommend!!! Make reservations way ahead of time

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vipWaileaWahine
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live on the other side of the island but make the drive to dine here several times a year. Never a disappointment (unless weather issue!) one of the best restaurants on Maui

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303foodie
Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Incredible location on the water, so close we could see the sea turtles and fish jumping! Great food and friendly staff. My only critique is we felt rushed. The hostess greeted us and asked we limit our experience to 90 minutes. While that is plenty of time for dinner, I’ve never been asked this at a nice restaurant and we felt rushed and I kept checking my watch…. Don’t set time limits for paying customers, it’s rude and ruins an otherwise great dinner and we likely would have been done “on time” without the reminder.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We got a reso here to watch the sunset.
The service was wonderful (Thanks Carlos et al!!)
Our food was delicious. I highly recommend- great food on the water. What could be better?

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vipLaurenS
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lisa was our server and was attentive, knowledgeable and very nice. The food and ambiance was phenomenal. An absolute favorite.

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Dano
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ocean view, great service, fantastic food and adult beverages that are top notch. When we return, will look forward to another table looking at the view, listening to the sounds of the waves as they come ashore.

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vipRichardK
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food, drink, service. The Bloody Mary with Bruschetta and Bacon is a masterpiece! The Benedicts are incredible! Liked it so much, we are going again before leaving Hawaii!

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RonP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Good wine, service, and atmosphere. Food leaves a lot to be desired.

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BLADE
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the greatest meal of my life. sensational
Food and service
Highly highly recommended !!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience and dinner at Mala on our vacation! The service was incredible and made us feel like their only guests but they were very busy! The food was incredible and we all got different plates.

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vipMelissa
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience5

A beautiful location but snooty service. Ordered a flat rose which came sparkling and even though there were visible bubbles after sending back, sever insisted it was just how it comes out of a tap. I’d expect better for a high end restaurant like this. The meal was amazing but this was a sour start to the experience.

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NicoleA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely service, nice food and great ambiance. They were super kind to the grandkids and did not rush us out of table

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour menu. Food was fresh.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service. Definitely not cheap but a nice experience

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vipgoodnightout
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food and ambiance were wonderful for the most part. However, our waiter disappeared for so long that we had finished our appetizers before getting our drinks. Also, we had to put our menus on our laps to eat our appetizers. When our waiter finally did return, our plates had been cleared and our waiter asked if we would like any appetizer. He was fone so long he forgot he placed that order, we finished it, but he forgot to take our entree order. My husband did have several pieces of shell or sand in his entree.

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Birk
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Ahi. Very good. Waitress attentive to a severe food allergy. We sat outside. We were lucky to have a spectacular sunset.

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SarahW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took for my Mother's Bday. They made it special. Timing and service was spot on, never needed for anything. Food was off the charts yummy. Highly recommend. Very romantic and warm

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DonD
Dallas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

All of our meals (5) were mediocre at best. The appetizers were a 50/50 - brussel sprouts real bad, Tuna Brochette very good,
Overall I think they were counting on the ambiance to hold them over. $600 meal for 5 not worth the money.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service, and views!

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CarlosI
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went for brunch. Very good food in general although small portions (at least what we ordered; the table next to us ordered a sandwich which looked amazing and was a big one). Very nice and attentive stuff. As you sit outdoor next to the ocean, it is a great setup! I do recommend it.

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bjo1
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good but VERY expensive for a casual place. Nice service, good food but main courses all @ $40; mark up on wine is crazy. In many cases the price of a glass is almost the retail bottle price.

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vipHarris
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and presentation. Carlos was attentive but not overly so. Great experience - we will be back!

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DougP
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was our second trip to Mala this week - first was for brunch which was spectacular - 5-stars across the board so we had very high expectations for dinner - the weather was less than cooperative and we selected two seats at the bar - which was great - my wife selected the stir fry and Brussels sprouts - the stir fry was served in too small of a bowl making it somewhat challenging to fully enjoy - I had the signature ahi - the ahi was amazing but the presentation was in a large bowl with mashed potatoes and mushrooms and way too much gravy which made everything swim - still good but not up to the brunch

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duchess
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dishes were simply outstanding, the ahi bruschetta and the beet salad, wow! Then our seafood dishes were among the most interesting varieties of veggies which we have never experienced at our ages (old) and from NYC area, and have travelled the world pretty extensively. Bravo!

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vipBonnieN
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, can't beat the view, wait staff were excellent

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RachelD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

didnt enjoy that much coz of the weather..but overall its good experience

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Non-imposing little place right on the ocean. At first seems like a back-water dive bar but initial looks can be deceiving. Gorgeous views of Lanai and the setting sun to the west and the west Maui mountains to the east. A gentle breeze and a double rainbow over the mountains served as the backdrop for our entire meal. Service (Carlos) was impeccable. A couple of fine cocktails and all was good. Then came the food. All 5 of us (wife and three kids ages 13-19) ordered a different entree. All 5 entrees were both a feast for the eye and palate. I especially loved the huli huli chicken, which was perfectly seasoned and moist. Oyster shooters were a treat for my adult daughter and I. We shared two desserts- butterscotch pot de creme (outstanding) and chocolate bomb (my 13 yo son’s favorite). Would definitely recommend this place. We are there on our departure night, just before heading to the airport. It was a fitting end to a great vacation.

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vipBetzB
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite breakfast place on Maui!

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vipKarenV
Anchorage
54 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a MUST while staying in Lahaina or the surrounding areas, even worth the drive from the other side of the island. First the view is unsurpassed! With the onset of Covid they have created an additional outdoor space that only enhances the environment.

The service is truly Aloha, always friendly, plenty of staff that make you feel welcome from the moment you step inside. The food, unmatched! All fresh and locally sourced and beautifully presented.

Again it's a must, don't miss it.

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vipPgriff
Hawaii
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service was great. A wonderful place to go in the t side.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, beautiful location

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eric was wonderful

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vipBenjamin
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Struggling between two and three star here. Let me start by saying that I love going to Mala. Usually have been for breakfast and lunch. Decided to do dinner this time and was a bit under impressed. The prices are as high as any fine dining restaurant. However the service and food didn't meet that kind of price range. Not bad, but just average. Plus, we felt rushed from the ordering to how fast our food came out to how fast the check came out. We actually finished our entire meal in under an hour with a bottle of wine that we didn't even have time to drink. Really expected more than a casual dining experience at this price point. 55 dollars for ahi medallions. Good but not great.

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DevinH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live part time on the Island and always talk about coming to Mala. Definitely worth it, Ryan was fantastic, food was amazing, and service was outstanding. Definitely will be coming back for more!!

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Mala Ocean Tavern is rated 4.7 stars by 3132 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.