Mala Ocean Tavern

4.7
1912 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
What 1912 people are saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LetsEat
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful find, the best we’ve had in Maui. Better than others on the top restaurant lists. Perfect beach vibes, great view with lovely ocean breeze, stylish yet unpretentious decor and the food was excellent. As was the service. A good mix of meals to suit locals popping in and dishes with local flair for the tourists. The Hamachi Benedict was perfectly seasoned and cooked, and the sauce not too creamy to over power the fish. The Ahi Bruschetta good quality tuna and perfectly cooked. The Hawaiian bread, thought we would struggle to finish but it was so good we got every crumb. Dessert, Haupia Tart, not too sweet with good tropical flavors.

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vipBobby
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service! New menu items were innovative and delicious. Above and beyond expectations. Perfect night out!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect for our anniversary dinner! Will definitely be back!!

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vipOT4fil
San Francisco
103 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tables were set up outdoors in the former parking lot. We dined at the oceans edge but there was considerable auto and motorcycle noise on Front Street. It being 1PM there was not shade and because of the wind umbrella cover was problematic. My wife and I each had Eggs Benedict, hers with lamb sausage (her favorite from pre-pandemic Ellman days) and mine with seared tuna and mild Wasabi. These were both served on whole grain brochettes. The crust required a knife to cut through. My wife complained about the dryness of her dish. Mine was otherwise fine.

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vippinkolive
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and incredibly fresh food. We were fortunate to be outside with a view and it was perfect. Not to be missed!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food amazing service amazing views!!!

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KathyY
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great view. Definitely recommend this place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great evening at Mala. Excellent service and food. Their cocktail menu is awesome

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LaurenS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only confident restaurants can offer bone marrow on their menu. We sat outside as the sunset and it was a great experience. Highly recommend the pork shank.

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DavidS
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular!!!!

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duff515
Tucson
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great happy hour specials! The staff was very attentive. We ordered calamari, coconut fried shrimp, garlic flat bread, the ahi salad, and the pot de créme. Everything was fresh and made to order. We loved the views of the ocean and the live musician. It made for a lovely anniversary dinner!

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Luv2eat
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very accommodating to our requests. Food was excellent!

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ThomasB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was awesome. Everything tasted great. Ahi bruschetta highly recommended.

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JoyceJ
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lisa, our server was fantastic!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We went back after our dinner visit to enjoy brunch, too.

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vipPjm32
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Mediocre food not worth the price

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vipreviewer2
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful tables, perfect for party of 2. Cocktails, food and ambience were on point. Great service, timely with everything and friendly staff. Will dine here next time we visit.

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Meiko
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with a beautiful view. We saw turtles from our table! Good drinks and good food!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. We were seated right by the ocean where sea turtles were grazing. The service was great, we ordered mostly seafood dishes and they were the best we’ve ever had. Definitely coming back!

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ChuckW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went back multiple times during our visit we loved it so much. Sitting feet from the water - there were turtles visible from our table each time

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, dessert and service was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Food was fantastic. Our server Carlos was outstanding! He handled our party of 12 (6 kids!!) flawlessly and made it an amazing experience. We make a point to eat here every time we come to Maui and it never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I came here for our honeymoon. The service is spectacular. Tori (our server) offered to take pictures, gave us champagne and even an extra dessert. The drinks were amazing. We ordered the basic itch and the honey badger. 5/5 stars. We even got to see turtles from the shore. The sunset was amazing. For dinner we had the seafood pasta and ahi. Also 5/5 stars. This is by far the best dinner and dinner experience I’ve ever had! Thank you MALA!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Wonderful location and view, great service, and food was fine

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JohnL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Instantly became one of our favorites. Views are spectacular, vibe is awesome. Food is excellent & staff couldn’t be nicer. Mala is a gem!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, great service, great food!

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ScottC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lisa is the best!!! Always my favorite server every time I go. You should give her a raise🤙🏽

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DebR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Limited selection probably due to the current times but what we had was very good

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TracyG
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have to visit Mala Tavern when we are in Maui. Food, view and service is always great. We love it.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience5

This restaurant used to be one of my family’s favorite spots on Maui. With new ownership and a new chef, this establishment has gone downhill rather quickly. Ownership needs to right this ship before it’s too late. Especially with Honu one door down the street.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and staff at Mala are always outstanding! We try to go at least twice every time we’re in town!!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary and we were welcomed with complementary champagne. The Signature Ahi was absolutely delicious. Ahi was perfectly, but really, perfectly seared. We had excellent service and watched sea turtles bobbing in the water near by. Great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing time there for happy hour. The live music was great, my husband and I shared the chicken pita which was absolutely amazing. Watching all the sea turtles was so cool by the shore.

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Minja
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has it all. Delicious food, next to the ocean, and wonderful staff! We will definitely be back! The seared ahi eggs benedict is heavenly. Add the hibiscus mimosa and you are set! Don’t forget to actually eat the hibiscus (pickled and chewy goodness).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fine Cuisine in a casual atmosphere with epic sunset and/or ocean views

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vipdavek
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mala is one of our favorites. A must dine whenever we’re on Maui.

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txhorns
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding — 5 star
Best part of our Maui trip! Especially hitting their happy hour time! Live music happening and great views! Food was delicious

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ReBx
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful spot, we got lucky with lovely live music to some delicious food, with view of the ocean and lots of turtles popping their heads out!

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michelle
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The veggie dish was over saturated with teriyaki sauce- it would have been better as an accent. The half roast chicken was ok - the sauce didn’t have much flavor and the broccoli was kind of tough - my husband did like the catch of the day dish and the service person was great and ambiance was great.

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vipBruceM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Have been coming for years....it's not what it used to be.
Average quality food...very overpriced. Difficult parking.

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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 1912 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.