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Mala Ocean Tavern, Lahaina, HI

Mala Ocean Tavern

4.8
4.8
5019 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 96 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

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 5,019 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Seafood

  • Hawaii

    Most Booked

  • Maui

    Best Overall

  • Maui

    Best Food

  • Maui

    Best Service

  • Maui

    Best Ambiance

  • Maui

    Best Value

  • Maui

    Outdoor Dining

  • Maui

    Seafood

  • Maui

    Most Booked

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  1. N

    Nanc

    Seattle

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting, tasty cocktails and delicious food Service (Erin) was friendly, helpful and professional. I'd definately got back. Brunch, lunch, dinner or happy hour..with music
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Boise

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Entree pricing is extreme!
  3. KB

    KristinB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place I’ve found yet. Highly recommend. We will be back for sure!!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful evening celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary ❤️
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    It’s not worth after dark when you can’t see the ocean, if you sit by the trees, expect a constant amount of caterpillars falling off the tree into your hair and food. Cocktails have zero alcohol, food dry and meh. Service ok.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Hostess was very nice. We got our water right away. Waitress didn’t come for 25 mins. Flagged down someone else not sure if he was owner or owners son. He took our drink order and food order. Waitress finally came around after we got our food. Our food was hot and good but my veggies weren’t cooked all the way. Poke was ok. The sweet bread was the highlight of the night. Loved it.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Felt it was a bit overpriced for the quantity and drinks were not worth the price.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were greeted by very a friendly valet and hostess, too. Our table was located on patio with a tremendous view. The cocktail, tropic thunder, was by far the best cocktail I’ve ever sipped in my life. The depth of flavors and presentation were incredible. My son and I enjoyed the daily special and seafood brodo to our hearts’ content. They were both like art in a dish. The waitress and other staff were top notch. The prices seemed a little high for the entrees, but It was our favorite meal on Maui. It was truly such a treat to dine at Mala Tavern.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic beach setting with excellent food and service - had 1 starter/ Salad/ 1 main between 2 of us - more than enough
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We came for 7pm dinner and was seated outside right at the ocean side. It was very windy & we occasionally got spritzed by the ocean which was a bit uncomfortable. We ordered a Makai Tai & Mac Daddy cocktails. They we’re delicious but very sweet. Once finished, the waiter asked if we wanted to order another. I said it was good but too sweet for us at the moment. After a slightly judgy look, he offered to have them made less sweet. We declined & orders a bottle of wine. Next we had Caesar salads. They were good. Finally, we ordered the chef special, fried whole 1.5 pound, red snapper which was phenomenal! We would come back again and again for this plate. All in all, a nice place with a talented chef.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing breakfast practically on the water, food was the best breakfast we have had in Maui so far and can’t wait to come back so we can try more of there great food
  13. AK

    AngieK

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was good
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good service and fun place. I’m sure will go back sometime.
  15. DE

    DEBfromSTC

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, view and service!! The ahi tuna bruschetta was fantastic!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Best Mai Tai ever!! Food was very good. Reasonable prices. Somewhat limited food offerings.
  17. 2

    2whodine

    Hawaii

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Celebrating my husbands Birthday with friend visiting Maui. We requested an ocean view table and got a perfect table outside next to the water. Our server was good, except every time he picked up silverware we had used or the glass of water that was accidentally knocked over, he never brought replacements back until we asked for them. We ordered the Poisson Cru as an appetizer and it was just okay. It wasn’t anything like the Poisson Cru we had in Tahiti. It was still good, but not great. My husband and I ordered the Ahi Entree, and even though it tasted good, it seemed a little overdone, perhaps because of the mushroom sauce that it was in, which by the way was delicious. I had one piece of ahi that had some gristle and one piece that wasn’t edible. Our friend really liked her fried Mahi entree. It was nice that the restaurant surprised my husband with the malasadas for his birthday dessert. We were also glad that Mala had started your valet service again, since parking is so limited. All in all it was a very nice evening and dinner.
  18. DA

    DianeA

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I’ve been here in the past but not for brunch. I live on the south end of the island and it was a special trip to Lahaina as I had some business to attend to. Ahi poke was good but the recipe was not flavorful with ponzu and shaved daikon as the salad base. Subpar. Bloody Mary is excellent with plenty of garnish and $$ add on garnishes. The seared ahi eggs Benedict was fishy tasting, and the gluten free bread option made it kind of dry. Needed more pizazz- and flavor actually. They offer a $4 ahi bruschetta with the bloody and it was delicious and gave us a taste of a past favorite so we could order something else to try. Be aware that a 6th sliver Of avocado added to the side Of your dish will be $2.50. Our server Zoe was fast and efficient and very nice to work with. And of course the view and location can’t be beat. Will we come back? Maybe, but won’t order these items again- except for the Bloody Mary.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating our honeymoon and they are so kind and friendly, We were seated so fast even after we showed up early. We will definitely be going back!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner at Mala Ocean Tavern last night. They have a large, lovely outdoor area. When you arrive, you’re greeted warmly and shown to your table by Sergio, the manager. Our server was there whenever needed but was not intrusive. There were many tropical drinks from which to choose as well as a nice wine list. The menu has something for everyone with fish, meat, and chicken choices. The three of us had different entrees and all were delicious. Desserts looked tempting but we had no room left as our dinners were very generous. Hope to leave room for dessert next time. We enjoyed our experience so much that we booked another date to return next week. You will definitely get the feeling of aloha at Mala Ocean Tavern!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent. Homemade hummus was really good. The braised pork shank, not something I eat regularly, was very tasty. Nice size portions. Enjoyed a very pretty sunset.
  22. RP

    RayP

    Orange County

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome view, outstanding food and good service. Very expensive ($40 - 60 entrees)but worth an occasional splurge
  23. C

    Charles

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Nothing to write about other than the signature dish was overpriced and lacking in presentation and taste. And please avoid the desserts…
  24. N

    Newfind

    Seattle

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding food is always superb. One our favorite GoTos each year we visit Maui!
  25. DL

    DeborahL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service are excellent. Can be a little noisy in the evenings. We come here multiple times whenever we visit Maui. Can't miss...whether you come for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
  26. DW

    DaveW

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining at Mala and it was everything and more that we had heard about. Got there just before sunset which was beautiful. Sat outside under an amazing tree. The server was delightful and offered great suggestions. The drinks were perfect. This is now going to be a favorite stop for us whenever we visit Maui. Highly recommend.
  27. DD

    DaveD

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful meal practically sitting on top of the ocean. Very cool setting with great food and great service.
  28. DM

    DallasM

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Steak is not their thing. Zero seasoning.
  29. DL

    DebraL

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time visiting. I felt it was probably the best restaurant meal I’ve ever had. I enjoyed it more than a Michelin star restaurant we ate at in New York. The food was delicious and the view lovely. Definitely recommend a stop here if you are interested in upscale dining.
  30. V

    Vford

    London

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal here at Happy Hour. The place was gorgeous, we got a seat on the decking overlooking the ocean which was incredible. Food, drinks, staff were fantastic. Highly recommend coming here. Plus the live music was really good too.
  31. K

    Karima

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, Mala Tavern has the best spot on the west side with turtles in the surf that can be seen from most tables. We shared the Ahi Benedict as usual and it was easily enough for 2. Staff are very attentive and friendly. We come here from Kihei whenever we are on the West Side.
  32. SG

    SaraG

    Hawaii

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    So glad they have valet parking for guests at Mala. Makes the evening more pleasant for arrival. Open air dining at the waterfront table is delightful. We had a late supper with Caesar salad, followed by excellent calamari with artichoke tartare sauce, ahi bruschetta (one of our favorites). Ample portions left us with a take home snack.
  33. EF

    EFuller

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. Outstanding food, and the service was great
  34. t

    tracy

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an unassuming restaurant from the outside, but the service and food was wonderful. We had a table about 3 feet from the water’s edge and a view of the amazing sunset. The server provided excellent information on the menu and provided the perfect level of attentiveness. Highly recommend.
  35. W

    Wiggles

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hidden gem with spectacular food. One of the best meals I’ve had from start to finish. Super quick service but not rushed. Only suggestion would be to make sure you have a reservation for outside. The inside was very hot on a day it wasn’t warm at all. Possible AC issues but that’s ok would def come back. A+ meal
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wait staff was knowledgeable and prefessional
  37. BL

    BarbaraL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Happy Hour twice. We cannot praise Mala enough for their excellent food, terrific service, and of course, the view! The menu for both dinner and brunch looked great and we hope to be back to enjoy them as well. Thank you, Mala!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Repeat brunch for a week. Great variety; outstanding food; wonderful service (Lisa was the best); and beautiful views. A must for anyone visiting Maui!
  39. GB

    GailB

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our second visit and it was wonderful
  40. E

    Efrem

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, dining experience, and service.

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 4.8 stars by 5019 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 96 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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