Mala Ocean Tavern
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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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.
Outstanding food and service! New menu items were innovative and delicious. Above and beyond expectations. Perfect night out!
Absolutely perfect for our anniversary dinner! Will definitely be back!!
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.
Fantastic service and incredibly fresh food. We were fortunate to be outside with a view and it was perfect. Not to be missed!
Amazing food amazing service amazing views!!!
Delicious food and great view. Definitely recommend this place!
Another great evening at Mala. Excellent service and food. Their cocktail menu is awesome
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.
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!
Staff was very accommodating to our requests. Food was excellent!
Food was awesome. Everything tasted great. Ahi bruschetta highly recommended.
Lisa, our server was fantastic!
Great food and service. We went back after our dinner visit to enjoy brunch, too.
Mediocre food not worth the price
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.
Great place with a beautiful view. We saw turtles from our table! Good drinks and good food!
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!
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
Food, dessert and service was great!
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.
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!
Wonderful location and view, great service, and food was fine
Instantly became one of our favorites. Views are spectacular, vibe is awesome. Food is excellent & staff couldn’t be nicer. Mala is a gem!
Great location, great service, great food!
Lisa is the best!!! Always my favorite server every time I go. You should give her a raise🤙🏽
Limited selection probably due to the current times but what we had was very good
We always have to visit Mala Tavern when we are in Maui. Food, view and service is always great. We love it.
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.
The food and staff at Mala are always outstanding! We try to go at least twice every time we’re in town!!
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!
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.
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).
Fine Cuisine in a casual atmosphere with epic sunset and/or ocean views
Mala is one of our favorites. A must dine whenever we’re on Maui.
Outstanding — 5 star
Best part of our Maui trip! Especially hitting their happy hour time! Live music happening and great views! Food was delicious
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!
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.
Have been coming for years....it's not what it used to be.
Average quality food...very overpriced. Difficult parking.
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.