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Mala Ocean Tavern

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1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725 (Kapunakea)
+1 808-667-9394
11:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 21:00
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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75 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2014

A bit off the beaten path, but worth it. Cozy setting ontop of the ocean. Open windows and you will probably see sea turtles playing in the ocean below you. If you like Ahi Tartare, it will melt in your mouth. They also had a grlled octopus salad that was spectacular. Octopus was tender and flavorful. Also, brussel sprouts are... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2014 via mobile

This is a cozy place, free valet parking eases the stress of trying to park on this tiny crowded street. The staff are all friendly and the food was fresh and wonderfully crafted. Salsa, chips & edamame "guacamole" started our meal followed by the seared ahi bruschetta with flax seed toast & edamame purée. Yum We sat outside for the... More 

Thank Lindaills
Titusville, Florida
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47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2014 via mobile

Friendly staff, water view and delicious food--what more could you want? Not the cheapest lunch in Maui, but we definitely enjoyed it. Right on the water on front street, which was the attraction for us, and the menu would please just about everyone. The farmer salad was luscious and the colorful julienne cut veggies had a nice crunch. Server Rob... More 

Thank CarolSue14
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2014 via mobile

The food and the service was good however it seemed to be over priced. I recommend the ceviche. My partner and I got a patio seat which was great to watch the sunset but he was sweating buckets cause there was no fan or air circulation under the awning.

Thank Jojomann
Bridgetown, Barbados
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2014 via mobile

Do not have the mai tai. Advertised as the best in Hawaii, mine tasted like a basic 'rum and orange juice'. You're better off having a Maui beer. The burger was OK; nothing to write home about. Servings are generous, so at least you'll leave full. Overpriced, though. Good service.

Thank nomad_bb
San Jose, CA
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147 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2014

Ok if you are looking for romantic and quiet - this is not the place. If you are looking for excellent food in a loud, fun, intimate environment because you are squished next to the people at the table beside you (which is not an all bad thing) then Ma'la is your place! I can't come to Maui (which is... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2014

I booked a birthday party dinner for 11 people at Ma'la. They cannot guarantee where you will be seated so we ended up inside, no direct view of the ocean or sunset. But this is not the main reason I wouldn't recommend this place. I noticed a few people from our party were already at the restaurant. So when I... More 

Thank mimome
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

Mala is one of the best restaurants I visited here on Maui. Staff is attentive, friendly, and accommodating. There are tons of bugs throughout the restaurant, but it is something you have to deal with when dining outdoors. A must try for anyone staying on Maui.

1 Thank OfficialEasterBunny
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2014 via mobile

Had another exceptional experience at Ma'La yesterday. Went in for happy hour, sat at the bar. Mojitos, oyster shooters and ahi bruschetta were amazing, but honestly, Lisa and Lance behind the bar are what sets this place apart. My wife and I will continue to recommend this place to all our guests!! Oh, do yourself a favor and take a... More 

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Westford, Massachusetts
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42 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2014

This is a small restaurant right on the water in Lahaina, behind the Safeway. Great food at reasonable prices (for Hawaii). Ahi flatbread was great as were the brussels sprouts (can't believe I just typed that). adults and kids loved it. Watch the sunset and the turtles playing in the water.

1 Thank travelzwithkidz

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$50
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?