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Mala - Ocean Tavern

1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725
+1 808-667-9394
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good24%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (55 reviews)
“seafood pasta” (56 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I'll keep this short The ribs were too salty, over the top, couldn't finish them, I ate 2 The was good, it would've been great maybe if it wasn't cold I never mentioned pricing if you noticed. I'm used to paying higher prices in NYC...More

Thank richdags
Reviewed 1 week ago

When visiting Maui, a sunset meal at Mala is always a must! Our first visit was with all the family, seven including a 7-month-old baby. Second visit was with another couple. John was our waiter both times. The food is always delicious but John's service...More

Thank philandmaryricha2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Decided to go for lunch. Doesn't look like much from front but when you get to the patio in back it is so cute and the view is fantastic. Food was quick and good.

Thank Crossfamily7
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a nice little restaurant serving several fish, meat and vegetarian dishes inspired by a local way of cooking The small terrace offers a beautiful view on the sea or sunset. They take reservations but don't assign tables. So if you want to sit on...More

Thank Martin B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely lunch spot that we found after a dive trip to Lanai. We watched the turtles from our table as we dined alfresco. The food was excellent! We had salads with fresh seafood, and a few libations.

1  Thank PurdueGuy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They have great burgers and fries! Calamari is delicious. We had great service by Raechel! I would not suggest the Ribs! But the view is amazing!

1  Thank Travlinguy517
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the sister to Honu next door. Bar is crazy around 5 pm, make sure you have reservations or don't waste your time. Food is fresh, imaginative and tasty. The cocktail with a candied hibiscus is a favorite. We went twice on our last...More

1  Thank Rex M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our Horseback Guide at Lahaina Stables (Jessie) recommended to us we go out to Lahaina town for dinner, and we're glad she did! The nice thing about Mala is that if you can't find parking right in front (the oceanfront shops have limited parking) then...More

Thank Jericha D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We slipped into Lahaina after a long day of island excursion and was totally impressed by the speed of service, quality of food, and price points. They even had gluten free options for my wife (the lamb pizza is out of this world!) and their...More

Thank John C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mala can be a tough to get into. It's not that large and it's very popular. The food is good but not great and is a little pricey. What you pay for is a meal right on the water.

Thank sace101
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Do you have a "Happy Hour", if so what hours and what days?
12 May 2017|
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Response from Marta J | Reviewed this property |
I do not know - we were there for lunch and they had all sorts of wonderful drink (hard and soft) suggestions.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$50
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Maui  >  Lahaina
  • Phone Number: +1 808-667-9394
  • E-mail
In 2004 Mark and Judy opened Mala Ocean Tavern, along with their daughters, Ariana and Michelle, a small oceanside tavern serving Mediterranean and Pacific Rim, with some Latino flavored dishes. With their partner Shep Gordon, Mala Wailea was created for the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort, which opened in 2008 and sold in 2016.
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