Mala Ocean Tavern

4.7
1950 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 1950 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.8
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4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great view of sunset, great service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Outdoor patio lovely, right on water. Waitperson unpleasant. My 15-year-old daughter requested fries in lieu of poi mash with steak. Waiter would not oblige, said she could order a side of fries. She ended up ordering steak and fries (cheaper)off kids menu—their loss! Ahi bruschetta overpowered by everything on it; couldn’t taste ahi. Overall food was just average. Disappointing. Go next door to Star Noodle. It’s wonderful!

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MichelleM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot to watch sea turtles and listen to some music while enjoying a fantastic happy hour!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal I have ever had. We got to drink amazing cocktails next to turtles and the shrimp was fire.

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SheilahL
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view was great, We sat outside and watched the turtles. The food was some of the best in Maui, fresh catch sandwich was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Marlin is a little tough. View is great!

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vipKatie
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was awesome - Grace and Jose are the best!!! As always food was outstanding! Will be back soon!

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Fambam2
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting servers were nice and the food was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner! Beautiful view, amazing food, great service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Beautiful view. Excellent service. Best oyster shooters!

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JenniferS
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ocean views! Tons of turtles to watch. Great food and service! I will definitely go back next time I’m in Maui.

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Bobbie
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good, and watching the sea turtles in the waves just beyond our table was really cool. The star of the show was my Bloody Mala (not Mary).

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JosephA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small place, but great brunch. Excellent place to see some turtles while you eat!

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Kehaulani
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aloha,

My girlfriends and I had a wonderful meal and a great time at your restaurant yesterday! I work for four Seasons Maui and often I have guess asking me for recommendations in Lahaina, your restaurant is by far top of my list after my first visit!

Mahalo nui,

Kehaulani Munos

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vipAnonymous
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for breakfast and it was terrific. They opened at 9 am and there was a line, but it disappeared as parties were seated. Having the reservation through open table garnered us a table on the seaside patio. Servers were friendly and the food great. Fruit juices were fresh. Loved the Avocado Toast breakfast. Bread was from a local bakery and fantastic, eggs fresh. Yum!

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vipMarkP
San Francisco
124 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great, eggs perfectly poached, wonderful benedicts amd other brunch foods. Service was fast, friendly and attentive.

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PaulaR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience- great service, delicious food, and wonderful oceanside ambiance. We watched turtles swimming next to us as we ate our dinner. What we’ve been looking for our whole trip to Maui! Don’t miss out on this experience.

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Zaxzon
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service from one of the best restaurants on Maui. Love Mala!

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SusanS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

61st anniversary celebration. Service was great. Friendly staff. Tasty food and music.

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PamelaH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour with great live music.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I ordered a tuna Cobb and it was really fresh but no flavor and my husband ordered fish and chips and he said it was good! Service was great and casual ambiance with gorgeous ocean views witch was great as well.

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1HappyNurse
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While visiting Maui a 50 year anniversary couple recommended, actually insisted we try MALA Ocean Tavern.
I trustees their recommendation and what a pleasant surprise!
Quaint but romantic at the same time and the food, WOW!
Phenomenal
We went for a late dinner and from cocktails, to appetizer to dinner then dessert, just got better and better!
A great gem!
Hospitality and service outstanding!

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vipSaruh
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable food. Highly recommend. We drove 45 mins to get there and SO worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we have had in 7 days in Hawaii. Everything from quality of food to ambience to service was spot on.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was OUTSTANDING!! Far surpassed our expectations. Our server Ryan was attentive and knowledgeable. Great food drinks, and even better atmosphere. Our table was literally right at the waters edge. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here on a whim and I'm so glad we did. Excellent service and the food was really good. We sat inside with view of ocean. It was really nice. Oyster shooters were great!

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DebbieS
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved having a seat by the open window to feel the breeze from the ocean. Our grandson was able to spot crabs on the rocks and watch people parasailing. The fish of the day was grilled to perfection and everyone enjoyed their choices: coconut shrimp, fish and chips, Monte Cristo and even the chicken fingers. Glad we were able to get a lunch reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated with the best view right on the water. Service was very prompt and courteous. Food all tested great. Drinks were very good as well

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MindyD
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful seat outdoors right next to the ocean. Restaurant is on the edge of Lahaina and we easily found parking. Friendly wait staff, food arrived quickly and was delicious.

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Tansen
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was not interesting (not Hawaiian enough), so we skipped the food and had just drinks, which were good. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful. The sea view is great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

On vacation, had reservations here. Great outdoor seating next to ocean, super friendly staff. Food was excellent. Only issue we had was that we got charged for an item we didn’t order. When we attempted to ask the waitress, she grabbed the card and ran off so quickly she didn’t even hear us. We just paid it, rather than hassle with having to have her then go back and credit the card, etc. frustrating though.

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vipDuglas61
Portland
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was high level. Can go during happy hour with casual menu. Unique food offerings. Monday during happy they ha e live music. Very well done.

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LetsEat
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined 6 days 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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Andreaella
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the pancakes with coconut syrup!!! Great omelets in funky water-side setting.

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vipBobby
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
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 on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overall a very meh and comparatively expensive experience. Spent more money on dinner here than I did on any other restaurant on Maui and actually cancelled my next reservation.

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vipOT4fil
San Francisco
103 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
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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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 1950 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.