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 & 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.
- 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
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Lisa was amazing.....fish sandwich was the BESt I’ve ever had and the new outdoor seating area was fantastic!
Fabulous food and service. We got the best seat in the house! Thank you.
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!
We were outside on their patio, service was excellent, drinks were excellent, food was excellent. Lovely night.
Excellent cocktail! Wonderful burger and coconut shrimp! Wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable! Highly recommend Mala!
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!
Pork shank was dry & not flavorful. Very expensive. View is great. Food overpriced.
Fantastic food and staff! Can’t wait to go back!
Beautiful view and beautiful food!! The best breakfast in Lahaina!
Loved it! We’ll definitely be back
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.
Setting was nice outdoors. Service was a bit slow but relaxing. Greek salad and burger were amazing! Coconut shrimp were below average
We won’t be back. The place was packed during COVID. The food was terrible.
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!!!
Great service and very tasty fish sandwich.
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
Great breakfast!! Awesome Bloody Mary with Ahi Bruschetta add-on. A MUST! Eggs Benedict was delicious on their multigrain bread.
Need to update your web page. Still shows 50% off wines Weds night. Not honoured.
Great great food & menu options! Great wait staff. Lovely environment & setting!
Special serting, great food and wonderful service!
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.
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!
Love this place so very much! Always a great time!
Wonderful as always
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.
best oceanfront setting, nice addition with the garden seating area.... but please bring back Huevos Rancheros for brunch.
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!
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.
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.
Great place to relax on the harbor
We’ve been there twice this week and might go tomorrow too! Yummy food a beautiful view and the nicest people :)
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!
Friendly service. Great food. Felt safe w all being safe.
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.
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!
Food was good but over priced.
An outstanding dining experience with eclectic fish and unusual cocktails.
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!
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. :)
A perfect place to celebrate a friends birthday while on vacation. Was disappointed the Heavenly Hibiscus was taken off the menu however.
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.