Mala Ocean Tavern

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495 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Open daily for brunch, lunch, happy hour, dinner, & late night! Award-winning for "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. MALA 'TIL MIDNIGHT (Starting 2/1/19) features Late Night Happy Hour with Food & Drinks from 10p-12a.

There are views from every seat indoor & outdoor at MALA & many of our guests request ocean front 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.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I had read a lot of reviews

RW
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Mala and it had been way too long since I was able to go. Haddy our waitress was fabulous and very attentive. The food is great!

N
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

One of my favorite spots on the island and always my first stop on the way in from the airport...nicest people and great food and amazing location.

d
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Our server Kip was the ultimate "practice aloha" spirit. Food was slow coming as usual. Hubbys complete wax overcooked as usual. My huevoes rancheros were served scrambled and way overcooked even tho I asked for the eggs to be medium meaning not scrambled. Once Kip was of the misunderstanding he immediately placed an order for the correct eggs which also took forever. Why do we continue to return? The setting right on the water and the friendly service and the food is flavorful esp the health bread.

WH
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressed with the food and service.
Excellent all around.

s
New Mexico
95 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had brunch here. The potatoes were amazing. The service was excellent

OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for my birthday. Food was phenomenal. I don’t eat fish but I trusted our waitress, Rachel, who suggested Ono in the Balinese stir fry and it was delicious. I also tried the Ahi bruschetta which was equally amazing. The outside terrace offers picturesque water views and of Lanai and Molokai.

OT
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most definitely one of the best restaurants on the island of Maui!
The food is consistently delicious--I've been to Mala more times than I count and each time I'm never disappointed by their menu selection.
The menu does change every now and then, however it is apparent the chefs/owners spend ample time perfecting their dishes as nesrly everything on the menu is a winner.
However, a must get is their ahi bruschetta! It's pricey but it's worth it! You can't find it's amazing & unqiue flavor combination anywhere else in all of Hawaii.

Service is always top notch! I've gone with large parties, intimate groups, and just as a party of two and every time the servers and hosts are warm, full of aloha, and very attentive to throughout the entire evening.

Cocktails and wine options are excellent and worth mentioning as this is also a great choice for happy hour! Bartenders are always friendly and fast.

Lastly, the location is unable to be beat. You are right on the ocean with a clear view of Molokai and Lanai, sea turtles, parasailers, and a gorgeous sunset during the evening hours.

I couldn't recommend Mala more even if I tried! Worth every penny!

A few tips:
- Be sure to make a reservation an hour or so before sunset to get a good table
- There's a long line of street parking available at the start of Front Street along the water when coming off the main road from Kaanapali, take advantage of that if their valet parking is full.
- The rush usually starts around 6 - 6:30 so anytime before that or after 8pm is great for a more intimate setting

OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delightful service and food.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful evening on the patio in the off season. Our waitress was very warm and friendly and clearly enjoyed working there. Great food and drinks!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our 26th anniversary and it didn't disappoint!

SW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolute must in your trip to Maui! I had the fish wrap and it was excellent. Right by the ocean! You can watch sea turtles from your table!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service great food fantastic setting

J
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. The view, service, food, drinks all exceptional!

MW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We flew to Maui a week before we got married there and our first meal of the week was here at Mala! This will be somewhere we return every time we visit Maui! Delicious food, best place to watch the sunset! Cutest ambiance and fun peppy vibe. We were so pleased with everything! We told the manager who came over to check on us that we were getting married soon and they sent over champagne! It was an overall perfect experience- no complaints!

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted kindly and professionally when we entered! We were an hour early for our reservation and we were seated at a nice table on the deck right away!
Our waiter, Carlos, was amazing! He had a very pleasing demeanor, and he was very efficient with the service of our many small plates to share! There was a lot to manage with all that we ordered and the small 2 top table. All of the tastes were incredible, fresh and delightfully accompanied by just the right sauces. Enjoyable! We will be back!

j
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fun sitting within splashing distance of the ocean, sharing stories with other guests, and watching the sunset. The food and ambiance were excellent, along with attentive service by Rachel.

LS
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Ive dined here and had a great time. Food is usually great as is service. This time did not meet expectations. I will dine here again.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant on the island. Great staff, fresh seafood & views that will take your breath away!

n
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food took quite long to get to us, around 45 minutes and we were a table of 3...lunch time but restaurant not very full at the time.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! Spectacular service, outstanding food and breathtaking view!

R
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lisa amazing. Food the best dinner

SF
Yosemite
13 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish I could give more stars. This was more than dinner, it was an amazing culinary experience

B
New England
68 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at Mala on the recommendation of friends and it didn’t disappoint. The food was just incredible in both taste and preparation . We were lucky enough to sit outside with the rolling waves as the background music.

DR
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and excellent bar and table service. The dish variety was excellent and food prep and presentation very good.

CB
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Mala Ocean Tavern even though we have been to Maui numerous times. We went for happy hour one afternoon and sat at the bar. Loved having the open windows with the ocean right outside. Nestor was tending bar and it was nice visiting with him. I had a “Spa Day” drink which was very refreshing and tasty. Our food (calamari and tuna) was very good. We will definitely be back!!

l
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, perfect little restaurant with beautiful views. You drive by and think it's not going to be good. Have at least one meal here and you will want to go to all their sister restaurants or come back here. They are all delicious and service is excellent.

LL
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, great service and a wonderful meal! My husband and I shared the Whole Wok Fried Fresh Market Fish and we both agreed that was the best meal we’ve had on the island. Keep up the great work. We will be back again!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambience and service. Food was tasty too

DN
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Welcoming staff, great food served perfectly. We had a nice Italian Tuscany vino at a perfect temperature, delicious octopus appetizer and a whole red snapper. Yummy. Thank you Mike and Rich for taking care of us!!!

OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kendal was amazing. It was our daughters birthday and she took extra care for her. Food was amazing and the view is spectacular especially if you are there around sunset. The patio is small and the tables are close together. So if you don’t like close quarters ask to sit inside.

DM
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I believe the food prices must have gone down as what you get for what you purchase was well worth it. Portions and food was very delicious.

MH
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location. Great food and service. Would have like to be on the window sears at sunset, but our table was just fine. This was our first time here, but would go back soon.

DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely coming back. Chilaquiles x Lamb Benedict 🔥🔥🔥

s
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great MAtais& Ahi Starter

SL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ahi bruschetta!! Super flavorful and good sized portion for a starter.

m
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and the view were amazing..as was our waiter Carlos..we went with all if his recommendations, that were spot on!!

Mala Ocean Tavern
Responded on August 25, 2019

Aloha Mike, Thanks for the review! I am so glad Carlos steered you in the right direction, he knows a thing or two about this food and wine. Unrelated, do NOT take his advise on horse racing. Mahalo!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit the island 2-3 times per year and this place is always a must!!! We kick off here and end here as well!!! Literally beat food on the planet!

BM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated right away. Service and food were excellant. A great place to view the sunset.

R
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice servers and cozy atmosphere with great Oceanside views. We had to wait nearly a half hour for our table due to the sunset viewing guests not relinquishing their tables so we waited at the bar where we met some lovely local ladies who gave us some good touring tips. The maitre’d personally apologized and the bartender extended a goodwill gesture of two complimentary glasses of Champagne. Our server was very sweet; food was delicious. Only two faux pas: flat Diet Coke and forgetting to bring my husband’s coffee WITH his dessert. All in all, a pleasant dining experience I’d be delighted to do again!

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