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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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Overview
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good23%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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CUISINES
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Food
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LOCATION
1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I reviewed this restaurant last year and I think I titled the review "I need to go back". Well, I did and I still can't really give it the praises so many have given it. For one thing, the service seems to have declined. Nothing...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank jun_r
Reviewed 2 days ago

Used to be a don’t miss on our visits to Maui, but no more. Recent change of ownership and the new owners are making it “their’s”. Service was prompt and cordial, but very overbearing with staff “hovering” around and being bombarded with queries and comments...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Jim C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We’ve been coming to Mala for years, loving the vibe - bar always packed with locals and always a wait for a table. New ownership seems to have really changed Mala for the worse - menu changes of old favorites for cheaper cuts, pretentious sauces...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank LaurieM132
Caleb H, Owner at Mala - Ocean Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Aloha Laurie, I am so sorry that you had such a poor experience. Coming from a long time supporter, this is the worst thing I can imagine. We took over as owners last month. In that time, we have not changed any menu items. All...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We came along after sunset, so we missed out the wonderful ocean view from the restaurant. The location is right on the water. For the three of us, we ordered a whole fish, which included rice and vegetable, on the platter with the whole fish....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank TellTruth2016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a beachfront patio style spot serving an array of well prepared lunches. We tried the Alii plate lunch, the Kalua pig sandwich and two pupus. Good food at a reasonable price. And parking too!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank DavidA11958
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Quite possibly the best meal we had in all of Maui on this trip. The fried fish is spectacular. It’s huge... plenty for 3 people. Of course we ordered more. My mom got the fried chicken and I got the coconut shrimp. The shrimp was...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank EmilymadridB
Caleb H, Owner at Mala - Ocean Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha Emily, Thanks for the review! That fish is pretty amazing we glad you guys liked it! We hope you come back and see us on your next trip. Thanks again for the love. Mahalo!

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Quaint beach front restaurant. Food had been consistent throughout the years. We have had dinner twice this trip. Recommend making reservations. If not, Lance and the bar staff will take good of you. Love the clams, calamari for appetizers. Monchong is a wonderfull local fish,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Whitefishfarmgirl
Caleb H, Owner at Mala - Ocean Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha Whitefishfarmgirl, Mahalo for the review! We are so thankful for your kind words and we agree, Lance is the man! Thanks again for the love. Mahalo!

Reviewed 29 October 2018

This is a very casual place right by the ocean. If you can have a table on the first or second row by the sea, it will be ok, though the tables are so close it is impossible to have a private conversation. Otherwise, the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
2  Thank ceci60
Reviewed 23 October 2018

Great little spot right over top of the beach on the North end of Lahaina. Our food was very good, and the service we received from Beth was excellent. We had the Avalon Seared Ahi and the Mahi Ala Plancha. Both were very good and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Jeff P
Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

Great local restaurant which sits right on the beach. We went with friends to have dinner and watch the sunset. Great casual vibe with overall pretty friendly wait staff but no sign from management that they appreciated our choosing their place to spend our money....More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Vince W
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VnM
15 September 2018|
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Response from Italscott | Reviewed this property |
Yes My granddaughter said the chicken was the best ever
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12 May 2017|
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Response from Barb A | Reviewed this property |
I recall the restaurant having a happy hour during mid-afternoon hours.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 21 - USD 50
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
View, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725
    (Kapunakea)
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Maui  >  Lahaina
  • Phone Number: +1 808-667-9394
  • E-mail
Description
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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