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Mala Ocean Tavern, Lahaina, HI

Mala Ocean Tavern

4.7
4.7
6211 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 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. Offering complimentary during dinner service Monday through Saturday.

There are views from every seat at MALA and many of our guests request oceanfront or patio seating. We can NOT guarantee outdoor seating, but we do note the request and will do our best to accommodate every guest. If your heart is set on sitting outside, please know that you might have to wait past your reservation time to have your preferred seating. ALL table reservations are for one and a half hours.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 81 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Mediterranean, Hawaii Regional Cuisine

  • Hours of operation

    Thu–Sat 10:00 pm–12:00 am Brunch/Lunch Daily 9:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 2:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 667-9394

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Alvin Savella

  • Catering

    MALA can cater your next party, wedding, work function, or private event with outstanding island influenced cuisine from . For catering inquiries please contact info@malatavern.com or call (808) 667-9394.

  • Private party facilities

    Join us at MALA! Host your Private Event oceanfront at Mala Ocean Tavern. Inquiries please contact info@malatavern.com or call (808) 667-9394.

  • Neighborhood

    Lahaina

  • Cross street

    Kapunakea St.

  • Parking details

    Self parking is available in the small parking lot located to the right of the restaurant, the parking lot between our neighbor restaurants, the parking lot in front of Aloha Mixed Plate, and some street parking on Front St.

  • Public transit

    Cannery Mall Bus Stop

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6,211 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Seafood

  • Maui

    Best Overall

  • Maui

    Best Food

  • Maui

    Best Service

  • Maui

    Best Ambiance

  • Maui

    Best Value

  • Maui

    Great for brunch

  • Maui

    Healthy

  • Maui

    Great for scenic views

  • Maui

    Most Booked

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  1. PrestonM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as always. Ownership is the best on the island, and it trickles down through the staff.
  2. DaMH

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We luv Mala. Went back twice. Luv everything. Really cool watching turtles at the shoreline.
  3. gullsko

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, food, view - everything was amazing.
  4. HanleyM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience5
    We had high expectations but the food was not good. We had the fish special, Ono, it was incredibly dry, inedible. My daughter had the KD chicken and gnocchi, also bone dry. An expensive meal left is dissatisfied and disappointed. Much better options in Maui.
  5. TraciR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent! Loved the atmosphere and the staff was outstanding. Will definitely be back!
  6. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Views were amazing and was only beaten by the food and service. Fantastic experience all around. Highly recommend Eating here.
  7. MarkR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food, nice ambiance on the patio with the waves crashing. Our server Tyler needs to lighten up, though. Good server but he was so serious, like a stone wall. Serving is about relationships, making the customer feel welcome and wanting to return.
  8. Jerry

    Los Angeles

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very accommodating, since I use a mobility scooter.
  9. JohnP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had 50th wedding anniversary at Mala. Staff was very attentive and went out of their way to acknowledge our anniversary with a nice card and glasses of champagne. As usual, the food was excellent and the sunset view amazing. Highly recommend Mala
  10. claudineg

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was delicious! You can sit right on the water.
  11. BrianW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding views and the food was fantastic would highly recommend it to anyone it was the best meal we’ve had in Maui
  12. JoelH

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it. Great local spot. Limited seating but well worth for the experience
  13. AlexisM

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was awesome during happy hour! The deals were awesome and the views were great from our table. During happy hour they have live music which was fun!
  14. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mala is a great setting and the staff was friendly and service was efficient- we had our breakfast in no time / worth the visit
  15. Emily

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing food and setting, loved getting to watch the sunset
  16. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    Dinner, although well presented, was bland and uninspired. The atmosphere is fun and intimate and view is spectacular. The mains are overpriced and on top of that, they add a cheeky 4% mandatory gratuity for kitchen staff to all bills. I thought tipping was a reflection of your overall experience? Thus, the kitchen is the last I’d give an addition 4% to! I have been coming here for years but now it’s time to write MaLa off.

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded 5 days agoMahalo for the feedback! We appreciate you joining us over the years. The Kitchen Staff Gratuity is just a little something for all of their hard work. At any time during your visit with us if you find something to be unsatisfactory, please let the manager know. We strive to give our guests the best experience and would be more than happy to remove the kitchen staff gratuity. We hope you give us another chance. Aloha!

  17. Golfers4ever

    San Francisco

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A favorite with us! Hood canal oyster shooters always a must. Fish sandwiches always good. Love the artichoke tartar sauce since artichokes are one of our favorite vegetables. Staff always so friendly and fun! Thanks to Jose today, and Lisa in the past!!
  18. Lo4bubs

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional service, live music, and food. BJ the bartender gave us great recommendations and service so we stayed to eat at the bar! We will be back!
  19. NatashaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great lunch at Mala Ocean Tavern. The coconut shrimp and Greek Pita were both amazing and they brought us a special birthday surprise for my mom.
  20. jmcm23

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    Burger was good…ahi Benedict was gross it was like eating spoonfuls of wasabi. Asked to sit by the water was told there were no seats. People behind us asked for seating by the water and they were seated quickly. Pretty overrated place overall but the service was great

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded 5 days agoMahalo for taking the time to dine with us and for giving your feedback! We are glad you enjoyed the Wagyu Burger and great service. Our staff does the best they can at navigating our small, yet busy oceanside restaurant. If ever you are not completely satisfied with something during your time with us please voice your concerns with a manager so that we may remedy it in the moment. We hope you give us another chance. Aloha!

  21. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience3
    The beet salad was delicious! And the bread worth ordering.
  22. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the scallops…honestly the best meal EVER!!! Highly recommend a visit to Mala!
  23. KenW

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Fish was over cooked had to cut with knife Smaller portions than normal. Left a little hungry

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded 5 days agoMahalo for the feedback Ken! We appreciate you dining with us. At any time during your visit if you are not satisfied please let a manager know so that we may remedy it in the moment. We hope you give us another chance. Aloha!

  24. BrianS

    Houston

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints! Brought very special friends here for a special occasion and the gracious Mala staff made it even better. Thank you Mala -we’ll be back soon!
  25. TimetoDine

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! Everything was tasty and I love hearing the waves roll over the beach stones!!
  26. Steve

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There was a construction issue that prohibited Mala from opening on the day of our reservation. We were called early in the afternoon to notify us (left a VM), which was great because we had time to come up with a new plan for dinner that night. When I called back to re-schedule for the next night (our only option because we were leaving the day after) the staff made it work, which I know was an effort because next evening reservations aren't usually available. We never come to Maui without going to Mala Ocean Tavern!
  27. Stella

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We were looking forward to celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary at Mala but the restaurant was closed for some remodeling and was not open at the time of our reservation. Apparently it was expected to be open but the remodeling did not get done. We received a phone call about 3 hours before our reservation informing us that our reservation was cancelled and we could call to reschedule. We were leaving the next day.

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded 5 days agoMahalo for the feedback Stella! We apologize for the inconvenience and are disappointed we didn’t get to celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary with you due to things out of our control. We hope you give us another chance and choose MĀLA on your next visit to celebrate another special occasion. A hui hou!

  28. BrendaC

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Accepted reservation for a Tuesday where they were closed. Drove a long way for nothing and had to scramble to find a place to eat for 5

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded 5 days agoMahalo for the feedback Brenda. We apologize for the inconvenience. We did call to reschedule any reservations made on Tuesday and left voicemails for those who did not answer. We hope you get another chance to dine with us on your next visit. Aloha!

  29. Bobk

    Atlanta Metro

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Super location with a nice vibes. Service was solid Food somewhat average.
  30. AlexanderF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    By far the best experience dining we have had in a very long time! The server was incredible, knowledgeable, and helpful picking the perfect meal. We went for our anniversary/honeymoon and they greeted us with a glass of champagne and a beautiful card. The food was amazing and catch of the day was phenomenal! Highly recommend MaLa 10000 times over!
  31. JanetteL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are repeat customers every time we come back to Maui. Being on the waterfront is exactly what you want from a Maui dining experience. Watch the boats, turtles, crabs while the breeze tussles your hair and have a wonderful cocktail. You’ll be so happy with your menu selection as there isn’t a bad choice! Thank you MaLa for another wonderful evening.
  32. Wendi

    Detroit

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2023

    overall3food1service5ambience4
    We orders calamari, salad and two fish dishes. the appetizer and entrees were substantially over cooked. Drinks and dessert were great. Service was impeccable. Atmosphere was darling. Unfortunately, we spent a lot of money for food that wasn’t great.

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded on May 24, 2023Mahalo for the feedback Wendi! We appreciate you taking the time to dine with us and are pleased to hear you enjoyed the drinks, dessert, and atmosphere. If ever you are not completely satisfied with your meal please let a manager know right away so that we may remedy it in the moment. We hope you give us another chance. If you would like me to make that reservation for you please email me directly akilah@malatavern. Aloha!

  33. MichaelS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Hair in the food, waiter forgot our drinks, food way overpriced

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded on May 24, 2023Mahalo for the feedback Michael. We hope that you give us another chance to change your 3 Star experience into a 5 Star one. Please email me directly akilah@malatavern if I can make that reservation for you. Aloha!

  34. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great at this restaurant. Even tho this restaurant it s small, the ambiance is super nice. Real Hawaii experience.
  35. LonnyT

    Houston

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    If you’re looking for local charm and a simply outstanding view, this is the place to go. Tables are a bit tight but the view more than makes up for it. Had the Eggs Benedict with lamb sausage, a unique take on the classic, and found it delicious. Very accommodating and friendly staff. We’ll be back!
  36. MichaelS

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We went for Sunday Brunch and were not disappointed. Great food, great service, great views. s
  37. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing dinner and the service was top notch. I highly recommend this restaurant.
  38. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the ahi bruschetta and sunset views from our patio table. Makai Tai was delicious too!
  39. DannyH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I ordered the rib eye steak and it was not a quality piece of meat. The fat inside the steak was hard as rock and the red romesco sauce was not good at all. My wife got the chicken salad it was just OK. The service was not good only saw the waiter maybe 2 times and took forever to get our bill. I was excited about this restaurant but I will not be returning
  40. DeAnnaT

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Normally this is our favorite restaurant that we return to year after year but today's experience was sub par. The pizza crust was very hard and it. came out much later without the mushrooms that were ordered. My fish plate was not tasty and the MahiMahi was over cooked. We were told that we would receive a reduction on our bill but that did not happen. Our friend was happy with the Male breakfast and the fish and chips were very crunchy but the fries were sub par. Hopefully, this is to the new standard here and we were impressed by the restaurant's upgraded interior.

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded on May 24, 2023Mahalo for the feedback DeAnna! We appreciate you dining with us year after year. We are glad you enjoyed the Mala Breakfast Plate and upgraded interior. If ever you are not satisfied with your meal, or a change was promised in your bill and not followed through, please let a manager know right away so that we may remedy it in the moment. We hope you give us another chance so that we may continue to be one of your favorite restaurants. Aloha!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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 6211 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 81 times today
Google Map for Mala Ocean Tavern

1307 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Kapunakea St.

  • Neighborhood

    Lahaina

  • Hours of operation

    Thu–Sat 10:00 pm–12:00 am Brunch/Lunch Daily 9:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 2:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Mediterranean, Hawaii Regional Cuisine

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Self parking is available in the small parking lot located to the right of the restaurant, the parking lot between our neighbor restaurants, the parking lot in front of Aloha Mixed Plate, and some street parking on Front St.

  • Public transit

    Cannery Mall Bus Stop

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alvin Savella

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (808) 667-9394

  • Catering

    MALA can cater your next party, wedding, work function, or private event with outstanding island influenced cuisine from . For catering inquiries please contact info@malatavern.com or call (808) 667-9394.

  • Private party facilities

    Join us at MALA! Host your Private Event oceanfront at Mala Ocean Tavern. Inquiries please contact info@malatavern.com or call (808) 667-9394.

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