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Mala Ocean Tavern, Lahaina, HI

Mala Ocean Tavern

4.7
4.7
5382 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 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. Offering complimentary during dinner service Monday through Saturday.

There are views from every seat at MALA and many of our guests request oceanfront or patio seating. We can NOT guarantee outdoor seating, but we do note the request and will do our best to accommodate every guest. If your heart is set on sitting outside, please know that you might have to wait past your reservation time to have your preferred seating. ALL table reservations are for one and a half hours.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 94 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Mediterranean, Hawaii Regional Cuisine

  • Hours of operation

    Thu–Sat 10:00 pm–12:00 am Brunch/Lunch Daily 9:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 2:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 667-9394

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Alvin Savella

  • Catering

    MALA can cater your next party, wedding, work function, or private event with outstanding island influenced cuisine from . For catering inquiries please contact info@malatavern.com or call (808) 667-9394.

  • Private party facilities

    Join us at MALA! Host your Private Event oceanfront at Mala Ocean Tavern. Inquiries please contact info@malatavern.com or call (808) 667-9394.

  • Neighborhood

    Lahaina

  • Cross street

    Kapunakea St.

  • Parking details

    Self parking is available in the small parking lot located to the right of the restaurant, the parking lot between our neighbor restaurants, the parking lot in front of Aloha Mixed Plate, and some street parking on Front St.

  • Public transit

    Cannery Mall Bus Stop

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 5,382 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Seafood

  • Hawaii

    Most Booked

  • Maui

    Best Overall

  • Maui

    Best Food

  • Maui

    Best Service

  • Maui

    Best Ambiance

  • Maui

    Best Value

  • Maui

    Scenic View

  • Maui

    Seafood

  • Maui

    Most Booked

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  1. DM

    DonaldMorrissette

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great people beautiful view very good food. The place to go
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and one of our favorite restaurants on Maui!! Tyler was a great server too!!!
  3. LM

    LisaM

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mala is always on our must do list when on Maui! Food is exceptional! Their ahi is melt in your mouth tender and fresh.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary celebration . They were so thoughtful and kind and gave us a complimentary glass of champagne to start with . Amazing service .
  5. CB

    CandyB

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We like doing happy hour when we are on Maui and Mala Ocean Tavern has a good one. We had oysters, lamb pita, calamari and Caesar salad. We finished with a chocolate bomb for dessert. Everything was good. There was live music which was nice. We love the location right on the water.
  6. SD

    StephanieD

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Best restaurant we have had the pleasure of dining in all week while we are here. Outstanding customer service all around—hostess, wait staff etc. food was delicious and local flavors made the dish. The Hawaiin bread appetizer is the bomb! Highly recommend and it’s on the ocean. Not a golf course!
  7. SM

    ScottM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    UNBELIEVABLE! Not only was the cuisine superb, the Staff at Mala was wonderful, fun and knowledgeable. The seaside location can't be beat - rainbows to the east and another beautiful Maui sunset to the west. Mala was simply delicious all around and has quickly become one of our favorite restaurants! Kudos to the entire Staff!!
  8. c

    cooljewel

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best turkey I've ever had. What a great way to spend Thanksgiving #newtradition
  9. MH

    MartieH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server was very friendly and attentive. The weather was iffy (strong winds and showers), so it was hard to hear. We very much appreciated offering the traditional Thanksgiving meal earlier than advertised. The food was good with very generous portions.
  10. S

    Susan

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always can count on Mala to be consistently delicious with fresh local ingredients. This was the 5th or 6th Thanksgiving in a row that we've eaten there!
  11. DE

    DanielleE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seaside spot with character. Wonderful food, delicious cocktails and incredible service. We went for Thanksgiving brunch and even had the opportunity to order a traditional style holiday meal even though it wasn't on the brunch menu. Mahalo!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and service was excellent
  13. TS

    T4Smith

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    MALA Ocean Tavern is extraordinary, meaning "remarkable" and "out of the ordinary". An amazing location that is literally right on the ocean (any closer and you would be soaked). For the brunch we enjoyed, we received excellent yet friendly and down-to-earth service that was matched with top level cuisine.
  14. JC

    JacquiC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server , young gent with light brown hair, was delightful and very helpful. It was our 3rd Mala visit and never disappointed. Plan to come back next year.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had one of the best meals we have had anywhere! We shared the seared scallops with risotto, sweet potato rolls and the Hawaiian sampler dessert. Excellent service. Champagne to toast our anniversary along with a beachside table. Wonderful!

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded 4 days agoMahalo for the five star review and for celebrating your anniversary with us! The seared scallops with risotto, Hawaiian Taro sweetbread, and Taste of Hawaii are all splendid choices. We look forward to seeing you again and sharing your next special occasion. A hui hou!

  16. RD

    RebeccaD

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mala is amazing and the best date night in Maui!!!!

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded 4 days agoMahalo for the five star review and for spending date night with us! We look forward to seeing you again soon. A hui hou!

  17. S

    Soxfan

    Hawaii

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service! Highly recommend to any who visit Maui.

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded 4 days agoMahalo for the five star review and recommendation! We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit. Aloha!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Katy our server was exceptional! Food was great! Great Place and friendly place!

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded 4 days agoMahalo for your five star review! We are pleased to hear you had great food while dining with Katy. On your next visit try our Brunch 9am-2pm or Live Music Happy Hour 2pm-4pm. A hui hou!

  19. KC

    KevinC

    Louisville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Awesome food, service and view of the ocean.

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded 4 days agoMahalo for the five star review Kevin! We appreciate your feedback and are stoked you enjoyed awesome food and awesome service at our oceanside gem. We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit. A hui hou!

  20. RS

    RobertS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Service very, but not, over attentive. Food was OUSTANDING! Plenty of GF choices. Drink selection VERY creative! Sunset view SPECTACULAR!!!!

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded 6 days agoMahalo for the five star review Robert and for spending your 50th Wedding Anniversary with us! We appreciate your feedback and are so glad you got to enjoy attentive service, outstanding food, a creative drink selection, and a spectacular sunset. We look forward to celebrating with you again. A hui hou!

  21. SP

    SueP

    Austin

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and lovely updated space, food was delicious we ordered fish, braised pork and chicken. Presentation, quality and service all 5 star!

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded 7 days agoAloha Sue, mahalo for your five star review! Stoked to hear that Bjorn and our hostess were able to make you feel welcome. The fresh fish, pork shank, and Huli Huli Chicken are all excellent choices and we find them delicious too! Looking forward to seeing you again on your next visit. Aloha!

  22. IA

    IASP

    Tahoe

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    It was below average. We had been there in March and both the quality of the food and the service had declined significantly. I won’t go back.

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded 7 days agoMahalo for your feedback! If something is not satisfactory to you please let a manager know as soon as possible, so that we may remedy it in the moment. If you decide to give us another chance please email me directly akilah@malatavern and I would be more than happy to make the reservation myself. Aloha!

  23. WF

    WineFoodie

    Houston

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful brunch with great service, food, views and friendly staff!

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded 7 days agoMahalo for your five star review! So glad to hear you had a wonderful Brunch. We pride ourselves in great service, food, and oceanside views and are stoked we got to share it with you. Looking forward to seeing you on your next visit. Aloha!

  24. RT

    RogerT

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic brunch by the sea! We can't wait to dine again.

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded 7 days agoMahalo for the five star review Roger! So glad you had a fantastic oceanside Brunch. We look forward to seeing you again, try us for Dinner next time. Aloha!

  25. JO

    JeffO

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great! Had the best meal here!

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded 7 days agoMahalo for the five star review Jeff! Stoked you had an awesome meal with us, join us again soon. Aloha!

  26. S

    Susiequilt

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. The staff is AMAZING. Very friendly and accommodating. Service impeccable. The food is tasty for both brunch and happy hour. A good variety of small plates for happy hour and a small but excellent brunch menu. Haven’t had dinner yet but will give that a try soon. Highly recommend for a great dining experience.

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded on November 19, 2022Aloha Susie! Mahalo for the five star review. We appreciate you taking the time to dine with us and for recognizing our incredible staff, tasty food, and impeccable service. Stoked you enjoyed Brunch and Live Music Happy Hour, we look forward to seeing you on your next visit for Dinner. A hui hou!

  27. KS

    KatherineS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food at Mala Ocean Tavern in Lahaina was wonderful. Several of us had the fish of the day, which was Mahi mahi. It was so flavorful and fresh. Wish I could eat it every day. We sat outside on the patio and if you want to be close to the water, I don't think you could be any closer! Great outdoor waterfront ambiance with the waves crashing in front of us as we ate!

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded 4 days agoMahalo for your five star review and for choosing to dine with us Katherine! Stoked you were able to enjoy your fresh Mahi-Mahi right next to the ocean. We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit. Aloha!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Mala! Especially Brunch-Mala Cristo a must have!

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded on November 19, 2022Mahalo for the five star review! Stoked you enjoyed the MALA Cristo. On your next visit join us for Live Music Happy Hour or Dinner. Aloha!

  29. P

    Pamela

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was outstanding. Our catch of the day was overcooked and 1 was sent back and replaced w Mahi Mahi , moist and perfect. However, none of us liked how the fish was placed on mashed succotash. Would be better on rice or orzo. The brussel sprouts, calamari and shishito peppers were fabulous.

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded on November 19, 2022Mahalo for your feedback Pamela! So glad you enjoyed your Mahi-Mahi, the calamari, and our fabulous veggies. We are always pleased to hear that service was outstanding. Looking forward to seeing you on your next visit. Aloha!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing, Mala continues to be one of our top choices in Maui. We understand the county is considering removing the outdoor seating area. Huge mistake and would be a shame and a mistake. Good luck to Mala in that needless battle.

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded on November 19, 2022Mahalo for the five star review and the feedback. We love our Garden too! Stoked you had an amazing time with us. We look forward to seeing you again. Aloha!

  31. S

    Silvia

    Sacramento

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This was our first time. Everyone enjoyed their meal. We will definitely return.

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded on November 19, 2022Mahalo for the five star review Silvia! We look forward to seeing you on your next visit. We serve Brunch 9am-2pm, have Live Music Happy Hour 2pm-4pm, and Dinner starting at 4pm. Aloha!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    View and food were amazing!! Customer service was also great!!!

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded on November 19, 2022Mahalos for the five star review! Stoked you enjoyed the ocean view, amazing food, and great customer service. Join us again soon! Aloha!

  33. L

    Lisea

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing and so much aloha in the food. The oyster shooters are the bomb!
  34. P

    Peggy

    New York Area

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very fresh fish while watching the amazing sun set. Can't get any better.

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded on November 19, 2022Aloha for the five star review Peggy! Stoked you enjoyed your fresh fish and amazing sunset here at our ocean-side eatery. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit. A hui hou!

  35. AJ

    AlanJ

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary dinner: our reservation was on time, the waitress Tori was fantastic and the manager talk to us about the restaurant. Food was superb. The local the best.

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded 7 days agoAloha and mahalo for the five star review Alan! We appreciate you choosing to spend your Anniversary with us. Glad Tori could make it a great experience for you. We look forward to seeing you again on your next special occasion. A hui hou!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience, like we were literally dining in the ocean. Great staff and fantastic food. Must do when in West Maui.

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded on November 17, 2022Mahalo for the five star review! We are so glad our great staff and fantastic food made your ocean-side dining experience an everlasting memory. We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a last minute choice that turned into one of the best dining experiences we’ve had on island. The service was fast and friendly. My husband and I enjoyed a beautiful view of the ocean while dining on some of the tastiest fish/seafood we’ve had. We live on Oahu and this knocked every other restaurant we like out of the park!! Go eat at Mala Ocean Tavern and you won’t regret it! This is now a mandatory stop for us any time we visit the lovely island of Maui.

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded 7 days agoMahalo for the five star review! We are so grateful for your feedback. Stoked you enjoyed fast, friendly service and delicious seafood. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit. A hui hou!

  38. J

    Judyf

    Minneapolis

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect as usual. I don’t know what else to say. My most favourite restaurant.

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded 7 days agoMahalo for the five star review Judy! Couldn't have said it better ourselves. We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit. Aloha!

  39. S

    Splashdog

    Tucson

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had lunch at Mala. We were given a table by the window near the bar. It was perfect. The wait staff were top notch. The food was delicious. I had the blackened fish sandwich and my husband had the monte Cristo sandwich which he loved. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
  40. s

    sparke

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, interesting food, knowledgeable staff - perfect location.

    Mala Ocean TavernResponded on November 18, 2022Mahalos for the five star review Sparke! Stoked you enjoyed the great food and our incredible, knowledgeable staff. We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit. A hui hou!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

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 5382 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 94 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Mala Ocean Tavern

1307 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Kapunakea St.

  • Neighborhood

    Lahaina

  • Hours of operation

    Thu–Sat 10:00 pm–12:00 am Brunch/Lunch Daily 9:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 2:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Mediterranean, Hawaii Regional Cuisine

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Self parking is available in the small parking lot located to the right of the restaurant, the parking lot between our neighbor restaurants, the parking lot in front of Aloha Mixed Plate, and some street parking on Front St.

  • Public transit

    Cannery Mall Bus Stop

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alvin Savella

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (808) 667-9394

  • Catering

    MALA can cater your next party, wedding, work function, or private event with outstanding island influenced cuisine from . For catering inquiries please contact info@malatavern.com or call (808) 667-9394.

  • Private party facilities

    Join us at MALA! Host your Private Event oceanfront at Mala Ocean Tavern. Inquiries please contact info@malatavern.com or call (808) 667-9394.

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