Mala Ocean Tavern

4.7
1122 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 1122 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.8
service
4.7
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AlisonL
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in a lovely setting woth great service! We love coming back here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again Amal’s did not disappoint. We live in Lahaina and this is one of our go to restaurants. Sitting outside next to the ocean watching turtles swim can’t be beat. We even saw a few whales in the distance while watching sunset.
Our favorite appetizer is Ahi bruschetta. My Mai Tai was very good. We had the steak salad and pork shank and both were excellent.
Katie was our server and was excellent as well.

KC
vipKCIAS
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We have dined here before and really enjoyed it. They had modified things for COVID like everyone else, so we were seated in the parking lot. Prices had also gone up and we didn't get the complimentary roasted chickpeas. We ordered a 2 pound whole fish on a bed of rice and potatoes and sauce for $99. It sounded so good but there was hardly any meat on the bones and everything else just got jumbled together. We were a bit disappointed but enjoyed our salads and dessert. The waiter was also very helpful and friendly.

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Nicefrance
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ample outdoor seating next to the ocean. Well prepared and presented food and drink. We had spicy lamb pita, a flatbread, and Caesar salad. All were excellent.

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vipbarbie1
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Mala! We found this place last year and loved the food & small atmosphere. Wish we would have found it sooner!

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mauiislanddream
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food!

BB
vipBetzB
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jose is a great server!

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vipOpenTable Diner
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch atmosphere. Sat outside. Following Covid rules. Great food and Lisa was fabulous.

DR
DebbieR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got to see our old friend Jose' and he waited on us. We loved that! The only thing about the noise was the ocean was crazy yesterday, but we had a great time and great food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitstaff

JW
vipJoeW
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love going to Malas and as a local is a go to location. :)

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service. Great good and the view!

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EvanD
Seattle
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great, service excellent! Love new patio area

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PamK
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered the whole wok seared fish and it was DELICIOUS. Would highly recommend and order again!

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dirkw
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome views fairly good food. A must do if you are in Lahaina

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The moderate noise level was mostly the waves crashing. Wonderful drinks, food was excellent.

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DorisT
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Mala Ocean Tavern. There were 3 in our party, and we had a perfect table in a corner outside along the ocean. The service was prompt, but not rushed. Our server was very attentive but not hovering - just a nice balance of being there when needed. My husband had the burger and I had the stir-fry. We shared the Brussels sprouts appetizer, which was the best preparation of the vegetable. I have ever had. the sir-fry was delicious, a nice combination of fish and vegetables in a medium-hot sauce. Excellent! My husband loved his burger and it acme with a nice serving of fries. It was our first visit to Mala, and we plan to have many more!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are here in Maui on vacation and at the last minute we decided to look for a place for dinner. Mala came up and the pictures of the food looked amazing! Tim and I both love to cook and the interest and enthusiasm of our waiter and the owner about their food was so lovely to see! They were passionate about the food and their recommendations were spot on for us! By far in the top 10 restaurants we have eaten at! The oyster shooters were so incredible as was the ahi bruschetta and the seafood pasta...15/10!!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, can’t remember her name, but she was on point and excellent. Food was incredible as always:) loved the special birthday malasadas!! Mahalo!’

TG
ThomasG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, unique cocktails,great service, lovely location

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Local
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff and food all around great. Very pleased with service and all of the food was prepared very well. We went back today for lunch, in fact. Good stuff!

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vipJane
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Beautiful ocean views. Loved watching the turtles in the waves. Lisa was a fantastic server and made our first experience here a good one! We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ordered the wok whole fried fish and it was delicious!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very delicious! The pork shank & Ahi tuna were both a outstanding.

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vipNewmanN
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfully prepared food, stunning ocean view, perfect service — the perfect place to celebrate our family birthday and to embrace the beauty of Maui.

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vipSkittle30
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were phenomenal… And the view of the Sea turtles playing in the ocean was magical.

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luvlylesha
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe and delicious food!

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pdxfood
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our daughter is a vegetarian and the waitress was very kind and accommodating. Delicious fish for myself and my husband. Great wine that was also recommended by our waitress. Service was fast but didn’t seem rushed. Great meal!

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vipGreglmiller
Seattle
41 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This old school restaurant/bar has always been a favorite of locals and tourists, a tough balancing act lots of places on Maui have failed at.
Perched literally on the rock bulkhead of Mala Harbor, this place has consistently good food, interesting and well made cocktails, and a view and ambiance that are unique.
We’ve been coming here for 15 years and always have a great time. They still serve old standards like the Balinese fried rice but have amped up the veggies and protein and cut back the rice due to watching many plates come back to the kitchen with rice and potatoes galore uneaten. Great sensitivity to recognize “Why serve it if the guests won’t eat it?”

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Brent
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome time!!! Even with out one year old. Our service was great and so was the live music!!! Nice spot right by the ocean as well.

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LookingForGF
New England
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a special time. The food was delicious, the view into the harbor was gorgeous, the service was attentive without being annoying, and there was great live music (Sundays 2-4pm). Everything was just great. We wish we could go all the time but the commute from the East Coast might be a bit far ;-)

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William
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

We were entertaining out of town visitors so I did not want to make a scene so I did not tell our server that there was a hair wrapped around one of the last Brussel sprouts on the bottom of the bowl!!! Of course, I did not want my entree but did not want to cause a scene in front of our sensitive out of town guests. When my main dish arrived I had already lost my appetite, I planned on taking it home since it was $40. There was not sufficient (if any)rice in the stir fry dish. The server shined his phone flashlight on my dish instead of just taking my word for it....awkward! Furthermore, when the entrees did come to the table the food runner slammed down the food like a greasy diner in the wrong spot, nor did we have small share plates when our appetizers came out. We have dinned at this restaurant several times throughout the years and has been a local favorite BUT super bad night! For the price I shall dine elsewhere in the future.

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Shannon808
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly and attentive service, amazing oceanfront dining and fish cooked to perfection! Mala exceeded our expectations and we will absolutely go back.

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NicoleG
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food is always consistent. Kids eat free with an adult entree. I love the eggs Benedict.

KJ
vipKellyJ
Jackson Hole
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and great ambience, right on the water! Can watch sea turtles play while you eat!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sergio the manager is the epitome of class & hospitality. Katie gave us the perfect amount of attention while still allowing us to enjoy our romantic dinner. This is why Mala is our favorite restaurant on Maui. Beautiful views & excellent food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour and enjoyable live entertainment

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Cathankinson20
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch in a lovely waterfront setting. We had the tuna bruschetta appetizer which was great. And then blackened fresh fish sandwiches for our entrees. Everything was fresh and wonderful. Nice friendly service and the setting can’t be beat. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated New Year’s Day at brunch. Delicious and awesome open air dining!

LP
LizP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING views, atmosphere, service and food! Have gone there a few times since being on Maui.

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 1122 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.