Mala Ocean Tavern

4.7
997 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 one half hour.

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 997 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
service
4.7
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipHeatherB
Louisville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lisa was amazing.....fish sandwich was the BESt I’ve ever had and the new outdoor seating area was fantastic!

JM
JeannineM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service. We got the best seat in the house! Thank you.

JJ
JJSD
Las Vegas
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff is always outstanding to deal with, food is wonderful and creative, and you cannot beat the view! Mala is great all the way around!

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PattyS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were outside on their patio, service was excellent, drinks were excellent, food was excellent. Lovely night.

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vipFoodistheword
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent cocktail! Wonderful burger and coconut shrimp! Wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable! Highly recommend Mala!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Dennis was incredible from the first moment until the last, when he asked our teenage son if he made sure to grab his phone. The ambiance was everything we didn’t know we needed on our last night in paradise. The food was perfect. There was something for everyone, including fun dishes for the adventurous parents and regular delicious meals for the kids. We will be back! A new Maui favorite from our Hawaiian loving family in Seattle!

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Ozzie
Dallas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Pork shank was dry & not flavorful. Very expensive. View is great. Food overpriced.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and staff! Can’t wait to go back!

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SarahD
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view and beautiful food!! The best breakfast in Lahaina!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! We’ll definitely be back

MG
MauiGirl808
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love Mala, my favorite of the "four" along the water, from the beginning until today with the new owners. We appreciate the continued great dishes and the attention to safety with COVID.

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Bbarber
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Setting was nice outdoors. Service was a bit slow but relaxing. Greek salad and burger were amazing! Coconut shrimp were below average

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vipLorna
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We won’t be back. The place was packed during COVID. The food was terrible.

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vipbilly
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The pork shank is amazing. A definite go to dish. I love the wine list here. It is in the top 3 for maui if not #1. A great selection of affordable and exquisite wines to pair with the great menu. And don't forget the pots de creme for dessert!!!

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vipRestaurantexplr
Western NC
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and very tasty fish sandwich.

LZ
LaurrieZ
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been going to Mala ocean tavern for the last several years. Their food is always consistent and excellent drinks are to die for and the ambiance right on the ocean cannot be matched by any other. The wait staff has always been a top 10

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast!! Awesome Bloody Mary with Ahi Bruschetta add-on. A MUST! Eggs Benedict was delicious on their multigrain bread.

JC
vipJosephC
Hawaii
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Need to update your web page. Still shows 50% off wines Weds night. Not honoured.

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vipterid
Portland
44 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great great food & menu options! Great wait staff. Lovely environment & setting!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special serting, great food and wonderful service!

SB
ShellBelle
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been patronizing this restaurant since it first opened. Although it is now under different ownership, they have maintained their high quality food and service. It would be difficult to find better ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My wife and I stopped in here for a late happy hour spot. The ahi bruschetta is to die for! Also the flatbreads are great for happy hour! Their Mai Tai was the best in the island while we visited. This place is a great stop not too far off Front St shopping! Give it a try!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place so very much! Always a great time!

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vipJudyf
Minneapolis
64 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always

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KerryR
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

To be honest, the food was just good. As a freakish foodie and gourmet cook, I am a hard sell. The food was good. The ambiance was extraordinary, the cocktail menu divine. Thank you MaLa Ocean Tavern fir such a wonderful place to enjoy an exquisite sunset. Mahalo.

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lahainagirl
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best oceanfront setting, nice addition with the garden seating area.... but please bring back Huevos Rancheros for brunch.

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Karima
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lucky us on a last minute reservation we sat on the covered lanai with just a few tables, overlooking the ocean with view of neighboring islands. Otherwise the other outside seating was in direct sun and inside had too loud music for our taste.
Service was fantastic! Food very good with reasonable prices. Definitely will go again.
New executive chef starting in Dec so look forward to new menu options!

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vipEdwardO
Hawaii
171 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Returning here again, everything is excellent. Ocean view dining. Attentive friendly service by the entire staff. Menu selection is excellent and the portions are filling. Definitely to return again.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were finally able to go out for a belated anniversary dinner. The restaurant surprised us with two half glasses of sparkling wine because I said it was our anniversary through the app. The food was amazing. Everyone was friendly and seating was well spaced out due to COVID.

RF
vipRhettF
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to relax on the harbor

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been there twice this week and might go tomorrow too! Yummy food a beautiful view and the nicest people :)

MJ
MickiJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Mala many times and have had a consistently good experience, from the service, the location and the food. The whole fish is phenomenal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service. Great food. Felt safe w all being safe.

J
vipJellyfish
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We were seating inside of the restaurant, lighting was not good. Need a flash light to read the menu. Food were good, drinks are fantastic and services is wonderful. Definitely worth the dinning experience.

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vipJbend
Hawaii
51 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service in a beautiful setting. The ahi bruschetta, pork shank and fish were all outstanding. Didn’t get to try dessert because we were too full. Next time!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food was good but over priced.

GK
GaryK
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding dining experience with eclectic fish and unusual cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had breakfast and was so very good that we’re back for dinner which was absolutely delicious. The service was outstanding, everyone was very attentive. Thank you!

EL
ELENAP
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, waiters, and ambiance were amazing! We came during COVID and felt very safe and comfortable. The only negative comment I have are the 2 girls hosting the front, we came at 7pm and our reservation was at 7:45pm. I asked if they could get us in a little earlier, no biggie if they couldn't and the girls gave me this blank stare, rolled their eyes and said it's going to be closer to 7:45pm in a super rude tone, just really weird vibes. We walked off and went across the stress to grab a drink and 2 minutes later received a text my table was ready. I walked back across the street to Mala and told them we had just sat down because they stated we couldn't get in earlier and AGAIN, the shorter one was just extremely rude stating she knew what she said but they had one available now, take it or leave it type of situation. So I told her I'd be back closer to 7:45pm. Luckily we didn't have to see them again once we sat down. The waiters, food, and ambiance made up for their fronts lack of service. :)

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vipTeresaT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A perfect place to celebrate a friends birthday while on vacation. Was disappointed the Heavenly Hibiscus was taken off the menu however.

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 997 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.